Ketagalan Media: Taiwan Can’t Control Its Temples and China Knows It

A Mirror Media report dated October 23rd revealed that the Chinese Unification Promotion Party had infiltrated 30 local temples throughout Taiwan, sparking public outcry. Curiously on the same day, the abbot of the Bennyuannshan Amitabha Lecture Hall Temple, located in Taichung, “encouraged” 40 college students to go to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office to “watch […]

Frozen Garlic: Populism and Han Kuo-yu

How are we to understand Han Kuo-yu? How did he rise from nowhere last year to become one of the central figures of Taiwan’s politics? And how has his popularity fallen so dramatically over the course of this year? I have been asked versions of this question repeatedly over the past 16 months, and I […]

Taipei Times: 2020 Elections: Candidates clash in presidential debate

… Han, the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) candidate, drew to speak first. He asked Tsai and Soong whether they are religious and whether they think he would go to hell if he performed poorly as president and allowed corruption in his administration. Due to his belief in the existence of gods, “I would never dare […]

Taipei Times: 2020 Elections: Han, Soong, Tsai field media questions

… Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) presidential candidate, said: “The main concept in national defense is that ‘war has no winners, peace has no losers.’ To avoid war is what a smart president would do… Taiwan faces a low birthrate, so we must develop uncrewed artificial intelligence weapons.” “We thank […]

Taipei Times: 2020 Elections: Candidates face off in televised debate

… Han said that he would not forget his roots and pledged to spend three days of the week in Kaohsiung if elected president. He would develop northern and southern Taiwan to bolster the nation’s economy, Han said. He called the DPP the “biggest Taiwan-selling corporation,” accusing Tsai of deceiving supporters of Taiwanese independence, the […]

Taipei Times: 2020 Elections: TPP aims to become largest party: Ko

… Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), who is also TPP chairman, told a news conference at the Taiwan New Cultural Movement Memorial Museum in Taipei that the party would not settle for being the third-largest, but would set its sights on becoming the largest party that shapes Taiwan’s politics. Holding an event at the museum […]

Taipei Times: 2020 Elections: KMT backs Han proposal on SID, urges DPP probe

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday echoed Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu’s (韓國瑜) proposal to reinstate the Special Investigation Division (SID), saying that the agency should probe what it called the “top 10 questionable cases” allegedly involving Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members. Before it was abolished in January 2017, the division was an agency under the […]

Taipei Times: 2020 Elections: CUPP at-large candidate probed over vote-buying

The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office said that Ho Jianghua (何建華), a legislator-at-large nominee for the Chinese Unification Promotion Party (CUPP), could be charged with vote-buying after allegedly leading a five-day tour on which most expenses were paid by the Chinese government. … The investigation is “political persecution,” Ho said, adding that the tour was unrelated […]