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       Intro to Taiwan in  5 minutes

                                                                                                                                                                                    below each cartoon on The dark side of TW are related or relevant reports or comments

   

 

  Foreign Policy, 1-22-2021 :  Taiwan seeks assurances from Biden admin., but Biden and his team
 are likely to resist using Taiwan as a cudgel against China the way Trump did. 
 Foreign Policy, 12-14-2016 named Taiwan President Tsai as
one of leading thinkers of 2016 for "Poking the bear" .

 

Trump treats Taiwan a leverage, one China policy as bargaining chips

 

Salmon is poking the bear ?  Taiwan suffers !

 

 

The Interpreter , The LOWY Institute ( Australia ), 6-16-2020 :
treating Taiwan as a conduit to frustrate Beijing imperils Taiwan’s security.
 Already many in China’s party-state suspect that the US intends to promote Taiwan independence, ...
The risk here is that U.S. policy encourages an overreaction from China, upsetting the
cross-straits status quo or whatever remains of it, and
then the United States abandons Taiwan to deal with the consequences.
 

 

 

DW (Germany) ,11-10-2020:The Biden administration will have to make it quite clear
from the outset whether it is ready to go to war for Taiwan's sake


Japan Sankei Shimbun ( 產經新聞),10-29-2020:Japan's DM 岸信夫: Given military imbalance of
both sides, anything can happen, Taiwan must be very cautious
 

WSJ,10-13-2020:  continued ambiguity in the face of Xi's escalating rhetoric and provocative movements by his armed forces
in the Taiwan Strait presents the greater risk of a confrontation as dangerous  as the Cuban Missile Crisis
 

  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...

 

Chicago Tribune, Yahoo News,10-12-2020: We should defend Taiwan... Yet, to be effective as a deterrent, Beijing has to see it as
 a defensive move by Washington, aimed at preserving the status quo, and not as part of a new offensive against China
 ◆ Economist,10-9-2020:  China could wipe out Taiwan’s navy and air force ...  Taiwan’s preparedness and its will to fight both look shaky. 
Many insiders are accordingly pessimistic about its ability to hold out.


New York Times at  4-18-2018: 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 ......"   

 

 

   CNN 2-19-2020:  TW president: "What we are expecting is, after withstanding the first wave of
Chinese attacks ourselves, the rest of the world would stand up to exert strong pressure on China" ....
"Taiwan as an underdog facing down the growing might of Beijing" ... 
  Taiwan military

 

 

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

 

 United Daily, 1-4-2020, editorial opinion :  Taiwan functions as a chess piece to block China
in American's containment chessboard, if Taiwan doesn't follow every order American gives ,
The US Indo-Pacific strategy has a gap ...

 

New York Times 9-5-2019:  it would also be a catastrophe if Taiwan were blockaded or squashed into submission,
because Taiwan ...
and stands in the way of any Chinese projection into the Pacific or toward, say, Okinawa.

 

Independent UK, 7-23-2019: China "ready to go to war" if Taiwan tries to gain independence

( white paper released by the Chinese gov.).

 

 

 


 

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Taiwan's travel & tourism  - 10th in Asia

World Economic Forum (WEF)  <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> released at 9-4-2019 shows Taiwan had the sub-region's largest decline in competitiveness from 30th down to 37th.    Taiwan ranks No.10 among Asian countries.   for details : click tourism
 

WEF travel & tourism category Taiwan's rankings and/or score comparison
prioritization of travel and tourism   No75  Singapore No.6 ,  Hong Kong No. 11
Natural & cultural resources No.58  score 2.6 China  No.1, score 6.0 , France No.2,  5.0,  Spain  No.3, 5.7,   Japan No.7, 5.3,   Indonesia No.18,  Thailand No.21,  Korea No.24,  Vietnam No.26,  Malaysia No.31,  HK No.40,  Philippines No.46,  Sri Lanka No.52,  Nepal No.56
Natural resources  No. 87 Hong Kong No. 42, Singapore No.120
 
cultural resources & business travel No. 36  score 2.6 China No1, score 7.0
price competitiveness No. 78 China 5.7
Health & Hygiene  No.43,  score 6 score worse than Korea, Japan, Mongolia
international openness No. 60 only better than China, Mongolia
Safety & security No. 26 human resource & labor market: Taiwan No.18
 ps: Compared to the report of 2017,  Taiwan significantly tightened visa requirements (37th down to 119th), waning cultural resources and business travel (26th to 36th) and recalibrated figures showing a drastic reduction in protected areas (20th to 118th).

For full details :  http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_TTCR_2019.pdf

 

According to  World Economic Forum (WEF)  <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> (released at 4-6-2017), Taiwan's most important indexes for promoting tourism, like "Attractiveness of Natural Assets" (parks, beaches, mountains, wildlife, etc) ranks world No.87, "Natural Resources" ranks No.55,   "Environmental Sustainability" ranks No.75 (No.69 in 2015), "Price Competitiveness" ranks No. 46, "Hotel Price Index" ranks No. 89 (82 in 2015), Taiwan got "n/a" on China's world top 5 indexes such as "World heritage natural sites" as well as "World heritage cultural sites".
comment Taiwan travel and tourism, No.1 on internet, pls. click for details

 

 

 

 US News & World Report 2020,  Asian countries' world influence rankings  
Cultural Influence No. 6 Japan,  No. 8 Australia,  No. 9 Singapore,  No. 16 China,  17. NZ,  18. Thailand,   20. Korea,  22. UAE,   30. India,   35. Qatar,  39. Malaysia,  40. Saudi Arabia,   41. Phil Cutting-edge centers of art, entertainment and fashion
Quality of Life No.5 Australia,   No. 8 nz,   14. Japan,  15. US,  19. China, 20. Singapore,  23. Korea,    25. UAE, 27. Malaysia,  28. Thai.,  30. India,  31. Philippines,  32. Indonesia,  33. Vietnam,   36. Qatar Through all phases of life, these countries treat their citizens well
Heritage No.6 India,  No. 9 Thailand, 10. Japan,  11. China, 18. USA,  21. Vietnam,  22. Singapore,  27. Australia,  29.  Indonesia,  30. Korea,  32. Malaysia,   37. NZ A deep vein of history courses through these countries
Adventure No.5 Thailand  No.7 Nrw Zealand,  10. Australia,  17. Philippines,   25. Singapore,   29. Malaysia,   33. USA,  34. Japan,   38. Vietnam,   40. India The best countries to fulfill your wanderlust
www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/influence-rankings

 

 

    

 

