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Thursday, November 19, 2015
With the picture of the 2016 presidential race finalized after the announcement of Eric Chu and James Soong's vice presidential picks, all eyes are now fixed on the composition of the KMT's legislator-at-large list. Having the perfect lineup with the most ideal players, however, will not help the team if its leaders cannot agree on whether or not it should compete in the current game.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential front-runner Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took the lead again by announcing her vice presidential candidate, former Academia Sinica Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁), who rounds up her campaign in a careful and calculated way.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
In response to procedural maneuvers by the DPP to block his report to the legislature on last week's historic meeting between Taiwan and mainland China in Singapore, President Ma Ying-jeou decided to use his own office to brief the Taiwanese public on the trip's objectives, accomplishments and reaction.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
The meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping carries more historic and symbolic significance than substance, with the former receiving standard yet ambiguous answers from the latter on some of Taiwan's major concerns.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
The upcoming meeting between the leaders of Taiwan and mainland China -- materializing with a few days' notice -- caught journalists by surprise. Both local and international reporters are scrambling for airline tickets to Singapore, where the meeting will take place today, for the schedule of the meeting and for an angle to tackle the meaning of the momentous meeting.
Friday, November 6, 2015
President Ma Ying-jeou's ace in the hole at the 11th hour ahead of national elections has his potential successors scrambling. Three days since the unexpected announcement of the Ma-Xi meeting, ......
Thursday, November 5, 2015
The scheduled meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou and his mainland Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Singapore on Saturday has already been billed as a landmark event in cross-strait relations.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
This Saturday, a NT$4 billion (approximately US$123 million) stimulus package unveiled last week by the Cabinet will go into effect, with its critics complaining that it will have little benefit for the nation's sluggish economy while it aims to boost domestic consumption by favoring specific industries.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Taiwan is at a crossroads: On the one hand, its citizens are confronted with the surging influence of an opposition party that chooses to reveal little of its blueprint for the nation's next four years. On the other, voters have seen firsthand the foibles of a ruling party struggling to operate beyond the sum of its parts, rewriting its own party rules to ensure its institutional survival above all other priorities while dubiously equating its own demise with national decline.
Friday, October 16, 2015
When DPP presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen debated with President Ma Ying-jeou five years ago over the risks of entering into closer economic relations with mainland China, she argued that the country needed to use multilateral bodies such as the World Trade Organization to prevent itself from being overwhelmed by the power of larger economies.
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