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EDITORIAL: The founding father conundrum

Earlier this week, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) once again demonstrated its lack of tolerance for different opinions, disrespect for freedom of speech and propensity to force its ideologies upon others. At a time when the legislature, thanks to the KMT’s filibuster, was struggling to passFULL STORY

Border tax and social responsibility

By Huang Tien-lin 黃天麟

There is one financial item in the US that does not exist in Taiwan called the “community contribution rate.” For example, if Bank of Taiwan’s Muzha branch had NT$1 billion (US$31.62 million) in savings deposits and released that money through loans for economic activities inFULL STORY

Revisiting the ‘one China’ policy

By John Bolton

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) sent its aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, through the Taiwan Strait early this month, at least in part responding to President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) telephone conversation congratulating US president-elect Donald Trump. That is Beijing’s style: Make an unacceptable long-distance telephone call,FULL STORY

use of the president’s ‘bully pulpit’

By Su Yen-tu 蘇彥圖

In democracies that have a presidential system, or whose constitutional and political workings lean toward such a system, the key factor that decides the success of the president’s leadership is generally not whether they exercise hard power, but whether they can make good use ofFULL STORY

As Trump era arrives, a sense of uncertainty grips the world

By Steven Erlanger

The Germans are angry. The Chinese are downright furious. Leaders of NATO are nervous, while their counterparts at the EU are alarmed. Just days before he is sworn into office, US president-elect Donald Trump again focused his penchant for unpredictable disruption on the rest of theFULL STORY

May’s Brexit hardball raises chances of all-or-nothing EU deal

By Tim Ross

British Prime Minister Theresa May is playing hardball as she pursues a “hard Brexit.” Her agenda is now to leave the single market, quit sending large sums of money to Brussels, clamp down on immigration and restore law-making powers to British politicians and judges. In her much-anticipatedFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Video game can teach crucial lessons2017-01-19

A video game made by an independent Taiwanese studio has grabbed the attention of Taiwanese and foreign players alike. It is a reminder that storytelling techniques and aesthetics can be influential in terms of a nation’s soft power, and that Taiwan can speak freely aboutFULL STORY

UK leads in nuclear management2017-01-19

By Catherine Nettleton

Over many years, the UK has benefited from strong energy security through a combination of liberalized energy markets, diversity of energy sources and firm regulation. The UK will soon, as part of a renewal of its energy supply, undergo significant closure of some of its existingFULL STORY

Trump-China: The first 100 days2017-01-19

By Andrew Hammond

US president-elect Donald Trump is to be sworn into office tomorrow after one of the most uncertain US presidential transitions in the post-war period. US foreign and trade policy could be entering a period of change as significant as any since the beginning of theFULL STORY

Departure of Obama leaves mess to clean up2017-01-19

By Parris Chang 張旭成

In his farewell address last week, US President Barack Obama said that the diplomatic achievements he was proud of were making Iran abandon its nuclear weapons program “without firing a shot” and restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba. However, these so-called diplomatic achievements have been questioned inFULL STORY

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