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Friday, August 8, 2014
During the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee meeting on Tuesday, representatives from both sides of the strait agreed to begin negotiations over the cross-strait trade in goods pact, as part of a follow-up to the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement. It probably won't be long before either pan-green activists or the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) comes out and starts accusing the Ma administration of selling Taiwan to the mainland Chinese, again.
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Thursday, August 7, 2014
On July 29, the Legislative Yuan rejected 11 nominees for the Control Yuan but approved 16 others during a confirmation vote. In a morning session, the nation's highest legislative organ voted on the nominees for president and vice president of the government watchdog, Chang Po-ya and Sun Ta-chuan. The fifth Control Yuan was inaugurated last Friday with only 18 members, including Chang and Sun, instead of the constitutionally mandated 29 ombudsmen.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Almost a week after a series of explosions tore up several blocks in Kaohsiung, most of us have seen the horrifying images of a ragged trench blown through the streets, with cars landing on roofs and houses sagging absurdly. Now, imagine balancing precariously on the edge of the trench, taking a deep breath and lowering yourself in to begin a job you dread.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
An urgent humanitarian crisis involving more than 1,000 dead, many more starving children, destroyed life savings and a lack of basic living amenities such as water and electricity are overwhelming the people of Gaza. Beyond this round of killings, there must be a serious and sustained effort to address the livelihood needs of the Gaza Strip. This includes making sure that prevention of a new round of hostilities 10 months, a year, two years from now is the highest strategic goal.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Lovers of all ages celebrated Chinese Valentine's Day yesterday, which fell this year on Aug. 2, the seventh day of the seventh month in the Chinese Lunar calendar.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
The nation has been left shell-shocked in the wake of Thursday's deadly blasts in Kaohsiung. But while we must ask how a tragic accident of this massive scale could have happened and who should take the blame, we must seek ways to prevent a repeat.
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Saturday, August 2, 2014
Over the last weekend, the summer blockbuster “Transformers: Age of Extinction” became the first film to take over US$300 million in mainland China. Michael Bay's action-packed robot warfare movie surpassed James Cameron's space fantasy “Avatar” as the highest grossing production in China.
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Friday, August 1, 2014
The National Conference on Economic and Trade Affairs held by the Cabinet recently came to a close, and as usual, opening up the local economy, launching the Free Economic Pilot Zones and signing cross-strait trade pacts were championed by the officials present.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Rock Hsu, chairman of the Chinese National Federation of Industries, will present his CFNI White Paper for 2014 to President Ma Ying-jeou on Aug. 4. In this year's white paper, released last Friday, Hsu is pressing for transformational change so that Taiwan may effectively compete on the global economic stage.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Taiwan's national basketball team once again topped the supposedly stronger national squad on the other side of the Taiwan Strait earlier this month at this year's FIBA Asia Cup on July 17.
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