International

Does China Plan On Investigating Taiwanese Companies For Their Political Donations?

DPP legislators would in the past week make allegations that the Chinese government has begun investigating whether Taiwanese businesses operating in China have made donations to the pan-Green political camp. If found to have done so, the Chinese government reportedly intends to take punitive measures against such companies, forcing them to make statements acknowledging the 1992 Consensus or otherwise acknowledging a political stance that Taiwan is a part of China ... Read More

Deportation Of Former City Councillor To Philippines On Drug Charges Demonstrates Hypocrisy On Refugee Policy

Taiwan continues to prove an unfriendly place to refugees, with the deportation of Ricardo "Ardot" Parojinog back to the Philippines late last month. Parojinog was suspected of drug trafficking in the Philippines and it is possible that he may be killed after he returns, given current Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte's campaign of state-sanctioned violence and extrajudicial executions against drug dealers and users... Read More

What Are The Takeaways From Tsai’s US Visit?

A recent visit by Taiwanese president to America has received much attention, with this being seen as a sign of stronger ties between Taiwan and America in the wake of the passage of the Taiwan Travel Act. However, first, the visit represents incremental change far more than it does a substantial break from previous American policy towards Taiwan, and second, one actually observes increased wariness of the Trump administration from the Tsai administration in the course of the visit... Read More

Politicization Of Comfort Women Issue Prevents Justice For Being Realized For Survivors

Unfortunately, it continues to be unlikely that Taiwanese comfort women who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese empire will see justice in their lifetimes given the politicization of the issue by both pan-Blue and pan-Green political actors, and the reluctance of the current Japanese government to make any genuine apology for its actions during World War II... Read More

Anger After 85°C Declares Support For 1992 Consensus Following Visit By Tsai

It is not too surprising that anger would break out from the public after Taiwanese bakery chain 85°C issued a public statement claiming that it upholds the 1992 Consensus and views both sides of the Taiwan Straits as part of one family. On the other hand, it is also not too surprising that 85°C would make such a declaration either... Read More

America’s Indo-Pacific Initative Seems To Be Asia Pivot Redux

With the Trump administration touting its “Indo-Pacific initiative,” some in Taiwan have taken this as a hopeful sign that the Trump administration plans to step up pressure against China. It is further hoped that this will mean stronger American support for Taiwan. However, the perpetual dilemma that Taiwan faces regarding the US-Taiwan security relationship continues to loom in the background. Namely, stronger US actions against China does not necessarily entail stronger support for Taiwan, even if it sometimes does. And this is something that many in Taiwan have failed to reckon with... Read More

Report On Cross-Strait Tunnel Is Simply More Pro-China Propaganda From SCMP

A strange, rather lengthy report by Beijing-based correspondent Stephen Chen appeared in the South China Morning Post on August 6th, claiming that Beijing is “planning [the] world’s longest rail tunnel to link Taiwan to mainland,” and written as though this tunnel would begin construction in the immediate future. This article should serve as a reminder that, while the South China Morning Post has regained some measure of journalistic objectivity in the past half year or so, the newspaper still often publishes pro-Beijing propaganda with little factual basis... Read More