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May, 30, 2016

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Taiwan has long been worrying about mainland China. The anxiety of Taiwan toward an increasingly influential and muscular China, coupled with public discontent against the Kuomintang (KMT), resulted in the historic defeat of the ruling and pro-China party in the presidential and lawmaker elections to the China-skeptic Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
In less than three months, political power in Taiwan will again be transferred from one party to another. While media focus on the transition of power has concentrated on building continuity between successive administrations of government, one thing that should not be allowed to continue is the woeful act of national branding.
Representatives of President Ma Ying-jeou and President-elect Tsai Ing-wen met on Friday in their first formal talk on matters concerning transferring power from the incumbent to his successor.
Bringing about change is the tone of Legislature proceedings in light of the Feb. 6 Kaohsiung Meinong earthquake, with both the government and party caucuses showing agreement in prioritizing amendments to safety-related laws.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has responded swiftly and appropriately to the controversy regarding the sovereignty disputes in the South China Sea and U.S. President Barack Obama's recent call to respect international law under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.
From time immemorial, Gods of Earth (土地公) have been worshipped in China. They are eudemons, or kind spirits, each of them supervising a glebe, which includes local lands, mountain forests, plains, rivers and hills. Under the protection of the local eudemon, the Earth can be guaranteed always to be peaceful and fertile.
Over the past week, Taiwan had a glimpse of a truly functioning democracy. Central and local governments joined hands in tackling a crisis, politicians of opposite party affiliations expressed appreciations for each other's dedication, citizens and some media outlets worked to stem out misinformation and international experts and volunteers participated in government-led efforts -- in other words, people from all walks of life doing their part trying to solve a problem together.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) pledged Wednesday to improve surveillance against the Zika virus, as the outbreak continued to spread to countries and territories in Central and South America and the Caribbean.
The Investment Commission of the Ministry of Economic Affairs yesterday gave the green light to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.'s (TSMC, 台積電) investment plan in China.
While cross-strait relations will be a major hurdle for President-elect Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party, the economy will be her first and foremost challenge.
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