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EDITORIAL: Central bank can only do so much

Thanks to the recent launch of Apple’s new iPhones and products from other brand-name vendors, Taiwan’s exports and manufacturing production should continue to improve this month and show annual gains in what is left of this year, which would reduce the pressure on the centralFULL STORY

The role of the brain in education

By Herbert Hanreich

The celebration of Teachers’ Day in Taiwan on Wednesday, the assumed birthday of Confucius (孔子), indicates the important role teachers have for asserting a positive influence on the minds and hearts of people, especially the young. Teachers are expected to know what is good forFULL STORY

Britain’s place in the world of investment

By Greg Hands

I am delighted to be here in Taiwan this week to promote trade with the UK. This is not my first visit to Taiwan. I first came here in 1991 with a backpack, and most recently in 2011 with a suitcase, as a guest ofFULL STORY


Building global ties After returning from a backpacking trip in Taiwan, I can see why this nation wants to maintain its independence from the People’s Republic of China. It is clear to me that Taiwanese live with a strong sense of freedom and enterprise that penetratesFULL STORY

How we got here:
DNA points to a single
migration from Africa

By Carl Zimmer

Modern humans evolved somewhere in Africa roughly 200,000 years ago, but how did our species go on to populate the rest of the globe? The question, one of the biggest in studies of human evolution, has intrigued scientists for decades. In a series of extraordinary geneticFULL STORY

Europe’s vacuum of genuine leadership is slowly killing the EU

By Guy Verhofstadt

The EU’s list of crises keeps growing. However, beyond the UK’s “Brexit” vote to leave the bloc, Poland’s constitutional court imbroglio, Russian expansionism, migrants and refugees, and resurgent nationalism, the greatest threat to the EU comes from within: A crisis of political leadership is paralyzingFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Museum power could be a weapon2016-09-25

The National Palace Museum is a potent symbol of the Republic of China’s (ROC) connection with China and its imperial past. It holds a collection of cultural artifacts that belonged to the Qing Dynasty. Its name refers to the original Palace Museum, established in 1925FULL STORY

Two waves of democratic debate2016-09-25

By Adrian Chiu 趙致洋, Chung Ming-lun 鍾明倫

After the 2014 “Umbrella movement,” this year’s legislative council election in Hong Kong was indicative of the coming of a new democratic era. The representation of ideology and struggle of part politics are primarily divided into three categories: localism, pan-democracy and pro-China, embedded in theFULL STORY

Divide and rule: The blue eight for Beijing2016-09-25

By James Wang 王景弘

A delegation of six Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) local government leaders and two independents traveled to Beijing to offer their acceptance of the “1992 consensus” and request that the cities and counties under their administration be given preferential tourism treatment by China. The “blue eight”FULL STORY

How bad off is oil-rich Venezuela? It is buying US oil2016-09-25

By Nicholas Casey and Clifford Krauss

One oil rig was idle for weeks because a single piece of equipment was missing. Another was attacked by armed gangs who made off with all they could carry. Many oil workers say they are paid so little that they barely eat and have toFULL STORY

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