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Annual Report to US Congress ( Military and Security Developments Involving the PRC ), 8-17-2018:  Much of Beijing’s defense budget is focused on developing the capability to unify Taiwan by force...

 

 

USA Today 5-18-2018: Xi JinPing has signaled that China will seek to reclaim its historical properties by 2049.   Freebeacon 5-17-2018 :   2020—the deadline that [Chinese supreme leader] Xi Jinping has given the [People's Liberation Army] to be ready to invade Taiwan.  

 

 

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence  “Open Hearing on China’s Worldwide Military Expansion.”, 5-17-2018 :

deploying tactical nuclear weapons to Asia, showing strong support for Taiwan, and exposing human rights abuses in China as immediate steps that could curb Beijing...

 

 

 

 Washington Post,  1-5-2018 Xi commanded China’s military to become “battle ready.”  ...... Taiwan will turn “grave” because Taiwan’s government refuses to acknowledge that the island is part of China. .Taiwan needs to increase its defense spending considerably...“the outcome of the game [between China and Taiwan] is undecided".

 

 

  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 (click for details), turning its back on an approaching huge cat (China), lifting high the banner "$O$"  .

  

 

 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).   Spiegel Germany, 1-9-2017, Global Times of China: "There is no room for negotiations" .

 

 

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...


 

 

China  Slams the Door on Taiwanese Appeals for Independence.
below each visual parody, cartoon on The dark side of Tw. are related or relevant reports or comments

 

 

 

 
 

 

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

 

Salmon is poking the bear ?  Taiwan suffers in danger !

 

  Washington Post, 8-20-2018:  Taiwan's precarious role in the China-US spat  !
(Trump adm.'s Taiwan policy is unpredictable, situation is undeniably risky for Taiwan);

 

 ★  Bloomberg news 10-19-2018: Taipei mayor says
Taiwan is "just a product on a shelf" for Trump
 

  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...

 

New York Times at  4-18-2018: Mr. Trump questioned why the US should be bound by the One China policy if Beijing will not budge on trade ... The U.S. and Taiwan are seen as heading in a direction that is getting perilously close to Chinese red lines...... (Taiwan president Tsai  stated) " Many  people say we are pawns of other people ......"   

 

 

◆  VOAnews, 3-23-2018 : John Bolton (Trump's new National Security Adviser) has long argued that Washington

can play a "Taiwan card" to compel Beijing's attention for its potentially destabilizing actions in East Asia
and the South China Sea.

 

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

But,  Taiwan is a card, or most likely, a leverage, a bargaining chip
between the US and China, not a card player in the game

 

 In Mar. 2018, Trump signed <Taiwan Travel Act>, which paves way for high-level, official exchanges with Taiwan. 

The bill identifies indirectly (?) Taiwan as a country "visits to a country by United States cabinet members ...". 

Deutsche Welle 3-17-2018: China has reacted angrily to the bill.
 
Bloomberg news 3-14-2018: Trump's "Taiwan card" (to annoy China when needed) is China's real worry. 

 

Taiwan Defense Secretary: can resist Chinese army for about 1+ week (CTV 12-18-2016)

Global times, Mar. 2018: Chinese army can defeat Taiwan within 100 hours before the US and Japan reacting

 

 

 

 

 

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 "understand Taiwan in one minute"  !        TAIWAN    in all aspects        Review Taiwan   Top rankings on internet !!

 

 

 

Taiwan, A pirate boat ?

 

Taiwan illegal fishing

 

<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.

 

Washington Post 2-22-2018: Taiwan is No.2 fishing nation

as measured by Global fishing Watch's Automatic Identification Sys., 2016.

(wait & see how TW  nw law works)

 

 

     

 

 

 

international & local reviews on Taiwan

 
soft power According to UK based Monocle's Soft Power Survey 2010 ~ 2018, 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.  
Taiwan also failed to be listed in 2018's Soft Power 30 Study by USC Center on Public Diplomacy in July 2018 and  2017's Soft Power 30 Study, compiled by PR company Portand Communication and University of Southern California.   Asian countries,  Japan(No.5), S. Korea(20), Singapore(21), China(27) are top 30.
privacy

 

EU General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR was given to effect at 5-25-2018, Taiwan is far behind, even is going in an opposite way  / Apple Daily 蘋果日報, 5-28-2018,  National Taiwan University Law School professor 林鈺雄

 The United Daily News (聯合)  editorial opinion (9-19-2018) : "secret police"(「東廠們」) have been active around us ...

<Apple Daily (蘋果日報)> 11-7-2018 editorial opinion:  by whatever name ( "secret police" or "national security bureau") it is called, what "it" did secretly were always more than what it admitted.  ( 安全部門無論當時名稱是東廠警總或國安部門,「"他們"暗中做的 永遠超過公開承認的」)

 

freedom of expression <United Daily (聯合報)> 11-2-2018, headline news : Taiwan's National Security Bureau confirmed their investigations of Facebook communities and others on the net, for monitoring, controlling and collecting "controversial information" including those "influence national security", "slander president", "disrupt social stability", "distort policy" and "disturb national mechanism", "fight governmental prestige", "influence public mind and morale"; UDN critiques pointed out it's a political propaganda to block red China's influences, but "Big Brother is watching you" almost for sure lead to "Chilling Effect".  
Taiwan's Intel. sys. suspectedly tried to affect free expression of some important websites not related to communist China. 

