The Australian: Taiwan votes for freedom, so let’s do a free trade deal

… A few years back, the government walked away from a free-trade deal with Taiwan after Beijing signalled its displeasure. The Coalition has successfully ­negotiated free-trade deals with South Korea, Japan, China and Hong Kong since 2013. It should reward Taiwan’s courage by offering it a free-trade agreement as well. Taiwan, like us heavily dependent […]

CNN: Taiwan has slipped through China’s fingers, but will Beijing ever admit it?

Hong Kong (CNN)Speaking in 1995, a hundred years after Japan’s seizure of Taiwan, then Chinese President Jiang Zemin said it was the “sacred mission and lofty goal of the entire Chinese people” to see the unification of the island with mainland China. In Hong Kong two years later, Jiang oversaw the implementation of the model […]

VOA: Taiwan Elections Belie Notion of ‘Asian Value,’ Says Analyst

WASHINGTON – For Washington-based U.S. analysts, Saturday’s Taiwan elections were a threefold victory, for President Tsai Ing-wen and her ruling Democratic Progressive Party, Taiwan as a whole, and the very concept of democracy in Asia. “There’s this debate, which I always thought was a dishonest debate” about whether democracy as a form of governance is […]

Vox: Taiwan’s single-payer success story — and its lessons for America

HUALIEN COUNTY, Taiwan — Thirty years ago, before she dyed her hair pink to cover up the white, Dr. Huei-wen Tien came to Xiulin, a township on the east coast of Taiwan severed from the island’s urban centers by a formidable mountain range. She had agreed to serve for 10 years in an aboriginal community […]

Focus Taiwan: Young KMT members urge party to review position on China policy

Taipei, Jan. 13 (CNA) The heavy defeat suffered by the Kuomintang (KMT) in Saturday’s presidential and legislative elections has sparked calls for internal reforms and a review of its stance on relations with China from its younger members. The 28-year-old “1992 consensus” the KMT has advocated as the basis for interaction between Taiwan and China […]

Taipei Times: 2020 Elections Analysis: Local factions lose power: academics

… Regarding the prospect of the TPP — which emerged as the third-largest party in the legislature by winning 11.2 percent of the party vote for five legislator-at-large seats, Chen said the party’s sole purpose is to advance Ko’s popularity. To this aim, Ko has purposefully placed his most trustworthy aide, former Taipei City Government […]

Taipei Times: KMT task force to review options

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) is to form a task force to review its defeats in Saturday’s presidential and legislative elections, and propose plans to reform the party, KMT deputy spokesman Huang Hsin-hua (黃心華) said yesterday. Top party officials met for the first time since the elections, and the party’s “major setbacks” were discussed and […]

Taipei Times: Su and Cabinet resign, but Su to stay on

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) led his Cabinet in resigning en masse yesterday evening, weeks earlier than required by the Constitution, following Saturday’s elections that saw President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) win re-election and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) retain its legislative majority. However, Su will continue to serve as premier after the president earlier in the […]