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China  Slams the Door on Taiwanese Appeals for Independence.      

 

 Washington Post,  1-5-2018 Xi commanded China’s military to become “battle ready.”  ...... Taiwan will turn “grave” because Taiwan’s government refuses to acknowledge that the island is part of China. .Taiwan needs to increase its defense spending considerably...“the outcome of the game [between China and Taiwan] is undecided".

 

  New York Times at  11-4-2017, the Pentagon report, May 2017: China’s military modernization has “eroded or negated many of Taiwan’s historical advantages (geography and the US support) ” in deterring a potential attack.

 

New York times,  5-18-2017: Taiwan's leaders have gutted the military and continued to base defense planning on the assumption that the United States would always come to the rescue.  Policies ... have left the military understaffed and in a state of low morale...

 

Le Monde diplomatic of France, Mai 2016, depicted Taiwan as a trembling sweating rat   (click for details), turning its back on an approaching huge cat (China), lifting high the banner "$O$"  .

  

 FreeBeacon at 10-19-2017 : "China’s Xi Jinping Slams the Door on Taiwanese Appeals for Independence.".   Washington Post at 10-18-2017: "Mr. Xi’s biggest applause line was a vow to 'never allow anyone. . . to separate any part of Chinese territory from China.'  That would include...Taiwan."(19th CPC national Congress).   Spiegel Germany, 1-9-2017, Global Times of China: "There is no room for negotiations" .

 

 

 

       
   

 

 

Trump takes Taiwan as leverage , one-China policy as bargaining chips

 

 

 

Salmon is poking the bear ?  Taiwan suffers !

 

Bloomberg news 3-14-2018: In the future, Taiwan will suffer even more, as it gets caught
 in the middle between a stronger China and a inward-looking US...

 

 

 In Mar. 2018, Trump signed <Taiwan Travel Act>, which paves way for official exchanges with Taiwan. 

The bill identifies indirectly (?) Taiwan as a country "visits to a country by United States cabinet members ...". 

Deutsche Welle 3-17-2018: China has reacted angrily to the bill.
 
Bloomberg news 3-14-2018: Trump's "Taiwan card" (to annoy China when needed) is China's real worry. 

 

 <Foreign Policy> 12-14-2016 named Taiwan President Tsai as
one of leading thinkers of 2016 for "Poking the bear" .

But,  Taiwan is a card, or most likely, a leverage, a bargaining chip
between the US and China, not a card player at the game, in spite of Tsai insists Taiwan is playing card (USA or China?)

 

 

China military: can defeat Taiwanese army within 100 hours or 3 days ( ~  3-27-2018); 
Taiwan Defense Secretary: can resist Chinese army for about 1+ week (CTV 12-18-2016)

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

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pic.: Apple Daily headline news 4-8-2018: Taiwan became a ripping-tourists-off paradise,

scholars criticized Taiwan government kept blind eyes and did nothing about this.

 

       

 

 

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 Ocean pollution in Taiwan coast

Daily Mail (UK)  7-14-2017 :
Shocking underwater video from Taiwan
shows ocean floor littered with plastic (bottles) garbage. 

 

  Taiwan ignores environmental protection (ocean garbage clean-up) of 90% coast-line of Taiwan island for large garbage-distributions... / United Daily, 5-30-2017

 

  Daily Mail  (newspaper UK),  7-14-2017
comments Taiwan coast garbage as  :
"selfish" human beings ,
"Taiwan was once called 'Garbage island'
and more conversation is needed" ......
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  pic. 3: Taiwan was already reduced to be a kingdom of producing narcotic drugs, United Daily, 11-2-2017, headline news.
  pic. 2: "Taiwan is scandalous for drug exporting !!"  /  The China Times, headline news, 4-4-2017; 

 

 Taiwan administration's anti-drug is a fake show /  The China Times, 7-26-2017

Taiwan's image  ―  notorious for being a major drug transit center & a major drug exporting country 

 

 Police of Japan and Australia  already labeled Taiwan as "High Risk" illegal drug-exporting country

 Taiwan got bad records in The Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG)  for the law and law-enforcement problems / United Daily,  4-11-2017

  Drug-abuse in Taiwan is too serious to stop / Apple Daily, Opinion, 5-15-2017

  Based on Japan's statistics,  Taiwan is its No.3 drug resource country ......

  Philippines President Duterte (9-26-2017) : Triad supplying illegal drugs to PH is based in Taiwan, not China / inquirer.net 

Philippines President: All illegal drugs came from Taiwan / UDN, opinion, 10-20-2017

  50 packs (bags) of drugs were found in Taiwan's air force major base / United Daily News 4-7-2017

 

 

 

  pic.3: Next Magazine (Apple Daily), front-page, 4-6-2017 - ocean and river pollution by Taiwanese

 

    Asian's biggest sewage treatment plant in Taiwan's New Taipei,  skipped the process of removing contaminants from wastewater and disposed dirty and disgusting water into the sea for probably 4-5 years, witnesses confirmed. / Next Magazine (Apple Daily), front-page, 4-6-2017

 

 

   NO justice !  The courthouse judged enterprise's disposing 5000 ton cancer-producer strong acid and waste water into the river-creek (color changed to dark yellow ) and endangering the natural environment  is no guilty !  / headline news of Apply Daily,

9-30-2015  http://www.appledaily.com.tw/appledaily/article/headline/20150930/36807420/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

ps: Dioxin & Fipronil in Taiwan


    
 Taiwan administration's Dioxin
 ("poison of the century") control system crashed completely / FTV news, 4-22-2017

  "Wanna murder people?"  Official certification CAS for food  includes not , but Dioxin was already inside many people's body, probably was over the limit ,  TW government has never done source-control, never stop contaminants (pollutant, e.g., plastic, inks from industry, fly-ash from incinerator, etc) going to our environment.   Pollution has exited 12 yrs, and never end  / Apple Daily, head-page, 4-22-2017 

United Daily, opinion, 8-26-2017 : Taiwanese are mad at the administration is so careless that too many loopholes for business to illegally use chemical......  randomly inspections of some farms found Fipronil in sample chicken-eggs 30 times exceeding Euro. official standard.    

 

   CTN  8-23-2017 : Taiwan's pesticide-control on foods was only half-done.

 

         

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CTV evening news, 12-14-2017  19:19pm: Taiwanese fraud crimes are really all over the world.   UDN opinion 12-24-2017: Taiwan became international nuisances & social harms

 

Taiwan is notorious for its fraud crimes all over the world, damaging the image of Taiwan  / EBC TV 4-9-2017 6:54am

    Taiwan largely sees these telecom frauds/phone scammers as an asset rather than liability... / quora

Taiwan's legal system is extremely tolerant of the scammers. Not matter how much money was involved in a scamming case  /  https://www.quora.com/Does-Taiwan-rely-on-the-fraud-industry-heavily,  /4-16-2016

 Taiwan's legislators and judicial system don't have a sense of shame on int'l telecomm scammers issue  /  ref to United Daily News (聯合報), Opinion 8-2016  

 
 Taiwan is a "low risk-high profit" country for fraud crimes ... / EBC TV 4-9-2017 6:54am

     

   

   

 

 

 

pic:    BBC UK, The SUN (2-13-2017): "BUS CRASH HORROR !"
Taiwan's "safety standards need to be improved".

 
China - People's Daily's Global Times (7-19-2016) opinion-editorial:
Tourists're gambling their lives in Taiwan  ... 
click Taiwan travel  

CNN, Newsweek, 2-4-2015: Taiwan has had a poor aviation safety record

 

 

 

Taiwan illegal fishing as a pirate

Taiwan, A pirate boat !!?

 

<The Diplomat> (4-14-2016) :  Taiwan's illegal fishing is 'out of control'

 EU warned in 2015 Taiwan with a yellow card for illegal fishing. 

 GreenPeace criticized Taiwan gov. for knowing this issue but does little.

 

 Washington Post 2-22-2018: Taiwan is No.2 fishing nation

as measured by Global fishing Watch's Automatic Identification Sys., 2016.

