Politics

Four Referendum Campaigns Launched In The Two Months After Changes To Referendum Act

Amending the so-called “Birdcage Referendum Act” has long been a demand of Taiwanese activists. In particular, holding a nationwide referendum was seen as a way to settle long-standing domestic issues in Taiwanese politics, such as with regards to the usage of nuclear energy in Taiwan, as well as the fundamental issue of independence versus unification, which goes to the heart of Taiwan’s unique political situation in global politics. It may not be too surprising, then, that calls for referendum have now become an object of political contestation on a number of issues. At least four campaigns for referendum are now under way in Taiwan that have been launched in the two months since changes to the Referendum Act in December of last year... Read More

‘Taiwanese Values’ Spat Reflects Divided Assessments Of Ko

Divided views on Taipei mayor Ko Wen-Je are evident in what may be the beginnings of a spat between himself and the Tsai administration, with President Tsai Ing-Wen, who is also chair of the DPP, remaining vague in recent comments on whether the DPP will support him in 2018 elections but stressing that a show of common support for “Taiwanese values” is a necessary precondition for support... Read More

Chinese Women’s League Ruled To Be A KMT-Affiliated Organization

The Tsai administration has taken a decisive step in labelling the Chinese Women’s League to be a KMT-affiliated organization, meaning that the organization has been judged to not be a private organization, but a party organization of the KMT. The saga of the Tsai administration's KMT party assets probe coming into conflict with the Chinese Women's League is a bizarre one, seeing as the Chinese Women's League possesses more financial assets than the KMT publicly declared in 2017. This is illustrative of the vast wealth and resources that the league has if it has more resources at its disposal than one of the two major political parties in Taiwan. Attempts by former chairwoman Cecilia Koo—a former aide of Madame Chiang Kai-Shek—and her allies to defend the league have also been strange, in comparing the party assets probe to the widespread sexual harassment of women that the global #MeToo campaign has lashed out at, and claiming the Chinese Women's League to be the nation's first feminist organization... Read More

New Party Members Part Of Scheme By China To Build Contacts In Taiwan

Controversy continues regarding alleged connections between four New Party members briefly detained by police earlier this month to Zhou Hongxu, a Chinese student studying in Taiwan arrested for spying in September. In particular, recent developments are that Wang Ping-chung, a television personality known for his pro-unification views and the best known of the four New Party members, may have been paid by China to develop a media website in Taiwan, with the eventual aim of developing this into an espionage organization... Read More