Does Taiwan, a society still trying to make sense of its past violence and intolerance, have something to offer to the world as a light in these dark times?
As a nation sitting right in the center of East Asia, Taiwan will undoubtedly be profoundly impacted by the rising tensions between the US and North Korea.
The perception of Taiwan and China in Malaysia is divided along lines of ethnicity, influenced by cultural exposure and historical memory.
As governments worldwide stall or even backtrack on their commitments to open data, Taiwan remains an oasis of open data, which can be a diplomatic strength.
This week marks the 30th anniversary of the end to authoritarian rule in Taiwan, as well as the death of Chinese democracy fighter Liu Xiaobo.