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Being in London when U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggered Article 50 in filing for divorce from the European Union was bittersweet. The mood was one of determination: Great Britain has decided to leave, and there is no looking back.
 
Technology is so pervasive these days that we either have techno-optimism -- that everything can be solved through technology -- or technophobia -- that technology will get rid of all our jobs and create populism and protectionism.
 
I strongly disagree with how the Ministry of Transportation and Communications handled the aftermath of the deadly tour bus accident on Feb. 13. I have said many times before that if Taiwan is to make any progress, we have to change our finger-pointing culture to a cause-finding culture.
 
Ma Ying-jeou and the KMT leadership election
 
"When they go low, we go high." So declared then-U.S. first lady Michelle Obama at the 2016 Democratic Party convention in Philadelphia. That memorable turn of phrase reminds me today less of the ugliness of past political campaigns, and more of the beauty of Hong Kong's striking skyline.
 
I am delighted to be back in Taiwan for what will actually be my final overseas visit as the U.K. Special Representative for Climate Change.
 
Depending who you talk to, globalization happened either in 1492, when Christopher Columbus "discovered" America in search of the Orient, or sometime in the middle of 19th century, when America decided to look outwards for global trade after its Civil War.
 
Serves North Korea right. Its Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un wanted his half brother dead and his lackeys decided to do the dastardly deed in Malaysia.
 
The description "tectonic shift" was first used for election results by Union Cabinet Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. It has since gathered currency among pundits and partisans.
 
The three common factors of cross-strait unification and independence
 
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