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Watching the passionate politics in the streets and vibrant economy that survived the 97 Asian financial crises, many believe Taiwan (officially dubbed Republic of China or R.O.C.) has come a long way from its past colonial and authoritarian governments to metamorphose into a democracy. As a Taiwanese resident, I can testify to this view. However, a mature democracy has to be more than just elections and industries. It is also about respect for natural rights of human beings and a capable institution for protecting it. This is where Taiwan’s democratic maturity is less able to stand up to scrutiny. Both Ming-Sen and I believe this weakness is particularly demonstrative in Taiwan’s compulsory military service (henceforth CMS) and thus forms the general theme of this blog. (繼續閱讀…)

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