There are two countries in Taiwan. One is the Republic of China, which Chiang Kai-shek created by moving his Kuomintang government to Taipei after he was defeated by Mao Zedong in the Chinese civil war at the end of 1949. The other is a country the Taiwan Civil Government (TCG, 台灣民政府) is getting ready to proclaim.
Many people, including former President Ma Ying-jeou, profess that the Republic of China established in Nanjing on Jan. 1, 1912 is Asia's first republic. They are wrong. The first republic in Asia is Taiwan.
The Executive Yuan, or Cabinet, announced last Monday that a marine cooperation dialogue mechanism would be set up between Taiwan and Japan before the end of July to solve the inane political squabble touched off by the Japanese detention of a Taiwanese long-line fishing boat in the part of the open sea where Tokyo claims as the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Okinotori Atoll in the West Pacific.
The Economist called President Ma Ying-jeou a "Bumbler" in 2012. Social media in Taiwan call him a "loser," a transliteration of lu she (魯蛇) in Chinese, which means almost the same in English.
Taiwan is officially known as the Republic of China, abbreviated as R.O.C. But a diplomatic squabble the R.O.C. started with the People's Republic of China late last month has let an American journal make the abbreviation stand for "Republic of Cheating." Funny? Cynical?3 Comments
Koo Kuan-min, the staunchest Taiwan independence campaigner and founder of the think tank Taiwan Brain Trust, called a press conference last Monday to air his "Brotherly Countries" (兄弟之邦) solution to the problems of divided China.
A Japanese Maritime Safety cutter was on routine patrol near the Okinotori Islands near Iwo Jima of WWII fame early last Monday. It sighted a fishing trawler and gave chase.
According to The China Times, former President Lee Teng-hui wants to form a new political party, which will see to it that his protege Tsai Ing-wen accomplishes the life-long mission he has assigned to himself.
The New Power Party (NPP), a small party -- yet the third largest party in the Legislative Yuan -- issued a statement last Friday lauding the government for its all-out efforts to prevent the deportation from Malaysia of 20 Taiwanese nationals suspected of cyber fraud to China.
President Barack Obama has no way out from an insoluble quandary of his own making. He inherited the tough job of disengaging the United States from its involvement in Iraq after the country ended Saddam Hussein's dictatorship in a bid to help Israel. However, his country then exacerbated regional instability by trying to topple Bashar al-Assad's Soviet-supported government in Syria through aiding armed rebellion.