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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.
Friday, May 16, 2014
For those who have a stereotyped image about military installations and believe that they always maintain a heightened level of security, it may seem unimaginable that Taiwan's Pentagon, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) Headquarters, was recently intruded upon by a civilian.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
James Soong, chairman of the People First Party, went to Beijing to meet Xi Jinping, Chinese Communist Party general secretary, for the first time last Thursday. He visited Beijing in 2005 to talk with Hu Jintao, Xi's predecessor, right after Lien Chan, the then-chairman of the Kuomintang, made a journey of peace to end the decades-long civil war between the KMT and the CCP. Soong tried to gild the lily.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Every company, every industrial field has its own skeletons in the closet. But the real secret is not the scandalous affairs between co-workers, the glass ceiling we all pretend does not exist or even the occasional embezzlement case that goes undiscovered until the perpetrator has long left the company.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
The Ministry of Labor on Wednesday said it was considering allowing local governments to adjust their regional minimum wages upwards of the national minimum. This dramatic change in the way the government tackles the task of improving the labor market is of course a well-intended attempt, and its possible benefits include the balancing of regional development.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Minister of Labor Pan Shih-wei (潘世偉) came under fire last week after suggesting the establishment of a minimum wage for each geographical district, hinting at a mechanism that would evaluate the degree of change required to keep up with differences in costs of living for each region.
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