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In “China’s Conduct in the South China Sea: Power Politics Versus Legal Battles,” TBT Vice President Lin Ting-hui maintains that China’s land reclamation projects and other aggressive measures are not only in response to the Philippines’ arbitration case but out of long term strategic and economic thinking. Since China cannot determine the outcome of the Arbitral Tribunal, it attempts to force a fait accompli by changing the status quo in the South China Sea.
TBT Vice President Lin Ting-hui emphasizes in “Factors for DPP Cross-Strait Policy in the 2014 Elections Aftermath” that the DPP clearly recognizes that the party cannot go it alone vis-à-vis China. Instead, it will consult various sectors in Taiwan to seek consensus, and consider the stances of the United States and China, in order to propose responsible policies that account for Taiwan’s political and economic reality and meet the need for effective governance.
Cross-strait relations require comprehensive strategic assessment and policy formulation to prevent misjudgments that could cause the situation to spin out of control, trigger tension and escalate into a crisis. Such assessment must take into account domestic political developments on both sides, changes on the foreign policy front, the respective leaders’ perception of the situation and the consequences of policy implementation.
North Korea had escaped the international media’s focus for some time since the Islamic State and Ukraine captured global limelight. But recently North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who pulled off a 40-day vanishing act before resurfacing, has sparked widespread speculation. Furthermore, in October, three senior North Korean leaders, including the country’s No. 2 Hwang Pyong-so, made a whirlwind visit to the South and held a luncheon meeting with South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won and other officials, which revealed that relations between the two Koreas might be thawing. These moves have again drawn the world’s attention to North Korean politics and the evolvement of international relations in Northeast Asia.
The Scottish Independence Referendum on September 18 was a game changer despite the Yes campaign’s defeat by a 10% margin, and it retains its particular significance to Taiwan. UK and EU citizens residing in Scotland over the age of sixteen voted on a clear question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Whichever side garnered more votes would win the day. Most Taiwanese commentators agree that the design of this referendum, in which residents decide on a straightforward question by simple plurality, is exemplary. This article explores who gets to decide, the question, and decision by plurality, with an eye to their relevance for Taiwan politics.
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