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New York Times at 10-19-2017:  China's Xi (in 19th CP Congress Speech) "called for the return of Taiwan, a self-governing island, to mainland Chinese control", only “with patriots playing the principal role.”..."the line that won the loudest applause"  ――  "We will never allow anyone, any organization, or any political party, at any time or in any form, to separate any part of Chinese territory from China".   FreeBeacon at 10-19-2017 : "China’s Xi Jinping Slams the Door on Taiwanese Appeals for Independence.".    Spiegel Germany, 1-9-2017, Global Times of China: "There is no room for negotiations" ("Es gibt keinen Raum für Verhandlungen").   Le Monde Diplomatique of France, Mai 2016, depicted Taiwan (click for details ! ) as a trembling sweating rat , turning its back on an approaching huge cat (China), lifting high the banner "$O$"  .   New York Times at 11-4-2017:   Chinese aircraft routinely probe Taiwan’s airspace ... aircraft carrier traversed the Taiwan Strait.   The US subcommittee hearing (4-17-2018) Rep. Ted Soho,  Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific: Seems likely Xi will force the issue (unification) in his life time Bloomberg 3-14-2018: Trump's "Taiwan card" (to annoy China when needed) is China's real worry.   Deutsche Welle 3-17-2018: China has reacted angrily to the bill (Trump signed <Taiwan Travel Act> which paves way for official exchanges with Taiwan, and identifies indirectly (?) Taiwan as a country ― "visits to a country by United States cabinet members ...".)    Bloomberg news 3-14-2018:  Taiwan will suffer even more, as it gets caught  in the middle between a stronger China and a inward-looking US..

military
The People's Republic of China (PRC) claims that the Republic of China (Taiwan) government is illegitimate,
has vowed to retake the renegade province ruled by "Taiwan authority", after Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalists government and forces were defeated by Mao Zedong's Chinese Communist Party and relocated to Taiwan in 1949.   Many countries seem welcome the current ambiguity -  Washington “acknowledges” there is one China and Taiwan is part of China, but has never officially “recognized” Taiwan as part of China, and passed a law to sell Taiwan defensive weapons, stressed that any attack by China would be considered of "grave concern" to the US.    Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun (読売新聞), Opinion, 6-22-2017 stated the US is the key to keep the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait ('米国は台湾の防衛力強化を担っており、台湾海峡の平和と安定のカギを握る') 。However, the New York Times at 11-4-2017 pointed out that the US military "intervention now would confront a more potent Chinese military",  China’s military modernization has “eroded or negated many of Taiwan’s historical advantages (geography and the US support) ” in deterring a potential attack. .   Washington Post at 1-5-2018 said many senior officials regarded Taiwan as a "roadblock to Washington’s smooth relations with China", "the turd in the punchbowl".      China's Global Times at 1-10-2018 said "many forces" in the US are still supporting Taiwan as a "leverage against China" (Bloomberg 3-14-2018: some US national security hawks).   Because Taiwan’s government refuses to acknowledge this island is part of China, some analyst predicts that China has accelerated its timetable to 2020 for taking over the island by military means.    Taiwan president Tsai said at 12-29-2017 that Chinese leader was not supposed to attack Taiwan ("應該不是決策思考範圍內"), she corrected herself at 1-22-2018 in SETN that the possibility of a war won't be ruled out.   Till Jan. of 2018, the Chinese military has conducted a series of provocative, aggressive operations, e.g., "patrol circling" by aircrafts and a submarine passing through 1st island chain and an aircraft carrier passing through Taiwanese 'territory' (Taiwan Strait median line), to test the waters or prepare for an eventual future attack against Taiwan.   Taiwan National Security Survey conducted by Duke University and NCCU of Taiwan found that once China-Taiwan war happens, more than 60% Taiwanese yield or give up & run away (The China Times, 4-21-2018, Opinion).

economy & diplomatic
Although Taiwan is not the most important figure in PRC's int'l-strategy chessboard, Beijing also keeps increasing steadily diplomatic pressure on Taiwan, the number of Taiwan's
formal diplomatic-relation allies has fallen to 20 till 2017, more may be in trouble any time.  On the other hand, China applied the strategy "offering economic benefits to Taiwan"("讓利" such as encouraging tourist to Taiwan) so that more Taiwanese will have higher inclination toward unification with mainland, then more than two-thirds of Taiwan’s outward foreign direct investment is to China  ―  Taiwan's leading trading partner, Taiwan earned surplus nearly USD120 billion from China in 2017.    The majority of Taiwanese are concerned about the potential problems in deeper economic integration with the mainland, in spite of that realistic Taiwanese knew this interdependence is unavoidable,  83 percent chose "bread" over "romance" (state independence).     United Daily survey at 11-20-2017 found the percentage of Taiwanese having good perception on Chinese people and communist government increased to 49% and 40%, at the same time Chinese aircrafts terrorized Taiwan by routinely flying around this island (UDN, 11-20-2017).    Le Monde diplomatic of France, Mai '16, reported the economies of both sides were complementary, now compete each other.   Taiwanese are gradually being excluded from the Chinese chain of production and supply. (Mais les économies des deux rives, qui étaient complémentaires, entrent désormais en concurrence. Les entreprises taïwanaises sont progressivement exclues de la mise en place d’une chaîne de production et d’approvisionnement chinoise ... )   

Taiwan's the 7th largest economy in Asia,  and the 22nd-largest economy in the world.  Latest Global Wealth Report (Credit Suisse, Nov., 2017) shows Taiwan's mean wealth per adult, at USD 188,081, is close to that of UK (USD 278,038), France (USD 263,399).    Taiwan was one of the world's top producers of computer technology, but its high-tech sector is falling behind for lacking of key tech. and its low pay.  Taiwan's GDP per capita retreated successively in recent years.   In contrast, China's GDP in 2016 is about 23 times the number of Taiwan's, five Chinese provinces topped Taiwan already.

The ROC on Taiwan, has most of the characteristics of an independent state, however, Taiwan's image suffered for getting benefits by any means  ( as Confucius analects : "窮斯濫" )  and having some principal human rights problems as below:

 Exploitation of  foreign workers,  official corruption,  some media self-censorship with regard to China, vote buying, etc (USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices, March 3, 2017).

Taiwan is far behind and keeps stalling over legislating a new law against torture and other cruels, conclusively advised by international review panel ( Philip Alston, law professor at New York University; Eibe Riedel, former member of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Jerome Cohen, law professor at New York University; and Nisuke Ando, professor emeritus at Kyoto University, etc. )  (ref. to Apple Daily, headline, 12-9-2017)  Taiwan's opposition party vice presidential candidate, NTU professor Lin Ruey-Shiung, was subject to electromagnetic wave attacks (French AFP ,Dec. 1, 2011 , Thailand's Bangkok Post,  Dec. 3, 2011, Yahoo UK & Ireland, etc. ), Taiwan gov. denied this. 

●  Taiwan largely sees these telecom frauds/phone scammers as an asset rather than liability...  (quora, 4-16-2016);  Taiwan is notorious for its fraud crimes all over the world ( EBC TV, 4-9-2017,  UDN opinion, 12-24-2017, CTV evening news, 12-14-2017 ).   It's not easy for Taiwan to clean its bad name of 'fraud-crime empire' because Rome is not built in one day.  (Asia Association of Police Studies, secretary general, China Times, 11-7-2017

●  Philippine President Duterte ... blaming Taiwan-based organised crime behind all this drug traffic... for using his country as a shipping hub. (Reuters, 9-27-2017, The Straits Times, 9-29-2017)   Duterte: Triad supplying illegal drugs to PH is based in Taiwan, not China (inquirer.net, 9-26-2017).  Taiwan was already reduced to be a 'kingdom' of producing narcotic drugs.  (United Daily, headline news, 11-2-2017)   Taiwan is notorious for being a major drug transit center & a major drug exporting country, part of Taiwanese government refused to put efforts to improve this issue. (UDN Opinion, 11-6-2017, The China Times, head-page & focus, 4-4-2017, The Liberty Times,  5-12-2017)
 The Diplomat (4-14-2016) :  Taiwan's illegal fishing is 'out of control', GreenPeace criticized Taiwan gov. for knowing this issue but does little EU warned since 2015 Taiwan with a yellow card for illegal fishing, Taiwan failed to improved this till Fall 2017.

●  The government has not well taken its fundamental responsibility of protecting the safety of people's life and property - why are there so many tall buildings located on the fault-zone? why are poor architectures everywhere on bad geologic grounds ? why are those shit-hole politicians doing nothing and ignoring urban renewal so as to risk millions of old houses and human beings ?   (full text: https://udn.com/news/story/11321/2974813 聯合報社論/斷層帶上何以建了那麼多高樓?  2-8-2018,  https://udn.com/news/story/7338/2977079 勿讓軟腳樓成坑殺人命陷阱 2-9-2018,  https://tw.appledaily.com/headline/daily/20180209/37928659花蓮 都更 爛政客   2-9-2018)

●  The United Daily,  06-18-2016, head page news : Taiwan's prosecutors usually follow order to conclude legal cases.   Taiwan's justice ministry was insufficiently independent, public trust on Taiwan's judiciary system keeps falling down (USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices of 2017, all media of Taiwan, 2015 ~ 2017).  Taiwan's Minister of Judiciary and secretary of Justice Ministry issued progress report of judicial reform Public trust in judges is always low, the protection mechanism of lawsuit right is still not good enough (UDN 2-13-2018).

●  Taiwan politics belongs to corporations (not the people) and is controlled by the political parties (Foreign Policy, 2015).  Now it seems hard to keep Taiwan's skin-deep democracy ... the people's "livelihood" was sacrificed for politics ... (United Daily News, Opinion, 3-7-2017 )

●  State violence and white terror (product of state violence) return in Taiwan (United Daily, opinion, 12-21-2017, 12-27-2017).  Taiwan's Facebook "Green terror" suppressed free expression...... (Wikipedia 2017, The China Times, opinion, 11-18-2017)

Taiwan is dishonest and 'cruel' trying to block or hide, delay public-health news, e.g., poisoned eggs, PCV virus vaccine, and Bird-flu more than one time (1-2-2018 UDN, 2012 BBC news :  www.bbc.com/zhongwen/trad/chinese_news/2012/03/120304_taiwan_birdflu_investigate) ,  not to mention big issues.

Taiwan failed to solve food-safety issue, professors and MDs advised eating at home.  (The China Times. 8-6-2016, <食品不安全的年代如何自保>, 2016, etc.)

Taiwan administration's policy led to air pollution, toxic pollution in the land and sea ...   (The China Times, 1-7-2018 台灣海陸空污染毒害山海變色 http://www.chinatimes.com/newspapers/20180107000465-260114Daily Mail (UK) 7-14-2017 : Shocking underwater video from Taiwanshows ocean floor littered with plastic (bottles) garbage)

 

etc.

Taiwan tried to follow US academic Joseph Nye's notion of applying power by persuasion and attraction rather than coercion or force to deal with China and expand its international space.  However, Taiwan's soft power performed worse than China and Asian's Japan, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, India, UAE.  Taiwan's military hard power was reduced by half (the number of active forces) and is in a state of low morale, Taiwan's leader made a defense strategy to resist Chinese PLA for 2 weeks, and made assumption that then American sons and daughters will always risk their lives to protect our home.

  

   

 

 

Trump takes Taiwan as leverage , one-China policy as bargaining chips

 

Salmon is poking the bear ?  Taiwan suffers in danger !

 

Bloomberg news 3-14-2018: In the future, Taiwan will suffer even more, as it

gets caught  in the middle between a stronger China and a inward-looking US...

 

<Foreign Policy> 12-14-2016 named Taiwan President Tsai as
one of leading thinkers of 2016 for "Poking the bear"  ;

But, most likely, Taiwan is a leverage, a bargaining chip
between the US and China, not a true player at the game

Seattle Times, 12-12-2016:  Donald Trump sounds ready to use U.S. policy toward Taiwan
as a bargaining chip to extract concessions from China,  /  WASHINGTON (AP)
bloomberg,  12-11-2016: China Warns Trump Against Using Taiwan for Leverage

The Washington Post , 12-12-2016: White House: Taiwan is not a 'bargaining chip' 

 

 

 

   

 

 

No.1 "introduction to Taiwan" on US Yahoo at 1-28-2018

 

pic.: This sites-group rank No.1 "introduction to Taiwan"
on search.Yahoo.com, at 4-11-2018, 2-17-2018, 1-28-2018

 

 

 

Taiwan

        Taiwan Economy

New York times, 12-13-2016 : Today, more than two-thirds of Taiwan’s outward foreign direct investment is to China, which is also Taiwan’s leading trading partner.

Taiwanese has emerged a consensus  that some degree of economic interdependence with China is unavoidable but that overdependence is risky.

Beijing’s strategy of giving Taiwanese economic benefits so that Taiwanese will become more inclined toward unification has not been successful ...

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/13/world/asia

Washington Post, 1-5-2018 :  China is Taiwan’s largest trading partner and China is Taiwan’s main destination for outbound investment; 40 percent of Taiwan’s exports flow to China and a fifth of Taiwan’s gross domestic product derives from its economic ties to the mainland.

