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In university, I was pretty clueless when doing compulsory reading on the "Beijing Declaration," as the texts were pretty advanced; discussions on contrasting views of the declaration were full of specialist terms, insider references and difficult concepts.
 
With Saturday's uncontested election, New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu is set to succeed President Ma Ying-jeou as the next chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT). Shouldering the heavy burden of reforming his party after its humiliating electoral defeat last November, Mr. Chu has called for amending the constitution to adopt a parliamentary system.
 
Former Interior Minister Lee's advice to Mayor Ko (local news Saturday) is very wise. No one likes to be humiliated.
 
Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT) suffered a landslide defeat in local elections last week on Nov. 29. The results prompted the resignation of the premier and the president's stepping down as KMT chairman, leaving the party gravely weakened before the presidential election in 2016.
 
After running a successful campaign for Taipei mayor, the Mayor-elect Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) now has to learn how to govern. As is to be expected for a political outsider, Ko now faces the challenging tasks of having to build a coterie of deputies in his government and rallying support in the city's legislature on the one hand, while maintaining his lofty promise of independence from political parties on the other.
 
The German state of Thuringia could very soon become the first state to have a candidate of The Left party, a hard-left group, take over a state governor's office. This represents not only ignorance of German history but also a test case against the German chancellor.
 
Post 1947, the Indian political scene has acquired many layers and shades of complexity. One observable facet, however, is that politics -- or rather electoral politics -- in India has been by and large dominated by two political families.
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In response to the ongoing tainted oil scandal and the gas blasts, the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC,金管會) required listed companies in the food, chemicals and financial sectors to issue corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports from next year.
 
Following the preliminary FTA signing with mainland China last week, South Korea announced yesterday that its FTA negotiation with New Zealand has come to term, which is expected to be effective next year.
 
U.S. President Barack Obama is due to arrive in Myanmar for a three-day visit on Nov. 12. This is Obama's second trip to Myanmar in two years. His visit in November 2012 was the first ever by a sitting U.S. president.
 
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