Taiwan reviews by international and local organizations:
|★ brief intro. Taiwan||★ Taiwan soft power||★ Taiwan military||★ Taiwan economy|
Washington would establish “a new bilateral economic dialogue” with Taipei to
“explore the full spectrum of our economic relationship—semiconductors,
healthcare, energy, and beyond, with technology at the core.”
US Defense Gov.,
annual Report to US Congress,
9-1-2020: The PRC appears willing to defer the use of military force as long as
it considers that unification with Taiwan could be negotiated over the long-term
and the costs of conflict outweigh the benefits ◆
NY Times, 8-30-2020: Taiwan
has moved to revamp Taiwan’s military doctrine and strengthen its
reserves...Taiwan cannot count on US as a matter of strategy. ◆ Economist, 8-30-2020: The
island cannot rely on American help, but armed conflict remains unlikely ◆ Forbes, 8-30-2020: Taiwan simply
does not have enough firepower to defeat a Chinese invasion without the help of
the U.S. military ◆ National Interest, 8-28-2020:
Could China Successfully Blockade Taiwan? China hopes direct action will yield
clean and swift results, letting it present Asia, America, and the world a
fait accompli — a done deal ◆ Wall Street Journal 8-30-2020: Fearing
Hong Kong’s Fate, Taiwan Moves to Bolster Its Military Against China.
Financial Times (UK),
Financial Times (UK), 8-28-2020: Taiwan eases restrictions on US pork
and beef imports. The Hill, 8-25-2020:
Relations Act (TRA)
... does not
say the president must wait to
until a Chinese attack actually occurs or is imminent — only
that the threat to Taiwan’s democratic security and the danger to U.S. interests
be identified...Yet, Biden... consultation with Congress prior to responding
would cause disastrous delay.
Forbes, 8-24-2020: China
Can Capture Taiwan In Three Days, Say Former U.S. Officials.
VOA, 8-21-2020: a
possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan... could happen as early as next year... the
Trump administration has been taking a very strong stand on China in recent
months, there have been no moves from the administration to suggest it is
preparing to do away with strategic ambiguity... Joseph Biden: the U.S.
has not been obligated to defend Taiwan ... There is a huge difference between
reserving the right to use force and obligating ourselves, a priori, to come to
the defense of Taiwan" . Foreign Policy, 8-20-2020: Suicide reveals Taiwanese army dangerously
unprepared for Chinese invasion. Bloomberg, 8-20-2020: The
danger of a Chinese assault on Taiwan is growing.
And the U.S., which has an ambiguous security commitment to Taipei, might well lose if
it joined such a war on Taiwan’s behalf. N.Y. Times, 8-17-2020: U.S.
Tries to Bolster Taiwan’s Status, Short of Recognizing Sovereignty.
US Naval Institute,
Proceedings, Aug. 2020: 2021 U.S. political transition would be an even more
vulnerable time than usual for U.S. decision-making... such an opportunity
would only appear every few decades...for achievement of a long-held goal — to
bring Taiwan back into China.
NY Times, 8-15-2020: Beijing
continues to take a tough stance on Taiwan, but is dialing down its belligerence
to avoid provocative moves that might give President Trump more opportunities to
CNN, 8-14-2020: What Taiwan needs form the US is a strong stable marriage not a
hot passionate romance ... a long-term antagonistic relationship between
the US and China wasn't sustainable after November... Taiwan needs to think
Daily Express, 8-13-2020:
World War 3: China 'ready' for conflict with US over Taiwan row ... Peking
University Bo: there could be parties with the US military aiming to create a
small-scale and “controllable” conflict with their Chinese counterparts.
(Australia), 8-11-2020: Q: red line for the U.S. in terms of us
going in and defending Taiwan? Pompeo: We thoroughly intend to
uphold our obligations and commitments with respect to the historical
understandings between the United States and China on Taiwan.
Beijing's warplanes have only
Strait "median line" ( "the de facto cease-fire line") intentionally three times since 1999 (ps: Newsweek, 8-12-2020: since
1949) -- once in March 2019, in
February of this year, and again on Monday (Azar met with
aljazeera, 8-11-2020: Taiwan's top diplomat tells visiting US health secretary
that Chinese pressure is making 'life increasingly difficult' .
The Week (UK) , Yahoo News , 8-9-2020
: (FT) isn't sure how serious
President Trump is about supporting Taiwan and predicted he could back down if
things with China really get heated, leaving the island vulnerable. "If I were
Beijing, I would be asking myself: 'If the U.S. gives us a justification to
attack Taiwan, what are the odds that he will change is pattern of cutting and
Tension reaching boiling point!
Beijing mobilises invasion craft along
coast, satellite images reportedly show amphibious armoured vehicles and
mobile missile launchers massing at military bases near the island nation...series
of "combat readiness" exercises over the disputed South China Sea, with combat
aircraft and naval vessels... Foreign Policy
hawkish voices in Washington have even suggested arming
Taiwan with nuclear weapons... Instead, the US should urgently provide
additional conventional military aid to address the dangerous shift
Washington Post, 8-6-2020:
Alex Azar’s trip to Taiwan is about refusing to appease China. a fraught
strategy and the stakes are high. Telegraph, 8-6-2020: China accused
of deploying more amphibious weapons to eastern coast as tensions with Taiwan
Interest, 8-6-2020: the odds are uncomfortably high that the U.S. forces
would be defeated in a war with China over Taiwan. What’s worse, even achieving
a tactical victory could result in a devastating strategic loss. If China
committed all-out to seize Taiwan, then it could accomplish its objective in a
finite time period, measured in days to weeks.
Foreign Policy 8-4-2020: CCP may be
increasingly tempted to act against Taiwan. Helping
to deter any such aggression doesn’t require nukes,
but it should nonetheless be an urgent national
security priority for Washington . CNBC,
8-5-2020: Taiwan is in a ‘delicate’ situation with China as military
drills intensify... in the near-term, they do not have the capacity to
really ‘retake’ Taiwan, ... over the years ... not a scintilla of evidence of
flexibility on these kinds of core interest questions, and that’s what makes
Taiwan so dangerous. CNN, 8-5-2020: Taiwan has emerged as one of the
focal points of the escalating tensions between Washington and Beijing. The Australian 8-4-2020: Xi
has made it clear that taking back Taiwan would be the crowning achievement in
his vision to restore China’s place as a great power. we tend to
underestimate the importance the US puts on the defence of Taiwan.
Sunday Guardian 8-2-2020: The Quad must strengthen and support Taiwan.
CNN 8-1-2020: Taiwan could become the next flashpoint in the global tech war. Bloomberg 7-30-2020:
Now fears are growing that Xi wants to cement his place alongside Mao and Deng
by conquering Taiwan,... Of the many US-China conflicts right now —
none is more dangerous over the long haul than that involving Taiwan.
Express (UK), 7-29-2020:
Harvard prof.: Unfortunately, there is possibility of an armed
confrontation. Nobody wants it, and everybody would lose if a war erupts.
Morning Star (UK),
If you think China’s claims in the South China Sea are irrational, think again: the problem for Britain and the US is that the wrong side won the Chinese civil war.
