Chen Kuohsiang


Chen Kuohsiang is a veteran media personality in Taiwan. He is the former chairman of Taiwan's Central News Agency and was previously editor-in-chief of Independence Evening Post and China Times, and head of China Times Express. He has written for China Times and Yazhou Zhoukan. He is a former member of the Central Election Commission and was a member of the committee in charge of Hakka affairs for Taipei city.

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves as he walks with members of the Chinese Communist Party's new Politburo Standing Committee, the nation's top decision-making body, to meet the media in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on 23 October 2022. (Noel Celis/AFP)

With Xi-ism, is extreme power quietly taking shape in China?

The 20th Party Congress has closed and the CCP leadership has been set. Chinese President Xi Jinping has further consolidated his authority after removing rival factions and promoting those loyal to him. Furthermore, Xi will reign over party ideology with “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” and the “Two Establishes”. Nonetheless, Taiwanese commentator Chen Kuohsiang notes that the system cannot thrive without different views or a self-correcting mechanism.
This file photo taken on 6 January 2022 shows Taiwanese soldiers taking part in a drill at an army base in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. (Sam Yeh/AFP)

Taiwanese commentator: Lee Kuan Yew saw reunification as inevitable

Years ago, Singapore’s late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew said that cross-strait reunification was a matter of time and that its fate was sealed a long time ago. Taiwanese commentator Chen Kuohsiang finds such an assessment insightful, concluding that Taiwan would do well to avoid leaning too much towards the US and becoming too reliant on it for security.
Taiwanese soldiers operate a CM-11 tank simulating firing during a military drill at an undisclosed location in Taiwan, 8 August 2022 in this handout picture released on 10 August 2022. (Taiwan Military News Agency/Handout via Reuters)

Taiwan Strait war will destroy peace and trade in the Asia-Pacific region

Tensions in the Taiwan Strait have intensified after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s military exercises encircling Taiwan. Taiwanese commentator Chen Kuohsiang assesses that a war in the Taiwan Strait would have implications for the Asia-Pacific region that go beyond geopolitics.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leaves the parliament in Taipei, Taiwan, 3 August 2022. (Ann Wang/Reuters)

Taiwan likely to become biggest loser with Pelosi's visit

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is enroute to Taiwan for a visit that has kept the Biden administration and both sides of the Taiwan Strait on tenterhooks in past weeks. Whatever happens next, the people of Taiwan may be on the losing end. Taiwanese commentator Chen Kuohsiang explains the implications.
Residential buildings under construction in Shanghai, China, on 27 July 2022. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

China’s economic crisis is a ticking time bomb

Taiwanese commentator Chen Kuohsiang believes that China’s economy is under threat, with the unravelling of intertwining issues in the financial industry, property sector and government finances that cannot be easily resolved. How will China boost its investment-led economy, push down unemployment rates, and regain consumer and investor confidence?
This general view shows Japanese lawmakers at upper house of the parliament in Tokyo on 15 June 2022. (AFP)

Constitutional revision is not entirely Japan's domestic affairs

Japan’s efforts at revising its constitution are not just a domestic issue as it concerns the foremost interests of external parties, says Taiwanese commentator Chen Chen Kuohsiang. The wounds from the Second World War remain fresh in mind for countries such as China and South Korea, while regional cooperation efforts, especially those of the US’s geopolitical strategy, may turn to dust.
A man walks along an observation area with a view of the Shenzhen skyline during sunset in Shenzhen, in China’s southern Guangdong province on 10 July 2022. (Jade Gao/AFP)

What can an increasingly isolated China do?

China’s general isolation is impacting its economy and international image, with most other countries having unfavourable views of and little trust in China and its leadership. Taiwanese commentator Chen Kuohsiang looks at the factors leading to the current situation and how China can address it.