 
Taiwan's soft power  vs.  Asia's soft power

Till 2020, Taiwan has not been included in Portland or USC  Soft Power survey ranking list, so Taiwan's soft power is behind Asian's "world top 20" nations , including Japan, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, China, India, UAE.     for details : click Soft Power
 

world best surveys Taiwan's rankings
in top 25~30 list
comparison with
other Asia & Pacific countries
Brand Finance -  Global soft power Index 2020, top 60 n/c https://brandirectory.com
 2019/2020 
Top 30 SOFT POWER by Portland
 failed No. 8 Japan, No.9  Australia, No. 17 New Zealand,  No. 19  S Korea, No. 21 Singapore, No. 27 China
US News: 2020 Best Countries Overall
The Best Countries in the World
n/c No.3 Japan, No.5  Australia, No. 11 New Zealand,
No. 15 China, No. 16 Singapore , No. 20  Korea,
No.22 UAE , No.25  India,  No. 26  Thailand,
No. 30  Qatar
2018/2019 Monocle's Soft Power survey  failed No. 3 Japan, No.8  Australia, No. 11 New Zealand, No.15 Korea, No. 19 China,  No. 21  Singapore,  No. 25 India
2018/2019 Soft Power 30 Study by USC Center on Public Diplomacy  failed No.5 Japan, No. 10 Australia, No. 18 NZ, No. 20 S. Korea, No. 21 Singapore, No. 27 China
2017/2018 Monocle's Soft Power survey  failed No. 4 Japan, No.9 Australia, No. 13 New Zealand, No.17 Korea, No. 19 China,  No. 22 Singapore, No. 24 India
2017/2018 Soft Power 30 Study by USC Center on Public Diplomacy  failed No.6. Japan,  No. 8. Australia,  18. NZ,  No. 20 Singapore, No. 21 S. Korea,  No. 25.  China
2016/2017 Monocle's
Soft Power survey
 failed No. 3 Japan, No.6 Australia, No. 13 New Zealand, No.17 Korea, No. 20 China,  No. 23 Singapore, No. 24 India
2015/2016 Monocle's
 Soft Power survey
 failed No. 4 Japan, No.6 Australia, No. 13 New Zealand, No.15 Korea, No. 21 China,  No. 23 Singapore
 

 

 

  According to a survey of 2020, Singapore ranks No.1, Japan No.7, Korea No. 9 on "enterprise",  Japan ranks No. 5, China No.10 on "engagement", Korea ranks No. 5 on "digital", Japan ranks No.6, China No. 8 on "culture", No any Asian country ranks top 10 on "education" and "govt."
 

Best Countries overall in 2020:  1 Swiss 2 Canada 3 Japan  4 Germany  5  Australia  6  UK  7 USA  8 Sweden  9 Nederland  10  Norway  11 NZ  12 France  13 Denmark  14  Finland  15 China  16 Singapore  17  Italy  18  Austria  19 Spain  20  Korea  21  Luxembourg   22 UAE  23  Russia  24 Portugal  25  India  26  Thailand  27  Greece  28  Brazil  29  Israel  30  Qatar  31  Saudi Arabia   32 Malaysia   33 Mexico  34  Poland  35  Turkey


 

 ●   UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage  /    https://ich.unesco.org/en/lists

ranks

Asian country heritage items selected
1 China 40
2 Korea 24
3 Japan 20
4 Mongolia 15
5 India 13
6 Indonesia 10
7 Saudi Arabia 8
8 Cambodia 5
9 Philippines 4
10 Qatar 3
10 Malaysia 3
10 Pakistan 3
13  Thai 2
14 Singapore 1
14 Sri Lanka 1
14 Vietnam 1
14 UAE 1

18~3X

Myanmar, Laos, Nepal 0
Taiwan 0
  Taiwan is doing De-sinicization (getting rid of Chinese culture) for political reason.

◆  sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-hawker-culture-gets-nod-included-unesco-intangible-cultural-heritage-list-140941296.html  12-16-2020: Singapore’s hawker culture was officially approved on Wednesday (16 December) to be inscribed into UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity.  The biggest thanks must go to the generations of hawkers for nourishing a nation’s stomach and spirits.   Taiwanese like its night market culture, but was not selected.


 


Taiwan's hard power     full text: military  

Taiwanese military   vs.   Chinese military

  Taiwan military


opinions

 

Diplomat, 3-20-2021:Taiwan’s government, however, has met entrenched opposition to these reforms from some senior commanders. Moreover, military effectiveness is limited by unmet recruiting targets, insufficient training of both conscripts and reserves, and ammunition and spare parts shortages thediplomat.com/2021/03/rumors-of-war-in-the-taiwan-strait/

 

Bloomberg, 3-14-2021: Taipei’s current capabilities do not offer a credible deterrent to a surprise assault from the mainland
Forbes, 3-8-2021:Taiwan Aims To Sink Half Of A Chinese Invasion Fleet—It Could Take Years To Buy Enough Missiles

  DefenseNewss , 3-1-2021: Taiwan’s military is not yet “optimally manned, trained, equipped and motivated to defend against an attack” by China...efforts at defense reform face obstacles from institutional opposition from senior officers ( symmetric response, expensive and high-end platforms are limited utility in an actual conflict, they also against full conscription ) and a lack of time (weapons acquisition and development plans years away from delivery).  the current administration seemingly “unwilling or unable” to compel the ministry to implement it, partly due  politically sensitive moves, such as full conscription.
defensenews.com/global/asia-pacific/2021/03/01/whats-preventing-taiwan-from-preparing-for-potential-war/

  Diplomat , 2-26-2021: evolution of Taiwan’s military was being hindered by bureaucracy and inefficient procedures.
The army’s military preparedness has come into question from both domestic and international experts

Reuters , 12-10-2020:Taiwan is suffering a serious and worsening decay in the readiness and training of its troops, particularly its army units... crucial element is dramatic reform of the reserves and civil defense units, creating urban and guerrilla warfare units... but " It is almost as if fighting to defend the country is somebody else’s responsibility,” expert says

 

Foreign Policy, 10-19-2020: Taiwan needs huge arsenals of mobile missile launchers, armed drones,
and mines; developing an army that can surge
tens of thousands of troops to any beach in an hour backed by a million-strong reserve force trained
to fight guerrilla-style in Taiwan’s cities and jungles.
 it could take a decade to retool the Taiwanese and U.S. militaries to mount an effective defense of the island. 
With China’s rapid military buildup, that may be time that Taiwan does not have

New York times,  8-30-2020:  Taiwan's Lawmaker said Taiwan’s military needs to improve a lot
  Forbes, 8-30-2020: Taiwan simply does not have enough firepower to  defeat a Chinese
 invasion without the help of the U.S. military
 

 personnel

 ( soldiers, officials )

  Taiwan’s Military Is a Hollow Shell.  US Defense Department officials have privately expressed dismal assessments regarding Taiwan's current force level and reserve system.
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armor, mechanized infantry, and artillery units are always in desperate shortage of enlisted soldiers
  few front-line units have more than 80 percent of their positions filled  /  Foreign Policy, 2-15-2020; https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/02/15/china-threat-invasion-conscription-taiwans-military-is-a-hollow-shell/
Taiwan's active force down to under 200,000 (the exact number is classified). The nearly two million reservists exist in name only... /  New York times,  5-18-2017
  The ROC (Taiwan) Armed Forces number approximately 300,000, and reserves reportedly total 3,870,000.   /  Wikipedia, May 2020
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Taiwan began to phase out mandatory conscription for all young men, which was deeply unpopular, in favor of an all-volunteer force; 4 months of compulsory service ... training is "insufficient to meet the challenges posed by the increasing threat (RAND, '17)  /  New York times,  8-30-2020  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/30/world/asia/taiwan-china-military.html

