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EDITORIAL: Strong economy not reflected in pay

The TAIEX, which on Friday last week closed at 10,830.84 points, has hovered above 10,000 points for nearly a year and has risen 2,734.86 points, or 33.78 percent, over the past two years. Daily turnover surpassed NT$100 billion (US$3.34 billion) in 10 of the pastFULL STORY

Ryan Hass On Taiwan: Harnessing challenges to build consensus on key questions

The US-China relationship presently is on a negative trajectory, and the reverberations already are being felt in Taiwan. As strategic competition intensifies, Taiwan’s margin for error is shrinking. The deterioration in US-China relations has roots on both sides of the Pacific. In Washington, the Trump administrationFULL STORY

Series’ cancelation highly suspect

By Hu Wen-hui 胡文輝

After broadcasting just two of 35 planned episodes, Tzu Chi Culture and Communication Foundation’s subsidiary Da Ai TV pulled its historical drama Jiachang’s Heart (智子之心) off the air, reportedly because Beijing was displeased with the show, saying it was kissing up to Japan. Da AiFULL STORY

Tax surplus could be leveraged to raise wages

By Lai Chen-chang 賴振昌

On May 14, Premier William Lai (賴清德) held a news conference to address the nation’s wages, the Cabinet’s understanding of the issue of low salaries and its policies to alleviate the problem. He proposed various measures. He said that to raise wages, the most important objectivesFULL STORY

‘Thank the Party!’ — China tries to brainwash Muslims in camps

By Gerry Shih

Hour upon hour, day upon day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China’s new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP). When Bekali, a Kazakh Muslim, refusedFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Housing problem must be tackled2018-05-20

Police on Tuesday warned the public about the danger of real-estate scams, citing the case of a man who lost tens of millions of New Taiwan dollars in a fraudulent housing transaction. High real-estate prices in northern Taiwan mean the market is highly susceptible to criminalFULL STORY

Mahathir challenged by own legacy2018-05-20

By Huong Le Thu

Last week’s spectacular return of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to power after the country’s general elections is one of the most astonishing political developments of our time. Political spectacles are common, but this took it to the next level. The meanderings of Malaysian politicsFULL STORY

Trump and Kim’s historic meeting2018-05-20

By Sumit Kumar

After the meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, US President Donald Trump has announced that he would meet with Kim in Singapore on June 12. Announcing the schedule for the meeting, Trump tweeted: “We will both try toFULL STORY

Chunghwa failed social corporate obligations2018-05-20

By Yang Cheming 楊哲銘

On Mother’s Day, Chunghwa Telecom launched a NT$499 unlimited 4G mobile access campaign, which was dubbed “the 499 chaos” for the long lines it caused outside the company’s outlets. The Taipei Department of Labor fined the company NT$1 million (US$33,431) for making its employees workFULL STORY

Ecuador spent millions on a spy operation for Julian Assange2018-05-20

By Dan Collyns, Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Luke Harding

Ecuador bankrolled a multimillion-dollar spy operation to protect and support Julian Assange in its central London embassy, employing an international security company and undercover agents to monitor his visitors, embassy staff and even the British police, according to documents seen by the Guardian. Over more thanFULL STORY

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