Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Today marks Ma Ying-jeou's seventh year in the Presidential Office. Asked to reflect on his performance in office, Ma remarked during a Monday press conference: "As president I don't spend day and night in self-pity.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
"At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst." -- Aristotle1 Comment
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
"When two sides cannot reach a consensus on one specific issue on the negotiation table, it is advisable to throw all the varied opinions and proposed measures into the pot. You will find that somehow the differences in opinions enable you to arrive at equilibrium."
Friday, May 1, 2015
What kind of a world do we live in when a show that was supposed to promote your country sells out to your competitor, if not nemesis, by adopting the flag of the said communist opposition, while someone with an international reputation fearlessly dons on your democratic flag knowing that she will probably suffer more losses than gains?
Thursday, April 30, 2015
President Ma Ying-jeou's speech delivered yesterday at the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) was on the surface a recounting of his administration's efforts to turn a new leaf in relations between China and Taiwan. An examination of the speech's contents yielded nothing new in terms of ideas and vision, but rather a move by Ma to preserve the "1992 Consensus" as the standard for future interaction with China.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Pets are now treated as family members in Taiwan as changing demographic trends, such as aging issues, lower birth rates and delayed marriage take effect.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) officially declared her candidacy for the 2016 presidential race on Wednesday, emphasizing she would participate in "the Republic of China's (R.O.C.) next presidential election on behalf of the DPP."
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Over the past several weeks, state officials have said repeatedly that Taiwan will accept admission to the Beijing-led Asian Investment Infrastructure Bank (AIIB) only on terms of dignity and equality, or not at all.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has taken the world by storm, much to the chagrin of the United States. Most of America's allies, excluding Japan, have applied to join China's latest multilateral foray, indicating that an ever-increasing number of advanced economies are willing to cooperate with the world's second largest economy despite U.S. objections.1 Comment
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Local media reports were widespread yesterday in covering the potential supply-side fallout over Indonesia's plan to stop sending its nationals to work as migrant fishermen in Taiwan fishing fleets. According to the Ministry of Labor, the cessation of Indonesian migrant workers would impact local fishing, as 60 to 70 percent of near-shore fishing operations are manned by Indonesian workers.1 Comment
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Taoyuan City police reported on Feb. 15 that a 54-year-old man with the surname Hsih rode a bus from Nankang District (南港區) to Sanchong District (三重區) carrying a steak knife; he later whistled as he brushed the knife up against the bus' air vent. The behavior caused panic among passengers and the bus driver drove directly to the police station, with the police soon apprehending the mentally disabled perpetrator. The event led many to remember the vicious Taipei MRT attack back in April of 2014.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The gloves are off less than a month after winners of the local government election last year officially took over on Dec. 25. In part to reflect the wave of public discontent that ushered them to their posts, two mayors from the pan-green camp are eager to show progress as fast as possible. And there is no quicker way to so do than to question the legacies of their predecessors from the deeply unpopular Kuomintang.
Friday, January 2, 2015
Wall Street Wednesday toasted another banner year, with U.S. equity markets finishing near all-time highs following a steady stream of improving economic data and investor-friendly monetary policy.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
When assuming office, the president of the Republic of China takes the following oath:1 Comment