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Special Report

How KMT Rules Preclude Reform

Ever since 2000, the KMT chair has been in the hands of men with questionable political judgment, and the party has followed their lead into an electoral abyss

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Editorials, Politics

VOTE 2016: Two Ads, Two Worlds

Two recent ads, one supporting the KMT and the other the DPP, start from the same point but end up in completely different territory

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Society & Culture

Curriculum Protests Challenge Chiang-Confucian Social Order

With their recent actions, Taiwan’s youth have put their elders on notice about the changes to come

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Politics

VOTE 2016: Soong Was a Scourge of Press Freedom and Native Culture

The presidential candidate should apologize for his past actions and explain why citizens should trust him

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Politics

Hung Hsiu-chu’s Uphill Charge

Almost everything the prospective KMT candidate believes in goes against the public opinion. Does she really have a shot at the presidency?

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Politics

Hung Hsiu-chu’s Problem with Mass Appeal

The KMT’s likely presidential candidate has no record of winning voters from across demographics or ideologies, which is precisely what she would have to do to win the presidency

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Politics

The New Power Party’s Platform

Social forces are exploding in Taiwan and a number of activists have decided to enter politics, some by creating their own party. Here’s the New Power Party’s vision

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Politics

The ’94 Taipei Mayoral Debate: Plus Ça Change…

Think the Taipei mayoral race in November was exceptional? Wait until you watch the debate in the 1994 elections

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Politics

Taiwan’s Soft Power: A Hard Sell

State-funded study camps can help increase Taiwan’s appeal among foreign students, academics and journalists. But a lot more needs to be done to improve their effectiveness

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