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EDITORIAL: It comes with the territory, Tsai

A total misreading of the situation in Taiwan by an official with China’s Association of Relations across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) should come as no surprise, but it is still dispiriting, given the extensive number of Chinese delegation visits promoted under former president Ma Ying-jeou’sFULL STORY

Half a ‘consensus’ worse than none

By John J. Tkacik

The first test of the cross-strait understanding that many call the so-called “1992 consensus,” by which Taipei and Beijing agreed vaguely (never in writing) to a formula of “one China, different interpretations,” came on Nov. 21, 1993, at the Seattle APEC leaders summit. If thereFULL STORY

‘Cold peace’ a likely stable future

By Paul Lin 林保華

It was already quite certain before President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) gave her inaugural address on Friday last week that she would not use it to accept the so-called “1992 consensus,” even as threats from China and the gang of sellouts around former president Ma Ying-jeouFULL STORY

Standing up for Taiwan and political freedoms

By Gerrit van der Wees

Following the inauguration of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government, former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) chairman Richard Bush, who is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, wrote a commentary titled Tsai’s inauguration in Taiwan: It couldFULL STORY

Philippine death squads very much in business

By Andrew Marshall and Manuel Mogato

On May 14, five days after voters in the Philippines chose Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as their next president, two masked gunmen cruised the southern city’s suburbs on a motorbike, looking for their kill. Gil Gabrillo, 47, a drug user, was returning from a cockfightFULL STORY

The false promise of negative interest rates as monetary policy

By Robert Skidelsky

As a biographer and aficionado of John Maynard Keynes, I am sometimes asked: “What would Keynes think about negative interest rates?” It is a good question, one that recalls a passage in Keynes’ The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, in which he writes thatFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Aspiring for real reform and change2016-05-27

There is a popular saying in Taiwan: “Those in charge will not make trouble,” something President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) can relate to after her inauguration on Friday last week. Hopes are high for real change after Tsai won by a landslide in the Jan. 16FULL STORY

The Liberty Times Editorial: Public must be heard on policy2016-05-27

At the handover of power on Friday last week, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) raised the curtain on her presidency with an inaugural address that focused on the needs of the general public, as well as her vision for the future. That day, the Taiwan StockFULL STORY

Why Ma Ying-jeou cannot be stopped2016-05-27

By Wu Ching-chin 吳景欽

As former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has stepped down, prosecutors have reopened investigations into the many criminal cases in which he has been implicated. This has led to a controversy over the question of whether Ma should be barred from leaving the country, just asFULL STORY

[ LETTER ]2016-05-27

Taiwan should join the UN Taiwan must fight for recognition, which was completely ignored by former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) “diplomatic truce” policy in the past eight years. President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration should work hard on pushing for Taiwan’s membership in the UN and recognitionFULL STORY

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