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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
President Ma Ying-jeou's latest performance in reacting to the student protests represents the continuation of his unfortunate habit of souring the most well-intended initiatives with his demeanor of timid arrogance, inciting the ire of the populace while hampering Taiwan's progress.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Apparently, President Ma Ying-jeou still doesn't understand what triggered student activists' anger.
Monday, March 24, 2014
It has been two weeks since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished over the South China Sea with no indication of distress. Still, authorities don't know where the plane is or what happened to it. To make things worse, the country's chaotic lack of coordination in its response to the incident has made a growing number of people feel upset by the crash news, especially families waiting for a definitive answer to the flight MH370 mystery.
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Sunday, March 23, 2014
We implore the police not to try and storm the legislative chamber to evict the occupiers, for that could end in a tragedy with heavy casualties. We are making the call not out of our stance on the so-called Sunflower Student Movement, but rather out of genuine concern for the safety of both the police and the protesters.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
The “Occupy Legislative Yuan” student movement enters a critical phase today as the protesters' self-imposed 63-hour demonstration duration runs out. The occupiers made three demands at the beginning of their action: the government's rejection of the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement, responses from President Ma Ying-jeou and Speaker Wang Jin-pyng and the resignation of Premier Jiang Yi-huah.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Activists protesting the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement stormed the Legislative Yuan on Tuesday and seized control of the Assembly Hall, marking a historic first in Taiwan politics.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
On March 12, the Legislative Yuan for the first time held deliberations over the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement, after the pact was submitted by the Cabinet more than three months ago. However, the deliberation failed to be processed due to physical altercations and non-stop disputes between ruling party and opposition lawmakers.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave an answer to a question during a meeting of the Upper House Budget Committee last Friday, in which he said that his government would not revise the position on “comfort women” that previous Japanese administrations have held. He put to an end the fear that a review of the statements on sex slaves — euphemistically called “comfort women” — made by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono in 1993 and by Prime Ministers Tomiichi Murayama and Junichiro Koizumi in 1995 and 2005 respectively would lead to a further exacerbation of relations with South Korea and China.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
On Saturday, a series of updates to Beijing's law on protection of consumer rights took effect. The new revisions are hailed by the communist party mouthpiece as dramatically boosting the legal recourse available to buyers over grievances.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Baseball drama “Kano” has already hit it out of the park at the box office, picking up NT$150 million in ticket sales to top the Taipei charts since it opened on Feb. 27. Named after the Japanese-language abbreviation for the Chiayi Agriculture and Forestry Public School, Taiwanese director Umin Boya's “Kano” depicts the exploits of the school's baseball team over 1931, when Taiwan was still occupied by Japan.
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