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Commentary > China Post > Joe Hung
After I read your latest book, "The Remaining Years of Life: My Life Journey and Taiwan's Democracy," I have decided to write this last open letter to my revered former president.
 
What is public opinion? It dates back to the 17th century work by John Locke in "An Essay Concerning Human´╝Ánderstanding," which contains an early consideration of the importance of public opinion in the ordering of politics. It was introduced by James Madison that for a government to be democratic, it would be essential to have strong and knowledgeable citizens who hold educated opinions that could be shared and expressed.
 
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?
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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.
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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.
 
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