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Editorial > Taiwan Issues
Going by recent developments, the Taipei City government is marred by conflict, misunderstandings and a lack of coordination between Mayor Ko Wen-je and top city officials.
 
It is a good thing to have confidence in oneself because without confidence, one can achieve nothing. However, overconfidence is a different story.
 
Wednesday marked Teacher's Day (also known as Confucius' Birthday) in Taiwan, a holiday meant to acknowledge and honor the important role that educators play in society.
 
President Tsai Ing-wen lamented last Friday over the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) refusal to invite Taiwan to take part in its 39th assembly session, which has opened in Montreal.
 
Last week saw the 17th anniversary of the deadly 921 Earthquake. Deputy Interior Minister Hua Ching-chun revealed plans for new regulations that would require residential properties that are 30 or more years old to be certified as safe before they are sold.
 
Feng Ming-chu may have profound knowledge of the history of Chinese art, but she should have demonstrated more awareness of current issues when accepting a set of sculptures donated by movie star Jackie Chan on behalf of the National Palace Museum (NPM).
 
The Legislative Yuan reopened this week, with labor issues returning to the forefront of public discourse.
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made a wise decision, at long last.
 
President Tsai Ing-wen's pledge to form a government "most able to communicate" has again come back to haunt her administration. Tung Chen-yuan became the shortest-lived Executive Yuan spokesman since 2012, when the post was made into full-time position, when he was unceremoniously sacked on Sunday.
 
At the start of 2016, forecasting agencies across Taiwan predicted the economy would grow by 2 percent or more for the year, finally relieving the nation from a long period of lackluster growth. Taiwan recorded just 0.75-percent growth in 2015.
 
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