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EDITORIAL: TSMC highlights investment woes

A newspaper report last week that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) had formally listed the US as a possible location for its most advanced manufacturing factory spooked both the industry and the government, raising market concern over the nation’s investment prospects. While the company saidFULL STORY

Regardless of belief, DNA can be gay

By Wayne Pajunen

Among the latest fronts for progressive justice and human rights around the world is civil rights equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Although Canada, the US and almost 20 other nations have made this journey, Taiwan is at the threshold ofFULL STORY

Tap private funding for government projects

By Lee Wo-chiang 李沃牆

The government’s NT$1 trillion (US$32.8 billion) infrastructure program has drawn a lot of attention and has been widely discussed. It cannot be denied that such a program could drive investment, employment and economic growth. Taiwan’s presidents have all championed major infrastructure plans, but the onlyFULL STORY


Same KMT, same hubris I read with shock and amazement, as well as amusement, the article about Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) appropriations (“KMT defends Japanese asset transfers,” March 25, page 3). It seems it is not necessary to have witnesses testify against the KMT in someFULL STORY

The age of multilateralism is now a bygone era

By Jeremy Adelman and Anne-Laure Delatte

“America first,” thumps US President Donald Trump. “Britain first,” say the advocates of Brexit. “France first,” crows France’s Marine Le Pen and her National Front. “Russia first,” proclaims Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin. With so much emphasis on national sovereignty nowadays, globalization appears doomed. ItFULL STORY

Tackling climate change means rooting out corruption first

By Lili Fuhr and Simon Taylor

Anti-corruption campaigners achieved a number of crucial victories in 2016, not least by ensuring accountability for one of Big Oil’s most crooked deals: The acquisition of Nigerian offshore oil block OPL 245 in 2011 by Royal Dutch Shell and Eni, Italy’s largest corporation. December lastFULL STORY

No robotization without taxation

By Robert Shiller

The idea of a tax on robots was raised May last year in a draft report to the European Parliament prepared by MEP Mady Delvaux from the Committee on Legal Affairs. Emphasizing how robots could boost inequality, the report proposed that there might be aFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Marriage laws are not set in stone2017-03-26

The Council of Grand Justices on Friday began a session to hear a constitutional challenge concerning same-sex marriage, brought by gay rights advocate Chi Chia-wei (祁家威) and the Taipei City Government. This makes Taiwan the first Asian nation to agree to a constitutional interpretation on thisFULL STORY

Issues amending espionage laws2017-03-26

By Christian Fan Jiang 范姜提昂

Taiwan and China face the same difficulty: Their constitutions do not recognize each other as a “foreign state.” This means that when Taiwan or China prosecute a person for treason and colluding with the other side of the Strait, they are contradicting their constitutions ifFULL STORY

Can China save the global order?2017-03-26

By Yong Deng 鄧勇

At the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in January, Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) spoke in defense of globalization and offered a vision of inclusive, sustainable development. With US President Donald Trump’s administration turning its back on internationalism, China has stepped forwardFULL STORY

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