(wait & see how TW  nw law works)

 

 

     

 

 

 

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travel & tourism People's Daily, the major official newspaper of the ruling Chinese Communist Party,   ( Opinion/editorial  8-4-2016):  <Chinese tourists do not dare to visit Taiwan in the future without safety assurance>  / Taiwan tour disasters are sort of man-made disasters , Taiwan tourism's major problems  include loopholes in law and regulation careless mistakes in administration or not-good-enough system of organization, other malpractices are traveling load-bearing capacity road-traffic safety 、aviation safety 、road maintenance 、safety standard for tour bus 、Modified Automobiles/Fix-up tour busLow-end tour groups tragic accidents happening again and again open Pandora's box, too many tourist victims reveal Taiwan tourism's problems, Taiwan authority tried to do something (亡羊補牢) each time a tragic accident occurred, but it seemed late and same kind of tragedies never cease.  (《人民日報》8-4-2016 社論:  很多意外事故都存在著人禍 的影子,或是法規漏洞、管理疏失、或是體制不足。旅遊承載能力、道路安全、飛行安全、道路養護 、遊覽車安全標準、改裝車、低價團…一起起事故猶如打開了潘朵拉的盒子... )

Apple Daily, opinion, 2-12-2018: lacking of monument elements, mature cultural creativity, and inexpensive tour-site hotels ...  shallow, careless, low-end quality led to an extremely low return visitor rate to Taiwan.  

 Apple Daily, Headline news 1-15-2018:  Taiwan tourism collapsed like a snow-slide, the number of tourists to Kenting National Park(墾丁貓鼻頭) dropped 59%,  to Taroko National Gorge (太魯閣) dropped 43%, etc, because of the number of Chinese tourists declined a lot and local people don't like those sites -  Apple Daily opinion 1-17-2018: expensive hotels, crowded traffic, getting ripped-off by greedy shops' ...

Taiwan got low score and is ranking world No.87 in the index of "Attractiveness of Natural Assets" (parks, beaches, mountains, wildlife, etc) , based on <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> 2017.

soft power According to UK based Monocle's Soft Power Survey 2010 ~ 2017, Taiwan has not been included in this global ranking list,  Taiwan's soft power is behind Asian's countries Japan, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, China, India, UAE, all of them reached "world top 20" at least once.  
Taiwan also failed to be listed in 2017's Soft Power 30 Study, compiled by PR company Portland Communication and University of Southern California.
aesthetic country?

 

Forbes (3-5-2017) "3 Things Chinese Tourists Are Surprised To Find When They Travel Abroad To Taiwan" : "It's not very modern !",  " the wealth wasn’t invested in architecture.   So the cities are full of decayed apartment blocks.... the housing isn’t as good.”. 

The Liberty Times and the China Times (3-10-2017) /  local scholars : without overall urban renewal planning, Taiwan will never get rid of the bad name "ugly cities". 

Taipei City mayor Dr. Ko pointed out during a trip to Japan that Taipei is short of aesthetic elements or sense of beauty (欠缺城市美學/美感). / The China Times 1-26-2016.

 

human rights

 

USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices,   3-3-2017: Principal human rights problems are official corruption, exploitation of foreign workers,  domestic violence; Other concerns are  some media self-censorship with regard to China, vote buying; violations of legal working hours,  lacking of barrier-free spaces and accessible transportation systems for persons with disabilities, particularly outside Taipei;  a rise in child abuse and gender-biased sex selection.

Taiwan is far behind to against torture and other cruel.
  Apple Daily, headline, 12-9-2017:
    
◆  At end of 2017, a review found all conclusive advises by international review panel to against Taiwan's torture have not put into practice at all.  

      ◆  In 2013, an international review panel ( human rights experts and scholars) visited Taiwan and concluded :

          (1) "The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment" should be added to Taiwan Criminal Law, and should be put into force AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
          (2)  The best method to root out torture and
other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in Taiwan is that any person or officials who commits torture, those sort of crimes, should NOT have free liability of what they did.

The government has not well taken its fundamental responsibility of protecting the safety of people's life and property - why are there so many tall buildings located on the fault-zone? why are poor architectures everywhere on bad geologic grounds ? why are those shit-hole politicians doing nothing and ignoring urban renewal so as to risk millions of old houses and human beings ??   (full text: https://udn.com/news/story/11321/2974813 聯合報社論/斷層帶上何以建了那麼多高樓?  2-8-2018,  https://udn.com/news/story/7338/2977079 勿讓軟腳樓成坑殺人命陷阱 2-9-2018,  https://tw.appledaily.com/headline/daily/20180209/37928659花蓮 都更 爛政客   2-9-2018)

 

State violence and white terror (product of state violence) return in Taiwan (United Daily, opinion, 12-21-2017, 12-27-2017).     Taiwan's Facebook "Green terror" suppressed free expression...... (Wikipedia 2017, The China Times, public opinion, 11-18-2017)

Taiwan administration's policy led to air pollution, toxic pollution in the land and sea ...   (The China Times, 1-7-2018 台灣海陸空污染毒害山海變色 http://www.chinatimes.com/newspapers/20180107000465-260114Daily Mail (UK) 7-14-2017 : Shocking underwater video from Taiwan shows ocean floor littered with plastic (bottles) garbage)

 

food & dining Food safety is one of biggest challenges to Taiwan / The China Times. 8-6-2016,
 an interview to Taiwan president Tsai I. W.

Chang Gung Mem. Hospital Toxicology expert & professor Yin M.D. (殷宗海, Doctor, Univ. of London ): Minimize the times of dining out to protect your health !  ref to book <食品不安全的年代如何自保>, 2016.

5 star hotel restaurants scandals -  A book (Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital, Taiwan Veterans General Hospital's physician Jiang So-San M.D. 江守山 "食在安心" (10-2014)) said many 5 star hotel restaurants don't wash vegetables ...  some 5 star hotels made sashimi raw fish slices by using fresh-water fishes, this may increase the probability to get cancer  (for details 台灣餐廳  or  台灣美食Taiwan Night Markets ) ; Epoch Times (大紀元, 3-14-2017):Okura Prestige Tpe (大倉久和, a 5 star hotel) sold expired frozen shrimps, molded taro (vegetable 芋) etc;   SETN news ( 三立新聞 5-16-2016): Some 5 star hotels in northern Taiwan sold black-hearted expired seafoods ;  LTN (5-17-2016): 5 star hotels Ambassador and Howard (國賓福華) clarified this news;   Apple Daily (蘋果日報 6-7-2016): Sheraton (喜來登) 's white shrimps contained bleaching agent (漂白劑),4 times higher than the legal standard,Ranina (Spanner crabs 旭蟹) contained heavy medal Cadmium poisoning (重金屬镉) 14% higher than the standard...;  Apple Daily (蘋果日報 7-2-'13): Taiwan's tourist hotels' food ingredients expired 2 years,  only 3 out of 21 hotels passed the security check and sanitary examination etc conducting by Taiwan Administration, e.g., Shangri-La's (tnn) did not separate their cutting tools for cooked foods and raw foods;    FTV news, 5-18-2017: 13 ingredients / materials expired in a 5 star hotel in Taiwan;  CTI TV news (5-17-2017, 19:33): What can we eat in Taiwan? people are uneasy for food here...   

Taiwan is not included in EIU's Global Food Security Index of 2017, China ranks No. 45 among 113 nations.

According to The World's Best Restaurants (2017) , Taiwan is not included in the list, Thailand got No.7, Singapore No.14, Japan 18th, HK 24th, Shanghai 41th.  In sub-total, 5 Japanese , 4 Chinese, 3 Singapore, 2 Thailand, 1 Korean, 1 India restaurant(s) entered top 100.

 

 democracy <Foreign Policy> 2015: Taiwan politics belongs to corporations (not the people) and is controlled by the political parties.

The United Daily - Opinion, 3-7-2017  :  Now it seems hard to keep Taiwan's democracy just skin-deep... the people's "livelihood" was sacrificed for politics ...

Social security More than 10 Korean media, e.g., Yonhap News Agency (韓聯社),  Donga Ilbo (東亞日報), and largest web portal Naver, reported in Jan. 16, 2017 in large scale or great length to lash out Taiwan's bad social security. 

BBC》UK,  3-29-2016   "The whole society's safety net has loopholes "

The China Times》6-9-2016 Opinion-editorial : Taiwanese police do duty without dignity/honor. 

judiciary Taiwan's Minister of Judiciary and secretary of Justice Ministry issued progress report of judicial reform Public trust in judges is always low, the protection mechanism of lawsuit right is still not good enough (UDN 2-13-2018).

