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President Tsai touts CSIS role in Taiwan-US ties
Publication Date: January 15, 2020 |
President Tsai Ing-wen said Jan. 14 that Washington-based think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies has played a crucial role in strengthening Taiwan-U.S. ties.
CSIS has been a consistent supporter of Taiwan’s democracy and a reliable source of strategic insights, Tsai said, citing as an example a workshop hosted Jan. 12 in Taipei City titled “Post-Election Outlook for Taiwan and Beyond: Stability or Uncertainty” co-organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taipei City-based Foundation for Scholarly Exchange and Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, as well as U.S.-headquartered Foreign Policy Research Institute.
[China confrontation] [Taiwan] [CSIS] [Think tanks]
Taiwan election: Tsai Ing-Wen wins landslide in rebuke to China
Incumbent’s success marks dramatic comeback for party that campaigned against unification with China
Lily Kuo in Taipei
Sat 11 Jan 2020 17.15 GMT
First published on Sat 11 Jan 2020 13.20 GMT
Taiwanese voters have re-elected incumbent president Tsai Ing-Wen in a landslide election that serves as a sharp rebuke to Beijing and its attempts to intimidate and cajole Taiwan into China’s fold.
Winning more than 8m votes, the most any presidential candidate has garnered since Taiwan began holding direct elections for the position in 1996, Tsai easily defeated her opponent Han Kuo-yu, whose Kuomintang party promotes closer ties with China.
[Taiwan] [Election] [Tsai Ing-wen] [China confrontation] [Dirty tricks]
Anti-Infiltration Act passed by Taiwan’s Legislature
Publication Date: January 02, 2020 |
The Anti-Infiltration Act is passed by the Legislature Dec. 31 in Taipei City. (CNA)
The Anti-Infiltration Act was passed by the Legislature Dec. 31, 2019, underscoring the commitment of the government to safeguarding national security and Taiwan’s democracy.
Described as an effective democratic defense mechanism by the Ministry of the Interior, the legislation complements existing regulations governing lobbying, political donations, and presidential, vice presidential and civil servant elections and recalls.
It prohibits intervention in Taiwan’s democratic political system through infiltration sources—namely, individuals, institutions or organizations affiliated with or sponsored by a government, political party or other political group of a foreign hostile force, the MOI added.
A hostile foreign force is defined under the act as a country or political entity at war or engaging in a military standoff with Taiwan, including but not limited to China.
Any individual or organization in Taiwan receiving instructions or financial support from a hostile foreign force to influence elections, launch a public referendum or make political donations, among other political activities, are subject to imprisonment of between three and five years, the MOI said.
[Surveillance] [Interference] [China conmfronation] [Reptression]
The Hong Kong protests and imperialism: What the corporate media isn’t saying
Sheila Xiao -
September 24, 2019 17356
Hong Kong protesters wave the Hong Kong colonial flag
The Hong Kong protests have attracted considerable attention, and also considerable confusion. The goal of this article is to provide context for what is going on in Hong Kong today now that the anti-extradition protests have entered their sixth month. Without providing a basic historical understanding of Hong Kong, the social conditions that led to the protests, the character of the protest leadership, and the relationship between the People’s Republic of China and the rest of the world, the mainstream media mischaracterizes the struggle in Hong Kong in the interests of US imperialism. Without this crucial context, people can draw conclusions that have dangerous implications despite their good intentions.
How did the anti-extradition protests begin?
In February of 2018, a 19-year old man from Hong Kong murdered his pregnant 20-year old girlfriend in a hotel in Taiwan. He returned back to Hong Kong, where he confessed to the murder. Hong Kong, however, does not have an extradition treaty with Taiwan, and because Hong Kong is officially governed by China under “One Country, Two Systems,” the People’s Republic of China does not formally recognize Taiwan as a separate country. Technically the crime committed happened on Chinese territory. But since there is no extradition pact in place, there was no distinguishable way to try the murderer for his crime.
The solution, then, was to establish an extradition agreement between Hong Kong and China.
The protestors saw this as a Chinese encroachment on Hong Kong’s sovereignty, and an opening for the PRC to abuse its power over HK. The so-called “pro-democracy,” or “pro-independence” camp, that used this extradition bill as a rallying cry to demand independence and secession from China. Some speculate that the extradition bill would close a loophole that wealthy oligarchs enjoyed who would otherwise be targeted by China’s anti-corruption campaign.
For context, the anti-corruption campaign was implemented in 2012 by Xi Jinping to crackdown on high-ranking officials who were accused of bribery, political interference, money laundering or any other form of abuse of power that compromised the legitimacy of the Communist Party.
As a result, thousands of officials have been investigated in criminal corruption cases. Imagine what an anti-corruption campaign of US officials would look like!
[Hong Kong] [Destabilisation]
Taiwan thanks US president for signing NDAA 2020
Publication Date: December 23, 2019 |
The signing of the National Defense Authorization Act 2020 reaffirming U.S. support for Taiwan is deeply appreciated, according to the Presidential Office Dec. 21. (Courtesy of Tourism Bureau)
The signing of the National Defense Authorization Act 2020 by U.S. President Donald J. Trump, which contains passages highlighting Taiwan’s national security and China’s attempted electoral interference, is sincerely appreciated by the country, according to the Presidential Office Dec. 21.
Taiwan and the U.S. share the fundamental values of freedom and democracy, PO Spokesperson Alex Huang said, adding that the government will continue working with the White House to enhance bilateral security cooperation.
“To safeguard national security and fulfill its responsibilities maintaining regional peace and stability, Taiwan will continue to actively improve military readiness and build up its self-defense capabilities,” he added.
Introduced by U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, the legislation describes Taiwan as a vital partner critical to a free and open Indo-Pacific region, and reaffirms U.S. commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act and Six Assurances.
[China confrontation] [Taiwan] [Congress]
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