Just over twenty days after the arrest and detention of Taiwanese human rights NGO worker Lee Ming-Che by Chinese authorities, little has been clarified regarding his abduction. On April 10th, Lee Ming-Che’s wife, Lee Ching-Yu, attempted to fly to China in order to search for her husband, but did not even make it out of Taiwan
The possibility of conflict breaking out between Taiwanese youth activists and the DPP seems quite likely in the near future, with discussion of an oversight bill for cross-strait trade deals scheduled for late next week. But although the passage of such a bill was one of the significant demands of the Sunflower Movement, the DPP has stalled and even reversed course multiple times on the issue.
Tsai Ing-Wen's stopover transit in Houston on her way to visit Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and El Salvador and her subsequent meeting with Texas senator and former presidential hopeful Ted Cruz may have drawn hysterics from alarmists, but it is really no more than business as usual. But this non-departure from standard procedure in and of itself is worthy of reflection, and we might take look at how this fits into the current context of Taiwan’s international situation