United Daily 2-27-2018: Taipei mayor Ko said that Taiwan's jail and prison are good only for those have no connections at all. ("監獄是關沒有辦法的人")  

 Apple Daily, opinion, 3-14-2018 : Survey <2017台灣社會信任調查> shows that Taiwan judicial official's / law enforcement officer's public trust is the second last. 

National Chung Cheng university's survey (head-page of the Liberty Times, 2-23-2016) found: more than 84% Taiwanese people don't believe judges, nearly 80% Taiwanese don't believe the impartiality of Taiwan's prosecutors, and public trust on Taiwan judiciary system keeps falling down in the past 8 years.  

USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices, March 3, 2017: the justice ministry was insufficiently independent and conducted politically motivated investigations of politicians.

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen declared that no such injustice (The rich get off scot-free, the poor get the death sentence ) should be repeated, and blasted (5-20-2016) Taiwan justice earning no Taiwanese people trust.  

The United Daily,  3-6-2017  :  Taiwan's judiciary still work as hatchet man for KMT.  (陳師孟)

transportation BBC UK, The SUN (2-13-2017) "Bus Crash Horror !" Taiwan's "safety standards need to be improved".   A few days later another fatal bus accident occurred. 

Apple Daily, Opinion-Editorial (2-15-2017): Such a high casualty rate most likely ranks No.1 among all civilized states in the world, public opinions and official blames are useless at all, because they saw right through the government, called government's bluff ... The United Daily (2-15-2017, front-page): So many self-criticisms in the past never stop next  disaster !

housing <CTS HD>, 5-23-2016 1:25pm, "華視新聞雜誌":  17 million Taiwanese people ( totally 23 million population in Taiwan) live in "potential danger" (潛在危險) houses, according to <遠見> study, Taiwanese people gave a "failure" score (53.5) on "living safety".

《The Liberty Times》Taiwan, 2-24-2017 :  Keep eating nothing and drinking nothing for 33+ years to buy a new house in Taipei !    Taipei's  Ratio of House Price to Income  is 33.3 times, New Taipei city is 20.25.

Lloyd's City Risk Index 2015-2025 analyses the potential impact on the economic output (GDP risk)  of world's major cities, Taipei was ranked world No.1 - within the next 10 years,

Amnesty International (The London-based organization), 2-25-2015: The organization concerns Taiwan’s inhabitation (housing and land) rights issues.

creativity

poor and weak creativity - even some government's logos are similar to western's,  Taiwan very seldom won award in Cannes Ad. Festival, France.

 

The China Times,  headline news  at 12-24-2017:  The total value of Taiwan's cultural & creative production was far behind of that of Korea, Korea's value in publication is about 6 times larger than Taiwan's,  Film industry 6 times, TV 3.5 times, Advertising 3 times, Pop-music 6 times bigger than Taiwan's,  Taiwan lacks of updated related laws and policy no focus, no direction, no institute, original creativity is not encouraged, the industry field is divided, without integrated marketing...... 

 

The output value of Taiwan's cultural & creative production in '12 - '13 declined 9.28%, in contrast, Taiwan's neighbor countries increased, China 14.27%, Malaysia, Philippines 8+%, Korea 0.65% ... Taiwan's cultural & creative industry even failed to create a "bubble", the reason is lacking of original creativity.    / The China Times, 8-15-2017. 

It's a big shame again that Taiwan government used the photo of Washington Dulles int'l airport (old Taiwan airport is a cheap-copy, very similar to Dulles) on Taiwan's new passport in 2017-2018.

character/personality

The Liberty Times, 1-4-2016/  Taipei City mayor Dr. Ko: Taiwanese have been patient sufferance of so many politically bullies and toying (and killings), hence lost confidence and passion, Taiwan only has obedient, docile citizens who surrendered to their "lord",  those some of Taiwanese revolted, resisted or rebelled were all killed by their rulers, the rest of Taiwanese are docile citizens, their children or descendants are even more docile.

●  The China Times, 3-24-2018, public opinion: Li Ao (李敖) in 1999 wrote that Taiwan already became a shadow, very realistic ( profit oriented, snobbish ), short-sight society (淺碟, 現實, 短視).

Forbes (3-5-2017) : Taiwanese "People are ominously courteous".

happiness

<United Daily news 聯合報>, head page, 12-10-2016:  The word of 2016 selected is "" ("hardship", "pain").

medical service

Taiwan only ranks world 45th position in Lancet's Healthcare Access and Quality Index released in 2017 (based on mortality from causes amenable to personal health care in 195 countries and territories, 1990–2015: a novel analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study   2015),  some chronic disease items got very low or failure scores, e.g.,   Leukemia score 49,  Kidney disease 50, Gallbladder & biliary 57, Hypertensive Heart Disease 60,   diabetes mellitus 58, etc.  http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(17)30818-8.pdf

Taiwan is dishonest and 'cruel' trying to hide, block, delay public-health news, e.g., poisoned eggs, PCV virus vaccine, and Bird-flu more than one time (1-2-2018 UDN udn.com/news/story/7266/2908720,  2012 BBC news :  www.bbc.com/zhongwen/trad/chinese_news/2012/03/120304_taiwan_birdflu_investigate) ,  not to mention big issues.

●  Apple Daily, 12-30-2017: Amending Taiwan's medical service law is criticized as "Decriminalization", patients in Taiwan will be difficult to put to the proof in their legal cases.

  <Transparency International> ( July 9, 2013) study : "Have you or anyone in your household paid a bribe to one of these 8 services in the last 12 months?"  Taiwanese people think the institution needed to be paid bribery most is judiciary system, second is Taiwan's medical and health services, the number of Taiwanese paying a bribe is higher than global average. ( Apple Daily 7-10-2013,http://www.appledaily.com.tw/appledaily/article/headline/20130710/35139300/ )
   The United Daily News (聯合新聞) 1-3-2017 <Where's Taiwan's medical ethics ?  Leaking patients' medical records is a normal social protocol in Taiwan>  : In Taiwan, journalists are not used to respect patients' privacy... our hospitals' members do not know very clearly the principle of protecting patients' privacy...(黃達夫)

Taiwan's medical & health performance is so successful (e.g. life expectancy, infant mortality and maternal mortality, are better than U.S., although we spent only one-quarter of USD (PPP) in health expenditure.) that former leader of health government, Dr. Ye Ching-chuan, was invited to testify at an US senate committee hearing on this issue

shopping/commodity-price

In Swiss UBS's "most expensive cities" report, Taipei's commodity price was ranked No. 26, worse than the rank (No.42) in last time.    (9-18-2015)

UK's Economist Intelligence Unit - Liveability Country Level Index (2015), evaluates "Cost of Living" of Taipei as "72" (scores 1~131, "1" means the cheapest, e.g., Mexico City is "73").

According to 2015 Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report, Taiwan's "hotel price index" ranks world No. 82, "Purchasing power parity" ranks world No. 64,  "price competitiveness" ranks No. 38. 

Forbes (3-5-2017): Things are cheap !  Taiwan’s a good bargain, explaining the glut of self-guided tourists from China who voluntarily go shopping in Taipei. Some tourists also wonder if the prices reflect weakness in Taiwan’s overall economy.

The China Times, 9-14-2015, shows the average price of 5 star hotels for Taiwanese tourists is NT dollars10494, price of 4 star hotels is NT5591,

women

 

<The United Daily 聯合報>,  3-16-2018 (prime news edition)

         Taiwan president Tsai I. W. : Taiwan still have a not short way to reach gender equality (台灣離性別平等  還有一段路要走)
         <The United Daily 聯合報>,  3-16-2018 (林志潔, professor and member of national judicial reform committee)       The judge made mistakes again and again,  Taiwan's gender equality - A long long way to go !

The US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices , released at 3-3-2017:  Rape and Domestic Violence ( spousal rape, and domestic violence).  Many victims did not report the crime for fear of social stigmatization, and various nongovernmental organization (NGO) and academic studies estimated that the total number of sexual assaults was seven to 10 times the number reported to police.  Women were promoted less frequently, occupied fewer management positions, and worked for lower pay than men, earning on average 83 percent of their male counterparts’ income...

