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EDITORIAL: Control Yuan vote another hit to Ma

The legislature on Tuesday voted on President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) nominations for members of the Control Yuan during its second extraordinary session this summer. While Chang Po-ya (張博雅) and Sun Ta-chuan’s (孫大川) nominations for the positions of president and vice president respectively were approved, along withFULL STORY

Aviation laws fall short of standard

By Jao Juei-Cheng 饒瑞正

Taiwan’s regulations concerning air carriers’ liability for damages, as laid down in the Civil Aviation Act (民用航空法), are seriously out of line with the two major international aviation conventions — the 1929 Warsaw Convention, with its associated protocols and amendments, and the 1999 Montreal Convention.FULL STORY

Spoiling China-US tango dangerous

By Lee In-ming 李英明

Sino-US relations have seen astonishing developments over the past few months. On July 9 and 10, the sixth round of the China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue was held in Beijing, and on July 13, Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) set off on a trip toFULL STORY

Regulations on polling supervisors need change

By Huang Shih-cheng 黃石城

Article 59 of the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act (公職人員選舉罷免法) states: “A supervisor in each polling station may be recommended by the candidates recommended by the political parties of which the obtained vote rate has totaled not less than 5 percent in the latestFULL STORY


Gaza protesters ignorant The US and Israel were vilified by protesters at a rally on Monday outside the American Institute in Taiwan’s (AIT) office in Taipei (“Protesters decry Gaza violence in rally at AIT,” July 29, page 3). The protesters parroted slogans from Hamas, called aFULL STORY

Dealing with the Russia problem

By Chris Huhne

Europe has a Russia problem, as European Council President Herman van Rompuy recognized on Friday by sending out the latest draft of the proposed sanctions. UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is right that Russia should lose the 2018 World Cup, but that is FIFA’sFULL STORY

Adding value to raw materials not necessarily path to wealth

By Ricardo Hausmann

Poor countries export raw materials such as cocoa, iron ore and raw diamonds. Rich countries export — often to those same poor countries — more complex products such as chocolate, cars and jewels. If poor countries want to get rich, they should stop exporting theirFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Solar industry turns to government2014-07-30

Taiwan is suffering another setback in the US as the nation’s solar companies face heavy penalties in the latest anti-dumping probes that originally targeted Chinese solar manufacturers, making Taiwan a victim of US-China trade disputes. The US Department of Commerce on Friday last week imposed preliminaryFULL STORY

Ko Wen-je upholds fresh image2014-07-30

By Liu Shih-chung 劉世忠

When it comes to the mayoral elections, Taipei is well-known for having more pan-blue, pro-Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) supporters than pan-green Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) backers. In recent mayoral elections, the only victory by the DPP was for former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) in 1994, whichFULL STORY

Plane crash promotes prevention2014-07-30

By Johnson Kung 拱祥生

Reporting on Typhoon Matmo as it swept across the nation on Wednesday last week, CNN praised Taiwan for its sturdy infrastructure, which it said prevented the typhoon from wreaking avoidable destruction. At the same time, one weather forecaster said that only one-third of the nation’sFULL STORY

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