<United Daily (聯合報)> 11-3-2018, KMT legislator : all internet platform service providers in Taiwan were requested to hand in all users' personal information/data.  Taiwan's intelligence "National Security Bureau" has been doing overall monitors on all Taiwanese.

travel & tourism 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' ...

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... )

Taiwan got low score and is ranking world No.87 in the index of "Attractiveness of Natural Assets" (parks, beaches, mountains, wildlife, etc) , based on <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> 2017.

aesthetic country

 

Forbes (3-5-2017) "3 Things Chinese Tourists Are Surprised To Find When They Travel Abroad To Taiwan" : "It’s not very modern !",  " the wealth wasn’t invested in architecture.   So the cities are full of decayed apartment blocks.... the housing isn’t as good.”. 

The Liberty Times and the China Times (3-10-2017) /  local scholars : without overall urban renewal planning, Taiwan will never get rid of the bad name "ugly cities". 

Taipei City mayor Dr. Ko pointed out during a trip to Japan that Taipei is short of aesthetic elements or sense of beauty (欠缺城市美學/美感). / The China Times 1-26-2016.

human rights

 

USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices,   3-3-2017: Principal human rights problems are official corruption, exploitation of foreign workers,  domestic violence; Other concerns are  some media self-censorship with regard to China, vote buying; violations of legal working hours,  lacking of barrier-free spaces and accessible transportation systems for persons with disabilities, particularly outside Taipei;  a rise in child abuse and gender-biased sex selection.  (report in 4-20-2018 is about the same)

 

  Apple Daily, headline, 12-9-2017:
    
◆  At end of 2017, a review found all conclusive advises by international review panel to against Taiwan's torture have not put into practice at all.  

      ◆  In 2013, an international review panel ( human rights experts and scholars) visited Taiwan and concluded :

          (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 or officials who commits torture, those sort of crimes, should NOT have free liability of what they did.

 

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, public opinion, 11-18-2017)

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 Taiwan shows ocean floor littered with plastic (bottles) garbage)

food & dining

 The China Times, 10-20-2018  opinion (editorial)   https://opinion.chinatimes.com/20181019003889-262101 :

Taiwan's food safety failed again and again,  Dioxin, Fipronil poison-eggs in last year, Nicarbazin illegal drug residue event in this year.  Europe was very cautious about Fipronil event, in contrast, Taiwan did nothing about it.   Even worse, Taiwan officials hide Nicarbazin issue from Taiwanese people to baby related business indulge business to retrieve problematic eggs and then resell them as promotion goods..

Why do high-ranking officials always fudge Taiwanese people's only, and humblest request ??   (brief)

 

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 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.

MicroPlastics were found in 44% tap water samples, medical circle believes it's a very serious environmental pollution, since something bad, e.g., Dioxin, Bisphenol A (BPA), PAHs, heavy metal elements, may be brought into food chain, and then are/were accumulated in human body...... we better use purified water by RO machine for safety.  Furthermore, mussels, oysters, clams (扇貝與蛤) were also found some microplastics......  brief -  headlines of Apple Daily, United Daily, 9-26-2018.   

 The China Times, 5-21-2018 : Taiwan food safety became nothing but a slogan for the government's relaxation of pesticide residue standards in these 2 years.   TVBS, 9-12-2017 : Scholar (中興univ. professor 曾德賜) expressed the amount ( per hectare ) of application of pesticide in Taiwan was ranked world No.1, according to India's study.

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

5 star hotel 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...   

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 sub-total, 5 Japanese , 4 Chinese, 3 Singapore, 2 Thailand, 1 Korean, 1 India restaurant(s) entered top 100.

 democracy ●  Taiwan government damages university autonomy - rejecting the president selected by NTU committee. 
 
Apple Daily 4-29-2018 head page, United Daily news 4-29-2018 :   Taipei mayor Ko : a dummy made this policy to seriously harm university autonomy, former president Ma: ridiculous ! is Taiwan a civilized and legal society ?  president Tsai : respect the educational gov. decision.  Hong Kong City University president: The gov. damaged university autonomy, is lower than the warlord 100 yrs ago, and is not qualified to have international recognition.   Taiwan University : express regrets and strong objections. 

There's neither democracy on campus (colleges) nor university autonomy, / Apple Daily, opinion, 5-1-2018

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

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

Social security

More than 10 Korean media, e.g., Yonhap News Agency (韓聯社),  Donga Ilbo (東亞日報), and largest web portal Naver, reported in Jan. 16, 2017 in large scale or great length to lash out Taiwan's bad social security. 

BBC》UK,  3-29-2016   "The whole society's safety net has loopholes "

The China Times》(6-9-2016 Opinion-editorial) : Taiwanese police do duty without dignity/honor. 

judiciary 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).