We always have a righteous cause to defend... VICE 7-24-2020:
facing a CCP congress
in 2022 that will determine the renewal of his chairmanship of the party—Taiwan
could become a bargaining chip.
Institute 7-17-2020: Taiwan tiptoes in cross-strait relations.
Review (Japan), 7-25-2020:
Taiwan is where Japan would have to draw the line
. Washington Post, 7-22-2020:
Inside China, the government has faced growing calls from hawkish military pundits and nationalist commentators to grasp the current strategic window to seize Taiwan...
in January 2019, Xi offered an ultimatum to Taiwan to come to the table for
unification talks or face annexation by force...Taiwan would be an extremely convenient sacrificial lamb.
TIME, 7-22-2020: President Xi Jinping pursues an increasingly assertive foreign policy, leading to speculation he may attempt a military confrontation in the region. Daily Mail, 7-22-2020: China has
made several 'simulated' military attacks on Taiwan.
WAR will break out between
China and the US in the South China Sea if Beijing violates the alliance
agreement between America and Taiwan.
Beijing is no doubt waiting
to see the outcome of the U.S. presidential election before taking any more
significant actions. National Interest
7-18-2020: This will be
costly than Hong
Kong has been,
but make no
these (CCP) people,
that cost is
they will gladly
pay it. Unless
Taiwan on pain
of war, Taiwan
7-20-2020: US tech giants exposed if China takes
Taiwan ... Even an unsuccessful invasion of Taiwan would cause a supply chain disruption.
Foreign Affairs, 7-8-2020: Given how little Beijing’s crackdown in Hong Kong has
cost it to date, we are concerned that Beijing will draw the wrong conclusions
about the costs of future coercion against Taiwan. Washington
Post 7-7-2020: The Hong Kong security law could be China’s blueprint
to deal with the ‘Taiwan problem'...China has
arguably moved a step closer to preparing for war with the
New York Times, 7-2-2020: The
possibility of a military conflict between China and Taiwan remains remote,
experts say, because the costs for Beijing would be extraordinary, including
significant casualties and damage to its international standing. Yet the two
sides are moving farther and farther apart, with little appetite for compromise.
of a national
security law on Hong
Kong has put Taiwan on edge, with pro-democracy
activists fearing that Beijing will
soon have the self-ruled island in its crosshairs.
National Interest 7-6-2020: China and Taiwan Could Be Headed Towards a
USA Today 7-5-2020: Taiwan has never been more important to American interests. LOWY institute 7-9-2020:
Xi isn’t such a realist when it comes to Taiwan.
Beijing views Taiwan in largely political terms – preoccupied with “the
great trend of history” towards unification. New York Times, 6-26-2020: When
China views it is being challenged in these other sovereignty disputes in this
era, it will respond with a very tough line, ... American warships through
the South China Sea and stepped up support for Taiwan and its military ... the
possibility of confrontation would increase as the U.S. presidential campaign
heated up. New York Times, 6-21-2020: It’s
a quite deliberate Chinese strategy to try to maximize what they perceive as
being a moment of distraction and the reduced capability of the United States to
pressure neighbors... U.S. Warships Enter Disputed Waters of South China Sea as
Tensions With China Escalate.
6-18-2020: A strategic miscalculation might involve Chinese leaders
choosing to blockade or attack Taiwan in the near term or midterm based on a set
of strongly held beliefs about the United States as a declining power
New York Times,
Taiwan raps China for military activity, says it should fight virus
6-24-2020, John Bolton :
was right near the top of the
list (to be abandoned), and would probably stay
there as long as Trump remained
President, not a happy prospect
FoxNews, 6-23-2020: (US) Navy brings massive carrier power to Taiwan Strait, SCS .
of a World War 3 have been ignited once again ...
US warships have repeatedly trespassed into Chinese territorial
and crossed the Taiwan Straits...
South China Morning Post 6-24-2020:
Risk of military conflict between US and China higher than
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1. a brief intro. of Taiwan
Taiwan soft power
Taiwan has not been included in Monocle's Soft Power survey ranking list,
so Taiwan's soft power is behind Asian's "world top 20" nations
, including Japan, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand,
China, India, UAE.
for details : click
According to a survey of 2020,
Singapore ranks No.1, Japan No.7, Korea
No. 9 on "enterprise", Japan ranks
No. 5, China No.10 on "engagement",
Korea ranks No. 5 on "digital", Japan
ranks No.6, China No. 8 on "culture", No
any Asian country ranks top 10 on
"education" and "govt."
★ Best Countries overall in 2020: 1 Swiss 2 Canada 3 Japan 4 Germany 5 Australia 6 UK 7 USA 8 Sweden 9 Nederland 10 Norway 11 NZ 12 France 13 Denmark 14 Finland 15 China 16 Singapore 17 Italy 18 Austria 19 Spain 20 Korea 21 Luxembourg 22 UAE 23 Russia 24 Portugal 25 India 26 Thailand 27 Greece 28 Brazil 29 Israel 30 Qatar 31 Saudi Arabia 32 Malaysia 33 Mexico 34 Poland 35 Turkey
● Taiwan's travel & tourism; for details : click
Taiwan's travel & tourism - 10th in Asia
World Economic Forum (WEF) <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> released at 9-4-2019 shows Taiwan had the sub-region's largest decline in competitiveness from 30th down to 37th. Taiwan ranks No.10 among Asian countries. In the overall ranking list, Asian country Japan got No.4, China No.13, Hong Kong No.14, Korea No.16, Singapore No.17, Malaysia No.29, Thailand No.31, UAE No.33, India No. 34,...
|category||Taiwan's rankings and/or score||comparison|
|prioritization of travel and tourism||No75||Singapore No.6 , Hong Kong No. 11|
|Natural & cultural resources||No.58 score 2.6||China No.1, score 6.0 , France No.2, 5.0, Spain No.3, 5.7, Japan No.7, 5.3, Indonesia No.18, Thailand No.21, Korea No.24, Vietnam No.26, Malaysia No.31, HK No.40, Philippines No.46, Sri Lanka No.52, Nepal No.56|
|Natural resources||No. 87||
Hong Kong No. 42, Singapore No.120
|cultural resources & business travel||No. 36 score 2.6||China No1, score 7.0|
|price competitiveness||No. 78|
|Health & Hygiene||No.43, score 6|
|international openness||No. 60|
|Safety & security||No. 26||human resource & labor market: Taiwan No.18|
ps: Compared to the report of 2017, Taiwan significantly tightened visa requirements (37th down to 119th), waning cultural resources and business travel (26th to 36th) and recalibrated figures showing a drastic reduction in protected areas (20th to 118th).
According to World Economic Forum (WEF) <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> (released at 4-6-2017), Taiwan's most important indexes for promoting tourism, like "Attractiveness of Natural Assets" (parks, beaches, mountains, wildlife, etc) ranks world No.87, "Natural Resources" ranks No.55, "Environmental Sustainability" ranks No.75 (No.69 in 2015), "Price Competitiveness" ranks No. 46, "Hotel Price Index" ranks No. 89 (82 in 2015), Taiwan got "n/a" on China's world top 5 indexes such as "World heritage natural sites" as well as "World heritage cultural sites".
For full details : http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_TTCR_2019.pdf
● Taiwan livable ?
