August 2021 Issue

August 2021 wen zhang

To Attack the DPP, the Pan-Blue Camp Depicts Taiwan as Having One of the World’s Worst Coronavirus Responses


THE PAST YEAR has been one in which Taiwan saw international accolades for its handling of COVID-19, with Taiwan avoiding the lengthy lockdowns that the rest of the world has seen and remaining mostly COVID-free in 2020.

For many Taiwanese, then, this was a moment of pride—in which Taiwan’s accomplishments could be highlighted in the international world. Taiwan has long been excluded from the international community and it is marginal, because it is consistently overshadowed by its larger neighbor across the Taiwan Straits—China. During this time, the Tsai administration sought to leverage increased global awareness of Taiwan in order to boost soft power, as well as to expand Taiwan’s international space.