United Daily 2-27-2018: Taipei mayor Ko said that Taiwan's jail and prison are good only for those have no connections at all. ("監獄是關沒有辦法的人")  

 Apple Daily, opinion, 3-14-2018 : Survey <2017台灣社會信任調查> shows that Taiwan judicial official's / law enforcement officer's public trust is the second last. 

 

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, 4-20-2018: 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.  

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

transportation BBC UK, The SUN (2-13-2017) "Bus Crash Horror !" Taiwan's "safety standards need to be improved".   A few days later another fatal bus accident occurred. 

Apple Daily, Opinion-Editorial (2-15-2017): Such a high casualty rate (bus crash) most likely ranks No.1 among all civilized states in the world, public opinions and official blames are useless at all, because they saw right through the government, called government's bluff ... The United Daily (2-15-2017, front-page): So many self-criticisms in the past never stop next  disaster !

 Fatal train accidents
   
ref. to  <New York Times>:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/21/world/asia/taiwan-train-crash.html

    2018 : Taiwan Train Accident in biggest curve in Taiwan Kills at Least 18 and Injures about 187 Others ( ps: CTV (中視新聞) 19:45pm, 10-22-2018, Prosecutor: over-speed might be the cause of accident,  other suspicious points under investigation include "Automatic Train Protection (ATP)" being turned off,  abnormal track, etc;  ps2: CTV 20:30pm, 10-22-2018 : speed 140km, should be 80km or 65 km)
  
2011:  at least six people were killed and more than 50 others injured after a tree collapsed into the path of a tourist train also serving Ali Mountain.
  
2003:  last crash of a similar scale taking place in 2003, when a train serving the mountain tourist destination of Ali Mountain derailed, killing 17 people and injuring 156 others.

    1981:  a collision in Miaoli County, in the island’s northwest, killed 31 people

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" .

housing <CTS HD>, 5-23-2016 1:25pm, "華視新聞雜誌":  17 million Taiwanese people ( totally 23 million population) live in "potential danger" (潛在危險) houses, according to <遠見> study, Taiwanese people gave a "failure" score (53.5) on "living safety".

《The Liberty Times》Taiwan, 2-24-2017 :  Keep eating nothing and drinking nothing for 33+ years to buy a new house in Taipei !    Taipei's  Ratio of House Price to Income  is 33.3 times, New Taipei city is 20.25.

Lloyd's City Risk Index 2015-2025 analyses the potential impact on the economic output (GDP risk)  of world's major cities, Taipei was ranked world No.1 - within the next 10 years,

Amnesty International (The London-based organization), 2-25-2015: The organization concerns Taiwan’s inhabitation (housing and land) rights issues.

creativity

poor and weak - even some government's logos are similar to western's,  Taiwan very seldom won award in Cannes Ad. festival France.

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 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.    / The China Times, 8-15-2017 

It's a big shame again that Taiwan government used the photo of Washington Dulles int'l airport (old Taiwan airport is a cheap-copy, very similar to Dulles) on Taiwan's new passport.

character/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".

happiness

<United Daily news 聯合報>, head page, 12-10-2016:  The word of 2016 selected is "" ("hardship", "pain").

medical service

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

Taiwan 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) ,  not to mention big issues.

●  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)

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

shopping/commodity-price

In Swiss UBS's "most expensive cities" report, Taipei's commodity price was ranked No. 26, worse than the rank (No.42) in last time.    (9-18-2015)

UK's Economist Intelligence Unit - Liveability Country Level Index (2015), evaluates "Cost of Living" of Taipei as "72" (scores 1~131, "1" means the cheapest, e.g., Mexico City is "73").

According to 2015 Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report, Taiwan's "hotel price index" ranks world No. 82, "Purchasing power parity" ranks world No. 64,  "price competitiveness" ranks No. 38. 

Forbes (3-5-2017): Things are cheap !  Taiwan’s a good bargain, explaining the glut of self-guided tourists from China who voluntarily go shopping in Taipei. Some tourists also wonder if the prices reflect weakness in Taiwan’s overall economy.

The China Times, 9-14-2015, shows the average price of 5 star hotels for Taiwanese tourists is NT dollars10494, price of 4 star hotels is NT5591

women

 

<The United Daily 聯合報>,  3-16-2018 (prime news edition)

         Taiwan president Tsai I. W. : Taiwan still have a not short way to reach gender equality (台灣離性別平等  還有一段路要走)
         <The United Daily 聯合報>,  3-16-2018 (林志潔, professor and member of national judicial reform committee)       The judge made mistakes again and again,  Taiwan's gender equality - A long long way to go !

The US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices , released at 3-3-2017, 4-20-2018:  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.

 

athletics

In 2016 Rio Olympics medal tally statistics, Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) got 1 gold, 2 bronze, ranks world No. 50,

int'l fraud

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

Taiwan's legislators and judicial system don't have a sense of shame on releasing so many int'l telecomm scammers and fraud groups committing the crime across the world (United Daily, 8-24-2016 opinion-editorial ).

entertainment/circus

● Taiwan police declared crack down prostitution business, however, those Taiwanese male aged above 20 (2.33 million men per yr. ,ps1)  Prostitution business in Taiwan are, firstly, Thai massage parlors (「掛羊頭賣狗肉」的按摩店(或養生館)), second, call-girls controlled by agents, thirdly, individual working studio or so-called one-woman brothel (「一樓一鳳」).

