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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Based on the most discussed issues in the national news last week -- whether printed, broadcast or online -- one could be forgiven for thinking that a former president's awareness of national identity or a certain rich wife's tour of an Apache hanger were the most important issues in the nation.
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Sunday, August 23, 2015
Ideologically speaking, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je may belong to the so-called deep-green, pro-independence fundamentalist camp, but his ideology seems to have seldom gotten in the way of his pragmatism, which was on display in his just concluded trip to China.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's speech last Friday was keenly awaited for an apology. East Asian countries were critical, but for Japan locally, his enunciation was well-received, with Pew polls indicating his approval ratings rose by 5 percent to 44 percent.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Basketball has always been one of the most popular sports in Taiwan and one of the few sports on the island to have regular professional/semi-professional leagues.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
The Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) recently cut its forecast for Taiwan's economic growth for 2015 drastically down to 1.56 percent from its previous estimate of 3.28 percent. The DGBAS also revised downward the already low second-quarter forecast of 0.64 percent to 0.52 percent.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a speech yesterday, on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the end of the Pacific War (終戰記念日). Abe expressed "profound grief" for all who perished in World War II and admitted that Japan inflicted "immeasurable damage and suffering" on innocent people during the war and apologized.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
China cut the yuan's value against the greenback on Wednesday after an abrupt 1.9-percent devaluation on Tuesday, taking total reductions from this week to 3.5 percent. It is the largest devaluation since the 1990s when China inaugurated its modern foreign exchange system and cut the yuan by 33 percent in a single stroke.
Friday, August 14, 2015
Legislators from the Taiwan Solidarity Union raised some concerns on Tuesday at the announcement of a possible merger between Far EasTone Telecommunications Co. Ltd. and China Network Systems Co. (CNS).
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Cross-strait relations are once again in the focus as the electorate gets ready for a quadrennial election for the nation's highest office. Beijing is nervous, and has been making assumptions and statements about the importance of the coming election on bilateral ties, with Xi Jinping's words that "a new important juncture" has been reached and then Taiwan Affairs Office director Zhang Zhijun last week making a statement challenging Tsai and the DPP on their stance, saying that "responsible parties must clearly state their positions.' on the "core issue of the '1992 Consensus,' which states that Taiwan and the mainland belong to one China."
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Energy policy, one of the "Three E's" in next year's election, (the others being economic and education policies) requires a sobering wake-up call and comprehensive planning. So far, though the DPP has the most comprehensive policy involving alternative energy and creating a "nuclear-free homeland," conservative elements within society (who consider themselves rationalists) continue to hide behind the politics of "energy security" and warn about the threat of rolling blackouts and price hikes to block much-needed policy reforms.
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