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Commentary > China Post > Joe Hung
Professor Lin Chong-pin (林中斌), who once served as President Chen Shui-bian's deputy defense minister, said in an exclusive interview with the Chinese Communist Party organ Global Times last Tuesday that the possibility of Taiwan's unification with China does "absolutely" exist.
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One well-known political quip in the United States is: When facing a domestic trouble, the president goes abroad. President Richard M. Nixon did so quite often, but finally he had to resign in the face of almost certain impeachment and removal from office because of Watergate.
 
Students of the sophomore media and design class of the Kuangfu High School in Hsinchu paraded in a Nazi cosplay event on campus last year on Christmas Eve.
 
Japan seems to worried over the prospect of the People's Republic of China supporting Okinawan independence.
 
West African island nation Sao Tome and Principe cut off diplomatic relations with Taiwan last Wednesday. The ties were established in 1997 when Sao Tome switched diplomatic recognition from Beijing to Taipei.
 
Last Monday, the People's Republic of China celebrated the 80th anniversary of the Xi'an Incident (西安事变), an important turning point in modern Chinese history. It took place in the city of Xi'an in northwestern China during the civil war between the Kuomintang and the Chinese Communist Party before the Second Sino-Japanese War.
 
A tempest in a teapot hit the world on Dec. 2. President Tsai Ing-wen talked with President-elect Donald Trump of the United States for 10 minutes.
 
One popular satiric quip about dispensing justice in Taiwan: The rich get off scot-free, the poor get the death sentence (有錢判生,無錢判死). It's a succinct way to say that the rich defendant in court is always acquitted, while the poor man or woman who is indicted is sentenced to death.
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In May 2006, then-President Chen Shui-bian attended his Costa Rican counterpart Oscar Arias' inauguration in San Jose.
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Many people ask me what is wrong with Taiwan politics. My answer is always the same: We don't have a leader. But I always add I take comfort in the fact that although Taiwan, with a population of 23 million people, certainly can't elect a good leader, the United States -- with a population 10 times as much -- has failed to elect a competent president for decades.
 
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