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Occam’s razor relevant to Taiwan

Looking to the future and next year’s presidential election, it is a good time for Taiwanese to take stock of their democracy.

In this, Russia, with its war in Ukraine and its recent visit from Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) provides interesting insights.

Russia has always had an indirect historic relationship with Taiwan through its Marxist/Leninist principles and ideology. When Russia’s 1917 revolution was still being fought, the Bolsheviks took the communist name in 1918, and then founded the Communist International, or Comintern, on March 2, 1919, with the aim of establishing communist governments around the world.


Non-green alliance supports China

The “non-green” alliance, which often talks about “avoiding war and seeking peace,” has recently added two more catchphrases about “defusing the confrontation between the US and China,” and acting as a “bridge of communication between China and the US.”

These propositions are out of tune with the state of US-China relations, because Beijing and Washington are well aware that a structure of conflict has been formed between them.

In the international arena, no country dares talk about “defusing the US-China confrontation” or communicating between them. On the contrary, French President Emmanuel Macron said that France and other countries should avoid getting involved in any conflict between the US and China.


The real cost of business as usual with China

By and large, the American people are not getting the information they need about China’s government and the threat it poses to our national life. I suspect a similar problem exists in Taiwan. Too many politicians, media moguls, and corporate tycoons have a vested interest in continuing business as usual with the Chinese Communist Party and are willing to sacrifice truth on the altar of market access.

They say nothing as Xi Jinping (習近平) distorts the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. They feign ignorance about the ongoing genocides in Tibet and Xinjiang. They pretend Beijing’s systematic exploitation of forced labor, modern day slavery, and human trafficking has nothing to do with their supply chains.


Hou, Ko vague on cross-strait views

New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜), who is widely expected to become the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) presidential candidate, said on Friday in Singapore that “peace is the only option” for cross-strait relations, and practical communication is needed to reduce misunderstandings and seek the “common good” for both sides of the Taiwan Strait and the whole world.

Chinese-language media were quck to notice Hou’s remarks during his trip, which was announced on Monday and began on Wednesday, as it was his first attempt to reveal his stance on cross-strait relations — an important factor influencing presidential elections — and a “gesture” to officially enter the presidential race.


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Members of the Social Democratic Party clarify their preferences for the Nov. 24 referendums at a news conference in Taipei on Wednesday. Several signs read “We are called Taiwan.”
Photo courtesy of the Social Democratic Party

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) in a letter to the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) asked for information about Taiwanese referendum procedures ahead of a plebiscite on whether the nation should request to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as “Taiwan” instead of “Chinese Taipei,” the national Olympic committee said on Wednesday.