September 2018

History Repeats Itself With Proposed Ban On Marxist Book Club At Peking University

The proposed banning of a Marxist book club at Peking University, one of China’s most prestigious and elite universities, is ironic. Namely, as part of its drive towards centralizing authority and advancing its version of Chinese nationalism, the current Chinese government under Xi Jinping purports to return to Marxist fundamentals rather than destabilizing western influences... Read More

Ko’s Position On Cross-Strait Relations Remains Ambiguous, But Suspicion Is Warranted

A recent article by Sunflower Movement student leader Lin Fei-Fan in The Diplomat has provoked strong reactions, with Lin raising questions about whether current Taipei mayor Ko Wen-Je has capitulated to China in terms of his position on cross-strait issues. While some claim that this is baseless, suspicion of Ko is warranted given Ko's increasing closeness to the pan-Blue camp in the years since he became Taipei mayor ... Read More

CEC Faces Challenge Of Combining Conflicting Referendum Proposals

In past months, one has observed a number of conflicting referendum proposals achieving the necessary political benchmarks to be held. The number of referendum proposals currently on the table is inclusive of referendums calling for gay marriage, against gay marriage, for nuclear power, for coal power, and for changing the name under which Taiwan is to participate in 2020 Tokyo Olympics... Read More