Taiwan: Kuomintang’s landslide election defeat redraws the political map

Taiwan: Kuomintang’s landslide election defeat redraws the political map

Taiwan’s ‘Sunflower Movement’ and democracy protests in Hong Kong fuel massive rejection of ruling party Vincent Kolo and CWI Taiwan reporters The term “political earthquake” has been widely used to describe Taiwan’s mayoral and local elections on 29 November. The results were a crushing defeat for the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) or […]

Obama’s TPP: Taking neo-liberalism to a new level

Obama’s TPP: Taking neo-liberalism to a new level

Taiwan’s ‘sunflower movement’ gave a glimpse of mass movement needed to defeat neo-liberal attacks and militarism James Langdon, CWI Taiwan The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is still being negotiated, will be one of the largest trade deals in history. Originally a ‘traditional’ free-trade agreement between a handful of countries, it […]

Taiwan: Thousands march against Ma’s nuclear policy

Taiwan: Thousands march against Ma’s nuclear policy

Echoes of ‘sunflower movement’ as thousands stage ‘occupy’ protests in Taipei CWI Taiwan reporters There seems to be no respite for Taiwan’s beleaguered president Ma Ying-jeou. Tens of thousands of people took part in a two-day protest in Taipei at the weekend to demand the government cancel its planned fourth nuclear […]

Taiwan: Sunflower movement exposes DPP’s lack of an alternative

Taiwan: Sunflower movement exposes DPP’s lack of an alternative

Need for a genuine working class alternative to neoliberal nationalism and capitalism James Langdon, CWI Taiwan The 3-week occupation of the Legislative Yuan and historic mass protests against the hated Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA) have again raised the question of whether the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is a […]

Taiwan: Occupation of parliament ends after 24 days

Taiwan: Occupation of parliament ends after 24 days

What are the lessons of the island’s ‘sunflower movement’? Taiwan has witnessed an unprecedented mass protest movement since 18 March when around 200 students occupied the main chamber of the Legislative Yuan (parliament) to stop the ratification of the contentious Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA) between Taiwan and China. The […]