If a man awoke from a six month coma today, he could be excused for thinking he had been beamed to a parallel universe.
Adm. Feng Shih-kuan, minister of national defense, was questioned three days after he was appointed on May 20 in an interpellation session of the Legislative Yuan's Defense and Foreign Relations Committee. He answered questions as if he were not the defense minister.
Last week, the new government confirmed a previous campaign promise that President Tsai Ing-wen would present a formal apology as head of state to Taiwan's indigenous peoples on Aug. 1, for the collective injustices that have been inflicted onto them.
Uniformity vs. diversity: this is perhaps one of the major conflicts in Taiwan's educational reforms.
Official statistics released Monday showed that real wages and earnings in Taiwan decreased year-on-year in the first quarter of this year, hurt by smaller year-end bonuses and only small gains in monthly wages.
When meeting with reporters during a media gathering, as many newly minted ministers have done over the past few days, Justice Minister Chiu Tai-san (邱太三) proposed that shortlisted inmates be allowed to work during the day before returning to prison in the evening. Although a trial version of the program has been in place for three years, it was still met with mixed feedback from the public and industrial sphere.
The apparent suicide of the operator of a private animal shelter in Taoyuan has sparked debate on an amendment to the Animal Protection Act, which puts an end to the majority of animal euthanasia in Taiwan by 2017.
In an article titled, "Taiwan, the place to be a woman in politics," BBC News described President Tsai Ing-wen as a virtually unique case among East Asia's female leaders.
President Tsai Ing-wen has spelled out a clear direction for Taiwan's economic development in her "New Southward Policy." But it remains to be seen how she is going to lead the country in that direction.
President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will soon expand on her government's plan for a "New Southward Policy" aimed at a "breakthrough" in the nation's diplomatic quandary.