Taiwan to fine citizens who join China’s Communist Party

FocusTaiwan/ 31 October 2017

Taipei, Oct. 31 (CNA) Taiwanese citizens who join China’s Communist Party could face a fine of NT$100,000 to NT$500,000 (US$3,390-US$16,950) for violating Taiwan’s law, Mainland Affairs Council head Chang Hsiao-yueh (張小月) said Tuesday. Continue reading “Taiwan to fine citizens who join China’s Communist Party”

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Amid tensions, China planning policies to attract Taiwanese

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN /Associated Press / February 8, 2017 / Startribune

BEIJING — China is drafting policies to attract Taiwanese to live and work on the mainland, a government spokesman said Wednesday, in a direct appeal to the island’s population amid a deepening political standoff between the governments in Taipei and Beijing. Continue reading “Amid tensions, China planning polices to attract Taiwanese”

Is Trouble Brewing in the Taiwan Strait?

Chinese Billions Fail to Sway Taiwan’s Last Two Allies in Africa

 by Pauline Bax, Simon Gongo , and Lungile Dlamini /  January 25, 2017 / Bloomberg

Taiwan’s last two African allies have no plans to switch allegiances and break ties with Taipei as Beijing tries to woo the self-ruled island’s diplomatic partners. Continue reading “Chinese Billions Fail to Sway Taiwan’s Last Two Allies in Africa”

Tsai messages spark cross-strait storm

By Sean Lin  / January 29, 2017 / Taipei Times

Lunar New Year messages from President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Twitter yesterday sparked a war of words between Taiwanese and Chinese netizens.

“From the people of Taiwan, we wish everyone a bright and prosperous Year of the Rooster,” Tsai wrote in separate messages in English and Japanese to Internet and social media users. Continue reading “Tsai messages spark cross-strait storm”

History Shows Beijing Won’t Budge an Inch on Taiwan

by Patrick Kim / January 3, 2017 / ForeignPolicy

Much has been made of President-elect Donald Trump’s phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and his statement in a recent interview that he does not understand “why we have to be bound by a One China policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things,” Some have criticized Trump for unnecessarily shaking up a delicate understanding on Taiwan that has underpinned decades of U.S.-China relations. Continue reading “History Shows Beijing Won’t Budge an Inch on Taiwan”

Southbound: Taiwan and the ‘Third China’ in the 21st Century

By JOHN J. TKACIK / November 22, 2016 / Asia Times

An event exactly 600 years ago last week prompts me to put China’s and Taiwan’s transformative roles in East Asia and the Pacific in an historical context. Continue reading “Southbound: Taiwan and the ‘Third China’ in the 21st Century”

Many Young Taiwanese Want to Go to the Olympics With a New Flag and Anthem

by Nicola Smith / Nov. 11, 2016 / Time

“Taiwan is functioning as an independent state whatever China says”

As one of Taiwan’s most famous rock stars, Freddy Lim used to express his politics by screaming death metal lyrics for his band Chthonic, the “Black Sabbath of Asia.” Now, at 40, while still sporting his trademark ponytail and playing the occasional gig, Lim has taken a political path as a new member of Taiwan’s legislature, but his message of independence from China remains the same. Continue reading “Many Young Taiwanese Want to Go to the Olympics With a New Flag and Anthem”