Amnesty International (The London-based organization), 2.25.2015: The organization concerns Taiwan's gender discrimination.   Taiwan’s passage of the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the enactment of laws to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by 2017 were important starts, but still have to be fully implemented.

 

athletics

In 2016 Rio Olympics medal tally statistics, Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) got 1 gold, 2 bronze, ranks world No. 50.

int'l fraud

Taiwan is notorious for its fraud crimes all over the world, damaging the image of Taiwan  / EBC TV 4-9-2017 6:54am

    Taiwan largely sees these telecom frauds/phone scammers as an asset rather than liability... / quora

Taiwan's legislators and judicial system don't have a sense of shame on releasing so many int'l telecomm scammers and fraud groups committing the crime across the world (United Daily, 8-24-2016 opinion-editorial ). 

'entertainment' / "circus"

Taiwan police declared crack down prostitution business, however, those Taiwanese male aged above 20 (2.33 million men per yr. ,ps1)  Prostitution business in Taiwan are, firstly, Thai massage parlors (「掛羊頭賣狗肉」的按摩店(或養生館)), second, call-girls controlled by agents, thirdly, individual working studio or so-called one-woman brothel (「一樓一鳳」).

 

The United Daily (8-19-2015): The area with highest density of night clubs ("酒店") / specialized profession ("特種行業",a beautified term of sex related business including massage parlors  ) in Taipei city locates LinSen N. Rd. stretching from JinZhou street to ChangChun Rd.

 Liveability

According to Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)'s Global Liveability Report of 2017, Taipei ranks No. 60 among 140 cities, based on 30 factors related to education resource, safety, health care, infrastructure, environment, etc.  Asia's Tokyo No. 13, Singapore 35, HK 45.

Political status

The People's Republic of China (PRC) claims that the Republic of China (Taiwan) government is illegitimate, referring to it as the "Taiwan Authority".

The ROC, however, with its own constitution, independently elected president and armed forces... since Chiang Kai-shek (leader of the KMT, Taiwan's ruling party most of time) and his forces fled to the island at the end of Chinese civil war in 1949.

New York times,  12-13-2016: In Presidential inaugural speech, Tsai referred to the Constitution of the Republic of China and the legislation governing cross-strait relations, both imply the acceptance of a “one China” framework.

Washington Post, 1-2-2017: The United States “acknowledges” that there is one China and that Taiwan is part of China. But the United States has never officially “recognized” Taiwan as part of China.

 The condition of Beijing's envoy (senior official) visiting Taiwan since the 1949 communist revolution is seeing no ROC national flag.  Taiwanese government agreed and confiscated some flags in a rally... / LTN 11-06-2015

<Taiwan Travel Act> (Trump signed at 3-16-2018):

          NHK  Japan, 3-17-2018 

             The legislation aims to encourage mutual visits between US and Taiwanese officials at all levels. (https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180317_08/)

       ◆ The Diplomat,  3-3-2018 
              US Paves Way for High-Level Exchanges With Taiwan (https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/us-paves-way-for-high-level-exchanges-with-taiwan/)

         New York Times,  3-17-2018

             China’s Foreign Ministry said it had lodged “stern representations” with the United States, saying the law sent a “seriously wrong signal” to the forces of Taiwan independence.
              (https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2018/03/17/world/asia/17reuters-usa-taiwan-china.html   ; https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-taiwan-china/china-says-resolutely-opposed-to-new-u-s-law-on-ties-with-taiwan-idUSKCN1GT0I9)

       ◆ Deutsche Welle,  3-17-2018 :

             China has reacted angrily ... "severely violate the one-China principle, the political foundation of the China-US relationship."

             Taiwan ... calling it a "friendly move"

       ◆ Global Times of China, 2018:  <Taiwan Travel Act> is a bill to destroy Taiwan.  People's Daily online (China 人民日報 海外版) 3-17-2018: "annoy China, fool Taiwan !"("戲耍台灣 挑臖大陸")  ◆ UDN Taiwan (台灣聯合報) 3-18-2018: KMT Legislator : The US uses Taiwan as pawn to annoy China ... ( 台恐成夾心餅干);  Joseph Bosco (former defense official): China won't win a general confrontation against the US (translation).   The bill identifies (indirectly) Taiwan as a country "visits to a country by United states cabinet members ...", etc.

 

              

pic. left: ROC (Taiwan) national flag;      
pic. right: Chinese Taipei flag for participating in int'l events, e.g., Olympics Games.   

 

   

     Taiwan         understand Taiwan   understand Taiwan in 1 minute  !!          comment Taiwan       No.1 rankings on the net   ! 

 

ps:

 (1) Monocle's soft power survey:

2016/2017 Monocle's Soft Power survey

1 USA 16 Norway
2 Germany 17 Korea
3 Japan 18 Finland
4 UK 19 Brasil
5 France 20 China
6 Australia 21 Austria
7 Canada 22 Belgium
8 Sweden 23 Singapore
9 Swiss 24 India
10 Danmark 25 Poland
11 Italy ps: Asia & Pacific countries marked
12 Spain
13 New Zealand
14 Holland
15 Portugal

2015/2016 Monocle's Soft Power survey

1 Germany 16 Norway
2 USA 17 Austria
3 UK 18 Finland
4 Japan 19 Portugal
5 France 20 Belgium
6 Australia 21 China
7 Sweden 22 Brazil
8 Swiss 23 Singapore
9 Danish 24 Poland
10 Canada 25 Turkey
11 Spain  


  (2) Taiwan failed to be listed in 2017's Soft Power 30 Study, compiled by PR company Portland Communication and University of Southern California.   The top 30 nations are 1  France  2 UK  3 USA  4 Germany  5  Canada   6 Japan  7  Swiss  8 Australia   9 Sweden  10  Holland  11 Denmark  12 Norway  13  Italy  14  Austria  15  Spain   16  Belgium  17 Finland  18 NZ   19 Ireland  20  Singapore   21 S. Korea   22  Portugal  23  Greece   24  Poland   25  China  26  Russia  27 Czech  28  Hungary   29  Brazil  30  Turkey.

  2 Reviews on Taiwan's hard power - military

A   The New York times,  11-4-2017: China now has 800,000 active combat troops in its ground forces, compared with 130,000 in Taiwan; its budget last year was $144 billion, compared with Taiwan’s $10 billion,... countries that might sell it the most sophisticated weaponry are increasingly reluctant to do so for fear of provoking China,...The Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 commits the United States to defend the island’s sovereignty, providing “such defense articles and defense services in such quantity as may be necessary” ... US latest arms sales " short of the major systems that could give Taiwan a real edge."...

          The Pentagon report warned:  To defend itself, Taiwan has relied on geography — a mountainous main island 80 miles across a windswept strait — and the support of the United States.     However, China’s military modernization has “eroded or negated many of Taiwan’s historical advantages” in deterring a potential attack,...  an intervention (by the US) now would confront a more potent Chinese military.

       Washington Post,    1-5-2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2018/01/05/can-china-really-take-over-taiwan/?utm_term=.e66214694331
       Can China really take over Taiwan?

         Xi commanded China’s military to become “battle ready.”  ...... threatening that relations with Taiwan will turn “grave” because Taiwan’s government refuses to acknowledge that the island is part of China.  A leading Chinese analyst predicts that China has accelerated its timetable to 2020 for taking over the island by military means......Taiwan needs to increase its defense spending considerably...“the outcome of the game [between China and Taiwan] is undecided".

       United States think tank the RAND Corporation, Taiwan News, 2-2-2018, Apple Daily 2-3-2018, https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3353460
          Likelihood of successful Chinese attack against Taiwan rising: RAND Corp.    China's jets and missiles can damage U.S. and Taiwan air bases

          According to RAND, which specializes in military affairs, the balance in the Taiwan Strait has been moving in China’s favor as the communist country was continuing to make progress in its preparations and training ...

    ◆  The US subcommittee hearing (4-17-2018) Rep. Ted Soho,  Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific: Seems likely Xi will force the issue (unification) in his life time.

 

    ◆  New York Times, 5-18-2017    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/18/opinion

                      Taiwan's military is understaffed and in a state of low morale.

                  Taiwan's active force was cut down to under 200,000 (the exact number is classified). The nearly two million reservists exist in name only.
                 
