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”


China and Taiwan struggle over Sun Yat-sen’s legacy

Nov 5, 2016 /  The Economist

FOR decades Taiwan’s rulers have paid their respects from afar to Sun Yat-sen, also known as Sun Zhongshan: “father of the nation”, founder of the Kuomintang (KMT) or Nationalist Party, and first president of the Republic of China. In a ritual called yaoji, they face towards Sun’s mausoleum in Nanjing, 800km (500 miles) to the north-west in China, and offer fruit, burn incense and recite prayers. Continue reading “China and Taiwan struggle over Sun Yat-sen’s legacy”

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen Says She Won’t Bow to Beijing

Ralph Jennings | TIME.com / October 10, 2016

(TAIPEI, Taiwan) — Taiwan’s new President Tsai Ing-wen said Monday that her self-ruled island will not bow to Beijing’s pressure and that China should recognize her government’s existence and engage with it in talks, in remarks likely to further anger China. Continue reading “Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen Says She Won’t Bow to Beijing”

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”

You Ask How Deeply I Love You
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”

5 Takeaways: A Closer Look at the Historic South China Sea Arbitration Award

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”

Queer Marxism in Two Chinas

by Petrus Liu / May 18, 2016 / Originally posted at ChinaFile

In Queer Marxism in Two Chinas, Petrus Liu rethinks the relationship between Marxism and queer cultures in mainland China and Taiwan. Whereas many scholars assume the emergence of queer cultures in China signals the end of Marxism and demonstrates China’s political and economic evolution, Liu finds the opposite to be true. He challenges the persistence of Cold War formulations of Marxism that position it as intellectually incompatible with queer theory, and shows how queer Marxism offers a nonliberal alternative to Western models of queer emancipation. Continue reading “Queer Marxism in Two Chinas”