Archives for: Democracy

    Posted on: 2015-05-04 (台灣) 出版

Wang Jin-pyng Positions Himself for a Presidential Run

Wang is dipping a toe in the perilous waters of Taiwanese identity politics. Recall that he is a Taiwanese faction politician from down south. Unlike Chiang Ching-kuo and Ma Ying-jeou, both of whom proclaimed themselves to be Taiwanese for political purposes, Wang does not have to make noises about being Taiwanese, he is already accepted as one. Rather, Wang has to find a position that makes him … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-04-26 (台灣) 出版

The Sunflower Movement: One Year On

No social movements have reached such dramatic proportions as the Sunflower Movement. From March 18 to April 10, 2014, the nation’s parliament was occupied by a group of activists and students, essentially grinding the parliamentary body to halt. The movement was not merely a form of disobedience, but a strategic contestation, that decisively challenged the status quo in Taiwan. By Brian … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-03-15 (台灣) 出版

Great evening with the “Sunflower Occupation” movie

The documentary detailed the 24 days occupation of Taiwan’s parliament starting on March 18 2014. The movie provided great behind the scene insights into the thoughts of the students who occupied the parliamen. It is a great movie but in order to attract a wider European audience, the movie is in a need of some improvements. The movie is two hours long and during those two hours it fails to cover … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-03-01 (台灣) 出版

Case No. 59213: China Specialists Don’t Get Taiwan

China specialists need to face this fact squarely: there are no generous economic benefits from Taiwan’s economic involvement with China. That golden age passed in 2008, six years ago. Instead, the people of Taiwan experience assaults on their independence and democracy on one side and the hollowing out of their economy on the other, along with China’s continued interference in FTAs and other … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-02-24 (台灣) 出版

“Sunflower Occupation” Documentary Movie

We Taipei Ren Studio and Taiwan Corner are showing the documentary movie “Sunflower Occupation” on March 3 in Copenhagen. We in Taiwan Corner believe that the Sunflower Movement showed public support for Taiwan’s democracy and for transparency in Taiwan’s relationship with China. Recent events in Hong Kong parallel Taiwanese struggles for democracy, justice and freedom. By Michael Danielsen, … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-01-31 (台灣) 出版

Factors for DPP Cross-Strait Policy in the 2014 Elections Aftermath

The 2014 elections mostly expressed the public distrust of the KMT and cannot be taken as direct endorsement of DPP policy.  Although the DPP’s position on cross-strait relations will not run counter to its tenets nor the direction of civil society, there is still room to maneuver when it comes to policy and practice. This narrow course must be negotiated between the expectations of the Taiwanese … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-01-31 (台灣) 出版

Don’t blame Taiwan for cross-strait challenges

The fundamental question is: Why should Taiwan’s political future be based on historical events that bear no relevance to modern society? The nation must acknowledge its history, but formulate policies that are based on the present and the future, not chained to the past. Many politicians appear blinded by historical baggage that keeps them from seeing necessary compromises that benefit the … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-01-11 (台灣) 出版

Aerotropolis – DPP lets construction-industrial state win one

The Aerotropolis around Taoyuan is the largest land expropriation in the democratic era. Stopping that aerotropolis is a key to the DPP's remaining a serious party in Taiwan. It can't just pretend to be the party of social justice and economic development for ordinary people. It actually has to be one. If Cheng flips on this, it will cost the DPP Taoyuan in 2018 and hurt its chances in the … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-01-04 (台灣) 出版

The Impact of Taiwan’s Sunflower Student Movement on the KMT-CCP Cooperative Framework

Taiwan’s Sunflower Student Movement in March 2014 and the assorted protests against the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA) were triggered by the KMT-CCP cooperation and the negative consequences of globalization. Developments prior to and since the emergence of these movements evince a strong internal economic logic: economic factors impact life in society, and eventually contribute to … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-01-03 (台灣) 出版

Hong Kong is a warning to Taiwan

Hong Kong’s activists have no ambitions to adapt China’s version of democracy. The negative political and economic consequences of a closer relationship with China has created a strong civil society against the regime. Self-censorship is spreading and firms are pressured not to make advertisements in e.g. Apple Daily, a critical Hong Kong newspaper. It is also increasingly clear that Hong Kong's … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2014-11-29 (台灣) 出版

Historical victory for Taiwan’s opposition – A new start for Taiwan

Taiwan's opposition wins all major cities, and KMT suffers an historic blow throughout Taiwan. The election results suggest a change of government in 2016 and a goodbye to KMT government. There are presidential and parliamentary elections in early 2016 and traditionally a strong local base has helped presidential candidates. Historically, this was the case in 1997 for DPP and 2005 for the KMT. By … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2014-11-23 (台灣) 出版

Taishang not coming home to vote….

