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US Congress Takes First Steps on New Pro-Taiwan Legislation

U.S. Senators Cory Gardner of Colorado and Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts on Friday introduced the "Taiwan International Participation Act of 2018," a bill that the senators say would "instruct U.S. representatives in international organizations to use the voice and vote of the U.S. to support …

China

Data, Propaganda and Cambridge Analytica in Taiwan

Look down any Taipei Metro car during rush hour, and it is immediately obvious that Facebook is a fact of daily life in Taiwan; 77 percent of the country claims to use the service, according to data-analysis firm Statista, among the highest penetration rates in the world.<p>But with great penetration …

Social Media

Taiwan 'Outraged' as Burkina Faso Signs Communique with China

Taiwan's Ministry of Affairs (MoFA) issued a statement early Sunday expressing its disappointment at the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Burkina Faso, just two days after the African nation severed links with Taipei.<p>"The government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) …

China

Week in Focus: North Korea Destroys Nuclear Sites, Taiwan Loses Another Ally

North Korea:<p>North Korea claimed Thursday (May 24) it destroyed its key nuclear weapons testing site, setting off explosions to collapse underground tunnels hours before President Trump called off a planned June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. — The Washington Post<p>North Korea, while …

Asia

Taiwan's GDP Is Three Times Larger than Its Diplomatic Allies' Combined

With Burkina Faso now departed as a diplomatic ally, Taiwan is one step closer to becoming a pariah state. But those who cling on and recognize Taiwan as the One True China form a motley crew, and Taiwan in many ways dwarfs its 18 remaining official allies.<p>Taiwan's GDP at purchasing power parity is …

China

OPINION: Malaysia's House of Cards and 2-Party Democracy

It has been more than two weeks now. It is happening, and it is happening fast. The Malaysian house of cards is being dismantled and disrupted from within. Raided at the dawn of Ramadan, and taken back by ordinary citizens like you and me.<p>It is unbelievable, it feels surreal. The government …

Asia

Japan's Hot Springs Open Up to LGBT Community

<i>By Nevin Thompson</i><p>Japan's “hot spring capital” is trying to find ways to make one of the country's most popular pastimes more inclusive for people who identify as LGBT, when most public baths are segregated according to a binary of either “male” or “female”.<p>The Rainbow Furoject (‘furoject’ is a …

Japan

Confronting Coldstore: Why Singapore Must Face Its Past

<i>By Kirsten Han</i><p>The unassuming storefront sits in an old-school complex next to Singapore’s National Library, and is easily overlooked in the building full of bookstores and stationery shops.<p>Inside, Xinhua Cultural Enterprises is part bookstore, part archive, and moving between its narrow aisles is a …

Asia

TAIWAN: After 2 Years of Tsai, Voters Shun Partisan Politics

<i>By Austin Horng-En Wang and Yeh-Lih Wang</i><p>In the past two years, one of the most important phenomenon in Taiwan politics is the emergence of non-partisans. For the first time since democratization, more than half of Taiwanese voters do not support any party in Taiwan.<p>This dramatic change may …

China

Malaysia's Real Political Struggle Is Just Beginning

<i>By James Chin</i><p>The euphoria over the change of government in Malaysia is unlikely to die down soon. In fact, the honeymoon period for Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his new government will probably last until the end of the year. Malaysians are keen to give the new administration some time to …

Taiwan

Chinese Piracy: A Crime of Desperation

When people think of piracy and China, they are most likely to think of intellectual pirates, but maritime piracy still is a modern problem which threatens international shipping.<p>But while China has been engaged in international efforts to combat piracy, it has largely neglected domestic maritime …

Taiwan

Taiwan’s Diplomatic Space Shrinks Further as Burkina Faso Breaks Ties

Only three days after joining with 14 other nations to propose to the United Nation's World Health Organization (WHO) that Taiwan be allowed as an observer in the international health body and its largest international meeting, the World Health Assembly, Burkina Faso has abruptly announced it is …

China

Taiwan and the GDPR: Are We Ready?

<i>By Timothy Ferry</i><p>The European Union (EU)’s new data protection regime, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), will come into force on May 25, with huge implications for how global businesses, including those in Taiwan, handle personal data.<p>The GDPR, which succeeds the Data Protection …

China

'Metal Politics Taiwan': Dual Lenses, Dueling Perspectives

"Metal Politics Taiwan," a film by director Marco Wilms of "Art War" (2014) fame, follows Taiwan’s most storied politician – metal vocalist turned legislator Freddy Lim (林昶佐) – during his campaign and first year in office as a New Power Party (NPP) legislator in Taipei.<p>While rough, the film marks a …

Asia

Kaohsiung Builds but People May Need a Nudge Before They Come

This October, the planet’s largest concert venue under one roof officially opens in Kaohsiung, built on the site of an old military base.<p>It’s an impressive building. Impressive, too, is what’s planned for the new Kaohsiung Main Train Station, a gorgeous open, green and friendly complex that will …

