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Clemens von Ketteler, German diplomat murdered in China

Clemens von Ketteler, Minister of the German Empire in China, was killed in Peking on June 20th, 1900 by a local soldier.

Another embarrassing defeat for the KMT in Taiwan

The removal of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu from office is also related to China.

How Chinese in Spain responded to the coronavirus

After two and a half months of lockdown, one June 1st the autonomous community Valencia entered phase two of the transition process, back to...

The EU and the AU share little more than declarations of intent

Africa’s many problems and also its lack of self-reflection represent a big challenge for the European Union.

The Battle of Tsushima, the beginning of the end for Czarist Russia

At the beginning of the 20th century, declining Russia suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of emerging Japan.

Having no health insurance sealed a motorcyclist’s fate

Nowadays, getting excellent medical help in Taiwan is actually the norm. But 30 years ago, a scooter accident went tragically wrong…

Taiwan President Tsai Ying-wen starts second term

Taiwan’s first female president Tsai Ying-wen starts her second term in office while the world is fighting the coronavirus, which her government has contained very successfully.

Taiwan 2019: same-sex marriage introduced against majority will

Same-sex marriage was legalized in Taiwan exactly one year ago after the nation’s highest court had ruled in favor in 2017, but against a majority of the population.

Maiden voyage to Taiwan, the old Formosa

I arrived in Taiwan for the first time in 1988. This is the first posting about those good old days.

Using junks to conquer an island: the strange case of Hainan in 1950

The conquest of the Chinese island of Hainan by Mao’s communists in the spring of 1950 saw the successful use of junks against war ships.

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