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It looks pretty easy for criminals to flee Taiwan. The embarrassment for the law enforcement authorities over the escape of a corrupt prosecutor was barely over when news broke Friday that a tycoon convicted of insider trading had also fled the country.
 
With less than a month to go before the presidential and legislative elections, the three presidential candidates will eventually hold two televised debates on Dec. 27 and Jan. 2.
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Acer Inc. (宏碁) founder Stan Shih (施振榮), Delta Electronics Inc. (台達電) Chairman Bruce Cheng (鄭崇華), Pegatron Corp. (和碩) Chairman Tung Tsu-hsien (童子賢) and Cathay Financial Holding Corp. (國泰金控) Chairman Tsai Hong-tu (蔡宏圖) appeared together on Monday in a display of solidarity with a venture capitalist convicted of insider trading.
 
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je recently marked his first year in office by posting a video of reflection and self-criticism on YouTube.
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Finally, all three political parties fielding candidates for next month's presidential election have agreed on the schedule for their television debates.
 
Earlier this month, Taiwan was named the most "open" government for this year in the Global Open Data Index by the UK-based Open Knowledge Foundation.
 
Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma is such a smart guy that he must have been aware of the political pressure awaiting him from Beijing when his e-commerce firm struck a deal to acquire the prestigious Hong Kong-based English-language South China Morning Post (SCMP) newspaper.
 
The Premier12 international baseball tournament co-hosted by Japan and Taiwan that featured the top 12 national baseball powerhouses in the world was widely considered a success as it ended on a high note on Nov. 21 when Korea topped Team USA to become the inaugural champions with an astonishing 8-0 victory at Tokyo Dome.
 
History will remember last Saturday's climate agreement in Paris adopted by countries from around the globe on the last day of session 21 of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that for the first time asks all countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
 
President Chen Shui-bian visited Taiping Island on Feb. 2, 2008. It was just a little more than a month before the presidential election where his Premier Frank Hsieh was pitted against then-Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou.
 
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