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January, 18, 2017

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Last week, Taiwan found itself ranked third in an unlikely list -- the 2016 Index of Ignorance. The index, released by Ipsos MORI, a United Kingdom-based market research company, ranked the alleged "most ignorant places in the world" by asking respondents from 40 countries questions about their own countries.
 
The chairmen of two of Taiwan's most successful businesses -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Giant Bicycles -- have raised some eyebrows recently by refusing to serve as President Tsai Ing-wen's advisers.
 
Politicians, pundits and experts weighed in Wednesday when Sao Tome and Principe became the latest of the Republic of China's diplomatic allies lost to Beijing's efforts to isolate Taipei on the international stage.
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On Jan. 1, Taiwan will begin enforcing a ban on killing stray animals at public shelters. The Council of Agriculture said last week it wouldn't delay the implementation of the no-kill policy, but it fell short of explaining how it would go about making such a policy reality
 
The military power balance across the Taiwan Strait has been tipped sharply in favor of the People's Republic of China over the past couple of years.
 
Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順) recently became embroiled in a row with the KMT party caucus after she led a charge at the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) last week but found no supporters for her cause.
 
Referendums allow citizens to engage in direct democracy, giving the electorate a voice on controversial issues. The Referendum Act was expected to do just that: to give the people a chance to express their political views, while limiting the power of legislative bodies.
 
The Legislature has just revised a law to substantially raise the fines and penalties for illegal transportation services.
 
Taipei City's new decision to classify those making NT$22,207 a month as low- and medium-income households reflects the scale of the challenges facing Taiwan's economy -- and it provides an opportunity to catapult these issues to the forefront of public consciousness.
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Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. (TRTC) on Tuesday canceled its plan to issue a monthly unlimited-use pass for Taipei's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system. The pass was previously scheduled to go on sale starting Jan. 1.
 
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