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Giving thanks for the past year in Taiwan and best wishes for the new year

Global problems persist… As we enter a new year, it is easy to be grim about the future. The continuing COVID-19 plague, ongoing PRC belligerence toward Taiwan and others, the Russian threat...

The Biden-Xi Summit: There is Really No Point Talking to the PRC

Winston Churchill famously said, "To Jaw-Jaw is better than to War-War." While this is certainly true, he never promised that talking would necessarily be productive. This was clearly the ca...

Blinken says US, allies will 'take action' if China attacks Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a New York Times reporter on Wednesday (Nov. 10) that his country and its allies would take “action” were China to ...

US needs to take more concrete steps to defend Taiwan

Titles significant, but not critical It is well past time the United States takes more concrete steps to support the defense of Taiwan. Too much time has been devoted to continuing debates over lar...

The fall of Kabul is not the main event; the PRC threat is

A traumatic withdrawal After the Taliban capture of Kabul on Aug. 15, most U.S. media understandably focused on the human tragedies following the unexpectedly swift Taliban victory and the confuse...

My reflections on visiting San Francisco: Former AIT director

On July 7, I arrived back In the United States for the first time in several years, and for the first time in San Francisco since 1990-91, when I was a visiting State Department Fellow at the Hoover I...

In a time of danger, US should help its family and friends first

U.S. to share more vaccines President Joe Biden announced on May 17 that the United States would increase its commitment to provide other countries with COVID-19 vaccines with an additional 20 mill...

US leaders have often best served China's interests: William Stanton

This is the second part of a two-part commentary. The first part can be found here. Generally speaking, when we talk about People's Republic of China (PRC) political warfare — or var...

Agents of influence acting on behalf of China: William Stanton

This is a two-part commentary. The second part can be found here. Henry Kissinger: The PRC’s greatest fan Given all of Henry Kissinger’s reputed brilliance in foreign policy, w...

Personal reflections on secretary of state I admire most: William Stanton

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As a former U.S. Foreign Service officer, I had the privilege to work with many men and women who were truly accomplished and memorable. Certainly among the very best was ...

Initial Biden steps give Taiwan reason for optimism: William Stanton

Understandable concern All supporters of a free and democratic Taiwan have inevitably and understandably been concerned about the policies President Biden’s new administration will adopt towa...

A New Year's Taiwan wish list for President Biden: William Stanton

With only a few weeks to go before Joseph Biden becomes president of the United States, Taiwan’s American friends need to press hard for the policies we want to see the new administration pursue...

How to stop China winning without war

Many of the strongest American voices warning about the threats the People’s Republic of China (PRC) pose to the world are current and former U.S. military officers. They have also been among...

Azar's Taiwan trip signifies strategic shift for US: Financial Times

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Financial Times said Sunday (Aug. 9) that while U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar's visit to Taiwan is a sign of Washington's strategic shi...

Trump and Biden's mixed records on China and Taiwan: William Stanton

This is the second part of a two-part commentary. The first part can be found here. The most robust indication of American support for Taiwan has perhaps come in the form of the strongest U.S. gove...