Taiwan has not been included in the top ranking list of
the world's most livable cities
● Taiwan's 'higher' education ...
● Taiwan's university rankings in Asia,
|ranks||Taiwan||Malaysia||China||Korea||Hong Kong, Macau||
15. Tsinghua University
23. Peking University
22. University of Hong Kong
No. 11. National University of Singapore
34. Fudan University,
47. Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai
37. Seoul National University,
39. KAIST Korea
27 Hong Kong Univ. Science & Tech.
43 Chinese Univ HK
48. City University of Hong Kong
|51~60||No. 59 Universiti Malaysia||53. ZheJiang Univ.||
56. Tokyo Institute Tech.
66. National Taiwan University
69. Korea Univ.
77 Pohang U Science Tech
|75. Hong Kong Polytechnic University||
72. Osaka U Japan
79. Tohoku U Japan
93. U Science & Tech China
85. Yonsei U Korea
88. SKKU Korea
QS Quacquarelli Symonds，QS UK
QS 2020 Asia universities, top 15 rankings :
subtotal number : Singapore ( 2 ), Hong Kong ( 3 ), Japan ( 2 ), Korea ( 3 ), China ( 4 ), Malaysia ( 1 ), Taiwan ( 0 )
about 32 universities in China, 8
universities in Korea, 6 Hong Kong universities, 9 univ. in Japan,
Taiwan reviews / The ROC on Taiwan, has its own constitution, independently elected president and military forces, However, Taiwan's image was tarnished or damaged for havinghaving principal human rights problems, including:
● Ethics of politicians : The Liberty Times, editorial (7-21-2020) reports only 2.3% Taiwanese politicians are trustworthy and have professional ethics, according to a survey half year ago, 56% Taiwanese note elected representatives (lawmakers, councilman, etc) care their own interest, only 9.3% think they care "national interest". Washington Post (7-22-2020) reports: In a major speech in January 2019, Xi (Chinese president) offered an ultimatum to Taiwan to come to the table for unification talks or face annexation by force. But as a precondition for talks, China demanded that Tsai acknowledge the “one China” principle. However, Taiwan's government was tight-lipped about this ultimatum, so that even famous commentator and analyst know nothing about it, otherwise pro-Independence Tsai I. W. may not easily continue in presidential office in Jan. 2020, because, according to National Interest (6-16-2020): more than 60.3 percent of the respondents opposed Taiwan's independence if it is followed by China’s military invasion...
● judiciary : USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices, 3-11-2020: Some political commentators and academics, publicly questioned the impartiality of judges and prosecutors involved in high profile, politically sensitive cases. US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices released at 3-13-2019 pointed out that justice ministry was insufficiently independent and conducted politically motivated investigations of politicians (in <Corruption and Lack of Transparency in Government> section), ... The United Daily, 1-6-2020, editorial: Taiwanese don't trust law-enforcement because of government abusing power and playing with the law. : The United Daily, Focus, 11-30-2019: The prosecutors and Taiwan's 'FBI' were questioned a lot for years for their political investigations and conducts ...in recent years, the judiciary giving services to DPP almost became a routine...: UDN 10-20-2019: politics overrode justice The Liberty Times, head-line news, 3-16-2019: Taiwan PM is not satisfied with Judicial reform The Liberty Times, head-page, The China Times, head-page, 12-8-2018: Taiwan P.M. (賴清德): Taiwan has not made significant progress on judicial reform, which is roiling with public discontent; <The United Daily>, 06-18-2016, head page news: Taiwan's prosecutors admit usually following order to conclude legal cases. <USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices>, 2016-2018, public trust on Taiwan's judiciary system keeps falling down. <United Daily>, opinion column, 12-16-2017: Taiwan's public voice with a heavy heart : The prosecutors should abide by the law too... don't be a political tool. judiciary
● corruption : 8-3-2020 (https://tw.appledaily.com/headline/20200803/BQXMSWTYOVERHBPGLUKPXAA5LQ/ Liberty Times, 5-25-2020: Univ. presidents' graft or malfeasance was heard frequently. Transparency International 1-29-2019: Taiwan has stagnated in the Corruption Perspective Index rankings since 2011 with its score 61~63 (dropped 2 spots this year), in contrast, South Korea improved by 3 points in 2017. Liberty Times, 1-12-2020, editorial: The administration's rottenness (腐壞氣息) was exposed already. In platform presentation at 12-25-2019, Nationalist Party Presidential candidate Han criticized President Tsai has allowed top officials around grow very corrupt, Tsai refuted KMT was more serious, People First Party candidate Song said that speaking of corruption and unfair judiciary, KMT and DPP are about the same. Apple Daily (12-7-2018) editorial : Taiwan's corruption is off the charts by collusions between government officials and business owners, furthermore, Taiwan's underworld going wild to assist government officials, business and some elected representatives (e.g., legislators) in corruption has been ahead of most corrupt countries, e.g., China, Indonesia, Brazil, Philippines, Vietnam, the stinky rotten food-chain crossing pan-Blue (Nationalist, KMT) and pan-Green (DPP) resurges after Taiwan's elections... corruption
of speech :
Country Reports on Human Rights
Journalists said they faced pressure from management to submit news
stories to complement or support the content of paid advertisements.
N.Y. Times 12-3-2019:
Social media platforms are another key battleground
(Chn-TW): Nearly 90
percent of Taiwan’s population is
on them, and traditional news outlets have been
republish fake posts without fact-checking.
According to Reuters, Chinese government
agencies have paid Taiwanese news outlets to publish
(RSF, France) , 4-18-2019:
Taiwan’s journalists are suffering
from a very
polarized media environment dominated by sensationalism and the
pursuit of profit. Although President Tsai Ing-wen has said she wants to
continue developing press freedom in Taiwan, few concrete measures have been
taken to improve journalists’ editorial independence and encourage media to
raise the quality of the public debate. Beijing is exploiting this weakness
by putting pressure on Taiwanese media owners, who often have business
interests on the mainland.
12-4-2019 editorial : All political parties and many politicians
found cyber-forces who
cruel and dark to destroy target's image and reputation by secretly ways,
without moral bottom line ...
