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Saturday, January 25, 2014
The rapid change in China has been news for the past two decades and still the speed with which the mainland reinvents itself can still be frightening. As recent as last year, China has been best known overseas in part by the wealth its surging economy generated and the brassy nouveau riche created in the process.
Friday, January 24, 2014
It is scientifically impossible to alter history, unless what you are tampering with are the written records of the incidents that happened — or at least what people believe to have happened.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Taiwan and the Philippines have had a fishing rights dispute for a half century.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Let's review what the Legislative Yuan has done on the last day of its legislative session.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Taiwan is finally ready to lift its ban on Canadian bone-in beef from cattle under 30-months old. The announcement was made Friday after the country's food safety agency gave Canadian beef the green light in terms of meat safety and fell into line with other countries in Asia.
Monday, January 20, 2014
Freeze-dried food, athletic shoes, smoke detectors and laptop computers. A rather eclectic list, but all products that have one thing in common: they were created directly for, or inspired by, the “Space Race” between the U.S. and USSR. As China touts its recent successful landing of a rover on the moon and India's probe speeds toward Mars, we are perhaps entering a second Space Race era — with all the benefits and potential dangers of the first one.
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Sunday, January 19, 2014
After days of letting public discontent against the glitch-plagued eTag system boil over, the Ma administration finally shifted gears to damage control. Premier Jiang Yi-huah on Thursday called for the new freeway toll system's operator, Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Co (FETC), to “take responsibility” for the problematic rollout of the system and ordered the National Freeway Bureau to be penalized for its role in the eTag debacle.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
French President Francois Hollande had spent a long time preparing for the press conference on Tuesday to unveil his plans to rejuvenate France's economy. Instead the politician was forced to admit that he was having a “difficult moment” in his private life.
Friday, January 17, 2014
A fresh trickle of water is usually welcomed in regions used to only sludge and muddiness — the story behind National Taiwan University physician Ko Wen-je's (柯文哲) escalating wave of popularity after announcing his bid to run for Taipei City mayor.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Politicians love gobbledygook, the purpose being to keep people in the dark. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has held a series of meetings it calls the Huashan Forum to come up with a new China policy, but the net result is nothing but a “China Policy Memoir,” gibberish whose purpose nobody understands, although Beijing understands it doesn't want to “freeze” the Taiwan independence clause of its charter.
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