He’s back: Ma Ying-jeou rebuilds his popularity – might another run for Taiwan’s presidency be in store?

by Lawrence Chung/ 6 May 2018/ SCMP

Thousands of supporters packed a night market in Hualien in eastern Taiwan last month to try to get a glimpse of Ma Ying-jeou, the island’s former president.

Passionate fans even formed a queue at least 200 metres long to shake hands or have their photos taken with the ex-leader, who twice visited the city to show concern soon after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake wrecked Hualien in early February, killing 17 people and injuring 290 others. Continue reading “He’s back: Ma Ying-jeou rebuilds his popularity – might another run for Taiwan’s presidency be in store?”

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Kinmen Island, and the Past and Future of Sino-Taiwanese Relations

by Anna Beth Keim / July 12, 2016 /

“Back when I was a soldier on Kinmen, around 1975, the water demons still sometimes killed people,” Xu Shifu (Master Xu) said. The laugh-lines at the corners of his eyes were not visible now, even in the white fluorescent light shining down from the ceiling. “When it was my turn for guard duty at night and everyone else went down into the bunkers, I was scared. I would turn my cap backwards . . . I knew the water demons would approach from behind. But in the darkness, all they could see was a person’s silhouette. I thought that would fool them into coming at me head on.” Continue reading “You Ask How Deeply I Love You”

How Hong Kong has lost its importance in cross-strait relations

by Tammy Tam / 19 June, 2016 / SCMP.COM

What can Hong Kong do today when it comes to cross-strait relations?

Apparently, as a special administration region under the People’s Republic of China, the city is a sensitive political matter and even “dangerous” in the eyes of the current Tsai Ing-wen administration in Taiwan. Continue reading “How Hong Kong has lost its importance in cross-strait relations”