Tuesday, April 7, 2015
One year after the student-led Sunflower Movement asked for a cross-strait agreement supervisory bill, all versions of the bill remain unreviewed and stalled in the Legislative Yuan.
Monday, April 6, 2015
he nuclear framework deal struck with Iran this Thursday has been at once lauded for the comprehensiveness of concessions earned by the West, as well as criticized for its lack of addressing ballistic missile capabilities, Iran's sponsorship of destabilizing and terroristic activities, and its rhetoric on the annihilation of Israel.
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Taiwan earlier this week sent in an almost literally last-minute application to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) initiative as a founding member.
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Taiwan seems to have been inundated recently with a series of acronyms and digits. First, there was the M503 flight route that China tried to launch unilaterally in January and that threatened to push civilian air traffic dangerously close to the median line of the Taiwan Strait.
Friday, April 3, 2015
Soup makes for a pleasant meal with friends and family. You can even make a large batch and store portions in the refrigerator for two or three days or for a few months in the freezer. Reheating soup is equally simple; just get it to the right temperature to satisfy both safety concerns and your taste buds. The same is true with political propaganda: you can prepare a large batch and store portions for later use.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
William Randolph Hearst, the celebrated journalist who gave rise to yellow journalism, defined news as "something that the people like to talk about." Fine. But it's the news editor who decides what people like to talk about. So there are a lot of hypes, hullabaloos, and hooplas. All of them, unfortunately, seem to be in demand in the newsrooms of Taipei's media., 2 Comments
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
For years politicians have been promising to rise above petty two-party politics. Yet since most politicians in office or who have a real chance of winning elections are from the two major parties -- the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) -- these promises amount to not much more than an aspirational slogan. Taiwan's politics has long been a fight between the KMT and the pan-blue camp of small parties against the DPP and the pan-green parties.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Taiwan is slated to hold its next presidential election on Jan. 16, 2016. Ever watchful of political developments in Taiwan, the Chinese government through an official newspaper recently drew attention to two sets of heavyweights that are likely to face off in the 2016 election.
Monday, March 30, 2015
As today the people of Singapore mourn their nation's most important leader, Lee Kuan Yew, at a national funeral, the amount of praise lavished on the man is awe-inspiring in itself., 2 Comments
Sunday, March 29, 2015
President Ma Ying-jeou this week said cross-strait relations have recently been the most peaceful in decades. Maybe he was right in terms of full-blown military confrontations, but tensions between the two sides remain, albeit in more subtle forms.