Coral bleaching caused by warmer, more acidic waters threatens Kiribati’s ecology and economy. (Photo: Embassy of Kiribati)

Taiwan’s diplomatic allies include particularly impoverished and fragile nations that are expected to experience the impact of climate change more severely than developed countries. On the list of the top 10 countries most impacted by climate change from 1994 to 2013 – dubbed the Climate Change Risk (CRI) index by environmental think tank GermanWatch –…

Global temperature and atmospheric CO2 accumulation trends (Source: IPPC AR5 and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies)

Denied participation in the United Nations and related organizations and treaties, including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Taiwan is not bound by any international agreement to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Nevertheless, Taiwan has not only publicly declared its intention to reduce carbon emissions in line with the Paris Accord, the…

Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit (DCU), an investigative consultancy aimed at assisting law enforcement agencies to root out cybercrime, employs a dynamic map that displays locations from which cyberattacks are originating, as well as locations that are being victimized. Until roughly seven years ago, the map showed Taiwan as being the victim of large-scale cybercrime. But…

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Taiwan’s Submarine Project Resurfaces Taiwan’s two major political parties appear to be in agreement on prioritizing the acquisition of submarines, which many experts see as vital in augmenting Taiwan’s defense in the face of China’s rapid military expansion. China has more than 1,100 ballistic missiles trained on Taiwan, along with large fleets of advanced fighter…

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The newly elected DPP government has stated its intention to strengthen Taiwan’s defense industry as a way to both enhance national security and expand the economy. Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology has already demonstrated its capability to develop various types of weaponry, including advanced missile systems, and the Aerospace Industry Development Corp. –…

The island enjoys a number of potential competitive advantages in the sector, including strong manufacturing and supply chain expertise.   At a ceremony on November 24, Taiwanese airline EVA Airways announced a major expansion to its fleet through an agreement to purchase 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, with the package valued at…