The Covid-19 outbreak since 2020 has led to international border closures, restricted trade and travel, as well as a gravely wounded global economy. A global shortage of ICT chips came about because of disrupted supply chains. Taiwan, however, was able to hold its ground as a significant ICT chips exporter due to effective pandemic prevention measures. Taiwan then amazed the world with its generous donations of pandemic prevention materials such as face masks to other countries. Later on, when Taiwan needed vaccines this year, those who used to be beneficiary countries became fervent vaccine donors to Taiwan. Unexpectedly, Taiwan gained a renewed round of attention from the world henceforth. Many have realized for the first time that Taiwan is a democracy very different from China.
The Tsai administration proclaims, "Taiwan can help, and Taiwan is helping." But under the current global environment, Taiwan's 2009 version of White Paper on Foreign Aid Policy founded on political purpose and diplomatic consideration is no longer pertinent. It is time for the government to update the white paper with renewed concepts more in line with international trends and sustainable development goals propelled by the United Nations and infuse the "Taiwan brand" concept promoted by NGOs and enterprises.
Having evaluated democratic systems in particular states, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), introduces the term of “Flawed Democracy” to indicate that democratic systems have shown faults in various aspects. Compared to “Full Democracy,”