Tumultuous 2017

It’s been quite a year for Taiwan and the region.

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Cultural Revulsion at Public Execution Hearings

Public sentencing of death row convicts in China attracts morbid onlookers and recalls public shaming of the Cultural Revolution.

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Tsai’s Truth and Justice Special

Taiwan President Tsai Ying-wen (蔡英文) last week brought an old campaign promise to the table: The Act on Promoting Transitional Justice.

But not everybody is happy with what’s on the menu. Indigenous groups have come out strongly against the law, as no efforts were made in this legislation to return land seized from them during the Japanese colonial period that (1895-1945).

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*A full analysis of the Act can also be found here on The News Lens International.

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China Sentences Taiwanese Activist to Five Years in Jail for Subversion

Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che (李明哲) was sentenced to five years in prison by a Chinese court for subversion of state power.

Taiwan‘s Presidential Office wrote, “It is regrettable that the Lee Ming-che case has seriously damaged cross-strait relations and especially challenged Taiwanese people’s persistence and ideals for democracy and freedom.”

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Trump’s China Deals – US$250 Billion or Baloney?

The U.S. president had just announced some US$250 billion worth of agreements between U.S. and Chinese companies, amid typical rhetoric deploring the “very unfair and one-sided” nature of bilateral trade.

But commentators suggested that it was unclear how many of the headline tie-ups were repackages of past agreements and cast doubt as to how many would actually come to fruition.

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Taiwan Work Is Never Over

Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor drew fire from labor rights groups and opposition legislators this week after the release of draft amendments to Taiwan’s Labor Standards Act.

A key revision states that employees are able to work for 12 days straight before taking a day off.

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