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2019/12/19 | Milo Hsieh
Taiwan 2020: Presidential Candidates Clash During Policy Presentation
A quick recap on the highlights of the first televised policy presentation for Taiwan’s 2020 presidential race.
2019/12/19 | Taiwan Insight
Taiwan’s Immigration Policy Challenges in 2020
The 2020 presidential election might yet be the first time that immigration is front and center at an election in Taiwan. So, where do the presidential candidates stand on immigration?
Taiwan Is Not a 'Renegade Province' With a Tea Party
As Taiwan's 2020 elections are approaching, foreign journalists are parachuting themselves into Taiwan and reporting with inaccuracies and biases.
2019/12/17 | The Interpreter
India’s Descent into a Hindu Theocracy
A new law that threatens to exclude Muslims from Indian citizenship upends the idea of a nation built on liberty and equality.
2019/12/16 | Deutsche Welle
China TV Pulls Arsenal Game After Mesut Özil's Uyghur Comments
Former Germany midfielder Mesut Özil has criticized other Muslims for not speaking up for China's Uyghur minority. More than 1 million people in the western province of Xinjiang have been sent to re-education camps.
2019/12/13 | Global Voices
Chinese Library Staff Burn Books in Public, Causing Social Media Uproar
An image of Chinese library staff burning books in public has sparked online outrage among Chinese scholars.
2019/12/12 | Michael Beltran
Manila's Arrest of Dissident Artists Could Interfere With Freedom of Expression
On November 30, the Manila police arrested street artists who were writing political messages on the wall for "vandalism." Many are now interpreting the act as the government's crackdown on freedom of expression.
2019/12/11 | Taiwan Insight
How Did Taiwan and the US Respond to China's Meddling in Taiwan's Elections?
China's interference in Taiwan's upcoming elections is evident. What steps have Taiwan and the U.S. taken to safeguard the election against China's intervention?
2019/12/10 | Deutsche Welle
India Parliament Passes Citizenship Amendment Bill
For the first time, India would use religion as a legal basis for determining nationality, if the bill passes the upper house too. It's part of the Hindu nationalist strategy promoted by Narendra Modi.
2019/12/09 | Milo Hsieh
An Uneasy Partnership: Pan-Green Competition and Cooperation in Taiwan's 2020 Elections
As the election date is quickly approaching, many are turning their attention to the legislative race. What does the competition ⁠— or cooperation ⁠— look like in the pan-Green coalition?
2019/12/05 | The Interpreter
How Much Influence Do Confucius Institutes Have in Australia?
Properly examining the allegations against Confucius Institutes will allow Australia to assess more credible threats of China’s foreign influence.
2019/12/05 | Syrena Lin
Debate on Orchid Island’s Nuclear Waste Disposal Continues Despite Compensation
Although the Taiwanese government has offered to compensate the Taos for the nuclear waste disposal, the debate on whether to go nuclear-free will persist beyond 2020.
2019/12/04 | Deutsche Welle
US Congress Condemns China for Treatment of Uyghurs
A U.S. bill that describes Beijing's treatment of Muslim minorities as "gross violations" of human rights has been overwhelmingly supported. China has refuted the claims, saying they are merely trying to combat terrorism.
2019/12/03 | East Asia Forum
Xinjiang Casts Uncertainty Over the Belt and Road Initiative
Xinjiang is at the heart of China's Belt and Road Initiative, but instability in the region could cause stagnation to China's itinerary.
2019/12/02 | LWT
What Is Taiwan’s Legal Status According to International Law, Japan, and the US?
Legally, Taiwan is a piece of territory that was "never returned" properly. What roles have Japan and the United States played historically?
2019/11/27 | The Interpreter
Global Diplomacy Index: China Now Has the Largest Diplomatic Network
China has overtaken the U.S. with the largest diplomatic network in the 2019 Lowy Institute Global Diplomacy Index.
2019/11/26 | Raphael Lin
The ‘1992 Consensus’ Never Existed — Beijing Only Wanted ‘One China’
The "1992 Consensus" has been flung around by Taiwanese politicians as a way to discuss cross-strait relations, but there was never even a consensus.
2019/11/25 | TNL Feature
Could a Taiwanese President Commit Treason and Get Away With It?
Within the scope of authority of the president as specified by the constitution, would it be possible for a president to commit treason and get away with it?