Focus Article Alert: May 2019

FOCUS Article Alert is a monthly collection of important documents in U.S.-Taiwan relations and other recent information from the U.S. about the environment, economy, arts, society, culture, and government.


  • 四月十五日至五月十九日立穩根基共創未來AIT@40 — 1979 年後美台關係展台南愛國婦人館
    April 15 to May 19 “Strong Foundation, Bright Future: AIT@40, U.S.-Taiwan Relations Since 1979” exhibit at Tainan Museum of Patriotic Women.
  • 五月二十四日至六月十六日「立穩根基,共創未來:AIT@40 — 1979 年後美台關係展」 國立公共資訊圖書館
    May 24 to June 16 “Strong Foundation, Bright Future: AIT@40, U.S.-Taiwan Relations Since 1979” exhibit at National Library of Public Information.
  • 五月二十七日(星期一) 陣亡將士紀念日,放假
    May 27 (Monday) Memorial Day. Closed. 
1.  美國在台協會主席莫健 「立穩根基,共創未來:AIT@40 — 1979 年後美台關係展」台南巡迴展開幕致詞。
Remarks by AIT Chairman James Moriarty at AIT@40 Exhibition Opening in Tainan.   

AIT OT-1924, April 19, 2019, 2 pages.
“As we celebrate the achievements of the past 40 years under the Taiwan Relations Act, we will be just as focused on how we can strengthen and broaden the relationship over the next 40 years and beyond — to build upon this strong foundation a bright future.” (From AIT)

2. Remarks by AIT Chairman James Moriarty at Women’s Economic Empowerment GCTF.

AIT OT-1923, April 17, 2019, 2 pages.
“The United States and Taiwan have extensive cooperation when it comes to women’s economic empowerment.  We each have contributed funding to the APEC sub-fund on women’s empowerment, and we have created a work plan on small and medium enterprise issues that has promoting women’s entrepreneurship as one of its central pillars.” (From AIT)

3. Remarks by AIT Director Brent Christensen at the Women’s Economic Empowerment Summit. .

AIT OT-1922, April 16, 2019, 4 pages.
“Taiwan is a leader in East Asia when it comes to empowering women, and we are proud to call it one of our closest partners in this important area.” (From AIT)

4. Remarks by Former House Speaker Paul D. Ryan at the 2019 Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue.

AIT OT-1921, April 17, 2019, 9 pages.
“As Vice President Pence remarked last October in his speech outlining U.S. policy toward China, America will always believe that Taiwan’s embrace of democracy shows a better path for all the Chinese people, and for that matter, for all people wherever they call home.” (From AIT)

5. 美國在台協會處長酈英傑「2019印太安全對話」致詞講稿。
Remarks by AIT Director Brent Christensen at the 2019 Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue. 

AIT OT-1920, April 16, 2019, 3 pages.
“I believe that Taiwan has a natural and important role to play in helping promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region through economic ties, security, and also governance.” (From AIT)

6. 美國眾議院前議長保羅·萊恩 「台灣關係法 & AIT@40:40年友誼慶祝酒會」致詞講稿。
Remarks by Former House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, TRA & AIT@40: Celebrating 40 Years of Friendship.

AIT OT-1919, April 15, 2019, 2 pages.
“It is such an honor to be with you to celebrate a legislative milestone – the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA).” (From AIT)

7.艾笛·伯尼斯·強森眾議員「台灣關係法 & AIT@40:40年友誼慶祝酒會」致詞講稿
Remarks by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson at TRA & AIT@40: Celebrating 40 Years of Friendship.

AIT OT-1918, April 15, 2019, 2 pages.
“Taiwan is a democratic success story, a reliable partner, and a force for good in the world.” (From AIT)

8. 美國在台協會主席莫健大使「台灣關係法 & AIT@40:40年友誼慶祝酒會」致詞講稿。
AIT Chairman Moriarty’s Remarks at AIT Taipei’s TRA/AIT@40 Event.

AIT OT-1917, April 15, 2019, 2 pages.
“AIT looks forward to working with our Taiwan friends to expand people-to-people ties.  In that regard, we welcome and look forward to exploring Taiwan’s interest in establishing Preclearance operations at Taoyuan International Airport.  Deepening our extensive economic links should be another focus for our joint efforts.” (From AIT)

9. 美國在台協會處長酈英傑 「台灣關係法 & AIT@40:40年友誼慶祝酒會」致詞講稿
Remarks by AIT Director Brent Christensen at TRA & AIT@40: Celebrating 40 Years of Friendship.

AIT OT-1916 | April 15, 2019, 2 pages.
“The U.S.-Taiwan partnership is one that reflects our shared interests and our shared values. Our economic and commercial relationship provides innovative technology, cultural richness, and prosperity to both of our societies. Our cooperation in promoting freedom, human rights, and rule of law demonstrates our commitment to these values both within our own democracies and internationally. Our security cooperation contributes to peace and stability across the Indo-Pacific region.” (From AIT)

10. Remarks by AIT Director Christensen at the conference on “Taiwan Relations Act @ 40 – Where We’ve Been, and What’s Next?”

AIT OT-1915, April 15, 2019, 7 pages.
“Taiwan, as a valuable partner and a force for good in the world, has long been and must continue to be a part of this story.” (From AIT)

11. 美國在台協會處長酈英傑台北美國商會謝年飯致詞講稿。
Remarks by AIT Director Brent Christensen at Hsieh Nien Fan. 

