A 19-year-old girl in Tainan was on her way to school in 1942. What the Japanese called the Greater East Asia War was going on, though it was peaceful in Tainan where she wanted to attend a girls' middle school in their colonial Taiwan.
Japan is known for making diplomatic faux pas. One grievous mistake was made in 1933 when the Land of the Rising Sun withdrew from the League of Nations after the Mukden Incident that sired the puppet state Manchukuo.
Japan and South Korea solved their Korean "comfort women" dispute last week with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offering an apology for the victims and pledging US$8.3 million to create a foundation to help provide support for them. The pledge isn't considered governmental compensation that the Koreans had demanded. Moreover, the deal was made orally and there isn't a written accord.
Evan S. Medeiros, managing director and practice head for Asia at the Eurasia Group in Washington, came to Taipei earlier this month to attend a meeting of the Association of Foreign Relations. In a speech delivered at the meeting, ....
Saudi Arabia has formed an anti-terrorism coalition against Islamic State of 34 countries around the world, including Indonesia...
Napoleon Bonaparte considered China a sleeping lion. He said, "Let China sleep; when she wakes up, she will shake the world." For two centuries after the French emperor opined, the Chinese lion has remained in sleep. China is waking up now. Is Uncle Sam, the world policeman, going to fight the lion that is rising?
2015/12/14, 2 Comments
During presidential elections in Taiwan since 2004, it has become customary for the main candidates to engage in a debate. Lien Chan, chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT), debated with President Chen Shui-bian running for re-election in 2004. In 2008, Ma Ying-jeou, the KMT candidate, matched Frank Hsieh of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The third debate in 2012 took place between President Ma and Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the opposition party.
2015/12/7, 3 Comments
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is expected to run for president next year, has warned Taiwan against getting ever closer to China lest it should lose its economic and political independence. She may win.
The Crusades were a series of military missions, organized and promoted by popes, which began in 1095 and took place through the 11th and 13th centuries. Historians regard a few such missions until the 15th century as Crusades, though. The original intent of the Crusades was to recapture "Christian" lands that had been invaded by Muslims.
2015/11/23, 1 Comment
More often than not, my American and Japanese friends would ask me what is wrong with Taiwan's politics. My answer is simple. We don't have far-sighted leaders. Not even capable ones. But I would never fail to add that I took comfort in the fact that Taiwan, with a population of only 23 million, naturally has no able leaders, yet the United States with ten times as many voters and Japan with five times as many also haven't elected good national leaders.
2015/11/16, 1 Comment