Sunday, June 15, 2014
Many political figures and commentators believe that better understanding and communication between Taipei and Beijing are essential to easing cross-strait tensions and avoiding miscalculations. But China's latest reiteration of its firm opposition to the Taiwan independence cause has shown that something more may be needed.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
By the time you read this, the four-year wait will finally be over for tens of millions of soccer fans worldwide with the 2014 World Cup kicking off to great fanfare in Brazil., 2 Comments
Friday, June 13, 2014
The notion that Taiwan independence is something that has yet to be declared is somewhat misguided. When it comes down to it, Taiwan independence, as it is used in everyday speech and writing, is generally about changing the name of this country from the Republic of China to the Republic of Taiwan. That of course hasn't happened, nor is it likely to happen in the near future.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), made an about-face last week.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The government announces the building of new housing projects, skyscrapers or parks for all to enjoy, and a contract is sealed after some big company lands the deal. Regardless of its function, each project is supposedly designed to benefit the public as a whole. Money passes through many hands to secure the bid, with a bit leeched here and there and whatever is left going toward building materials.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Hundreds of World War II veterans in their late 80s and early 90s traveled to Omaha Beach, France on Friday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, often called the longest day in history. On June 6, 1944, after five years of war with Germany, an Allied force composed of 150,000 soldiers, 18,000 paratroopers, 11,000 planes, an armada of 4,400 watercraft and 1,500 tanks headed toward the beaches of Normandy and started an attack that lasted for 11 months and took them all the way to the German capital, Berlin.
Monday, June 9, 2014
As the U.S. is engaged in a national row over the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for a soldier who may very well have been a deserter, Taiwan has some lessons that it can take to heart over demonstrating commitment to people who have taken risks in its undercover engagements in the interests of the nation.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
The bribery scandal that disgraced a high-ranking government official as well as a real estate billionaire has once again highlighted how Taiwan is plagued by corruption. But much public discussion arising from the latest case has been directed toward the nation's housing and land development policy.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
The detention of Farglory Group Chairman Chao Teng-hsiung (趙藤雄) and Taoyuan County Deputy Magistrate Yeh Shih-wen (葉世文) on bribery charges is a milestone in Taiwan's fight for a cleaner government on several levels.
Friday, June 6, 2014
After a 21-year-old college student named Cheng Chieh (鄭捷) decided to carry out his plan to accomplish “something big” on May 21, he took four people's lives and injured 24 in a killing spree on a Taipei Metro train. Society was shaken and devastated by this seemingly meaningless act of terror. Everyone was crying and shouting for an answer to this tragedy.