Washington Post, 1-2-2017 :   the Taiwanese are not willing to pursue independence at all costs. Many are concerned with the economy. When asked to choose between formal independence or maintaining economic ties with China, 83 percent chose bread over romance...   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/01/02/yes-taiwan-wants-one-china-but-which-china-does-it-want/?utm_term=.8d999292eabd

Wikipedia  Economy of Taiwan
Taiwan is the 22nd-largest economy in the world, and its high-tech industry plays a key role in the global economy. (Taiwan has a developed capitalist economy that ranks as the 22th-largest in the world by purchasing power parity (PPP) ) It is ranked highly in terms of ... economic freedom, and human development...These SMEs usually produce products on an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or original design manufacturer (ODM) basis, resulting in less resources spent on research and development.   Due to the emphasis of the OEM/ODM model, companies are usually unable to make in-depth assessments for investment, production, and marketing of new products, instead relying upon importation of key components and advanced technology from the United States and Japan.  / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan

BBC, UK,  6-14-2017: Taiwan has become one of Asia's big traders. It is considered to have achieved an economic miracle, becoming one of the world's top producers of computer technology. /  Taiwan country profile  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-16164639

Credit Suisse, Nov. 15,  2017

Global Wealth report 2017,  Country summary

Country

Mean wealth per Adult (USD)

Median wealth per Adult (USD)

Taiwan 188,081 87,257
Japan 225,057  123,724
Singapore 268,776 108,850
France 263,399 119,720
UK 278,038 102,641

Compared to the world as a whole, Taiwan has high average
wealth and only moderate wealth inequality.
http://publications.credit-suisse.com/tasks/render/file/index.cfm?fileid=A6E9E182-E39B-0353-6751EB076EF35159

    Credit Suisse, Dec. 2016
    Taiwan, Asia Tiger  -  Taiwan's average level of wealth, at USD 172,
847, is well above that of most countries in the Asia-Pacific region, and similar to that of Western Europe.( Taiwan's mean wealth per adult, at USD 172,847, is about same as that of France USD244,400 or Germany USD185,175, Taiwan's median wealth per adult USD 63,134, is about in the same level with France USD 99,923, Canada 96,664.)

http://publications.credit-suisse.com/tasks/render/file/index.cfm?fileid=AD783798-ED07-E8C2-4405996B5B02A32E

  

  United Daily, Opinion, 12-5-2017 :  The average monthly salary of Taipei employee (in the amount of NT 43500) is behind that of Beijing's (rmb 9900, equal NT46000 ), Shanghai is at the third (about NT 43000).  / 智聯招聘survey.

   

Academia Sinica of Taiwan,  10-5-2017 :  Taiwan Economic Competition and Growth Strategy Policy Proposal  (中央研究院《臺灣經濟競爭與成長策略政策建議書》)
The country will fall into “middle-income” limbo in the next decade if it fails to deal with “three evil hands” that are stalling the economy ...

the law, environmental assessments, and Taiwan-China relations—that could leave Taiwan stuck in the so-called “middle-income trap” and see at least 15 (-30) countries catch up with it in the next 10 years.

 Its economic growth rate has reduced rapidly. In the past ten years, its average economic growth rate has dropped to 3.82%, which is lower than other Asian countries such as South Korea and Singapore.

https://financialtribune.com/articles/world-economy/73782/rigid-systems-holding-back-taiwan-development

https://www.sinica.edu.tw/ch/news/4880

●  Washington Post, 10-10-2017

Taiwan would step up economic relations with the 10 Southeast Asian countries and another eight Asian-Pacific nations that her government considers prime economic development partners. Taiwan calls that mission its “New Southbound Policy.”  
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/taiwan-leader-protect-regional-stability-amid-china-tension/2017/10/10/38c37640-ad70-11e7-9b93-b97043e57a22_story.html?utm_term=.68374f587f7f

 

Forbes 4-23-2017, "Taiwan's Once Mighty High-Tech Sector Is Falling Behind Because Of Low Pay" : Taiwan used to be an indispensable part of the world high-tech supply chain. Now the island that derives a fifth of its economy from the likes of PCs, tablets and smart phones for export is unsure how long all that can sustain. The most often cited reason: Taiwan isn’t keeping up in software, which in today’s terms means mobile apps and artificial intelligence as well as the stuff Microsoft does for PCs....Pay for university professors is too low to attract world-class people from overseas to teach...  https://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphjennings/2017/04/23/taiwans-once-mighty-high-tech-sector-is-falling-behind-because-of-low-pay/#204190537b43/Asia /#BigBusiness

The China Times, opinion, 11-7-2017, The United Daily, opinion, 11-10-2017:  Taiwan's industries are short of 5 core elements : electricity and water supply, labor, land and talented persons.

Le Monde of France, Mai '16, reported the economies of both sides were complementary, now compete each other.   Taiwanese are gradually being excluded from the Chinese chain of production and supply. (Mais les économies des deux rives, qui étaient complémentaires, entrent désormais en concurrence. Les entreprises taïwanaises sont progressivement exclues de la mise en place d’une chaîne de production et d’approvisionnement chinoise ... )

National Policy Foundation , 7-16-2009
  One problem of Taiwan's high tech industry is lacking of key technology ...  http://www.npf.org.tw/2/6142

●  People's Daily of China (international edition), 11-12-2017 : China's GDP in 2016 is about 23 times the number of Taiwan's, five Chinese provinces' (GuanDong, JiangSu, ShanDong, ZheJiang, HeNan ) GDPs topped Taiwan's GDP already, in 3-5 years, 10 provinces might top Taiwan. (brief , UDN, 11-13-2017)
     

Taiwan

       Taiwan diplomatic isolation

 ● <Taiwan Travel Act> (Trump signed at 3-16-2018):

          NHK  Japan, 3-17-2018 

             The legislation aims to encourage mutual visits between US and Taiwanese officials at all levels. (https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180317_08/)

       ◆ The Diplomat,  3-3-2018 
              US Paves Way for High-Level Exchanges With Taiwan (https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/us-paves-way-for-high-level-exchanges-with-taiwan/)

         New York Times,  3-17-2018

             China’s Foreign Ministry said it had lodged “stern representations” with the United States, saying the law sent a “seriously wrong signal” to the forces of Taiwan independence.
              (https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2018/03/17/world/asia/17reuters-usa-taiwan-china.html   ; https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-taiwan-china/china-says-resolutely-opposed-to-new-u-s-law-on-ties-with-taiwan-idUSKCN1GT0I9)

       ◆ Deutsche Welle,  3-17-2018 :

             China has reacted angrily ... "severely violate the one-China principle, the political foundation of the China-US relationship."

             Taiwan ... calling it a "friendly move"

       ◆ Global Times of China, 2018:  <Taiwan Travel Act> is a bill to destroy Taiwan.  ◆ People's Daily online (China 人民日報 海外版) 3-17-2018: "annoy China, fool Taiwan !"("戲耍台灣 挑臖大陸")  ◆ UDN Taiwan (台灣聯合報) 3-18-2018: KMT Legislator : The US uses Taiwan as pawn to annoy China ... ( 台恐成夾心餅干);  Joseph Bosco (former defense official): China won't win a general confrontation against the US (translation).

 ●  Washington Post, 1-5-2018:  For years, most analysts in the United States generally accepted the idea that Taiwan’s status as a de facto independent democracy was unsustainable as China’s economy and military rose to dominate Asia. Statesmen such as the late Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew and Henry Kissinger both predicted that Taiwan’s unification with China — under Chinese terms — was inevitable.

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 ● Washington Post, 1-2-2017:

     The United States “acknowledges” that there is one China and that Taiwan is part of China. But the United States has never officially “recognized” Taiwan as part of China. This strategic ambiguity leaves the United States room for a de facto relationship with Taiwan and leaves the Taiwan-China relation an open-ended question.  /  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/01/02/yes-taiwan-wants-one-china-but-which-china-does-it-want/?utm_term=.8d999292eabd

 ●  Washington Post, 11-9-2017:  “Many have debated here in Taiwan whether President Trump will trade Taiwan in exchange for China’s position in North Korea,” ...... “But ... even if President Trump makes such an offer, President Xi would say no: ‘Taiwan is not in your hands. It’s in mine.’”

       The China Times, opinion, 11-11-2017: President Xi thinks the advantage of Taiwan issue is in Beijing's side, it's not necessary to trade anything for Taiwan with Washington.

 ●  New York times,  12-13-2016: In Presidential inaugural speech, Tsai referred to the Constitution of the Republic of China and the legislation governing cross-strait relations, both imply the acceptance of a “one China” framework.

 ● Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan, Opinion, 5-22-2016 (読売新聞) : 「台湾独立」志向の強い民進党の蔡英文主席が総統に就任した。台湾蔡新総統対中「現状維持」の意思示した http://editorial.x-winz.net/ed-13620 (Tsia I. W. with strong tendency toward "Taiwan Independence" expressed "maintain status quo" in her Presidential inaugural speech )

  

 ●  Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan, Opinion, 6-22-2017 (読売新聞「社説」) :  中国が台湾を孤立させる動きを強め、波風を立てている。軍事、経済両面での優位を背景にした圧力は、中台間の緊張を高めるだけだ。...中国の一連の外交攻勢は、台湾を自国の一部とする「一つの中国」原則を、台湾の蔡英文政権に認めさせる狙いだろう。...台湾の住民の間では、中国に政治的、経済的にのみ込まれることへの警戒感が強く、「中国離れ」が加速しているためだ。...米国は台湾の防衛力強化を担っており、台湾海峡の平和と安定のカギを握る。(The US is the key to keep the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait)

 ● Le Monde diplomatique, France, mai 2016:  "politiL’Amérique centrale lâche Taipei" /  Les deux rivaux du détroit de Formose ne luttent pas à armes égales et, pour Taipei, l’isolement diplomatique menace.  (The two rivals of the Taiwan Straits do not fight on equal terms , the diplomatic isolation threatens Taiwan  )

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  ●  Singapore's The Straits Times,  11-9-2017 : Taiwan is the most important issue in Sino-US ties, Xi tells Trump   

“The Taiwan issue is the most important, most sensitive core issue in China-US relations, and concerns the political basis of the China-US relationship,” ... China “hopes that the US side continues to scrupulously abide by the ‘one China’ principle, and prevents disturbances to the broader picture of China-US ties”, Xi added.   Trump told Xi that the United States government upheld and stuck to the “one China” policy, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported.

    http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/xi-tells-trump-that-taiwan-is-the-most-important-issue-in-sino-us-ties   )

 

 ●  United daily News, opinion 10-11-12017 :   In Fact, President Tsai one-sided abandoned in 2016 "The 1992 Consensus" (「九二共識」), which violates her promise to "maintain the cross-strait  status quo"
https://udn.com/news/story/7338/2749610?from=udn-catelistnews_ch2    UDN 10-11-2017 : China officially responded Tsai's speech at Taiwan's National Day that “Only by adhering to the one-China principle and opposing Taiwan independence can relations between the sides develop with peace and stability”.   UDN opinion, 10-20-2017: Chinese leader Xi's "China dream" can't come true without retaking Taiwan.  

 ●  BBC - Taiwan country profile  6-14-2017:
     China insists that nations cannot have official relations with both China and Taiwan, with the result that Taiwan has formal diplomatic ties with only a few countries.  / 
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-16164639

  ●  Spiegel Germany, 1-9-2017,  <Donald Trump: Chinesische Staatszeitung warnt USA wegen Umgang> 

        Die staatliche chinesische Zeitung "Global Times" hat den künftigen US-Präsidenten Donald Trump gewarnt, von der "Ein-China-Politik" abzurücken. "Das chinesische Volk würde die Regierung auffordern, sich zu rächen", hieß es im Leitartikel des Blattes, das zum Zentralorgan der Kommunistischen Partei "Renmin Ribao" gehört. "Es gibt keinen Raum für Verhandlungen" /  if "US President Donald Trump to abandon the one-China policy."  "The Chinese people would call on the government to take revenge,"  "There is no room for negotiations" ... (Global Times, China)

 

  US News, 10-9-2017:   
   
Taiwan's relations with Beijing have deteriorated sharply since Tsai, ... took office last year, with China suspecting she wants to push for the island's formal independence, a red line for Beijing.  China

has cut off a regular dialogue mechanism with Taiwan, ramped up military drills around the island and stepped up int'l pressure to limit Taiwan's diplomatic footprint.
  https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-10-09/taiwan-president-tsai-pledges-to-defend-islands-freedoms

  ●  The China Times, 10-15-2017, Wikipedia,  9-27-2017  :Taiwanese premier William Lai  advocates "Taiwan independence in realistic way ("務實台獨")”, but  "Taiwan was an independent country called the Republic of China, it had no need to declare independence."  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan

  ●  Mexican newspaper El Sol de Méxicoformer, 2008: (former) President Ma:  the China-Taiwan relations are neither between two Chinas nor two states.  It is a special relationship.   the sovereignty issues between the two cannot be resolved at present,   the "1992 Consensus", currently accepted  as a temporary measure until a solution becomes available.

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 ●  Washington Post, 11-9-2017:  “Many have debated here in Taiwan whether President Trump will trade Taiwan in exchange for China’s position in North Korea,” ...... “But ... even if President Trump makes such an offer, President Xi would say no: ‘Taiwan is not in your hands. It’s in mine.’”

