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Leninism and cross-strait relations

Written by Michael Reilly. In a speech in Taipei on 21 May, Richard Bush a former Director of the American Institute of Taiwan, reminded his audience that Leninism had been the dominant ideology in Taiwan until the mid 1980s, arguably as it remains in China still. Looking at Taiwan today it is easy to forget that it …

Tsai’s Timidity Risks Squandering Mandate

Written by Ben Goren. In Taiwan there are ominous signs that newly elected President Tsai Ing-wen, her Premier Lin Chuan, and his cabinet, may be so scared of governing with fortitude and in defence of progressive principles that they are developing a political flinch in anticipation of an inevitable hostile reaction to their policies. This …

Did Western Sanctions Affect Sino-Russian Economic Ties?

Written by Alexander Gabuev. In the wake of Ukraine crisis, Russia hoped that closer ties to China would offset the negative impact of Western sanctions. To their surprise, Kremlin leaders have discovered that Western sanctions work in China too – despite Beijing’s official assurances that they don’t. As interviews with officials and bankers on both …

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There is no Huadu

Written by Ben Goren and Michael Turton. In his latest piece for this Blog, Thinking Taiwan Editor-in-chief J. Michael Cole argues that Beijing faces not one but two forces for independence in Taiwan: Taidu (臺獨), who support de jure independence

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China Faces Not One But Two Forces for Independence in Taiwan

Written by J. Michael Cole With the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) set to assume office in Taiwan less than two months from now, the Chinese commentariat has shifted into high gear with warnings about Beijing’s “red lines” and the sundry ill

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Contradictions facing President Tsai Ing-wen

Written by Linda Gail Arrigo. Tsai Ing-wen’s election landslide with 56% of the popular vote, nearly double that of the KMT’s Eric Li-luan Chu at 31%, and a sizeable majority in the national legislature to boot, is largely due to the failure of traditional KMT supporters to vote, and somewhat less due to the transmutation of …

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Taiwan 2016 academic resources: democracy

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. Taiwan is one of a number of democracies that began their transition around the same time; sometimes referred to in Huntington’s terminology as ‘Third Wave’ democracies. Taiwan’s experience of democracy has rendered it an increasingly common subject of comparative research, further aided by participation in a number of cross national data …

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Taiwan 2016 academic resources: National identity

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. Throughout democratization and into the democratic era, questions around national identity, Taiwan’s current and future status, and relations with China have been an inescapable and highly contested feature of the political landscape. Indeed, as the sophisticated study by Wachman 1994 shows, national identity and nationalist themes evolved or co-evolved as the …

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The 20 best academic publications on Taiwanese politics

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. I first started thinking about Taiwan as a subject of study, as opposed to a comfortable place to teach English and learn Chinese, in 1997. Roaming the book stacks in the Brotherton Library at the University of Leeds I came across LSE Prof. Christopher Hughes’ Taiwan and Chinese Nationalism: National Identity …

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Taiwan 2016 Twitterati

Compiled by Michal Thim and Jonathan Sullivan. The past couple of years I have made a list of China scholars active on Twitter–the China Scholars Twitterati. With Taiwan’s elections fast approaching, we have compiled a list of Taiwan-focused scholars, journalists and analysts. These are the people to follow for succinct, timely commentary and resource sharing …

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