Last week, President Xi Jinping addressed the International Confucian Association to mark the 2,565th anniversary of the birth of Confucius. This would have been impossible for a Communist leader in earlier times. During the reign of Chairman Mao Zedong, Confucius was subjected to vilification and contempt.
China has a history of suppressing democratic movements, but people all over the world are hoping that, this time, the leadership in Beijing will change its tune in Hong Kong and honor its own policy of “one country, two systems.”
The week that was began loudly with spirited declarations on the world stage against the scourge of terrorism, particularly of the Islamic State (IS) variety.
Once again, we have been confronted with a graphic reminder of the ferocity of volcanoes.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye's pledge of nontolerance for white-collar crimes by chaebol chiefs may be the latest among a string of election promises being cast off.
Iran and the United States do not see eye to eye on many things. But if U.S. President Barack Obama wants to destroy the Islamic State (IS), the radical forces that control a large swath of Iraq and Syria, he is going to have to learn to work with Tehran.
William Stanton, a former director of the Taipei Office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), made a speech at an International Symposium on U.S. Presence in Asia and Regional Security in Taipei on Sept. 13.
- Joe Hung
A friend of mine likes to joke that he rediscovered his faith through technology.
Mars has two new alien visitors. MAVEN, the latest United States space vehicle to reach the planet, entered planned orbit on Sept. 21.
Last week's column ended with a promise to continue a discussion of a problem that many of us care deeply about. That problem is the apparent dwindling of interest in Taiwan in the study of the English language. Interestingly, an article on this very topic that appeared locally in the interim since last Sunday seems to have used the term “learn” without being conscious of a nuance it has in the United States and perhaps other English-speaking lands.