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Sunday, August 31, 2014
Beijing is expected to soon decide how Hong Kong is going to elect its next leader amid growing calls from activists for a truly democratic election process. China is likely to promise universal suffrage in 2017, but the candidates will have to be vetted by a nominating committee. Is that really democracy?
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Abenomics is having trouble. The popular economic policies implemented since 2012 by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have begun to lose their attraction to investors and the general public. Opinion surveys in Japan last month showed that Abe's approval ratings have dropped below 50 percent for the first time since he was re-elected in 2012. In a survey by a Japanese newspaper, more people disapproved of Abenomics than approved of them.
Friday, August 29, 2014
A pre-sporting event involving a flyover by military jets, hotly anticipated by local sports fans, is finally about to happen. Taiwan's military announced Tuesday a collaboration with a local professional baseball team that will make the flyover possible.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
On Aug. 12 the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) announced its decision to place two ailing insurance carriers, namely Global Life Insurance Co. (國寶人壽) and Singfor Life Insurance Co. (幸福人壽) under government receivership, a NT$50-billion injection that shows the government is willing to avoid problems in the financial sector.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
In the thousands of years of its history, Chinese religion and culture have evolved and integrated to become what they are today: a tradition that is part of the daily life of a typical Chinese individual.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Tsai Eng-meng, chairman of Want Want Holdings, broached a new idea to bring peace and prosperity to both sides of the Taiwan Strait earlier this month. At the fifth Peace and Prosperity Forum his Want Daily organized in Taipei, he said Taiwan and China should issue a joint “statement of reconciliation” to pave the way for “cross-strait integration” that will create a win-win situation for both sides.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Almost nine in 10 foreign students would be willing to work or recommend study in Taiwan to fellow students according to recent research by the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET, 財團法人高等教育國際合作基金會). The survey, which collected information from a total of 1,602 participants, also suggested that only 5.88 percent of them would recommend other people to learn Mandarin in mainland China, stressing that traditional Chinese characters are better than simplified ones.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Political observers in Taiwan may have thought it yet another piece of evidence of the Ma administration's instability and low morale when Chang Hsien-yao was sacked this week from the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), but it has since developed into one of the most intriguing episodes in the history of Taiwanese politics.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
If television and social media networks are any indication, this island has been in a frenzy over a Taiwanese actor who was arrested for smoking marijuana in mainland China. Relatively speaking, it really isn't that serious.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Taiwanese media had a field day after news broke of local actor Ko Chen-tung's (柯震東) arrest in Beijing for doing marijuana. Even before the mainland state broadcaster CCTV video released video footage of Ko's tearful public apology, apparently taken by the Chinese authorities, Taiwanese TV stations had already been filling the news with vivid descriptions of Ko's fall from grace.
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