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Monday, May 26, 2014
In the first four months of this year, 497 alleged short message service (SMS) scams were reported, swindling phone users out of as much as NT$3.15 million. As more and more people use their smartphones for financial transactions, it is little wonder that fraud groups are using text messages and messaging applications to steal money from unsuspecting members of the public. The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB, 刑事警察局) must step up its efforts to crack down on phone and Internet fraud rings.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
We are as confused as most parents and students are likely to be over the enrollment system accompanying the new 12-year education program that was designed, in theory, to reduce the pressure facing junior high school graduates seeking to move on to the last three years of secondary learning.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
A 21-year-old college student started a stabbing spree inside a Taipei MRT train Monday afternoon with a self-professed aim to “do something big.” It is probably natural — and paper-selling — for the media to demonize the assailant, to dub him a “butcher,” a “mad murderer” or a “cold-blooded killer,” but that would only give the assailant precisely what he wants.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Over the past two weeks, the Taiwan government, especially the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), has been under heavy fire for its somewhat slow responses in the wake of the violent demonstrations in Vietnam that have affected factories and facilities owned by Taiwanese businesses. Many Taiwanese nationals whose properties were damaged during the latest round of anti-China riots have accused the ministry of doing little to help them leave the country in their time of need.
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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Taipei-based Next Magazine's weekly tabloid has given a beleaguered President Ma Ying-jeou a thankful respite. In its latest issue, the rumormonger journal printed an expose about Ma continuing to keep his American Green Card, obligating him to file a tax return in July with the Internal Revenue Service in accordance with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Both Taiwanese and mainland Chinese businesses were targeted during the recent riots in Vietnam, despite the fact that the rioters were largely reacting to a territorial dispute between their country and mainland China. Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) attributed this phenomenon to the “confusion” created by the Ma administration's one China policy.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
At the Economic Ministers' conference in Qingdao on Saturday, China again pushed for the Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific Region (FTAAP). Taiwan's Minister Chang Chia-chu (張家祝) expressed the nation's positive appraisal of the project, which has been talked about for ten years.
Monday, May 19, 2014
There are only a few days left before the European elections, with polls continuing to predict a defeat for centrists in favor of far right and euroskeptic parties who are expected to substantially increase their representation in the new parliament.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
The government has vowed to invoke the trade protection agreement it has signed with Vietnam to help Taiwanese businessmen seek compensation for the massive losses inflicted on them in the wake of the riots in the Southeast Asian country.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Chairman Terry Gou has been busy making controversial public statements lately. Even for the outspoken tycoon, the recent outburst of comments on hot-button issues such as wage stagnation, the Sunflower student-led movement and the government's block of his plan to use Chinese equipment in his 4G base stations is uncommon.
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