Asia Reacts to...

The Asia Reacts to... series highlights how various Asian media are reacting to US politics, policy, and major events. Explore the collated sources below to gauge the complexities of the US-Asia relationship as seen from Asia.

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Tariffs on Steel and Aluminium Imports to the United States - Taiwan

On March 8, 2018, President Donald Trump signed new tariffs into law on steel and aluminum imports. The tariffs, which are set to take effect 15 days from their signing, instill penalties of 25% on imported steel and 10% on imported aluminum. The tariffs have faced pushback within the United States and countries around the world. Currently, Canada and Mexico have been exempted from the tariffs as negotiations over the North American Free…

President Donald Trump's First Visit to Asia - Taiwan

From November 5-13, 2017, President Donald Trump traveled to the Asia-Pacific for the first time during his presidency. He traveled to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines, during which he discussed US alliances and partnerships with Asian countries, trade agreements, the need for a united front against the threat posed by North Korea, and attended the APEC, US-ASEAN, and EAS Summits.

To learn more about the statements President Trump made during this trip, visit our resource The Trump…

US Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord - Taiwan

On June 1, 2017, Donald J. Trump formally announced the United States' withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. The Accord, which has been signed by over 190 countries, is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that would deal with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation, and financing starting in 2020. Under President Barack Obama the United States joined the Accord in September 2016. TAIWAN

President Donald Trump's Executive Order on the Trans-Pacific Partnership - Taiwan

On January 23, 2017, Donald J. Trump signed an executive order to formally end the United States' participation in negotiations concerning the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). A multilateral trade deal encompassing the Asia Pacific region, the TPP negotiating members include: Japan (the only country to have domestically ratified the agreement), Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile, and Peru. TAIWAN

The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States - Taiwan

On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was formally sworn in as the 45th President of the United States in Washington, DC. Countries throughout the Asia Pacific weighed in on how they saw relations between the US and their respective countries going forward under the new Trump administration and the "America First" tone of President Trump's inauguration speech. TAIWAN

"Department of Statistics Director-General Lin Lee-jen…

President-Elect Donald Trump's Talks with Asian Leaders - Taiwan

Since his election on November 9, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump has engaged in telephone calls with leaders in the Asia Pacific. A call that he had with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on December 2, 2016, was met with heated debate throughout the region. UPDATE: In a December 12, 2016 interview with Fox News which brought up the phone call, President-elect Trump questioned the need for a "One China" policy. TAIWAN

Republican National Convention - Taiwan

From July 18-21, 2016, the United States held its Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio. During the convention, the Republican Party officially nominated Donald Trump and Mike Pence as its 2016 presidential nominee and vice presidential nominees, respectively, and released its party platform. TAIWAN

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Deputy Secretary Lee Chun-yee, who is leading a delegation to attend the Republican National Convention (RNC), said the…