May 5, 2014

Taiwan's Sunflower Movement Transforms

Lorand Laskai, The Diplomat

The Associated Press

A week or so ago, in the southern city of Tainan, a political rally unfolded in one of the city’s many public parks. It attracted a sizable crowd of young people, a not uncommon sight since the Sunflower Movement, with its legions of sunflower adorned youth protesting the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA), burst onto the scene in late March. Here, too, vivid displays of sunflowers abounded—but something was different. This time the discussion was about Taiwanese independence.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: China, Taiwan, Sunflower Movement


May 2, 2014
Is Taiwan Sinking Back into Obscurity?
Chris Fuchs, Tea Leaf Nation
The rush of foreign media attention gave the protesters, and Taiwan generally, an unusually attentive international audience. And it has created a new set of public relations challenges both for Taiwanese President Ma... more ››
April 22, 2014
Why Taiwan Wants Submarines
James Holmes, The Diplomat
There is good strategic logic to Taiwan’s decision to build diesel subs. Execution is a different story. more ››
April 22, 2014
What if China Goes All Putin on Its Neighbors?
Steinberg & O'Hanlon, FP
As President Barack Obama prepares for his trip to Asia this week, he will face questions not just about the administration's signature rebalance, or "pivot" toward that region, but also about the crisis in Ukraine. The leaders... more ››
April 22, 2014
Chinese Spies Keep Eye on Leading Universities
John Garnaut, SM Herald
China is building large covert spy networks inside Australia's leading universities, prompting Australia to strengthen its counter-intelligence capabilities. Chinese intelligence officials have confirmed to Fairfax Media that... more ››
April 22, 2014
Chinese Police with Guns?
Lotus Yuen, Tea Leaf Nation
Thanks to Hollywood movies, quite popular here, the average Chinese person is familiar with the image of a gun-toting policeman who yells “freeze or I’ll shoot!” after an escaping criminal. But that trope also makes many... more ››