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Regular format resumes on Monday, Feb. 15

To our readers: Because of the Lunar New Year holiday, from Monday, Feb. 8, through Sunday, Feb. 14, the Taipei Times will have a reduced format. From Monday to Thursday it will not be delivered to subscribers, but will be available for purchase at convenience storesFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: DPP is ready to govern the nation2016-02-07

Although there are more than three months to go until president-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) is sworn in as president, the quick response from her and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) following the earthquake that hit southern Taiwan shows the party is ready to govern theFULL STORY

Ma defended Chinese sovereignty2016-02-07

By Chiang Huang-chih 姜皇池

Despite strong opposition from the US, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) insisted on visiting Itu Aba Island (Taiping Island, 太平島) last month to “defend” Taiwan’s national interests. Ma has maintained the position that although the visit made the US unhappy, it was justified and necessary. However,FULL STORY

Ma dirties waters in the South China Sea2016-02-07

By Shih Chih-yu 石之瑜

On Jan. 28, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) visited Itu Aba Island (Taiping Island, 太平島) in the South China Sea to bring Lunar New Year cheer to the troops stationed on the island. There, Ma reiterated his South China Sea peace initiative, saying that the sovereigntyFULL STORY

[ LETTER ]2016-02-07

Whipping the legislature It seems Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) is not fated to become legislative speaker. He said he has been cast as a bit of a “wheeler-dealer,” which is not entirely fair and for that one must feel some sympathy.FULL STORY

Europe training financial firepower on terrorism2016-02-07

By Liz Alderman

A phalanx of soldiers wearing bulletproof vests and wielding machine guns fanned out beneath the Eiffel Tower in Paris on a recent afternoon, scanning the crowd for potential terrorist threats. Across the nation, about 10,000 more armed troops patrolled streets around landmarks, stores and governmentFULL STORY

Overcoming new economic challenges in the age of abundance2016-02-07

By J. Bradford DeLong

Until very recently, one of the biggest challenges facing mankind was making sure there was enough to eat. From the dawn of agriculture until well into the Industrial Age, the common human condition was what nutritionists and public-health experts would describe as severe and damagingFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: The long arm of China’s dubious law2016-02-06

Another missing person contacted their loved ones this week, but the news could hardly be considered good, either for the family or the world in general. Chinese columnist and rights activist Li Xin (李新) telephoned his wife in Henan Province to say that he had voluntarilyFULL STORY

‘Monkey gourd’ symbolizes Ko2016-02-06

By Nicholas Yu 郁良溎

A few days ago, the Taipei City Government unveiled the centerpiece lantern for this year’s Taipei Lantern Festival. The “Good Luck Monkey” lantern has inspired a lot of discussion on the Internet, with a large majority of people calling it “shocking.” However, another view isFULL STORY

‘Xi Jinping of Arabia’ emerging2016-02-06

By Minghao Zhao 趙明浩

Those who have criticized China’s cautious Middle East policy will need to reconsider their stance following President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) recent visit to Saudi Arabia and Iran — two major Middle Eastern powers that are at each other’s throats. The visits reflect the active foreignFULL STORY

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