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Commentary > China Post > Joe Hung
Professor Ko Wen-je said last Monday, three days before he assumed office as mayor of Taipei, that he could not understand what the "Consensus of 1992" is, and proposed a "2015 Consensus" to supercede the one reached 22 years ago as a modus vivendi for the conduct of relations between Taiwan and China.
 
The Legislative Yuan is all set to create a new special committee to amend the Constitution of the Republic of China as was first suggested by Eric Chu, mayor of New Taipei City.
 
Tabloid journalism is a style of journalism that tends to emphasize topics such as sensational crime stories, gossip columns about the personal lives of celebrities and sports stars and junk food news.
 
Dr. Sun Yat-sen, father of the Chinese republic, made his Greater Asianism speech at the Kobe Girls' High School in Kobe on Nov. 28, 1924. His Asianism, like Japan's Pan-Asianism, advocated the unity of Asian peoples in an uphill struggle against the Western powers to become fully independent by ending their colonial domination.
 
A trial began in Seoul last week of a Japanese journalist indicted for defaming South Korean President Park Geun-hye by reporting rumors that she was absent for seven hours during a ferry boat disaster in April because the unmarried lady chief of state was with a man.
 
It's election time in Japan now. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the Lower House of the Diet last Friday, and a snap general election is scheduled for Dec. 14. Abe's Liberal Democratic Party won a landslide general election in 2012, and the next general election wouldn't take place until 2016.
 
Last week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit meeting clearly shows the rise of China and the relative decline of the United States. A confident Xi Jinping made Beijing the venue to pronounce China as the power to be reckoned with in the fraying pax Americana.
 
Eligible voters in Taipei will go to the polls in three weeks' time to elect their new mayor. There are two candidates, both of them political amateurs. One of them is 44-year-old Sean Lien, a son of former Vice President Lien Chan, who is honorary chairman of the Kuomintang.
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Chiang Kai-shek's birthday isn't a national holiday any more. So people of Taiwan didn't have a day off last Friday. Nothing was done to remember him, though we should thank him for keeping Taiwan a democracy.
 
The People's Republic of China is expanding at least two of the Spratly Islands to heighten tensions in the South China Sea. One of them is Fiery Cross Reef, also known as Yongshu Reef (永暑磯), which is actually a group of three reefs. The other is Johnson South Reef, known in Chinese as (赤瓜磯), which lies adjacent to the Vietnamese-occupied Collins Reef.
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