Coronavirus (CovID-19) in Taiwan - Taiwanese government covered basic
facts, delivered misleading message, endangered civilians
● democracy : Economist EIU Democracy Index 2019 shows Taiwan is "Flawed democracy", 2019's overall score is lower than 2015's and 2016's, the scores of "political culture", "political participation" are low (5.63, 6.11). Reuters, New York Times, 7-14-2020: Violence and protests inside the chamber are not unusual in Taiwan. N.Y. Times 12-3-2019: soft underbelly of Taiwanese politics: patronage networks. they continue to allow community leaders, farmers’ associations and even organized-crime figures to buy votes. New York Times, 1-11-2020: Taiwan’s young and vibrant, if messy at times, democratic society. <China Times> 2-26-2020, editorial: more and more uncontrolled admin. power and withered legislative power, freedom of speech was suppressed by admin. and judicial power at all levels, ...as for political culture, partisan, stand and ideology matter. <Foreign Policy>, 2015: Taiwan politics belongs to mega-corporations (not the people) and is controlled by the political parties. Apple Daily, editorial, 12-14-2019: Taiwan gov. shows authoritarianism political culture, ignoring and being hostile to those critics. Apple Daily, editorial, 12-7-2019: in this bad election morality age, Taiwan president becomes a low threshold, min. qualification criteria position, and a laughingstock. <UDN> editorial,12-6-2018: Taiwan's democracy exists in name only ...; <United Daily News>, editorial opinion, 6-23-2019: The operation of democracy usually strays off most public-opinions, big-data became a sharp-weapon for politicians to manipulate the will of the people ... fail to solve the adverse situation of reversing democracy; <United Daily News>, Opinion, 3-7-2017: Now it seems hard to keep Taiwan's skin-deep democracy ... the people's "livelihood" was sacrificed for politics ... <United Daily> editorial 1-8-2020, <UDN> editorial (聯合報社論) 11-14-2019／Taiwan's democracy turns into grave 。 (民主設計的良意，如今變成私欲墳場 https://udn.com/news/story/11321/4163629) democracy & freedom
● int'l drug base : Taiwan is narcotic drugs producing Taiwan was already reduced to be a 'kingdom' of producing narcotic drugs. (United Daily, headline news, 11-2-2017) 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). 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) illegal drugs
& cruelty :
Taiwan is far behind and
legislating a new law against torture and other
conclusively advised by
( Philip Alston, law
professor at New York University; Eibe Riedel, former member of the United Nations Committee on
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Jerome Cohen, law professor at New York
University; and Nisuke Ando, professor emeritus at Kyoto University, etc. ) (ref. to Apple Daily, headline, 12-9-2017)
presidential candidate, NTU professor Lin
was subject to electromagnetic wave attacks (French AFP
,Dec. 1, 2011 ,
Thailand's Bangkok Post, Dec. 3, 2011, Yahoo UK & Ireland,
Taiwan gov. denied this. ●
Yuan's new mission -
against Torture and Other Cruel,
Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
/ Pavel Doubek
editorial, 5-6-2019: Control Yuan should work for underprivileged people,
not only cover their own politicians.
State violence and
white terror (product of state
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). The key-point is state
violence (Apple Daily, opinion, 8-16-2013).
● torture & cruelty : Taiwan is far behind and keeps stalling legislating a new law against torture and other cruelty, conclusively advised by international review panel ( Philip Alston, law professor at New York University; Eibe Riedel, former member of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Jerome Cohen, law professor at New York University; and Nisuke Ando, professor emeritus at Kyoto University, etc. ) (ref. to Apple Daily, headline, 12-9-2017) Taiwan's opposition party vice presidential candidate, NTU professor Lin Ruey-Shiung, was subject to electromagnetic wave attacks (French AFP ,Dec. 1, 2011 , Thailand's Bangkok Post, Dec. 3, 2011, Yahoo UK & Ireland, etc. ), Taiwan gov. denied this. ● Liberty Times 6-7-2019 : Control Yuan's new mission - against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment / Pavel Doubek ● United Daily, editorial, 5-6-2019: Control Yuan should work for underprivileged people, not only cover their own politicians. ● 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). The key-point is state violence (Apple Daily, opinion, 8-16-2013). repression, oppression
privacy : The United Daily News (聯合報) , editorial, 3-31-2019 : Taiwan is a backward country on personal-data protection. Taiwan plans to sell general public's personal data and digital human rights (e.g., people's medical health data without giving any notice ), peep at whatever on the net , and even monitor all the citizens, nothing people would normally notice ... (brief https://udn.com/news/story/7338/3728815) EU General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR was given to effect at 5-25-2018, Taiwan is far behind, even is going in an opposite way / Apple Daily 蘋果日報, 5-28-2018, National Taiwan University Law School professor 林鈺雄. privacy
have been active around us
... The Liberty Times, head-page, The China Times, head-page, 12-8-2018:
has seriously damaged
public trust on the government...;
editorial 11-30-2019: The state machine was abused as government's
12-4-2019 editorial : All political parties and many politicians
found their cyber-forces to secretly attack targets... , the
dark force are
cruel and dark to destroy target's image and reputation, they executed
without moral bottom line and military discipline
(brief). UDN 11-3-2018, Intel. sys. (NSB) confirmed their
investigations of Facebook
and other's communities on the net.
All internet platform service providers in Taiwan were requested to hand in all users' personal information/data
● int'l fraud : United Daily, 10-23-2019, editorial: Taiwanese telecom frauds run wild the entire world to damage Taiwan's image. CTV evening news, 12-14-2017, EBC TV, 4-9-2017, UDN opinion, 12-24-2017: Taiwan is notorious for its fraud crimes all over the world. quora, 4-16-2016: Taiwan largely sees these telecom frauds/phone scammers as an asset rather than liability... China Times, 11-7-2017: 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) nternational fraud
● food safety : The China Times, 10-20-2018 opinion (editorial) https://opinion.chinatimes.com/20181019003889-262101 :
Taiwan's food safety failed again and again, Dioxin, Fipronil poison-eggs in last year, Nicarbazin illegal drug residue event in this year. Europe was very cautious about Fipronil event, in contrast, Taiwan did nothing about it. Even worse, Taiwan officials hide Nicarbazin issue from Taiwanese people to baby related business ― indulge business to retrieve problematic eggs and then resell them as promotion goods. Why do high-ranking officials always fudge Taiwanese people's only, and humblest request ？? (brief) UDN, 2-17-2019: Gov. did not declared poison eggs until almost sold out... ● The China Times (中國時報), 2-28-2019, opinion (editorial) questions Taiwan officials are trying very hard to hide the epidemic state of Marek's virus in chicken eggs ...○
● int'l pirate : Green Peace, 5-2-2019: It remains our view that Taiwanese fisheries still have many serious problems, both environmental and social, and that the need for reform is clear and urgent. Lowy Institute & <the interpreter>, 5-2-2019: Taiwan ...illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing... Taiwan has so far refused to adopt the Work in Fishing Convention. EU warned in 2015 Taiwan with a yellow card for illegal fishing till 6 '19. US state government - 2019 Trafficking in persons report, Jun. 2019: fishermen working on Taiwan-flagged and -owned fishing vessels experience non- or under-payment of wages, long working hours, physical abuse, lack of food or medical care, denial of sleep, and poor living conditions while indebted to complex, multinational brokerage networks. Migrant fishermen have reported senior crewmembers employ such coercive tactics as threats of physical violence, beatings, withholding of food and water, and pay deductions to retain their labor. Freedom House, June 2019: labor advocates report poor implementation, citing ongoing mistreatment and abuse of foreign fishermen on Taiwanese vessels.