       The China Times, opinion, 11-11-2017: President Xi thinks the advantage of Taiwan issue is in Beijing's side, it's not necessary to trade anything for Taiwan with Washington. 

 ● The United Daily of Taiwan, 11-12-2017, commented Trump Xi meeting one of 3 possibilities is the US may break the pattern "USA and China jointly control Taiwan"(「美中共管」), China may play (or most of) the role to control Taiwan.

 ● Le Monde diplomatique, France, "Taïwan en quête de souveraineté économique", mai 2016:  selon laquelle il n’est pas nécessaire de proclamer l’indépendance car Taïwan est déjà un Etat indépendant et souverain. C’est certainement le sens qu’elle donne au « statu quo » ( 'it is not necessary to proclaim independence because Taiwan is already an independent and sovereign state.  This is certainly the meaning it gives to  <status quo>'  )

 

Taiwan

       Taiwan military power VS Chn

  Washington Post,    1-5-2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2018/01/05/can-china-really-take-over-taiwan/?utm_term=.e66214694331
       Can China really take over Taiwan?

         Xi commanded China’s military to become “battle ready.”  ...... threatening that relations with Taiwan will turn “grave” because Taiwan’s government refuses to acknowledge that the island is part of China.  A leading Chinese analyst predicts that China has accelerated its timetable to 2020 for taking over the island by military means......Taiwan needs to increase its defense spending considerably...“the outcome of the game [between China and Taiwan] is undecided".

  ●  The US subcommittee hearing (4-17-2018) Rep. Ted Soho,  Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific: Seems likely Xi will force the issue (unification) in his life time.

  ●  United States think tank the RAND Corporation, Taiwan News, 2-2-2018, Apple Daily 2-3-2018, https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3353460
          Likelihood of successful Chinese attack against Taiwan rising: RAND Corp.    China's jets and missiles can damage U.S. and Taiwan air bases

          According to RAND, which specializes in military affairs, the balance in the Taiwan Strait has been moving in China’s favor as the communist country was continuing to make progress in its preparations and training ...

  ●  BBC, 12-3-2016    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34729538
          The pivotal role of the US was most clearly shown in 1996, when China conducted provocative missile tests to try and influence Taiwan's first direct presidential election. In response, US President Bill Clinton ordered the biggest display of US military power in Asia since the Vietnam War, sending ships to the Taiwan Strait, and a clear message to Beijing...

  ●  New York times,  11-4-2017: “(Taiwan) needs to resist a Chinese military attack for two weeks and wait for help from the United States...”  ......Taiwan’s armed forces, by contrast (Chn), have fallen way behind, struggling to recruit enough soldiers and sailors — and to equip those they have.   A major obstacle is that countries that might sell it the most sophisticated weaponry are increasingly reluctant to do so for fear of provoking China,...... US latest (summer 2017) arms sales " short of the major systems that could give Taiwan a real edge."

  ●  US  Dept of State,  U.S. Relations With Taiwan  9-13-2017:  The United States insists on the peaceful resolution of cross-Strait differences, opposes unilateral changes to the status quo by either side, and encourages both sides to continue their constructive dialogue on the basis of dignity and respect. /  https://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/35855.htm

 
  ●  New York times,  5-18-2017:   Beijing’s belligerence presents an existential threat to Taiwan, Chinese leaders have long vowed to take Taiwan by force if they deem necessary  ...  For years, the political establishment in Taipei has delegated responsibility for responding to Beijing to the United States.  Taiwan's leaders have gutted the military and continued to base defense planning on the assumption that the United States would always come to the rescue.  Policies put forward by the Kuomintang and the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party have left the military understaffed and in a state of low morale... Taiwan's active force down to under 200,000 (the exact number is classified). The nearly two million reservists exist in name only...   Taiwan’s defense policies are largely a result of deep distrust between the military and politicians. The military has struggled with wide-range scandals/

 /  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/18/opinion   (ps: China's Baidu, 10-15-2017: Taiwanese reservists 3 million in total )

  ●  Why China Can't Conquer Taiwan in a War , 11-17-2017   Zachary Keck http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/why-china-cant-conquer-taiwan-war-23254
      A new study by Michael Beckley (Tufts University), published in the academic journal International Security argues that China’s neighbors could thwart Chinese military aggression through anti-access/area denial strategies with only minimal U.S. assistance. ...   if China was far more successful than the United States had been in those conflicts, Beijing’s ability to execute an amphibious invasion is still far from certain. For instance, Beckley notes that only ten percent of Taiwan’s coastlines are suitable for an amphibious landing, which would allow Taipei to concentrate its forces on a few key areas. Chinese forces trying to land would likely be severely outnumbered...

 

  ●  The Heritage Foundation, The Index of U.S. Military Strength, 2017

         China’s provocative behavior has expanded to include militarization of islands that it has built in highly disputed international waters in the South China Sea. China has also adopted aggressive naval tactics to intimidate such neighboring countries as Japan and the Philippines... the 2017 Index concludes that the current U.S. military force  ...  certainly would be ill-equipped to handle two nearly simultaneous major regional contingencies ... /  http://index.heritage.org/military/2017/assessments/

  ●  <The Chinese Invasion Threat> by Ian Eastonct, Oct. 3, 2017 :

       China has finalized a clandestine plan to invade Taiwan in 2020 by launching missile attacks, blocking the nation’s air and sea space, and carrying out amphibious landings, Washington-based think tank Project 2049 Institute research fellow Ian Easton said.  ...China, would "almost certainly" fail in its full-scale invasion of Taiwan but its military appears driven to prepare and carry out such an attack. 

  ●  New York times,  10-19-2017:  https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20171019/china-xi-jinping-party-congress/dual/

    Chinese president Xi delivered the line that won the loudest applause of his marathon speech: “We will never allow anyone, any organization, or any political party, at any time or in any form, to separate any part of Chinese territory from China.”
        Apple Daily, 10-20-2017,  "ShaoKang Zhao Fax" column:
        Only 800+ words (out of 32000+ words in total) in Xi's speech at the 19th Communist party congress mentioned Taiwan, Taiwan issue seems not so important to Xi JinPing.

  ●  国家政策研究基金会 NPF  National Policy Foundation in Taipei, Taiwan;  10-7-2017 CTN

      The peace of Taiwan Strait before 2025 depends US military forces (台海安全 仍繫於美軍是否介入...最大的不確定性仍是「美軍是否介入」,且在2025年之前,美軍相對中共仍有明顯優勢,與其說押注與否,不如說是因「美軍不可測」的因子無法排除。)  /      http://www.chinatimes.com/newspapers/20171007000342-260119

 


 

 

              

 

 

 

UDN 7-28-2017, 11-20-2017, Global times, 12-12-2017,

CTV 12-17-2017: China's military terrorized Taiwan by  aircraft-fighters routinely
 flying around
("patrol circling") Taiwan and passing
 through 1st Island Chain...China fighters only
take 14 minutes to reach Taiwan from mainland

https://udn.com/news/story/10930/2610183

 

Apple Daily  1-18-2018: China's submarine

 "patrol circling"   at 1-11-2018

 

United Daily survey at 11-20-2017 found the percentage of Taiwanese having good perception on Chinese people and communist government increased to 49% and 40%
 

 pic.: Taiwan ( the white color island on the map)

Population:23.54 million
  Area:36,194 square kilometers
  Peoples:Han Chinese (97%), Aborigines (2%)
  Languages : mainly Mandarin, Taiwanese

 


 

 

 

  Economist (special edition 2017): "Taiwan will turn into a tiger again "
 
Global Wealth Report & Global Wealth Databook
 by credit-suisse Research Institute, Nov. 2016: "
Taiwan, Asia Tiger"
 

 NY Times 5-22-2017: Taiwan leader continued to base defense planning
on the assumption that the United States would always come to the rescue...
Taiwan has reduced its active force
(by half)


NY Times 12-13-2016 In Taiwan president Tsai's inaugural speech,
Tsai referred to the Constitution of the Republic of China and the legislation
 governing cross-strait relations, both of which imply the acceptance
of a “one China” framework. 

 

  pic. left: ROC (Taiwan) national flag can not be used in most places in the world,
since China's "one China" policy keeps suppressing Taiwan's international space;      
pic. right: Chinese Taipei flag for participating in int'l events, e.g., Olympics Games.

 

 

 

The Chinese Invasion Threat China has finalized a clandestine plan to invade Taiwan in 2020 by launching missile attacks, blocking the nation’s air and sea space, and carrying out amphibious landings, Washington-based think tank Project 2049 Institute research fellow Ian Easton said.

 

●  Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lo Chih-cheng (羅致政) raised doubts over the time frame Easton asserted, saying that he did not think it is very precise.

 

China, according to the book <The Chinese Invasion Threat>, would "almost certainly" fail in its full-scale invasion of Taiwan but its military appears driven to prepare and carry out such an attack. 

 

pic.: Headline of Apple Daily, Oct. 6, 2017

  http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/10/05/2003679744;   http://freebeacon.com/natiChina’s

 

  ●   The US Defense Gov. Report of 2017

   

Annual Report to US Congress (2017):
Military and Security Developments Involving
the People’s Republic of China 2017
https://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/2017_China_Military_Power_Report.PDF

 

 

China VS Taiwan

  Taiwan Strait military balance

  China VS Taiwan

 

 

ps: Apple daily, 11-28-2017: Chinese air crafts flying to first island chain include H-6K (轟 6K) bomber from Shaanxi, center of China.  Taiwan's interpreting China's military capacity should no longer be limited to only their coastal (Taiwan Strait) military air force.  (brief - author 林穎佑 faculty of int'l affairs graduate school,  National ChungCheng University)

    

       International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS,UK,  www.iiss.org), the military balance 2018 press statement - The annual assessment of global military capability and defence economics, 2-14-2018

               In 2017 Beijing showcased more advanced military systems ... are challenging the global predominance of the United States and its allies ... https://www.iiss.org/en/publications/military-s-balance

            China's modernisation of its armed forces is processing faster than many experts expected ...  (ref to Apple Daily, opinion, 2-21-2018, "共軍非必勝  國軍非必敗")

     Apple Daily, 12-19-2017   head-page, focus ; data from Taiwan's national defense gov.

 

pic. left: China military capacity VS Taiwan;   pic. right: Chinese air force did lots of "patrol circling" (flying around Taiwan and passing through 1st island chain ).

China military VS Taiwan military Chinese air force "patrol circling" around Taiwan
   

 Source: Apple Daily News, head-page and focus news, 12-19-2017

 ●  US Annual Report to Congress, 2016

                OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE Annual Report to Congress:
                Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China

                https://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/2016%20China%20Military%20Power%20Report.pdf
 

Taiwan Strait Military Balance in 2015, Naval Forces
China China Taiwan
Total East and South Sea Fleets Total
Aircraft Carriers 1 0 0
Destroyers 23 16 4
Frigates 52 40 22
Corvettes 23 14 1
Tank Landing Ships/ Amphibious Transport Dock 30 28 14
Medium Landing Ships 22 16 0
Diesel Attack Submarines 57 38 4
Nuclear Attack Submarines 5 2 0
Ballistic Missile Submarines 4 4 0
Coastal Patrol (Missile) 86 68 45

Taiwan Strait Military Balance in 2015, Air Forces
China China Taiwan
Total Within range of Taiwan Total

 

Fighters 1,700 130 384
Bombers/Attack 400 200 0
Transport 475 150 19
Special Mission Aircraft 115 75 25

Taiwan Strait Military Balance in 2015, Ground Forces
China China Taiwan
Total Taiwan Strait Area Total
Personnel (Active) 1.25 million 400,000 130,000
Group Armies/Army Corps 18 8 3
Infantry Divisions 12 4 0
Infantry Brigades 23 7 5
Mechanized Infantry Divisions 7 4 0
Amphibious Mechanized Infantry Divisions 2 2 0
Mechanized Infantry Brigades 25 8 3
Armor Divisions 1 0 0
Armor Brigades 17 7 4
Amphibious Armor Brigades 1 1 0
Army Aviation Brigades and Regiments 11 6 3
Artillery Brigades 22 9 5
Airborne Divisions 3 3 0
Marine Brigades 2 2 2
Tanks 7,000 2,800 1,100
Artillery Pieces 8,000 3,900 1,600

 

Taiwan's military force vs Chinese military force

Taiwan

       Taiwan travel & tour

According to  World Economic Forum (WEF)  <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> (released at 4-6-2017), Taiwan's most important indexes for promoting tourism, like "Attractiveness of Natural Assets" (parks, beaches, mountains, wildlife, etc) ranks world No.87, "Natural Resources" ranks No.55,   "Environmental Sustainability" ranks No.75 (No.69 in 2015), "Price Competitiveness" ranks No. 46, "Hotel Price Index" ranks No. 89 (82 in 2015), Taiwan got "n/a" on China's strong indexes such as "World heritage natural sites" as well as "World heritage cultural sites" (world top 5).  Taipei mayor Ko just mocked tourism of Hong Kong and Singapore, however, they are very ahead in "Business Environment" and "Ground & Port infrastructure" (world top 2), "Airport  infrastructure" (world No.5 & 6 vs Taiwan no. 42 ), "Safety & security" ( No.5 and No.6 ) 。 Taiwan has excellent scores on "Mobile Network coverage", "ATM", etc, but those least likely are main attractiveness to international sightseers that Taiwan needs most.  According to government statistics "visitor arrivals by purpose in 2016",  only 7.61% foreigners came for business, conference, exhibition, most visitors are for pleasure, so we should not focus on WEF's overall score and ranking for Taiwan. 

