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30 years after martial law, a Taiwan transformed

Island's dedication to democracy contrasts with Beijing's strong-armed approach

People pay their respects to the victims of the "White Terror" at a memorial in Taipei on July 15.

TAIPEI Two recent events have thrown the differences between Taiwan and China into especially sharp relief: the 30th anniversary of the end of martial law on the island, and the death of Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo, China's most prominent human rights and democracy advocate.

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