Sunday, March 22, 2015

While the World Wasn't Looking, Crisis-Prone Taiwan Had A Political Revolution

While the World Wasn't Looking, Crisis-Prone Taiwan Had A Political Revolution


To live in Taiwan is to live in a state of perpetual change – and occasional crisis. While the world focused on the mass protests in Hong Kong against the potential loss of its sovereignty to Beijing in 2014, Taiwan’s political revolution received scant attention from Washington and the capitals of Europe. It is unsurprising. In its grand project to steer China toward free trade and international norms, the United States has steadily reduced its political commitments to Taipei over the past half century out of expediency. The result? Not only does China remain a dictatorship and a flagrant violator of human rights but the long American slide toward appeasement has both emboldened Beijing and compromised international security.
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