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The last hustings among the three presidential candidates are over. Eric Chu, Tsai Ing-wen, and James Soong have all presented their cross-strait policies. Only Tsai, the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) standard bearer, did not make her position clear.
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Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen, a heavy favorite in the 2016 presidential race, was the center of concern in an article by The Economist on Jan. 9. In "A Tsai is just a Tsai," the news publication muses that "eight years of uneasy truce across the Taiwan Strait are coming to an end," as Beijing is about to be forced to reckon with a DPP-led government that doesn't sing from the "one China" hymn sheet.
 
Those who believe Taiwan could continue to enjoy all the freedoms it has now after cross-strait unification should take a look at what has been happening in Hong Kong, that example of the one-country, two-systems model that Beijing has tried to persuade the Taiwanese people to accept.
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Last week, South Korea and Japan reached a landmark deal to resolve the "comfort women" issue that has long plagued relations between the two nations.
 
Today, we remember the victims of the Jan. 7, 2015 terrorist attacks in the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo and the following siege at a kosher supermarket and a printing facility that left 17 people dead.
 
In the only vice presidential debate, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice presidential candidate Chen Chien-jen listed three figures on infrastructure savings that he claimed were achieved during the Chen Shui-bian administration.
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Last week, Taiwan's three presidential candidates outlined their plans for the nation in two debates and two policy presentations (one remains scheduled for Jan. 8).
 
The vandals (or activists, depending on how you see them) who defaced two zodiac animal sculptures at the National Palace Museum Southern Branch in Chiayi might have gone a step too far, but their action has provoked thoughts about art itself and its relations to politics.
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Professional baseball has been developing in Taiwan for nearly 30 years ever since the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL, 中華職棒) kicked off its first season in 1990.
 
In its ruling on Monday, the Taipei District Court announced that two former Taipei City Government officials had been convicted of document forgery and influence peddling in the high-profile MeHAS City (美河市) corruption case.
 
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