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The mass-circulation vernacular United Daily News published last Thursday an interview with Richard Bush, former chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan. In the interview in Washington, Bush, who is now the director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (CNAPS) of the Brookings Institution and a Senior Fellow of Foreign Policy, made an enigmatic suggestion that the United States may cease to be a balancer between China and Taiwan at least for the time being.
 
In solving mysteries, the detective Sherlock Holmes used to say that "once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth."
 
The horrible pain Taiwan is still feeling so keenly over the murder of the toddler now popularly known as "Xiao Deng Pao" (Little Light Bulb) is sure to stay with us for some time. Pundits of every sort have literally pounced on this tragic event, and I myself struggled over the question of whether to address it here today.
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Very brutal criminals are facing justice. On March 24, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) convicted Radovan Karadzic of genocide. He is responsible for a massacre of approximately 8,000 men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995.
 
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As a member nation Indonesia is obliged to comply with regulations issued by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), including the willingness to be supervised by the institution, a process known as country surveillance.
 
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Exactly 34 years after the Falklands war between Britain and Argentina, the territorial controversy is poised to erupt again with Tuesday's verdict of the U.N. Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. The critical aspect of the verdict is that while the Falkland Islands remain British, the surrounding sea is set to be formally declared as Argentina's territorial waters.
 
The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) marked a fresh start as the Democratic Party (Minshinto/DP) in the wake of a merger with the Japan Innovation Party.
 
The impact of the latest health-care scandal in mainland China, this time involving the sale of illegal vaccines, is spreading as officials acknowledge that more than two-thirds of the country's provinces are affected.
 
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