 

The United Daily (8-19-2015): The area with highest density of night clubs ("酒店") / specialized profession ("特種行業",a beautified term of sex related business including massage parlors  ) in Taipei city locates LinSen N. Rd. stretching from JinZhou street to ChangChun Rd.

 Liveability

According to Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)'s Global Liveability Report of 2017, Taipei ranks No. 60 among 140 cities, based on 30 factors related to education resource, safety, health care, infrastructure, environment, etc.  Asia's Tokyo No. 13, Singapore 35, HK 45.

Political status

The People's Republic of China (PRC) claims that the Republic of China (Taiwan) government is illegitimate, referring to it as the "Taiwan Authority".

The ROC, however, with its own constitution, independently elected president and armed forces... since Chiang Kai-shek (leader of the KMT, Taiwan's ruling party most of time) and his forces fled to the island at the end of Chinese civil war in 1949.

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.

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.

 The condition of Beijing's envoy (senior official) visiting Taiwan since the 1949 communist revolution is seeing no ROC national flag.  Taiwanese government agreed and confiscated some flags in a rally... / LTN 11-06-2015

<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)   The bill identifies (indirectly) Taiwan as a country - "visits to a country by United states cabinet members ...".

 

              

pic. left: ROC (Taiwan) national flag;      
pic. right: Chinese Taipei flag for participating in int'l events, e.g., Olympics Games.   

 

    "understand Taiwan in one minute"  !     TAIWAN    in all aspects    Review Taiwan   Top rankings on internet !!
 

 survey to find political persecutions

 

pic1:

 Ocean pollution in Taiwan coast

Daily Mail (UK)  7-14-2017 :
Shocking underwater video from Taiwan
shows ocean floor littered with plastic (bottles) garbage. 

 

  Taiwan ignores environmental protection (ocean garbage clean-up) of 90% coast-line of Taiwan island for large garbage-distributions... / United Daily, 5-30-2017

 

 

  Daily Mail  (newspaper UK),  7-14-2017
comments Taiwan coast garbage as  :
"selfish" human beings ,
"Taiwan was once called 'Garbage island'
and more conversation is needed" ......
......

 


    


 

 

  pic 4: Next Magazine (Apple Daily), front-page, 4-6-2017 -

ocean and river pollution by Taiwanese

 

 

    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
    

    

   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/


 

 

 

  pic. 2: "Taiwan is scandalous for drug exporting !!"  /  The China Times, headline news, 4-4-2017;  pic. 3: Taiwan was already reduced to be a kingdom of producing narcotic drugs, United Daily, 11-2-2017, headline news.

 

  Taiwan administration's anti-drug is a phony show /  The China Times, 7-26-2017

Taiwan's image  ―  notorious for being a major drug transit center & a major drug exporting country

UDN 4-7-2018 opinion : Taiwan delivered huge amount of drugs to Philippines, and taught terrorists how to fight the gov. by using drugs ...     

 

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

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

 

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

  Based on Japan's statistics,  Taiwan is its No.3 drug resource country ......

  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

 

50 packs (bags) of drugs were found in Taiwan's air force major base / United Daily News 4-7-2017

 

 

 

 

 

ps: Dioxin & Fipronil in Taiwan


    
 Taiwan administration's Dioxin
 ("poison of the century") control system crashed completely / FTV news, 4-22-2017

  "Wanna murder people?"  Official certification CAS for food  includes not , but Dioxin was already inside many people's body, probably was over the limit ,  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.   Pollution has exited 12 yrs, and never end  / Apple Daily, head-page, 4-22-2017 

  United Daily, opinion, 8-26-2017 : Taiwanese are mad at the administration was so careless that too many loopholes for business to  illegally use chemical... TW gov. randomly inspected some farms and found  Fipronil in sample chicken-eggs exceeding 30 times Euro. standard        CT  8-23-2017 : Taiwan's pesticide control on foods only half-done.

 

 

 

 

 

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PS :

 

 (1) Monocle's soft power survey:

2016/2017 Monocle's Soft Power survey

1 USA 16 Norway
2 Germany 17 Korea
3 Japan 18 Finland
4 UK 19 Brasil
5 France 20 China
6 Australia 21 Austria
7 Canada 22 Belgium
8 Sweden 23 Singapore
9 Swiss 24 India
10 Danmark 25 Poland
11 Italy ps: Asia & Pacific countries marked
12 Spain
13 New Zealand
14 Holland
15 Portugal

2015/2016 Monocle's Soft Power survey

1 Germany 16 Norway
2 USA 17 Austria
3 UK 18 Finland
4 Japan 19 Portugal
5 France 20 Belgium
6 Australia 21 China
7 Sweden 22 Brazil
8 Swiss 23 Singapore
9 Danish 24 Poland
10 Canada 25 Turkey
11 Spain  

 

 

(2) Taiwan failed to be listed in 2017's Soft Power 30 Study, compiled by PR company Portland Communication and University of Southern California.   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.

