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2016/06/15 | Shuhei Omi

China Cancels Taiwan’s Hope Choir’s Performance Over National Anthem

Due to perform in Hungary in August, the choir was hoping to fund the trip with a scheduled performance in China. Then politics intervened.

2016/06/14 | J. Michael Cole

Support Unification? Ride This Cab

One major taxi company in Taiwan has affiliations that may make you think twice before you open the door and jump in. Or not, depending on your views about Taiwan’s future.

2016/06/14 | Shuhei Omi

China-German Relations Warming Up for Better or Worse?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in China seeking greater cooperation between the two countries, but many issues continue to haunt the relationship.

2016/06/14 | J. Michael Cole

Politics Behind Athens’ Denial of License to China Airlines

The eleventh-hour cancellation of 18 scheduled flights between Taoyuan and Athens occurs amid closer economic ties between China and the cash-strapped country.

2016/06/13 | Shuhei Omi

Ma Blocked from Hong Kong: Security Risk or Political Football?

The Tsai administration has rejected former president Ma’s application to travel to Hong Kong, inciting finger-pointing from both sides of Taiwan’s politics.

2016/06/13 | J. Michael Cole

Reading the Tea Leaves in the Taiwan Strait

Is the relationship coming to an end? Has Beijing embarked on a policy of disciplining Taiwan for making the ‘wrong’ choices? It’s simply too soon to tell.

2016/06/13 | Edward White

Sex Trafficking Operations Unchecked as Cops Chase KPIs

Large sex trafficking operations in Taiwan are not being investigated or prosecuted because police don’t want to jeopardize their performance reports.

2016/06/10 | J. Michael Cole

Racist ‘Citizen Journalist’ Videos Spark Outrage in Taiwan

The almost universal reaction to a recent harassment case targeting elderly ‘Mainlanders’ in Kaohsiung shows that Taiwan has transcended archaic definitions of citizenship. But China may still use this to its advantage.

2016/06/08 | J. Michael Cole

For Beijing, Student Exchanges May Simply Be a Means to an End

If the reports are true, Beijing may have decided to ‘punish’ Taiwan and the DPP by barring young Chinese nationals from studying in Taiwan.

2016/06/08 | Edward White

Hong Kong Independence Movement Is Open-Minded on Tactics

As one group of activists is acquitted over charges related to protests in Hong Kong, another vows to take up the fight.

2016/06/07 | Edward White

INTERVIEW: Hong Kong's Joshua Wong Takes the Fight to Beijing

"The problem is, we are facing the largest communist regime in the 21st century. Sometimes, the largest enemy towards democracy is not the regime or the ruling class. It is the fear in our heart."

2016/06/07 | Xiaochen Su

Violence Against Chinese Nationals Looms in Africa

As the Chinese become a wealthy minority in Africa, it is only a matter of time before they become primary targets for race-based state violence.

2016/06/07 | J. Michael Cole

Change Doesn’t Come Out of Thin Air

President Tsai has vowed to transform the way government operates by empowering young people and bringing new voices into her administration. For this to happen, the conservatives will have to be willing to bow out gracefully.

2016/06/06 | J. Michael Cole

Taiwan’s Compulsory Military Service: Fix it or Drop it

If Taiwan is to retain a basic military training program, it should make sure the nation gets a proper return on the investment.

2016/06/04 | J. Michael Cole

The Fight for Freedom Knows No Borders

The Tiananmen Square Massacre anniversary is a reminder that defending freedom and human rights against tyranny is a common responsibility—and in our best interest.

2016/06/03 | Edward White

Tsai's First 100 Days Key for Investor Confidence: AmCham

A rapid turnaround of Taiwan’s economy is unlikely, but Tsai Ing-wen’s first 100 days in office will be critical for business confidence.

2016/06/03 | J. Michael Cole

Who Is Pushing Away from Whom in the Taiwan Strait?

President Tsai is being accused of trying to move Taiwan away from China. Rather than accuse Taipei of breaking an unwritten rule, we should instead ask why China has become less and less attractive to the people of Taiwan.

2016/06/02 | Edward White

The Duterte Paradox: Taiwan and the Philippines Head into the Unknown

Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is seen as a wildcard by many and his moves over the coming months will send ripples across the region.