 

Apple Daily, opinion, 2-12-2018: lacking of monument elements, mature cultural creativity, and inexpensive tour-site hotels ...  shallow, careless, low-end quality led to an extremely low return visitor rate to Taiwan.    Apple Daily, Headline news 1-15-2018:  Taiwan tourism collapsed like a snow-slide, the number of tourists to Kenting National Park(墾丁貓鼻頭) dropped 59%,  to Taroko National Gorge (太魯閣) dropped 43%, etc, because of the number of Chinese tourists declined a lot and local people don't like those sites -  Apple Daily opinion 1-17-2018: expensive hotels, crowded traffic, getting ripped-off by greedy shops' ...

 

BBC UK, The SUN (2-13-2017):  "Bus Crash Horror !" -  Taiwan's "safety standards need to be improved".   A few days later another fatal tour-bus accident occurred.   Apple Daily, Opinion (2-15-2017): Such a high casualty rate most likely was ranked No.1 among all civilized states in the world.    Taiwan's aviation safety - MSN, Reuters, EuroNews, Mirro(UK), NewsWeek, CNN, etc (2-4-2015) :"Taiwan has had a poor aviation safety record in recent years"

People's Daily, the major official newspaper of the ruling Chinese Communist Party,   ( Opinion/editorial  8-4-2016):  <Chinese tourists do not dare to visit Taiwan in the future without safety assurance>  / Taiwan tour disasters are sort of man-made disasters , Taiwan tourism's major problems  include loopholes in law and regulation careless mistakes in administration or not-good-enough system of organization, other malpractices are traveling load-bearing capacity road-traffic safety 、aviation safety 、road maintenance 、safety standard for tour bus 、Modified Automobiles/Fix-up tour busLow-end tour groups tragic accidents happening again and again open Pandora's box, too many tourist victims reveal Taiwan tourism's problems, Taiwan authority tried to do something (亡羊補牢) each time a tragic accident occurred, but it seemed late and same kind of tragedies never cease.  (《人民日報》8-4-2016 社論:  很多意外事故都存在著人禍 的影子,或是法規漏洞、管理疏失、或是體制不足。旅遊承載能力、道路安全、飛行安全、道路養護 、遊覽車安全標準、改裝車、低價團…一起起事故猶如打開了潘朵拉的盒子... )

Business Insider (6-2015) introduced some places for tourists:

    ◎  Hehuan Mountain and Ali Mountain are two top-rated scenic spots on TripAdvisor. (阿里山等)    ◎  Sun Moon Lake(日月潭) 

    ◎ Kenting National Park(墾丁).   9 nationall. parks, which make up 8.6% of its land.  Taroko National Gorge (太魯閣) alone is worth spending at least two days hiking its numerous scenic trails.

    ◎ hot springs Beitou outside of Taipei, and Jiaoxi in Yilan (北投宜蘭等溫泉)

ps:  [ Climate ]   tropical and subtropical climate zones,  Average temperature for northern Taiwan : 21.7°C;  southern Taiwan:  24.1°C.   Jan. ~ Mar : may downto 10°C.   June ~ August, may up to 38°C

tour & travel

 

 Taiwan

       Taiwan food

Food safety is one of biggest challenges to Taiwan / The China Times. 8-6-2016,  an interview to Taiwan president Tsai I. W.

Chang Gung Mem. Hospital Toxicology expert & professor Yin M.D. (殷宗海, Doctor, Univ. of London ): Minimize the times of dining out to protect your health !  ref to book <食品不安全的年代如何自保>, 2016.

5 star hotel restaurants scandals -  A book (江守山M.D.'s "食在安心" (10-2014)) said many 5 star hotel restaurants don't wash vegetables ...  some 5 star hotels made sashimi raw fish slices by using fresh-water fishes, this may increase the probability to get cancer  (for details 台灣餐廳  or  台灣美食Taiwan Night Markets ) ; Epoch Times (大紀元, 3-14-2017):Okura Prestige Tpe (大倉久和, a 5 star hotel) sold expired frozen shrimps, molded taro (vegetable 芋) etc;   SETN news ( 三立新聞 5-16-2016): Some 5 star hotels in northern Taiwan sold black-hearted expired seafoods ;  LTN (5-17-2016): 5 star hotels Ambassador and Howard (國賓福華) clarified this news;   Apple Daily (蘋果日報 6-7-2016): Sheraton (喜來登) 's white shrimps contained bleaching agent (漂白劑),4 times higher than the legal standard,Ranina (Spanner crabs 旭蟹) contained heavy medal Cadmium poisoning (重金屬镉) 14% higher than the standard...;  Apple Daily (蘋果日報 7-2-'13): Taiwan's tourist hotels' food ingredients expired 2 years,  only 3 out of 21 hotels passed the security check and sanitary examination etc conducting by Taiwan Administration, e.g., Shangri-La's (tnn) did not separate their cutting tools for cooked foods and raw foods;     FTV news, 5-18-2017: 13 ingredients / materials expired in a 5 star hotel in Taiwan;  CTI TV news (5-17-2017, 19:33): What can we eat in Taiwan? people are uneasy for food here...   

A big gas-cylinder LPG-explosion in Fengjia (逢甲) night market (known as largest night-market business district in Taiwan) proved again man-made disasters never cease, the China Times (7-19-2017) lashed out all this sort of night-market districts across Taiwan have similar safety problem, enforcement officials even don't know which is more important - grass-roots'  making money or public security.

●  Apple Daily, 11-20-2017 : Almost all world countries are more and more strict with food safety, only Taiwan is more and more relaxed in legislating for food safety.   In this way, how can Taiwan have a reputation on "fine food kingdom" ?  (breif)  /  by 邱致穎, chair, and teacher of food science, TungHai University. 

Taiwan is not included in EIU's Global Food Security Index of 2017, China ranks No. 45 among 113 nations.

According to The World's Best Restaurants (2017) , Taiwan is not included in the list, Thailand got No.7, Singapore No.14, Japan 18th, HK 24th, Shanghai 41th.  In total, 5 Japanese , 4 Chinese, 3 Singapore, 2 Thailand, 1 Korean, 1 India restaurant(s) entered top 100.

  New York Times, 2-24-2017:   Taipei ... has a street food scene as vibrant as that of Bangkok; restaurants that specialize in both Taiwanese and regional cuisines from around China; thousands of cheap and cheerful joints at which to drink cold beer with small plates and quick stir-fries; ....  ref to https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/15/travel/taipei-taiwan-restaurants-local.html

restaurants ,   night markets

Taiwan

       Taiwan soft power

  Dr. Joseph Nye advised that hard & soft power enable Taiwan to deal with China and expand its international space. (Dec. 8, 2010)

  However,

  The China Times,  headline news  at 12-24-2017:  The total value of Taiwan's cultural & creative production was far behind of that of Korea, Korea's value in publication is about 6 times larger than Taiwan's,  Film industry 6 times, TV 3.5 times, Advertising 3 times, Pop-music 6 times bigger than Taiwan's,  Taiwan lacks of updated related laws and policy no focus, no direction, no institute, original creativity is not encouraged, the industry field is divided, without integrated marketing...... 

  The China Times, 8-15-2017 : The output value of Taiwan's cultural & creative production in '12 - '13 declined 9.28%, in contrast, Taiwan's neighbor countries increased, China 14.27%, Malaysia, Philippines 8+%, Korea 0.65% ... Taiwan's cultural & creative industry even failed to create a "bubble", the reason is lacking of original creativity. 

  ●  UK based Monocle's Soft Power Survey 2010 ~ 2017: Taiwan has not been included in this global ranking list,  Taiwan's soft power is behind Asian's countries Japan, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, China, India, UAE, all of them reached "world top 20" at least once.  

  ●  2017's Soft Power 30 Study, compiled by PR company Portland Communication and University of Southern California:  Taiwan also failed to be in the list.  The top 30 nations are 1  France  2 UK  3 USA  4 Germany  5  Canada   6 Japan  7  Swiss  8 Australia   9 Sweden  10  Holland  11 Denmark  12 Norway  13  Italy  14  Austria  15  Spain   16  Belgium  17 Finland  18 NZ   19 Ireland  20  Singapore   21 S. Korea   22  Portugal  23  Greece   24  Poland   25  China  26  Russia  27 Czech  28  Hungary   29  Brazil  30  Turkey.

 

 ● Although Telegraph (Jan. 2017) mentioned Taipei's  "pioneering creative scene",  however, in fact ...... Taiwan's creativity is poor in film, advertising,   architectures, graphic designs ... e.g.,  Taiwan usually lost in Cannes Ads Festivals, the logo of Taiwan's Economic government is quite similar to an old Canadian logo ... The Liberty Times at 4-6-2016 pointed out Taiwan's government took the lead to plagiarize, and ignored copy-rights, Taiwan becomes "an island of Plagiarism" .

 

 

      

 


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       Taiwanese human rights
 

  ● United States Department of State Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016:
      Principal human rights problems reported during the year were exploitation of foreign workers, including foreign crewmembers on long-haul fishing vessels and household caregivers; domestic violence; and official corruption.   Other human rights concerns during the year included vote buying; violations of legal working hours; lack of barrier-free spaces and accessible transportation systems for persons with disabilities, particularly outside Taipei; gender-biased sex selection; and a rise in child abuse.  /
 https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/265586.pdf 

  ● <Transparency International> Germany, 1-25-2017: Taiwan  retreated in Corruption Perceptions Index, Taiwan  received score 61, one point less than the previous year, on the Corruption Perceptions Index for 2016 published by Transparency International.    Singapore got the highest score (84) and highest ranking (No.7) among Asian countries,  Hong Kong at No.15 with 77 points and Japan at  No.20 with 72 points.

 
  ●  
Reporter without Borders,  France
https://rsf.org/en/taiwan

           The main threat to media freedom comes from China, which has been exerting growing economic and political pressure on the Taiwanese media. The editorial line of some privately-owned media has changed radically and it is no longer rare to find media outlets taking a line similar to the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda. Journalistic independence has also been threatened by Taiwanese officials who have interfered directly in the editorial policies of the state-owned media.

  human rights in Taiwan  

Taiwan

       Free expression in Taiwan

 
 
United States Department of State Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016, released at March 3, 2017 :
      Human rights concerns during the year included some media self-censorship with regard to China.  

 

  ●   Reporter without Borders,  France,  https://rsf.org/en/taiwan

           The main threat to media freedom comes from China, which has been exerting growing economic and political pressure on the Taiwanese media. The editorial line of some privately-owned media has changed radically and it is no longer rare to find media outlets taking a line similar to the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda. Journalistic independence has also been threatened by Taiwanese officials who have interfered directly in the editorial policies of the state-owned media.

  ●   Wikipedia
      
Wikipedia reference ('參考文獻') recorded that
in the summer of 2017, a "Green Terror on Facebook" triggered concerns and public anger in Taiwan.    All Taiwanese mass media reported that politicians and online personalities said they had been denied access to their Facebook accounts after writing criticisms of  Pan-Green coalition, the ruling political party (DPP).  
         The
China Times, opinion, at 11-18-2017 criticized that Taiwan president Tsai I. W. gave tacit permission to Facebook (Taiwan) to block content concerning anti Taiwan-independence  (brief, http://opinion.chinatimes.com/20171118000516-262114).   Taiwan administration has not responded or denied this severely critiques till middle of Dec. 2017.  

  free speech in Taiwan 

Taiwan

       Taiwanese Identity

  New York times,  12-13-2016:   As Taiwanese identity has consolidated, with more than 90 percent of Taiwanese believing they are in some way “Taiwanese,”  /  https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/13

  ●  brookings.edu,  9-12-2016   “Taiwan’s China Dilemma,”  https://www.brookings.edu/events/taiwans-china-dilemma/   
          Shirley Lin’s new book, “Taiwan’s China Dilemma,” explores a conundrum: Despite a shared culture, and even as Taiwan’s economic interdependence with China deepened in the 1990s and 2000s, the island’s people felt an increasingly strong identity with Taiwan itself. These contradictory trends only continued during Ma Ying-jeou’s presidency, and will certainly shape the environment in which leaders in both Beijing and Taipei attempt to define and manage the cross-Strait relationship

   ●  BBC, 12-3-2016  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34729538
          Officially, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) still favours eventual independence for Taiwan, while the KMT favours eventual re-unification. Opinion polls show only a small minority of Taiwanese support pursuing one or the other at the moment, with most preferring to stick with the current middle ground.

   ●  Apple Daily, opinion, 10-11-2017: Only 5- % Taiwanese favour independence or unification, about 70% in total are for conditional independence and conditional unification.

  Washington Post,   1-2-2017, The Taiwanese see themselves as Taiwanese, not as Chinese :

        the Taiwanese are not willing to pursue independence at all costs. Many are concerned with the economy. When asked to choose between formal independence or maintaining economic ties with China, 83 percent chose bread over romance. /  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/01/02/yes-taiwan-wants-one-china-but-which-china-does-it-want/?utm_term=.8d999292eabd

  Some significant polls: 
 

Percentage of Taiwanese residents who consider themselves ?