  2.  reviews on Taiwan's military power

   ◆  The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence  “Open Hearing on China’s Worldwide Military Expansion.”, 5-17-2018

        (1) China's “infatuation with Taiwan” ?

        a visceral nationalistic design ...“if Taiwan survives as a democracy [it] undermines the legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party”

      (2) USA curb China ?

        the US could soon be completely driven out of the Asia-Pacific region if Beijing is allowed to continue on its current course unopposed.

      (3) Congressional hearing recommended

       deploying tactical nuclear weapons to Asia, showing strong support for Taiwan, and exposing human rights abuses in China as immediate steps that could curb Beijing

        CBS news 11-14-2018:  U.S. military might "struggle to win, or perhaps lose" war with China or Russia
            the National Defense Strategy Commission:  "It might struggle to win, or perhaps lose, a war against China or Russia." ...

"If the United States had to fight Russia in a Baltic contingency or China in a war over Taiwan," the report warned. "Americans could face a decisive military defeat."   ( https://www.cbsnews.com/news/u-s-military-might-struggle-to-win-or-perhaps-lose-war-with-china-or-russia-report-says/)

      Annual Report to US Congress (8-17-2018):
                Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2018
                https://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/2018_China_Military_Power_Report.PDF

             A new method was applied to make these tables below:

 

 

     ◆  USA Today 5-18-2018: Xi JinPing has signaled that China will seek to reclaim its historical properties by 2049.   Freebeacon 5-17-2018 :   2020—the deadline that [Chinese supreme leader] Xi Jinping has given the [People's Liberation Army] to be ready to invade Taiwan.  

A The New York times,  11-4-2017:  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 or the international community,”  echoing a strategy that has been at the core of Taiwan’s defense doctrine for decades......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,...The Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 commits the United States to defend the island’s sovereignty, providing “such defense articles and defense services in such quantity as may be necessary” ... US latest arms sales " short of the major systems that could give Taiwan a real edge."

     ◆  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.

 

     ◆  Eastern Taiwan's anti-aircraft military force needs to be improved soon, but in recent years, Taiwan has been limited to international reality and financial difficulties, therefore focused on main forces' (F16, IDF/F-CK-1, etc) functional improvement, instead of developing or purchasing new-generation jet fighters, Taiwan looks forward to having F35B, but it may take more than 10 years in the queue.  / brief - The Liberty Times, 2-5-2017.

 

 
     ◆  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 )

 

        

      ◆  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

 

 

 

      ◆  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


          
  LTN 3-5-2017  / military power of China VS Taiwan

   

China
(troops facing Taiwan Strait)

Taiwan

army ground forces

ground troops
(地面部隊)
400000 130000
Field Army
(集團軍)
8 3
war chariot, tank
 
(戰車)
2800 1100
artillery; cannon
(火砲)
3900 1600

Navy

destroyer warship
(驅逐艦)
16 4
guided missile frigate(飛彈巡防艦) 40 22
Amphibious landing/assault ship(兩棲登陸艦) 28 14
submarine
 (傳統動力潛艦)
38 4

Air Force

fighter (aircraft)
(戰鬥機)
130 384
bomber
(轟炸機)
200 0
military transport aircraft (運輸機) 150 19
special mission aircraft
(特輸任務機)
75 25
       

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

    

         ◆   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")

         ◆   New York Times, 5-18-2017    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/18/opinion

                      Taiwan's military is understaffed and in a state of low morale.

                  Taiwan's active force was cut 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 Chinese Invasion Threat> by Ian Eastonct., Oct. 3, 2017

               Secret Military Plan: Invade Taiwan by 2020

 

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

                      

     

     ◆  Apple Daily, 4-20-2018, headline news : a survey poll by 台灣民主基金會

        

 

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

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

 

 

  pic. right: 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.  

 

     

 

     ◆  Taiwan's muscle show

news brief

 

 

Apple Daily,  5-30-2016: Taiwan declared no other air forces are allowed to show their muscle in Taiwan air space ... But,    CTV evening news(11-27-2016), United Daily News (11-30-2016): China's military aircraft-fighters (much stronger than TW air force) flied past around Taiwan and passed through 1st Island Chain, Taiwan air force did not intercept, stop them. 
   ps: Chinese troops repeated doing this again and again in 2016 ~ 2017.

Forbes, 5-21-2013: Taiwan president beset by low approval rate because of weakness against foreign countries, even including Philippines, a backward country dared to hurt Taiwan, ...

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

      ◆   editorial cartoons by Zola Zu

 

        

 

 

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 ? 

