Taipei Times: ‘Greater Taipei’ proposal finds a favorable response

New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) and Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang (林右昌) yesterday responded positively to the idea of combining Taipei, New Taipei City and Keelung into one administrative entity, which was broached by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) earlier this week. Ko on Wednesday said that the concept of the six special municipalities […]

Taipei Times: Ko: Cross-party relations is ‘new political thinking’

… Having the state pay the cost of raising children up to six years old is possible, but the details of the policy must be laid out, because where the money is going to come from is a big problem, as well as whether wealthy families would be excluded, Ko said. “A big problem is […]

Ketagalan Media: Observations on Rising Populism in Taiwan Politics

… In today’s Taiwan, all the above described types of populist politics are thriving due to the collective sentiments of groups of people feeling left behind by the pro-reform movements, and by perceptions of growing political support from the administration and political elites of progressive (e.g., same-sex marriage) and reformist (e.g., pension reforms) policies. The […]

Taipei Times: NPP to be most affected by Ko’s new party: Huang

… “Ko’s new party will have the biggest impact on the NPP,” Huang said on Facebook. Nonetheless, he said he was happy to see the new party formed, because it is normal for political parties to have to compete for voters’ support. As with every other new party, the TPP must stand up to public […]

Frozen Garlic: The NPP’s internal divisions, Ko’s new party, and the China Cleavage

Every now and then, an international media outlet will publish a story on Taiwan elections that interprets everything through the lens of relations with China. For example, someone might write a story saying that, after the recent events in Hong Kong, the DPP’s presidential prospects are surging. Every time this happens, a gaggle of Taiwan-based […]

Taipei Times: Presidential Office’s Ting to sue Ko over corruption comment

Presidential Office spokesman Ting Yun-kung (丁允恭) yesterday said that he would sue Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) over his accusation that people around President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) are corrupt. On Monday, Ko said that although Tsai is not corrupt herself, “everyone around you [Tsai] is knee-deep in graft.” …

Taipei Times: Ko party petition clears legal step

A petition to block Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) from registering his political party under the name Taiwan People’s Party (台灣民眾黨) passed its initial legal review, the online public policy platform showed yesterday. From its launch on Friday last week to press time last night, the petition had gathered 1,115 signatures. It must collect 5,000 […]

Taipei Times: Ko elected chairman at TPP founding

… Ko said that the TPP was founded to change Taiwan’s political culture, as the ideological battle between the two major parties has left the nation in a rut and led to friction over the past two decades. He said that his foremost principle is to promote the nation’s “general interests and the public’s maximum […]