The South China Sea Dispute: Why it’s so important

Since 1947 when the ROC (Taiwan) published the first map claiming territory in almost the entire South China Sea, a dispute has been raging on between China, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Brunei.  On July 2, 2017, the USS Stethem warship sailed within 12 miles into the "territorial limits" of Triton Island, claiming it …

Is Taiwan a part of China? The importance of names, and the biggest backer

The question "Is Taiwan a part of China?" is one that has been asked by many, myself included. Politically, this seems correct - as the ROC, Taiwan indeed is a part of China. However, after living in both places, I have found that the two cultures are the same, yet drastically different at the same …

Hong Kong: Does “one country, two systems” really work out?

Leaders. They have their supporters and backers, and they have their enemies and protesters. Hong Kong's former Leung Chun-Ying has had his controversies, from meddling in a legislative investigation to rumors of him calling upon gangsters in the midst of pro-democratic protests. The Umbrella Movement in 2014 is only one of the examples of a …