Politics

The Taipei Dome Controversy And Issues Of Entrenched Political Corruption In Taiwan?

Controversy over the Taipei Dome continues, having dragged out at this point for years, with all members of the Taipei Dome safety review committee listed as defendants in the ongoing criminal investigation into the Taipei Dome’s construction process. The controversy is revealing of the endemic problem of political corruption in infrastructure development projects in Taiwan... Read More

China Quarterly Censorship Prompts Shock And Anger

Outrage and shock has broken out in the academic world and beyond with the censoring of articles from the China Quarterly, a leading journal of the China studies published by Cambridge University Press, in order to comply with orders from the Chinese party-state. Apart from this being revealing about the Chinese party-state's need to suppress information in order to prevent dissent, this may also return to inherent challenges of China Studies... Read More

Is China Planning To Carve Out Spheres Of Influence In Hong Kong?

China may at present be adopting the strategy of arrogating territory within Hong Kong as subject to Chinese law in the Chinese mainland, rather than Hong Kong law as specified by the Hong Kong Basic Law, with the claim that this land is being leased to China. We see this with regards to the West Kowloon train station, in which sections of the station will be subject to Chinese rather than Hong Kong law. There is the dangerous possibility that China is establishing future legal grounds to put down resistance against its rule in Hong Kong—perhaps even using armed force... Read More