Survey

Taiwanese Chinese Both Taiwanese and Chinese
NCCU, Jan. 2015 60.6% 3.5% 32.5%
TVBS poll centre, Oct. 2012 75% 15% not an option here
TVBS poll centre, Oct. 2012 55% 3% 37%
Common Wealth Magazine, Dec. 2009 62% 8% 22%
Executive Yuan, Taiwan Admin., April, 2008 67.1% 13.6% 15.2%
source : Wikipedia
 

 

     Wa

(59%: TWese, 34%: both)
Washington Post,
 1-2-2017, The Taiwanese see themselves as Taiwanese, not as Chinese

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/01/02/yes-taiwan-wants-one-china-but-which-china-does-it-want/?utm_term=.8d999292eabd

 

  Some significant polls: 

https://sites.duke.edu/austinwang/2015/11/06/monkey-cage-article-how-taiwanese-view-the-future-of-the-cross-strait/
Austin Horng-En Wang,  Monkey Cage article: How Taiwanese view the future of the Cross-strait, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, Duke University

 

 

Washington Post,  1-2-2017, The Taiwanese see themselves as Taiwanese, not as Chinese

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/01/02/yes-taiwan-wants-one-china-but-which-china-does-it-want/?utm_term=.8d999292eabd

 

https://sites.duke.edu/austinwang/2015/11/06/monkey-cage-article-how-taiwanese-view-the-future-of-the-cross-strait/

https://sites.duke.edu/austinwang/2015/11/06/monkey-cage-article-how-taiwanese-view-the-future-of-the-cross-strait/
Austin Horng-En Wang,  Monkey Cage article: How Taiwanese view the future of the Cross-strait, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, Duke University

 

 

 

Washington Post,  1-2-2017, The Taiwanese see themselves as Taiwanese, not as Chinese, source : Niou

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/01/02/yes-taiwan-wants-one-china-but-which-china-does-it-want/?utm_term=.8d999292eabd

 

 

 

 

 

  pic. : United Daily News survey/poll at 11-20-2017 found "the table has turned" - The percentage of Taiwanese having good impression on Chinese people increased to 49%, good social perception on communist Chinese government increased to 40%.  

 

 

United Daily News, opinion at 11-20-2017:  The percentage of Taiwanese are willing to work in mainland China increased to 40%.

 


ps: at the same time, China terrorized Taiwan with military force (aircrafts etc) routinely flying around Taiwan in entire year of 2017 (UDN, 11-20-2017)

 

 

 

 

pic. Apple Daily, 4-20-2018, headline news : a Survey poll by 台灣民主基金會
☉ Taiwanese fight for independence - 55% yes, 35.9 % no, 9.1% others

 ☉ Taiwanese fight against  Chinese military force for unification - 67.7% yes, 24.9 % no, 7.4 % others

 

 

China Times, 4-21-2018, Opinion: Taiwan National Security Survey conducted by Duke University and NCCU of Taiwan
 at about the same time found that once China-Taiwan war happens ...
☉ more than 60% Taiwanese yield or give up & run away (逆來順受或投降逃跑)
☉ The highest percentage of giving up & escaping goes to youth group (age < 39), about 30+ %, aged 40+ is about 10%.
☉ 80% Taiwanese assumed the US army will come to rescue, otherwise the percentage of fighting people will drop, however, according to a seminar in Washington DC in 2017,
only 18% American people support US military force getting involved in the war.

  PS: Apple Daily News, opinion, 3-22-2018: according to latest survey by <台灣民意基金會>, 38.3% Taiwanese people are for Taiwan independence, 20.1% for unification with mainland China, 24.1% for current status, 75% regard themselves as Taiwanese, 9.7% Chinese, 10.4% both.  As for China's latest policy - 31 items to benefit Taiwanese ("惠(對)台31項措施"),  41.9% think it as a trick for unification, 30.1% China's nice move. 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Taiwan

       Taiwanese women

The US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices , released at 3-3-2017:  Rape and Domestic Violence ( spousal rape, and domestic violence).  Many victims did not report the crime for fear of social stigmatization, and various nongovernmental organization (NGO) and academic studies estimated that the total number of sexual assaults was seven to 10 times the number reported to police.  Women were promoted less frequently, occupied fewer management positions, and worked for lower pay than men, earning on average 83 percent of their male counterparts’ income...

Amnesty International (The London-based organization), 2.25.2015: The organization concerns Taiwan's gender discrimination.   Taiwan’s passage of the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the enactment of laws to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by 2017 were important starts, but still have to be fully implemented.
women in Taiwan

 

Taiwan

       Taiwan universities

Wikipedia : It (Taiwan) is ranked highly in terms of ... public education, economic freedom, and human development.  The country benefits from a highly skilled workforce and is among the most highly educated countries in the world with one of the highest percentages of its citizens holding a tertiary education degree.  / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan

However, Taiwan's education system has serious problems as below:

●  For recent years, Taiwan failed to solve its educational problems which are numerous and disorderly, even chaos (紛亂如麻), such as Taiwan University's world ranks were falling down,  the brain drain ( the outflow of talent ), jobless college students,  students graduated from technical and vocational education systems can not meet society demands, politics impeding lectures, learning activities, and textbook contents. / UDN opinion, 12-9-2017.

●  Too many fake scholar papers produced.   Lousy conducts and bad ethics in Taiwan's academic circle happened again and again, but never be handled seriously, some careless-done fake scholarly papers are either ignorant or extremely audacious, some are even fraud-crimes.  Only legal punishments can stop all these, Taiwan government should take hard line now. 

●  The China Times 2-8-2018:  UK's Times Higher Education showed Taiwan's National Taiwan University fell back 2 positions (24th in 2017,  26th now) in Asia's ranking list.  Singapore's national univ. and China's Tsing Hua U.,  Beijing Univ are top 3.

●  The United Daily 10-17-2017 : Taiwan University's world ranks were falling down year by year

 National Taiwan University's world ranks in recent yrs.

ranking sys

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012

National Chiao Tung University (交通大學) in Shanghai China

173 163 154 141 125 121

QS

76 68 70 76 82 80

TIMES Higher Education

198 195 167 155 142 134

Apple Daily 10-17-2017: Taiwan University retreated 50 positions and lost a not-best-known university 蘭州大學 (LanZhou univ.) of China in <Nature Index 2017 Tables>.  The annual budges of NTU and LU (蘭大) are about the same.

Nature Index 2017 Tables

ranks

country

university

1 USA Harvard
2 USA Stanford
3(+1) USA MIT
9(+2) CHN Beijing University
86(+20) CHN LanZhou univ. (蘭州大學)
148(-50) Taiwan National Taiwan University
199(-35) Taiwan National Tsing Hua University Taiwan
280(+37) Taiwan National Chiao Tung University
431(+24) Taiwan National Cheng Kung University
438(n/a) Taiwan  National Central University
448(+35) Taiwan  National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei

   

Academic circle lacks ethics /  UDN  1-11-2017   http://udn.com/news/story/7338/2222591

Accomplice structure to fake scholarly papers / China Times 11-19-2016   http://www.chinatimes.com/newspapers/20161119000399-260109

NTU should not be too snobby /  The Liberty Times  11-25-2016   http://talk.ltn.com.tw/article/paper/1055359

Scholar : Only heavy punishment stops fake papers / UDN 11-19-2016   https://udn.com/news/story/10586/2115844

Strange phenomenon in academic circle /11-19-2016 UDN  https://udn.com/news/story/10586/2115842

Faking papers is a long-time malpractice / UDN  11-21-2016 https://udn.com/news/story/6885/2118616

   

●   The China Times, 7-20-2017:  Lousy students with totally 38 score in entrance examination are good enough to be freshmen of Taiwan's university, it's an international joke !

  Forbes 4-23-2017, "Taiwan's Once Mighty High-Tech Sector Is Falling Behind Because Of Low Pay" : Pay for university professors is too low to attract world-class people from overseas to teach.  https://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphjennings/2017/04/23/taiwans-once-mighty-high-tech-sector-is-falling-behind-because-of-low-pay/#204190537b43/Asia /#BigBusiness

●  https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/national-taiwan-university
Taiwan rank world rank Taiwan's university
1 198 National Taiwan University
2  301–350 National Tsing Hua University Taiwan
3 401–500 National Chiao Tung University
4 401–500 National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech)
5 501–600 China Medical University, Taiwan


 

●  http://www.webometrics.info/en/Asia/TAIWAN  July 2017 Edition: 2017.2.1
Taiwan rank world rank Taiwan's university impact rank openness excellence rank
1 86 National Taiwan University 113 175 118
2 253 National Chiao Tung University  184  359  383
3 264 National Cheng Kung University 262 534  319
4 294 National Tsing Hua University Taiwan 264 532 359
5 432  National Central University 575 340  508

 
●  Taiwan's universities were not included in the following ranking lists, those universities in China, Japan, S. Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore were included.
 

 

World University Rankings 2018

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QS_World_University_Rankings
QS World University Rankings is an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)

 

QS University Rankings: Asia — Top 10       2009-2016
1 SingaporeNational University of Singapore
2 Hong KongThe University of Hong Kong
3 SingaporeNanyang Technological University
4 Hong KongThe Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
5 ChinaTsinghua University
6 South Korea  Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
7 Hong KongThe City University of Hong Kong
8 Hong KongThe Chinese University of Hong Kong
9 ChinaPeking University
10 South KoreaSeoul National University
QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018 — Top 10      2016-2018
United States Stanford University
United States University of California, Los Angeles
United States Harvard University
Australia The University of Sydney
United States Massachusetts Institute of Technology
United Kingdom University of Cambridge
Australia University of Melbourne
United Kingdom University of Oxford
United States University of California, Berkeley
China Tsinghua University

Taiwan

       Taiwan's medical services

Taiwan only ranks world 45th position in Lancet's Healthcare Access and Quality Index released in 2017 (based on mortality from causes amenable to personal health care in 195 countries and territories, 1990–2015: a novel analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study   2015),  some chronic disease items got very low or failure scores, e.g.,   Leukemia score 49,  Kidney disease 50, Gallbladder & biliary 57, Hypertensive Heart Disease 60,   diabetes mellitus 58, etc.  http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(17)30818-8.pdf

●  Apple Daily, 12-30-2017: Amending Taiwan's medical service law is criticized as "Decriminalization", patients in Taiwan will be difficult to put to the proof in their legal cases. 

 

  <Transparency International> ( July 9, 2013) study : "Have you or anyone in your household paid a bribe to one of these 8 services in the last 12 months?"  Taiwanese people think the institution needed to be paid bribery most is judiciary system, second is Taiwan's medical and health services, the number of Taiwanese paying a bribe is higher than global average. ( Apple Daily 7-10-2013,http://www.appledaily.com.tw/appledaily/article/headline/20130710/35139300/ )

  The United Daily News (聯合新聞) 1-3-2017 <Where's Taiwan's medical ethics ?  Leaking patients' medical records is a normal social protocol in Taiwan>  : In Taiwan, journalists are not used to respect patients' privacy... our hospitals' members do not know very clearly the principle of protecting patients' privacy...(黃達夫)

  Taipei City mayor Ko : Taiwan has not established a culture of honesty, each time being in National Taiwan University Hospital's meeting, the 1st thing cross mind always is "who performed the operation (surgery) ?", M.D.s always take it personally ... ( '無法真正做到對事不對人')  /  buzzorange.com/2015/05/29 " The phony culture in Taipei City Hall - 整個社會都在說謊?!柯文哲揭露市府假面文化" http://www.chinatimes.com/realtimenews/20170611002397-260407

Taiwan's medical & health performance is so successful (e.g. life expectancy, infant mortality and maternal mortality, are better than U.S., although we spent only one-quarter of USD (PPP) in health expenditure.) that former leader of health government, Dr. Ye Ching-chuan, was invited to testify at an US senate committee hearing on this issue
Taiwan's medical service

Taiwan

       Taiwanese personality

The Liberty Times, 1-4-2016/  Taipei City mayor Dr. Ko: Taiwanese have been patient sufferance of so many politically bullies and toying (and killings), hence lost confidence and passion, Taiwan only has obedient, docile citizens who surrendered to their "lord",  those some of Taiwanese revolted, resisted or rebelled were all killed by their rulers, the rest of Taiwanese are docile citizens, their children or descendants are even more docile.

●  The China Times, 3-24-2018, public opinion: Li Ao (李敖) in 1999 wrote that Taiwan already became a shadow, very realistic ( profit oriented, snobbish ), short-sight society (淺碟, 現實, 短視).

Forbes (3-5-2017) : Taiwanese "People are ominously courteous".

Taiwanese haracter/personality

Taiwan

       Taiwan judiciary

  The United Daily,  06-18-2016  head page: Taiwan's prosecutors admitted they usually follow their commanding officer's order to access legal cases ... " He is bigger than I am, what can I say??" ( 檢察)

National Chung Cheng university's survey (head-page of the Liberty Times, 2-23-2016) found: more than 84% Taiwanese people don't believe judges, nearly 80% Taiwanese don't believe the impartiality of Taiwan's prosecutors, and public trust on Taiwan judiciary system keeps falling down in the past 8 years.  

USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices, March 3, 2017: the justice ministry was insufficiently independent and conducted politically motivated investigations of politicians.

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen declared that no such injustice (The rich get off scot-free, the poor get the death sentence ) should be repeated, and blasted (5-20-2016) Taiwan justice earning no Taiwanese people trust.  

China Post, Dec. 5, 2016;  Apple Daily, The Liberty Times, Nov. 30, 2016:

     The Judges Association of Republic of China expressed Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen pronounced a death penalty on Taiwan's justice system, in that Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen declared at a preparatory meeting for her National Affairs Conference on Judicial Reform that no such injustice (One popular satiric quip about dispensing justice in Taiwan: The rich get off scot-free, the poor get the death sentence (有錢判生,無錢判死). It's a succinct way to say that the rich defendant in court is always acquitted, while the poor man or woman who is indicted is sentenced to death.  ) should be repeated, and blasted (5-20-2016) Taiwan justice earning no Taiwanese people trust.  


The United Daily,  3-6-2017  :  Taiwan's judiciary still work as hatchet man for KMT.  (陳師孟)

The China Times (中國時報), 10-15-2017, "Judiciary yielding to the power leads to collapse (司法屈從是崩壞之始)": Judicial reform meeting began lively but ended silently and 'head and face filthy with grime', made no progress at all / 中國文化大學法研所教授李復甸   The Taipei Times, 12-1-2017:  Taiwan gov. announced the bill for "citizen judges" system which is closer to the Japanese system of lay judges than the common law system of “trial by jury” in the UK or the US...  trying to save Taiwan's judicial systems.    The China Times (中國時報) at 12-1-2017 commented this system as "impromptu" (hurriedly written), "collage"(剪貼), "has many loopholes".


Taiwan judiciary

Taiwan

       political persecution in Taiwan

●  Taiwan is very behind to against torture and other cruel, etc.
     Apple Daily, headline, 12-9-2017:
    
In 2009, Taiwan adopted ICCPR and ICESCR as an "execution method & law of application" ('施行法') to against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.      
      ◆
  However,  in 2013, the international review panel ( human rights experts and scholars) came Taiwan and concluded, advised :

          (1) "The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment" should be added to Taiwan Criminal Law, and should be put into force as soon as possible.
          (2)  The best method to root out torture and
other Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in Taiwan is that any person who commits torture those sort of crimes should not be free liability of what they did.
    
◆  In 2017, a review found all conclusions and advises above have not put into practice at all.
 
   ps:  In 1984, The United Nations adopted the text of the convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.   Most major countries including USA and China are signatories and ratifications.
        PS2:The members of the review panel include Philip Alston, law professor at New York University; Eibe Riedel, former member of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Jerome Cohen, law professor at New York University; and Nisuke Ando, professor emeritus at Kyoto University. 
        ps3:
 https://tw.appledaily.com/headline/daily/20171209/37869068

●  wikipedia: The Chinese Civil War resumed, with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) led by Mao Zedong defeating the Nationalists and declaring the People's Republic of China in 1949. Chiang's government and army retreated to Taiwan, where Chiang imposed martial law and persecuted critics in a period known as the "White Terror".  

Taiwanese government involving political persecutions has been questioned.   French AFP (Dec. 1, 2011) , Thailand's Bangkok Post (Dec. 3, 2011), Yahoo UK & Ireland, and all local media reported ( Dec. 2011) that Taiwan's opposition party vice presidential candidate and NTU professor Lin Ruey-Shiung (PhD., Johns Hopkins University, USA, Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg Germany.) was subject to electromagnetic wave attacks.   Dr Lin thinks it's launched by a Taiwanese intelligence government, but that unit denied, some media reported these weapons most likely were imported from USA  More similar or serious  reports/sayings concerning this sort of political persecutions're on the net. 

 FTV: 9-25-2013  20:01pm   To much monitoring in Taiwan, every body is risky  (監聽氾濫人人自危).   The Liberty Times, 9.25.2013, Apple Daily, 2006: Human rights in Taiwan is lousy!  1/4 Taiwanese were being listened by the government per year.

 

    Stop Human Cruelty in Taiwan too !!!  make a law now !!

click links to view :
see animal cruelty, report it :  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/406098091375381067/?lp=true
Dogs Speak out: https://www.pinterest.com/margom14/stop-animal-cruelty/?lp=true
stop animal cruelty: https://prowlnewspaper.com/2017/08/20/sunday-is-the-day-of-rest-and-monday-is-the-day-for-protest/
all animals have rights: https://ukhrb.wordpress.com/2009/11/19/court-rules-on-injunctions-against-animal-rights-protesters/

Taiwan

       ending

CIA used electrocutions to torture foreigners, instead of American nationals, this differs from Taiwan's Lin Ruey-Shiung case and similar others, probably.   It is the ugliest thing that the victimizers avoid admitting what they've done ,  just like rats hiding underground, even ISIS or terror groups claimed or proclaimed responsibility for they had done at once.   The US (former) president Obama expressed in Dec 2014  "We made mistake, we admit them, because this is an important step to ensure mistake won't be repeated".    It's very shameful that victimizers or persecutors making new mistake to cover old mistake, or to setup and make victims to take the blame.   According to Amnesty Int'l report, "over half the world's government continue to use torture against their own citizens"  ( "Closet Land", USA, '91.)   Taiwan falls behind half of the world ??  How to assure no more political lynch or persecution in Taiwan in the following 50 years ?

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       See Taiwan in 1 minute

                                                                                                                                                                  below are visual parody, cartoons on .The dark side of Tw  based on the news, the truth

      

 

 

Taiwan politicians buried people alive 

 

 

in quakes of magnitude 6.0

 

Taiwan government (including local gov.) has not well taken its fundamental responsibility of protecting the safety of people's life and property -

why are there so many tall buildings located on the fault-zone?

why are poor architectures everywhere on bad geologic grounds ?

why are those shit-hole politicians doing nothing and ignoring urban renewal so as to risk millions of old houses and human beings ?? 

 

 

  (full text: https://udn.com/news/story/11321/2974813 聯合報社論/斷層帶上何以建了那麼多高樓?  2-8-2018,  https://udn.com/news/story/7338/2977079 勿讓軟腳樓成坑殺人命陷阱 2-9-2018,  https://tw.appledaily.com/headline/daily/20180209/37928659花蓮 都更 爛政客   2-9-2018)

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Taiwan ! Save the ocean !


save the ocean

 

comments it as "selfish" human beings ,
"Taiwan was once called 'Garbage island'
and more conversation is needed" ......

    Taiwan ignores environmental protection (ocean garbage clean-up) of 90% Taiwan's coast
 with large garbage-distributions...

/ UDN, 5-30-2017


pic above: Daily Mail (UK) :

Shocking underwater video from Taiwan

shows ocean floor littered with plastic garbage
 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4690526/The-bottom-ocean-filled-plastic-bottles.html  (news & video)

 

   

 

Taiwan, a rat or a soft chicken  ! ?

 

Taiwan weakness

 

   New York Times at  11-4-2017, the Pentagon report, May 2017: China’s military modernization has “eroded or negated many of Taiwan’s historical advantages (geography and the US support) ” in deterring a potential attack.  

 

 Le Monde diplomatic of France, Mai 2016, depicted Taiwan as a trembling sweating rat (or mouse), turning its back on an approaching huge cat (China), lifting high the banner "$O$"  .  
 

        click the image (left) to view the graphic comment  !

 

New York times,  5-18-2017: Taiwan's leaders have gutted the military and continued to base defense planning on the assumption that the United States would always come to the rescue.  Policies ... have left the military understaffed and in a state of low morale... 

 

 

 FreeBeacon  ,  at 10-19-2017 : "China’s Xi Jinping Slams the Door on Taiwanese Appeals for Independence.".   Washington Post at 10-18-2017: "Mr. Xi’s biggest applause line was a vow to 'never allow anyone. . . to separate any part of Chinese territory from China.'  That would include...Taiwan."(19th CPC national Congress).  

 

 

德國 Spiegel, 1-9-2017, Global Times of China: "There is no room for negotiations" . ("一中原則 ... 沒有討價還價的餘地, "Es gibt keinen Raum für Verhandlungen".)

 


 

 

   

Taiwan travel

 

 

Does Taiwan
Have democracy?

 

 Taiwan democracy

 

Taiwan food

  BBC UK, The SUN (2-13-2017): "BUS CRASH HORROR !" Taiwan's "safety standards need to be improved".
China - People's Daily's Global Times
(7-19-2016) Opinion-editorial: Tourists're gambling their lives in Taiwan  ...
click Taiwan travel  for details

Taiwan has had a poor aviation safety record/
CNN, Newsweek
, 2-4-2015

People's Daily (8-4-2016) Opinion-editorial: Chinese not dare to visit Taiwan without safety assurance,  there's loopholes in law and regulation, careless mistakes in administration, not-good-enough system, etc

  All night-market districts across Taiwan have safety problem similar to the big gas-cylinder LPG-explosion in Fengjia (逢甲) night market (known as largest night-market business district in Taiwan) / The China Times, 7-19-2017

 

 

 

Taiwan politics belongs to corporations (not the people) and is controlled by the political parties <Foerign Policy> 2015.

Now it seems hard to keep Taiwan's skin-deep democracy... the people's "livelihood" was sacrificed for politics ...The United Daily - Opinion, 3-7-2017

Taiwan's financial system is rotten ... / FTV news, 5-29-2017

 

Food safety is one of biggest challenges to Taiwan / The China Times. 8-6-2016,
 an interview to Taiwan president Tsai

Professor Yin M.D. (殷宗海, Doctor, Univ. of London ): Minimize the times of dining out to protect your health !
Government's food-safety budget is too little, only USD0.03 for each Taiwanese, according to 前瞻plan / China Times, 7-9-2017
The  limit-amount  (ppm, part per million) of pesticide  residue are restricted to in Taiwan is 1000 times that in Europe / The China Times, Opinion <短評 "Taiwan is more toxic than before>, 4-21-2017
 

Beaviss : dummy ! there's no poison, addictives, MSG, lard oil, gutter oil,  added in these Chinese heritage arts - pork stone and cabbage jade
 Butter-Head: so, we can eat these healthy foods now?!
  ps4
a visual parody by Zola Zu 


 

  ps: The incidence rate of Taiwanese people suffering colon/rectal cancer was ranked world No.1,  many black-heart tainted foods containing Carcinogen (cancer producer)...../ 8-28-2015 apple daily.

 

Taiwan - an 'empire' of  illegal drugs 

 

 

http://www.chinatimes.com/newspapers/20170404000178-260102

 

 

Taiwan's image  ―  notorious for being a major drug transit center & a major drug exporting country ("drug" - amphetamine, etc, ps13 )

 

Police of Japan and Australia already labelled Taiwan as "High Risk" illegal drug-exporting country

 

Based on Japan's statistics,  Taiwan is its No.3 drug resource country ......ref to The China Times, headline news, 4-4-2017

 Taiwan was already reduced to be a kingdom of producing narcotic drugs.  (United Daily, headline news, 11-2-2017)  Taiwan's anti-drug is a phony show / CTN, 7-2017

 

  Philippines President Duterte (9-26-2017) : Triad supplying illegal drugs to PH is based in Taiwan, not China / inquirer.net 

Philippines President: All illegal drugs came from Taiwan / UDN, opinion, 10-20-2017

 

 Taiwan got bad records in The Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG)  for the law and law-enforcement problems / UDN 4-11-2017

 

Drug-abuse in Taiwan is too serious to stop / Apple Daily, Opinion, 5-15-2017

 

Taiwan President Tsai: "Once being addicted to drugs, they will struggle for life, ..." / United Daily, 4-21-2017 <Focus>.

  international nuisances & social harms

      

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

BBC 4-22-2016: Taiwanese massive international telecoms frauds lead to diplomatic row between Taiwan and China, and cost Chinese victims billions of Yuan and to have driven some to suicide...http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36108762

Taiwan is notorious for its fraud crimes all over the world, damaging the image of Taiwan  / EBC TV 4-9-2017 6:54am

    Taiwan largely sees these telecom frauds/phone scammers as an asset rather than liability... / quora.com

Taiwan's legal system is extremely tolerant of the scammers. Not matter how much money was involved in a scamming case  /  https://www.quora.com/Does-Taiwan-rely-on-the-fraud-industry-heavily,  /4-16-2016

 Taiwan's legislators and judicial system don't have a sense of shame on int'l telecomm scammers issue  /  ref to United Daily News (聯合報), Opinion, 8-2016 

 ps14

       international nuisances & social harms

   

  

  

 

Taiwan illegal fishing

Taiwan, A pirate boat ?

 

<The Diplomat> (4-14-2016) :  Taiwan's illegal fishing is 'out of control' EU warned in 2015 Taiwan with a yellow card for illegal fishing.  GreenPeace criticized Taiwan gov. for knowing this issue but does little. (wait & see how TW  nw law works)

Washington Post 2-22-2018: Taiwan is No.2 fishing nation as measured by Global fishing Watch's Automatic Identification Sys., 2016.

