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President Tsai Ing-wen's pledge to form a government "most able to communicate" has again come back to haunt her administration. Tung Chen-yuan became the shortest-lived Executive Yuan spokesman since 2012, when the post was made into full-time position, when he was unceremoniously sacked on Sunday.
At the start of 2016, forecasting agencies across Taiwan predicted the economy would grow by 2 percent or more for the year, finally relieving the nation from a long period of lackluster growth. Taiwan recorded just 0.75-percent growth in 2015.
The prospect of a "half Taiwanese" becoming Japan's prime minister has created much hype in Taiwan.
The Mid-Autumn Festival has traditionally been about celebrating the communal harvest after seasons of toil in the fields. This year for Taiwan, typhoons may dampen outdoor barbeques, but the festering problems of political squabbling among the ruling and opposition parties will likely only be sidestepped.
Thousands braved the rain Monday in a protest aimed at the government's alleged inaction over the tourism sector's dire condition. But instead of asking for government support, they should consider the current crisis as a chance to initiate reforms.
President Tsai Ing-wen has picked James Soong, chairman of the People First Party, as her proxy for the forthcoming informal Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit scheduled for Nov. 19-20 in Lima, Peru. Can he make it? Unlikely. Why? Simply because Soong is regarded as a turncoat in the People's Republic of China.
Protesting has long been a means of expressing political discontent, especially among the opposition and youth, but the Tsai government has greatly increased its power as a political tool.
Just when the Tsai administration appears to have found its footing after stumbling for the better part of three months, the government's recent handling of the "New Southbound Policy" and emergence of individual scandals belies the existence of problems both at home and abroad.
No one seems to be happy with the labor authorities' latest decision to raise the minimum wage by 5 percent. Workers say the raise, to be introduced next year, it is too little, while employers say it is too much.
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said Thursday the capital's citizens had "won" after he announced that City Hall would "give Farglory Group a final chance."
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