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

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Taiwan Rebuts China’s Espionage Accusations

On September 15 China Central Television (CCTV) broadcast two reports alleging that Taiwanese intelligence agents blackmailed mainland Chinese students on the island into spying on behalf of Taipei. Today CCTV aired the first part of a "Report on Countering The Work of Taiwanese Spies" (反台湾间谍工作集中报导), claiming that Taiwanese intelligence agents targeted exchange students from mainland … Continue reading Taiwan Rebuts China’s Espionage Accusations

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

Chinese Media Denounce IKEA For Violating ‘One-China Principle’, Demand Taiwan Be Removed From Countries’ List

Chinese state media have denounced IKEA for listing Taiwan as a country alongside China and have demanded the Swedish company abide by the 'one-China' principle. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) mouthpiece Global Times recently published an article criticizing IKEA  for listing Taiwan as a country and not as part of China. Chinese netizens uploaded on Weibo … Continue reading Chinese Media Denounce IKEA For Violating ‘One-China Principle’, Demand Taiwan Be Removed From Countries’ List

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

China-Taiwan Tensions and the Guomindang’s Existential Crisis

In November 2014 the Guomindang (Chinese Nationalist Party) suffered a defeat in Taiwan's local elections, winning 40.7% of the votes and only 6 out of 22 local seats. The main opposition party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), gained 47.5% of the votes. This setback led to the resignation en masse of the Guomindang executive cabinet. It … Continue reading China-Taiwan Tensions and the Guomindang’s Existential Crisis

China Ready to Use Military Force if Taiwan Declares Independence, says Chinese Admiral

"If the Democratic Progressive Party [Taiwan's ruling party] declares independence (台独), then we must go to war without hesitation," said Yin Zhuo, Rear Admiral of the Chinese Navy, in an interview on March 5. "If [they] declare independence, we will use military force to bring about unification, we must be very clear about that." In the interview, Yin … Continue reading China Ready to Use Military Force if Taiwan Declares Independence, says Chinese Admiral

Civilized Taiwanese vs Uncivilized Mainlanders: Peng Mingmin and Anti-Chinese Rhetoric

In recent years it has become common both in Taiwan and in Hong Kong to portray mainland Chinese as backward and uncivilized. Some controversial episodes that were covered by the media have shaped this perception. Only to name a few, in 2014 a mainland couple allowed their child to urinate on a street in Hong … Continue reading Civilized Taiwanese vs Uncivilized Mainlanders: Peng Mingmin and Anti-Chinese Rhetoric

The Origins of Taiwanese Identity

The current discussion about Taiwanese identity is very much influenced by the ideological and political battle between those who think that the Taiwanese people constitute a separate nation, and those who think that the Taiwanese are simply a subgroup of the larger Chinese nation. Between 1945 and the end of the 1980s, when Taiwanese national … Continue reading The Origins of Taiwanese Identity

The China-Taiwan Issue and the American Civil War

On November 6, 1860, the 19th presidential election of the United States of America was held. Abraham Lincoln, a relatively unknown politician born into a poor family, received 1,866,452 of the votes; although his three opponents combined received more votes (2,815,617), Lincoln won and became the 16th President of the United States (J. G. Randall … Continue reading The China-Taiwan Issue and the American Civil War