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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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Sunday, May 11, 2014
The labor authorities have proposed that the nation adopt a living wage scheme, allowing different areas of the country to set pay levels in line with their respective living standards.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
It spells trouble when a government official suggests that paying one's tax honestly is anything but a civic duty. The problem is worse when that official is the finance minister.
Friday, May 9, 2014
Nearly six months have passed this year, and Taiwan has already experienced numerous street activities that have shaken society in various ways. The Legislative Yuan, Ketagalan Boulevard and other streets of Taipei City have all become platforms for people who would like to express their opinions and stand for what they believe in.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Tsai Ing-wen, a favorite standard bearer of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2016, has rarely said things that are right. For once, however, she has.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
A funeral was held yesterday for President Ma Ying-jeou's mother who recently passed away. It was made quite clear beforehand that the funeral was to be a private, low-key, family affair.
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