Archives for: Democracy

    Posted on: 2019-04-06

London School of Economics may violate UK’s One China policy & disregard academic standards

London School of Economics (LSE) disregards democratic and academics ideals by considering adapting to China’s position on Taiwan. Anyone with a minimal insight into Asian matters knows that saying Taiwan is a part China is a highly controversial postulate with very questionable historical support.  This reveals that LSE cannot live up to academic ideals of balanced … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2019-02-09

Democratic standards are faith of the nation

November’s local elections revealed that Taiwan is not immune to populism and post-truth. Consequently, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) needs to improve its perception of the electorate. When post-truth dominates, feelings and personal suppositions become more important in political debates than agreed facts. Obviously, the ideal must be that facts are the outset for a political dialogue. … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2019-02-09

Open letter to democratic Taiwan

Taiwan Corner’s chairman Michael Danielsen and other scholars, former government and military officials, and other friends of Taiwan have signed an open letter in support of Taiwan democracy and President Tsai’s handling of the unprecedented pressure that China puts on Taiwan’s democracy, Taiwan’s unity and on our fundamental democratic values and human rights. “It is obvious that during the past … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2017-04-17

Open letter to Chinese President Xi

First published in Taipei Times on April 17 2017 Dear President Xi Jinping, The undersigned are international scholars and writers from nations around the globe. We hereby express to you our deep concern about the disappearance of Mr. Li Ming-che (李明哲) from Taiwan. Mr. Li is a respected human rights worker, who in the past worked for the Democratic Progressive Party, and who is now a … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2016-06-19

Setting an Example: Taiwan’s Role in Southeast Asia

Taiwan has a lot of soft-power and it can set an example in southeast Asia through its new Southbound policy and other policies. It requires that Taiwan can take an engaging and mutually beneficial approach and embrace this opportunity. Also, Taiwan needs to be better known in Southeast Asia and to forge connections with ordinary citizens throughout the region in order to succeed. Therefore, … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2016-05-15

Politicizing European civil society on Taiwan

Improving Taiwan’s future requires politicizing of European society about Taiwan’s political situation. Taiwan need alliances between politicians and European citizens that can add new dimensions on how to work for Taiwan’s future. People cannot expect that from the established political system. Politicizing means engagement in meaningful and open debate directly with European citizens about … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2016-04-23

Transitional Justice, Eradicating the KMT Assets

Taiwan's new legislature should live up to its promise of "transitional justice" and take the German experience as reference when dealing with the party assets to let the public feel their historic, cultural and economic impact. When disposing of the KMT party assets the principle of restitution to the original owners should apply to KMT-occupied state land or private land that the KMT obtained … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2016-03-12

Taiwan’s democracy – Roundtable discussion in the European Parliament – Press release

Taiwan’s democratic development will be discussed in the European Parliament on March 15 at a roundtable discussion among representatives from the New Power Party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and China Nationalist Party (KMT) and two academics. Our goal is to facilitate dialogue with the European parliamentarians and public about Taiwan’s democratic development and future development … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-08-02

Modern values of transparency and democratic development are on its way

The recent tragic suicide of a 19 years old high-school student and the arrests of young people following the latest protests are deeply worrying, and the kind of events that Taiwan would have been a better place without. Almost on daily basis, the reasons why KMT is not capable of running a modern Taiwanese society become ever more clear. Political developments over the past few years provide … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-08-02

Black Box Brainwashing Curriculum Must Go

Students insist that the black box brainwashing curriculum be canceled, because the curriculum adjustments are illegal and violate procedural justice. First of all, the curriculum modifications are unprecedented and the textbook review and approval team has no legal basis to go beyond its function of merely checking terms in textbooks. This runs counter to the formulation procedure used previously … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-08-01

When freedoms disturb EU trade

EU prefers not to talk too much about the deterioration in Taiwan’s democracy with Taiwan because it is disturbing the trade. EU’s report on human rights and democracy leaves the impression that capital punishment is the only challenge in Taiwan’s human rights situation and recent democratic development. However, there is a change among European politicians to look more broadly at Taiwan’s … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-06-27

Democracy Prerequisite for Healthy Cross-strait Relations

Ordinary people are not able to gain anything from the cross-strait dividend, they are even harmed by it. How can we prevent cronies from running cross-strait relations in a non-transparent manner? Taiwan’s new leader will have to respect democracy as the basic principle, no matter what kind of policies he or she promotes. As for how the Taiwanese people will determine the direction of … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-05-04

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: 2015-03-15

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: 2015-01-31

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

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

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: 2014-11-29

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

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

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...]