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2016/03/18 | TNL 編輯
Resumption of Diplomatic Relations Between China and The Gambia Leads to New Challenges for ROC
Before Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen officially takes office on May 20, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) announced the resumption of diplomatic relations with The Gambia on March 17. UDN News reports, this is not only a declaration of diplomatic tug-of-war, but also casts shadows on future cross-strait relations.
2016/03/17 | TNL 編輯
US Scholar Calls For US Presidential Candidates’ Attention On Cross-Strait Relations
While all the US presidential candidates have been bringing up issues regarding terrorism and ISIS, Taiwan has only been mentioned once in the presidential debates so far. However, a US scholar working for a research organization has called on the candidates to pay more attention to cross-strait issues.
2016/03/16 | Jeffrey Tsai
Myanmar’s Presidential Election Chooses Htin Kyaw, Close Friend of Aung San Suu Kyi
·Htin Kyaw’s close relationship with Aung San Suu Kyi puts her effectively as the leader of Myanmar. ·Kyaw is Myanmar’s first civilian president after half a century of military rule over the country.
2016/03/10 | TNL香港編輯
Survey Shows 67% of Hong Kong Youth Support Taiwan’s Independence
A recent poll shows 35% Hongkongese surveyed support Taiwan’s independence, which is the highest record in the last 21 years. What’s more, up to 67% of young people in Hong Kong support Taiwan’s independence.
2016/03/10 | Jeffrey Tsai
Recap of the US Presidential Primaries: Trump and Clinton in the Lead, Sanders is the Dark Horse
·Trump is increasingly likely to become the Republican candidate for the 2016 Presidential election. ·Sanders has had a string of wins, capped with the upset at Michigan, that threatens Clinton’s current lead for the nomination race.
2016/03/09 | Jeffrey Tsai
China’s Military Expansion Into Africa
·China is expanding its military in light of national interests in the African region. ·This may signal China’s desire to increase international participation.
2016/03/08 | TNL 編輯
Number of Female Legislators in Taiwan Impresses Western Officials
Taiwan has the highest ratio of female legislators elected to the legislature in Asia at 38%, which has impressed officials from western countries that have a longer history of adopting democratic political systems.
2016/03/01 | Jeffrey Tsai
Hong Kong By-Election Results Show Rising Tide of Youth Discontent
·This election upheld the precarious status quo in Hong Kong’s legislative body. ·Edward Leung, arrested for his role in the Fishball Revolution, got 15% of the votes, demonstrating the rise of youth discontent influencing politics.
2016/02/27 | Shih Yuan
School Officials Threaten To Ban College Students From Campus For Posting Flyers On Chiang Kai-shek Statue
An university student group called for transitional justice regarding the 228 Incident by posting flyers all over a Chiang Kai-shek statue on campus. School officials tore down the posters and threatened to ban the students from campus.
2016/02/24 | TNL 編輯
Freddy Lim Restates His Position of Taiwan's Independence in First Interpellation
Freddy Lim (林昶佐), former vocalist for Taiwan heavy metal band Chthonic (閃靈樂團), founded the New Power Party (NPP) in 2015. On January 16, he was elected into the parliament and had his first interpellation on February 23, in which he raised three issues.
2016/02/18 | 阿Ken
Taiwan and Japan In Dispute Over Fishing Grounds
After Taiwan and Japan signed the “Taiwan-Japan Fisheries Agreement” in 2013, there have been disputes and complaints from fishermen from both sides. Recently, local fishery groups in Japan have asked the Taiwan-Japan fishing area to be narrowed, raising strong protest from the Suao Fishermen’s Association.
2016/02/05 | Zou Chi
The UK Responds To Petition, Not Recognizing Taiwan As A State
The petition “Recognise Taiwan as a country” gained over 10,000 signings within 20 days, and the UK government responded to it on February 5, stating its consistent position that they “do not recognise Taiwan as a state.”
2016/02/03 | TNL 編輯
Transparency In The Legislative Yuan Taking A Step Forward
Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan recently decided to grant the press further access to promote transparency after decades of confidential consultative discussion. The newly elected president of the Legislative Yuan, Su Jia-chyuan, says that it will continue to improve openness to meet public expectations.
US Sends Navy Destroyer into the Paracel Islands in Response to South China Sea Dispute
China’s building of artificial islands in the South China Sea has constantly aroused concerns of militarization. Though multiple countries claim partial sovereignty in the area, the US Pentagon sent a navy destroyer to Triton Island on January 30, and stated that the region should be taken as international waters.
2016/01/27 | TNL 編輯
Australian Leaders Unite to Sign Declaration Calling for A Republic
Australia is a constitutional monarchy, with Britain's Queen Elizabeth as head of state. With the declaration, almost all of Australia’s political leaders, including the prime minister and opposition leader, now support the country’s push toward becoming a republic, a move that would be an important assertion of Australians’ national identity.