Politics

Pan-Blue Attacks on Chen Shih-chung Over Karaoke Video Accused of Being Disinformation

Attacks from the pan-Blue camp on Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, who also heads the Central Epidemic Command Center that coordinates Taiwan’s fight against COVID-19, have become particularly intense in the last few weeks. Criticisms focus on a video of Chen Shih-chung singing karaoke without his mask on, which the KMT alleges to have been a recent video. It is unclear how the video leaked online...

Peng Shuai Disappearance Casts Shadow on China Ahead of 2022 Beijing Olympics

The disappearance of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, who was ranked #1 internationally by the World Tennis Organization, has made international headlines in the past weeks. Fellow international tennis players ranging from Naomi Osaka to Chris Evert have expressed concern about Peng’s whereabouts, some stressing long years of acquaintanceship with Peng on the tennis court...

The NPP and DPP Split on the Referendum Vote

With the national referendum scheduled for next month, notably, the DPP is the only political party represented in the legislature that will stake out a “no” vote on three of the four referendum questions. This includes the NPP, a fellow pan-Green party, voting in approval of three questions that the DPP intends to call on its supporters to vote down. However, this is probably ultimately driven by the NPP’s need to distinguish itself from the DPP more than anything else...

What China Studies Scholars Can Do about the Xinjiang Crisis

In 2019, at a dinner conversation with several established China scholars, I mentioned that it is dangerous for me to return to China and do further research because of the dire situation in Xinjiang. A professor from China was puzzled, ‘Why is that? I go back to my field site every year!’ I sighed but quickly explained to her, ‘Because right now the government has campaigns targeting Turkic Muslim people, and I am from one of these communities.’...