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The subject of free trade agreements (FTA) has been in the news lately, as the government warned about the ramifications of a recently inked accord between mainland China and South Korea.
2014/11/24
The other day, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu vowed to restructure the city's economy, removing all high-polluting and high-risk industries from the area. The vows were apparently made in the wake of some outrageous and deadly developments in the city: the pollution of a river by wastewater released by a major semiconductor firm last year and the gas explosions this summer that left 31 dead and more than 300 injured.
2014/11/23
Propaganda is a political tactic used everywhere in the world, both domestically and at times internationally. The truth is that propaganda, whether used to promote a certain politician or to besmirch the name and reputation of another, is always deployed to the advantage of an individual or an entire group of people.
2014/11/22
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Taiwan has a nuanced linguistic landscape that sees two major cross-currents: a privileged official lingo and the widely used Hokkien, a southern dialect of Chinese now also called Taiwanese. Academic, government, scientific and public institutions are dominated by Mandarin, but in daily life much of the population uses Hokkien.
2014/11/20
As a consequence of their status as public figures, the daily lives, whether public or private, of politicians, businessmen and celebrities are constantly put under a microscope.
2014/11/19
Dr. Yang Liyu, professor emeritus of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey suggested that President Ma Ying-jeou go to Beijing to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping before he steps down in May 2016.
2014/11/18
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The High School Basketball League (HBL, 高中籃球聯賽) just concluded its qualifying round matchup last week when 19 teams from around the country fought for eight spots that will give them a chance to compete with eight other top-seeded teams for the championship HBL title.
2014/11/17
After waiting 13 years in vain for the United States to deliver on a promise to sell it diesel-powered submarines, Taiwan seems to be now seriously looking at possibly the only option left: building the vessels on its own.
2014/11/16
Last week's 2014 Taipei International Travel Fair (Taipei ITF, 台北國際旅展) became the largest in history in terms of visitor volume with more than 320,000 visitors, making the annual travel expo a bigger, smarter and safer.
2014/11/15
A public debate on TV among candidates for public office is a talk show where they try to outsmart one another to get more voter support, and of course, it can scarcely help determine the outcome of an election.
2014/11/13
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