Tuesday, November 24, 2015

New Books from Routledge, Latest Taiwan Communique Out!

Some lovely fall days we've been having...

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Taiwan and The ‘China Impact’

Challenges and Opportunities

Edited by Gunter Schubert
Yesterday we held the book launch at SOAS for:

In the next few weeks we will also hold book launches for the other two new volumes published in 2015. 

New Book: Government and Politics in Taiwan: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415575423/

New Edited Volume: Migration to and from Taiwan
New in paperback: Party Politics in Taiwan
Convenor MA in Taiwan Studies at SOAS
Centre of Taiwan Studies: http://www.soas.ac.uk/taiwanstudies/
Routledge Research on Taiwan book series:http://www.routledge.com/books/series/RRTAIWAN/

Taiwan Communique Out!

To: Taiwanese friends in the United States, Europe and Asia
From: Formosan Association for Public Affairs

We are pleased to let you know that the new issue of Taiwan Communiqué is hot off the press (attached). This issue starts with an overview of the Kuomintang’s Comic Opera that took place in the past few weeks, with KMT Chairman Eric Chu suddenly replacing presidential candidate Ms. Hung Hsiu-chu, who was rather unceremoniously ditched.

We then present the Election campaign in the final stretch from the DPP perspective, with a summary of Dr. Tsai Ing-wen’s September 22nd 2015 foreign policy speech, a brief account of her trip to Japan, and opening of her campaign headquarters in Taipei.

This is followed by an account of the Double Ten National Day celebrations , this year attended by Dr. Tsai Ing-wen. We also touch on President Ma Ying-jeou’s Double Ten speech, which was rather seriously out of touch.

We then have a bit of an analysis of the Taiwanization of the Chinese Kuomintang. Many observers are noting the implosion of the old “Chinese” Kuomintang, and ask whether the rather spectacular downward trend will lead to self-destruction or whether a more Taiwan-centric party will rise from the ashes.

In our Report from Washington we present the text of an the resolution introduced in Congress by Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH) reaffirming the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances as the cornerstone of US-Taiwan relations.

We then have a Book Review on a new book published in Taiwan: From Taiwan to the World and Back; the memoir of ambassador Lo Fu-chen, who worked for many decades as a United Nations regional development specialist, and in 2000 was appointed Taiwan’s ambassador to Japan.

Below you find the table of contents. The electronic version will be uploaded to our websites www.fapa.org and http://www.taiwandc.org/twcom/index.html The hardcopy will be sent out to those who are on our mailing list next week.

Best regards,
Gerrit van der Wees
Editor, Taiwan Communiqué
Formosan Association for Public Affairs

CONTENTS Taiwan Communiqué no 153

November / December 2015

The Kuomintang's comic opera
The ruling party ditches Ms. Hung Hsiu-chu ....... 1

Eric Chu becomes the candidate ................... 3

Mr. Eric Chu is on the wrong track

by Gerrit van der Wees ............. 5

Election campaign in the final stretch
Tsai Ing-wen maintains a strong lead ............. 7

Tsai Ing-wen's foreign policy speech ............. 7

Successful visit to Japan ....................... 10

Opening of the DPP campaign headquarters ........ 10

National Day celebrations
A controversial "Double Ten" heritage ........... 11

Tsai Ing-wen attends and builds bridges ......... 12

President Ma Ying-jeou's speech: out of touch ... 13

The "Taiwanization" of the Chinese KMT
Ma Ying-jeou: the last of the Mohicans .......... 15
How Ms. Hung hastened the demise of the old KMT . 16
What will the new KMT look like? ................ 17

Report from Washington
Steve Chabot's Six Assurances resolution ........ 19

Book Review

From Taiwan to the world and back

a Memoir of Ambassador Lo Fu-chen, By Chen Rou-jin

reviewed by Gerrit van der Wees..... 21

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