April 2017

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

First Trump-Xi Meeting Goes Off Without a Hitch, Uncertainty Still Looms Large For Taiwan

Though world may have awaited with baited breath the first meeting between recently-inaugurated US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping at Trump’s Florida club Mar-a-Lago which occurred last week, reports coming out of the two-day event indicate an almost entirely conventional summit with no major surprises. Nevertheless, uncertainty still looms large for Taiwan... Read More