Taiwanese media had a field day after news broke of local actor Ko Chen-tung's (柯震東) arrest in Beijing for doing marijuana. Even before the mainland state broadcaster CCTV video released video footage of Ko's tearful public apology, apparently taken by the Chinese authorities, Taiwanese TV stations had already been filling the news with vivid descriptions of Ko's fall from grace.
Two scores of protestors marched on the de facto Japanese embassy in Taipei last Thursday to demand an official apology and compensation from Japan for Taiwanese women forced into sexual slavery during World War II.
The Executive Yuan last Saturday morning announced that Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Principal Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀), who doubles as Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) vice chairman and secretary-general, has resigned for personal reasons.
It is that time of the year, as August winds down, that students are winding down their summer vacations and preparing for the next school year, or entry into a brand new stage of their lives. Yet front pages in the past week have told of the “special exam” being repudiated by New Taipei City mayor Eric Chu. The lateness of the results, forcing students to cram for the all-important exam until the very end of their vacation, has been widely blasted as hurting the well-being of pupils.
Taipei wouldn't admit it, but any friendly interaction between its only diplomatic ally in Europe — namely the Vatican — and Beijing would raise an alarm. The latest act of politeness shown by Pope Francis to China has again sparked speculation over possible changes in the relationships between the three sides — Taipei, Beijing and the Vatican.
Animal rights activists Tuesday called for an end to sacrificial pig-raising at a dozen temples in Taiwan, denouncing the ritual killing of force-fed animals during Ghost Month,
The Ma Ying-jeou administration recently enjoyed a rare moment of vindication. In an editorial entitled “Taiwan Leaves Itself Behind” published on Aug. 4, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) argued that the consequences of Taiwan's “resisting freer trade and economic reform are becoming clear.”
Late last month, Hwang Jenn-tai (黃鎮台), the commissioner of the local Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL, 中華職棒) made a somewhat unsurprising announcement of his intention to resign from his post.
Now that the initial criminal investigation into the disastrous Kaohsiung gas explosion incident of July 31 has been completed, politicians are blaming government officials for dereliction of duty in letting the catastrophe happen.
Growing weary of Taiwan's political bickering and the personal attacks laid on him after the gas explosions in Kaohsiung, Economics Minister Chang Chia-Juch (張家祝) recently announced his resignation, an action that received mixed reactions from the public.