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Alan Romberg is quoted in The Politic regarding a perceived threat to democracy in Taiwan

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Turmoil in Taiwan

In June of last year, Ker Chien-Ming, a high-ranking Taiwanese politician in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was charged with embezzlement. The Taiwan High Court found Ker not guilty, but the prosecutors decided to appeal the decision. Upon hearing rumors of an appeal, Ker did what many of us would do: he asked a friend for help.

What Ker did not realize, however, was that the Special Investigative Division (SID) of the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office was investigating him at the time. As part of the investigation, the SID tapped Ker’s phone. Thus, when Wang Jin-Pyng – Ker’s friend as well as the Speaker of the Legislative Yuan (the Taiwanese equivalent of a national parliament) – received a call from Ker, the SID was listening closely.


The wiretapping might have been legal under the Taiwanese constitution, and the issue is far from being resolved, Alan Romberg, Director of the East Asia program at the Stimson Center and former Principal Deputy Director for the State Department’s Policy Planning staff, told The Politic.

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