◆   Only 310 thousands out of 770 thousands of qualified reservists were called up for short-term military training, from 2015 to 2017, 61 thousands of those escaped the duty  / Formosa TV news, 8-3-2018, storm.mg 10-15-2019
◆  only 84,000 are demobilised volunteer force soldiers, the best-trained and most motivated group  /   Financial Times, 7-12-2020
◆ 
Taiwan’s military is also not in the most optimal state.  For instance, Taiwanese males serve only four months of conscripted military service, in comparison to over 20 months for Singaporean men and at least 18 months for South Korean men.  /   Hong Kong Free Press 7-15-2020
◆  Reserve force is short of both officers and sergeants, their speciality far match the position  /  United Daily, 10-2-2020

strategy ◆  To against the threats of cyber warfare, cognitive warfare, and ‘unrestricted’ warfare from China , we ( Taiwan ) work to bolster our defense capabilities, future combat capacity development will also emphasize mobility, countermeasures, and non-traditional, asymmetrical capabilities (unconventional arms)” /  Taiwan president inauguration speech, Voice of American, 5-20-2020
◆  so called asymmetrical capabilities in Taiwan is only skin-deep    /   United Daily , editorial,  6-6-2020
◆  Taiwan's weird strategy:  Facing PLA's attacks, Taiwan's warplanes stay inside tunnels, warships leave Taiwan, once the US military comes to rescue, they will return and join the war  / Apple Daily, 8-14-2020 tw.appledaily.com/headline/20200814/KDQ5JJAYQUR5JLE6EIIXK5VJM4/

firepower

France forced Taiwan to withdraw its request to upgrade 20-year-old Mirage fighters ...  F-16 A/B and  F-CK-1 fighters are  growing tired; 60 or 70 new fighters and a few missiles won’t really change the balance of power. And heavy tanks – especially if they lack trained crews – won’t do much to stop a Chinese invasion / Forbes, 8-30-2020
◆   A whole lot of Taiwan’s weapons don’t work.  Forbes, 9-4-2020  forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2020/09/04/which-of-taiwans-old-weapons-still-work/#340d2ee156a2
◆   only 30% of Taiwan's tanks are in running condition with functional weapons. / Business Insider, 10-9-2020

  China could wipe out Taiwan’s navy and air force ...  Many insiders are accordingly pessimistic about its ability to hold out.  /  Economist,10-9-2020

◆  the PLA could, without invading, destroy Taiwanese military, power and telecom facilities, embargo oil imports, cut cyber connectivity, then take advantage of the psychological impact on Taiwan to press for negotiations   /  Politico,10-8-2020

◆  Today China has more and better conventional forces than Taiwan.   /  Forbes, 6-3-2020

◆  China has uclear bomb ,Neutron bomb, hydrogen bomb, Taiwan has none of those. / Next TV news, 5-8-2020
◆   Three Taiwanese presidents Lee (李登輝後期)、Chen(陳水扁)、Tsai(蔡英文)  squandering those "bonus for peace" military budget and underestimating the demand of national defense, lead to shortage of arms-deal budget.  /   United Daily , editorial,  6-6-2020
◆ 
Taiwan military strength is ranked No. 26 ,  China PLA No. 3  /  Global FirePower, 2020
◆  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, ... /  New York times,  11-4-2017

 

military logistics system

◆   The logistics inside the military remain so abysmal ... The army likely has no clue how many tanks or guns actually mission-capable ...      /  Foreign Policy, 8-20-2020 

◆   only 30% of Taiwan's tanks are in running condition with functional weapons.   The outdated hardware stands in stark contrast to China's massive and increasingly modern force Business Insider, 10-9-2020

◆  Taiwan  lacks enough supplement of all items of military equipments /   United Daily (聯合報 社評), opinion,   5- 7- 2020

 morale

  Taiwan's famous politician : “Taiwan can’t face the might of China alone, We can’t fight China on our own".  in spite of Economist , NY Times (8-30-2020) advised Taiwan not to rely on the US military ... / NY Times, 11-24-2020
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As China Threatens War, Nearly Everyone in Taiwan Wants Peace: Poll  / Newsweek, 10-28-2020

 Taiwan’s preparedness and its will to fight both look shaky /  Economist,10-9-2020
◆  “Their underlying thinking is that PLA has grown to be too strong for us to fight militarily anyway... Taiwan should just focus on putting up a good show of being tough, buy enough U.S. weapons for display, and pray that Americans come to our rescue /  Foreign Policy, 8-20-2020  https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/08/20/taiwan-military-flashy-american-weapons-no-ammo/

 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... /  New York times,  5-18-2017
Taiwan fears uptick in military threat from China in wake of coronavirus epidemic ... / Financial Times  5-19-2020

 

combat experience

Taiwan’s army has trouble with training across the board. Many insiders are accordingly pessimistic about its ability to hold out/  Economist,10-9-2020

 The military combines 4 drills to one per year for battle and propaganda-show, affecting training effect ,  high percentage of military officers hence are not familiar with combat mission. /  ref to China Times, 7-7-2020, opinion   www.chinatimes.com/opinion/20200707004603-262105?chdtv 蘭寧利》; https://www.chinatimes.com/realtimenews/20200707006231-260417?chdtv

discipline

 The practice of judicial system has proved not as good as military criminal code to educate and train the military discipline.  A soldier's 洪仲丘 'torture to death" sparks massive protest around 2013,  the military court was hence no longer to judge the troops .   /  The China Times, 7-17-2020, editorial

budget

◆  High personnel expense pushes aside the logistics and maintenance budget,   the govt. needs to plan special budge to purchase arms. /  The China Times, 7-17-2020, editorial

Taiwan would increase Taiwan’s defense budget by 10 percent, on top of a 5 percent increase the year before. That would raise military spending to more than 2 percent of gross domestic product   /  New York times,  8-30-2020

 

 

 

 

 
world's most livable cities  ... include Taiwan's ?
 

Till 2020, Taiwan has not been included in the top ranking list of the world's most livable cities  
 

world's most livable cities
world best surveys Taiwan's rankings
in top list
comparison with
other Asia & Pacific countries
 The EIU's Global Livability Index Ranking   2019  failed in the top 50 No.2  Melbourne,  No.3  Sydney,  No.4 Osaka (Japan), No. 7 Tokyo,  No.10  Adelaide,  No.12 Auckland (NZ),   No.15 Wellington (NZ),   18 Brisbane  (Aus) ,    No. 38 Hong Kong,  No. 40 Singapore,   No.57  Seoul (Korea),  Taipei behind   
Monocle's Quality of Life survey 2019 failed in the top list

https://monocle.com/film/affairs/quality-of-life-survey-top-25-cities-2019/

No.2 Tokyo (Japan),  No.11 Melbourne (Australia), No.13 Sydney,  No.16 Hong Kong,  No.17 Kyoto (Japan),  No.21 Auckland (NZ), No.22 Fukuoka (Japan),  23 Brisbane,  25 Singapore
Deutsche Bank Liveability Survey
not included in the top list https://www.dbresearch.com/PROD/RPS_EN-PROD/PROD0000000000494405/Mapping_the_world%27s_prices_2019.pdf
 
