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2016/06/23 | Jules Quartly

Global Zika Threat Stimulates Dengue Prevention in Taiwan

Taiwan is redoubling efforts to halt the spread of dengue fever, which has hit the southern part of the island hard over the past two years.

2016/06/23 | Edward White

Hong Kong No Longer a Safe Place to Criticize China

'No One is Safe.' Does the Causeway Bay booksellers saga spell the end for China’s ‘one-country two-systems’ and pose a serious threat for foreigners in Hong Kong?

2016/06/22 | Bing-sheng Lee

China Takes Internet Censorship to New Level

China intends to 'foster a healthy, positive Internet culture' by purging comments by its nearly 700 million Internet users.

2016/06/22 | Chang Shin-wei

More Trouble in China's 'Democracy Village'

Hit by renewed unrest, Wukan Village is once again in the news. And Beijing is worried.

2016/06/22 | Sarawak Report

Malaysian Slain Banker Case Taken to U.N.

The perceived paralysis of law and order in present day Malaysia has led to a ground-breaking and potentially humiliating development, where the son of the assassinated banker Hussein Najadi has asked the United Nations to intervene and investigate the crime.

2016/06/22 | Edward White

INTERVIEW: Jason Hsu, the New Face of Taiwan’s KMT

Can one young entrepreneur reboot the Kuomintang and change the face of politics in Taiwan?

2016/06/21 | Shuhei Omi

What Brexit Would Mean For Asia

The Brexit vote this week looms over Europe, but how will it affect Asia? A quick tour d'horizon.

2016/06/21 | J. Michael Cole

Like It or Not, the KMT Is No Monolith

For all its faults, today’s KMT cannot be accused of being a ‘stooge’ of Beijing, as an opinion maker in Hong Kong argued recently.

2016/06/20 | Shuhei Omi

Suicide Forces Taiwan's Military to Confront Mental Health Issues

Five members of the armed forces have committed suicide in the past two months, prompting calls for a thorough review of assistance programs in the military.

2016/06/20 | Edward White

Are Offshore Wind Farms the Answer to Taiwan’s Energy Woes?

Offshore wind has the potential to drive Taiwan’s shift from nuclear and fossil fuels. However, it is unlikely to be a panacea for a carbon-intensive, resource-poor energy system.

2016/06/17 | Bruce Jacobs

A Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Taiwan: Is It Necessary?

A Truth and Reconciliation Commission would have to make explicit how the government of Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Ching-kuo was colonial, in that it was rule by outsiders in the interests of outsiders.

2016/06/17 | J. Michael Cole

TAO Says Chinese Anger Not Aimed at Taiwan but ‘Taiwan Independence’

An Fengshan blames everything on those in Taiwan who seek to ‘secede’ from China. Unfortunately for him, the problem is a much more formidable one.

2016/06/17 | Edward White

Protesters Take to the Streets After Bookseller Breaks Silence on Abduction by China

Political activists in Hong Kong have taken to the streets after a bookseller broke the silence on his time spent in captivity in China.

2016/06/16 | J. Michael Cole

Ma Ying-jeou’s Great SOPA Whitewash

The former Taiwanese president had a golden opportunity to give hope to embattled journalists in Hong Kong. He blew it.

2016/06/16 | J. Michael Cole

Monkey Intrusion Causes Outage at Air Force Base in Taiwan

Despite the security breach, military officials maintain that national security was never compromised.

2016/06/15 | Chang Shin-wei

Go Read a Book: Official Responds to Taiwan's Power Crisis

As Taiwan grapples a looming power crisis lawmakers are coming up with creative ideas for people to help conserving electricity.

2016/06/15 | J. Michael Cole

Sports Event Rules and the Double Standards of the Taiwan Strait

FIFA and other sports organizations have strict rules against the display of political, religious, or abusive slogans during international matches. Those rules are also flagrantly biased.