It’s time for Taiwan to get less serious about Communist China

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) — Cross-straits relations are undoubtedly a serious matter. They are about the preservation of Taiwan’s hard-earned freedoms and democracy, facing down the hosti...

The time is right for Taiwan's President Tsai to address the US Congress

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) -- Last Friday, Richard C. Bush wrote an article for the Brookings Institution arguing against the suggestion that Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) should be invited to a...

What ‘One Country Two Systems’ would really mean for Taiwan

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) -- It is possible that you are not an avid reader of the Japanese newspaper, the Yomiuri Shimbun. You may not, therefore, have taken in their op-ed which addressed the Chinese ...

The time is right for Canada to switch diplomatic recognition from Communist China to Taiwan

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) -- It is not often that a country’s ambassadorial changes make headlines around the world. However, the revelation on Jan. 27 that Canada had effectively sacked its Chine...

Why Taiwan should make more of a fuss about its recycling success story

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) - Für Elise, or Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor to give it its full and proper title, is one of Ludwig van Beethoven’s most popular compositions. But it was very nearly ...

Xi's Taiwan speech, its intended audience, and how it played into the DPP’s hands

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) -- As the dust settles on the latest "make or break" moment in cross-strait relations, it appears that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Xi Jinping’s spe...

China’s irresponsible handling of African swine fever outbreak risk SARS 2.0

The African swine fever epidemic that is currently sweeping through China is beginning to look as serious as the SARS crisis that hit the southern part of the country around 15 years ago. Indeed, many...

Why all of Taiwan needs Transitional Justice to work

Transitional Justice is back in the news this week after the Transitional Justice Commission (TJC) published its biannual report which made various recommendations, the majority of which seem eminentl...

Taiwan’s Top 5 Night Market delicacies

Most countries have a dining experience that is unique and quintessential to their culture. In the USA, it is traditional American diner, in the UK, a pub, and in Taiwan it is, without a doubt, the ni...

No sympathy for Wu Pao-chun in Taiwan’s ‘baker-gate’ scandal

Taiwanese politics has been rocked by a huge scandal this week. It is not the scurrilous attempts by the former KMT candidate for Mayor of Taipei, Ting Shou-chung (丁守中), to undermine the election o...

Conversing with a Han fan: How Kaohsiung voters are trying to justify voting for Han Kuo-yu

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) -- For those of us in Kaohsiung who were not persuaded by bombastic rhetoric, highfalutin policy pledges, and the gregarious persona of the Kuomintang's (KMT’s) Mayor...

Lessons from Taiwan’s recent referendums and why e-voting is the way forward

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) -- The political upheaval of the recent local elections has overshadowed what was a landmark moment in Taiwanese democracy. Last weekend gave the Taiwanese electorate the ch...

Conflicting emotions as Kaohsiung comes to terms with a future under Han Kuo-yu

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) -- As the results of Saturday’s local elections began to be announced, Kaohsiung, a city which became a symbolic battle ground during this hugely polarized election cycle...

Fake news: How China is interfering in Taiwanese democracy and what to do about it

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) -- This has been the final week of campaigning in what has proven to be one of the most hotly contested elections in Taiwan’s history. It is a process which should hav...

Taiwan Elections: Explaining the rise of Han Kuo-yu in Kaohsiung

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) -- Two years ago, the idea that the KMT could take control of Kaohsiung City Council was inconceivable. Even two months ago, the idea seemed fanciful at best.  But...