The presidential candidates’ statements at the final pre-election forum

Written by James Smyth. The following is my abridged transcription of the three presidential candidates’ statements during the Central Election Commission’s third forum for the candidates to share their views, held January 8, 2016. The candidates each gave three 10-minute statements, and their order of rotation was determined by lottery. The video is available here. …

Leaders misunderstand global ties

Written by Bruce Jacobs. The presidential debates and other evidence suggest that many Taiwanese leaders do not understand international politics. For example, a leader emphasizing the importance of the nation’s remaining diplomatic allies betrays their failure to comprehend the true nature of Taiwan’s advantages and disadvantages in the international arena. The most important international law …

KMT whip’s challenger aims to redefine him

Written by Solidairty.tw. A couple weeks ago I wrote that KMT caucus whip Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆) was following the same strategy as his primary challenger, independent City Councilor Lee Ching-yuan (李慶元)—focusing on quality-of-life issues—only loude

James Soong’s utopian vision

Written by Solidarity.tw. I recently visited the campaign office of People First Party (PFP) chairman and presidential candidate James Soong (宋楚瑜) and asked for materials about his policies. The pamphlets I received showed that Soong, whose cons

Taiwan’s democracy grows stronger as KMT falters

Written by Bruce Jacobs. Polls strongly suggest that Taiwan’s vibrant democracy will have its third change of government in 16 years when elections are held on 16 January. The first change of government took place in 2000 when the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won the presidency against the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), which had split …

Taiwan’s past and present: A personal reflection

Written by Chieh-Ting Yeh. Taiwan’s voters will soon decide who will represent them in crafting their nation’s future. Many eminent scholars and journalists have weighed in on the possible results of those elections, which are expected to usher the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) into power, and perhaps even legitimize new political parties in the …

Is it ok to say Taiwan?

Written by Saša Istenič. Last month the Ljubljana City Library organized a Week of Chinese Culture, consisting of a rich programme of events prepared in cooperation with various institutes, including the Embassy of the PRC and the University of Ljubljana’s Department of Asian Studies – my working institution. I also agreed to contribute a free …

Youth Will be Served

Written by Paul R. Katz. The 2016 Taiwan elections may bear witness to a story bigger than DPP presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen’s impending victory, and perhaps the DPP’s winning control over the Legislative Yuan (which would mark the first time since 1949 a non-KMT party will have taken charge of Taiwan’s lawmaking process). KMT candidate …

Implementing a Criminal Jury Trial System in Taiwan

Written by M. Bob Kao. Taiwan is governed by civil law, with a legal system based on that of Continental Europe. It uses professional judges and not juries to hear and decide cases like other civil law systems historically. The jury system is associated with the English common law tradition that was spread by the …

Analysing the televised debates

Written by Solidarity.tw. The presidential debates and forums last weekend were hard to watch but easy to understand. Unless it suffers an improbable catastrophe, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will win, so its team sought to consolidate its lead, and to further bury its rival, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT). Well aware that a political …