Archives for: Democracy

    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...]

    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: 2014-10-04

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

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

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...]

    Posted on: 2014-08-06

KMT Splits?

The real problem with the delay in the Services Pact isn't the Sunflowers. They just make a convenient whipping boy. The real problem is that the KMT legislators don't want to pass it, and can't be made to. By Michael Turton, The View of Taiwan Published with permission, read the original here... KMT Caucus Whip resigns over Control Yuan vote, scribes the Taipei Times. An interesting … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2014-06-15

Denmark’s China policy a warning to Taiwan

Is Denmark’s apparent change in its “one China” policy a warning to Taiwan about what might come in the future? Denmark appears to be on its way to change its “one China” policy in direction of considering Taiwan as a part of China. The apparent policy change is obvious from the Danish Foreign Ministry’s Web site, where Taiwan is listed as a part of China together with the Chinese flag and a map … [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: 2014-03-30

Statement on Taiwan – Community of Democracies

We call on President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan to respect the civil rights of peaceful protesters, which is an essential requirement for a democratic society. We also call on the government to ensure that all further police measures to maintain order are carried out in accordance with the principle of proportionality and international human rights standards. Finally, we urge the government to allow … [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: 2013-10-13

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: 2013-04-14

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: 2013-03-16

National Security and Taiwan’s Future

Former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) director William Stanton’s speech at the World Taiwanese Congress. He said that the "status quo" is problematic. It is in fact an illusion because the situation is constantly changing. In the cross strait relationship we do not know the extent of China’s patience. Also, Taiwan’s dependency on China is problematic. Remarks by William A. Stanton, former … [Read more...]