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No one knows for sure who fired a shot near the Marco Polo Bridge in suburban Beijing on the night of July 7, 1937. But that shot started an undeclared war between China and Japan, which became part of World War II after the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 8 four years later.
Public prosecutors in Changhua indicted 22 professors at some of Taiwan's prestigious universities earlier this month for corruption charging them with using fake receipts to claim reimbursements from research funds provided by the government. It isn't an isolated case.
So Mr. Abe is all set to go to Washington. The second-time Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, will be seeing President Barack Obama in search of stronger security ties between the two countries to cope with a China that is flexing its military muscle in preparation for a showdown over the disputed Senkaku Islands, known in Beijing as the Diaoyu Islands.
Shih Ming-teh, a former chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), marched on the Presidential Plaza at the head of more than 100,000 Redshirts and all of them sat down on Ketagalan Avenue for a two-week marathon sit-in on Sept. 9, 2006.
Buddhism came to China from India, and one old Chinese saying is: “Monks from abroad chant sutras better.” This might have been true shortly after Buddhism was introduced and when China began Westernization. It's open to doubt nowadays.
After London-based The Economist called President Ma Ying-jeou a bumbler last month, he bristled and tried to explain away his failure to get Taiwan's house in order, but on Human Rights Day, celebrated on last Monday, he didn't bumble.
An ideal Confucian society is one where everybody does what he is expected to do and harmony prevails. China is still a Confucian society, though unlike the one the Great Sage hopes it to be. Mao Zedong tried to de-Confucianize China by unleashing his Red Guards during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Their slogans were: “We don't love our fathers and mothers!” and “Rebellion is justified!” But China has survived Mao's de-Confucianization, because, like it or not, the Chinese, including Mao himself, are Confucians.
While I was studying toward a Master's degree in English and English literature at National Taiwan Normal University, Professor C. J. Chen asked me to write a composition on the theme, “How I plan to make use of English.”
An old saying in Taiwan runs in a couplet: “An official who does not cheat/Has just rice with salt mixed to eat.” That means all government officials with clean hands have to have meals without any side dishes at all. And, by inference, it's only natural that officials are corrupt. Taiwan's old folk wisdom is universally affirmed for after all, greed is one of the seven deadly sins.
Let's first understand what a national doctrine is and why it is so important for a nation to have one. It isn't just a national affair or national affairs. National doctrine (國是) is a set of guidelines of policies and principles a nation chooses to follow. A national doctrine is the vision, mission and ideology of a nation, which must be reflected in its foreign as well as internal policies.
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