No. 2 Wellington (NZ),    No. 7 Melbourne ( Australia ),  No.10 Sydney,   No.14 Tokyo  No.16 Auckland (NZ),  No.17 Dubai (UAE), No. 23 Singapore,   No. 26 Saudi Arabia Riyadh,  No. 29 Seoul (Korea),  No. 33 India Bangalore,  No. 39 Malaysia  Kuala Lumpur,   44 Hong Kong,   46 India Delhi,  No. 48   Shanghai (China), No. 55 Beijing
Safe Cities Index (SCI)  2019,   EIU (Economist UK), NEC failed in the top 20 No.1  Tokyo, No.2  Singapore, No.3 Osaka (Japan),  No.5 Sydney (Aus), No. 8 Seoul (Korea), No10 Melbourne, No. 20 Hong Kong  
ArchDaily / The World's Most Livable Cities in 2019 failed in the top 20 No. 3. Auckland, New Zealand, 11. Sydney, Australia,  No.15. Wellington, New Zealand , No.17. Melbourne, Australia  
 Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI )
, Z/Yen Mar 26, 2020
No.75 top 7:  N.Y., London, Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore, HK, Beijing; Taipei No.34 in 2019
 The EIU's Global Livability Index Ranking   2018  failed in the top 50 No.2 Melbourne (Australia),  No.3  Osaka (Japan),  No. 7  Tokyo (Japan) ,  No.10       Adelaide  (Australia),   No.12 Auckland (NZ)    Wellington (NZ) ... ... (omitted),  Taipei 58
 The EIU's Global Liveability Index Ranking   2017  failed in the top 50  No.1  Melbourne,  No. 5  Adelaide,  No. 7  Perth,
No. 8 Auckland (NZ),  No.11 Sydney,  No.13  Tokyo,  No.  14  Osaka,  No.16 Brisbane,   No. 20 Wellington (NZ),  No. 35 Singapore,  No.45  Hong Kong,  No.58  Seoul (Korea),  No.60   Taipei  
     

EIU (Economist UK)'s  Global Liveability Index evaluates stability, healthcare, culture&environment,  education,   Infrastructure

 

 

 

 

    Taiwan "judicial Independence" was ranked No. 13 among Asia & Pacific countries

  WEF (World Economic Forum)  Judicial independence 2019 rankings ,  The Global Competitiveness Report
Asian country rankings No.1 New Zealand  89.2(score)  2(world rank),  No.2 Japan  86.5  5,  No.3  Hong Kong  84.1  8, No.4  Australia  82.9  10,  No.5  Singapore  77.4  14,  No.6  Saudi Arabia  77.1  16,
No. 7  UAE  75.4  20,  No.8  Qatar  73.3  23,  No.9   US  70.4  25,  No.10  Jordan  69,  No. 11  Malaysia  68.7,  No. 12 Kuwait  59.5 , No.13  Taiwan 59.4 ,  No. 14 China 58.2
link www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_TheGlobalCompetitivenessReport2019.pdf
ps WEF Judicial independence 2017/2018 rankings : China's rank was better than Taiwan's, both are at about same level

 

 

 pic. below: Formosa TV news, 1-19-2021 3:00pm: Taiwan's biggest  judicial scandal of the century, it's an international joke !

Taiwan judiciary crashes  

Apple Daily, editorial, 1-19-2021:
Rotten & stinky judiciary s
hakes the nation to its core. Today is the darkest day in Taiwan judiciary, so-called judicial reform and jury system etc are nothing but slogans and lies.  Real horrible darkness is ahead if not to investigate the very-top-position officials.


China Times, editorial, 1-19-2021: Taiwan judiciary crashes.  law officials fawn on the richness, and yield to the power.

 

 

Apple Daily, 1-21-2021: Taiwan government dares to investigate high-position judicial officials' connections and property from unidentified sources (dummy accounts) ?? tw.appledaily.com/daily/20210121/ASVXWX4ASZCQ3PEWMSQKZ7CDS4/

 

 

Liberty Times, 1-21-2021: Taiwan's legal machine was already a chunk of meat for "interest group"'s exclusive domain, even Control Yuan took the role of "body guard "
金筊m  https://talk.ltn.com.tw/article/paper/1426899

 

 

Apple Daily, 1-21-2021: "How big is the iceberg under the sea ?"  200 involve, 40 punished only  tw.appledaily.com/forum/20210121/LETBH6VACRHTPJAOVH6DL2LATY/

Apple Daily, 1-19-2021: Too many law officials involved to be punished severely 40 former and current top officials in total engaged the case include grand justice,  president and chief judges of the Court of Final Appeal , chief prosecutors, Member of the Control Yuan, etc

SETN news, 1-19-2021 (3:40pm) : more than 100 law-enforcement officials (judiciary, prosecutor, police, investigation) were engaged, including president of Supreme Admin. Court, chief judges of Supreme Court, chief prosecutors, etc.

 

■ United Daily, editorial, 1-21-2021:  Who believes the Supreme Court is not giving problematic directions to entire legal system, in order to commit himself to pledging loyalty to the politicians in power  https://udn.com/news/story/7338/5190996

https://www.chinatimes.com/opinion/20210118004848-262103?chdtv    https://tw.appledaily.com/headline/20210119/JTHJCNBJNJG2NC3FM3L4ITBNDQ/    https://tw.appledaily.com/forum/20210119/4LULE24OC5GO7NX7OUI52R7LE4/ ( root it out !)   https://talk.ltn.com.tw/article/paper/1426700 (The root of legal system is rotten )
tw.appledaily.com/forum/20210120/SRI46KOPCRHETKV5XYOXOO7DIE/   https://www.chinatimes.com/opinion/20210119005784-262110?chdtv

 

 

 

 

 

  Public trust on Taiwan's judges is about the lowest, compared with OECD member countries
 

The Liberty Times, 2-23-2019 : National Chung-Cheng University survey shows about 80% Taiwanese people do not trust judges, only 32% are satisfied with Taiwanese prosecutors. (https://news.ltn.com.tw/news/focus/paper/1269488) The percentage is about as low as that of Korea
 
the worst judicial system country in OECD ( Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ) in 2019.
 Korea Times, 7-2-2020 (www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/opinion/2020/07/162_292043.html): OECD surveyed 37 member countries by asking how many of every
 1,000 people trust their own court systems. The result shows Korea had the lowest numbers of all countries surveyed. 
Various surveys in Korea also show that two out of three Koreans do not trust the courts.
  Taiwan Judicial Reform Committee (司改會) survey 7-18-2020:  64% Taiwanese people do not trust judges.  (https://www.storm.mg/article/2861744)   

  National Chung-Cheng University survey 3-4-2020 shows only  36.4% Taiwanese people trust judges (deptcrc.ccu.edu.tw/index.php?option=module&lang=cht&task=pageinfo&id=132&index=1 )
 

 

 

 

 
  Index of judiciary

Asian countries

2020 Economic Freedom Index Judicial Effectiveness, Asian countries scores: Singapore 92.9,  Australia 86.1,  UAE 84.6,  New Zealand 79.1,   Hong Kong 76.8,   China 76.3,    Malaysia 74.6,   Saudi Arabia  72.3 ,    Japan 71.4  ,  Taiwan  70.1  China was better than Taiwan
Rule of Law Index 2020

 

No. 7  New Zealand,  No. 11  Australia,  No. 12 Singapore,  15. Japan,  16. Gong Kong,  17. R.Korea,   21. USA,  47. Malaysia,   59.  Indonesia,   69. India
worldjusticeproject.org/sites/default/files/documents/WJP-ROLI-2020-Online_0.pdf

 

 

 


《Economist》UK , EIU
The Safe Cities Index 2019 
https://safecities.economist.com/safe-cities-index-2019/ 
 Taiwan is worse than its neighbors Singapore, Japan, China, Korea, Australia, NZ ...

