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Long-standing conflict between Taiwan's only professional baseball league -- the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL, 中華職棒) -- and the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association (CTBA) over leadership roles and authority has flared up again ahead of the 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC).
Taiwan has just revised its labor law to better protect the rights of migrant workers. For a government that has placed human rights high on the agenda, the amending of the labor law in such a direction seems a natural step.
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.
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."
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