Foreign Policy:Taiwan’s War on Fake News Is Hitting the Wrong Targets

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen faked her college degree. And she’s a secret lesbian who wants to corrupt Taiwan’s children. And she’s selling out the country to Japan and the United States. None of this is true—but it’s been all over parts of Taiwanese social media. A flood of disinformation has threatened to drown Taiwan in […]

Commonwealth: Taiwan vs. Republic of China, the Brewing Generational Conflict

… Don’t let his passion for Taiwanese politics and election paraphernalia fool you. Batto is a golden-haired, bright-eyed American citizen. “In Taiwan, identity and sovereignty surpass every other topic.” Batto has studied Taiwanese politics for three decades; he knows his stuff. “The entire political climate in Taiwan still revolves around two simple questions: ‘what is […]

Devpolicy Blog: Comparing China’s and Taiwan’s aid to the Pacific

… In terms of aid volume, Chinese aid to PICs totalled US$1.05 billion between 2011 and 2016, which is nearly four times Taiwan’s cumulative aid (US$271 million). However, given the larger populations of the Pacific states that recognise China, the per capita aid spending of China in the Pacific is US$108, which is less than […]

Focus Taiwan: KMT interim chairman’s call for age limit draws opposition

Taipei, Jan. 20 (CNA) A call by interim Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Lin Rong-te (林榮德) for members of the party’s main decision-making committee older than 60 to resign has drawn criticism from some committee members who feel the body should consist of people of all ages. Lin, who is heading the party after Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) […]

Taipei Times: Second petition to recall Han launching next week

Leaders of the campaign to recall Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) yesterday said that they would launch the second stage of the recall process on Wednesday next week, aiming to gather 300,000 signatures in 30 days. … In the second phase, the initiators of the petition have 60 days to collect the signatures of 10 […]

Taipei Times: Justice commission budget cut expected to be voted on

The Legislative Yuan is today expected to vote on a proposal to cut the Transitional Justice Commission’s budget by more than half. … Following a series of cross-caucus negotiations, 40 budget proposals have yet to be approved, including one proposed by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to cut the commission’s budget. They are expected to […]

Taipei Times: Cross-strait policy must change: KMT group

A group of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) members known as “+1” yesterday called for a debate among party members on cross-strait policy. To facilitate discussion on the subject, “+1” has launched a Facebook group with the same name and invited party members and others to propose new ideas for the party’s cross-strait policy. “The KMT […]