      

 

  

 "understand Taiwan in one minute"  !     TAIWAN    in all aspects    Review Taiwan   Top rankings on internet !!
   Facebook free expression  

 

  3 reviews on Taiwan's economy & GDP

 

   ◆  Credit Suisse, Oct. 18,  2018

 

country Wealth per adult(USD) GDP per adult Total wealth (bn)    Share of world wealth quality
United States 403,974 81,425 98,154 31.0% Good
Singapore 283,118  75,242  1,289 0.4 % Satisfactory
France 280,580 55,668 13,883  4.4% Good
United Kingdom 279,048 54,621 14,209 4.5% Good
Japan  227,235 47,980  23,884  7.5% Good
Germany 214,893 57,955  14,499 4.6% Good
Taiwan  212,375 31,146  4,065  1.3 % Satisfactory
China 47,810  12,147 51,874 16.4% Good
Global Wealth Rpt.,  
http://publications.credit-suisse.com/tasks/render/file/index.cfm?fileid=77A4E912-A32D-8E84-CC8C21144CEE52E2
Global Weaalth Databook,  
http://publications.credit-suisse.com/tasks/render/file/index.cfm?fileid=777FDF0E-E060-F608-52DAF97E062CC35B

 

  ◆  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

   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.

   

  ◆    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

 

      Global Wealth Report 2016 by credit-suisse Research Institute, Nov. 2016

 

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

            Taiwan's average level of wealth, at USD 172,800, is similar to that of W. Europe.  Over the entire 2000 – 2016 period, wealth per adult grew by 59% in  USD terms.    Taiwan has a high saving rate and well-developed financial institutions,  so it is not surprising that the composition of household wealth is skewed towards financial assets. The latter now make up 64% of total assets.  Debt is relatively modest, equaling 13% of gross assets.
           Taiwan has comparatively high average wealth and only moderate wealth inequality.    20% of the adult population have wealth below USD 10,000, that is not high compared to 73% worldwide.    38% percent of adults in Taiwan have wealth over USD 100,000 which is almost five times greater than the worldwide average of 8%.
     

 

 

Taiwan
Country summary 2016

  Population  23  million
  Adult population  19  million
  GDP   32,647  USD per adult
  Mean wealth  172,847  USD per adult
  Median wealth   63,134  USD per adult
  Total wealth   3.0  trillion USD
  US dollar millionaires  356  thousand
  Top 10% of global wealth holders   8,727  thousand
  Top 1% of global wealth holders   528  thousand

 

 

Taiwanese wealth

 

 

 wealth per adult

Pic.:  Taiwan's wealth distribution relative to world in % 
 /  Suisse Global Wealth Databook 2016

 

Median wealth per adult by country :

Taiwan  USD 63134,  Singapore USD 101386,  
Japan USD 120493,    ●  Hong Kong  USD 34362
 
USA  USD44977,  Australia  USD 162815, 
 Canada USD 96664,     Brasil USD 3811,
  France USD99923,   Rusiia USD 991,
 
  Swiss  USD244002,   China USD 4885,
 
   UK  USD107865,   Indonesia USD 1966

 

 

Pic.:   wealth per adult /  Suisse Global Wealth Databook 2016 :


Mean wealth per adult by country :
Taiwan  USD172847,  Singapore USD276885,  
Japan USD 230946,    China USD 22900,
 
Australia  USD 375573,  USA 344692, 
 
Canada USD 270179 ●  France USD244400,
Germany USD185175,    UK  USD288800 ,
 ●  Spain USD116320 ,  Greece USD103569,
● 
our world USD 52800
 

  

◆  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.

   
 

  ◆   Taiwan's economy and China

          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)
 

Economy

Taiwan's economy is highly reliant on China,

     Forbes. 2015/11/26 <Top 10 China Dependent Countries>: Taiwan ranks world No. 2 Taiwan(EWT -9.56%),  has held up fairly well despite the fact that 26% of its exports are China bound.  A whopping 16% of its economic output is dependent on China.

Taiwan's Economic growth rate(yoy) (%) is estimated (2017) as 1.92.  Economic growth rate (yoy) (%) is 2.88 (2016  4th QTR initial statistics by the government).

For details pls. see section 3.  below.

 

Economic freedom

Heritage.Org 's  Economic freedom index 2017 gave Taiwan overall score 76.5,  Singapore and Hong Kong rank top 2.

<United Daily news >,The Liberty Times》Taiwan, 2-25-2017:  Taiwanese employee's real wages (average monthly) of last year is lower than that of 16 years ago.   The average amount of  the real ,monthly wages of about 70% employee is less than NT40000(USD1300), 36.72% is less than NT30000.  The youth's low salary is a serious problem, jobless rate is still high.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ◆  https://tradingeconomics.com/taiwan/gdp

 

