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Thursday, November 26, 2015
President Ma Ying-jeou and the two major candidates in the upcoming presidential election condemned the series of terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13. "We stand side by side with the French people in condemning the violence and hoping that order will be restored as soon as possible," Ma said in a statement.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Taiwan got what it has long wished for when U.S. President Barack Obama named it as one of Washington's counter-terrorism partners in the region at a press conference before leaving Kuala Lumpur after the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) East Asia summit.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Within a week of the terrorist attacks on Paris and bombings in Beirut, a hotel siege was carried out in Mali on Friday, leading to at least 21 killed as of press time. What is also alarming is how media reports show that similar threats were made to Malaysia during its hosting of the ASEAN summit, implying that the threat from terrorism will likely enter another stage in Southeast Asia.
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Following the Paris terror attack, there has been some discussion in the local media about whether Taiwan is capable of foiling or handling terrorism. One expert (incidentally President Ma Ying-jeou's nephew) who has served in the U.S. military's special forces claims that judging from the developments of last year's Sunflower Movement -- where student protesters burst police blockades and then occupied the parliament for weeks -- Taiwan is not ready to handle terror attacks.
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Saturday, November 21, 2015
Some groups in Taipei have had some odd views recently. They criticized the government for being afraid of speaking out on the issue of Taiping Island, also called Itu Aba in the Philippines, which they claimed the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has degraded as a rock.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Tens of thousands of defiant soccer fans joined Prince William, Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson and David Cameron on Tuesday evening for a rousing rendition of "La Marseillaise" at Wembley Stadium under the French motto, "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité," meaning "freedom, equality, fraternity" in English.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
The people of Taiwan have almost forgotten President Chen Shui-bian, who is now on medical parole and out of prison, where he has to serve the rest of his 20-year sentence for corruption and graft, as well as money laundering. To awaken their memories, his son Chih-chung has posted on his Facebook homepage a picture showing the disgraced former president posing with Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The series of terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 did not come as a surprise. Since the Charlie Hebdo shooting in January, the French government has been warning about more attacks. Speaking after the foiled attack on a train from Amsterdam to Paris in August, French President Francois Hollande told his nation to prepare for further strikes.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
On Sunday, retired National Taiwan University professor Hua Chang-yi's (華昌宜) piece in the United Daily News was published, inviting readers to speculate on what would have happened if communist Mao Zedong had decided to inherit the name the "Republic of China" (中華民國) and not insisted on rejecting it and claiming a new state when he established the People's Republic of China (中華人民共和國) in 1949.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Whoever becomes president next year will be faced with the major task of improving Taiwan's economy. But it will not be enough for him (or more likely her) to come up with only short-term fixes to boost exports or domestic purchases; the country needs a new direction for long-term economic development.
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