● life protection : The government has not well taken its fundamental responsibility of protecting the safety of people's life and property - why 5/6 bridges badly in need of repair have not been done ? government even has never made public the info. , where are those fatal bridges' locations ? (ref. to United Daily, 10-9-2019, headline news) 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)
● life protection (2) : Due to bad Income distribution, Taiwan's social security (offender rate) worsens (China Times, 2-25-2020 editorial). 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, Taiwan failed to 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.), 2012 BBC news : www.bbc.com/zhongwen/trad/chinese_news/2012/03/120304_taiwan_birdflu_investigate) , not to mention big issues. ● The China Times 5-9-2018 column : This is an EVIL state apparatus ... The China Times 5-26-2018 column : The government likes to conceal bad news, put paper over the cracks, e.g., air pollution, rupture of diplomatic relationships, ...http://www.chinatimes.com/newspapers/20180509000843-260109● Taiwan's CCPI (Climate Change Performance Index - GHG emissions, renewable energy, etc) rank of 2019 is reciprocal third among countries, the score/ranking is from bad to worse since 2017. ● Apple Daily 12-11-2019, headline news: Taiwan's air pollution is bad to worse, about half population were endangered by PM2.5 and PM10 from top 10 hazardous level companies (China Steel, Taichung Power plant, 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/20180107000465-260114。Daily Mail (UK) 7-14-2017 : Shocking underwater video from Taiwan shows ocean floor littered with plastic (bottles) garbage)
● transportation safety United Daily News 1-20-2020: The death rate caused by traffic accidents in Taiwan is 5 times that in Japan. The SUN, BBC (UK) 2-13-2017: "BUS CRASH HORROR!" , Taiwan's tour bus "has come under fire in recent months over safety standards"... MSN, Reuters, EuroNews, Mirro(UK), NewsWeek, CNN, etc (2-4-2015) :"Taiwan has had a poor aviation safety record in recent years" , full text Taiwan's aviation safety
Country Reports on Human Rights
The right to strike remained
highly regulated. Teachers, civil servants, and defense industry employees
do not have the right to strike. Workers in industries such as utilities,
hospital services, and telecommunication service providers are allowed to
strike only if they maintain basic services during the strike. Authorities
may prohibit, limit, or break up a strike during a disaster. For all
workers, the law divides labor disputes into “rights disputes” and
“adjustment disputes.” Workers are allowed to strike only in adjustment
disputes, which include issues such as compensation and working schedules.
The law forbids strikes in rights disputes related to violations of
collective agreements and employment contracts.
● children & women trafficking : in the last five years, human traffickers subject foreign men and women to forced labor and sex trafficking in Taiwan, and traffickers subject local men and women to forced labor and local women and children to sex trafficking. ... take advantage of Taiwan and foreign women’s and children’s drug addictions to subject them to sex trafficking. Taiwan traffickers increasingly use the internet, smartphone apps, livestreaming, and other such online technologies to conduct recruitment activities, often targeting child victims, and to mask their identities from law enforcement.
Harvard professor Dr. Joseph Nye advised in 2010 that hard and soft power enable Taiwan to deal with China and expand its international space. Brookings at 1-22-2018 commented that Increasing “soft power” is a low-cost, high-return strategy for Taiwan. However, Taiwan's soft power was behind that of Asian's countries, China and Asian's Japan, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, India, UAE. Taiwan failed to be included in UK based Monocle's Soft Power list 2010 ~ 2019 and Soft Power 30 by USC Center on Public Diplomacy, 2017 ~ 2019/2020. Besides, according to Washington Post, 5-20-2020: There's a limit to what this soft power can achieve ... Taiwan was unable to compete with China's economic and political clout ... As for Taiwan's military power, Taiwan's administration made a core defense strategy to resist Chinese PLA for 2 weeks, and made assumption that then Americans will always risk their lives to protect home. for details, pls. click Taiwan soft power, Taiwan military.
A brief of Taiwan, ROC
Taiwan is the 7th largest economy in Asia. Global Wealth Report (Credit Suisse, Oct., 2018) shows Taiwanese wealth per adult, at USD 212,375, is close to that of W. Euro., (UK USD 279,048, France USD 280,580) and Singapore (USD 283,118 ), Hong Kong (244,672), but nation's share world wealth (1.3%) is less than USA(31%), Japan(7.5%), China(16.4%) and Korea(2.2%). Singapore's GDP per adult is more than 2 times Taiwan's. In Global Wealth Report of 2019, in terms of Wealth per Adult, Taiwan is behind other Asian countries like Hong Kong (world No.2), Australia (4th), NZ (5th), Singapore (6th), Japan. United Daily, editorial, 12-3-2019: The amount of average regular monthly earnings of nationals of last year is NTD38,000 (USD1200) which is NT100+ less than that of 2001.
Taiwan was one of the world's top producers of computer technology, relying upon importation of key components and advanced technology from the US ( e.g., semiconductor ) 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, UDN (1-28-2019) reported GDP per capita of Shanghai, Beijing, GuangZhou and SenZhen all were closed to that of Taiwan. China's GDP from 2016 till 2018 each is about 23 times the number of Taiwan's, one province (GD's GDP) alone is 2+ times Taiwan's (ref. to CTN, 3-14-2019). Beijing oversees economy is 15 times bigger than Taiwan’s (Forbes, 9-4-2020). Taiwan's 中研院 (Academic Sinica '17) 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.
GDP per capita (USD)
|Hong Kong||48 thousands|
|South Korea||30+ thousands|
just set up a goal USD 30 thousands to reach
News 2020 : Express (UK), 6-10-2020: South China Sea crisis: US sends drones and B-1B bombers over disputed waters as Taiwan invasion fears soar. Pew Research , 6-10-2020: In Taiwan and across the region, many support closer economic ties with both U.S. and mainland China... (https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/06/10/in-taiwan-and-across-the-region-many-support-closer-economic-ties-with-both-u-s-and-mainland-china/) L. A. Times, 6-8-2020: China reins in nationalists clamoring for an invasion of Taiwan. The only thing assured about a war between China and Taiwan, experts say, is heavy casualties. Forbes, 6-7-2020: China’s impressive array of new warships, and the expanding capabilities they bring, adds a lot to the credibility of the military scenario... but “Taking Taiwan would be the one of the most difficult amphibious operations in history...". New York Times, 6-6-2020: Voters in Taiwan Oust a Pro-China Mayor ... reflects a stunning reversal and a hardening of Taiwan’s attitude toward China. NewsWeek 6-5-2020: If Washington does not act comprehensively and urgently, it could be Hong Kong today and Taiwan next. The diplomat 6-3-2020: the 3 flashpoints (Taiwan, HK, S. China Sea) that could turn a US-China cold war hot ... dangerously close to a tipping point where even a small action would serve as a catalyst that lets slip the dogs of war. Express (UK), 6-3-2020: South China Sea warning: All-out war fears erupt as Beijing rejects Taiwan peace plan. Financial Times 6-3-2020 : shrill rhetoric would make many believe that an assault on Taiwan could be imminent... Washington Post, 5-30-2020: The threat, China's vows to 'smash' any Taiwan independence move as Trump weighs sanctions, raised the prospect of a regional conflict that could draw in the United States...... the rapid deterioration in relations, already at their worst in decades. Economist: 5-29-2020 How far will China go? China has launched rule by fear not just over Hong Kong, but also over the South China Sea and Taiwan. Epoch Times, 5-30-2020, S. Bannon: there are forces in Washington DC pushing the United States to establish formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan. L.A. Times 5-20-2020: the ruling Democratic Progressive Party advocates Taiwan’s formal independence, something Beijing says it will use force to prevent. Foreign Policy 5-20-2020: Taiwan would reject being ruled by China in the same way Hong Kong is now. The Guardian, 5-20-2020: Beijing also responded swiftly to Tsai’s speech and said China would never leave any room for “Taiwan independence separatist activities”. Reuters 5-22-2020: In the annual meeting of China’s parliament, there was no mention of the word "peaceful" in front of “reunification”, departing from the standard expression Chinese leaders have used for at least four decades, an apparent policy shift that comes as ties with Taipei continue on a downward spiral. Washington Post, 5-21-20: As U.S.