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?”


by PressTV / Sep 19, 2016

A high-profile Taiwanese delegation consisting of opposition officials has broken ranks with the government and traveled to China to strengthen frosty ties amid tensions with Beijing. Continue reading “Taiwan opposition delegation travels to China to forge ties”

Taiwan President says unofficial communication channels remain with China

August 20, 2016/ Originally Posted at Reuters

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Saturday that unofficial communication channels with China remain in place despite Beijing in June suspending contacts because the island’s new leader would not endorse the concept of a “One China” principle. Continue reading “Taiwan President says unofficial communication channels remain with China”

Measure to change DPP’s independence clause sent to party committee

July 17, 2016/ By Tai Ya-chen, Lu Hsin-hui, Chen Chun-hua and Evelyn Kao / FocusTaiwan

Taipei, July 17 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) decided on Sunday as head of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to forward a proposal to revise the party’s charter based on her policy of “maintaining the status quo” with China to a party committee for deliberation. Continue reading “Measure to change DPP’s independence clause sent to party committee”

Misfiring of missile by Taiwan a reminder to keep lines of communication open

July 5,2016/ SouthChinaMorningPost

If there is one part of the world that could do without a military incident it is the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait. That is especially the case now. The area is fraught with territorial disputes and patrolled by warships and military aircraft. Tension is rising ahead of a ruling by an international tribunal on the Philippines’ arbitration case against Chinese maritime claims in the area. Relations between the mainland and Taiwan are at their lowest ebb in years. Continue reading “Misfiring of missile by Taiwan a reminder to keep lines of communication open”

China and Taiwan: Great stonewall

China curbs communications with Taiwan

TAIPEI | From the print edition / The Economist

IT WAS only six months ago that China and Taiwan achieved a symbolic breakthrough in their decades-long standoff: the two countries’ presidents met for the first time since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949, both looking chuffed that they had finally broken the ice. Now it is back to normal. On June 25th China shut down a channel for communication between the two sides because of the refusal of Taiwan’s new president, Tsai Ing-wen, to accept that there is but “one China”, and that Taiwan is a part of it. A new chill is descending over the Taiwan Strait. Continue reading “China and Taiwan: Great stonewall”

Taiwan Strait interaction not entirely cut off: premier
By Chen Chun-hua and Christie Chen / June 28, 2016/ Originally Posted at FocusTaiwan

Taipei, June 28 (CNA) Interactions between Taiwan and China have not been completely cut off, and the government is making efforts to reach out to China, Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said Tuesday.

Lin made the remarks in a legislative session when asked by Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Huang Kuo-shu (黃國書) if it is true that the cross-Taiwan Strait communication mechanism has been suspended since the new government was sworn in last month, and what the administration plans to do about it. Continue reading “Cross-Taiwan Strait interaction not entirely cut off: premier”

Young people emerging as third political force in Taiwan

by KENSAKU IHARA / June 20, 2016 / Asia.Nikkei.com

TAIPEI — Young people are reinforcing their presence as political and economic forces in Taiwan.

The establishment of the new administration by President Tsai Ing-wen, chairperson of the independence-oriented Democratic Progressive Party, was in part thanks to her predecessor and the Nationalist Party leader Ma Ying-jeou’s pro-China policy, which aroused strong protests from young people opposing the future unification of Taiwan and China. Continue reading “Young people emerging as third political force in Taiwan”