 

 

 

 


 

     


Taiwan's principal human rights problems reported : exploitation of foreign workers, including foreign crewmembers on long-haul fishing vessels  / USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices,   3-3-2017

 

   More than 100 foreign laborers were raped each year  / BBC 1-24-2017

 

  Taiwanese endured foreign household caregivers who prefer an easy job and are picky about patients and severe disabilities...,  Economic Daily News ( 經濟日報, 2015-11-28)
 

ps: Many laborers are 'good' at committing crimes (running away, malicious destroy/damage, guilty of burglary, etc ), something wrong with TW system.

 

 

 

 <Reporters Sans Frontieres> (RSF, Reporters without Borders),  France,  4-27-2017 :   Local government officials are also directly interfering in the editorial policies of state-owned media;  Taiwan's press freedom is at 45th place.

 

  USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices,   3-3-2017 :  some media self-censorship with regard to China......


  RSF: “the main threat to media freedom comes from China, which has been exerting growing economic and political pressure on the Taiwanese media.”

 

   Those faceless coward-hackers tried to damage speech-freedom and stop my modifying this web-page.  6-10-2017

 

  

 

 

 

Taiwan, a "kingdom" of mask  ― 
 

Taiwan's environmental quality (serious air pollution, bad water) was ranked almost the last in

 all OECD countries  / 9-21-2015 China Times

 

★T  Taiwan built an environment to kill legally , for its PM2.5 air-pollution-control

standard 15 years behind  /  dean, College of Public health, National Taiwan University,  UDN headpage, 10-16-2017;   Liberty Times 1-4-2016 (http://news.ltn.com.tw/news/life/paper/945998).

★T

  Taiwan,  in the lower ranks, placing 54th out of 57 nations in the CCPI with regards to

cutting down carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases. / Taipei Times, 11-23-2017

taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2017/11/23/2003682785
   United Daily, Opinion, 12-2-2017: 2/3 of Taiwan's air pollutions came from local, the "culprit" is too many
coal-fired power generation - Taiwan government's policy.
 

 

 

  

  

  


Justice's raped  !

Taiwan justice dead


Taiwan Justice sys. is ruler's tool, judiciary is controlled by politics - Liberty Times, 6-19-2016
 

Nearly 80% Taiwanese don't believe judges and prosecutors

 

Nearly 80% Taiwanese are not satisfied with gov. measures against corruption  - Liberty Times 2-23-2016  

Taiwan, a rotten country

One of Taiwan's Principal
human rights problems :

rotten (corruption)

 

 

ref. to US Country Report on Human Rights, 2015-2017, and PERC 2009, etc.

 

cyber-link:
Corruption in Taiwan
Prosecutors in Taiwan
Justice in Taiwan


Taiwan torture

   

Torture on Taiwan's own people - a major difference from what CIA did (ps2)
also violate Nuremberg Code (ps12)

 

Professor Lin R.S. was subject to electromagnetic wave attacks / French AFP, Bangkok Post,  Dec. 2011, Yahoo UK & Ireland, etc 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

        Taiwan     a piss boy polluting the environment 

      

        Asian's biggest sewage treatment plant in Taiwan's New Taipei,  skipped the process of removing contaminants from wastewater and disposed dirty and disgusting water into the sea for probably 4-5 years, witnesses confirmed. / Next, front-page, 4-6-2017
    
 Taiwan administration's Dioxin ("poison of the century") control system crashed completely / FTV news, 4-22-2017
    
   NO justice !  The courthouse judged enterprise's disposing 5000 ton cancer-producer strong acid and waste water into the river-creek (color changed to dark yellow ) and endangering the natural environment  is no guilty !  / headline news of Apply Daily, 9-30-2015  http://www.appledaily.com.tw/appledaily/article/headline/20150930/36807420/
    

    
  "Wanna murder people?"  Official certification  for food (CAS) includes not Dioxin.    Pollution for12 yrs never end, Dioxin inside many people already over the limit probably, TW government has never done source-control, never stop contaminants (pollutant, e.g., plastic, inks from industry, fly-ash from incinerator, etc) going to our environment  / Apple Daily, head-page, 4-22-2017 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Taiwan air force

 

  Economist (special edition 2017): Taiwan will turn into a tiger again 

Taiwan declared no other air forces are allowed to show their muscle in Taiwan air space/ Apple Daily 5-30-2016,...

 

VS


  Bloomberg 3-14-2018, CTV evening news11-27-2016, United Daily News 11-30-2016: China's launched regular "encirclement patrols" with military jets (much stronger than TW air force) around Taiwan's airspace and passed through 1st Island Chain, Taiwan air force did not intercept to drive them out.

Taiwan has been watched by the super power for years......

  Taiwan's sky, our air-space ? 

      

 

 

 

 

 

Taiwanese


have been patient sufferance of so many
 politically bullies and toying (and killings),
hence turned into obedient, docile people 

 

 

Washington Post, 1-2-2017 : 83 percent chose "bread" over "romance" ...

 

 

 

   

 

Eagle at home, chicken abroad,
sharp spikes pointing to
 its own hoi polloi
 

in Presidential inaugural speech, Tsai referred to the Constitution of the Republic of China and the

legislation governing cross-strait relations,

both imply the acceptance of a “one China” framework.

 

  

  
Taiwan weakness

 

Taiwan, a soft chicken

 

 Taiwan president beset by low approval rate because of weakness against foreign countries, even including Philippines, a backward country dared to hurt Taiwan, not to mention military strong ones, China, Japan, etc
ref. to Forbes, 5-21-2013


NY Times 5-18-2017: TW gov has left the military
 understaffed and in a state of low morale...

ps: The Philippines is little & weak, but not soft   / Independent UK, etc, 10-11-2016,
Philippines refused to be "a dog with leash" / CNBC 10-25-2016


Taiwan Presidential Hall
 
Taiwan national flag still function /
working as weather cock to learn  which way and how strong the political wind blowing

lay the blame to an innocent one

Major crimes fled easily
,
The little or innocent took the rap


Little ones take the rap in major cases (Apple Daily head-page 8-30-2016, 7-11-2016, headline 12-19-2014CTS 12-19-2014;  Liberty Times, 12-24-2015, etc). Taiwan's legislators and judicial system don't have a sense of shame on releasing many int'l telecomm scammers and fraud groups (United Daily, 8-24-2016 editorial ).   In the past 8 years, about 100 major crimes escaped overseas easily and happily (Next magazine, Liberty Times, 12-31-2015), including political leader Liu 劉松藩 (apple daily 12-8-2016) ps3

   

     
  

  

privacy toilet 
 

   pic. : political dig-dirt...ps1

 

watch the people, or listen to the people?

keyhole or loophole ?

Taiwanese privacy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wanted Poster

 

pic. :  Looking for the guilty?
need only look into a mirror on WANTED poster
 /
Taiwan's political culture & ecology can't cultivate citizens knowing and obeying the law ...

/
<United Daily> 8-24-2016 editorial

TW Taiwan government logo
 Taiwan lacks creativity, not cold calculations
  The logo
(pic. above) of Taiwan gov. / Ministry of Economic Affairs (pic. above) is similar to Canadian logos (pic.below) appeared earlier       click for Taiwanese creativity


       logo Canada    
  ps: The China Times, 3-29-2017: Taiwan lacks key tech. to make a  coach (large bus).

  
 

  

  
                  
         

     Hypocritical government / Taiwan declared crackdown on prostitution, only to turn into a country with world No.1 percentage of  sex-related business consumers of all the adults. (Apple Daily 12-25-2014 ).   Taiwan is hard to stop sex transactions, a 9 yrs old girl as prostitute (Next Magazine, no. 1887)  Prostitution is violence against women / ref to <Prostitution : violence with no name>, "Prostitution et Societe", 2010, "Int'l Day for the Elimination of Violence against women", 11-25-2016 France.   Taiwan government is the main criminal  to harm women's rights in large scale.     

  

 



 

 

  

 

 

Taiwan diplomacy

 

'comfort women' style kowtow diplomacy,

 Taiwan served 2 powers,

 USA and/or China

 

Taiwan's economy is highly reliant on China,
Taiwan needs the US for national defense

 

ps: "serving dicks" ("捧L.P.") is a widely-known political slang in Taiwan


 

 


  
  

white

 terror
 

 

 

Taiwanese privacy / Leaking patients' medical records is a normal social protocol in Taiwan     UDN  1-3-2017

In Taiwan, journalists are not used to respect patients' privacy... our hospital members do not get (cognosis) very clearly on the principle of protecting patients' privacy...
 <
<快速看診、洩露病歷淪常態 醫療倫理何在>> https://udn.com/news/story/7266/2205935  by 
president of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center  

 


 
Potential 'suicide bomber' !?

undergound das explosion disaster Taiwan


 

  It triggered public anger that Taiwan gov. never and

refuse to go public residential-area locations with potential explosion risks,
even huge fiery underground explosion disasters
happened recently,
and only lower officials were charged by courthouse


   Hidden underground pipelines with dangerous

Ethylene, Propylene, liquefied petroleum gas, etc may

pass through your home  / apple daily,  8-2-2014  (ps15)

  ps: the little whale is Taiwan-island shape.

  

 


★★Land slide disaster in Taiwan★★

   

Taiwan has never gone public via media
those area with
landslide disaster risks,

lots of houses with potential fatal dangers in Taiwan.

 

<CTS HD>, 5-23-2016 :

<遠見> study found Taiwanese

 people gave a "failure" score

 (53.5) on "living safety".

 

  

 

 

 

 

 
 

                                          Free speech in Taiwan   

   

 At 2-22-2018, the dark power (who is prime suspect ?? Taiwan ?) blocked my uploading a brief (in Chinese version) from UK's IISS study China's advanced military systems are challenging the global predominance of the United States and its allies ... to  http://courageworld.ch/TaiwanROC.htm and ...  ; however, uploading English version is fine. 

 Nov. 18, 2017  The China Times : Taiwan president gave tacit (secret) permission to Facebook (Taiwan) to restrict or block certain contents  ... brief http://opinion.chinatimes.com/20171118000516-262114;  Taiwan government did not deny or respond this.   Pls. note that uploading this got similar problems as above.

 

free expression on FB Taiwan Freedom of speech in Taiwan

 

 

 

 

 

Too many fake scholarly papers

 

●  Lousy conducts and bad ethics in Taiwan's academic circle happened again and again, but never be handled seriously,
some careless-done fake papers are either ignorant or extremely audacious, some are even fraud-crimes,
only legal punishments can stop these, Taiwan government should take hard line now, even resulting in "corpses lie all over the country "
ps11

●   Lousy students with totally 38 score in entrance examination are good enough to be freshmen of Taiwan's university, it's a really big  international joke ! / The China Times, 7-20-2017

 

 

  

 

 

 

rape in Taiwan

 

USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices,
  
3-3-2017 & 2016, 2015 /

One of Taiwan's principal human rights
problems -domestic violence, Taiwanese
Women suffered being raped (spousal rape).
  Many victims did not report the crime for fear of social stigmatization.  Various nongovernmental organization

(NGO) and academic studies
 estimated that the total number of

sexual assaults was seven to 10 times the number

reported to police.  

    

 

 

 

 

where's Birds Flu ...?

 

 

 

Taiwan (TW) is dishonest and 'cruel'
trying to hide, block, delay public-health news,
e.g., poisoned eggs, PCV virus vaccine,
and Bird-flu more than one time


(1-2-2018 UDN udn.com/news/story/7266/2908720,

2012 BBC news :  www.bbc.com/zhongwen/trad/chinese_news
/2012/03/120304_taiwan_birdflu_investigate
)

 

 

  

  

 ♦ 2.   suspect  within reason
 
 

 


Has Taiwan been doing something
so base

to its own national(s)
―  treat 'em like enemies
or traitors ??

 

(state-violence drama - flunkies and opportunists  humiliating or persecuting the innocent targets)



public shaming show
sort of "dancing-monkey-parade", dusty old political theatrics

like what happened in world war II, Chinese cultural revolution, and Chinese civil war
(ROC fooled int'l reporters by a fake show of big military victory in Yan 'an starring by fake prisoners of war )

 return in new forms   

 




public punishment
Public shaming showbiz returns ? ps10
 like those kinds happened in world war II and cultural revolution in chn.   





waterboarding

left: CIA waterboarding
right: The "suspect" poisons the little by painting a picture of "state enemy" 
 



 Electrocution  method 2.0
torture, electric shock, electrocution
 

 freedom of expression is re-defined
"pls. feel free to express(scream) when I  'rape' u !"    

 

 


 

ps: UDN 12-20-2016 chief editorial <Be careful the "state violence" ghost camouflaged themselves in new forms >:
New-form state violence never end (brief;  full text
http://udn.com/news/story/7338/2179800)

 

ps 2: We should not let "public trial" by media (being misled by fake news offered by TW prosecutors & police) happen again / Apple Daily, Opinion, 4-22-2017


 

 

 

 

  

     studies estimated that the total number of sexual assaults wa   s seven to 10 times the number reported to police.  

  

 

 

 

Taiwan

 

 

Deposit room safety box

 †  Taiwan's society,
 laughs the poor instead of the prostitute

      Organs harvest  2.0 / unbloody version 
Some people's
compliance with the powerful  (ps: In the past, government encouraged its people to struggle and sell out each other for self-preservation or benefits which may degenerate humanity and make a decadent society. ) this cartoon was prt. in The China Times.

