Taiwan’s two main political parties, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Kuomintang (KMT), which recently reversed roles as the governing and opposition parties, have widely diverging positions on many issues. But on one point they are firmly in accord: the need for Taiwan to maintain its economic competitiveness by readying itself for eventual participation…

Taiwan is urged to take early action in resolving outstanding trade issues. Despite continuing uncertainty about the ultimate fate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact within the U.S. political process, AmCham Taipei’s 2016 “Doorknock” delegation to Washington D.C. heard from many observers inside and outside the U.S. government that Taiwan should take urgent steps…

Architecture Award for Changhua HSR Station The Changhua High Speed Rail station in central Taiwan won the U.S.-based Architizer’s A-plus Award in the bus and train stations category on April 12, beating out more than 100 submissions from around the world, including the Netherland’s Arnhem Central Masterplan and Delft Station, Austria’s Vienna Central Station, and…

On February 11, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Susan Thornton testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. As her report provides a clear appraisal of the current state of U.S.-Taiwan relations, TOPICS reprints her remarks below for readers’ reference. Thank you Mr. Chairman and members of the Subcommittee for…

Continuing its efforts to enable Taiwan to overcome political obsacles to gain access to vital health and security-related information from international organizations, the United States government has committed to helping Taiwan participate as an observer in meetings of the International Criminal Police Organization, more commonly known as Interpol. On March 18, President Barack Obama signed…

At the Diigital Economy Forum, left to right, American Institute in Taiwan director Kin Moy, U.S. delegation leader Vaughan Turekian, Taiwan delegation leader Duh Tyzz-jiun, and Vice Minister of the National Development Council Lin Huan. (Photo: CNA)

The U.S. and Taiwan have broad common ground for cooperation and collaboration. A one-day U.S.-Taiwan “Digital Economy Forum” held in Taipei in early December provided delegations from the two governments with an opportunity to exchange views on approaches to promoting and regulating the Internet economy, as well as on identifying potential areas of bilateral cooperation….

From her base in Washington, D.C., Xiaobing Feng, regional manager for Asia of The Advocacy Center under the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, recently spent several weeks in Taiwan looking at opportunities for increased participation by American companies in Taiwan’s government procurement. In 2014, U.S. companies won 179 contracts worth US$276 million out of…

Each year since 1996 – usually shortly after release of the Taiwan White Paper – AmCham Taipei has organized a week-long “Doorknock” mission to Washington, D.C. to exchange views with U.S. government executive agencies, Congressional offices, think tanks, and others concerned with U.S.-Taiwan bilateral economic relations. The trip is always extremely useful. It gives AmCham…

The upcoming TIFA meeting is seen as a good chance to show commitment to liberalization. This year’s AmCham Taipei Doorknock delegation to Washington D.C. found itself in the U.S. capital during a momentous week that included two historic Supreme Court decisions (upholding “Obamacare” and legalizing single-sex marriages nationwide) and – more germane to the Chamber’s…