Taiwan’s defense policies are largely a result of deep distrust between the military and politicians.

    US Annual Report to Congress, 2017

 

 

   


Military and Security Developments Involving
the People’s Republic of China 2017
https://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/2017_China_Military_Power_Report.PDF

 

 

China VS Taiwan

 
  Taiwan Strait military balance

  China VS Taiwan

 

 

 

ps: Apple daily, 11-28-2017: Chinese air crafts flying to first island chain include H-6K (轟 6K) bomber from Shaanxi, center of China.  Taiwan's interpreting China's military capacity should no longer be limited to only their coastal (Taiwan Strait) military air force.  (brief - author 林穎佑 faculty of int'l affairs graduate school,  National ChungCheng University)

 

  ◆  Apple Daily, 12-19-2017    China VS Taiwan    /   data from Taiwan's national defense gov.

 

pic. left: China military capacity VS Taiwan;   pic. right: Chinese air force did lots of "patrol circling" (flying around Taiwan and passing through 1st island chain ).

China military VS Taiwan military Chinese air force "patrol circling" around Taiwan
   

 Source: Apple Daily News, head-page and focus news, 12-19-2017

   ◆US Annual Report to Congress, 2016
 

                OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE Annual Report to Congress:
                Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China

                https://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/2016%20China%20Military%20Power%20Report.pdf

 

Taiwan Strait Military Balance in 2015, Naval Forces
China China Taiwan
Total East and South Sea Fleets Total
Aircraft Carriers 1 0 0
Destroyers 23 16 4
Frigates 52 40 22
Corvettes 23 14 1
Tank Landing Ships/ Amphibious Transport Dock 30 28 14
Medium Landing Ships 22 16 0
Diesel Attack Submarines 57 38 4
Nuclear Attack Submarines 5 2 0
Ballistic Missile Submarines 4 4 0
Coastal Patrol (Missile) 86 68 45

Taiwan Strait Military Balance in 2015, Air Forces
China China Taiwan
Total Within range of Taiwan Total

 

Fighters 1,700 130 384
Bombers/Attack 400 200 0
Transport 475 150 19
Special Mission Aircraft 115 75 25

Taiwan Strait Military Balance in 2015, Ground Forces
China China Taiwan
Total Taiwan Strait Area Total
Personnel (Active) 1.25 million 400,000 130,000
Group Armies/Army Corps 18 8 3
Infantry Divisions 12 4 0
Infantry Brigades 23 7 5
Mechanized Infantry Divisions 7 4 0
Amphibious Mechanized Infantry Divisions 2 2 0
Mechanized Infantry Brigades 25 8 3
Armor Divisions 1 0 0
Armor Brigades 17 7 4
Amphibious Armor Brigades 1 1 0
Army Aviation Brigades and Regiments 11 6 3
Artillery Brigades 22 9 5
Airborne Divisions 3 3 0
Marine Brigades 2 2 2
Tanks 7,000 2,800 1,100
Artillery Pieces 8,000 3,900 1,600

        ◆    LTN 3-5-2017  / military power -  China VS Taiwan

   

China
(troops facing Taiwan Strait)

Taiwan

army ground forces

ground troops
(地面部隊)
400000 130000
Field Army
(集團軍)
8 3
war chariot, tank
 
(戰車)
2800 1100
artillery; cannon
(火砲)
3900 1600

Navy

destroyer warship
(驅逐艦)
16 4
guided missile frigate(飛彈巡防艦) 40 22
Amphibious landing/assault ship(兩棲登陸艦) 28 14
submarine
 (傳統動力潛艦)
38 4

Air Force

fighter (aircraft)
(戰鬥機)
130 384
bomber
(轟炸機)
200 0
military transport aircraft (運輸機) 150 19
special mission aircraft
(特輸任務機)
75 25
 

      

        ◆  Taiwan's muscle show

news brief

 

 

Apple Daily,  5-30-2016: Taiwan declared no other air forces are allowed to show their muscle in Taiwan air space ... But,    CTV evening news(11-27-2016), United Daily News (11-30-2016): China's military aircraft-fighters (much stronger than TW air force) flied past around Taiwan and passed through 1st Island Chain, Taiwan air force did not intercept, stop them. 
   ps: Chinese troops repeated doing this again and again in 2016 ~ 2017.

Forbes, 5-21-2013: Taiwan president beset by low approval rate because of weakness against foreign countries, even including Philippines, a backward country dared to hurt Taiwan, ...

The China Times, 3-29-2017: Taiwan lacks key tech. to make a  coach (large bus).

        ◆   <The Chinese Invasion Threat : Taiwan's Defense and American Strategy in Asia> by Ian Eastonct., Oct. 3, 2017

               Secret Military Plan: Invade Taiwan by 2020

 

The Chinese Invasion Threat China has finalized a clandestine plan to invade Taiwan in 2020 by launching missile attacks, blocking the nation’s air and sea space, and carrying out amphibious landings, Washington-based think tank Project 2049 Institute research fellow Ian Easton said.

 

●  Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lo Chih-cheng (羅致政) raised doubts over the time frame Easton asserted, saying that he did not think it is very precise.

 

China, according to the book <The Chinese Invasion Threat>, would "almost certainly" fail in its full-scale invasion of Taiwan but its military appears driven to prepare and carry out such an attack. 

 

 

pic.: Headline of Apple Daily, Oct. 6, 2017

 

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/10/05/2003679744;   http://freebeacon.com/natiChina’s

      

     ◆ International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS,UK,  www.iiss.org), the military balance 2018 press statement - The annual assessment of global military capability and defence economics, 2-14-2018

               In 2017 Beijing showcased more advanced military systems ... are challenging the global predominance of the United States and its allies ... https://www.iiss.org/en/publications/military-s-balance

            China's modernisation of its armed forces is processing faster than many experts expected ...  (ref to Apple Daily, opinion, 2-21-2018, "共軍非必勝  國軍非必敗")

     

     ◆ Apple Daily, 4-20-2018, headline news : a Survey poll by 台灣民主基金會

 

pic. Apple Daily, 4-20-2018, headline news : a Survey poll by 台灣民主基金會
☉ Taiwanese fight for independence - 55% yes, 35.9 % no, 9.1% others

 ☉ Taiwanese fight against  Chinese military force for unification - 67.7% yes, 24.9 % no, 7.4 % others

 

     ◆   editorial cartoons by Zola Zu

  

 

 

 

Economist (special edition 2017): Taiwan will turn into a tiger again 

Taiwan declared no other air forces are allowed to show their muscle in Taiwan air space/ Apple Daily 5-30-2016,...

 

VS


Bloomberg 3-14-2018, CTV evening news11-27-2016, United Daily News 11-30-2016: China's launched regular "encirclement patrols" with military jets (much stronger than TW air force) around Taiwan's airspace and passed through 1st Island Chain, Taiwan air force did not intercept them.   

Taiwan has been watched by the super power for years......

  Taiwan's sky, our air-space ? 

      

 

  

 

  3 Reviews on Taiwan's economy & GDP

 

 

 ◆  Credit Suisse, Nov. 15,  2017

Global Wealth report 2017,  Country summary

Country

Mean wealth per Adult (USD)

Median wealth per Adult (USD)

Taiwan 188,081 87,257
Japan 225,057  123,724
Singapore 268,776 108,850
France 263,399 119,720
UK 278,038 102,641

Compared to the world as a whole, Taiwan has high average
wealth and only moderate wealth inequality.
http://publications.credit-suisse.com/tasks/render/file/index.cfm?fileid=A6E9E182-E39B-0353-6751EB076EF35159

   

 ◆  United Daily, Opinion, 12-5-2017 :   The average monthly salary of Taipei employee (in the amount of NT 43500) is behind that of Beijing's (rmb 9900, equal NT46000 ), Shanghai is at the third (about NT 43000).  / 智聯招聘survey.

