Politics

Accusations Of Nepotism Against DPP Second-Generation Politicians

A wave of mockery from Internet netizens has broken out against second-generation politicians that are the children of established politicians, with plans by children of both pan-Green and pan-Blue politicians to run for office. In particular, however, the DPP has been singled out for criticism with the view that this is a sign of how the DPP is no different from the KMT in terms of how it conducts politics... Read More

Questions For Taipei City Officials Regarding Sing! China Attacks Remain Unresolved

Questions about attacks last week on students and pro-independence demonstrators at the Sing! China event last week remain unresolved, with collusion between Taipei city officials, pro-China gangsters, and the Chinese government itself now alleged at high levels. Many questions remain to be answered not only by Ko Wen-Je’s political administration and the Taipei city police, but also as to why the Mainland Affairs Council would allow the event to take place... Read More

Amos Yee’s Release Raises Question Of Continued Singaporean Authoritarianism

The release of Amos Yee and the acceptance of his bid for asylum in the United States should be celebrated, seeing as this means that the eighteen year old political dissident has escaped political persecution in his native Singapore. Nevertheless, what should be lamented is that Yee spent nine and a half months in American prisons while his application for asylum was being processed. And it should be questioned as to what comes next for Singapore now that its most famous political dissident has successfully gained asylum after escaping from Singapore... Read More

Rolls-Royce Purchases Prompts Mockery, Criticism Of Rulaizong Spiritual Leader

Taiwan's many Buddhist, Daoist, and New Age religious cults are in the news once again, with a recent wave of mockery by Taiwanese netizens directed at Miaochan, the spiritual leader of the Rulaizong Buddhist organization, which claims to practice Zen Buddhism. This follows on the heels of news that Rulaizong purchased two Rolls-Royces for Miaochan, adding to past accusations of internal corruption within the organization... Read More

New Food Labelling Regulations Fails To Address High Sugar Content In Taiwanese Food Products

Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) recently issued a statement reminding vendors who want to label their products as health foods that the limit on free sugar content in registered health food products is 25 grams or 6 teaspoons per serving. But this ultimately does not reduce the issue of the high amount of sugar in Taiwanese food... Read More

Post-Hato Macau Stokes Fears Of Chinese Administrative Rule In Hong Kong

Typhoon Hato battered the city of Macau late last month, leaving a dozen residents dead and millions of dollars in damage. The typhoon also exposed the extent to which the Macau Special Administrative District is reliant upon the central government for its survival, as the Chinese government moved quickly into the city following the natural disaster... Read More

After Nuclear Testing By North Korea, Uncharted Territory For The International Community Lies Ahead

With recent nuclear testing by North Korea, following claims by the rogue nation that it has manufactured a hydrogen bomb, times are highly dangerous not only for the Asia Pacific, but the world at large. North Korea was rocked by strong tremors on Sunday, with North Korea claiming that this was hydrogen bomb testing. This was North Korea’s sixth nuclear weapons test and was ten times more powerful than its fifth weapons test, making the test on Sunday North Korea’s most powerful weapons test yet... Read More

The Tsai Administration To Turn Over A New Leaf Though A Cabinet And Premier Reshuffle?

With Lin Chuan's resignation as premier and his replacement by William Lai, as well as an impending cabinet shuffle, changes would be afoot in the Tsai administration. As has been pointed out, very likely the Tsai administration has its eye on midterm approval ratings with its reshuffle, but the switch is probably also aimed at turning over a new leaf in the public eye... Read More