Taiwan GDP Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
GDP Growth Rate 0.15 0.94 5.64 -5.07 percent
GDP Annual Growth Rate 2.10 2.60 17.06 -8.12 percent
GDP 523.01 530.04 530.04 42.30 USD Billion
GDP Constant Prices 4034977.00 3997376.00 4034977.00 604229.00 TWD Million
Gross National Product 4310588.00 4594814.00 4594814.00 99800.00 TWD Million
Gross Fixed Capital Formation 870419.00 963504.00 964529.00 8907.00 TWD Million
GDP From Agriculture 46828.00 60392.00 72053.00 39800.00 TWD Million
GDP From Construction 94847.00 96112.00 121071.00 41088.00 TWD Million
GDP From Manufacturing 1206114.00 1138212.00 1275942.00 130647.00 TWD Million
GDP From Mining 3156.00 3744.00 15925.00 2701.00 TWD Million
GDP From Public Administration 271017.00 267595.00 280931.00 85791.00 TWD Million
GDP From Services 2559778.00 2686530.00 2686530.00 317742.00 TWD Million
GDP From Transport 116527.00 117446.00 119140.00 20691.00 TWD Million
GDP From Utilities 28535.00 29459.00 61237.00 5349.00 TWD Million

 

The gross domestic product (GDP) measures of national income and output for a given country's economy. The gross domestic product (GDP) is equal to the total expenditures for all final goods and services produced within the country in a stipulated period of time. This page provides - Taiwan GDP - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Taiwan GDP - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on August of 2017.

 

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United States 18569.10 Dec/16   
Euro Area 11885.66  
China 11199.15  
Japan 4939.38  
Germany 3466.76  
United Kingdom 2618.89  
France 2465.45  
India 2263.52  
Italy 1849.97  
Brazil 1796.19  
Canada 1529.76  
South Korea 1411.25  
Russia 1283.20  
Spain 1232.09  
Australia 1204.62  
Mexico 1046.00  
Indonesia 932.26  
Turkey 857.75  
Netherlands 770.85  
Switzerland 659.83

 

   ◆  The China Times system (June 2017), WHO: Taiwan ranks world No. 3 in the  case-number of being under anti-dumping investigation.

    

 

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Taiwan Economy Data

  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Population (million) 23.2 23.3 23.4 23.4 23.5
GDP per capita (USD) 21,044 21,344 21,894 22,696 22,469
GDP (USD bn) 489 498 512 532 528
Economic Growth (GDP, annual variation in %) 3.8 2.1 2.2 3.9 0.8
Consumption (annual variation in %) 3.1 1.8 2.3 3.3 1.5

 

 

https://www.dgbas.gov.tw/point.asp?index=1

resource from Executive Yuan ROC Taiwan at 3-13-2017

經濟成長率Economic growth rate(yoy) (%) 2.88 [ 2016  4th QTR initial statistics ]
經濟成長率Economic growth rate(yoy) (%) 1.92 [ 2017 prediction/forecast ]
名目GDP (百萬元) 17,461,748 [2017 prediction/forecast ]
平均每人GDP pc (USD)   23,827 [2017 prediction/forecast ]
平均每人GNI  pc (USD)   24,607 [ 2017 prediction/forecast ]

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Washington Post, 8-20-2018:  Taiwan's precarious role in the China-US spat (Trump adm.'s Taiwan policy is unpredictable, situation is undeniably risky for Taiwan);   CBS News 11-14-2018:  If the United States had to fight China in a war over Taiwan, Americans could face a decisive military defeat. / National Defense Strategy Commission  ;  Annual Report to US Congress ( Military and Security Developments Involving the PRC ), 8-17-2018:  Much of Beijing’s defense budget is focused on developing the capability to unify Taiwan by force; USA Today 5-18-2018: Xi JinPing has signaled that China will seek to reclaim its historical properties by 2049.   Freebeacon 5-17-2018 :   2020—the deadline that [Chinese supreme leader] Xi Jinping has given the [People's Liberation Army] to be ready to invade Taiwan.   New York Times at 10-19-2017:  he 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...   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.   T

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 stated "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.   Tsai declined to endorse the so-called "1992 Consensus" that both side are part of “one China,” allowing each side its own interpretation of what that means.    Till May 2018, the Chinese military has conducted a series of provocative, aggressive operations, e.g., "patrol circling" 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 17 till Nov. 2018, 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 ... )   To achieve its goal of reducing dependence on China by increasing commerce with other Asian countries, Taiwan will need to make more reforms to increase competition and openness (heritage.org). 

Today's Taiwan has the 7th largest economy in Asia,  and the 22nd-largest economy in the world.   Latest Global Wealth Report (Credit Suisse, Oct., 2018) shows Taiwanese wealth per adult, at USD 212,375, is close to that of W. Euro., (UK USD 279,048, France USD  280,580) and Singapore (USD 283,118 ), Hong Kong (244,672), but nation's share world wealth (1.3%) is less than USA(31%), Japan(7.5%), China(16.4%) and Korea(2.2%).  Singapore's GDP per adult is more than 2 times Taiwan's.      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, 4-20-2018).

 The United Daily News, editorial opinion (9-19-2018) : "secret police" (「東廠們」) have been active around us ...  UDN 11-3-2018,  Intel. sys. (NSB) confirmed their investigations of Facebook and other's communities on the net, all internet platform service providers in Taiwan were requested to hand in all users' personal information/data <Apple Daily (蘋果日報)> 11-7-2018 editorial opinion:  by whatever name ( "secret police" or "national security bureau") it is called, what "it" did secretly were always more than what it admitted. 

