2015 - 3rd Quarter

Future Books on the KMT's Coming Demise

Sunday September 20

"The hand...that ropes the blowing wind / Hauls my shroud sail / And I am dumb to tell the hanging man / How of my clay is made the hangman's lime." ...

Taiwan, Fascist China and the UN

Sunday September 20

The time for international charades and word games is over. Despite the People's Republic of China (PRC) claims that Taiwan is an inalienable part of its past, it is time for other nations to see Taiwan for what it is, namely, a medium-sized democratic nation. ...

The Lien Family: Calculating, Loyal or?

Saturday September 12

Call him traitor, call him turncoat, call him unwise, but one certainly has to wonder on what goes through the mind of Lien Chan, who recently returned from yet another trip to Beijing. In the past, Lien's many visits to China had been sanctioned if not encouraged by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) of which he is Honorary Chairman. This trip, however, proved much more controversial. It's not so much that he met with Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China (PRC), but what he said at that meeting and that he attended the PRC's victory parade. By that parade, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) proclaimed its leadership role in the Chinese War of Resistance against Japan, and by word and deed, Lien was openly supporting the CCP's narrative of China's history. ...

Whose War was it? The KMT Conundrum

Saturday September 12

"I sing of arms and of a man," wrote Virgil in the opening lines of the Aeniad. However as the world celebrates the 70th anniversary of the ending of World War II complexity fills the air in Taiwan and different questions are asked. The nation finds different songs ringing out celebrating different arms and different men. Just whose arms and which men is the nation celebrating? ...