Lessons to Learn From 2016 for 2018 and the Future: Political Elections Across the Pacific Ocean

“If when I die, I am still a dictator, I will certainly go down into the oblivion of all dictators. If, on the other hand, I succeed in establishing a truly stable foundation for a democratic government, I will live forever in every home in China." ~ Former KMT President and Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek/蔣中正 (1887‒1975) … Continue reading Lessons to Learn From 2016 for 2018 and the Future: Political Elections Across the Pacific Ocean

Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Play Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (and What I Look Forward to in the Upcoming Rise & Fall Expansion)

Disclaimer: I have not been endorsed by either Firaxis Games or 2K to write this game review. These are only my individual thoughts on my perceptions of the game, and solely my own. I do not intend to monetize or sell anything from posting this critique. Thank you, Happy Holidays and enjoy! The government should … Continue reading Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Play Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (and What I Look Forward to in the Upcoming Rise & Fall Expansion)

Celebrating Taiwan’s (and the Republic’s) Ups and Downs: 66 Years On and Counting

We live in the present, we dream of the future and we learn eternal truths from the past. ~ Madame Chiang Kai-Shek AKA Soong May-Ling/宋美齡 (1898 – 2003) In 1895, after China suffers a major defeat in the first Sino-Japanese War, as part of the agreement, Imperial Japan annexes the island of Formosa (Taiwan) into … Continue reading Celebrating Taiwan’s (and the Republic’s) Ups and Downs: 66 Years On and Counting

Future Column on China/Taiwan Cross-Strait Relations

Taiwan KMT Chairman Wu Po-Hsiung speaks

Now I know I generally do not write about politics, but as I am waiting for my copy of Jay Taylor's The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-Shek and the Struggle for Modern China to arrive in the mail next week, the topic of the political relations between Mainland China and Taiwan have recently resurfaced in my thoughts. And therefore, I'd like to discuss and take these issues a bit further in a possible upcoming column.

 

For now, I'd like to turn your attention to Kuomintang (國民黨) chairman Wu Po-Hsiung as he speaks of his visit with Beijing's Hu Jintao and their talks (this interview is from a year ago, but it is relevant to the times in forming compromises between China and Taiwan).

 

So be on the lookout for what will be my first political column.

 

Until then, peace! 😀

 

~ J Chen the Columnist