Archives for: Politics

    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...]

    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: 2015-01-03

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

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: 2014-11-06

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

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: 2014-08-17

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: 2014-04-13

The next generation in Taiwan

China must look with uneasiness at the development in Taiwan. China has taken economic integration as a strategy to win Taiwan's hearts. The occupation shows that the current strategy does not work and illustrates what would happen if China moves too fast forward with the wrong friends. China could change the strategy by trying to embrace a wider audience in Taiwan. The strategy to win Taiwan’s … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2014-04-09

Open letter to the Sunflower Movement and President Ma

Open letter to the Sunflower Movement and President Ma. We fully appreciate the reasons the students took this action, and express our support for the peaceful, reasonable and rational approach they have taken. We firmly believe that the people in Taiwan, having worked hard for their democracy, want to remain free and democratic. They want to determine their own future, and do not want to be … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2014-03-30

No true Cross-strait progress without the Taiwanese

For the international media and some commentators who are covering Taiwan, it seems to come as a surprise that Taiwan is inhabited, and that these 23 million Taiwanese want to have a say in the future of their country and democracy. By Michael Danielsen, chairman of Taiwan Corner Sunday March 30, more than 350.000 demonstrated in Taipei and joined the Sunflower Student Movement. From today’s … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2014-03-23

Occupation of Taiwan’s parliament and Executive Yuan

Tuesday evening March 18, more than 300 Taiwanese students and protesters occupied the Taiwanese parliament. Today, the parliament is still occupied and thousands of people are gathered outside the parliament. Late this afternoon, students entered the Executive Yuan as a response to what they consider as a lack of sincerity in the government response to the current events. By Michael Danielsen, … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2014-03-22

Taiwans parlament besat – protest mod aftale med Kina – Danish article

Mere end 300 taiwanske studerende og demonstranter har tirsdag d. 18. marts indtaget det taiwanske parlament i protest imod den seneste serviceaftale, som Taiwans Kina-venlige regering har indgået med Kina. Mere end 300 taiwanske studerende og demonstranter har tirsdag d. 18. marts indtaget det taiwanske parlament i protest imod den seneste serviceaftale, som Taiwans regering, der er ledet af det … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2013-11-24

Lobbying for a ‘Forbidden Nation’: lessons from Taiwan Corner in Denmark and the EU

I do not subscribe to such a one-dimensional thinking that great powers and the economy will lead to China’s takeover of Taiwan. Democracy, human rights and the true wishes of the Taiwanese people are much stronger forces. The lack of satisfaction with the current development in Taiwan is seen in the streets of Taiwan, from the writings and statements of international writers and overseas … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2013-10-13

Human rights, democracy threatened

Statement by International scholars and writers. As international SCHOLARS and writers who applauded the transition to democracy, that began in the late 1980s, we are deeply concerned about the backsliding of freedom, democracy and human rights under the current administration in Taiwan. First published in the Taipei Times on October 14 2013 and can be read here... As international SCHOLARS … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2013-09-01

European banned from Taiwan but did not violate any laws

Are you going to visit democratic Taiwan? If yes then you may want to know that you risk violating Taiwan’s laws if you participate in a legal demonstration. It may even happen that you are banned from Taiwan by not doing anything. Recently, the latter happened for a young European citizen. By Michael Danielsen, chairman, Taiwan Corner Copyright, Taiwan Corner Are you going to visit … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2013-07-04

Demand a KMT Taiwan policy

What is the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) vision for Taiwan? An answer to this question is warranted after the KMT agreed to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) under the “one China” framework. A change requires that recent events and demonstrations are elevated to questions about cross-strait policies and the future of Taiwan. And that politicians play a fine balance between … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2013-06-22

KMT lacks vision for Taiwan’s development

The governing Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) cross-strait policies already have political implications that favor China’s agenda. The root cause is obvious: The KMT government has no visionary project for the nation. However, the good news is Taiwanese have awakened to this fact, as seen by Ma’s low approval ratings By Michael Danielsen, chairman of Taiwan Corner This Oped was first … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2013-04-14

Taiwan’s democracy loses in China’s presence

Press freedom and the legal system suffer as Taiwan and China get closer. This facilitates an easier relationship for the West with China, but in the end we lose. Democracy and human rights are essential for a sustainable development. It is therefore gratifying that the EU is telling Taiwan directly that Taiwan should abolish capital punishment, which Taiwan has resumed. The Danish newspaper … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2013-03-24

Cases against DPP members since 2008

Members of the opposition party have been through different kinds of legal cases since the KMT government took office in 2008. Most of the members are found not guilty.  However, he or she may fear a long and expensive judicial procedure, and may suffer psychologically as they are exposed in the media. Members of the opposition party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  have been through … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2013-01-13

Youth have potential to transform the nation

The youth may lead Taiwan to a new political climate. Their "demonstrations have combined peaceful protests with local and international social media campaigns." "The activists have tried to embrace all Taiwanese and thus attempted to avoid a political labeled." A new climate is needed in "because the current problems facing the nation run deep among pan-blue and pan-green voters. Ultimately, one … [Read more...]