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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
When Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) defeated his Kuomintang (KMT) rival Sean Lien (連勝文) by a wide margin of almost 250,000 votes, the pan-green independent Taipei mayoral candidate achieved what many only a year ago regarded as unthinkable. No pan-green candidate had ever taken over 50 percent of the votes in Taipei, which has long been a KMT stronghold, and Ko managed to score 57.16 percent.
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014
In an effort to further liberalize the Korean Free Economic Zones (KFEZ), the South Korean government recently held Business Day 2014 from Dec. 3 to Dec. 5. The aim of the event was to attract foreign investment for South Korea's eight KFEZs. This came in the wake of a free trade agreement (FTA) inked on Nov. 10 between South Korea and mainland China.
Monday, December 8, 2014
The recent spate of racially charged police controversies in the U.S. raises plenty of questions about racial discrimination and police abuse of power.
Sunday, December 7, 2014
The ongoing Cabinet reshuffle has been greeted generally by skepticism about President Ma Ying-jeou's promise of reform following the ruling Kuomintang's (KMT) humiliating defeat in last week's local elections.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
More than a few faces were slapped soundly in last Saturday's elections. The confident were rendered self-conscious, proud faces fell sullen and what was previously thought impossible happened; in short, voters spelled out in ballots their disappointment in the government and their yearning for change.
Friday, December 5, 2014
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) resigned yesterday as chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) in response to the party's crushing defeat in local elections.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
It has been four months since the departure of Hwang Jenn-tai (黃鎮台), former commissioner of the local Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL, 中華職棒).
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
That the Kuomintang (KMT) was routed is perhaps not the biggest surprise of all — if it was a surprise at all — stemming from the Nov. 29 elections. Indeed, President Ma Ying-jeou fostered an amendment to the KMT's charter a year ago to ensure that, as president, he would automatically be the party chairman precisely because he expected this defeat.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
With the DPP's rout of the KMT in the local elections still sinking in and people digesting the reasons behind the unequivocal bashing handed out to the ruling party, the clock has begun counting till the time when the newly elected officials will have to turn in results on their campaign promises. For example, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu's promise to transform Kaohsiung into a low-pollution, high-value industry city.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
The 51st Golden Horse Awards would have concluded just like any of its previous editions — with the usual celebrations and occasional minor complaints — had the film festival's fairness not been exceptionally strongly condemned by Gong Li, one of the most glamorous and famous actresses from the mainland.
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