China’s dream of unifying with Taiwan is fading fast amid the coronavirus and Hong Kong protests

In Beijing, paramount leader Xi Jinping must be wondering what further calamities can befall his grand plans for China’s rejuvenation. Hong Kong’s still-unresolved 2019 political insurrection is now being eclipsed by an even greater crisis, also of his government’s making. The consequences of China’s lax public health standards and obsessive public security concerns have combined […]


Taiwan election: How the pro-Beijing Kuomintang accused rivals of suppressing political dissent

Taiwan’s Pro-Beijing Kuomintang (KMT) party has shifted its 2020 presidential campaign strategy in the past few weeks. Instead of focusing on how the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) strained relation with China has had adverse impacts on Taiwan’s economy, the KMT has begun accusing the party of “green terror” — or suppressing pro-Beijing political dissent by […]

Taiwan election: Chinese propaganda slogan ‘unifying Taiwan by force’ is losing its threatening edge

By Oiwan Lam Mainland China’s public call for “unifying Taiwan by force” (武統台灣) surged after Tsai Ing-wen of the pro-Taiwan independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won the Taiwanese presidential election in 2016. Unification with Taiwan is a significant agenda goal for Chinese president Xi Jinping’s national revival project as outlined by his report at the 19th Communist Party Congress […]