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Editorials, Politics

VOTE 2016: Optimism Wins in Taiwan

The outcome of Saturday’s elections is directly linked to the Sunflower Movement and the emergence of youth involvement in national politics

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Politics

President Ma’s ‘Black Box’ Problem

Opposition to the government and the KMT is not driven by antipathy toward China, but rather by disgust with the government’s lack of respect for the people

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Politics

The KMT Puzzle and Ma’s ‘Imperial Presidency’

Strict party discipline, a flawed constitutional system and an opposition that is too busy waging internal battles explain why the highly unpopular president has survived

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Politics

Defending Taiwan’s Economy and Identity

The existential threat to democratic Taiwan comes not only from the Chinese military, but also from ill-designed economic policies

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J. Michael Cole / Thinking Taiwan
Editorials, Movements, Politics

Taiwan’s Global Youth Movement

The Sunflower Movement presented a sophisticated understanding and representation of globalization and the implications of trade

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