American Citizens for Taiwan: Be Vigilant: China Will Pit The Local Against The Center

… The deals with Kaohsiung were only part of Beijing’s efforts — it also wooed Nantou and Hualien, local governments run by non-ruling party politicians. The purpose of these policies, generally trade and tourism sweeteners, is to build support for Beijing in local areas, and to create centers of resistance and evasion towards Taiwan’s central […]

Focus Taiwan: Ted Cruz introduces draft ‘Taiwan SOS Act’

Washington, Feb. 13 (CNA) United States Senator Ted Cruz introduced Thursday a bill that would allow Taiwanese diplomats and military people to display Taiwan’s flag and wear their uniform while in the U.S. on official business. The new bill, titled the Taiwan Symbols of Sovereignty (Taiwan SOS) Act, was submitted to ease the U.S.’s ban […]

The Diplomat: Taiwan Bars Children of Taiwanese-Chinese Couples From Repatriation Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Taiwan has a frequently acrimonious relationship with the government of China, but the country’s response to the novel coronavirus outbreak has almost entirely steered clear of the discrimination toward Chinese nationals seen in countries throughout the world. Taiwan’s government has also shied away from politicizing the virus, focusing mainly on a successful domestic containment strategy […]

Taipei Times: Virus Outbreak: Philippines removes Taiwan from ban

The Philippine government yesterday decided to remove Taiwan from a temporary travel ban, its second reversal this month amid an outbreak of COVID-19 in China and the shadow of Beijing’s influence. “The [Philippine presidential] palace confirms that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease has resolved to lift the travel restrictions […]

The Article: The Czech Republic vs China

When, in late 2018, Zdenek Hrib was named the new mayor of Prague, few predicted that he would refashion Czech politics, and certainly not over the rather trivial issue of who is the capital city’s international sister city. As a politician from the anti-establishment Pirate Party, the third largest in the Czech Republic, Hrib had […]

Topics: Nuclear Decommissioning Stuck in Limbo

After the second reactor of the Chinshan nuclear power plant reached the end of its 40-year licensing period last July, the plant became the first of Taiwan’s three nuclear power facilities to enter the stage of decommissioning. The step is in line with the Tsai Ing-wen administration’s goal of transforming Taiwan into a “nuclear-free homeland” […]

Ketagalan Media: Aaron Yin of WeCare Kaohsiung Forges Ahead to Recall Mayor Han Kuo-yu

Aaron Yin 尹立 is the initiator of WeCare Kaohsiung, one of the civic organizations jointly running a campaign to hold a recall vote against Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu 韓國瑜. In 2016, Yin, who has a background in design, was appointed as the Director-General of the Kaohsiung Cultural Bureau. In the later stages of Han’s mayoral […]

Taipei Times: Han recall petition drive nears own signature goal

A petition to recall Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) has garnered 270,639 signatures since it began on Jan. 29, bolstering confidence that a goal of 300,000 would be met this weekend before the documents are submitted to the Kaohsiung Election Commission, petition organizers said yesterday. The New Power Party alone submitted more than 10,000 signatures […]