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January, 22, 2017

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With the seeming wave of a magic wand, media attention this week has shifted away from the Tsai administration's low approval ratings toward the opposition KMT: a house rife with division, teetering on the brink of disrepair.
 
Taiwan recently celebrated World Sight Day, but the event unfortunately failed to draw the media's attention.
 
To differentiate herself from President Ma Ying-jeou, President Tsai Ing-wen is trying to pursue her "four-noes" policy vis-a-vis the People's Republic of China.
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Given recent protests in Changhua County and strong resistance from parents in Yunlin County whose children were ordered to leave a school campus over cancer fears, it is clear that the country is undergoing a transformation that requires government action.
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President Tsai Ing-wen began holding weekly policy coordination meetings on Oct. 3, saying they would serve as a communication channel for more-effective policymaking.
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Taiwan seems to lack a clear idea of what constitutes sexual harassment. This lack of clarity can be highlighted by recent revelations that some students were forced to engage in non-consensual physical contact and to take off their clothes at a university orientation camp.
 
Two important developments this week are likely to shape cross-strait relations for the next four years.
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First Lady Michelle Obama, actresses Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto, and CNN journalist Isha Sesay recently embarked on an inspiring journey to Africa to discover what's keeping girls out of school in CNN Films' "We Will Rise."
 
Monday, National Day, was a busy day, dominated by President Tsai Ing-wen's address. All eyes were on whether she would make conciliatory remarks toward China, perhaps even by acknowledging the so-called "1992 Consensus." But of course, before you get to the speech, you have to sit through a lot of entertainment.
 
Popular Taiwan TV variety show host Jacky Wu stole the limelight at last year's Golden Bell Awards with a monologue in which he outlined the plight facing the local entertainment scene. Wu bemoaned the lack of resources and lack of talent in an age when gimmicky internet sensations can become celebrities fast and cheap. This year, Wu apparently tried to give us the solution.
 
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