ISSUE 161                                                                           September 29, 2022
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53% Dissatisfied with Tsai Administration's Cross-Strait Policy
According to media commentary, President Tsai Ing-wen should respond to the desire of public opinion for peaceful cross-strait relations and devise a peace plan.
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Featured Opinion

Public Opinion Dissatisfied with Tsai Administration Cooperating with U.S. in Instigating War

By Huang Kuo-liang

United Daily News, September 20, 2022


An annual poll on cross-strait relations by United Daily News reveals a big shift in public opinion this year. As this year, for the first time, Speaker Nancy Pelosi of the United States House of Representatives made a visit to Taiwan, causing Communist China in conducting a four-day military drill surrounding the island. The public knows the situation is tense. Although most of them agree in restoring the conscription system, no one wants a war to happen, and believe that there must be a communication channel between the two sides of the strait. However, many believe that President Tsai Ing-wen may be doing the exact opposite.


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Featured Opinion
According to a commentator, President Joe Biden's speech at the United Nations General Assembly reiterated the "One China" policy of the United States and is testimony that the Tsai administration is misjudging U.S. strategy in the Taiwan Strait.
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Biden's Mention of Taiwan at the UN General Assembly A Good Thing?

By Lee Cheng-hsiu

China Times, September 24, 2022


At the United Nations General Assembly on September 21, President Joe Biden reiterated that the United States remains committed to its “One China”. He also stated that the United States continues to oppose unilateral changes in the status quo by either side of the Taiwan Strait and the United States seeks to uphold peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated that President Biden is the first American president to speak on Taiwan Strait situation at the UN, so MOFA deeply appreciated his remarks. However, MOFA intentionally omitted to mention that President Biden said that the United States remains committed to its “One China” policy in the speech.

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Featured Opinion
According to a commentator, the people of Taiwan should understand from the example of the Russia-Ukraine War the pattern of U.S. intervention but non-participation in war. This may become the future model for the Taiwan Strait.
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The World Taiwan Faces After the Russia-Ukraine War

By Chang Liang-jen

China Times, September 18, 2022


Russia has waged war against Ukraine from the early Spring of this year now to the end of Autumn. The country has found itself caught in the quagmire of the war, unable to move neither forward nor backward; its president trapped in a state of worry.


It is difficult still to predict the outcome of the war, but while the scoreboard shows that Ukraine has clearly suffered great losses, Russia has, from the position of a banker, become the biggest loser. The world has seen that a paper tiger, even with a nuclear tooth, cannot do much in a traditional war. The United States, on the other hand, has a mixed record of success and failures in this conflict: it has used Ukraine to weaken Russia; yet, it has also discovered that most countries are unwilling to sanction Russia under its leadership, foreshadowing a decline of its influence in the world. China has adopted a worldly wise and play safe approach, not confronting the United States and Russia— not doing anything, basically watching from the sidelines. It has not scored or lost points, but has instead sowed the seeds of greater conflict between the United States and China in the future.

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This Week in Taiwan
In response to the Federal Reserve System of the United States raising interest rates by 0.75 percentage point, the Central Bank followed suit by raising rates by 0.125 percentage point to a seven-year high.
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September 19: In a CBS Sixty Minutes interview, President Joe Biden of the United States stated that if China were to invade Taiwan, the United States would come to Taiwan's defense. This is the fourth time that President Biden has put forward the commitment of defending Taiwan since taking office and the first such statement since Speaker Nancy Pelosi of the House of Representatives visited Taiwan. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed sincere gratitude. 
September 20: In an exclusive interview with the Wall Street Journal, Karl Thomas, commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, stated that China's navy is huge and has the ability to blockade Taiwan. If China tries to do so, the international community may intervene, and his job is to be prepared for that situation.
September 21: In his address at the United Nations General Assembly, President Joe Biden especially mentioned maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and reiterated the "One China" policy, not seeking confrontation or a cold war with China, and continued efforts to resolve conflict peacefully. 
September 21: Recently, flanks of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) accused Tzu Chi Foundation to be a fellow sympathizer of Communist China. After the earthquake in Hualien and Taitung, President Tsai did not meet with the local governments by video conference and departed after delivering a scripted speech. She was criticized as cold-blooded, leading to decline in approval ratings. To stop the political bleeding, President Tsai personally visited Hualien and Taitung to examine relief efforts on September 21. She paid a visit to Tzu Chi, referred to its founder as "Venerable” Master Cheng Yen, and thanked Tzu Chi for its disaster relief efforts.
September 22: After the U.S. Federal Reserve announced a rate hike of 0.75 percent, the Central Bank held a board of governors and supervisors meeting to raise the interest rate by 0.125 percentage point and the New Taiwan dollar deposit reserve ratio by 0.25 percentage point. The policy rate was raised from 1.5 percent to 1.625 percent, the highest in nearly seven years. 
September 22: The Central Epidemic Command Center announced that if the pandemic situation is stable, the "3+4"days of quarantine for travelers entering Taiwan will be canceled October 13 and be replaced with a new "0+7" regime. The ban on tour and sightseeing groups will also be lifted. Weekly arrivals to Taiwan rose to 150,000. 
September 23: The panda "Tuan Tuan," a mainland Chinse national treasure which arrived from Chengdu, Sichuan Province, to Taipei in 2008, developed epilepsy symptoms at the end of August after staying in Taiwan for 14 years. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination revealed a localized liquefaction and necrotic lesion in the left cerebral hemisphere. The Sichuan Giant Panda Wolong Base indicated it is rare for giant pandas to have brain lesions, and it is highly concerned about the matter. It does not exclude to send a delegation to Taiwan to investigate the matter after Taiwan opens its borders. 
September 24: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with mainland China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Blinken emphasized that the United States will follow its "One China" policy and is committed to maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. Wang comprehensively expounded China's position on the recent "wrong actions" of the U.S. on Taiwan, emphasizing that Taiwan is at the core of Chinese interests, and safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity remains China's unambiguous mission.
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