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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
On Sunday, retired National Taiwan University professor Hua Chang-yi's (華昌宜) piece in the United Daily News was published, inviting readers to speculate on what would have happened if communist Mao Zedong had decided to inherit the name the "Republic of China" (中華民國) and not insisted on rejecting it and claiming a new state when he established the People's Republic of China (中華人民共和國) in 1949.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Whoever becomes president next year will be faced with the major task of improving Taiwan's economy. But it will not be enough for him (or more likely her) to come up with only short-term fixes to boost exports or domestic purchases; the country needs a new direction for long-term economic development.
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Saturday, November 14, 2015
In an experiment to save the higher education sector, the Ministry of Education has set out to help Taiwan's worst-performing universities transform into non-profit organizations such as welfare centers for the elderly.
Friday, November 13, 2015
History was made when President Ma Ying-jeou and mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping shook hand at 2:59 p.m., Nov. 7, 2015, at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore. The first meeting of the leaders of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait in 66 years is a milestone rather than just a "newsworthy event," as opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen dismissed it as being.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Some groups in Taipei have had some odd views recently. They criticized the government for being afraid of speaking out on the issue of Taiping Island, also called Itu Aba in the Philippines, which they claimed the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has degraded as a rock.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
When President Ma Ying-jeou and mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping expressed their hopes of "reviving China" at their meeting last week, a substantial number of Taiwanese people no doubt rolled their eyes. The idea of Taiwan's Chineseness seems undesirable, even unnatural, for people born after 1949 who call Taiwan their home.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
In 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned triumphantly from Germany having secured "peace for our time," believing that he had brought peace by appeasing the rapidly rising Fascist power in continental Europe. History remembers this phrase now for its irony and for the harsh reality: just because we want to see something as reality does not make it so.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
President Ma Ying-jeou has described the upcoming historic meeting with his mainland Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping as a move to build a "bridge" across the strait for his successor.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
On Thursday, President Ma Ying-jeou went to the podium and took questions from reporters. In one of them, he was asked why he is breaking a promise made in 2011, prior to his re-election, that he "will definitely not meet with the mainland leader during the next four years." During that time, he also said that he would "not do anything that will compromise the dignity and sovereignty of Taiwan and will not discuss reunification."
Friday, November 6, 2015
President Ma Ying-jeou announced his plan to meet his mainland Chinese counterpart Xi Jin-ping in Singapore this Saturday, hours after local media broke the news on Tuesday. The first meeting between the leader of Taiwan and the mainland since 1949 has since been on international front pages.
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