The Formosan Association for Public Affairs’ Taiwan Communiqué Back in Print

The Taiwan Communiqué, a bi-monthly English journal focused on political developments in Taiwan, started in 1980. It was published until 2004 by the International Committee for Human Rights in Taiwan, and in 2006 it became a publication of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA). Gerrit van der Wees, one of FAPA headquarters’ staff, is the editor of this journal. If you want to keep up with issues about Taiwan, please take a look!

This current issue starts with an overview of the developments in East Asian waters – the South China Sea and Senkaku Islands – where China has become more aggressive.

It continues with an update on the “Big Five” elections slated for November 2010, in which the DPP has increased its chances of winning in at least four of the five municipalities. This issue also briefly touches on the signing of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) and describes how the Legislative Yuan reneged on its role in terms of checks and balances. Other interesting articles are discussed: One about opinion polls in Taiwan which show a significant increase of the pro-independence sentiment; one about the DOD report on China’s military power which describes how China is continuing its military buildup in spite of “rapprochement”; and the third one by Gary Schmitt of AEI about the silly games big nations play, even in the Little League.

There are several other articles that you might find fascinating as well. Take a moment to read some of these perspectives and gain some insight into what’s happening in Taiwan.

View electronic versions of previous at Taiwan Communiqués at and download the current September/October 2010 issue at

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