   Taiwan's "personal security" dropped 14 places compared with the previous report
 

personal security : No.1 Singapore  3 HK  4 Tokyo  5 Wellington  7 Osaka  10 Sydney  12 Dubai  15 Seoul  16 Melbourne 20 Taipei 
Infrastructure security :  No.1 Singapore 2 Osaka 4 Tokyo  7 Sydney  7 Melbourne  9 Wellington 14 Seoul  18 HK  24 Taipei

Digital security:

No.1 Tokyo  2 Singapore 11 Osaka 11 Sydney  11 Melbourne 17  Seoul  22 HK  23 Taipei

Health security:

 No.1  Osaka  2 Tokyo  3 Seoul  8  Singapore  10 Taipei 

World Economic Forum (WEF)  <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> released at 9-4-2019 shows Taiwan's "safety & security" got an Eastern Asia-pacific average score 6.0, and is worse than Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Singapore.
China Times 》, 11-11-2020 , editorial:  Malaysian newspaper thinks Taiwan apparently an extremely unsafe place because two Malaysian ladies were murdered (one was cut-to-pieces) in Taiwan within one year.   A poll by KMT shows 48.9% Taiwanese thinks social security is worse than before.
Liberty Times 》, 11-12-2020:  Crimes of violence kept worsening   in recent 5 years, the number of four major crimes(恐嚇取財、傷害、妨害自由、刀械槍枝)gradually increases from 20732 in 2015 to 24638 in 2019 in all six major cities, according to statistics.

 

 

 


 


 

Taiwan's university rankings in Asia, 2020

Times Higher Education ,  World University Rank 2020 

ranks Taiwan China Korea Hong Kong, Macau Japan Singapore
1~100  
23   Tsinghua University Beijing
 

24  Peking University Beijing
 

 

80  University of Science and Technology of China Anhui

 

 64   Seoul National University Seoul
 
 89   Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) Seoul

 

35  University of Hong Kong

47  The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
 
57  Chinese University of Hong Kong

 

36  University of Tokyo
 

 

65  Kyoto

University

 

25   National University of Singapore
 

 

48   Nanyang Technological University

 

100~200 120   National Taiwan Univ.

(台灣大學)

107   Zhejiang University Zhejiang
 

109   Fudan University Shanghai
 

144  Nanjing University Jiangsu
 
157   Shanghai Jiao Tong University Shanghai

 

110  Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Daejeon
 
146  Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) Pohang
 
179  Korea University Seoul
 

197  Yonsei University (Seoul campus) Seoul

 

126  City University of Hong Kong
 

 

 

171  Hong Kong Polytechnic University
 

 

   
200~300   251 ~ Sun Yat-sen University Guangdong  201–250   Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) Ulsan
 
 
251-300 Tohoku University
 
251-300 Tokyo Institute of Tech.

 

 
301–350  

301–350  Beijing Normal University Beijing
 
301–350  Huazhong University of Science and Technology Hubei
 
301–350  Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) Guangdong

 

301–350  Kyung Hee University Seoul
 
 

 

301–350 

 

University of
 Macau

301-350
  Osaka University
 

 

301-350
  Nagoya University



 

 

PS: population comparison (~ 2018) :
HK 7.45 million  ,  Singapore 5.63 million, Macau  630 thousands
 

 

Taiwan 23.78 million,
more than the total of the 3 above

 
351–400  351–400  National Tsing Hua Univ.

(清華大學)

 

 

351–400  Taipei Medical Univ.

 

351–400  Nankai University Tianjin , Wuhan U.
 
351–400  Hanyang University Seoul  
 
351-400 
University of
Occupational
and Environmental Health

 

 

 

QS 2020 Asia universities, top 15 rankings :

1. National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore  2.Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)  3. The University of Hong Kong 4. Tsinghua University, China  5. Peking University, China  6.  Zhejiang University, China 7. Fudan University, China 8. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 9.  KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology  10. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)  11. Seoul National University, Korea  12. Korea University  13. The University of Tokyo, Japan  13. Universiti Malaya (UM), Malaysia  15. Kyoto University, Japan
 

subtotal number : Singapore ( 2 ), Hong Kong ( 3 ), Japan ( 2 ),  Korea ( 3 ), China ( 4 ), Malaysia ( 1 ), Taiwan ( 0 )

 

 

 In <Nature Index> ,  "2019 Tables: Institutions,  

about 32 universities in China, 8 universities in Korea, 6 Hong Kong universities, 9 univ. in Japan,
2 universities in India, 2 in Singapore, one in Saudi Arabia
ranked higher than all Taiwan's

Taiwan universities 

 

 

 

 

 


Horrible Judicial system in Taiwan !
Taiwan presidents should be ashamed ...
 

 

The People’s Daily, 10-15-2020 , Global Times, 10-15-2020:  “Don’t say we didn’t warn you"  (「勿謂言之不預」)...  

http://www.nexttv.com.tw/NextTV/News/Home/LatestNews/2020-10-17/275597.html

Taiwan,  Next TV, 壹新聞, 10-17-2020

The People’s Daily《告台灣情治部門書》full text : http://js.people.com.cn/BIG5/n2/2020/1015/c359574-34350271.html

 

Economist,10-22-2020: The People’s Daily, (CCP’s mouthpiece《人民日報》), carried a commentary... using a phrase—“Don’t say we didn’t warn you (ps: Taiwan intelligence)” — that has preceded Chinese military action against other countries in the past
●  After China's mouthpiece, People's Daily or XinHua editorial issued a severe warning "Don’t say we didn’t warn you" in 1962、1967、1978,Chinese PLA started military operations against Indian and Vietnamese troops respectively.
 The People's Daily in Nov. 2019 sent a warning  "Don’t say we didn’t warn you" to Hong Kongers, in the next year China cracked down HK, and passed a national security law on Hong Kong.
 This time the People’s Daily put its warning to Taiwan's intelligence in "opinion" , instead of "editorial" column as before, and on "7th edition" instead of 1st~4th edition as before, ...  therefore, it's serious but not as severe as before, probably a warning for coercion or "gray zone" actions such as blockage or economic intervenes, or a pressure expecting Taiwan's giving up ... those sort of psychological war.
●  Washington Post (7-22-2020) :  In 2019, Xi (Chinese president) offered an ultimatum to Taiwan to come to the table for unification talks or face annexation by force.  Soon later PLA's warplanes crossed the Taiwan Strait "median line" ( "the de facto cease-fire line") first time ever since 1949, according to Newsweek 8-12-2020, and the PRC deliberately ratcheted up tensions till now. 
●  SCMP (Hong Kong), 10-20-2020: ... unusually strong language in a recent commentary in People's Daily invoking the phrase “don’t say we didn’t warn you”, serves as a reminder, which was targeting a big rise in the number of Taiwanese intelligence agents active on the mainland, but was aimed at a much wider audience.

