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When Premier Jiang Yi-huah survived a no-confidence vote without much difficulty on Oct. 15, he said he hoped the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement would be “ratified” before the end of this year. The agreement, signed in Shanghai on June 21 as a follow-up to the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) of 2010, has been stalled in the Legislative Yuan because the Democratic Progressive Party is historically opposed to any accord signed between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.
Some 120 academics and experts on both sides of the Taiwan Strait met for two days in Shanghai on Oct. 11 and 12. They exchanged views on relations between Taiwan and China at the first Cross-Strait Peace Forum, organized by China's National Society of Taiwan Studies and Taiwan's 21st Century Foundation along with 12 other think tanks.
The Democratic Progressive Party has finally opted for a no-confidence vote to topple Jiang Yi-huah, premier of the Legislative Yuan.
President Ma Ying-jeou appeared before Taipei district prosecutors last Thursday to testify in an official hearing of charges against Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming for revealing national security information prior to his Special Investigation Division's pressing charges of influence-peddling against former Minister of Justice Tseng Yung-fu.
Japanese children love to play a game called niramekko. It's a staring match, a game in which two children looking at each other and try to make the opponent laugh first. The child who laughs first loses.
It's true that the power of eminent domain is routinely used for the sake of land speculation in Taiwan, and has precipitated incidents such as the 2010 suicide of an elderly resident of Dapu, Miaoli County as well as the death of an apothecary whose body was found in an irrigation canal not too far away from his torn-down house this past Wednesday.
A political typhoon hit Taiwan early this month. It has continued to rage unabated. Nobody knows how long it's going to last, and the outcome may be disastrous for Taiwan, whoever wins the September strife.
“Attabu (阿罩霧風雲),” a documentary directed by Li Kang, was premiered last Friday. It tells the story of Lim Bun-zhat or Lin Wen-ch'a (林文察), a self-made general who fought for the Qing court in the Taiping Rebellion, a massive civil war in China from the 1850s and 1865.
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The Chinese love to quote Mencius the Sage as describing “great bravery (大勇)” in the Book of Mencius in these words: “Even if it be an army of one myriad, I will go forward (雖千萬人吾往矣).” But it's not right to quote Mencius as the source.
Alexander Pope has given us a lot of quotable quotes. In An Essay on Criticism, he gives us “To err is human, to forgive divine” and “No place so sacred from fops is barr'd ... Nay, fly to altars; there they'll talk you dead; For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.”
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