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Professor Lin Chong-pin (林中斌), who once served as President Chen Shui-bian's deputy defense minister, said in an exclusive interview with the Chinese Communist Party organ Global Times last Tuesday that the possibility of Taiwan's unification with China does "absolutely" exist.
 
Jan. 20, marked the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J Trump. Next week, the Lunar Year of the Monkey ends, ushering in the Year of the Rooster. This is where monkey business ends and the chickens come home to roost.
 
Donald Trump says he wants to be unpredictable. But with the inauguration over, there is one group that can be certain that having Mr. Trump in the White House will make a big difference to their lives -- the remaining detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
 
Just 48 hours ago, I flicked on my computer to see if any hot advice had arrived overnight as to what my topic today should be. Hope running through my veins, I pushed the necessary buttons, and waited for my machine to light up with news from cyberspace.
 
The exit from the European Union will entail serious economic risks. Britain finally worked out a policy that squarely looks at a harsh reality. It must be ensured that the policy will lead to Britain's orderly withdrawal from the EU.
 
The murder of the 18-year-old Zeenat in June last year repulsed the nation, not only for the gruesome manner in which it was carried out -- Zeenat being doused with kerosene and set alight -- but also because it was her own mother who had torched her.
 
"America has two fundamental powers. One is the power of intimidation ... the other ... is the power of inspiration." That statement by retired Marine Corps General James Mattis indicates a perspective that emphasizes discipline, discretion and awareness of the limits of military force alone.
 
As his term as U.S. vice president drew to a close, Joe Biden delivered a rallying call to government and business leaders in Davos to keep up their fight to defend the liberal global economic and political order that has come under pressure from populist challengers in recent months.
 
New U.S. President Donald Trump must be "fantastically" happy with a "wonderful" ASEAN because it is the only "great" regional organization that has no military might and has not been at war.
 
Chaos, conflict and crisis are some of the words that best describe the combustible global situation that new U.S. President Donald J. Trump inherits from his predecessor.
 
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