Friday, March 7, 2014
The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said yesterday that a meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou and the leader of mainland China would fall under the category of “cross-strait” affairs as opposed to “international” or “domestic” affairs.
People say no news is good news. But in an age when a minor starlet's tweet celebrating her discovery of NT$200 in her jacket pocket can make the news, there is no such thing as no news. The public can only hope for the second best thing and sometimes that is boring news.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Trong Chai, a Democratic Progressive Party legislative who died in January, is known better as Chai Gong-tou (蔡公投) or Referendum Chai, because he had advocated a referendum to create a Republic of Taiwan. He found an heir in Tsay Ting-kuei, a retired National Taiwan University professor who founded the Taiwan Referendum Alliance (公投護台灣聯盟). Literally translated, the TRA is the Alliance for Safeguarding Taiwan by Referendum.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Taiwan has always been one of the world's baseball powerhouses.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
The number of rentals of Taipei's bike-sharing scheme surged 10 times last year compared with 2012, according to the city's Department of Budget, Accounting and Statistics. The YouBike system has now grown to 136 rental stations, with 4,545 bikes available for hire scattered around the city, up from 11 stations and 500 bikes for rent in 2009.
Monday, March 3, 2014
With the recent conclusion of the Sochi Olympics, people have probably gotten over the various supposed signs that Sochi was not ready for the event. It is all well and good now that a missing floor in a hotel, stray dogs, workers sleeping in rooms and a general state of unkemptness have been overcome. There is one anecdote that deserves closer scrutiny, however.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Forget about all the alleged intrigue behind the latest Cabinet reshuffle. Let's turn our focus to how much the new government line-up can deliver on President Ma Ying-jeou and Premier Jiang Yi-huah's promises., 1 Comment
Saturday, March 1, 2014
While it is known as the First World War, the war of 1914 to 1918 has widely been seen as a faraway conflict from a long-past era in Asia. The war's centennial this year would probably pass by with ceremonial (but scarce) notice in the continent had it not been used as a historical background to highlight the tense regional relations between Japan and China by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Unlike in the United States, Taiwan's TV news channels pay very little attention to local college basketball unless it is something scandalous. Last Thursday, almost all local TV news channels reported on a University Basketball Association (UBA) matchup. It was, of course, not because a player had scored 50 points or had a triple-double, but because of a scandalous bench-clearing brawl.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
On Dec. 15, 1978, U.S. President Jimmy Carter appeared on national television to tell the nation of his decision to establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China on Jan. 1 the following year.