AIT OT-1914, April 10, 2019, 4 pages.
“I look forward to advancing the many areas in which the United States and Taiwan have already found successful partnerships, and finding new ways to advance our shared values and interests.  In particular, I look forward to conducting this work from our new AIT office in Neihu when we move in just a few short weeks.” (From AIT)

12. Remarks by David Meale Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Trade Policy and Negotiations.

AIT OT-1913, April 10, 2019, 6 pages.
“Let me emphasize that the United States will continue to support the positive trajectory of U.S.-Taiwan economic relations.  This statement has broader context beyond mutual prosperity.  Taiwan is a democratic success story, a reliable partner, and a force for good in the world.  As many of you have heard, we are focused in the United States Government on promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region, and we count ourselves fortunate to have Taiwan as a friend and partner in this regard.” (From AIT)

13. Pletka, Danielle.
On Assessing US Policy Priorities in the Middle East.

American Enterprise Institute, April 3, 2019, 4 pages.
“There are many more challenges in the region, whether in Algeria, Libya, and Egypt. or between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Our priority should be in getting along term strategy rather than constantly addressing the most recent crisis.  In addition, our priority should be on problems that might be solved, rather than the perpetual headline seeking that has characterized, for example, the peace process.  The United States can do a lot of good in the Middle East. It’s high time we think about both dealing with challenges and creating opportunities.” (From American Enterprise Institute)


14. 2019 National Trade Estimate on Foreign Trade Barriers: Taiwan.
(PDF, 4.3 MB) 

Office of the United States Trade Representative, March 29, 2019, Page 461 -469.
“This report outlines how the Administration’s trade policies are benefitting American workers, contributing to the strongest U.S. economy in decades, and rebalancing America’s trade relationships and the global economy.” (From Office of the United States Trade Representative)

15. Cave, Danielle and others.
Mapping China’s Tech Giants. 

Australian Strategic Policy Institute, April 18, 2019, 28 pages.
“ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre has created a public database to map the global expansion of 12 key Chinese technology companies. The aim is to promote a more informed debate about the growth of China’s tech giants and to highlight areas where this expansion is leading to political and geostrategic dilemmas.” (From Australian Strategic Policy Institute)

16. Morrison, Wayne M.
U.S.-Taiwan Trade Relations. (PDF, 306 KB)

Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, March 25, 2019, 2 pages.
“With a population of 23.6million people, Taiwan has evolved to become a highly developed, dynamic, and globally competitive economy. In 2018, Taiwan’s gross domestic product (GDP) on a purchasing power parity (PPP) basis was $1.25trillion, making it the world’s 22st-largest economy. Its per capita GDP on a PPP basis was 19% greater than Japan’s and about 85% of the U.S. level. In 2018, Taiwan was the world’s 21st-largest trading economy for goods and services. The World Economic Forum ranked Taiwan as the world’s 13th-most competitive economy in 2018, and the World Bank ranked Taiwan the 15th-best economy in terms of the ease of doing business. Taiwan is a major global producer of information and communications technology (ICT) products and semiconductors.”(From CRS Report)

17. Lynch, Matthew.
AI Is the New Tool for a Revolution in Education.

The Tech Edvocate, April 1, 2019, 2 pages.
“Artificial intelligence is altering the education landscape in ways that many other initiatives haven’t been able to do. If you’re looking to make a difference in education, you’re probably going to do it with artificial intelligence.” (From The Tech Edvocate)

18. Harrison, Todd and others.
Space Threat Assessment 2019. 

Center for Strategic and International Studies, April 4, 2019, 63 pages.
“Space Threat Assessment 2019 focuses on four specific countries that pose the greatest risk for the United States: China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea. A fifth section analyzes the counterspace capabilities of select other countries, including some allies and partners of the United States, and some non-state actors. This report is not a comprehensive assessment of all known threats to U.S. space systems because much of the information on what other countries are doing to advance their counterspace systems is not publicly available. Instead, it serves as an unclassified assessment that aggregates and highlights open-source information on counterspace capabilities for policymakers and the general public.” (From CSIS)

19. Kerr, Paul.
Iran’s Nuclear Program: Status. (PDF, 1.6 MB)

Washington, D.C.: Congressional Research Service, April 1, 2019, 83 pages.
“This report provides the most detailed account to date of the IAEA’s evidence regarding Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons-related activities, the agency has credible information that Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device.” (From CRS Report)

20. Sarah Ladislaw.
The Changing Role of Energy in the U.S. Economy.

Center for Strategic and International Studies, March 29, 2019, 35 pages.
“The report identifies 13 propositions, which represent the emerging energy issues that policymakers might not be aware of and the areas in which the research community could make further contributions.” (From CSIS)

21. Women, Minorities, & Persons with Disabilities in S&E. 

National Science Foundation, March 30, 2019, 24 pages.
“This digest highlights key statistics drawn from a variety of data sources. Data and figures in this digest are organized into the following topical areas: enrollment, field of degree, employment status, and occupation, including academic careers. Surveys conducted by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the National Science Foundation provided a large portion of the data used in this report. NCSES has a central role in the collection, interpretation, analysis, and dissemination of objective data on the science and engineering enterprise.” (From National Science Foundation)

22. Atkinson, Robert D. and Caleb Foote.
Is China Catching Up to the United States in Innovation? 

Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, April 8, 2019, 57 pages.
“If China were only a copier, then the competitive threat to advanced economies would be limited. But there is no reason to believe China won’t follow the path of “Asian tigers” that rapidly evolved from copiers to innovators, which poses a serious threat.” (From Information Technology & Innovation Foundation)