Analysis of East Asian politics, state military capabilities, culture, and current events. Focused primarily on Taiwan, China, North and South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, and Japan.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Taiwan's Impending Independence Surge
The fact that the occupation of the Taiwan legislature by student activists earlier this spring was woefully under-reported, is disappointing for a number of reasons. Primarily, the world missed an opportunity to see the changes in social and political identities sweeping across the island nation. These generational changes that are taking place in Taiwan, along with external factors such as China’s treatment of Hong Kong and its increasing bellicosity in its littoral areas, are going to reshape local politics in a way that suggests in the not-too-distant future, there is going to be a powerful new impetus for independence in Taiwan. (The full article written by Michael Turton and myself for Ketagalan Media can be accessed here.