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EDITORIAL: Marriage equality bill handled well

The issue of legalizing same-sex marriage has been a political landmine that few expected the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration to defuse without severely injuring itself, particularly considering the deep ideological divide between the nation’s pro-LGBT community and those who regrettably voted for referendums againstFULL STORY

HSR line will not end tunnel woes

By Wei Shih-chang 魏世昌

Yilan County Commissioner Lin Zi-miao (林姿妙) last week called for the central government to support the extension of the High Speed Rail (HSR) to the county to ease traffic congestion in the Hsuehshan Tunnel. However, extending the HSR to Yilan would not solve the problem. FollowingFULL STORY

Seeing Tsai Ing-wen as a positive

By Juan Fernando Herrera Ramos

Ever since Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) became the first female elected president of Taiwan in 2016, there was an almost immediate reaction from China, which did not appreciate the idea of a president who might push for independence. After defeating the pro-Beijing Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT)FULL STORY

A president able to keep ‘status quo’ is needed

By Lin Shiou-jeng 林修正

In an open letter published on the Brookings Institution Web site on Feb. 11, former American Institute in Taiwan chairman Richard Bush made some critical remarks about the Formosa Alliance’s proposal to hold a referendum on independence for Taiwan. His remarks have dragged many peopleFULL STORY

China’s megalopolis plan skirts tough questions

By David Tweed, Yinan Zhao and Edwin Chan

China’s long-awaited plan to create a high-tech megalopolis on its southern coastline rivaling California’s Silicon Valley generated optimism among Hong Kong’s business community even as key details remain unclear. The blueprint for the Greater Bay Area linking China’s southern coastal cities with Hong Kong and Macau,FULL STORY

A tipping point for democracy in Africa

By Ernest Bai Koroma, John Dramani Mahama, Saulos Chilima and Ol

The decision to postpone Nigeria’s presidential election, made just hours before polls were due to open, has raised fears about the integrity of the eventual vote. Those fears must not be realized – and not just for Nigeria’s sake. Just as a strong and stableFULL STORY

Japan frets over ‘nightmare scenario’ ahead of Trump-Kim meet

By Isabel Reynolds and Emi Nobuhiro

When US President Donald Trump sits down to talk peace with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un later this month, one of the US’ closest allies — Japan — will be looking on with apprehension. Like the first time Trump met Kim in June last year, JapaneseFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Tsai showing the way forward2019-02-21

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has confirmed that she is to seek re-election. Despite the bruising defeat the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) suffered in the local elections in November last year, followed by her stepping down as party chairperson, criticism within the DPP and calls not toFULL STORY

Beware China’s lone-wolf army2019-02-21

By Jana Meisenholder

Cyberwatchdogs and officials from the Czech Republic, Australia, Japan and Europe have denounced support of Huawei Technologies Co building infrastructure for 5G networks, but blocking Chinese access to global telecom networks is not going to fend off a cyberattack. Additionally, US President Donald Trump’s administrationFULL STORY

Obeying conscience, not Bush on autonomy2019-02-21

By Richard Kuo 郭建國

As a former chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan, Richard Bush is one of Taiwan’s most influential friends. He is now a senior fellow of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington. On Monday last week, Bush publishedFULL STORY

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