January 1, 2015, Taiwan’s de facto embassy in Washington marked the new year by doing something that hadn’t been dared since Washington switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979: it raised the flag of the Republic of China. This of course immediately raised the ire of the People’sRead more
by Dave Johnson / The Wild East / Politics Editor’s note: The following photographs were taken by Dave Johnson on the evening when Taiwanese students occupied and took control of the legislature in Taipei over the issue of a Trade Pact with China, which many view as ‘selling out’ toRead more
By Trista di Genova / The Wild East, political beat The Breakfast Club really outdid itself this time, inviting DPP Legislator Hsiao Bi-Khim (蕭美琴) to speak at its monthly gathering on July 27. Hsiao discussed the life and work of Taiwan legislators and addressed major issues facing the foreign community,Read more
Having ousted the Democratic People’s Party based largely on voter’s disgust at massive corruption scandals, the Nationalist Party has also had to face a wary electorate who, while hoping for greater economic ties with the PRC, were also nervous of the political consequences.
The state of the cross-strait relationship is as follows: