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It was supposed to be a rosier outlook for Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League (中華職棒, CPBL) for years to come when the 25-year-old league signed a lucrative broadcasting deal with an international media rights company this January.
With the Taipei mayoral election fast approaching, the debates and arguments between the candidates are beginning to heat up. Just like in the past elections, the public and the media have been focusing on the two major candidates that represent the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Both candidates, Sean Lien and Ko Wen-je, have never run for the postion before. Lien vows to bring young energy to the city while Ko promises to bridge the “pan-green and pan-blue” divide for the sake of all Taiwanese people.
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has made an unconventional move, choosing to support an independent candidate in the Taipei mayoral election. And this candidate, Ko Wen-je, has made an unconventional move picking a campaign manager who stands on a different end of the political spectrum from the DPP.
Demonstrators rallied in front of the building of Israel's representative office in Taiwan on Wednesday to protest Israel's air strikes on the Gaza Strip, calling on the Middle Eastern nation to end the offensive that has so far resulted in over one hundred casualties, including civilians and children.
President Chain Store Corp. (統一超商) recently opened its 5,000th convenience store in the nation. During a press event in Kaohsiung, President Chain Store Chairman Alex Lo (羅智先) announced the franchise's plan to open the first convenience store on Taiwan's outlying Orchid Island (蘭嶼), also known as Lanyu, in early August.
Confrontation with the United States would be a “disaster,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said last week as he called for mutual respect between the U.S. and China. His comments came at an annual China-U.S. dialogue held in Beijing. “China-U.S. confrontation, to the two countries and the world, would definitely be a disaster,” he said out, adding, “We should mutually respect and treat each other equally, and respect the other's sovereignty and territorial integrity and respect each other's choice on the path of development.”
Time and again, Taiwan has been described as the island brimming with hospitality for foreigners and fellow residents alike. The trait was blown into at least a dozen different slogans of government propaganda and tourism advertisements, and something the Taiwanese are both proud and growing weary of. And underlying all that thick makeup of friendliness is a shade of hypocrisy that digs at the cheery exterior.
Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) announced on July 2 that the main obstacle to the naturalization of foreigners could soon be removed, hinting at possible talks with legislators from the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) to push through an amendment to the Nationality Act (國籍法) within six months. This could be great news for the thousands of foreigners who have already settled in Taiwan and want to apply for Republic of China citizenship, even if we are worried that conditional love could further yield conditional results.
The ruling Kuomintang's (KMT) latest sacking of its scandal-ridden candidate in the Keelung mayoral race has shown nothing but the party's desperation to win the year-end elections.
After more than a decade of decline and lack of interest from the audience, Taiwanese cinema finally went through a revival seven years ago through the films of local director Jay Chou's (周杰倫) “Secret” (不能說的·秘密) in 2007 and Wei Te-Sheng's (魏德聖) “Cape No. 7” (海角七號) in 2008. These movies were the push needed to spark investor interests in making feature films for the big screen rather than sticking to producing Taiwanese soap operas and Mandarin “trendy dramas” for television.
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