Taiwan's Cabinet has lost two ministers in less than two weeks. Like many of their predecessors, they have resigned for personal reasons rather than the failure of their policies.
On Wednesday night, Taiwan was shaken by the tragic news of Flight GE222's crash on Penghu Island. Of the 58 passengers and crew, 48 died and 10 were seriously injured. The cause of the accident was not immediately apparent, but many suspected that inclement weather may have been the cause.
The crash of TransAsia Airways flight GE222 near Magong Airport in outlying Penghu County leaves many questions unanswered. Even the most fundamental question, the number of causalities, was answered 12 hours after the ATR 72 turboprop aircraft fell after aborting its initial landing. TransAsia Airways president Chooi Yee-choong (徐以聰) confirmed yesterday morning that 48 on board were killed and 10 were injured. Five local residents on the ground were also reported to be injured.
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.
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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.