Archives for: Cross strait

    Posted on: 2016-05-15

Is there no Internet in the Economist’s Offices?

The Ma Administration represented the end of the golden age for Taiwanese in China. Overall trade grew under Ma. However, trade ballooned far faster under the Chen Administration and Taiwan businessmen did much better.  What happened in the "ballooning" Ma era? Trade grew from $98.2 billion and peaked at $130.1 billion. Using that peak, the best gain was just $32 billion, less than half the Chen … [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: 2016-03-12

The ASEAN Economic Community – Status Quo and Challenges

The ASEAN is still far away from a single market when it comes to other measures of market liberalization. Should it prove impossible to satisfy the CLMV countries’ aspirations for distributive justice, these countries and their domestic civil society organizations might become forces that hinder the development of the AEC or could even trigger a new protectionist movement. These problems could … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2016-01-12

Is losing big good for the KMT?

When KMT will be in crisis over the next years, will DPP become the main political party and will the New Power Party be able to use the political vacuum and become an even stronger political party that can reach all of Taiwan. This can be the start of a stronger political normalization process of Taiwan in which the question of independence is accepted by all main political parties. The wishes … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-11-09

One Taiwan, One China

President Ma undermined the sovereignty of Taiwan, also misrepresenting the aspirations of the Taiwanese people, when he stated that Taiwan is a part of the Chinese family.  The occasion was his meeting with Chinese President Xi on Saturday November 7 in Singapore. Taiwanese do not want to be a part of the Chinese family. They want to choose their own future freely, which we in Taiwan Corner … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-11-04

Sidste fotomulighed for Kinas og Taiwans præsidenter

Mødet på lørdag d. 7. november mellem Taiwans og Kinas præsidenter i Singapore er historisk. Blot det, at mødet finder sted er en historisk begivenhed efter mange års stridigheder. De to præsidenter kender udmærket utilfredsheden i Taiwan med tilnærmelserne til Kina. Mødet er derfor den sidste mulighed for, at de to præsidenter kan vise verden deres resultater og hver deres drøm om et fælles Kina. … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-09-13

Hung Brings a Sword

KMT’s presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu is back from her time off to reflect. She has presented a 8,000 word manifesto that “contains little mention of anything concrete afflicting the people of Taiwan -- income inequality, wages and employment, energy, environmentalism, regional issues, highways, harbors, airports -- simply nothing. By Michael Turton, The View of Taiwan Published with … [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: 2015-06-01

Facing new reality after cross-strait bubble burst

The upcoming meeting between President Xi and KMT’s chairman Chu is a meeting of the past, writes Taiwan Corner’s chairman Michael Danielsen in Taipei Times. “The cross-strait bubble burst more than a year ago with the Sunflower movement’s occupation of the Legislative Yuan’s main chamber, and any attempts to go back to the good old days are destined to fail due to a new reality.”“In the new … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2015-05-04

TPP Accession as Economic Development Strategy for Taiwan

Most importantly, in addition to defensive considerations such as preventing its marginalization in the current FTA trend and correcting its excessive orientation toward China, Taiwan should seize this moment to revamp itself (including forging political consensus, devising comprehensive policy measures, and carrying out industrial upgrading) and take advantage of the regional economic integration … [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: 2015-04-26

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

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

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

“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...]