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Imagine if only five voters go to the polls to elect Taiwan's president in a four-ticket race. One of the presidential tickets gets two votes, and one each for the rest. The candidate who receives two votes becomes president.
“If professor Tsay (political activist Tsay Ting-kuei) doesn't get his (parade permit) back, you really have to be careful. You will lead to the demise of the Ma administration; you will cause your own assassination. I'm not threatening you. I'm describing the facts,” student activist Hung Chung-yen (洪崇晏) told Zhongzheng First Precinct chief Fang Yang-ning (方仰寧) during a demonstration outside of the precinct office on April 11.
There have been cynical assessments that business will go on as usual in Taiwanese politics post-Sunflower Movement. The reshuffling of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leadership on Monday quickly discredited such views.
Japan's Chiushingura (忠臣藏) is probably the world's longest running audiovisual entertainment series.
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A lot of noise was made in December after China sent its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, on a jaunt through the South China Sea. The deployment, termed a “training exercise” by the mainland government, caused great concern in Taiwan and Japan, coming shortly after Beijing's controversial expansion of its Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) to include islands administered by Japan and claimed by China.
How should we judge the major lines of attack against students who protested for 24 days inside the Legislative Yuan? First, are these students champions or detractors of democracy? And second, regarding the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Pact, what should one make of criticism that the students don't realize the necessity of going through China as a door for greater regional integration?
A group of around 1,000 demonstrators gathered in front of the Zhongzheng First Precinct of the Taipei City Police Department on Friday night, protesting the department chief's decision to drive the remaining protesters out of the Legislative Yuan compound earlier that day.
The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) has renewed a legal battle to oust Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng from the party, again highlighting the country's lack of a law governing the establishment and management of political parties that could jeopardize the democratic institution.
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In Taiwan, society allows no one to stay in limbo, at least when it comes to political preference. You are either for unification with the mainland, or you are for independence; pro-Kuomintang or pro-DPP.
There was a collective sigh of relief on Monday after representatives of the Sunflower student movement announced they will end their occupation of the Legislative Yuan Assembly Hall today. There are talks of a “glorious exit” for movement activists, discussions of legal responsibilities the leading protesters might face, the follow-up of the mainly student-led movement and its implications for Taiwanese politics and cross-strait relations.
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