 

 

  

  

 

Taiwan prosecutor

 

Taiwan justice

 

 

 

 

     Lack of Judicial independence
    
United Daily 6-18-2016 head page: Taiwan prosecutors usually take compliant & subordinate manner to follow their commanding officer's order to access legal cases  Prosecutors in Taiwan
Also ref to "USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices", the US State Department, 3-3-2017.

 

 †   Taiwan's justice dodged the celebrity


       ps: The official hat has 2 flies-swappers - implying they only deal with
             tiny little ones instead of major crimes   
Justice in Taiwan

  

 

 

 

 

  Taiwan Police fired strong water cannon
against unarmed students and compatriots

courtesy news photos by Apple Daily and Liberty Times

 †  Japan fired strong water cannon
        toward Taiwan's official ship and fishing boat,

        Taiwan's very weak water cannon was mocked by Japanese media  (ps5)

 

  

 

Taiwan, a weak country

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panda love bamboo

 

 

 

  backbone had degenerated, tail-bone has strengthened for too many whip, ... to see through political tool's bones!
 
TW legislator (congressman): Is Taiwan president US's puppet emperor? professor criticized that Taiwan president doesn't dare to land our island without the power's approval / CTV 7-15-2016 21:02

 

 †  Taiwan should stand manly,
     project strength

Taiwan may go to "USA and China co-adm. Taiwan" status again - it was the way during former president Chen's time / the China Times , Mar. 2016

 

 †  Panda loves bamboo

        (the shape of Taipei 101)

 

The Chinese theory about economic integration with Taiwan is that it will bind the two together politically... /  Economist, 11-14-2015
Taiwan tries to use US to confront China... / ref to China Times Weekly, 3-18-2016 賢話政壇
About 5000 Chinese spies in Taiwan ...  /UDN opinion  3-15-2017

 

  

  

 

fire dragon

 

old man, sea, remote island

 

 

  Taiwan has enough laws, but lax management (administration) hurt too many people, e.g., traffic accidents killed too many people - local and international tourists. / ref. to The Sun, BBC, People's Daily, Washington Post, CNN, etc 2015 ~ 2017.
The SUN 2-13-2017: :
BUS CRASH HORROR !  it has come under fire in recent months over safety standards.
BBC
2-13-2017 :

 

 †  

Cart before the horse


Be b
lind to fundamental issues - democracy, human rights, food safety, judiciary, etc,  But put efforts on political propaganda 'show' !
ps: this cartoon was exhibited in Bulgaria, Cyprus, etc

 

  

 

 

Taiwan legal system

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Big muzzle on law enforcement officers
        
money-talks working fine in Judicial system
-
         a deep-rooted perspective in Taiwanese mind

 

 Lady Justice turns into Venus

  ps: Should any of cartoons above is opaque to you, pls. read remarks (whole story) below each cartoon.

 

 

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PS 1  FTV: 9-25-2013  20:01pm    To much monitoring in Taiwan, every body is risky  (監聽氾濫人人自危)
         
The Liberty Times, 9.25.2013, Apple Daily, 2006    Human rights in Taiwan is not good or lousy!  1/4 Taiwanese were being listened by the government per year
        
  About 2/3 (74.03%) proportion of Taiwanese are aged 15 ~ 64, according to Statista.com of 2014.   Working age 16-64 for men, 16-59 for women, according to nomisweb.co.uk.

PS 2
       ★ World media like French AFP (Dec. 1, 2011), Thailand's Bangkok Post (Dec. 3, 2011), and Yahoo UK & Ireland etc reported  Taiwan's opposition party vice presidential candidate,  professor Lin R.S., was subjected to "electromagnetic wave" attacks, Dr Lin thinks it's launched by a Taiwanese intelligence unit, but that unit denied, some media reported these weapons were researched & developed and  imported from USA
       ★ The China Times (Dec. 11, 2011) reported that professor Lin R.S. thought those high tech. 'weapons' most likely were imported from USA.
       ★
Lin Ruey-Shiung, professor, PhD., Johns Hopkins University, USA, Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg Germany.

  

PS 3  Next Magazine, The Liberty Times, 12-31-2015    <Lots of major crimes escaped overseas easily>
           ... most of them are big financial crimes ...

PS 4

Too many problems Taiwan 're facing

  About 80% Taiwanese don't believe judiciary / The Liberty Times, 2-23-2016
Taiwan air pollution  -  environmental quality was ranked nearly the last in OECD countries.  / The China Times, 9-21-2015
Taiwan president Tsai : Food safety is one of biggest challenges to Taiwan / The China Times, 8-6-2016
 

The New York Times and The Economist (11.29.2014) comment a series of food safety scandals is one of few main factors causing the KMT, Taiwan's ruling party, has suffered one of its worst electoral defeats since Chiang Kai-shek and his forces fled to the island at the end of Chinese civil war in 1949.

 

The New York Times (9.8.2014): the new scandal  (Taiwan food-safety scare) shows that there is still not enough being done to eliminate lawbreaking production lines.

 

Apple Daily News (蘋果日報) 8-28-2015,  A2 Prime News Edition:

The incidence rate of Taiwanese people suffering colon/rectal cancer was ranked world No.1 , Taipei Medical University Hospital's director of surgeons expressed Taiwan's food scandals constantly happened in recent years, many black-heart tainted foods containing Carcinogen (cancer producer) is a factor causing high incidence rate.

 

TIME  ( 9.8.2014): Gutter Oil' Scandal Raises Food-Safety Fears Once Again in Greater China.

 

Bloomberg BusinessWeek  (9.8.2014): Tainted Lard: China's Latest Food-Safety Scare Comes From Taiwan.  

 

BBC news (Nov. 19, 2013): A series of food safety scandals in Taiwan has hurt consumer confidence, and now there are worries they could dent the island's economic growth and damage tourism.  

 

The Economist (UK) commented :  Taiwan's former reputation as a reliable and safe food manufacturing country has been damaged... 

 

The China Times (Taiwan, Nov. 30, 2013) stated black-heart food, risks and traps are everywhere, and comments Taiwan government is short of will-power, ability, and resolution to combat illegal targets ...

 

    BBC , 6-6-2013 Taiwan is the only country in the world to import GM soy for eating ,
http://www.bbc.co.uk/zhongwen/simp/taiwan_letters/2013/06/130606_twletter_food_safety.shtml  (Chinese version 危机四伏的饮食)

 

 The China Times 6.23.2013
Taiwan imports pigs' food for human kinds in Taiwan

  WikiLeaks 2010 : Taiwanese people are friendly for Bio. tech. and are intend to buy GM label food, so the "Embassy" of a strong nation is planning to build a  Genetic Modification (GM) zone in Taiwan.
 In fact, it's a so called "national scandal" (the China Times, Mar. 29, 2013) that Taiwanese consumers generally do not fully know or don't care  the controversy of health risks caused by GM food.  Taiwanese government should urge everyone refusing to buy GM food. 
 About 99.5% of soy food products in Taiwan are imported, 90% of them are GM soy beans.
 

 

 

pen books

  
PS
5
Japan's major TV media NHK mocks that the WEAK water cannon in Taiwan's patrol boats defending Taiwanese fishing boats in Diaoyu Islands, and fighting back Japan's STRONG (heavy) water artillery in Japanese coast patrol ships.

ps: Japan, Taiwan, and China all insist Diaoyu Islands are belong to them.

  

PS6 According to Hong Kong's MinPao () and Singapore's ZaoBao (聯合早報 9-16-2014), "You're being monitored, if residing in New Zealand", based on Western media (11-20-2013), US-UK deal allows USA surveillance of UK citizens not suspected of any wrongdoings.   Without oversights, the possibility that some suspected force did something much worse than UK, NZ did can not be excluded.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33730758

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/20/us-uk-secret-deal-surveillance-personal-data

https://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/wikileaks-says-us-spied-on-japanese-government-companies

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/06/04/national/nsa-whistleblower-snowden-says-u-s-government-carrying-out-mass-surveillance-in-japan/#.V-dDUSzr2Uk

   

PS 7   others

http://news.ltn.com.tw/news/politics/paper/1001956

 

http://www.appledaily.com.tw/appledaily/article/headline/20160720/37314963/

 

http://news.ltn.com.tw/news/politics/breakingnews/1748960

 

http://www.appledaily.com.tw/appledaily/article/headline/20160830/37364648/雄三誤射3官兵起訴

 

http://udn.com/news/story/7338/1915115

  

PS 8,,9 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33730758

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/20/us-uk-secret-deal-surveillance-personal-data

https://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/wikileaks-says-us-spied-on-japanese-government-companies

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/06/04/national/nsa-whistleblower-snowden-says-u-s-government-carrying-out-mass-surveillance-in-japan/#.V-dDUSzr2Uk

 

  

PS 10

It did happened in some universities, e.g., National Taiwan Ocean University (ref to MirrowMedia.mg,10-19-2016), Fu-Jen Catholic University, how about the government? any new forms?

  

  

PS 11

  United Daily News  1-11-2017   http://udn.com/news/story/7338/2222591

  China Times 11-19-2016   http://www.chinatimes.com/newspapers/20161119000399-260109

  The Liberty Times  11-25-2016   http://talk.ltn.com.tw/article/paper/1055359

  UDN 11-19-2016   https://udn.com/news/story/10586/2115844

  11-19-2016 UDN  https://udn.com/news/story/10586/2115842

   UDN  11-21-2016 https://udn.com/news/story/6885/2118616

 

  

PS 12

http://www.appledaily.com.tw/appledaily/article/headline/20140802/35996992/

  

   

PS 13

 contrast the commercial version of 'introduction to Taiwan': click  https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=yfp-t&p=introduction+to+Taiwan#id=1&vid=cab8af2a8df06974ac43b90171811944&action=click

 

   

a survey since years ago  (in various versions)

 

To all the people:

 

According to Amnesty Int'l report years ago, "over half the world's government continue to use torture against their own citizens"

 

Is Taiwan a country which should be ranked latter half of the world ?

 

Taiwan had numerous lousy records of fooling Taiwanese and even the world, e.g., murdering American journalist 江南, making Taiwan white terror again, the latest one is trying to hide minor news about birds-flu at 1-2-2018 (BBC '12 reported this) not to mention big issues.

 

This website is much better in credibility, reliability and objective degree than the mouthpiece of the government.

 

To accelerate Taiwan's reform, please provide with what you saw, knew or experienced about attacks or persecutions in the way of demonization,  setup/conspiracy (e.g., giving dog a name and hang it), high-tech tortures, murders ...... by the state apparatus - if any.

 

Scary political climate for many years has made Taiwanese very obedient, hope some may speak out this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the state apparatus:

 

Any rats doing cat's job, or cats with rat's genes in state apparatus should be completely revealed and eradicated ! (if any)

"Police" should be open as the day, not hiding at dark corner underground, doing & speaking things sneaky and lousy like a crime.

Bring everything to light ! No keeping people mis-informed or half informed (worse than a lie) any more.   No waiting until media dig dirt one after one.

Obscurantism and avoiding admitting mistakes only prove rats' intention of repeating mistakes, as US Obama said.

 

 

 

  ps: straight-forward words pls. to avoid any mis-interpretations

 

 

   

  Below is Chinese version survey

 

 

Survey to search 老鼠基因的貓 -

 

 

 

致台灣百姓

 

根據近年來國內外研究與報告台灣是個 '惡名昭彰' 的國家 !

台灣 是否還隱藏諸多施加人民之惡,尚未被揭露??

 

intlHumanRights.com網站群,  中英文"評論台灣"排名國際第一 (click  排名第一), 經Google, Bing, Yahoo, Metager, Facebook, Twitter...遍傳全球百國,公正、 客觀與可信度非 '為官喉舌'力能企及,

為加速台灣改革除惡務盡,敬請仗義「直」言 ,如您經歷知悉 如有羶犬奸吏 謀害、戕傷人權、散播耳語(常備有晃子,藉口)妖魔化攻擊特定對象 等等情事,請惠予提供 具體合法證據,以便全球清譽機構及研究單位, 紀錄國家行徑、分析真相全貌、 發現包藏之禍心 (請直白文字以免誤譯或解讀錯誤)

 

國家機器不應再利用人民長年被迫養成的謹小慎微台灣人的名字不再順民 !!

 

 

本survey只針對公共議題政治迫害,不包括一般 刑民犯 罪, 多年來且將繼續  隨機選擇政府機構、跨國知名企業、以及個人,挖掘可能之犯行。

 

 

致國家機器:

法國媒體le monde diplomatic將台灣畫成發抖 躲貓的耗子(click !) 國家機器如 真有黑幕掩護之 白色恐怖應主動"暗投"別做偷偷摸摸的老鼠 或老鼠基因的貓 !! 如美國Obama所說, 公開認錯 才代表不貳過

 

 

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ps : 政治犧牲「民生」「民主」、 司法不獨立女權 不佳剝削外勞欺善怕惡 貪污腐敗、 涉嫌詐騙海盜」...... 詳 intlHumanRights.com/Taiwan.htm

 

 

 

 

 

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