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TBT Newsletter March 2016 is available now
2016-03-30 00:00:00
Editor's Note

Taiwan Brain Trust is indebted to you for the steady stream of feedback received from readers in a variety of fields. It is your input that serves as our driving force, motivating us to continue on in our efforts. We are exceedingly grateful for each and every suggestion and encouragement we receive from you. This month, experts in various fields share their views on current issues that include Taiwan joining the TPP, the KMT’s inappropriately obtained assets, Chinese actions toward Taiwan, China’s National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Congress, China’s legal battles in the South China Sea, and the US presidential race.

In his story titled “The Positive Effects of TPP Membership for Taiwan”, Professor Chiou Jiunn-rong with the Department of Economics at National Central University points out that the TPP represents an opportunity for Taiwan to integrate into the regional economy. Despite the challenges and impact it could have on Taiwan, it will also have a number of positive effects, including optimizing the nation’s export structure, reducing uncertainty in trade disputes and litigations, improving food safety, and increasing drug price transparency.

Attorney Huang Di-yin explains in his piece “Transitional Justice, Eradicating the KMT Assets” that a high level of consensus exists in society for the new Legislature’s push for “transitional justice”. The new Legislature should quickly pass bills including a “Political Party Law” and “Rules for Dealing with Improperly Obtained Party Assets”. More importantly, party assets should be returned to the people. Eradicating ill-gotten gain would truly level the playing field for competition among political parties and normalize the nation’s democracy.

In his article entitled “Psychological Harassment China’s New Norm for Dealing with Taiwan”, Yen Chien-fa, professor with the Department of Business Management at Chien Hsin University of Science and Technology, shares his view that China is attempting to fix the idea in everyone’s mind that “Taiwan is part of China”. It will it then use a variety of carrot and stick policies as it demands more and more concessions from Taiwan. Taiwan must face this reality and prepare itself for a long struggle with China.

Tsai Chung-min, associate professor with the Department of Political Science, National Chengchi University, states in his piece “The 4th Session of the 12th National People’s Congress in 2016—An Observation” that internal adjustments made during China’s National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Congress will not only affect the global economy, its “One Belt and One Road” strategic opening to the outside world will have a direct impact on the Middle East and Southeast Asia and will indirectly increase the global importance of regional economic cooperation. The significance of the latest China’s National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Congress and its passing of a policy basis for major reforms during this first year in the next five-year plan is self-evident.

In his piece “China’ Legal Battles over the South China Sea” TBT Vice President Lin Ting-hui explains that China’s political goals in the South China Sea are based on becoming a “maritime power”, an idea raided by Hu Jintao during the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012. In a collective learning session held by the Politburo in 2013, Xi Jinping also brought up the importance of being a maritime power. The methods China uses in its legal battle in the South China Sea can be divided into internal legislation, international law, judicial, legal proclamations, and maritime law enforcement.

In his story “2016 U.S. Primaries: Clinton Emerges as Favorite, Republicans Face Trump Dilemma”, Lu Chengfung, Assistant professor, Department of International and Mainland China Affairs, National Quemoy University , states that Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton’s boasts a clear lead in the 2016 US presidential primaries, while Donald Trump is expected to win the Republican Party nomination. Of the two, Clinton is more likely to win the presidential election as she has more experience in politics and diplomacy and is more popular outside of the US.

In this globalized 21st century, Taiwan, as an island- nation, needs to take a macro view of the world. The Taiwan Brain Trust hopes to offer analyses of major events, both in Taiwan and around the world, for local readers as well as provide a Taiwan perspective for readers around the world. If you have any suggestions or comments please drop us a line at info@braintrust.tw or follow us on Facebook.

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