●  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 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 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 )

●  Taiwan is far behind to make new laws against torture and other cruel.  (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. 

●  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)     The key-point is state violence (Apple Daily, opinion, 8-16-2013).

● 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. The China Times 5-26-2018 column : The government likes to conceal bad news, put paper over the cracks, e.g., air pollution, rupture of diplomatic relationships, ...

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.  Brookings at 1-22-2018 commented that Increasing “soft power” is a low-cost, high-return strategy for Taiwan.   However, Taiwan's soft power performed worse than that of China and Asian's Japan, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, India, UAE.  Taiwan failed to be included in UK based Monocle's Soft Power list 2010 ~ 2018 and Soft Power 30 by USC Center on Public Diplomacy, 2017 ~ 2018.    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.   full text

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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, a rat or a soft chicken  ! ?

 

Taiwan weakness

 

USA Today 5-18-2018: Xi JinPing has signaled that China will seek to reclaim its historical properties by 2049.   Freebeacon 5-17-2018 :   2020—the deadline that [Chinese supreme leader] Xi Jinping has given the [People's Liberation Army] to be ready to invade Taiwan.

 

   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 state apparatus fully support freedom of expression & democracy !

You can scream as loud as you want

  The louder you scream, the more I enjoy ...

 

more readings: State violence and white terror (product of state violence) return in Taiwan (United Daily, opinion, 12-21-2017, 12-27-2017).

This is an EVIL state apparatus (column, CTN, 5-9-2018): Taiwan has shown a general tendency toward pandering state apparatus, surrendering in mind control ... http://www.chinatimes.com/newspapers/20180509000843-260109

Abusing power to invade citizen's rights, going old route of anti-democracy are their nature  (United Daily, opinion, 12-20-2017).  https://udn.com/news/story/11321/2886710

ref to https://udn.com/news/story/11321/2897025http://udn.com/news/story/7338/2179800

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

 

 

 

 

 

Hitler resurgence ...  Nazi returns !? 

 

 

pic.: This cartoon work of Zola Zu was printed in the United Daily group,
Min-Sen Daily about 20 years ago

 

 

 

 

 

 

 †   Secret police have already been active around us...  
 United Daily (聯合報), editorial opinion 9-19-2018
ps:
「東廠」meaning : imperial secret police serving the emperors of Ming Dynasty,
or the espionge agency under the leadership of the eunuch in Ming Dynasty, China

 

 

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

 


democracy    vs    DEMOcrazy?

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 

  

 

United Daily, 9-6-2018, headlines : Any solution to our ocean crisis  ??  
a bowl of plastic trash soup still trouble Taiwan
 
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Apple Daily, 9-6-2018: serious pollutions in many locations around Taiwan, ...
Phenol may harm human health ...

Apple Daily, headline news, 8-30-2018: Taiwan is reduced to a world dumping ground  -  one million ton of stinky trash were delivered to Taiwan between Jan. 2018 ~ July 2018
 

 

 

 

 

 

  

        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 ! 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 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. 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

 

 

 

 

   pic. : murder the image, firstly...

 

 

 

 

 

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,
 


   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,

There's neither democracy on campus (colleges) nor university autonomy, / Apple Daily, opinion, 5-1-2018

●  UDN 5-5-2018 opinion: Associations of national and private universities criticized this is the darkest ever moment in Taiwan's history of university autonomy.


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


 

 

 political    circus  ★  showbiz

 

 

 

  

     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 admitted they 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.

 

 

 

 

US president Bush was in Taiwanese restaurant

 

 Taiwanese Presidential Office Building

pic.  former US president Bush was in Taiwan's restaurant - Beijing Do It True

pic: Taiwanese Presidential Office Building ― this original Japanese governor office which was a symbol of Japanese power's colonial domination sparked a controversy about moving to new place for transitional justice.  Taipei mayor Ko also stated it's really weird !    In the dinner of Ma-Xi meeting, the 1st time highest-ranking meeting since 1949, Communist Chinese leader Xi JinPing mentioned "Presidential Office" to Taiwan's leader Ma  probably both friendly and satirical ... 

 

 

 

 

 

pic: This websites-group was ranked No.1 by keyword  "Understand Taiwan" on US Yahoo,
10-10-2018,  4-11-2018, 1-12-2018, 8-18-2017, 5-4-2017;
No.1 "comment Taiwan" on US Yahoo, 8-18-2017

 

   TAIWAN  

 

 

 

 

 

pic:  No.1 rankings by keywords "comment Taiwan", "understand Taiwan", at  10-10-2018, 4-11-2018, 1-12-2018, Nov. 1, 2017, Sept. 2, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

pic: This websites-group was ranked No.1
by keyword  "review Taiwan" 
on US Google and English Bing, 4-11-2018, 9-8-2017  
   TAIWAN

 

 

 

◆◆

review Taiwan

 

pic: This websites-group was ranked No.1
by keyword  "review Taiwan" 
on US Google, 9-2-2017;
 
among top ranks on Google, 10-10-2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

pic: This websites-group was ranked top by keyword  "review Taiwan" 
on US Google, 8-3-2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

                                          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