Governance

  • Conflicts - Tensions

    Taiwan begins extended conscription in response to PRC threat

    Reuters New recruits began serving one-year compulsory military service in Taiwan in late January 2024 after the conscription period was extended from four months over concerns about the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) rising military threat. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen announced the extension in late 2022. The PRC has ramped up military, diplomatic and economic pressure to assert its claims…

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    How Taiwan beat back disinformation and preserved election integrity

    The Associated Press The rumors about vote fraud started swirling as the ballots in Taiwan’s presidential election were being tallied in mid-January 2024. There were baseless claims that people had fabricated votes and that officials had miscounted and skewed the results. In a widely shared video, a woman recording votes mistakenly enters one in the column for the wrong candidate.…

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    Experts: CCP’s military purge will escalate

    FORUM Staff As 2023 waned, the purge of defense officials in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) intensified, especially among those associated with an elite missile unit. The state-run Xinhua News Agency reported the ouster of nine generals from the National People’s Congress, which is considered a “rubber-stamp parliament” for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Five of the generals were…

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