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September, 27, 2016

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Editorial > Taiwan Issues
Last week saw the 17th anniversary of the deadly 921 Earthquake. Deputy Interior Minister Hua Ching-chun revealed plans for new regulations that would require residential properties that are 30 or more years old to be certified as safe before they are sold.
 
Feng Ming-chu may have profound knowledge of the history of Chinese art, but she should have demonstrated more awareness of current issues when accepting a set of sculptures donated by movie star Jackie Chan on behalf of the National Palace Museum (NPM).
 
The Legislative Yuan reopened this week, with labor issues returning to the forefront of public discourse.
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made a wise decision, at long last.
 
President Tsai Ing-wen's pledge to form a government "most able to communicate" has again come back to haunt her administration. Tung Chen-yuan became the shortest-lived Executive Yuan spokesman since 2012, when the post was made into full-time position, when he was unceremoniously sacked on Sunday.
 
At the start of 2016, forecasting agencies across Taiwan predicted the economy would grow by 2 percent or more for the year, finally relieving the nation from a long period of lackluster growth. Taiwan recorded just 0.75-percent growth in 2015.
 
The prospect of a "half Taiwanese" becoming Japan's prime minister has created much hype in Taiwan.
 
The Mid-Autumn Festival has traditionally been about celebrating the communal harvest after seasons of toil in the fields. This year for Taiwan, typhoons may dampen outdoor barbeques, but the festering problems of political squabbling among the ruling and opposition parties will likely only be sidestepped.
 
Thousands braved the rain Monday in a protest aimed at the government's alleged inaction over the tourism sector's dire condition. But instead of asking for government support, they should consider the current crisis as a chance to initiate reforms.
 
President Tsai Ing-wen has picked James Soong, chairman of the People First Party, as her proxy for the forthcoming informal Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit scheduled for Nov. 19-20 in Lima, Peru. Can he make it? Unlikely. Why? Simply because Soong is regarded as a turncoat in the People's Republic of China.
 
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