-China rhetoric grows harsher, new risks emerge with Taiwan drawn into the mix. People's Daily (China), 5-24-2020 : Chinese PLA will take all necessary measures to resolutely safeguard China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity. Financial Times 5-19-2020 : Taiwan fears uptick in military threat from China in wake of coronavirus epidemic. New York Times 5-19-2020: US is Using Taiwan as a Pressure Point (TSMC in Arizona ...) in Tech Fight With China. Nikkei news Japan ( Nihon keizai shinbun, 日本経済新聞 ) , 5-20-2020: TSMC to Arizona may weaken Taiwan's security. New York Times, 5-12-2020, Pew Research Center: (Taiwanese) 52% support closer economic ties with China, only 36% favor closer political ties. Foreign Policy 5-15-2020: Beijing were to interpret ...... coronavirus as a uniquely advantageous moment, a Chinese military strike on Taiwan at this moment is unlikely... ... but a low level of risk is not the same as zero risk. National Review 5-13-2020 : The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission: China Has Increased Military Pressure on Taiwan during Pandemic ( FP 5-15-2020 : dozens of PLAAF aircraft crossed the centerline twice). New York Post, 4-15-2020: the 12th time in the past three weeks that American military planes had been detected near the area (Taiwan’s airspace). China Times, opinion, 5-9-2020: US B-1B flew near Taiwan 3 times. CNN 2-19-2020: TW president: "Taiwan as an underdog facing down the growing might of Beijing" ... Taiwan military Sankei News (Japan)《産経新聞》5-18-2020, headline : 米中 台湾参加WHA対決 , WHO『新冷戦』の 舞台 ( a duel between the US and China for Taiwan's WHA participation ). New York Times, 4-22-2020: The island is promoting itself as a model of democracy to try to undercut China’s own campaign to use the crisis to tout the strength of its authoritarian system. New York Post 4-25-2020 : Taiwan deals with CovID-19 with " Le Monde (France), 4-30-2020: engrange peu à peu les dividendes géopolitiques de sa performance dans la lutte contre le coronavirus. (FP 5-15-2020 : Beijing is concerned Taiwan will benefit from the pandemic.) CNN 2-19-2020: Taiwan president: "Taiwan as an underdog facing down the growing might of Beijing" ... DailyMail UK, France 24 , 4-20-2020: CoronaVirus: WHO chief hits back (by "Taiwan didn't report any human-to-human transmission," , "Taiwan's email was only seeking further information.") at Trump's claims (White House 4-15-2020: WHO kept Taiwan's lead from the public). FOXnews 4-9-2020, CNBC 4-8-20: WHO chief addresses death threats, racist insults from Taiwan. The China Times, 4-10-2020 editorial : Taiwanese Cyber bullying notorious worldwide. Reuters 2-26-2020: Taiwan should continue to show goodwill to China during coronavirus outbreak and not give Beijing an excuse to attack the island as a way of relieving “internal pressure” ... Chinese public opinion believes people in Taiwan lack sympathy about China’s virus outbreak... L.A. Times 1-10-2020 ~ 1-11-2020: Taiwan election... a vote guided by anxiety about China ... Taiwan's president sweeps to reelection, setting the stage for chilly relations with China . Bloomberg 1-9-2020: Slow income growth and aging society post challenge ahead, Taiwanese income-per-person, income per capita, lowest of Four Tigers. Diplomat 1-3-2020: Taiwan anti-infiltration act targets at curbing Chinese influence but critics say it threatens the country's democracy. (brief)
News ~ 2019 : New York Times, 11-25-2019: The US is the largest source of military equipment for Taiwan, Taiwan is the largest beneficiary of "trade diversion" in exports to the US (1st half yr. '19). The Independent (UK),11-25-2019: Taiwan president Tsai's ruling party denounced “The enemy of democracy is China. At present Taiwan's most ambitious opponent, competitor, is also China”. New York Times, 9-20-2019: As Taiwan Loses Influence, China Gains Ground in Race With U.S.; Washington Post , 9-25-2019: China’s growing dominance in the South Pacific is a defeat for an America in retreat. WSJ , 9-20-2019: It’s clearly a big win for China having the two largest allies of Taiwan in the Pacific drop so quickly... ; WEF <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> of 2019 shows Taiwan had the sub-region's largest decline in competitiveness, Taiwan ranks 10th in Asia, Taiwan's prioritization of travel & tourism ranks world No.75 ; L. A. Times, 8-1-2019: The indefinite suspension (Chinese individual tourists to TW) is likely to prove a major economic hit to Taiwan, as well as a blow to cultural interplay. New York Times 4-10-2019: The US considers Taiwan's political status to be undetermined ... Taiwan Relations Act. calls for Taiwan's status to be determined by peaceful means. Bloomberg 7-15-2019: the island provides a vital link in a chain of American security partnerships in Western Pacific. NEW YORK times 7-10-2019: Taiwan's ties with Washington under the Trump administration were the strongest since official diplomatic relations ended 40 years ago. Washington Post, 3-28-2019: in Taiwan, it’s China that dominates every discussion. Beijing’s malign influence is apparent everywhere, while the United States is seen as largely absent. 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... CNN 6-17-2019: mass protests (in Hong Kong) emboldened anti-China elements in Taiwan. New York Times 4-1-2019: Taiwan protests China jets crossing center of Taiwan Strait, a provocation that seeks to alter the status quo ... an intentional act. Japan Times, 4-1-2019: China's move also comes less than a week after the U.S. sent ships through the strait ( mission was unusual) — the third time in as many months...those sailings have likely been interpreted by China as implicit support for self-ruled Taiwan. Reuters 2-25-2019: US Navy ships ... riling China. New York Times 1-19-2019: Most of Taiwan’s 23 million people are in favor of maintaining the island’s de facto independence without taking any formal moves that might bring a military response from China. Le Monde France 1-2-2019: Le président chinois « n’exclut pas » la force pour récupérer Taïwan. BBC UK 1-2-2019: The US is by far Taiwan's only ally...most other countries seem happy to accept the current ambiguity... New York Times 11-28-2018: Will Taiwan Be the First Domino to Fall to China? New York Times, 11-23-2018: China said the results (Taiwan votes in elections) reflected a desire of Taiwanese for better relations with the mainland. New York Times 11-28-2018: Will Taiwan Be the First Domino to Fall to China? Le Monde (France), 11-24-2018: A Taïwan, des élections sous influence chinoise. Annual Report to US Congress ( Military and Security Developments Involving the PRC ), 8-17-2018: Much of Beijing’s defense budget is focused on developing the capability to unify Taiwan by force; CBS News 11-14-2018: If the United States had to fight China in a war over Taiwan, Americans could face a decisive military defeat. / National Defense Strategy Commission ; New York Times at 6-12-2018: US unveils an office (AIT) in Taiwan, but sends no top officials ... to avoid bigger clash with China; USA Today 5-18-2018: Xi JinPing has signaled that China will seek to reclaim its historical properties by 2049. Freebeacon 5-17-2018 : 2020—the deadline that [Chinese supreme leader] Xi Jinping has given the [People's Liberation Army] to be ready to invade Taiwan. 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... 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.". Global Times of China: "There is no room for negotiations" ( ). 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.
local & int'l news reviews on Taiwan
US Defense Gov. 2020 report, 9-1-2020 / Chinese military VS. Taiwanese military
pic. left : Ground Forces - Taiwan vs. China ; pic. right : Naval Forces - Taiwan vs. China
pic. left : Air Forces - Taiwan vs. China ; pic. right : China's Rocket Forces
TAIWAN’S DEFENSIVE CAPABILITIES
◆(1) China’s multi-decademilitary modernization effort has eroded or negated many of the military advantages that Taiwan has historically enjoyed the context of a cross-Strait conflict.
