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Tuesday, March 8 marks International Women's Day in Taiwan and around the globe. While the date is considered an annual occasion to celebrate how far we have come in advancing the rights of women and how far we still have to go, International Women's Day should also be a reminder that advancing the rights of women is an ongoing fight that includes the social, political and economic equality of women for the benefit of all.
 
China's National People's Congress (NPC) and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) held their joint meeting in Beijing last Friday, where Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, proclaimed its 2016 working program, under which a high-speed railroad would be built across the Taiwan Strait to reach Taipei by the end of the 13th Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development (13FYP) in 2020.
 
Part of the Berlin Wall on Muhlenstrasse has become a world-famous open air gallery after artists from all over the world painted a total of 105 pieces of artwork on it in 1990. A piece of graffiti depicting the mouth-to-mouth kiss between Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and his East German counterpart, Erich Honecker, on the East Side Gallery, as the section is known, is one of the most iconic images of Berlin.
 
There is no time like the present for Taiwan, as it reaches a major crossroad in how it chooses to deal with its past – with ramifications that will embody an entire generation of Taiwanese for years to come.
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Imagine the disturbance that would be caused by a baby crying as a legislator was getting ready to fire away at a parliamentary meeting.
 
Over the past few years, the Legislative Yuan has taken firm steps toward controlling road traffic conditions, raising fines for offenses and banning behavior such as idling an engine for over three minutes and lighting up a cigarette while operating a scooter.
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President Ma Ying-jeou is all set to visit Guatemala and Belize from March 13 to 19. He is going to meet with newly elected Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and Belizean Prime Minister Dean Barrow. While in Central America, he will also meet with the heads of three diplomatic allies of Taiwan's: Saint Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Timothy Harris, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, and Saint Lucia Prime Minister Kenny Anthony.
 
An entertainment reporter recently found herself at the center of a news story after she greeted visiting mainland Chinese actor Wu Ger upon his arrival at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport with a series of senseless questions.
 
The thought-to-be done deal on the Hai-Sharp marriage -- the acquisition of 66 percent of the shares in the flagship Japanese tech company at a price of US$4.3 billion by Taiwan iPhone manufacturing giant Hon Hai -- was thrown into a fresh squall after contingent liabilities worth 350 billion Japanese yen were disclosed.
 
Mainland China seems to have adjusted its cross-strait strategy to allow for more flexibility in dealing with Taiwan's new leader.
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