   

      Global Wealth Report 2016 by credit-suisse Research Institute, Nov. 2016

 

            http://publications.credit-suisse.com/tasks/render/file/index.cfm?fileid=AD783798-ED07-E8C2-4405996B5B02A32E

 

            Taiwan's average level of wealth, is at USD 172,800.  Over the entire 2000 – 2016 period, wealth per adult grew by 59% in  USD terms.    Taiwan has a high saving rate and well-developed financial institutions,  so it is not surprising that the composition of household wealth is skewed towards financial assets. The latter now make up 64% of total assets.  Debt is relatively modest, equaling 13% of gross assets.
           Taiwan has comparatively high average wealth and only moderate wealth inequality.    20% of the adult population have wealth below USD 10,000, that is not high compared to 73% worldwide.    38% percent of adults in Taiwan have wealth over USD 100,000 which is almost five times greater than the worldwide average of 8%.

     

 

 

Taiwan
Country summary 2016

  Population  23  million
  Adult population  19  million
  GDP   32,647  USD per adult
  Mean wealth  172,847  USD per adult
  Median wealth   63,134  USD per adult
  Total wealth   3.0  trillion USD
  US dollar millionaires  356  thousand
  Top 10% of global wealth holders   8,727  thousand
  Top 1% of global wealth holders   528  thousand

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pic.:  Taiwan's wealth distribution relative to world in % 
 /  Suisse Global Wealth Databook 2016

 

Median wealth per adult by country :

Taiwan  USD 63134,  Singapore USD 101386,  
Japan USD 120493,    ●  Hong Kong  USD 34362
 
USA  USD44977,  Australia  USD 162815, 
 Canada USD 96664,     Brasil USD 3811,
  France USD99923,   Rusiia USD 991,
 
  Swiss  USD244002,   China USD 4885,
 
   UK  USD107865,   Indonesia USD 1966

 

 

Pic.:   wealth per adult /  Suisse Global Wealth Databook 2016 :


Mean wealth per adult by country :
Taiwan  USD172847,  Singapore USD276885,  
Japan USD 230946,    China USD 22900,
 
Australia  USD 375573,  USA 344692, 
 
Canada USD 270179 ●  France USD244400,
Germany USD185175,    UK  USD288800 ,
 ●  Spain USD116320 ,  Greece USD103569,
● 
our world USD 52800
 


 
 

  ◆  The China Times, opinion, 11-7-2017, The United Daily, opinion, 11-10-2017:  Taiwan's industries are short of 5 core elements : electricity and water supply, labor, land and talented persons.

   

  ◆  Academia Sinica of Taiwan,  10-5-2017 :  Taiwan Economic Competition and Growth Strategy Policy Proposal  (中央研究院《臺灣經濟競爭與成長策略政策建議書》)
The country will fall into “middle-income” limbo in the next decade if it fails to deal with “three evil hands” that are stalling the economy ...

the law, environmental assessments, and Taiwan-China relations—that could leave Taiwan stuck in the so-called “middle-income trap” and see at least 15 (-30) countries catch up with it in the next 10 years.

 Its economic growth rate has reduced rapidly. In the past ten years, its average economic growth rate has dropped to 3.82%, which is lower than other Asian countries such as South Korea and Singapore.

https://financialtribune.com/articles/world-economy/73782/rigid-systems-holding-back-taiwan-development

https://www.sinica.edu.tw/ch/news/4880

 

 

  ◆   Taiwan's economy and China

 

          People's Daily of China (international edition), 11-12-2017 : China's GDP in 2016 is about 23 times the number of Taiwan's, five Chinese provinces' (GuanDong, JiangSu, ShanDong, ZheJiang, HeNan ) GDPs topped Taiwan's GDP already, in 3-5 years, 10 provinces might top Taiwan. (brief , UDN, 11-13-2017)

 

Economy

Taiwan's economy is highly reliant on China,

     Forbes. 2015/11/26 <Top 10 China Dependent Countries>: Taiwan ranks world No. 2 Taiwan(EWT -9.56%),  has held up fairly well despite the fact that 26% of its exports are China bound.  A whopping 16% of its economic output is dependent on China.

Taiwan's Economic growth rate(yoy) (%) is estimated (2017) as 1.92.  Economic growth rate (yoy) (%) is 2.88 (2016  4th QTR initial statistics by the government).

For details pls. see section 3.  below.

 

Economic freedom

Heritage.Org 's  Economic freedom index 2017 gave Taiwan overall score 76.5,  Singapore and Hong Kong rank top 2.

<United Daily news >,The Liberty Times》Taiwan, 2-25-2017:  Taiwanese employee's real wages (average monthly) of last year is lower than that of 16 years ago.   The average amount of  the real ,monthly wages of about 70% employee is less than NT40000(USD1300), 36.72% is less than NT30000.  The youth's low salary is a serious problem, jobless rate is still high.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   https://tradingeconomics.com/taiwan/gdp

 

Taiwan GDP Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
GDP Growth Rate 0.15 0.94 5.64 -5.07 percent
GDP Annual Growth Rate 2.10 2.60 17.06 -8.12 percent
GDP 523.01 530.04 530.04 42.30 USD Billion
GDP Constant Prices 4034977.00 3997376.00 4034977.00 604229.00 TWD Million
Gross National Product 4310588.00 4594814.00 4594814.00 99800.00 TWD Million
Gross Fixed Capital Formation 870419.00 963504.00 964529.00 8907.00 TWD Million
GDP From Agriculture 46828.00 60392.00 72053.00 39800.00 TWD Million
GDP From Construction 94847.00 96112.00 121071.00 41088.00 TWD Million
GDP From Manufacturing 1206114.00 1138212.00 1275942.00 130647.00 TWD Million
GDP From Mining 3156.00 3744.00 15925.00 2701.00 TWD Million
GDP From Public Administration 271017.00 267595.00 280931.00 85791.00 TWD Million
GDP From Services 2559778.00 2686530.00 2686530.00 317742.00 TWD Million
GDP From Transport 116527.00 117446.00 119140.00 20691.00 TWD Million
GDP From Utilities 28535.00 29459.00 61237.00 5349.00 TWD Million

 

The gross domestic product (GDP) measures of national income and output for a given country's economy. The gross domestic product (GDP) is equal to the total expenditures for all final goods and services produced within the country in a stipulated period of time. This page provides - Taiwan GDP - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Taiwan GDP - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on August of 2017.

 

Compare GDP by country :

 

Last
United States 18569.10 Dec/16  
Euro Area 11885.66 Dec/16  
China 11199.15 Dec/16  
Japan 4939.38 Dec/16  
Germany 3466.76 Dec/16  
United Kingdom 2618.89 Dec/16  
France 2465.45 Dec/16  
India 2263.52 Dec/16  
Italy 1849.97 Dec/16  
Brazil 1796.19 Dec/16  
Canada 1529.76 Dec/16  
South Korea 1411.25 Dec/16  
Russia 1283.20 Dec/16  
Spain 1232.09 Dec/16  
Australia 1204.62 Dec/16  
Mexico 1046.00 Dec/16  
Indonesia 932.26 Dec/16  
Turkey 857.75 Dec/16  
Netherlands 770.85 Dec/16  
Switzerland 659.83 Dec/16

 

  ◆  The China Times system, The Commercial Times (June 2017), WHO: Taiwan ranks world No. 3 in the  case-number of being under anti-dumping investigation.   ref to http://www.chinatimes.com/newspapers/20170630000054-260202

 

    http://www.focus-economics.com/countries/taiwan

 

Taiwan Economy Data

  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Population (million) 23.2 23.3 23.4 23.4 23.5
GDP per capita (USD) 21,044 21,344 21,894 22,696 22,469
GDP (USD bn) 489 498 512 532 528
Economic Growth (GDP, annual variation in %) 3.8 2.1 2.2 3.9 0.8
Consumption (annual variation in %) 3.1 1.8 2.3 3.3 1.5

 

 

https://www.dgbas.gov.tw/point.asp?index=1

resource from Executive Yuan ROC Taiwan at 3-13-2017

經濟成長率Economic growth rate(yoy) (%) 2.88 [ 2016  4th QTR initial statistics ]
經濟成長率Economic growth rate(yoy) (%) 1.92 [ 2017 prediction/forecast ]
名目GDP (百萬元) 17,461,748 [2017 prediction/forecast ]
平均每人GDP pc (USD)   23,827 [2017 prediction/forecast ]
平均每人GNI  pc (USD)   24,607 [ 2017 prediction/forecast ]

  