◆(2) Taiwan is taking important steps to compensate for the growing disparities – building its war reserve stocks, growing its defense-industrial base, improving joint operations and crisis response capabilities,and strengthening its officer and noncommissioned officer corps – these improvements only partially address Taiwan’s declining defensive advantages.
◆(3) The modified strategy stresses enhanced asymmetric capabilities, as well as suggesting greater reliance on Taiwan’s Air Force and Navy.
◆(4) The transition (active duty forces to all-volunteer force ) has slowed due to severe difficulties recruiting volunteers.
◆(5) Taiwan has stated that it is working to develop new concepts and capabilities for asymmetric warfare. Some specific areas of emphasis include offensive and defensive information & EW，high-speed stealth vessels ，shore-based mobile missiles rapid mining and minesweeping unmanned aerial systems and critical infrastructure protection.
CHINA’S COURSES OF ACTION AGAINST
These circumstances PLA would
use forces have included:
could pursue a measured approach by signaling its readiness to use force or
conduct punitive actions against Taiwan. The PLA could also conduct a more
comprehensive campaign designed to force Taiwan to capitulate to unification, or
unification dialogue under China’s terms.
● kinetic blockades of maritime and air traffic, including a cut-off of Taiwan’s vital imports, to force Taiwan’s capitulation. Large-scale missile strikes and possible seizures of Taiwan’s offshore islands would accompany a Joint Blockade in an attempt to achieve a rapid Taiwan surrender, while at the same time, posturing air and naval forces to conduct weeks or months of blockade operations if necessary. China will also likely complement its air and maritime blockade operations with concurrent electronic warfare (EW), network attacks, and information operations (IO) to further isolate Taiwan’s authorities and populace and to control the international narrative of the conflict.
● a variety of
disruptive, punitive, or lethal military actions in a limited campaign against
Taiwan, probably in conjunction with overt and clandestine economic and
political activities supported by a variety of IO to shape perceptions or
undercut the effectiveness or legitimacy of the Taiwan authorities. Such a
campaign could include computer network or limited kinetic attacks against
Taiwan’s political, military, and economic infrastructure to induce fear in
Taiwan and degrade the Taiwan population’s confidence in their leaders.
◆ NewsWeek, 7-21-2020:
Once military conflict breaks out -
A slight plurality of 31 percent
assigned blame to
Chinese President Xi Jinping,
while 30 percent of respondents
said they believed both Xi and
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen
and 24 percent blamed Tsai.
The Tsai authority knows that
Taiwan cannot compete with
the mainland on its own,
and therefore turns to Washington
and is willing to
Of The US.
7-20-2020:Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has warned that the island
Washington Post 7-22-2020:
the Taiwanese fm : urging "extreme caution" in the island's dealings with a Chinese
Mail, 7-22-2020: Foreign Minister Wu: 'The
threat is on the rise' !!
● CNN 2-19-2020 exclusive interview with Taiwanese president Tsai I. W. : "What we are expecting is, after withstanding
the first wave of Chinese attacks ourselves, the rest of the world would stand up to exert strong pressure on China" ....
"Taiwan as an underdog facing down the
growing might of Beijing" ...
Post (7-22-2020) reports:
● full text : Taiwanese military
★ New York Post 4-25-2020 : Taiwan deals with CovID-19 with "a lot more authoritarian.", "almost everyone is tracked.". Taiwanese govt. responded at 4-28-2020 that Taiwanese would like to cooperate with our policy. But t Epidemic Prevention an domineering over Constitution (凌駕憲法的侵權禁令) , without having noticed all nationals, in accordance with United Daily, editorial at 5-7-2020. The ironic thing is after lifting Coronavirus Lockdown, Japan doesn't trust Taiwan's Epidemic Prevention, and has not put "democratic" Taiwan on their welcome list, many other countries did same thing to Taiwan. The China Times, editorial (6-6-2020, 6-25-2020) analyzed one main reason is Taiwan rejects mass testing, even small-scale testing, the number of test per million people is 3000+, ranked world No. 138, about same level as that of African countries, even African Luanda tested double number of Taiwan's. A famous National Taiwan University M.D. expert endorsed for Taiwan's policy : there's no any CovID-19 in Taiwan, 3 weeks later, a Japanese girl staying Taiwan for 4 months was detected positive in Japan's airport. Therefore, those free flow of information can be suspicious and may endanger the world people. According to Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, USA, "somewhere between 25% and 50%" of people infected with the new coronavirus may never show symptoms or fall ill — but can still transmit the illness to others (4-15-2020, Business Insider). Bill Gates in the New England Journal of Medicine: The prevalence of asymptomatic transmission doesn't bode well for global containment efforts. All studies (CNBC 5-7-2020, Singapore's Blackbox Research and Toluna, Forbes 6-5-2020, 4-16-2020: The Deep Knowledge Group) concluded China is better than Taiwan on CovID-19 safety countries rankings. The China Times 6-25-2020 editorial: Taiwan has no same capacity and experience as Beijing does to face something serious, it will be horrible in case CovID-19 epidemic break out. https://www.chinatimes.com/opinion/20200624003961-262101?chdtv
United Daily (聯合報社論) editorial／不普篩真相 4-23-2020: Why did
Taiwanese government reject large-scale testing? the truth is the rapid
web-pages of the site dirty attacks !
free speech is worse ever in the past 20 years !
prime suspects are ... ? 11-22-'18
damaged web-pages of the site
dirty attacks ! free speech is worse ever in the past 20 years ! prime suspects are ... ? 11-22-'18
★ Review Taiwan by cartoons
considers Taiwan's political status to be undetermined ... TW Relations Act.
calls for Taiwan's status to be determined by peaceful means.
New York Times|
CNN 6-17-2019: mass protests (in Hong Kong) emboldened anti-China elements in Taiwan.