 

 

Taiwan's int'l fraud

 

Reuters, DW (Germany), 12-31-2020: Chinese court sentences

29 Taiwanese deported from Spain / In recent years, hundreds of

Taiwanese nationals, suspected of committing telecoms fraud overseas,

have been deported to China instead of their home territory

 

 

 

 

United Daily, 10-23-2019, editorial: Taiwanese telecom frauds run wild the entire world to damage Taiwan's image.  

 

CTV evening news, 12-14-2017  19:19pm: Taiwanese fraud crimes are really all over the world.   EBC  TV news 4-9-2017 6:54am: Taiwan is notorious for its fraud crimes all over the world, damaging the image of Taiwan 

 

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 suicidehttp://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36108762

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

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 

 

   Crime liability in China, or Japan, Germany is much more serious than that in Taiwan, China may give it  life imprisonment , Taiwan treats it  minor offense, converting Imprisonment into Fine.   Taiwan is a "low risk, high profit" country for fraud crimes ... / EBC TV news 4-9-2017 6:54am ps14

       international nuisances & social harms

   

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

     "Is it progress if a cannibal uses knife and fork?"/ Stanisław Jerzy Lec
 

   In a State of the Union Address, US President R. Reagan quoted Chinese  philosopher Lao-Tzu's
(<道德經>, <the book of morals & ethics>)
 "Governing a great country is like 'cooking a small fish'"
(
治大國如烹小鮮).
How did the state machines... do "small fishes" in the past years ??   political persecutions


People's Daily, 10-15-2020: Taiwan Intelligence strictly monitors Taiwanese people by so called "Green Terror" 

 


 


 

Taiwan state apparatus fully support freedom of expression & democracy !

You can scream as loud as you want

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

 

Taiwan's Apple Daily, editorial, 6-16-2020: Taiwan's politics still intervene or meddle media. 
 
Apple Daily, editorial, 12-14-2019 : Since DPP took office in 2016,  political culture of authoritarianism (威權式政治文化) gradually showed up in Taiwan.  United Daily, editorial, 6-23-2019: mega-data became politician's instrument to control public opinions

 

◆  China Times, editorial  3-9-2020  The gov. suppressed freedom of speech by 4 layers:
1、 Political power forms threats (penalty fine and suspending the license) to certain media。
2、 Secretly bullying by internet army, cyber force ... and so on

 

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

Apple Daily 3-29-2019 editorial opinion: Democracy & Freedom of speech is the bottom line which should never be lost, the government should not create chilling effect by fishing in trouble water.  
The China Times 12-14-2019 editorial : the gov. seriously harmed free speech by investigating those messages shared or published on the net by the masses 

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

 

( a violent, penetrative scientific power) "You called Discovery,  I called the Rape ..." 
/  Jurassic Park ,  1990

 



 

 

Taiwan politicians buried people alive 

 

 

in quakes of mag 6

 

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

 

why 5/6 bridges badly in need of repair have not been done ?  government even has never made public the info. , where are those fatal bridges are??  (ref. to United Daily, 10-9-2019, headline news)

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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drug trade center

 

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, 11-2-2017, headline news.   Taiwan's anti-drug is a fake show / CTN, 7-2017

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

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

 

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

 

Now we may doubt <Taiwan int'l Cartoon Contest>  sponsored by Taiwan gov.,  under the theme "anti-drugs" , probably is a fake show to fool the world.....

    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. Green Peace, 5-2-2019:  It remains our view that Taiwanese fisheries still have many serious problems, both environmental and social, and that the need for reform is clear and urgent.s)

Washington Post 2-22-2018: Taiwan is No.2 fishing nation as measured by Global fishing Watch's Automatic Identification Sys., 2016. ps: eu lifted yellow card 6 '19

 

 


 

     

US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices released at 3-13-2019: Labor laws do not cover domestic household workers, leaving them vulnerable to labor exploitation.   Foreign workers were most susceptible to forced labor, especially when serving as crew members on Taiwan-flagged fishing vessels.   Mistreatment and poor working conditions for foreign fishermen remained common.   Foreign fishermen recruited offshore were not entitled to the same labor rights, wages, insurance, and pensions as those recruited locally.  Some labor brokers charged foreign workers exorbitant recruitment fees and used debts incurred from these fees in the source country as tools of coercion to subject the workers to debt bondage.  

 

●   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.

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


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, France) , 4-18-2019:  Taiwan’s journalists are suffering from a very polarized media environment dominated by sensationalism and the pursuit of profit. Although President Tsai Ing-wen has said she wants to continue developing press freedom in Taiwan, few concrete measures have been taken to improve journalists’ editorial independence and encourage media to raise the quality of the public debate.

 

 <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...... 3-13-2019: self-censorship continued.  Journalists said they faced pressure from management to submit news stories to complement or support the content of paid advertisements.

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illegal foreign workers  

 

 

nearly 50,000 foreign workers from South-East Asia fled ( immigration government statistics: 47632 at large by 7-31-2019,  46980 on the run by 6-30-2019).   

  
Formosa TV English News at 3-25-2019:  ......  All workers from
Southeast Asia know that there are no consequences for getting caught, so why not run for it?  Even on social media, they openly say that Taiwan is the
 perfect place to run away.  
What a shame of Taiwan  !  

 

 

 humans and rats, most welcome !

 

     

 

 

 

Does Taiwan
 Have democracy?

 

 

 

  Food scandals never end, the officials hide  news from consumers CTN editorial, 10-20-2018

 

  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 allocated for each Taiwanese, according to 前瞻plan / The 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

 

 

Economist EIU Democracy Index 2019 shows Taiwan is "Flawed democracy", 2019's overall score is lower than 2015's and 2016's, the scores of "political culture", "political participation" are low (5.63, 6.11)

 Apple Daily, editorial, 12-7-2019:  in this bad election morality age, Taiwan president becomes a low threshold, min. qualification criteria position, and a laughingstock.

 

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

WEF <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> of 2019 shows Taiwan had the sub-region's largest decline in competitiveness,  Taiwan ranks 10th in Asia

 

China - People's Daily's Global Times (7-19-2016) Opinion-editorial: Tourists're gambling their lives in Taiwan  ...

 

●   BBC UK, The SUN (2-13-2017): "BUS CRASH HORROR !" Taiwan's transportation "safety standards need to be improved".

 

 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

 

●  Japan, Canada, the US also warned their nationals to Taiwan about traffic accident problems.

 

  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

 

 

 

 

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, 'Garbage island' 
! Save the ocean !

save the ocean
 

Daily Mail  (newspaper UK),  7-14-2017
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 (bottles) garbage
 

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

 


Justice're raped  !


