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Thursday, January 21, 2016
With all the dramas, resources and efforts entailed, it's easy for politicians and the public to mistake a general election as the beginning and the end of democracy. That can't be further from the truth and both the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and the president-elect's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) should realize that the tough work truly begins after the election.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Pan-green and pan-blue demographics have shifted dramatically since the 2012 elections with the historic results of Saturday, though the results also emphasized critical points that the now-ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and opposition Kuomintang (KMT) must continue to uphold and strive for.
Monday, January 18, 2016
The elections are over and an uncertain future awaits Taiwan.
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Friday, January 15, 2016
One of the bright aspects of Taiwan amid economic stagnation and political turmoil in recent years has been the nation's resilience to fear-mongering politics. While Taiwan also faces a sea change in politics brought about by a global wave of anti-establishment sentiment in the wake of the Great Recession, the sentiment has mostly been realized in the form of moderate leftist movements for civic participation, labor rights and social justice.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
The Internet can make you and the Internet can break you. It is a lesson many headline-grabbing, meme-launching online celebrities have learned very well, but perhaps three siblings and their grandmother in Taiwan might recently have gained a better understanding as they have been both made and broken by online fame.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
The last hustings among the three presidential candidates are over. Eric Chu, Tsai Ing-wen, and James Soong have all presented their cross-strait policies. Only Tsai, the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) standard bearer, did not make her position clear.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen, a heavy favorite in the 2016 presidential race, was the center of concern in an article by The Economist on Jan. 9. In "A Tsai is just a Tsai," the news publication muses that "eight years of uneasy truce across the Taiwan Strait are coming to an end," as Beijing is about to be forced to reckon with a DPP-led government that doesn't sing from the "one China" hymn sheet.
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Those who believe Taiwan could continue to enjoy all the freedoms it has now after cross-strait unification should take a look at what has been happening in Hong Kong, that example of the one-country, two-systems model that Beijing has tried to persuade the Taiwanese people to accept.
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Last week, South Korea and Japan reached a landmark deal to resolve the "comfort women" issue that has long plagued relations between the two nations.
Friday, January 8, 2016
Today, we remember the victims of the Jan. 7, 2015 terrorist attacks in the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo and the following siege at a kosher supermarket and a printing facility that left 17 people dead.
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