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Chinese vs. Big China: Hong Kong’s lessons are being studied in Taiwan


Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Hong Kong has always been a city of contrasts. Wealth, a free economy, a feisty media, and the rule of law, have always contrasted with poverty, crowding and claustrophobia. Still, […]

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Student protestors warn China would do to Taiwan,what Russia did to Crimea

Student leader Lin Fei-fan speaks in Taiwan’s parliament during the ongoing protests opposing the controversial trade agreement with China, on April 5. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Parris H. Chang TAIPEI, Taiwan — Hundreds of thousands of “black-clad army” members rallied for democracy at Ketagalan Blvd. in front of the presidential office and streets nearby here on March 30. They wore black to […]

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With unofficial start of Beijing-Taipei talks, Xi Jinping launches campaign for Taiwan hearts and minds

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Honorary Chairman of the Kuomintang Lien Chan in Beijing on Feb. 18.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com President Xi Jinping has made progress in his long-cherished goal of starting political or “reunification” talks with Taiwan, which would eventually lead to some form of political union between the two political entities […]

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Beijing’s strategy to ‘buy’ Taiwan: Coerced unification without firing a shot

Wang Yu-chi, left and Zhang Zhijun in Nanjing. /Simon Song/South China Morning Post

Special to WorldTribune.com Parris H. Chang It is no secret that Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou anxiously seeks to attend the APEC summit in Beijing in October and facilitate a historic meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, hoping to extricate himself […]

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USA lags again on global report card as East Asia runs away from the pack

Graduation at Chaoyang University of Technology in Taiwan.

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — While final exams and the end of the semester are fast approaching for students across America, there’s an early report card which was just delivered with grades for math, reading, and science. Regrettably students […]

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Taiwan’s pro-China policies under Ma have benefitted neither its economy nor its people

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Parris Chang On July 20, Taiwan’s ruling party (Kuomintang or KMT) elected its chairman, and tens of thousands of its members were mobilized to vote for the incumbent — President Ma Ying-jeou. Pundits likened the election […]

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As U.S. ‘pivots’ to East Asia, Taiwan is drifting into Beijing’s orbit


Sol W. Sanders   TAIPEI – The U.S.’ 50-year-old alliance with [Formosa] Taiwan is eroding slowly but surely in the face of Beijing’s siren call and growing indifference of the Obama administration. Yet at a moment when U.S. strategy ostensibly […]

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A modest solution to the China-Japan dispute over islands: They belong to Taiwan


Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders TAIPEI – Annette Lu Hsiu-lien, former Taiwan vice president, proposes a demilitarized settlement of the East China islands flash point between China and Japan. In an interview with WorldTribune, Lu claimed Taiwan actually […]

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Report: Iran used Russian Su-25s to intercept U.S. Predator drone

Iran Air Force Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The Iranian Air Force has surprised the U.S. military with the interception of a Predator unmanned aerial vehicle, a report said. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy asserted that the interception of the U.S. […]

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U.S. silent on a dangerous game of chess in the East China Sea

Taiwanese vessels and Japan Coast Guard patrol ships in Japan's territorial waters on the morning of Sept. 25, off Uotsuri Island, top, one of the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands, in a photo from a Kyodo News plane.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory Copley, Global Information System A Sept. 25, 2012, maritime incident at the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea — ostensibly between Republic of China (ROC: Taiwan) maritime elements and Japanese Coast Guard vessels — […]

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