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Operations have paused, but this is not the end for Uber
Last September, Uber quickly reversed its decision to quit the Macau market after hundreds of supporters hit the streets demanding the government legalize the ride-hailing business.
 
Last week, Chinese military jets circled Taiwan. Today the Taiwanese government acknowledged that China could send naval vessels to follow suit.
 
President Tsai Ing-wen's strategic move to reach out to U.S. president-elect Donald Trump last Friday shocked the foreign affairs establishment in Washington and drew a formal protest from Beijing. In Taiwan, the political establishment's support of Tsai's move toward strengthening relations with its most important ally was almost unequivocal.
 
In the past, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has shown itself to be adept at tapping into public discontent and converting them into electoral victories. It did so in 2014, standing by students in what was to become the Sunflower Movement and riding on a wave of public distrust toward the then-ruling KMT.
 
President Tsai Ing-wen's weekly policy coordination meeting, which she began holding at the beginning of October, lasts into the evening hours each Monday.
 
This week's sudden collapse of TransAsia Airways, Taiwan's oldest private airline, has sparked heated debate over corporate mismanagement and whether the government was negligent in preventing the unfolding drama.
 
Those of us starting out in our careers tend to gravitate toward the cheapest option -- whether it's clothes, food or holidays, the more affordable, the better.
 
We can only imagine what thoughts might have swirled through the minds of New Power Party (NPP) legislators while they witnessed the chaos of "politics as usual," as their KMT and DPP colleagues jostled for control of the Social Welfare and.....
 
A photo posted on Facebook showed toppled scooters on a roadside in Kaohsiung City, their owners clad in raincoats as they waited to pick up their children after school. Some parents, gripping their children, resorted to hugging a tree trunk as strong winds threatened to blow them away,.....
 
Over the weekend, leaders or deputies from eight local Taiwanese governments met with Chinese officials in Beijing to discuss possible avenues for cooperation to boost tourism. The meeting comes at a delicate moment for the Tsai administration, which is weathering pressure from local tourism groups that blame the government's cross-strait policy for pushing down the number of Chinese visitors to the island.
 
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