  4 a brief introduction to Taiwan

Washington Post at 10-18-2017: "Mr. Xi’s biggest applause line was a vow to 'never allow anyone. . . at any time or in any form, to separate any part of Chinese territory from China.'  That would include...Taiwan." (in 19th CPC Speech).   FreeBeacon at 10-19-2017 : "China’s Xi Jinping Slams the Door on Taiwanese Appeals for Independence.".    Spiegel Germany, 1-9-2017, Global Times of China: "There is no room for negotiations" ("Es gibt keinen Raum für Verhandlungen").   Le Monde group of France, Mai 2016, depicted Taiwan as a trembling sweating rat (click for details !!), turning its back on an approaching huge cat (China), lifting high the banner "$O$" .  New York Times at  11-4-2017, the Pentagon report, May 2017: China’s military modernization has “eroded or negated many of Taiwan’s historical advantages (geography and the US support) ” in deterring a potential attack.   The US subcommittee hearing (4-17-2018) Rep. Ted Soho,  Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific: Seems likely Xi will force the issue (unification) in his life time.  Bloomberg 3-14-2018: Trump's "Taiwan card" (to annoy China when needed) is China's real worry.     Deutsche Welle 3-17-2018: China has reacted angrily to the bill (Trump signed <Taiwan Travel Act> which pave way for official exchanges with Taiwan, and identifies indirectly (?) Taiwan as a country ― "visits to a country by United States cabinet members ...". ).    Bloomberg news 3-14-2018:  Taiwan will suffer even more, as it gets caught  in the middle between a stronger China and a inward-looking US...

The People's Republic of China (PRC) has identified that Taiwan (the Republic of China ) as part of its territory and its most important core interest, since the Kuomintang (Nationalists) government retreated to the island in 1949 following defeat in the Chinese civil war.  China has vowed to reunite this "breakaway province" by force if necessary, and has steadily increased pressure on Taiwan.   Under China's political development and strengthening its trade ties to our allies, Taiwan is diplomatically isolated, has only 20 formal relation allies till 2017, most of them are little, unknown countries, more may be in trouble any time.  On the other hand, China took the strategy " Allowance of economic benefits to Taiwan"("讓利", such as encouraging tourists to Taiwan) so that Taiwanese people may have higher tendency toward unification with China,  in recent years, China became Taiwan's leading trading partner, Taiwan earned surplus nearly USD120 billion from China in 2017.   Taiwanese understood this interdependence is unavoidable, but over-dependence is risky.   Le Monde diplomatic of France, Mai '16, reported the economies of both sides were complementary, now compete each other(Mais les économies des deux rives, qui étaient complémentaires, entrent désormais en concurrence. Les entreprises taïwanaises sont progressivement exclues de la mise en place d’une chaîne de production et d’approvisionnement chinoise ... )   

Taiwan's the 7th largest economy in Asia.   Latest Global Wealth Report (Credit Suisse, Nov., 2017) shows Taiwan's mean wealth per adult, at USD 188,081, is close to that of W. Euro., (UK USD 278,038, France USD 263,399).   Taiwan was one of the world's top producers of computer technology, relying upon importation of key components and advanced technology from the US and Japan,  Taiwan's high-tech sector is falling behind for lacking of key tech. and its low pay to attract university-educated talent. (Taiwan lacks key tech. to make a large bus / CTN , 3-29-2017  Taiwan's GDP per capita retreated successively in recent years.   In contrast, China's GDP in 2016 is about 23 times the number of Taiwan's.   Taiwan's economic experts warned that Taiwan will fall into “middle-income” limbo (15-30 countries will catch up with it) in the next 10 years if it fails to deal with “three evil hands”, the law, environmental assessments, and Taiwan-China relations. 

The United States,  Taiwan's most important protector, takes the policy "strategic ambiguity" ――  “acknowledges” there is one China and Taiwan is part of China, but has never officially “recognized” Taiwan as part of China.  The US Congress passed a law ("Taiwan Relations Act") to commit the US to defend Taiwan's sovereignty, and provide necessary 'defensive' services.   Many countries seem welcome this ambiguity.   Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun, Opinion, 6-22-2017 stated the US is the key to keep the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait ("米国は台湾の防衛力強化を担っており、台湾海峡の平和と安定のカギを握る"。).    Taiwan's leaders made an assumption that American will always come to protect this island, and a core policy to resist Chinese PLA for 2 weeks.   But, the New York Times at 11-4-2017 pointed out that Taiwan’s historical advantages (geography and the US support)  in deterring a potential attack” has been “eroded or negated” in that Chinese military is "more potent".   Washington Post at 1-5-2018 reported many senior officials regarded Taiwan as a "roadblock to Washington’s smooth relations with China", "the turd in the punchbowl".   However, China's Global Times at 1-10-2018 stated "many forces" in the US are still supporting Taiwan as a "leverage against China" (Bloomberg 3-14-2018: some US national security hawks).   Taiwan president Tsai said at 12-29-2017 that Chinese leader was not supposed to attack Taiwan ("應該不是決策思考範圍內"), she corrected herself at 1-22-2018 in SETN that the possibility of a war won't be ruled out.    Till Jan. of 2018, the Chinese military has conducted a series of provocative, aggressive operations, e.g., "patrol circling" by aircrafts and a submarine passing through 1st island chain and an aircraft carrier traversed Taiwanese 'territory' (Taiwan Strait median line), to test the waters, or prepare for an eventual future attack against Taiwan.  

 

The ROC on Taiwan, has its own constitution, independently elected president and military forces, However, Taiwan's image was tarnished or damaged for having benefits by any means, and having principal human rights problems, including:

 Exploitation of  foreign workers,  official corruption,  some media self-censorship with regard to China, vote buying, etc (USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices, March 3, 2017).

●  Taiwan was already reduced to be a 'kingdom' of producing narcotic drugs. (United Daily, headline news, 11-2-2017)   Taiwan is scandalous for being a major drug transit center & a major drug exporting country, part of Taiwanese government including Judicial sys. refused to improve this issue. (UDN Opinion, 11-6-2017, The China Times, head-page & focus, 4-4-2017, The Liberty Times, 5-12-2017) .  Philippine President Duterte ... blaming Taiwan-based organised crime behind all this drug traffic... for using his country as a shipping hub. (Reuters, 9-27-2017, The Straits Times, 9-29-2017)   Duterte: Triad supplying illegal drugs to PH is based in Taiwan, not China (inquirer.net, 9-26-2017).

The government has not well taken its fundamental responsibility of protecting the safety of people's life and property - why are there so many tall buildings located on the fault-zone? why are poor architectures everywhere on bad geologic grounds ? why are those shit-hole politicians doing nothing and ignoring urban renewal so as to risk millions of old houses and human beings? (ps: may face death in 6 magnitude quake)    (full text: https://udn.com/news/story/11321/2974813 聯合報社論/斷層帶上何以建了那麼多高樓?  2-8-2018,  https://udn.com/news/story/7338/2977079 勿讓軟腳樓成坑殺人命陷阱 2-9-2018,  https://tw.appledaily.com/headline/daily/20180209/37928659花蓮 都更 爛政客   2-9-2018)

●  Taiwan politics belongs to corporations (not the people) and is controlled by the political parties (Foreign Policy, 2015).  Now it seems hard to keep Taiwan's skin-deep democracy ... the people's "livelihood" was sacrificed for politics ... (United Daily News, Opinion, 3-7-2017 ).

●  Taiwan is notorious for its fraud crimes all over the world (CTV evening news, 12-14-2017,  EBC TV, 4-9-2017,  UDN opinion, 12-24-2017).  Taiwan largely sees these telecom frauds/phone scammers as an asset rather than liability...  (quora, 4-16-2016).   It's not easy for Taiwan to clean its bad name of 'fraud-crime empire' because Rome is not built in one day.  (Asia Association of Police Studies, secretary general, China Times, 11-7-2017) .

 <The Diplomat> (4-14-2016) :  Taiwan's illegal fishing is 'out of control', GreenPeace criticized Taiwan gov. for knowing this issue but does little EU warned since 2015 Taiwan with a yellow card for illegal fishing, Taiwan has not improved this good enough, some small countries in Southern Asia did better than Taiwan.

