“Respect for Taiwan will never come from how well we run the country, but from small groups of people willing to sacrifice for a robust civil society.”
The recently passed bill is a step forward, but we should not lose sight of the bigger picture of what transitional justice truly represents in Taiwan.
Our correspondent Emily Rolen faces first hand the difficulties of settling down in Taiwan, a worrying trend in a fast aging and shrinking population.
China is not only punishing Lee, but sending a message to discourage others from following in Lee’s steps in line with how harshly it treats its own people.
If more Taiwanese citizens are made aware of the double standard in their laws, we will have more local support and a better chance at substantive reform.