Taiwan legislator proposes barring incumbent officials from running for other posts

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwanese legislator Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) of the New Power Party said on Friday (Aug. 9) that he would propose amending laws to ban public office holders from running for o...

Taiwan's DPP secretary-general visits Dalai Lama in India

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary-General Luo Wen-jia (羅文嘉) met up with the Dalai Lama and Lobsang Sangay, the head of the Tibetan government in exile, last wee...

China breaks off Taipei Mayor’s live stream of meeting with government official

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – China broke off the Facebook live streaming of a meeting between Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) and the Chinese government’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) chief Liu...

6th annual East Asia Democracy Forum hosted in Taipei

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TDF) hosted the 6th annual East Asia Democracy Forum in Taipei on Wednesday (June 26), which was attended by the Deputy Minister of Fo...

William Lai claims poll changes will take a toll on DPP credibility

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As rumors of changes to the presidential primary rules at the Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) heat up, Taiwan...

A manifesto for media reform in Taiwan

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) -- Last weekend, dozens of senior officials from right across Taiwan’s mainstream media attended an industry summit. There’s nothing strange about that, you may thi...

Former vice president lambasts amendments to Taiwan’s referendum law

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) has described amendments to Taiwan’s referendum law, approved by the Cabinet in April, as a reversal of democracy. Lu issue...

NPP leader counters Foxconn tycoon's claim 'you cannot eat democracy' with MIT study

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- After Foxconn founder and new prospective Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Terry Gou (郭台銘) claimed "you cannot eat democracy," a New Power Party (NPP) leader c...

U.S. must help Taiwan resist Chinese dominance: Washington Post opinion writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The United States must do more to help Taiwan resist China, because the communist country’s “malign influence” is everywhere on the island while the U.S. is ab...

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...

Liberal Democracy or Communist Totalitarianism: the battle for Taiwan's future has already begun

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Some have said that Chinese telecom companies may put private data at risk, not only Huawei, but any Chinese smartphone manufacturer. This is why Taiwan and other nations ...

Communist China criticizes Taiwan's 'unreasonable restrictions on voting rights'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwanese netizens got a good laugh when China's Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang on Wednesday (Jan. 30) criticized Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (D...

Photo of the Day: Venezuelans rally for Juan Guaidó in Taipei

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Last Thursday (Jan. 24), members of the Venezuelan community gathered at Liberty Square in Taipei to support opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, who had declared himself int...

44 international scholars release open letter to democratic Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A total of 44 international scholars and former U.S. government officials, including Jerome Cohen, William Stanton, and Stephen Young today jointly published an open letter to ...

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...