Taiwan law

Taiwan’s Ex-President Rejects Defamation Charges

From AFP: Taiwan’s former president Chen Shui-bian on Monday insisted he was not guilty of defamation claims brought against him, as opponents of the pro-independence leader protested outside the courthouse. Chen, who...

Constitutional proposal released – Ko Shu-ling

From the Taipei Times (link): A private constitutional reengineering group yesterday unveiled its first version of proposed constitutional amendments, which would give the public the ability to initiate future constitutional revisions and adopt a two-house legislative system. Currently, only the legislature or the president can initiate constitutional revisions. The group did not make a recommendation […]

Taiwan’s President Pledges Debate on New Constitution – Edward Cody and Anthony Faiola

From the Washington Post (link): President Chen Shui-bian declared Monday that he will soon open debate on a new constitution for Taiwan, including the explosive issues of sovereignty, territory and formal independence for the self-ruled island. But Chen, who has incurred the wrath of China and the irritation of the United States over his relentless […]

BBC: Taiwan assembly passes changes

From BBC: Taiwan’s National Assembly has approved important constitutional changes which supporters say will strengthen the island’s democracy. Future amendments will have to be decided by referendums, which means the Assembly has effectively voted for its own abolition. The move will alarm China, which fears referendums could be used to edge Taiwan towards formal independence.

China’s Anti-secession law and Taiwan’s reaction

From People’s Daily Online: “Chinese top legislator Wu Bangguo Wednesday promised that the national legislature will do its best to fully reflect the common will of all Chinese people in making the anti-secession law.” The Taipei Times published a editorial entitled “Who is willing to listen?” The article said :”The Chinese State Council’s white paper […]

Wang Yiwei: China’s defensive realism

From the Asia Times Online: “At first glance, the world was very surprised by the timing of the announcement last Friday that Beijing was starting the legislative initiative of an anti-secession law, as it came after Taiwan leader Chen Shui-bian’s pro-independence party and its allies suffered a defeat in Taiwan’s legislative elections on December 11. […]

Zhiqun Zhu: Secession bill shows China’s wisdom

From Asia Times Online: “Though the timing may be surprising to some, China’s decision to go ahead with the legislative procedure to enact an anti-secession law aimed at Taiwan has been widely anticipated in recent years, given that the Taiwanese authorities have led the island further away from the Chinese mainland politically and culturally. ” […]

Li YongYan: Anti-secession bill reveals China’s fears

From Asia Times Online: “If Chinese legislators cared to learn a bit more about their own product lines, they wouldn’t have bothered with writing a bill duplicating part of the Chinese constitution on China’s unity.” Read the full commentary here.

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