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EDITORIAL: Time to end the forum farce

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) and other Taipei officials should decline to attend next year’s Taipei-Shanghai Forum, which is to be hosted by Shanghai, given what transpired at this year’s meeting in Taipei. The actual conference on Tuesday was so embarrassing for Taipei that itFULL STORY

Fishermen suffering under Tsai

By Du Yu 杜宇

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) won the presidential election with massive public support, but only three months after taking office her approval ratings have plummeted. Although she still has many supporters who defend her vigorously on the Internet and in the media, and although opinion pollsFULL STORY

Living with HIV on the battlefield: a quandary

By Su Tzu-yun 蘇紫雲

Following allegations that the National Defense University expelled a student after he tested positive for HIV, the Ministry of Health and Welfare fined the Ministry of National Defense for discriminating against people with HIV. The health ministry said that its decision was in line withFULL STORY


Taiwan, I love you Chris Wood’s article was ostensibly a love letter to Taiwan, stemming from his leaving the nation after three-and-a-half years here, but it was essentially chock full of boastful, nationalistic perorations about how great the UK is (“On leaving Taiwan: Britain’s role,” Aug.FULL STORY

When disaster strikes, whose lives should be saved?

By Sheri Fink

In a church basement in a poor East Baltimore neighborhood in Maryland, a Johns Hopkins doctor enlisted residents to help answer one of the most fraught questions in public health: When a surge of patients — from a disaster, disease outbreak or terrorist attack —FULL STORY

Reform or divorce: examining the eurozone’s performance

By Joseph Stiglitz

To say that the eurozone has not been performing well since the 2008 crisis is an understatement. Its member countries have done more poorly than the EU countries outside the eurozone, and much more poorly than the US, which was the epicenter of the crisis. TheFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Beijing’s fear of transitional justice2016-08-25

Beijing’s tightening of its grip on Hong Kong — which in 1997 it pledged to allow at least 50 years of autonomy — not only betrays its frustration with its control over the territory, but also demonstrates its anachronistic belief that it can curb theFULL STORY

China’s corporate-debt challenge2016-08-25

By David Lipton

China’s economy has slowed in recent years, but it is still going strong and is responsible for about one-third of total economic growth worldwide. It is also becoming more sustainable, in line with the shift in its growth model away from investment and exports andFULL STORY

Funding semiconductor success2016-08-25

By Chang Soon-jyh 張順志

Since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took office, her administration has been strongly promoting “five plus two” innovative industries as a way of stimulating Taiwan’s lackluster economy. These “five plus two” sectors include the “five major innovative industries” — building an Asian Silicon Valley, “intelligent” machinery,FULL STORY

KMT must stop hiding the truth on party assets2016-08-25

By James Wang 王景弘

The direct line between the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) treasury and the national treasury during the authoritarian era gave the KMT access to unlimited resources. For a long time, it used these resources to support its party employees, giving out small favors. During elections, theFULL STORY

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