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Monday, National Day, was a busy day, dominated by President Tsai Ing-wen's address. All eyes were on whether she would make conciliatory remarks toward China, perhaps even by acknowledging the so-called "1992 Consensus." But of course, before you get to the speech, you have to sit through a lot of entertainment.
Popular Taiwan TV variety show host Jacky Wu stole the limelight at last year's Golden Bell Awards with a monologue in which he outlined the plight facing the local entertainment scene. Wu bemoaned the lack of resources and lack of talent in an age when gimmicky internet sensations can become celebrities fast and cheap. This year, Wu apparently tried to give us the solution.
President Tsai Ing-wen was walking a tricky tightrope when outlining her doctrine on cross-strait relations in her National Day address.
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Chen Shui-bian is undoubtedly Taiwan's most headline-grabbing former president. Chen, now back home in Kaohsiung after being granted medical parole from a 20-year prison sentence, wanted to attend today's National Day celebrations at the Presidential Office.
There's been trouble in the mountains recently, with governments ostensibly trying to make hiking safer. But these efforts stem from misconceptions and misunderstandings, and are rife with missed opportunities.
As she approaches five months in office, President Tsai Ing-wen is facing an increasingly vocal chorus of disapproval from both within and outside Taiwan.
In her inauguration speech, President Tsai Ing-wen vowed to undertake judicial reform. Since then, discussions on the issue have centered on the issue of implementing trial by jury.
International perspective has been a recurring term in Taiwanese political discourse. As an island nation dependent on exports and challenged in diplomacy, Taiwan must maintain a global world view, so the argument goes.
Typhoon Megi came at a very opportune time for President Tsai Ing-wen.
"Feel pressure and tension? Let the sunshine, beach and sea waves of the Penghu Bay relax you in Southeast China's Taiwan." Matched with photos of beachgoers, blue oceans and clear skies, this short government slogan posted on a social media platform looks like the perfect advertisement for tourism in the offshore archipelago of Penghu.
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