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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.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Nothing was done in public yesterday to mark the 128th birthday of Chiang Kai-shek, who saved Taiwan after he lost the Chinese Civil War in 1949. Born on Oct. 31, 1887, Chiang ruled the Republic of China from 1928 till his death in Taipei in 1975. His son, President Chiang Ching-kuo, proclaimed his father's birthday a national holiday, which was abolished by President Chen Shui-bian, who claimed to be trying to create a sovereign, independent republic of Taiwan.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
The 26th season of Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL, 中華職棒) ended on an unprecedented high note late last month in the seventh game of the Taiwan Series when the Lamigo Monkeys easily passed the Chinatrust Brothers 11-0 to clinch the championship title in front of a sell-out crowd at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Foreign residents who come to Taiwan are often amazed by Taiwanese motorists' apparent ability to foresee the change of a traffic light, throttling up seconds before it turns green to gain a head start. The newcomers will later realize that the trick is to check the light at the other side. When the other side is turning red, the motorists know their light is about to become green.
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Sunday, November 1, 2015
China's ambition to become a powerhouse in the global semiconductor industry is clear: its government over the past few years has set aside huge sums to fund local semiconductor firms' acquisitions of foreign competitors.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
It was recently confirmed that Charles Kau (高啟全), known as the godfather of the local DRAM industry, will retire from Nanya Technology Corp. (南亞科技). If market speculation proves true, he will jump ship to Tsinghua Unigroup, a rival company in mainland China.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
This March, China under Xi Jinping presented its vision for the "One Belt, One Road" economic network initiative. It is a highly ambitious plan for integrating the trade and infrastructure network of the entire Eurasian continent, as well as the maritime trade route from the Pacific, through the South China Sea and across the Indian Ocean.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
There is no denying that the presidential candidacy of New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu, who doubles as chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT), is threatening an expected landslide shoo-in on Jan. 16 of Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
With Taiwan's almost non-stop election cycles, it is easy to move on from one "milestone" election to the next without much afterthought. But it is always useful to reflect on elections past.
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