Foxconn founder Kuo T’ai-ming says he’s running for president after sea goddess Mazu came to him in a dream

Founder and chairman of tech giant Foxconn (鴻海) Kuo T’ai-ming (郭台銘) announced on April 17 that he will run for president in Taiwan’s 2020 elections, citing a dream in which Taiwan’s popular sea goddess Mazu urged him to do more for the Taiwanese people. In the morning of April 17 Kuo visited the Daoist Ts’u-hui … Continue reading Foxconn founder Kuo T’ai-ming says he’s running for president after sea goddess Mazu came to him in a dream

China forced Taiwanese representative in the Czech Republic to leave economic conference

On Wednesday a Taiwanese diplomat was expelled at China’s request from a meeting held by the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Trade and Industry. Wang Chung-I (汪忠一), director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Prague, the de facto embassy of Taiwan in the Czech Republic, was requested to leave the meeting, to which he … Continue reading China forced Taiwanese representative in the Czech Republic to leave economic conference

Taiwanese-born Communist cadre opposed Beijing’s rule as a student, Hong Kong writer says

On March 11 Ling Yu-shih (凌友詩), a 57-year-old Taiwanese national, gave a speech at a meeting of the annual Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), advocating for Taiwan’s unification with China. “Standing with all of the other CPPCC members in bearing the mission of rejuvenating China, our motherland, I can say that I have managed … Continue reading Taiwanese-born Communist cadre opposed Beijing’s rule as a student, Hong Kong writer says

Ts’ai Ying-wen and Ma Ying-jeou take part in Lunar New Year’s prayer on Dharma Drum Mountain

On Lunar New Year’s Eve (春節除夕夜) the Taiwan’s President Ts’ai Ying-wen and her predecessor Ma Ying-jeou attended a ceremony on Dharma Drum Mountain (法鼓山), an influential Buddhist foundation located in Jinshan district, New Taipei City. Since 2007 Taiwanese presidents have taken part in the Dharma Bell Ringing Assembly (撞鐘祈福法會), during which believers pray for good … Continue reading Ts’ai Ying-wen and Ma Ying-jeou take part in Lunar New Year’s prayer on Dharma Drum Mountain

China Wants To Extend “One Belt, One Road Initiative” To The Korean Peninsula

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) wants to extend its “One Belt, One Road Initiative” to the Korean Peninsula. Beijing’s plan comes after the historic summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which took place from September 18 to September 20 in Pyongyang. During the meeting the two sides … Continue reading China Wants To Extend “One Belt, One Road Initiative” To The Korean Peninsula

Biyun Temple In Taiwan Faces Demolition After Being Turned Into A Chinese Communist Shrine

Biyun Temple, in central Taiwan’s Ershui Township, Changhua County, faces partial demolition after it was turned into a Chinese Communist shrine. In 2010 the Temple was taken over by a retired military officer and constructor named Wei Ming-jen (魏明仁), who in 2012 evicted the nuns, giving rise to a dispute that has yet to be settled. … Continue reading Biyun Temple In Taiwan Faces Demolition After Being Turned Into A Chinese Communist Shrine

Chinese Media Blast US Airline For Creative Solution To Differentiate China And Taiwan On Website

In July 44 airlines complied with a request made by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to abide by the so-called ‘one-China policy‘ and changed Taiwan’s name to ‘Taiwan, China‘ on their websites. However, United Airlines, which was among the companies that were required to adhere to Beijing’s demands, found a creative way to … Continue reading Chinese Media Blast US Airline For Creative Solution To Differentiate China And Taiwan On Website

PLA Admiral Argues That China Can Occupy Taiwan In Three Days

In his book The Chinese Invasion Threat, Ian Easton,  research fellow at the Project 2049 Institute, argued that China has developed secret plans to invade Taiwan by 2020. Since Xi Jinping took office in 2012, Beijing has become increasingly bellicose, attempting to isolate Taiwan internationally and threatening it with war. Some believe that Xi, who in … Continue reading PLA Admiral Argues That China Can Occupy Taiwan In Three Days

Why Did Chiang Kai-shek Lose China? The Guomindang Regime And The Victory Of The Chinese Communist Party

“Reports of lost battles swirl in like falling snow,” wrote Chiang Kai-shek at the end of 1948. “North China and the below-the-wall region are on the brink of collapse. I do not feel guilty. I tried my best” (quoted in: Jay Taylor,  The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China, 2009, p. 397). … Continue reading Why Did Chiang Kai-shek Lose China? The Guomindang Regime And The Victory Of The Chinese Communist Party

The Green Gang, Chiang Kai-shek, and the Republic of China

The Origins of the Green Gang The origins of the Green Gang can be traced back to the 15th century, when a spiritual leader named Luo Qing (羅清, pinyin: Luó Qīng) founded a Buddhist sect, the Patriarch Luo Sect. The sect evolved from the famous White Lotus, which had played a major role in the overthrow … Continue reading The Green Gang, Chiang Kai-shek, and the Republic of China