Friday, September 6, 2013
Is Taiwan falling into the same predicament as Hong Kong, in the sense that it is also being threatened by some of the major problems that the former British colony has faced since returning to Chinese rule?
Thursday, September 5, 2013
The Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) recently released Taiwan's gross national happiness (GNH) index, which found that the nation is the happiest in Asia. The above-average result was widely dismissed by the media as yet more futile feel-good propaganda from the government.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
President Ma Ying-jeou and Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Su Tseng-chang will hold a two-hour TV debate on Sept. 15 to try to outtalk each other on the cross-strait Trade in Services Agreement. This is a victory for Su over his predecessor, Tsai Ing-wen, who is also his formidable rival in the party primaries for the 2016 presidential election.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Mainland China showed off on Saturday its latest achievements in powered exoskeleton systems, the same weekend Taiwan held the 2013 Taipei International Robot Show and two days after a cross-strait forum on robotics and automation.
Monday, September 2, 2013
According to the nation's first-ever report on national happiness published by the government on Friday, Taiwan ranked 19 out of more than 30 countries, with a score of 6.64 out of 10 in a weighted index.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
In a curious case of national unity, lawmakers across party lines recently called for the government to postpone the second phase of the three-step electricity rate hike scheduled on Oct. 1. If commodity prices increase, they argue that the standard of living will continue to decrease, while Taiwan's exports will further take a hit, negatively affecting the development of the island's industries in the future., 2 Comments
Saturday, August 31, 2013
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has recently been repeatedly blasted by the Kuomintang (KMT) over its stance on the cross-strait service trade pact, specifically speaking, its stance on the upcoming debate between President Ma Ying-jeou and DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) slated for mid-September.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Laborers in Taiwan have been demanding a major increase in the minimum wage, but they are set to be disappointed. The Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) has tentatively decided to raise both the hourly and monthly wages, but the extent will be way below what the laborers are asking for.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Since John F. Kennedy debated Richard M. Nixon in the run-up to the 1960 U.S. presidential election, public TV debates have been in vogue worldwide. Taiwan is more than eager to follow the trend, holding in 2010 a public TV debate between President Ma Ying-jeou and Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party and its standard bearer-to-be in 2012, over whether the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) should be signed between Taiwan and China, and getting ready for another scheduled for next month.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Negotiations between the Taipei City Government and Top Pot Bakery yesterday hit an impasse. The bakery had been boasting in its advertisements that its bread was made with natural ingredients and zero flavoring essence. This was found to be a somewhat inaccurate claim: the company had been adding artificial essences into its breads.