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EDITORIAL: New WTO status to bring difficulty

Minister Without Portfolio John Deng (鄧振中), who is also head of the Office of Trade Negotiations, announced that Taiwan has agreed to amend its WTO membership status from a “developing” to a “developed” country. Deng said the move would benefit Taiwan in negotiations and demonstrates itsFULL STORY

China unchanged since Mao era

By Yu Jie 余杰

Late last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) led his subordinates on a “northern inspection tour” to northeastern China to encourage agricultural production and address the food import crisis caused by the country’s trade war with the US. Chinese state-owned media have reported that Xi visitedFULL STORY

Hong Kong losing its reputation

By Gray Sergeant

The expulsion of the Financial Times’ (FT) Asia editor from Hong Kong is yet another sign that the territory is closing itself off from the rest of the world. Since the handover of Hong Kong from the UK to the People’s Republic of China inFULL STORY

Making new apartments affordable for everyone

By William Hu 胡偉良

Many Apartments in newly constructed buildings remain unsold, but this does not mean that too many homes are being built. The problem is that units in new buildings cost more than most people can afford. Most people would prefer to buy a new apartment, butFULL STORY

Putin’s tough guy act is getting old

By Leonid Bershidsky

Ever since Russian President Vladimir Putin seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, he seemingly could do no wrong as far as most Russians were concerned. Now, however, his Teflon coating appears to be wearing thinner. This raises two important questions: What do Russians want andFULL STORY

Record number of women join Afghan election

By Abdul Qadir Sediqi and Rupam Jain

More female candidates than ever are set to contest Afghanistan’s parliamentary election on Saturday, braving violence and opposition from social conservatives in a campaign seen as a test of the war-torn nation’s democratic institutions. “Elections in my country are not just about victory or defeat,” saidFULL STORY

Brazilians spewing hatred at each other as polarization deepens

By Julia Leite

So who are you voting for? In Brazil, that is an explosive question. If your answer is former army captain Jair Bolsonaro, you are immediately branded a “fascist” by some. If your answer is the Workers’ Party candidate, Fernando Haddad, then you are a “communist.” People hurlFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Trade war is a chance to start anew2018-10-17

IMF deputy managing director Tao Zhang (張濤) on Monday warned governments about the US-China trade war’s possible effects on the global economy, saying that it could cost the world “close to 1 percent of GDP” by next year if global supply chains were forced toFULL STORY

Storm brewing over US-China ties2018-10-17

By John Lim 林泉忠

Modern history is full of examples of famous speeches that have had a major impact on international relations and even human history. On Oct. 4, US Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech on the US-China relationship at the Hudson Institute, which set out a thoroughFULL STORY

Clarifying organ transplant rumors2018-10-17

By Hsieh Yen-yau 謝炎堯

In 1968, National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) carried out its first-ever kidney transplant, performed by Lee Chun-jean (李俊仁). Before the operation, a case review board considered the legitimacy of conducting the operation, addressing its medical, psychological and ethical aspects. In my capacity as secretary of medicalFULL STORY

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