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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.

2016/06/21 | Yuan-ling Liang

Financial Regulator's Angel Fund Plan Draws Heat

Should Taiwan’s stock market regulator take profits from listed companies and banks to fund startups?

2016/06/21 | Hélène Belaunde

Taiwan’s War on Drugs: Harsh Approach or Tolerance?

At a time where Taiwanese prisons are overpacked with people serving drug-related sentences, a newer, more tolerant approach is gaining popularity.

2016/06/21 | J. Michael Cole

Hong Kong-Based Legal Organization Challenges S China Sea Arbitration

The hitherto unknown Asia Pacific Institute of International Law is headed by a seasoned Hong Kong barrister with interesting ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

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 | Bing-sheng Lee

Legislators Call For Supervision of Taiwan's Cosplay Culture

With more and more cosplayers crowding the streets in Taiwan each year, does the subculture need protection, and does it violate copyright laws?

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.

2016/06/20 | Olivia Yang

Taipei Film Festival Mixing It Up With Bowie, Hitchcock, and Léaud

A prominent venue for the premiering and screening of emerging Asian films, this year's Taipei Film Festival features a series of global icons from the movie industry.

2016/06/20 | J. Michael Cole

Citing ‘One China,’ Kyrgyzstan Bans All Contact With Taiwan

Economic dependence on China once again seems to be behind a country’s decision to avoid interactions with Taiwan.

2016/06/18 | Shuhei Omi

South China Sea Watch No. 1

China has launched a global media offensive ahead of the international tribunal decision on disputed territory in the South China Sea. Meanwhile, Filipino nationalists attempted to plant a flag on one of the disputed islands, but were turned away by Chinese vessels.

2016/06/17 | Olivia Yang

Taiwanese Cinematographer First Asian to Hold Retrospective at MoMA

MoMA will screen 15 films shot by award-winning cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing in Lee’s first American retrospective in his 30-year career.

2016/06/17 | Chang Shin-wei

Taiwanese Engineer Rocks the Labor Market

A Taiwanese engineer has created a Google extension to allow job seekers and employees to comment directly on job websites, including Taiwan’s popular 104 and 1111 sites. The software has been widely praised and will soon be available on Firefox.

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 | Shuhei Omi

Cross-Strait Watch No. 1

Welcome to the first issue of our weekly overview of key events in cross-strait relations.

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.

2016/06/17 | Andrea Ghiselli

The Chinese Navy: Steaming in Modern Asia, Exploring a Post-Modern World

China is likely to become powerful enough to compete for regional hegemony in Asia like a 'modern' state, and 'global' enough so that its interests are indissolubly connected to world peace and stability as it is pushed to become more active to protect them.