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Saturday, September 26, 2015
Three months ago, when McDonald's announced that it was selling its 413 stores in Taiwan to a franchise operator, government officials spun the global food giant's decision as the company's lust for profits, not as a reflection of Taiwan's investment climate.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Some say that a fault confessed is half redressed, meaning that when you know that you have done something wrong, you should be ready to admit it and be prepared to correct it. That is perhaps the strategy VW chief Martin Winterkorn adopted in his recent video posted on the Volkswagen website during which he apologized for the international uproar caused by the emissions-cheating scandal, yet refused to resign.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
In July, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and others presented an open letter at the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence warning against the use of A.I. for military purposes. To most of us, the dire future they were painting -- "feasible within years, not decades," as they cautioned in the letter -- is similar to the one depicted in the "Terminator" sci-fi movie series that featured autonomous killing machines.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said in a city council meeting on Monday that Tai Chih-chuan (戴季全), the former EasyCard co-chairman, is no longer fit to head the company's management.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Shih Ming-teh, a revolutionary former chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), has dropped out of the presidential election scheduled for next Jan. 16. The only reason for his withdrawal is that he could not muster enough endorsements.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are commonplace in the business world, but recent takeover bids among Taiwan's IT firms may be signaling a keen response to the growing threats from mainland China's competitors.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
In politics progress can often seem to be slow, mind-bogglingly convoluted, unclear and unsexy. Decisions are made through bloodless calculations, bureaucratic twists and turns and flip-flopping. Results come with compromises, half measures, secret deals and sometimes blatant lies.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Germany recently announced tougher border controls while the European Union is still trying to figure out how to distribute the 160,000 migrants who have already arrived through quotas. Hungary has now created new border transit zones aimed at holding asylum-seekers while their applications are processed but more must be done to actively try to resolve the crisis, and absorb the ever-growing number of migrants.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Tsai Ing-wen, the standard bearer of the Democratic Progressive Party for next year's presidential election, has indicated that she would take part in the celebration ceremonies of the Republic of China's National Day on Oct. 10. All mayors and magistrates of the opposition party would follow suit to end its seven-year boycott of the official celebration of Double Tenth Day.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
For a country that has been known as a soccer desert for decades, Taiwan has been making big strides over the past few years to improve its national team's competitiveness.
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