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

UDN 2-26-2019: Nearly 80% Taiwanese are not satisfied with judicial reform, Nearly 80% don't believe justice

 

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

 

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One of Taiwan's Principal
human rights problems :

rotten (corruption)

 

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

 

 

 In platform presentation at 12-25-2019,  Nationalist Party (KMT) Presidential candidate Han criticized Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate current President Tsai has allowed top officials around grow very corrupt, Tsai refuted KMT was more serious, People First Party candidate Song said that speaking of corruption and unfair judiciary, KMT and DPP are about the same.

 

 

 

 


democracy vs DEMOcrazy

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Taiwan torture

   

Taiwan tortures its own people -
a major difference from what CIA did
(ps2)
 

also violate Nuremberg Code

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


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AIR POLLUTION

 

 

 

 

 

Taiwan, a "kingdom" of mask  ― 
 

 

Taiwan's CCPI (Climate Change Performance Index - GHG emissions, renewable energy, etc) rank of 2019 is reciprocal third among countries, the score/ranking is from bad to worse since 2017.


Apple Daily 12-11-2019, headline news: Taiwan's air pollution is bad to worse, about half population were endangered by PM2.5 and PM10 from top 10 hazardous level companies (China Steel, Taichung Power plant, etc) 

 

Lancet Planetary Health (April 10, '19):

"The 4th worst for rate of kids getting Asthma from traffic air pollution" 

China Times》, Taiwan,  4-12-2019 :
the government was criticized that lacking intention to improve air pollution.

 


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)

 

Taiwan's environmental quality (serious air pollution, bad water) was ranked

almost the last in all OECD countries  / 9-21-2015 China Times

 

 Taiwan built an environment to kill legally , for its PM2.5 air-pollution-control standard
15 years behind  /
dean, College of Public health, National T
aiwan University,  UDN headpage, 10-16-2017;   Liberty Times 1-4-2016 (http://news.ltn.com.tw/news/life/paper/945998).

 

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.

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Pic.:   Hypocritical government / Taiwan declared crackdown on prostitution,
only to turn into a country with world No.1  percentage of the consumers to
sex related business
 of all adults (Apple Daily 12-25-2014 )

ps: 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.

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pollute the sea

 

 

    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  

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taiwan air force

 


 

 Express UK, 6-17-2020:  World War 3: China preparing for 'military struggle' as Taiwan row intensifies     CNN, 8-11-2020 : Beijing's warplanes have only crossed  the Taiwan Strait "median line" ( "the de facto cease-fire line") intentionally three times since 1999 (ps: Newsweek 8-12-2020: since 1949)-- once in March 2019, in February of this year, and again on Monday (Azar met with Taiwan President Tsai) ps: In 2020, PLA fighters crossed median line more than 40 times

 

VS

 

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

 

  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 :    When asked to choose between

formal independence or maintaining economic ties with China,

 83 percent chose bread over romance...

 

  †

 

 

   

Hawkish at home, chicken abroad,
sharp spikes pointing

to its own hoi polloi

 

Le Monde diplomatic of France,
Mai 2016, depicted Taiwan
as a
trembling sweating rat (or mouse), backing to
a huge cat (China), is lifting high the banner "$O$"
.

 

 

Taiwan, a soft chicken

 

NewsWeek, 10-28-2020: As China Threatens War, Nearly Everyone in Taiwan Wants Peace: Poll

 

◆  “Their underlying thinking is that PLA has grown to be too strong for us to fight militarily anyway... Taiwan should just focus on putting up a good show of being tough, buy enough U.S. weapons for display, and pray that Americans come to our rescue /  Foreign Policy, 8-20-2020  https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/08/20/taiwan-military-flashy-american-weapons-no-ammo/

 Taiwan’s preparedness and its will to fight both look shaky
/  Economist,10-9-2020

 

New York times,  5-18-2017:   The gov has left the military understaffed and in a state of low morale ...

 

  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

 

Express (UK), 6-3-2020: South China Sea warning: All-out war fears erupt as Beijing rejects Taiwan peace plan   Express (UK) 6-10-2020: South China Sea crisis Taiwan invasion fears soar.  Mr. Hunt, the former Foreign Secretary (UK), warned China abandoned "peaceful" plans to reunify with Taiwan and may be on the verge of deploying military action against the neighbouring country as tensions erupt in the hotly contested South China Sea.    express.co.uk  5-30-2020:  Fears of total war as China repeats threat to INVADE neighbouring Taiwan Financial Times  5-19-2020 : Taiwan fears uptick in military threat from China in wake of coronavirus epidemic, with increasingly frequent incursions into airspace traditionally respected as a safety buffer zone.  

 

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 well /

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


 

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 the leader of Legislators, Liu 劉松藩 (apple daily 12-8-2016) ps3

 


 

 

 

       


 

People's Daily, 10-25-2020: Taiwan Intelligence strictly monitors Taiwanese people by so called "Green Terror"

 

  pic. : political dig-dirt...ps1

 

watch the people, or listen to the people?

keyhole or loophole ?

Taiwanese privacy


 United Daily (聯合報), editorial opinion 9-19-2018:  Secret police have already been active around us...  

UDN 11-3-2018: NSB is watching FB and other communities, and requested them to hand in users' 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 

 

 


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 cyber-link : Taiwanese creativity 


       logo Canada    

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

 


 

 

 

'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


 

 

 

 †  USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices,  

 3-13-2019, 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
)

 

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 areas 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".

 

 

 

 

above all are based on news & comments on Taiwan in recent years

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Too many fake scholarly papers, the gov. never handled it well ...

 

●  Fake papers again  -

Taiwan's image worsens for top scholar Chen (陳慶士) 's eight papers were found fake in the US.  / UDN 4-1-2018

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.

●  Lousy conducts and bad ethics in Taiwan's academic circle happened again and again, but never be handled seriously,
some careless-done fake papers are either ignorant or extremely audacious, some are even fraud-crimes,
only legal punishments can stop these, Taiwan government should take hard line now, even resulting in "corpses lie all over the country "
  / UDN 1-11-2017  ps11

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

 

 

 

  

 ♦ 2.   Suspect 
 
 

 


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 target-victims)




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 for a 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

 

 

 

  

  

3.   Introduce truly Taiwan ...  bit more

 

Taiwan prosecutor

 

 

Taiwan justice

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

  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 US'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 building)

 

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

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Big muzzle on law enforcement officers
        
money-talks working fine in Judicial system

         a deep-rooted perspective in Taiwanese mind

 

 

 †  Lady Justice became "Venus"

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

     In world media's eyes, Taiwan is  ~  
   


"conduit (tool)"  /    The LOWY Institute( think tank in Australia ) , 6-16-2020 : treating Taiwan as a conduit to frustrate Beijing imperils Taiwan’s security... and then the United States abandons Taiwan to deal with the consequences.

"meat on chopping blocks" New York Times , 9-18-2020: Taiwan has become completely dependent on the United States,... Many people are saying that Taiwan has become the meat on others’ chopping blocks”

 "human bomb"  /  Global Times, 9-8-2020: US sets Taiwan up as a 'human bomb'  ( drive the little to poke the big  )

  "food on the menu"  /  SCMP, 10-7-2020: "If you are not at the table, you are on the menu,” When the great powers sit at the geopolitical table, Taiwan has long been on the menu."

