A recent public opinion survey shows at least 65 percent of the eligible voters like to see President Ma Ying-jeou meet in his capacity as chairman of the Kuomintang his Democratic Progressive Party counterpart Su Tseng-chang for what is known as a party summit. In the run-up to the presidential election, Ma said he would like to meet the heads of opposition parties after his re-election. It turns out,
President Ma Ying-jeou has been under fire for many things. Broadsides were fired against him in the run-up to the presidential election for buckling under pressure from Washington to let Taiwan import U.S. beef with meat-enhancing ractopamine residue and have since continued unabated since he was re-elected.
Tensions continue to mount over the Tiaoyutais, known as the Senkakus in Japan. Shintaro Ishihara, governor of Tokyo, is collecting contributions from across Japan to buy three of the uninhabited Senkaku Islands and place them under the joint control of his metropolis and the city of Ishigaki, one of the Ryukyu Islands of the prefecture of Okinawa.
2012/5/14, 1 Comment
Many people think Taiwan is sick. One of them is Dr. Yang Chih-liang, former minister of health, who has just published a book titled “Complete Collapse of Taiwan.”
According to the results of a Taiwan Think Tank poll released last Friday, President Ma Ying-jeou's disapproval rating rose to a record high of 62.5 percent in April, up 12.8 percent from March's 49.7 percent figure.
There's a song all Japanese schoolchildren were taught to sing before Japan surrendered at the end of the Pacific War, which the Japanese used to call the Great East Asia War. It's “Ware-wa Uminoko” (我は海の子, I am a son of the sea).
Modern reinforced concrete buildings, which have replaced most of the housing in Taipei since Taiwan began to work the economic miracle of the twentieth century, are getting old and can't survive another half century unless they are carefully maintained as historical relics.
A well-known Taiwanese author and a Cheng Kung University assistant professor of literature had an argument during a seminar at the Taiwan Literature Library in Tainan on May 24 last year.
2012/4/9, 1 Comment
The state of affairs across the Taiwan Strait certainly is hard to understand for non-Chinese. The Americans, of course, have difficulty understanding the difference between Deng Xiaoping's “one country, two systems,” Lee Teng-hui's “one country, two states,” and Ma Ying-jeou's “one country, two areas,”
An old Japanese saying runs that a father carrying a son on his back while walking across a river was taught by the child where a ford was. There weren't many bridges in old Japan and people had to cross rivers on foot.