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EDITORIAL: A lesson from SinoPac

An investigation into questionable loans extended by SinoPac Financial Holdings Co’s banking and leasing units, as well as the discovery of transactions made without sufficient collateral and proper documentation, have raised concerns about the nation’s financial institutions. First, SinoPac Financial’s poor corporate governance and internal controlsFULL STORY

An opportunity to find real allies

By James Wang 王景弘

All the commentary about the termination of diplomatic relations between Taiwan and Panama has helped the Taiwanese clarify their sometimes unclear view of the nation’s status. Those in favor of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) discourse call it the termination of diplomatic ties between the RepublicFULL STORY

Special state-to-state relationship

By Yang Hsien-hung 楊憲宏

Where will Taiwan go from here? This has become a major issue following the termination of diplomatic relations between Taiwan and Panama. Many politicians have expressed their views, but these are unlikely to be accepted by everyone. The problem is not about what relationship TaiwanFULL STORY

The key to obtaining a ‘green card’ from EU

By Teresa Fajardo and Yang Chung-han 楊宗翰

In October 2015, three weeks after the Shuen De Ching No. 888 was caught fishing illegally in the Pacific Ocean, the European Commission named Taiwan a “non-cooperating third country” in the fight to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU). The commission issuesFULL STORY

North Korea’s real strategic objective

By Christopher Hill

North Korea’s quest for nuclear weapons is often depicted as a “rational” response to its strategic imperatives of national security and regime survival. After all, the country is surrounded by larger, supposedly hostile states and it has no allies on which it can rely toFULL STORY

Boozy culture at tour agency Warmbier used on N Korea trip

By Gerry Shih

Beer-soaked “booze cruises” down North Korea’s Taedong River. Scuba diving trips off the country’s eastern coast. Saint Patrick’s Day pub crawls in Pyongyang featuring drinking games with cheery locals. Since 2008, the Young Pioneer Tours agency built up a business attracting young travelers with a competitivelyFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Tightening political travel to China2017-06-25

More must be done to stop politicians, both current and former, from traveling to China. Discussions about this have often centered on the capacity in which politicians are making the visit and the level of access to confidential information they have. It has also been suggested, suchFULL STORY

Now is the time for climate action2017-06-25

By European Economic and Trade Office in Taiwan

The landmark Paris Agreement on climate change was a key achievement of multilateralism. And progress on ratification has been extraordinary — the Paris Agreement entered into force on Nov. 4 last year and 149 countries have already ratified it. Yet there is no room forFULL STORY

Democracy affords the nation its best defense2017-06-25

By Ho Hsin-chuan 何信全

On June 13, Panama terminated its diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (ROC), sparking outrage and disbelief among many Taiwanese. The incident shows that gestures of goodwill and self-restraint from President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration have not been met in kind by the Chinese CommunistFULL STORY

[ LETTER ]2017-06-25

Representing the other side On Saturday last week, the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of North America (TCCNA) held an event to mark its board meeting in New Jersey. There were about 1,000 attendees, including Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) Minister Wu Hsin-hsing (吳新興), Taiwanese Representative toFULL STORY

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