Academia Sinica’s Institute for European and American Studies’ “Portrait of America” project today announced its latest updatevoteThe results show that only 9.3% of Taiwanese believe that China is a trustworthy country, and 82.7% believe that the threat from China has intensified in recent years.
The “American Portrait” project opened today in Washington, D.C. The Stimson Center, a think tank in Taiwan, released its latest research report, analyzing Taiwanese people’s views on the United States and the development of US-China-Taiwan relations.
Pan Xinxin, associate professor of the Department of Sociology at Soochow University, pointed out that this survey of 1,211 Taiwanese adults from September 14 to 19, 2023 found that 34.03% of Taiwanese people believe that the United States is a credit-worthy country Which is higher than in 2021. This is a significant decline compared to 45.35%.
He assessed that this could be due to the outbreak of war in Ukraine and the reaction of the US government. The US response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has given Taiwanese people a glimpse of the US’s possible response if conflict broke out across the Taiwan Strait.
On the other hand, only 9.3% of Taiwanese believe China is a credit-worthy country, down more than 4 percentage points from 13.5% in 2021. Pan Xinxin believes that this is a strong sign.
Surveys also show that 55.7% of Taiwanese people believe that the United States has recently increased its security guarantees for Taiwan, and 82.7% believe that the threat from China has increased recently. Has intensified over the years.
In terms of US security support for Taiwan, 66.4% of respondents confirmed that US military aircraft and warships regularly sail into the Taiwan Strait, 65.4% of respondents trusted the US President’s public commitment to defend Taiwan , and 59.6% of people believed that visits by high-level US officials to Taiwan would be helpful. This would help the possibility of the United States sending troops to aid Taiwan in the future.
After the outbreak of the epidemic, Taiwanese chips have become the focus of great concern in the international supply chain, and “silicon shield” has become a hot topic.Li Yutang, an associate researcher at the Institute of European and American Studies at Academia Sinica, pointed out that 44.6% people agreedTSMCIts importance to the United States would increase the likelihood of the United States sending troops to aid Taiwan, but 47.9% of people did not agree.
In terms of political party orientation, Li Yutang pointed out that supporters of the Democratic Progressive Party are more certain about the importance of TSMC to Taiwan’s security, while supporters of the Kuomintang and the People’s Party disagree.
In terms of their understanding of the status quo, surveys show that strong support for maintaining the status quo is still the intention of the majority of Taiwanese, with 91.4% of respondents supporting maintaining the status quo. However, in terms of identity, 78.4% of respondents believe that Taiwan and China are not affiliated with each other, and 36.5% of respondents believe that the name of the country of Taiwan is “Republic of China”, 21.1% agreed with “Taiwan, Republic of China”. Furthermore, 62.5% of the people consider themselves Taiwanese, only 2.3% think they are Chinese, and 32.2% think they are both Chinese.