Written by Gunter Schubert. On June 27th, Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan passed a package of pension reforms which are, arguably, doing away with decades of privileged benefits for retired civil servants from January 1st, 2018. Another law to end special treatment of retired teachers passed final reading on June […]
Popular Music and Cross-Strait Relations: Have TV talent shows helped Taiwanese citizens view China differently?
Written by Ya-Hui Cheng. For eight years, under the leadership of Taiwan’s President, Ma Ying-jeou, Taiwan and China had maintained close ties. When President Tsai took power in May 2016, however, she diverted the Taiwanese economy toward South Asia, simultaneously seeking to strengthen relations with the United States […]
Written by J. Michael Cole. Anyone who follows domestic politics in Taiwan will have seen in recent days a series of brawls pitting opposition Kuomintang lawmakers against those from the majority Democratic Progressive Party. Faces have been slapped; necks choked; water sprayed; and pieces of furniture — chairs, […]
Written by Madhura Balasubramaniam. On Monday 12th June 2017, Panama ended diplomatic relations with Taiwan in favour of establishing diplomatic ties with China. A joint communiqué was signed by Panama and China, which held that there was only One China represented by the People’s Republic of China and that […]
Taking a Foreign Policy Close to your Heart: A Subjective Understanding and Implementation of the New Southbound Policy at Grassroots Level
Written by Isabelle Cheng. The New Southbound Policy was the buzz word popping up all the time when I visited four Vietnamese women in southern Taiwan in April. If this repackaged political economic strategy were to be exclusively viewed as a foreign policy initiative, it would be somewhat […]
Taiwan’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee: The Geopolitics of Transitional Justice in a Contested State.
Written by Ian Rowen and Jamie Rowen. On 20 May 2016, Tsai Ing-wen, the chair of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was inaugurated as the president of the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan. During her inauguration speech, she announced that she planned to set up a truth […]