Tag Archives: Taiwan

Tienchi Martin-Liao: The 228 Incident is the Legacy of the Taiwanese People

The February 28 Incident, or “228,” was an anti-government uprising in Taiwan against the Kuomintang (KMT) that resulted in a number of deaths, estimated anywhere from 10,000-50,000. Taiwan’s process of historical reflection and apology for the 1947 incident highlights tension between the ways in which both China and Taiwan deal with their individual and shared histories. Continue reading

China Protests Trump’s Taiwan Presidential Phone Call, Media Issues Warnings


President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Lackawanna College Student Union in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Nov. 7, 2016. AFP

China on Monday said it has lodged a diplomatic protest in Washington after United States president-elect Donald Trump took a phone call from the president of Taiwan, an island claimed but never ruled by its ruling Chinese Communist Party. Continue reading

China: Taiwan’s Female Leader ‘Extreme’ Because She’s Single

Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen signs her first document at her new desk following the inauguration ceremony at the Presidential Office in Taipei, Taiwan May 20, 2016.

Taiwan’s new president is “extreme” in her politics because she’s an unmarried woman lacking the emotional balance provided by romantic and family life, a member of China’s body for relations with the self-governing island wrote in a newspaper opinion piece. Continue reading

Chinese rights lawyer takes legal action after Hong Kong, Taiwan-published books seized

Case comes after controversy caused by the disappearance of five booksellers in Hong Kong in an apparent crackdown on the sale of works critical of China’s government

Jun Mai, [email protected]

Yuan Yulai

Yuan Yulai is well known for this legal battles against government departments. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Yuan Yulai, 61, known for high-profile cases has he brought against government departments and ministries, filed the lawsuit in Zhejiang province on Monday. Continue reading

Tienchi Martin-Liao: “I am very, very sorry… I am proud to be Chinese.”

Observers of the recent elections in Taiwan

Observers of the recent elections in Taiwan. Image provided by the author.

Reflections on Taiwan’s recent groundbreaking election.

It was an amazing experience to be an observer to the Taiwan election. Together with a small group of writers and politicians from Europe and Japan, we had the chance to witness the peaceful and passionate election in Taiwan in mid-January. The landslide victory of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was already prognosticated by several poll institutes weeks ago. Tsai Ing-wen became the first female president, meeting all expectations, yet the results in the parliament election were still quite astonishing. The ruling party Kuomintang (KMT) has lost almost 50 percent from its original 64 seats down to 35 seats, giving the DPP to get a comfortable 68 of 113 majority. More stunning is the newly founded (as of January 25, 2015) so called third forces. Some of the young leaders of the New Power Party are coming from the Sunflower Movement. They have won 5 seats and became the third political force in parliament. Continue reading

Mariko Oi: The dark side of Asia’s pop music industry

Chou Tzuyu

Chou Tzuyu found herself in the centre of controversy when she waved the Taiwan flag in a video

They are known as “idols” and their job is “to sell dreams”. For decades, the young pop stars of Japan and South Korea have been the envy of teenagers. Continue reading

Daring Sailboat Escape by Chinese Dissidents Ends in Rescue, Detention by Taiwan



(From L-R) Chinese dissidents Wang Rui, Lu Ning, Su Qianlong, Shi Jian, Wang Rui and Yang Lu Yini prepare to leave Taiwan for Guam in a sailboat, September 2015.
Photo courtesy of Chen Rongli
Last month, three Chinese dissidents from the southwestern megacity of Chongqing escaped by boat to Taiwan, Continue reading

Taiwan Turns Down Asylum Request by 1989 Chinese Democracy Activist

By Ka Pa and Wei Ling


image (1)Rights activist Gong Yujian (R) and former Tiananmen student leader Wu’er Kaixi (L) meet in Taiwan in an undated photo.
(Photo courtesy of Gong Yujian)
UPDATED at 12:42 P.M. EST on 26-08-2015

A veteran Chinese dissident who applied for political asylum in Taiwan during a tourist visit to the democratic island has had his application refused, he told RFA on Wednesday.

Gong Yujian, who served time in a labor camp in the wake of the 1989 Tiananmen Continue reading