Daily Maverick: China turns the screws on Eswatini

China is threatening to “cripple” Eswatini business and economic development should it not switch allegiance from Taiwan to China immediately. In astrongly worded and threatening seven-page statement, China’s ambassador to Pretoria, Lin Songtian, said “no diplomatic relations, no more business benefits”.  He also implied that other African countries could be pressured to shun Eswatini at […]

Taipei Times: Virus Outbreak: Measures ready if Manila keeps ban, source says

The government hopes to maintain Taipei-Manila rapport, but has listed seven to eight countermeasures if the Philippines persists in its travel ban on Taiwanese visitors, a source familiar with the matter said yesterday. On Monday, the Philippines — one of the countries covered by the government’s New Southbound Policy — added Taiwan to its temporary […]

Washington Post: State Department excludes Taiwan from Religious Freedom Alliance

For the past two years, the Taiwanese government has worked hard to be a part of the State Department’s efforts to promote religious freedom around the world. But when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the inauguration of the International Religious Freedom Alliance last week in Washington, Taiwan was intentionally excluded from being part of […]

Taipei Times: Virus Outbreak: China’s permission not needed for WHO forum: MOFA

Taiwan did not need China’s permission to join a WHO expert forum, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday, blasting China for politicizing a public health issue to shift global attention away from its failure to contain an outbreak of COVID-19. The WHO on Tuesday convened a two-day forum in Geneva, Switzerland, on critical […]

Reuters: Taiwan says U.S. flies bombers near island after China’s drills

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Three U.S. Air Force planes, including two B-52 bombers, flew near Taiwan on Wednesday, the island’s defense ministry said, after Taiwan’s air force scrambled earlier in the week to intercept Chinese jets. … Speaking in Singapore, a senior U.S. State Department official, Clarke Cooper, referred to the Chinese flights and told CNBC […]

Ketagalan Media: The Rise and Fall of Han Kuo-yu (Part 2): 30 Years of Democracy

The fact that Chiang Ching-kuo’s legacy has gripped Taiwanese society for the past thirty years shows how we haven’t, or has refused to, address our past. The mainstream in Taiwan’s society has been the very boomer generation that came of age during Chiang’s era. They are overly confident in their accomplishments, to the point where […]

The Diplomat: Taiwan’s Electoral System Puts the US to Shame

The looming 2020 U.S. presidential election will no doubt spark debate about the electoral college yet again, and the delayed and contested results from the Iowa caucus, the first test in the Democratic primary process, have already brought outrage. With that background in mind, the United States could learn a valuable lesson about improving democratic […]

Taiwan News: Petition to recall Kaohsiung Mayor expected to clear 2nd hurdle

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — WeCare Kaohsiung, organizer of the recall campaign against Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), said Wednesday (Feb. 12) that it has received 230,753 signatures, which is sufficient for the petition to proceed to a public vote. During an event in southern port city Wednesday morning, the petition’s lead organizer Chen Kuan-jung […]

Taipei Times: KMT chair candidates voice support for reforms

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) and former KMT vice chairman Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday presented their platforms as candidates in the party’s chairperson by-election to be held on March 7. … “No matter which of the two of us serves as the chairman of the KMT, we will face difficult reforms,” Chiang […]