Taiwan

Welcome to Taiwan: Beatings, Bodies Dumped at Sea and a Culture of Maritime Abuse

Wardino figures he came to Taiwan for the same reason as most of his 650,000 fellow migrant workers – to make money and send it home. “In Indonesia, the work is very hard, and the salary is very low,” he says. “I had no choice.”<p>The 36-year-old had just interrupted his midday nap to amble off the …

Asia

Legislators Get On Board Taiwan’s Blockchain Bid

Picture Taiwan’s blockchain and cryptocurrency community as a sleek locomotive, the <i>Crypto Express</i>, steaming toward an end stop known as “Definitive Regulation.”<p>Few on board are clear who is driving the train, and none have ever visited their fabled destination, but most are content to reside in …

Taiwan

TAIWAN: Keeping the Internet of Things Safe and Secure

<i>By Timothy Ferry</i><p>People have long followed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s example of taping a piece of paper over their notebook’s camera to ensure their privacy, and Chinese manufacturer Huawei’s plans for the U.S. market have likely been permanently derailed by chronic rumors that its devices send …

Internet of Things

OPINION: 'Critical Optimism' Lights Malaysia's Way Forward

On May 9, Malaysians made their way from cities around the country and overseas back to their hometowns to cast their votes.<p>Many carried with them fingers yearning to be dipped in blue – a burning frustration to oust a kleptocratic regime, but little did they realize that their actions would be …

Asia

Taiwan, Telecoms and Our Outlaws of the Marsh

About 10 years ago an American friend in Taipei received a call from a pleasant-sounding woman who warned him to act quickly to prevent his bank account from being hacked. Pressured into transferring funds through his ATM, it took him a fraught half hour to lose his money to the scammers.<p>It was …

China

Socialist Switcheroo: North Korea Looks to the Vietnam Economic Model

<i>By Khang Vu</i><p>Amid the huge fanfare North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in generated at the third inter-Korean summit, the two leaders made a huge step forward in economic cooperation between Seoul and Pyongyang.<p>During the summit, Kim told Moon that he preferred the …

North Korea

Can Women's Football Catch On in China?

<i>By Kayleigh Renberg-Fawcett</i><p>At the time of writing, general attitudes toward Chinese football inside China itself are far from positive. China, a country of 1.4 billion people, lost 6-0 to a country whose first sport is not football and whose population is only 0.02 percent of China’s – Wales. …

Taiwan

Contentious Boracay Shutdown Gets Thumbs Up from Environmentalists

The island of Boracay in the Philippines is a world-renowned tourist destination with crystal clear water, white sand and a rich nightlife and culture. However, the island’s natural beauty has been undervalued – something that prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to order the temporary closure of the …

Taiwan

Drones, Data and Preempting Epidemics

<i>By Robert Peckham</i><p>Technology is transforming epidemiology. However, algorithms, satellites, and drones offer no easy solution. Ethical and political issues need to be considered to ensure that everyone reaps the benefits of these new technologies.<p>An unmanned aerial vehicle soars above the land, on a …

Public Health

Chinese Students in Australia Often Feel Isolated, Disappointed

<i>By Fran Martin</i><p>With government investment in higher education continuing to decrease, Australian universities are becoming more and more financially reliant on international student fees. As has been the case for a number of years, students from the People’s Republic of China are the largest group …

Higher Education

Stabbed Indonesian Fisherman Thrown Overboard Taiwanese Ship Remains Missing

An Indonesian fisherman aboard the Taiwanese fishing boat <i>Ming Man Hsiang No. 38</i> remains missing after being stabbed and pushed overboard by a fellow crew member during an altercation on Thursday.<p>The Tung Kang Fisherman Association of Pingtung County told Taiwanese news agency <i>CNA</i> that the fishing …

Asia

China Lands Bomber on South China Sea Island

The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) announced on May 18 that it had landed bombers, including the top-of-the-line H-6K, on an outpost in the South China Sea for the first time. Social media posts on the PLAAF’s Weibo account, as well as the state-owned <i>People’s Daily</i> Twitter account, …

China

AIT Director Moy Affirms US Commitment to Taiwan ahead of New Complex Opening

The director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), a non-profit that serves as the de facto U.S. embassy in Taiwan, affirmed the strength of the U.S. commitment to Taiwan this morning, but left questions as to the nature of that commitment open.<p>Speaking at a May 21, 2018 press conference …

China

OPINION: Taiwan’s Exclusion from the WHA is a Detriment to Global Health

Once again, Taiwan has been barred from the World Health Assembly (WHA); the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) that begins its annual meeting today in Geneva.<p>Deriving from the PRC's One-China Principle, under which Beijing asserts Taiwan is part of China and that the …

China

Is Japan Back in the 'Great Power' Ring?

<i>By Lionel Fatton</i><p>Freshly elected for a second term as Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe declared in early 2013, “Japan is back.” The obvious question is: which Japan was he talking about?<p>Japan disappeared from the chessboard of the great power game after its defeat in the Second World War. For more than …

Geopolitics