'Farce in Fiji' is Chinese diplomacy in a nutshell

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) — Sometimes you read a news story and have to pause and check that it isn’t satire. That was certainly the case earlier this week with "cake-gate" or the ...

The US could learn a thing or two about freedom of expression

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) – With President Donald Trump lagging behind Joe Biden in the polls, there has been much debate about whether he will spring an "October surprise" in an attempt...

China’s hostage diplomacy will only provoke more international ire

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) — It’s a curious thing. At a time when Taiwan is building ever-closer ties with the West and awareness of the Chinese regime's brutality is at an all-time high,...

Will Trump spring ‘October surprise’ and recognize Taiwan?

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) — The scenes that have unfolded over the past few weeks at the White House and the Walter Reed National Medical Center have been pure Hollywood — and pure Donald Tr...

KMT political games fall flat

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) — The KMT sprung a surprise in the Legislative Yuan earlier this week when they introduced two new resolutions urging the Taiwanese government to foster closer ties with ...

Xi’s carbon-neutral pledge doesn't stand up to scrutiny

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) — Chinese dictator Xi Jinping (習近平) was given a platform at the UN General Assembly last week to whitewash his regime's culpability for the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic...

Taiwan has once-in-a-lifetime chance to forge new alliances

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) – Not too many English-speaking Taiwan observers will be keen readers of the French newspaper Le Monde. But, if they were, they would have spotted an article earlier this...

Taiwan's KMT should be barred from Straits Forum

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) – It has been an extremely difficult year for the Kuomintang (KMT). Its populist candidate Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) was heavily defeated in the presidential elections and then...

New passport design offers practical and diplomatic benefits

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) – A few years ago, I flew into Maastricht in the Netherlands with my Taiwanese wife and brother-in-law. After an uneventful flight, we passed through the small and quiet ...

Time for Biden to stand up to China and back Taiwan

Kaohsiung (Taiwan News) – At the start of the year Taiwan went through what was arguably the most important presidential election of the country’s democratic era, as Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) com...

Key lessons from Kaohsiung’s mayoral by-election

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) — The political currents swirling around the office of mayor in Kaohsiung have involved high drama and hyperbole as the Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) era came and — not a moment...

Kinmen swimmer could be first in wave of asylum seekers from China

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) – The arrival of an asylum seeker from China on a beach in Kinmen last weekend understandably drew headlines across Taiwan and beyond. The 45-year old said he had swum...

How The Lancet backed Beijing and lost all credibility

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) – The Lancet is one of the oldest and most reputable medical journals in the world, but as the world tackles what is arguably the biggest global health crisis of its 197-...

Twinning a tantalizing opportunity

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) – The dreaming spires of Oxford will be brighter in the morning sun for Taiwanese students, once university life in the U.K. returns to normal following the Wuhan coronav...

China's flawed South China Sea sovereignty claims exposed by US

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) – Placing your trust in U.S. President Donald Trump is rather like entrusting your big life decisions to the roll of a dice. No matter what has come before, you can never...