Taishang come in pro-Taiwan and pro-China flavors, just like politics back home in Taiwan. Many might argue that they will be more pro-China than the local population, but in fact, in this election, they just aren't coming home. By Michael Turton, The View of Taiwan Published with permission, read the original here… Over at China Policy Institute Gunter Schubert has a piece on the Taishang, … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2014-11-23 (台灣) 出版

Nine-in-one Elections Forecast and Taiwan’s Future Political Landscape

The ruling Kuomintang is likely to suffer a major setback in the upcoming nine-in-one elections on November 29. The KMT currently rules 15 of Taiwan's 22 municipalities, including four special municipalities. However, based on transactions on XFuture, the largest Chinese-language prediction markets exchange, the KMT is likely to lose two special municipalities in the upcoming elections,namely … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2014-11-06 (台灣) 出版

Seminar at London School of Economics – Dennis Wei (魏揚) and Wu Cheng (吳崢)

Dennis Wei (魏揚) and Wu Cheng (吳崢) talked about how the rise of the Sunflower Movement is closely connected to the current social, economic and political situation as well as Taiwan’s unique historical background. Many other countries are facing similar issuea but Taiwan has in addition the China factor. This China factor makes it even more difficult to implement policies that can improve Taiwan’s … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2014-10-04 (台灣) 出版

Event in London – What is next for the Sunflower Movement?

Why did Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement occupy the parliament for three weeks? Did this undermine or strengthen democracy? The Sunflower Movement showed public support for Taiwan’s democracy and for transparency in Taiwan’s relationship with China. Recent events in Hong Kong parallel Taiwanese struggles for democracy, justice and freedom. Come and meet Dennis Wei (魏揚) and Wu Cheng (吳崢), … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2014-10-04 (台灣) 出版

How Should Taiwan Counter China’s Obstruction of Its Participation in Regional Integration?

At the moment China already absorbs 40% of Taiwan’s export and 80% of its foreign investment; if Taiwan signs additional cooperative agreements with China but fails to sign other FTAs due to Chinese intransigence, our reliance on China is bound to deepen, to the point of subjugating Taiwan to Beijing’s economic dependency. This is precisely what worries many Taiwanese. Wu Rong-i is Chairman of … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2014-10-04 (台灣) 出版

KMT cranks up the heat on Ko in Taipei

Non-aligned candidate for mayor Ko Wen-je, who is supported by the pan-Green side, is feeling the heat from the KMT. It was totally predictable that the KMT would create some corruption charge against Ko, a constant tactic in their major campaigns. By Michael Turton, The View of Taiwan Published with permission, read the original here… Non-aligned candidate for mayor Ko Wen-je, who is … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2014-08-30 (台灣) 出版

Shifts in Unification/Independence Preferences in the Wake of the Sunflower Student Movement

Young people care even more about politics and Taiwan’s future. They have now become confident and outspoken. We should pay attention whether these developments will influence Taiwan’s future political realignment. It deserves our attention that among the 20-29-year-olds 97.2 percent view themselves as “Taiwanese,” as well as 90.8 percent among the 30-39-year-olds. By Li Ming-juinn, Director of … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2014-08-17 (台灣) 出版

Denmark supports China’s ambitions

China's more aggressive behavior in Asia, makes it more difficult to argue for China's peaceful intentions. This does not stop the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to encourage China to territorial claims and Danish academics to play down China's troubling behavior in Asia. If we want to avoid that China is going to be the next international challenge, we must have the courage to stand by our … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2014-08-17 (台灣) 出版

The Impact of the Sunflower Movement on Cross-strait

The greatest insight and inspiration from the Sunfl ower Movement is that no political figure, no political party and no foreign power will be able to dictate the evolution of crossstrait relations. The Taiwanese people upheld democracy, transparency and sovereignty. It is precisely this attitude that will act as the major force in deciding Taiwan’s future. Liu Shih-chung, president of Taiwan … [Read more...]