State violence and white terror (product of state violence) return in Taiwan (United Daily, opinion, 12-21-2017, 12-27-2017).     Taiwan's Facebook "Green terror" suppressed free expression...... (Wikipedia 2017, The China Times, public opinion, 11-18-2017)

Taiwan is dishonest and 'cruel' trying to hide, block, delay public-health news, e.g., poisoned eggs, PCV virus vaccine, and Bird-flu more than one time (1-2-2018 UDN udn.com/news/story/7266/2908720, 2012 BBC news :  www.bbc.com/zhongwen/trad/chinese_news/2012/03/120304_taiwan_birdflu_investigate) ,  not to mention big issues.

●  The government has not well taken its fundamental responsibility of protecting the safety of people's life and property - why are there so many tall buildings located on the fault-zone? why are poor architectures everywhere on bad geologic grounds ? why are those shit-hole politicians doing nothing and ignoring urban renewal so as to risk millions of old houses and human beings ??   (full text: https://udn.com/news/story/11321/2974813 聯合報社論/斷層帶上何以建了那麼多高樓?  2-8-2018,  https://udn.com/news/story/7338/2977079 勿讓軟腳樓成坑殺人命陷阱 2-9-2018,  https://tw.appledaily.com/headline/daily/20180209/37928659花蓮 都更 爛政客   2-9-2018)

Taiwan failed to (or did not spend enough efforts on) solve food-safety issue, professors and MDs advised eating at home.  (The China Times. 8-6-2016, <食品不安全的年代如何自保>, 2016, etc.)

Taiwan administration's policy led to air pollution, toxic pollution in the land and sea ...   (The China Times, 1-7-2018 台灣海陸空污染毒害山海變色 http://www.chinatimes.com/newspapers/20180107000465-260114Daily Mail (UK) 7-14-2017 : Shocking underwater video from Taiwan shows ocean floor littered with plastic (bottles) garbage) )

●  Taiwan's prosecutors admit usually following order to conclude legal cases.  ( The United Daily,  06-18-2016, head page news)   Taiwan's justice ministry was insufficiently independent, public trust on Taiwan's judiciary system keeps falling down (USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices, 2016-2017, all media of Taiwan, 2015 ~ 2017).  Taiwan's public voice with a heavy heart  : The prosecutors should abide by the law too... don't be a political tool. (United Daily, opinion column, 12-16-2017) .   Taiwan's Minister of Judiciary and secretary of Justice Ministry issued progress report of judicial reform Public trust in judges is always low, the protection mechanism of lawsuit right is still not good enough (UDN 2-13-2018).

 

Harvard professor Dr. Joseph Nye advised in 2010 that hard and soft power enable Taiwan to deal with China and expand its international space.  However, Taiwan's soft power was behind China and Asian's Japan, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, India, UAE.  Taiwan's military power was recently cut down by half and is in a state of low morale, Taiwan's administration made a core defense strategy to resist Chinese PLA for 2 weeks, and made assumption that then American sons and daughters will always risk their lives to protect our home.   for full text, pls click.

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Taiwan politicians buried people alive 

 

 

in quakes of magnitude 6.0

 

 

Taiwan government (including local gov.) has not well taken its fundamental responsibility of protecting the safety of people's life and property -

why are there so many tall buildings located on the fault-zone?

why are poor architectures everywhere on bad geologic grounds ?

why are those shit-hole politicians doing nothing and ignoring urban renewal so as to risk millions of old houses and human beings ?? 

 

 

  (full text: https://udn.com/news/story/11321/2974813 聯合報社論/斷層帶上何以建了那麼多高樓?  2-8-2018,  https://udn.com/news/story/7338/2977079 勿讓軟腳樓成坑殺人命陷阱 2-9-2018,  https://tw.appledaily.com/headline/daily/20180209/37928659花蓮 都更 爛政客   2-9-2018)

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Taiwan food

 

 

pic: A visual parody cartoon of satire & humour   
Food safety
is one of biggest challenges to Taiwan

Only these Chinese heritage arts - pork stone and cabbage jade
have no poison, addictives, MSG, lard oil, gutter oil ...  was added 'secretly'
 
   

 

 

 

US president Bush was in Taiwanese restaurant

 

 Taiwanese Presidential Office Building

pic.  former US president Bush was in Taiwan's restaurant - Beijing Do It True

pic: Taiwanese Presidential Office Building ― this original Japanese governor office which was a symbol of Japanese power's colonial domination sparked a controversy about moving to new place for transitional justice.  Taipei mayor Ko also stated it's really weird !    In the dinner of Ma-Xi meeting, the 1st time highest-ranking meeting since 1949, Communist Chinese leader Xi JinPing mentioned "Presidential Office" to Taiwan's leader Ma  probably both friendly and satirical ... 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

Taiwan, a "kingdom" of mask  ― 
 

Taiwan's environmental quality (serious air pollution, bad water) was ranked almost

 the last in all OECD countries  / 9-21-2015 China Times

 Taiwan built an environment to kill legally , for its PM2.5 air-pollution-control standard

15 years behind  /  dean, College of Public health, National Taiwan University, UDN (headpage), 10-16-2017,

 1-4-2016 Liberty Times.(http://news.ltn.com.tw/news/life/paper/945998).

Taiwan,  in the lower ranks, placing 54th out of 57 nations in the CCPI

with regards to cutting down carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases.

/ Taipei Times, 11-23-2017  taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2017/11/23/2003682785
 
 United Daily, Opinion, 12-2-2017: 2/3 of Taiwan's air pollutions came from local,

 the "culprit" is too many coal-fired power generation - Taiwan government's policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices,
  
3-3-2017 & 2016, 2015 /

One of Taiwan's principal human rights
problems -domestic violence, Taiwanese
Women suffered being raped (spousal rape).
  Many victims did not report the crime for fear
of social stigmatization.  Various nongovernmental organization (NGO) and academic studies
 estimated that the total number of sexual

 assaults was seven to 10 times the number

 reported to police. 

 

 

 

where's Birds Flu ...?

 

 

 

 

Taiwan (TW) is dishonest and 'cruel'
trying to hide, block, delay public-health news,
e.g., poisoned eggs, PCV virus vaccine,
and Bird-flu more than one time


(1-2-2018 UDN udn.com/news/story/7266/2908720, 2012 BBC news :  www.bbc.com/zhongwen/trad/chinese_news
/2012/03/120304_taiwan_birdflu_investigate
)

 

 

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This sites-group was ranked No.1,
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a survey to find political persecutions in Taiwan

 

   

a survey since years ago  (in various versions)

 

To all the people:

 

According to Amnesty Int'l report years ago, "over half the world's government continue to use torture against their own citizens"

 

Is Taiwan a country which should be ranked latter half of the world ?

 

Taiwan had numerous lousy records of fooling Taiwanese and even the world, e.g., murdering American journalist 江南, making Taiwan white terror again, the latest one is trying to hide minor news about birds-flu at 1-2-2018 (BBC '12 reported this) not to mention big issues.

 

This website is much better in credibility, reliability and objective degree than the mouthpiece of the government.

 

To accelerate Taiwan's reform, please provide with what you saw, knew or experienced about attacks or persecutions in the way of demonization,  setup/conspiracy (e.g., giving dog a name and hang it), high-tech tortures, murders ...... by the state apparatus - if any.

 

Scary political climate for many years has made Taiwanese very obedient, hope some may speak out this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the state apparatus:

 

Any rats doing cat's job, or cats with rat's genes in state apparatus should be completely revealed and eradicated ! (if any)

"Police" should be open as the day, not hiding at dark corner underground, doing & speaking things sneaky and lousy like a crime.

Bring everything to light ! No keeping people mis-informed or half informed (worse than a lie) any more.   No waiting until media dig dirt one after another.

Obscurantism and avoiding admitting mistakes only prove rats' intention of repeating mistakes, as US Obama said.

 

 

 

  ps: straight-forward words pls. to avoid any mis-interpretations

  Below is a Chinese-version survey

 

 

 

Survey for catching rats or cats with rat-genes

 

 

 

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根據近年來國內外研究與報告台灣是個 '惡名昭彰' 的國家 !

台灣 是否還隱藏諸多施加人民之惡,尚未被揭露??

 

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國家機器不應再利用人民長年被迫養成的謹小慎微台灣人的名字不 應再順民 !!

 

 

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致國家機器:

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