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Thursday, December 4, 2014
It has been four months since the departure of Hwang Jenn-tai (黃鎮台), former commissioner of the local Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL, 中華職棒).
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
That the Kuomintang (KMT) was routed is perhaps not the biggest surprise of all — if it was a surprise at all — stemming from the Nov. 29 elections. Indeed, President Ma Ying-jeou fostered an amendment to the KMT's charter a year ago to ensure that, as president, he would automatically be the party chairman precisely because he expected this defeat.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
With the DPP's rout of the KMT in the local elections still sinking in and people digesting the reasons behind the unequivocal bashing handed out to the ruling party, the clock has begun counting till the time when the newly elected officials will have to turn in results on their campaign promises. For example, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu's promise to transform Kaohsiung into a low-pollution, high-value industry city.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
The 51st Golden Horse Awards would have concluded just like any of its previous editions — with the usual celebrations and occasional minor complaints — had the film festival's fairness not been exceptionally strongly condemned by Gong Li, one of the most glamorous and famous actresses from the mainland.
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Saturday, November 29, 2014
As concerns rise following the reaching of a free trade agreement (FTA) between mainland China and South Korea, with political figures seizing the issue to mount attacks against their rivals, the fact that Taiwan's economic future is plagued by internal factors as well as external challenges is often overlooked.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Representatives from various civil organizations recently called on the Ministry of Education (MOE, 教育部) to drop a new college English test set as the baseline for next year's college admissions, stressing that the Test of English Listening Comprehension (TELC) should be used as a reference criterion for local universities instead of a requirement.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Politicians and business leaders generally prefer to downplay their nations' weaknesses and setbacks in international trade. Taiwanese officials and business people, however, have been filling the airwaves with dire scenarios for Taiwan's economy in the wake of a recently sealed FTA between South Korea and mainland China.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Sudden game-changing events or revelations in the final days before an election take place in almost every major Taiwan election. In the upcoming 9-in-1 elections, such an event comes in the form of the shocking turnaround in an investigation into suspected wiretapping, which one mayoral candidate called Taiwan's equivalent of Watergate.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Wang Yifu (王夷甫), a minister of administration and welfare toward the end of the Western Jin Dynasty (265-317), is known for calling money dirty.
Monday, November 24, 2014
The subject of free trade agreements (FTA) has been in the news lately, as the government warned about the ramifications of a recently inked accord between mainland China and South Korea.
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