  "a dog under control"  /  Eurasian Times  7-9-2020: The Tsai authority ... turns to Washington and is willing to be used.  Taiwan Now Under ‘Deep Control’ Of The US.

  "a bargaining chip"  /  Forbes, 10-5-2020:  It would be a mistake for the U.S. to pursue an FTA as part of its China policy or to use Taiwan as a bargaining chip, and Taiwan has reasons to be wary as well.

◆  " a tradable pawn", "a useful chess piece"  /  Global Times, 8-23-2020: Taiwan is a useful chess piece for the US only because of the US strategy to suppress the Chinese mainland. On the one hand, Washington exploits the Taiwan question to contain China, on the other hand it is inciting tensions and making money by selling arms to Taiwan...Taiwan is a tradable pawn.  Taiwan for the US is only a tradable chess piece, but for the mainland, reunification of the mainland and Taiwan is priceless.

◆   "dispensable  irritant"  /   Asia Times, 11-16-2020;   Washington Post 1-18-2019: Trump abandoned the Kurds in Syria. Could Taiwan be next ?  WP, 7-14-2020: Trump's policies are undermining the security of Taiwan's democracy ...

 

 

 
   

 

 

  

  

  4.   editor-in-chief  

  

 

 

 

 

Singapore's The Straits Times, (awarded Asia best news at that time) reported (head-page, 4th page) Zola Zu was organizing world no.1 int'l cartoon-arts contest on his own dime to promote human rights and freedom of expression

 

       

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"We call ourselves the Republic of China, Taiwan", president Tsai has told BBC UK at Jan. 15, 2020, but later BBC changed it to "the Republic of China (Taiwan)".  This self-governing island country lies roughly 100 miles off the coast of southeastern China ( Taiwan's small island, Kinmens,  just one mile off China ) .  Taiwan's current population around 24 million is roughly the same as Australia’s, close to New York's, but the area of Australia is 207 times larger than Taiwan's, that of NY is about 4 times Taiwan's.   Taipei's housing price is about triple Tokyo's or Singapore's.  Taiwan climate is subtropical.

 

  area population   data Dec., 2020 Ratio of house price to income means you should eat & drink nothing for 14.39 years
 to buy a house
in Taipei
UK 7 Taiwan 3 Taiwan Taipei (Taiwan) 14.39
Japan 10 Taiwan 5 Taiwan Tokyo (Japan) 5
Australia 207 Taiwan same Singapore 4.5

  

Taiwan's travel and tourism competitiveness is ranked No.10 among Asian nations,  Taiwan's soft power has never entered top 30, losing Asia-Pacific's Japan, Australia,  NZ, China, Singapore, Korea, UAE, India, Thailand, Qatar in recent years. Taiwan's higher education is ranked about No.7~9 in the region,  Taipei is behind other AP cities Melbourne, Sydney, Osaka (Japan), Tokyo, Adelaide, Auckland (NZ), Wellington, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc in EIU's Global Livability Index Ranking 2019.  Taiwan's justice ministry was insufficiently independent (USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices , 2018, 2019; http://intlhumanrights.com/PoliticalPersecutionsTaiwanENG.htm  ). CTN opinion (4-12-2019): Taiwan's three presidents should be ashamed of Taiwan's judiciary.

 

To contrast China's 'authoritarian', Westerners gave too many fulsome compliments to Taiwan's democracy, however, Taiwan's democracy is "Flawed" ( Economist EIU Democracy Index '19 released in 2020) , and even is at surface level or in name only.  N.Y. Times, 12-1-2019:  soft underbelly of Taiwanese politics: patronage networks.  they continue to allow community leaders, farmers’ associations and even organized-crime figures to buy votes.  The Liberty Times, 1-12-2020, editorial: The administration's rottenness smells already.... It has shown a retrogressive trend in recent years, the freedom of speech, publication, assembly etc were persecuted by excuses such as national security (NHU paper, Jun. '20). Taiwan not only harm its democracy for national security, but also harm its national security for democracy.  Now China keeps inching closer to Taiwan, hence western experts (e.g., Foreign Policy, 10-28-2020, Financial Times (UK), 7-12-2020 ) warned Taiwan to make urgent defense reforms such as increasing the existing four-month conscription and improving reservist systems, but, Taiwanese politicians are afraid to discuss this issue with the public for months because they believe Taiwanese people are not willing to sacrifice, and considering electoral realities, Taiwan’s leaders don't want to shift to a policy could be deeply unpopular among the young voters courted by the ruling party (DPP), according to Foreign Policy (10-19-2020).   New York Times (5-18-2017) criticized Taiwan's nearly two million reservists "exist in name only" - but nothing big has changed till present.  Besides, Taiwan lacks good separation & balance of powers between the ruling party and the opposition, the executive and the legislative, the government and the media. The press freedom is ranked No.43 in 2020.  At end of 2020, Taiwan shuts Pro-China TV channel in battle over press freedom first ever since Taiwan’s liberation, which could have a "chilling effect, strongly impacting press freedom".

 

The People's Republic of China (PRC) has identified that Taiwan as part of its territory and its most important core interest, since the Kuomintang (Nationalists or KMT) government retreated to the island in 1949 following defeat in the Chinese civil war.  China has traditionally used a  double strategy  of “carrot and stick”  towards Taiwan, on one hand, it has vowed to reunite this "breakaway province" by force if necessary, and has been ramping up military, diplomatic and economic pressure on Taiwan since president Tsai I.W. (2016 ~) refused to recognise the "1992 consensus" a 'pseudo'-agreement made by Taiwan's KMT party and the Chinese Communist Party, that proclaimed "the existence of only one China ”, but “ with different interpretations ” (being free to decide which side was legitimate.).  In early 2019,  CCP Xi openly equates One Country Two Systems with the 1992 Consensus to eliminate other interpretations.   Under China's political development and strengthening its trade ties to our allies, Taiwan is diplomatically isolated, has only 15 formal relation allies till Mar. 2021 (Taiwan lost Salvador etc 3 allies within half yr. China rankled TW president's visit to NASA - LA Times 8-20-2018), most of them are little, unknown countries.  On the other hand, China took the strategy " Allowance of economic benefits to Taiwan"("讓利", such as charming Taiwan by offering preferential treatment in a soft power bid  /  le monde diplmatique  may 2019;   40% exports from Taiwan to China / CTN 5-30-2020;    mainland China remains the largest market outside Taiwan for Taiwanese workers and companies, with around 1 million Taiwanese working there /  German Institute for Int'l and security affairs, 2-7-2020    encouraging tourists to Taiwan/  WEF <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> of 2019 shows Taiwan had the sub-region's largest decline in competitiveness,  Taiwan's overall score ranks 10th in Asia.     L.A. Times, 8-1-2019: The indefinite suspension of individual travel visa is likely to prove a major economic hit to Taiwan, as well as a blow to cultural interplay. ) so that Taiwanese people may have higher tendency toward unification with China,  Taiwanese understood this interdependence is unavoidable, but over-dependence is risky.  Modern Diplomacy (EU) at 6-9-2020: Roughly 26 percent of Taiwan’s trade is with China, which is its largest trading partner.