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Why President Trump Should Break the ‘One China’ Spell

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in News, Op Ed, Publications, Taiwan, Xi Jinping Visit to America | Comments Off on Why President Trump Should Break the ‘One China’ Spell

NATIONAL REVIEW Why President Trump Should Break the ‘One China’ Spell Standing up for Taiwan, a key democratic ally, will benefit American interests in the long run. By Jianli Yang – April 5, 2017 During China’s recent “Two sessions,” in which some 5,000 governing elites gathered in Beijing to rubber-stamp the agenda of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Wang Hongguang, a retired Chinese general, publicly dared the United States to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) in Taiwan. He boasted that the deployment would provide the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) with an excuse to use force to “liberate” the island. Wang had earlier dared the U.S. to deploy Marines to guard the site of the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto American Embassy on the island. He has threatened to use harsh countermeasures to retaliate against...

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Taipei Times: Chinese exile urges Taiwanese to protect democracy

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 in International Relations, Taiwan | Comments Off on Taipei Times: Chinese exile urges Taiwanese to protect democracy

Taipei Times Chinese exile urges Taiwanese to protect democracy ‘BEACON’: If Taiwanese can bring human rights to another level, it will have a positive influence on China, which will also promote Taiwanese interests, Yang Jianli said Staff writer, with CNA, Sun, Aug 14, 2016 Taiwanese should work hard to protect democracy and improve human rights so that Taiwan can “shine as a beacon for the people of China,” exiled Chinese dissident and former political prisoner Yang Jianli (楊建利) said during a visit to Taipei. The US-based democracy advocate said that there are many programs in Taiwan to help the pro-democracy movement in China, including allowing Chinese dissidents to tell their stories in Taiwan, in an interview with the Central News Agency earlier this week. “I hope the programs will be expanded to help Taiwanese learn more about the situation in...

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Human Rights Foundation mulling forum in Taipei

Posted on Aug 13, 2016 in International Relations, Taiwan | Comments Off on Human Rights Foundation mulling forum in Taipei

Staff writer, with CNA, Taipei, August 13, 2016 The Human Rights Foundation is seeking to hold one of its freedom forums in Taipei next year to highlight Taiwan’s suppression in the international community and its democratic achievements, the New York-based group said. The forum usually brings the experience of the foundation’s flagship annual conference – the Oslo Freedom Forum – to different regions of the world to discuss human rights, political freedom and democracy issues. As the foundation is seeking to bring the forum to East Asia, Taipei is the host city of choice, chief strategy officer Alex Gladstein said in an interview in Taipei on Wednesday. The aim is to inform activists around the world about Taiwan’s transition to democracy, which is an example of democracy in a Chinese society, said Gladstein, who is in Taipei to plan for...

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Human Rights Foundation eying Taipei as host of Freedom Forum

Posted on Aug 12, 2016 in International Relations, Taiwan | Comments Off on Human Rights Foundation eying Taipei as host of Freedom Forum

Taipei, Aug. 11, 2016 (CNA) The New York-based Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is seeking to hold one of its Freedom Forums in Taipei next year to highlight Taiwan’s suppression in the international community and its democratic achievements, according to the organizers. The forum usually brings the experience of the HRF’s flagship annual conference, the Oslo Freedom Forum, to different regions of the world to discuss current issues of human rights, political freedom and democracy. As the foundation is seeking to bring the forum to East Asia, Taipei is the host city of choice, Alex Gladstein, chief strategy officer of the foundation, said in an interview with CNA in Taipei on Wednesday. The aim is to inform activists around the world about Taiwan’s transition to democracy, which is an example of democracy in a Chinese society, said Gladstein, who is in...

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UNPO Recognises Dr Jianli Yang’s Efforts for Minorities and Oppressed Groups in China

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 in Hong Kong, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Macao, Mongolia, News, Religious Freedom, Taiwan, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on UNPO Recognises Dr Jianli Yang’s Efforts for Minorities and Oppressed Groups in China

Photo courtesy of United States Mission Geneva The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is delighted to praise Dr Jianli Yang, Chinese dissident and human rights activist for over 25 years, for his significant efforts to bring together different ethnic, religious and political groups from the territory of the People’s Republic of China and in getting them to work together to promote their common goals. UNPO commends his commitment to the non-violent struggle for human rights and democracy. For the past quarter of a century, Mr Yang has seen as his mission to facilitate a peaceful transition of the PRC to the respect of human rights, genuine rule of law, and democratic governance for all. He believes that such a transition can only be achieved by the peoples themselves, through united efforts but also thanks to the support of the...

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Statement on Ma-Xi Summit Meeting

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 in Highlights, Taiwan | Comments Off on Statement on Ma-Xi Summit Meeting

It is of great interest that top leaders across the Taiwan Straits held their first historic summit meeting in Singapore on November 7, 2015, after the two sides separated and were ruled under different system in 1949.   We noticed the tone of the meeting when addressing both leaders as “sir/Mr. xxx” as a symbol of equal status. We also noticed,  and welcome the gesture that China’s state-owned Central Television broadcasted the national flag of the Republic of China, without pixelating the screen, indicating more respect for history and reality than before.   Mr. Ma Ying-Jeou emphasized the “92 Consensus under one China principle” in his pre-summit statement, but he omitted the more important elements for Taiwan that each side “verbally states” its respective principles on “one China.” Mr. Ma reissued his stance at his immediate post-summit press conference....

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What Were Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communists Doing Around the Time of the Cairo Conference?

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 in Global Efforts, News, Op Ed, Publications, Taiwan | Comments Off on What Were Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communists Doing Around the Time of the Cairo Conference?

What Were Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communists Doing Around the Time of the Cairo Conference? By Yang Jianli, published: September 1, 2015 www.chinachange.org CAIRO CONFERENCE, 1943. VIA @HEGUISEN “At the time of the Cairo Conference, although the US military had already gained the upper hand in the Pacific and was actively planning an Allied invasion of Europe, and despite the first glimmerings of hope for an Allied victory over Germany, Italy and Japan, another threat was already taking shape, this time within Allied ranks: it would grow to become the greatest and most persistent threat to global peace in the post-war era.” On the eve of the 70th anniversary celebration of the victory over Japan in World War II, The Cairo Declaration – a so-called “historical epic” produced by the August First Film Studio – has managed to cause a public outcry even before...

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