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Editorial > Taiwan Issues
With less than four months to go before the opening of the 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC), Taiwan -- normally considered one of international baseball's powerhouses -- seems in disarray.
 
Should Taiwan keep its ban on "nuke food" from Japan? The answer to this question is definitely "yes" if "nuke food" refers to radiation-contaminated food. But the ongoing controversy over the Japanese food ban is not really about irradiated food.
 
The Legislative Yuan has passed the first reading of an amendment targeting ride-sharing company Uber, raising the maximum fine for the provision of illegal passenger transportation services to a hefty NT$25 million.
 
Chen Shui-bian's presidency saw many an unnecessary referendum called. While a majority of these plebiscites were initiated by the Democratic Progressive Party, the then-opposition Kuomintang (KMT) also contributed a few. None of them passed.
 
Last week, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump gushed about his phone call with Pakistan's prime minister. Trump's comments during that call -- calling Pakistan a "fantastic" country full with "fantastic" people that he "would love" to visit as president, even amid bitter U.S.-Pakistan relations -- were widely criticized as a departure from reality.
 
Is there a difference between a lawmaker wrestling a colleague to the ground during a legislative session and a protester doing the same to a lawmaker outside the Legislature?
 
By the time this editorial goes to press, Taiwan badminton champion Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) will have been officially named the world No. 1 female badminton player.
 
Tsai Ing-wen's administration has had a tough couple of weeks. Amid growing challenges facing Taiwan, the government has pointedly chosen to prioritize settling scores for political gains rather than empowering the disenfranchised.
 
In 2012, Tsai Ing-wen ran for president promising to immediately hold a "national affairs conference" and build a new consensus on cross-strait relations. She lost the election.
 
The abrupt dissolution of TransAsia Airways last week revealed two things about the government.
 
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