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When Chinese Singaporeans and their families gather for reunion dinners on Chinese New Year's Eve, many do the traditional "prosperity toss" of yusheng -- seafood, sliced vegetables and citrus peel, with condiments. They lick their lips at the goodies to come, such as pineapple tarts and bak kwa.
During the second oral hearing held at the Permanent Court of Arbitration ("PCA"), The Hague, Nov. 24-30, 2015, one of the Philippines' leading legal counsels argued in the South China Sea (SCS) arbitration case that all features in the Spratly Islands are incapable of sustaining human habitation or economic life of their own.
The Middle East is the land of the Abrahamic religions and has been home to many fine people down the ages. It has strong sacred values; but many unpleasing traditions and weaknesses have also arisen in the region.
With Saturday's presidential and Legislative Yuan elections coming up, journalists from outside Taiwan have arrived in large numbers to cover the vote and its immediate aftermath.
This is in response to the Post's editorial entitled "Accepting legality key for Japan apology to reach heart" (12-30-15, p.4). In my humble opinion, Taiwan will go nowhere in its demand for Japan to also offer apology and compensation to Taiwanese "comfort women" unless people in Taiwan speak the same language on the issue.
Following the attack in southern California earlier this month, Mr. Donald Trump, one of the declared 2016 Republican presidential candidates, demanded a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" and stirred reactions both in and out of the country with his controversial remarks.
The WHO estimated that by this year approximately 2.3 billion adults would be overweight and more than 700 million would be obese. Obesity is a major risk factor in a host of diseases, like cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome, and hypertension.
The outbreak of war and disease in different periods of history is a curse that leaves a deep imprint of misery, despite the fact that the former is optional while the other evinces man's vulnerability and haplessness. Ebola has created an alarming situation and this epidemic has become a big challenge for the comity of the world to combat on an emergency basis.
Friendships are hard to come by. They are precious and therefore should be meticulously protected and safeguarded with caution at every turn and with compromises if necessary. Especially if this precious gift is the result of long-term efforts between two countries as then it is even more valuable.
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Nearly eight months have passed since last year's local elections. Since its crushing defeat, the Kuomintang (KMT) as the ruling party has yet to rebuild itself, impress the public, or recover backing from traditional supporters and moderate voters. The outcome of the 2016 election is already clear.
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