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2016/08/30 | Michael Reilly

Taiwan and the Catholic Church

Taiwan’s relationship with the Catholic church, while good, can hardly be described as strong.

2016/08/29 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Northeast Asia Tensions Rise amid Diplomatic Vacuum

Japan, China and South Korea need to realize that tensions over their differences rise in the absence of top-level diplomatic contacts.

2016/08/26 | ZiQing Low

Former President Ma Says 'No Thanks' to Nobel Peace Prize Effort

Ma Ying-jeou says the move is 'unsuitable.' The group also plans to nominate Chinese President Xi Jinping.

2016/08/26 | ZiQing Low

High Hopes for Taiwan’s ‘Genius’ Hacker Minister

The appointment of a young 'Internet genius' and hacker to Tsai Ing-wen's cabinet has created high expectations in Taiwan.

2016/08/26 | J. Michael Cole

OP-ED: Should Mao Enter the Building?

Two scheduled concerts in Australia honoring Chairman Mao have sparked calls for boycotts. Let them sing and dance and spin all they want in his honor. Our job isn’t to silence them, as this would make us no better than the CCP.

2016/08/25 | Mark Harrison

President Tsai's Apology: Signaling the Modern Taiwan

'The apology to Taiwan’s indigenous peoples will further the cause of indigenous rights, but also signals the distinctive modern society and polity that Taiwan has become.'

2016/08/25 | Edward White

OP-ED: Time for Taiwanese Politicians to Take Migrant Issues Seriously

One in every 10 school children in Taiwan is the child of a migrant worker. How much longer can politicians afford to turn a blind eye to the many problems facing migrants?

2016/08/24 | J. Michael Cole

Hong Kong No Longer Has Autonomy on Immigration

In the current environment of uncertainty in Hong Kong, controls over who comes in and who goes out will be used more frequently as an instrument by which to deny individuals contact with Hong Kong’s society.

2016/08/23 | Edward White

Does Bernie’s Fate Await the Hong Kong Independence Movement?

The sudden rise of Hong Kong’s independence movement appears to have surprised many in the political establishment. One academic suggests that while Hong Kong will never be independent, the popular movement could push Beijing to loosen its grip on power.

2016/08/22 | Austin Chad Willhoft

First Political Party Dedicated to Animal Protection Founded in Taiwan

The Taiwan Animal Protection Party is striving to raise more public awareness of animal rights through politics.

2016/08/19 | Suzanne Pepper

ANALYSIS: Early Polling for Hong Kong's September Election

For all the anxiety over a possible post-Occupy pro-independence radical surge on Sept. 4, preliminary polling suggests there may be only minimal change in the Legislative Council’s balance of political forces once the dust settles. Suddenly, tactical voting doesn’t seem like such a bad idea after all.

2016/08/19 | J. Michael Cole

OP-ED: Patience, Patience on UN Bid

Taiwan’s inability to join the U.N. under a proper name and as a full member is preposterous. But those are that cards that history has dealt it, and it must use them wisely. Impetuousness will gain it nothing.

2016/08/18 | Edward White

FEATURE: The KMT’s Long, Slow Road to Reform

Can a more than 100-year-old dog learn new tricks? A young party official’s take on the future of Taiwan’s Kuomintang.

2016/08/18 | J. Michael Cole

INTERVIEW: A Conversation With NED President Carl Gershman

‘Accountability means elections, an independent media that can watch over, a judiciary, and an active, mobilized civil society, which is what you had with the Sunflower Movement. That’s the price of democracy. That’s what makes democracy work.’

2016/08/17 | Hsu Chia-yu

Expelled HIV Student Wants to Return to University as Pressure on Government Mounts

'I thought of each day as a war.' Calls are mounting for the Taiwanese government to intervene in the case of a student who was expelled from a military university after he tested positive for HIV. The student just wants to complete his degree.

2016/08/17 | Edward White

U.N. Backs Singaporean Blogger as More Jail Time Looms

The United Nations has slammed the Singaporean government as a 17-year-old blogger faces more time behind bars for 'wounding' religious feelings.

2016/08/16 | Edward White

Chinese Courts and Technology: For Better or Worse

Social media platforms, judgment databases and search engines and the introduction of live video are transforming China’s courts. But are the changes all for the better?

2016/08/16 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Abe's Wrong Call on Dispute over U.S. Air Base in Okinawa

The Abe administration should realize that a court battle won't bring about a positive resolution to the Okinawa base dispute.