4-1-2019: Taiwan protests China jets crossing center of Taiwan Strait, a provocation that seeks to alter the status quo ... an intentional act. Japan Times, 4-1-2019: China's move also comes less than a week after the U.S. sent ships through the strait ( mission was unusual) — the third time in as many months...those sailings have likely been interpreted by China as implicit support for self-ruled Taiwan. Reuters 2-25-2019: US Navy ships ... riling China.New York Times
L.A. Times, 7-8-2018: US warships pass near Taiwan in a show of defiance to China
● Under pressure from China, all 44 int'l airlines (including four US airlines) drop Taiwan in name (world rpts 7-30-2018: NY Times, etc)
● New York Times at 6-12-2018: US unveils an office (AIT) in Taiwan, but sends no top officials ... to avoid bigger clash with China
New York Times at 4-18-2018: Mr. Trump questioned why the US should be bound by the One China policy if Beijing will not budge on trade ... The U.S. and Taiwan are seen as heading in a direction that is getting perilously close to Chinese red lines...... (Taiwan president Tsai stated) " Many people say we are pawns of other people ......"
● USA Today 5-18-2018: Xi JinPing has signaled that China will seek to reclaim its historical properties by 2049. Freebeacon 5-17-2018 : 2020—the deadline that [Chinese supreme leader] Xi Jinping has given the [People's Liberation Army] to be ready to invade Taiwan
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...
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). Global Times of China: "There is no room for negotiations" .
☉ below each visual parody, cartoon are related or relevant reports or comments
The U.S. and Taiwan are seen as heading in a direction that is getting perilously close to Chinese red lines......
Salmon is poking the bear ? Taiwan suffers !
LOWY Institute ( Australia ), 6-16-2020
: treating Taiwan as a conduit to
frustrate Beijing imperils Taiwan’s security.
5-13-2020 : The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review
CNN 2-19-2020: TW
president: "What we are expecting is, after withstanding the first wave
8-20-2018: Taiwan's precarious role in the China-US spat !
● 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.
deploying tactical nuclear weapons to Asia, showing strong support for Taiwan, and exposing human rights abuses in China as immediate steps that could curb Beijing...
◆ VOAnews, 3-23-2018 : John Bolton (Trump's new National Security Adviser) has long argued that Washington
can play a "Taiwan card" to compel Beijing's attention for its potentially destabilizing actions ...
China military: can defeat Taiwanese army within 100 hours
or 3 days ( ~ 3-27-2018);
<Foreign Policy> 12-14-2016 named Taiwan President Tsai as
But, Taiwan is a card, or
most likely, a leverage, a bargaining chip
US Country Reports on Human
Rights Practices released at 3-13-2019 pointed out
justice ministry was
The Liberty Times, head-page, The China Times, head-page, 12-8-2018:
understand Taiwan in 1 minute !! TAIWAN in all aspects comment Taiwan No.1 rankings on the net !
2. Taiwan soft power
Reviews on :
Taiwan Soft-power reviews
According to UK based Monocle's Soft Power Survey 2010 ~
2019/2020, 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 2019's, 2018's Soft Power 30 Study by USC Center on Public Diplomacy in July 2018 and 2017's Soft Power 30 Study, compiled by PR company Portand Communication and University of Southern California. Asian countries in 2018, Japan(No.5), S. Korea(20), Singapore(21), China(27) are top 30. In 2019/2020: 8.Japan, 9.Australia, 17. NZ, 19. Korea, 21. Singapore, 27. China.
New York Post 4-25-2020 : Taiwan
fights with CovID with "a
lot more authoritarian.",
"almost everyone is tracked.", "Children have their temperature taken at
school and are sent to the hospital if they have a fever."
Taiwan govt. responded at 4-28-2020: Taiwanese would like to cooperate with our policy. ps: UDN 5-7-2020 editorial: No Taiwanese were told being monitored until govt. started its int'l propaganda campaign. UDN 5-9-2020 : Taiwan's infra-red thermograph (for CovID-19) in dept store, rapid transit station, made women almost naked, and triggered questions.
The United Daily News (聯合報) , editorial, 3-31-2019 : Taiwan is a backward country on personal-data protection. Taiwan plans to sell general public's personal data and digital human rights (e.g., people's medical health data without giving any notice ), peep at whatever on the net , and even monitor all the citizens, nothing people would normally notice ... (brief https://udn.com/news/story/7338/3728815)
EU General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR was given to effect at 5-25-2018, Taiwan is far behind, even is going in an opposite way / Apple Daily 蘋果日報, 5-28-2018, National Taiwan University Law School professor 林鈺雄
The United Daily News (聯合報) editorial opinion (9-19-2018) : "secret police"(「東廠們」) have been active around us ...
|freedom of expression||
Five measures to reinforce Taiwan’s media:
1) establish regulations that effectively protect the independence of editorial departments from their employers and boards of directors
2) create in law a “duty of care” that would oblige online platforms to protect both users’ freedom of speech, and safety in regards to hate speech and manipulation
3) upscale the amount of financial resources allocated to public media outlets
4) support the emergence of new media outlets that aim to uphold journalistic ethics, through economic and fiscal incentives following a similar model to start-up development
5) emphasize critical thinking and media literacy in academic curricula and public education actions (brief)
USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices, 3-11-2020: Journalists said they faced pressure from management to submit news stories to complement or support the content of paid advertisements.
< Reporters Sans Frontieres> (RSF, France) , 4-18-2019: Taiwan’s journalists are suffering from a very polarized media environment dominated by sensationalism and the pursuit of profit. Although President Tsai Ing-wen has said she wants to continue developing press freedom in Taiwan, few concrete measures have been taken to improve journalists’ editorial independence and encourage media to raise the quality of the public debate. Beijing is exploiting this weakness by putting pressure on Taiwanese media owners, who often have business interests on the mainland.
Apple Daily 3-29-2019 editorial opinion: Democracy & Freedom of speech is the bottom line which should never be lost, the government should not create chilling effect by fishing in trouble water. The China Times 3-29-2019 headline news: Democracy on the surface, anti-democracy to the bone is not allowed.
released at 3-13-2019: the impact of the concentration of media ownership on freedom of the press, self-censorship continued. US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
11-2-2018, headline news : Taiwan's National Security Bureau confirmed their
investigations of Facebook communities and others on the net, for monitoring,
controlling and collecting "controversial information" including
national security", "slander
president", "disrupt social stability",
"distort policy" and
mechanism", "fight governmental prestige", "influence public mind and morale";
UDN critiques pointed out it's a political propaganda to block red China's influences, but
"Big Brother is watching you" almost for sure lead to "Chilling Effect".
<United Daily (聯合報)> 11-3-2018, KMT legislator : all internet platform service providers in Taiwan were requested to hand in all users' personal information/data. Taiwan's intelligence "National Security Bureau" has been doing overall monitors on all Taiwanese.
|travel & tourism||
● ABC Radio National, Australia, 2-27-2020: What's most apparent when visiting Taiwan is how ordinary it is — ordinary in the sense of normal, everyday, functional.
● WEF <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> of 2019 shows Taiwan had the sub-region's largest decline in competitiveness, Taiwan ranks 10th in Asia.
● why 5/6 bridges badly in need of repair have not been done ? government even has never made public the info. and where those bridges are. (ref. to United Daily, 10-9-2019, headline news)
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' ...Apple Daily, Headline news 1-15-2018: Taiwan tourism collapsed like a snow-slide,
man-made disasters , Taiwan tourism's major problems include loopholes in law and regulation 、People's Daily, t 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