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Commentary > China Post > Joe Hung
In May 2006, then-President Chen Shui-bian attended his Costa Rican counterpart Oscar Arias' inauguration in San Jose.
 
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.
 
Fears and cheers are greeting the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States.
 
Defeated in his second bid for president in March 2004, Lien Chan, soon to step down as chairman of the Kuomintang, made a "Journey of Peace" across the strait to meet Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Hu Jintao, who doubled as president of the People's Republic.
 
Taiwan's labor force will have a paid day off today, though students and teachers are required to go to school, because the Democratic Progressive Party government has made President Chiang Kai-shek's Birthday a "divided" national holiday: a day off for one group of people but not for others, like Teachers' Day (教師節) and Taiwan's Retrocession Day (光復節).
 
While I was studying toward my master's degree in journalism at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, I was invited to speak at a local Rotary Club meeting about my country, Taiwan.
 
Okinotorishima (沖之鳥島), or the Okinotori "islands," are considered a Japanese uninhabited atoll with a total area of 12.096 acres.
 
Few people know who Nicholas Iquan is. He is the father of Koxinga, whom Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je has diagnosed as the prototype of all Hokkien Chinese residents in Taiwan who are mentally confused.
 
"Know Thyself" is an ancient Greek aphorism, which is known as "gnothi seauton" in Greek and "nosce te ipsum" in Latin. It came from the ancient Egyptian proverb, and was attributed by Plato to his mentor Socrates.
 
Zheng Chenggong (鄭成功) is better known in the West by his Hokkien honorific Koxinga, which means Lord of the Imperial Surname. He was a Chinese-Japanese Ming loyalist who resisted the Qing conquest of China in 1644.
 
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