Is democracy possible in China? Democratic thought in Chinese history – Sun Yat-sen, Lin Yutang, Carsun Chang

Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has dominated public discourse through its control of the media and education. The CCP has thus successfully promoted an image of China that suits its own interests. One of the key elements of CCP propaganda is its opposition … Continue reading Is democracy possible in China? Democratic thought in Chinese history – Sun Yat-sen, Lin Yutang, Carsun Chang

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

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

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

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

The 228 Incident – The Uprising that Changed Taiwan’s History

228 Incident (The Terrible Inspection), circa 1947, by Li Jun       At 11:00 A.M. of February 27, 1947, Taipei City’s Monopoly Bureau was informed that a boat carrying fifty boxes of illegal matches and cigarettes had arrived near the port of Danshui, north of Taipei. Matches and cigarettes were part of the system … Continue reading The 228 Incident – The Uprising that Changed Taiwan’s History

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