Saturday, August 15, 2015
China cut the yuan's value against the greenback on Wednesday after an abrupt 1.9-percent devaluation on Tuesday, taking total reductions from this week to 3.5 percent. It is the largest devaluation since the 1990s when China inaugurated its modern foreign exchange system and cut the yuan by 33 percent in a single stroke.
Friday, August 14, 2015
Legislators from the Taiwan Solidarity Union raised some concerns on Tuesday at the announcement of a possible merger between Far EasTone Telecommunications Co. Ltd. and China Network Systems Co. (CNS).
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Cross-strait relations are once again in the focus as the electorate gets ready for a quadrennial election for the nation's highest office. Beijing is nervous, and has been making assumptions and statements about the importance of the coming election on bilateral ties, with Xi Jinping's words that "a new important juncture" has been reached and then Taiwan Affairs Office director Zhang Zhijun last week making a statement challenging Tsai and the DPP on their stance, saying that "responsible parties must clearly state their positions.' on the "core issue of the '1992 Consensus,' which states that Taiwan and the mainland belong to one China."
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Energy policy, one of the "Three E's" in next year's election, (the others being economic and education policies) requires a sobering wake-up call and comprehensive planning. So far, though the DPP has the most comprehensive policy involving alternative energy and creating a "nuclear-free homeland," conservative elements within society (who consider themselves rationalists) continue to hide behind the politics of "energy security" and warn about the threat of rolling blackouts and price hikes to block much-needed policy reforms.
Sunday, August 9, 2015
The Control Yuan's impeachment of Tainan Mayor William Lai may have done little harm to the local government chief, but has again highlighted the problems facing the country's highest government watchdog body.
Saturday, August 8, 2015
After their sit-down talk with the education minister failed completely, anti-curriculum change student representatives held a press conference that played out like a real drama.
Friday, August 7, 2015
The Ministry of Education (MOE) will allow schools to "freely choose" textbooks for this school year in a rare sign of political goodwill between the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). According to the MOE, a new committee will soon be established to address demands on curriculum reforms from all sides, while stricter guidelines could be implemented for the membership of the committee, the procedures for reviewing the curriculum and a professional exchange of ideas.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
The controversy over the newly enacted high school curriculum guideline adjustments is itself great teaching material for at least two subjects. First, the government, the Ministry of Education in particular, gives management schools a textbook case of not just how to mishandle a crisis but also how to create one in the first place.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
The 2015 U-12 Baseball World Cup of the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) concluded this Sunday when the Taiwanese team finished in second place among the 12 competing teams after losing to the United States in the championship game.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
The World Youth Athletics Championships held in Cali, Colombia ended two weeks ago, yet Taiwan's news media and netizens held onto it for most of last week. It is not because they were in celebration of a Taiwanese athlete taking away medals or breaking some world record, but rather expressing dismay and general outrage over the Sports Administration and Chinese Taipei Track and Field Association's inability to ship a pole into 17-year-old pole vault contender Yeh Yao-wen's hands, which led to the young athlete's disqualification.