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A think tank affiliated with the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Friday held an advisory meeting on cross-strait discourse, at which some people said that the party should take a “constructive localization route” that prioritizes Taiwan and its people. Participants said that the KMT should end its “comprador culture” and rediscover its role as a platform for cross-strait communication, the National Policy Foundation said in a statement. The KMT cares considerably about the democratization of...

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… Under some trees behind a toilet block a few makeshift tables worth of older local men were avidly playing a popular local card game Da Lao Er (Big 2), “betting” with go chips and enjoying a cigarette or two out of the way of any families that might feel inclined to report them for breaking the no smoking policy. We asked the elderly men what they thought of their mayor, Han Kuo-yu 韓國瑜, who...

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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 election campaign, which was heavily reliant on promoting an image of Kaohsiung as a decrepit city, Yin stepped down from...

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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 on Thursday, said petition organizing group WeCare Kaohsiung, which, along with the Taiwan Statebuilding Party, this week continued the signature...

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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 participation and voting processes from Taiwan. At 4:30 p.m. on January 11, 2020, a polling station in a first-floor classroom...

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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 (陳冠榮), Wecare Kaohsiung founder Aaron Yin (尹立), and Taiwan Statebuilding Party News Department deputy director Chang Po-yang (張博洋) said that...

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NOTE: the author uses “he” for Audrey Tang, which is not in accordance with her self identity. In May 2019, the Swedish research institute V‑Dem published its annual Democracy report. It concluded that Taiwan is subjected to more foreign disinformation than any other country in the world. Most of it, though not all, originates in China. However, Beijing’s comprehensive information operation against Taiwan failed spectacularly in the recent elections of the president and the legislative...

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A petition to recall Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) garnered 117,818 signatures in five days, the organizers of the petition said yesterday. Before bowing in front of cameras for 30 seconds at a news conference in Kaohsiung, the four organizers said they aimed to collect 300,000 signatures within 30 days, before the petition drive ends. … “This is quite a monumental result, so we bow to you, Kaohsiung,” Chen said, commenting on the number of...

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A recall motion against New Power Party Kaohsiung City Councillor Huang Jie (黃捷), a vocal opponent of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu, has reportedly passed the first threshold according to a report by the United Daily News.  The recall was launched by fans of Mayor Han in response to the Wecare-led recall efforts against Han, which has already reached phase two.  According to the report, organizers as of Jan. 30 had already collected 2900 signatures, above...