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Street vendors cried foul at Taipei's Xing Tian Temple (行天宮) on Aug. 26 after visitors were asked to simply put their hands together in prayer instead of burning incense or offering food.
Before having wanderlust and a yearning for adventures became something to aspire to, the common goal of many Taiwanese people was to achieve stability. Nothing to be ashamed of.
Abenomics is having trouble. The popular economic policies implemented since 2012 by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have begun to lose their attraction to investors and the general public. Opinion surveys in Japan last month showed that Abe's approval ratings have dropped below 50 percent for the first time since he was re-elected in 2012. In a survey by a Japanese newspaper, more people disapproved of Abenomics than approved of them.
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A pre-sporting event involving a flyover by military jets, hotly anticipated by local sports fans, is finally about to happen. Taiwan's military announced Tuesday a collaboration with a local professional baseball team that will make the flyover possible.
On Aug. 12 the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) announced its decision to place two ailing insurance carriers, namely Global Life Insurance Co. (國寶人壽) and Singfor Life Insurance Co. (幸福人壽) under government receivership, a NT$50-billion injection that shows the government is willing to avoid problems in the financial sector.
In the thousands of years of its history, Chinese religion and culture have evolved and integrated to become what they are today: a tradition that is part of the daily life of a typical Chinese individual.
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Tsai Eng-meng, chairman of Want Want Holdings, broached a new idea to bring peace and prosperity to both sides of the Taiwan Strait earlier this month. At the fifth Peace and Prosperity Forum his Want Daily organized in Taipei, he said Taiwan and China should issue a joint “statement of reconciliation” to pave the way for “cross-strait integration” that will create a win-win situation for both sides.
Almost nine in 10 foreign students would be willing to work or recommend study in Taiwan to fellow students according to recent research by the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET, 財團法人高等教育國際合作基金會). The survey, which collected information from a total of 1,602 participants, also suggested that only 5.88 percent of them would recommend other people to learn Mandarin in mainland China, stressing that traditional Chinese characters are better than simplified ones.
Political observers in Taiwan may have thought it yet another piece of evidence of the Ma administration's instability and low morale when Chang Hsien-yao was sacked this week from the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), but it has since developed into one of the most intriguing episodes in the history of Taiwanese politics.
If television and social media networks are any indication, this island has been in a frenzy over a Taiwanese actor who was arrested for smoking marijuana in mainland China. Relatively speaking, it really isn't that serious.
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