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The Monitor's View Taiwan shines a light on a dark past

A new president starts a truth and reconciliation commission about the island’s past repression with the hope of improving democracy and ties with China.

In her inaugural speech May 20 as Taiwan’s first female president, Tsai Ing-wen announced a truth and reconciliation commission for her island nation. Her action did not receive as much attention as her comments about ties with China. But an official probe of Taiwan’s own dark past may do far more to help keep the peace with the mainland.

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