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Ma Ying-jeou and the KMT leadership election
 
"When they go low, we go high." So declared then-U.S. first lady Michelle Obama at the 2016 Democratic Party convention in Philadelphia. That memorable turn of phrase reminds me today less of the ugliness of past political campaigns, and more of the beauty of Hong Kong's striking skyline.
 
I am delighted to be back in Taiwan for what will actually be my final overseas visit as the U.K. Special Representative for Climate Change.
 
Depending who you talk to, globalization happened either in 1492, when Christopher Columbus "discovered" America in search of the Orient, or sometime in the middle of 19th century, when America decided to look outwards for global trade after its Civil War.
 
Serves North Korea right. Its Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un wanted his half brother dead and his lackeys decided to do the dastardly deed in Malaysia.
 
The description "tectonic shift" was first used for election results by Union Cabinet Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. It has since gathered currency among pundits and partisans.
 
The three common factors of cross-strait unification and independence
 
The executive order "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States" signed last week by U.S. President Donald Trump suddenly came to the fore worldwide. Some interpreted the order as the first step of a strategy that will ban Muslims from entering the U.S., while some argued that the USA is naturally entitled to defend itself.
 
U.S. President Donald Trump finally sounded presidential at his address to the U.S. Congress this week, after a tumultuous first month of sound and fury in tweets, executive orders and policy switches that left friends and foes around the world in total confusion.
 
There is widespread confusion in the U.S. allies about the random utterances of President Trump and his team. For instance, leaders in the Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere in the world were surprised at the speed with which Trump has backed down on the "one China" policy. From what we know of Trump, he would not like the exchange to be characterized in this way. It may be that Tillerson and Mattis managed to persuade him to climb down on a standoff with Beijing and taking instead a more realist approach.
 
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