The writing has been on the wall for KMT's chances in the election this time around for some time. As I had discussed earlier, the battle between DPP and KMT in the 2016 election is not about independence vs. status quo as it had been 8 years back when Taiwan elected Ma Ying-jeou, or 16 years ago when Taiwan elected Chen Shui-Bian. That battle had been won long ago, with this … [Read more...] about DPP Wins in Taiwan
This is a belated post. I have been busy with a project at work the last couple of weeks... Still, I believe what I have to say is still relevant. It appears that the student protest occupying the Legislative Yuan the last 2-3 weeks is coming to an end. Depending on which media you read, the significance of the protest meant different things. Some think this is just a … [Read more...] about Taiwan’s Student Mob?
Dalai Lama is set to visit Taiwan next week. The Dalai Lama has been invited a group of local DPP officials representing several southern counties - where DPP support is especially strong. The Dalai Lama has visited Taiwan twice, once in 1997 and 2001. However, soon after Ma took office on a platform promising to amend ties with the Mainland, a request for the Dalai Lama to … [Read more...] about Opinion:On Dalai Lama’s Upcoming Visit to Taiwan
I have been critical of a previous post by Steve, which (from my perspective) seemed sympathetic to those who may be jockeying for political gain on the back of people's misery in the wake of the recent Morakot tragedy in Taiwan. I don't have time to translate all the reports I read or see on T.V., but here is an article by Cindy Cui that offers a more balanced perspective … [Read more...] about Typhoon Morakot – A More Objective Report
Tourists from mainland China aren't the only ones taking advantage of direct cross-strait flights. Taiwanese politicians from the DPP, known for its traditional insistence on Taiwanese independence, are also beginning to take trips to the mainland. Yunlin county commissioner Su Zhifen, a member of the DPP, is leading a trade commission to Beijing. This article from the … [Read more...] about In Taiwan, DPP politicians get more familiar with the mainland