Tuesday, July 15, 2014
On Saturday, the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Michael Fuchs called on the parties in South China Sea territorial disputes to agree to a 'voluntary freeze' on provocative behavior. Fuchs appealed for a concrete development of principles laid out in the 2002 Declaration of Conduct (DoC) signed between China and ASEAN.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) announced on July 2 that the main obstacle to the naturalization of foreigners could soon be removed, hinting at possible talks with legislators from the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) to push through an amendment to the Nationality Act (國籍法) within six months. This could be great news for the thousands of foreigners who have already settled in Taiwan and want to apply for Republic of China citizenship, even if we are worried that conditional love could further yield conditional results., 2 Comments
Sunday, July 13, 2014
The ruling Kuomintang's (KMT) latest sacking of its scandal-ridden candidate in the Keelung mayoral race has shown nothing but the party's desperation to win the year-end elections.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
After years of ups and downs, a superpower has finally come to terms with its decline. Even as it was challenged and caught off guard in the past, the world generally never questioned the New World nation's global superiority, putting it in a league of its own. Its people regarded their nation as the best there has ever been. Yet on one recent summer day, the myth came to the most abrupt end imaginable.
Friday, July 11, 2014
After more than a decade of decline and lack of interest from the audience, Taiwanese cinema finally went through a revival seven years ago through the films of local director Jay Chou's (周杰倫) “Secret” (不能說的·秘密) in 2007 and Wei Te-Sheng's (魏德聖) “Cape No. 7” (海角七號) in 2008. These movies were the push needed to spark investor interests in making feature films for the big screen rather than sticking to producing Taiwanese soap operas and Mandarin “trendy dramas” for television.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
The Taiwanese media reported, not without a hint of schadenfreude, the cold reception of the South Korean national soccer team at the airport as it returned home after an early exit from the World Cup., 1 Comment
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
A naming dispute that jeopardized an exhibition that took a decade to prepare, featuring artifacts on loan from Taiwan's National Palace Museum (NPM), was finally resolved late last month when the Japanese side issued an apology in Tokyo.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The Legislative Yuan closed its extraordinary session last Friday without confirming President Ma Ying-jeou's nomination of a new 29-member Control Yuan, thanks to the “technical” opposition put up by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on the floor. Opposition party lawmakers blocked the access of their Kuomintang (KMT) counterparts to the ballot box until Wang Jin-pyng, president of the Legislative Yuan or parliament speaker, declared the session adjourned.
Monday, July 7, 2014
The YouBike public bicycle rental system has been proven a huge success in the Taipei area, and it has made a promising start in Changhua County (彰化縣), where more than 100,000 people have already enjoyed a ride in the first month of service. The local government set up 750 bicycles at 22 rental stations around the county, home to 1.3 million people — the first time a locality outside of the Greater Taipei area has used the Giant-made YouBikes as part of its public transit infrastructure. That is good news.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Lawmakers wasted the last day of their extraordinary session during the summer break on Friday bickering over nominations to the highest government watchdog, the Control Yuan.