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Saturday, March 1, 2014
While it is known as the First World War, the war of 1914 to 1918 has widely been seen as a faraway conflict from a long-past era in Asia. The war's centennial this year would probably pass by with ceremonial (but scarce) notice in the continent had it not been used as a historical background to highlight the tense regional relations between Japan and China by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Unlike in the United States, Taiwan's TV news channels pay very little attention to local college basketball unless it is something scandalous. Last Thursday, almost all local TV news channels reported on a University Basketball Association (UBA) matchup. It was, of course, not because a player had scored 50 points or had a triple-double, but because of a scandalous bench-clearing brawl.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
On Dec. 15, 1978, U.S. President Jimmy Carter appeared on national television to tell the nation of his decision to establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China on Jan. 1 the following year.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) used to say that Taiwan enjoyed a high economic growth rate compared to the other Asian Tigers — a term used in reference to the highly free and developed economies of Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama met Friday with the 14th Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet. The White House meeting was greeted by the usual protests in China, claiming the visit was a gross violation of China's internal affairs.
Monday, February 24, 2014
The son of veteran politician and former Vice President Lien Chan (連戰) should formally announce his bid to run for mayor of Taipei tomorrow, according to various media reports.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Lawmakers have set up a cross-party alliance to tackle the country's economic woes. It is not a new legislative committee, but rather a platform where all camps in the Legislature can engage in a dialogue to iron out their differences.
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Saturday, February 22, 2014
An opinion article by the author and TV news magazine program host Sisy Chen recently courted controversy. In the article, Chen compared home ownership in Taipei to the castle system in India, saying that people who have home-owning parents “have a colorful youth” while people who do not “can only dwell in some humble corners, destined to a black-and-white youth.
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Friday, February 21, 2014
The politicians of Taiwan may blare out what they like regarding the island's political status and relationship with mainland China, but the Taiwanese are good and tired of the tug-o-war going on between two sides that are smiling daggers at each other, Taiwan meting out each statement with baited breath, all for the glorious advantage of being the one and only China the world recognizes.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has a revisionist view of Japan's atrocities during the Second World War, refuses to characterize Japan invading China and other Asian countries as “aggression,” asserting that the definition of aggression has yet to be established in academia or in the international community.
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