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In an age when most people in developed countries own a smartphone and workers are worried of being made redundant by artificial intelligence, it is easy to forget how provincial human society can sometimes be.
 
President Tsai Ing-wen's announcement last week of an NT$8 billion light rail "tram-train system" between Keelung and Taipei's Nangang District has had a mixed response.
 
China is the world's first and only continuing civilization, one reason being what Etienne Balazs has called "officialism." Its most conspicuous sign is the uninterrupted continuity of a ruling class of scholar officials steeped in Confucian classics.
 
A couple of months after President Tsai-Ing wen took office, she vowed to improve Taiwan's investment environment to attract more foreign investors. In fact, during her first National Day address, she said that "thanks to our firm resolve and courage to reform, foreign investor confidence in Taiwan has been reignited."
 
Journalism is based on the principle of providing facts and educated analysis to the readers in order to help them understand the world and to make choices. In the post-fact world, however, it is clear that facts alone are not enough.
 
Politicians don't often take ownership of their mistakes. It is more common to see them fighting to defend their position, even after it has been shown to be untrue or unjust, than admitting they were wrong.
 
Taiwan is taking important steps toward passing a landmark law that could allow refugees fleeing persecution to be given asylum on the island.
 
A very popular saying in Taiwan used to be: It's the Kuomintang (KMT) that runs the court of law.
 
Hsiang Pei-yu has a passion for Japanese anime and is a graduate from the National Tainan Chia-Chi Girls' Senior High School. She recently enrolled in National Tsing Hua University's Department of Chinese Literature.
 
Following the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, several local media outlets and political figures have raised the example the disgraced South Korean leader as a cautionary tale for President Tsai Ing-wen.
 
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