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Exiled Lawyer Warns of “Long Arm” of Chinese Government Influence

Exiled Chinese human rights lawyer and activist Teng Biao is calling attention to the “long arm” of China’s global influence operations, which have led to increasing self-censorship on the part of Western companies and other institutions seeking access to the Chinese market. Edward...

U.S. Unveils New Facility for “De Facto Embassy” in Taiwan

With the world’s eyes focused on Singapore—where U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a landmark summit this week—the U.S. quietly unveiled a new $255 million representative office for the American Institute in Taipei. The AIT has since the 1979 severing of ...

228 Massacre redux

Words do mean thingsThe language that people use to write about Taiwan is a touchy subject, and many people can't get it right. Or they can, but they won't. There are many examples, but I just want to talk about one today: The 228 Massacre.I used to say "228 Incident" myself, but when someone correc...

Ma Ying-jeou government under fire again

As time moves forward, Ma's administration moves backwardA group of 39 observers of Taiwanese politics from around the world -- many of whom were part of an earlier series of open letters on the erosion of justice in Taiwan under the Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) government -- is in the news yet again. T...

What’s wrong with Taiwan’s current electoral system

A lesson for Taiwan's swing voters about the importance of legislative electionsMany people in Taiwan believe that as long as they have right to vote, then they live in a democratic society. Few people would further examine whether they are actually able to go to the polls under fair rules. Fair rul...

The 2013 Cross-Strait Crisis: Day 18 – Speech by President Ma

On Sunday the 17th of March 2013, President Ma Ying-jeou went on national television at 8pm in the evening to address the public and the approximately 7.5m protestors occupying the centers of Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Tainan, Hsinchu and over 20 other towns.  The protests had first begu...

Frank Hsieh’s campaign genius, starting with the 2010 Taichung mayoral election campaign

After the Mayoral and city council election on 27th November, many have noticed and commented on the impressive performance by Su Jia-chyuan (e.g. Michael Turton and Nathan Batto) in the Taichung race, battling from polling 30% behind incumbent Jason Hu to losing by 3% of the votes. This was the clo...