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Democracy’s Achilles’ heel

There should be little discussion that Taiwan’s hard-won democracy is vibrant. However, people interested in politics and current affairs often overlook the fact that the preoccupations of many may lie elsewhere, and for legitimate reasons.

That this is problematic is doubly true in Taiwan, as there is a real argument that the country’s sovereignty is in jeopardy. This is not simply because this perceived apathy by swathes of the public allows the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to manipulate the debate in the interests of its “united front” efforts, but also because the defense of Taiwan’s sovereignty may well depend on US military intervention or support. This intervention might not be forthcoming if Taiwanese are not perceived to be helping themselves.


The truth must be uncovered now

The legislature convened a question-and-answer session on April 8 to hear about progress on Transitional Justice Commission’s request for documents from the National Security Bureau (NSB) concerning the 228 Incident, the 1981 death of Carnegie Mellon University assistant professor Chen Wen-chen (陳文成), the murders of Lin I-hsiung’s (林義雄) mother and twin daughters, and the Kaohsiung Incident.

To this end, the National Development Council’s National Archives Administration has embarked on a sixth collection of files and requested that the bureau provide 176 political files from the Martial Law period.


US House passes Taiwan Assurance Act

A person holds the Republic of China (ROC) and US national flags in an undated picture.
Photo: Reuters

The US House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the Taiwan Assurance Act of 2019 and House Resolution 273 reaffirming the US’ commitment to Taiwan and the implementation of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA).


Local, Chinese spies face same penalties

Legislators vote on “motions to amend” made by each legislative caucus regarding draft amendments to the Classified National Security Information Protection Act at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: George Tsorng, Taipei Times

Lawmakers yesterday stiffened penalties for people who leak state secrets and approved amendments to ensure that Chinese spies face the same punishment as Republic of China (ROC) citizens who commit “offenses against the external security of the state.”


KMT should not sell out NHI system to Chinese

On April 24, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順), Yen Kuan-hen (顏寬恆) and 14 other KMT lawmakers proposed that the regulations for granting family members of Chinese spouses permanent residency in Taiwan be relaxed, on the grounds that their parents might need long-term care or home care services.

They retracted the proposal two days later following a massive public outcry over the risks of sharing the nation’s healthcare resources with Chinese.


Aborigines could help build bridges

Taiwan might have been isolated, but it is not alienated from the rest of the world. Semantics? No, not at all.

Despite the global constraints and pressures weighing upon it, Taiwan has been able to assert itself fairly well, as many US strategic experts, academics and others familiar with Taiwan’s unique status agree.

The world can be the proverbial oyster, if one works hard to open it.

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In its annual report released yesterday, the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission made a series of recommendations aimed at boosting the Washington-Taipei relationship and pushing the administration of US President Barack Obama to take stronger action on trade issues with China.

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