April 2017

Chinese Asylum Seeker Denied Application To Stay By Tsai Administration

The rejection of Chinese asylum seeker Zhang Xiangzhong’s application for asylum in Taiwan illustrates the Tsai administration’s unwillingness to rock the boat on cross-strait matters at present. This is likely indicative of a highly conservative impulse in the Tsai administration’s current attempts to maintain a stable relationship between Taiwan and China

What Can Taiwan Learn From China’s Boycott Of South Korea Over THAAD?

As another country in the Asia Pacific which faces the threat of China using its large economy as a political weapon, Taiwan stands to learn greatly from the effects of the Chinese boycott on South Korea due the deployment of the American-manufactured Terminal High Altitude Area Defense antimissile defense system in South Korea. But the lessons Taiwan stands to take away are, in fact, counterintuitive

Threats To Regional Peace Set To Rise After North Korean Missile Test?

Many questions for regional peace in the Asia Pacific are up in the air after a failed missile test by North Korea today. It was speculated that North Korea may launch a nuclear missile test today to commemorate the birthday of Kim Il-Sung on April 15th. Today’s missile test was not a nuclear test, but it may precede such a test, and tensions will only increase in the region after it

Alternative Military Service Program Points To State-Corporate Ties, Exploitation Of Youth As Cheap Labor

The recent introduction of an alternative military service program which allows draftees to work jobs in fast food chains, convenience stores, and other service industry jobs to fulfill their military service requirement have provoked much scorn, particularly from Taiwanese netizens. Yet the program should raise concerns not only about ties between large corporations and the state, but about the exploitation of youth as cheap labor