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EDITORIAL: A line-up of yes men

Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) yesterday wrapped up his shake-up of the State Council and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as the National People’s Congress approved a slate of new appointments that will allow Xi to place his stamp more firmly on the party andFULL STORY

Outdated laws hurt democratization

By Lee Jowquen 李兆坤

During a legislative question-and-answer session with then-premier Lin Chuan (林全) on March 10 last year, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Kuan Bi-ling (管碧玲) suggested that the government set up a task force to inventory laws that should be amended or abolished as part of theFULL STORY

A double helix of Chinese history

By Denise Ho 何若書

Now that the Chinese National People’s Congress has voted — 2,958 to 2 — to abolish presidential term limits, Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) could rule indefinitely, rather than completing a tenure of two five-year terms in 2023. To what degree is Xi set toFULL STORY

Unification hints ignore the will of the people

By Chen Kuan-fu 陳冠甫

Some media and well-known figures have a habit of dropping obscure hints about cross-strait unification. For example, former minister of culture Lung Ying-tai (龍應台) said in an interview with Deutsche Welle on March 3 that as long as Taiwan and China do not trust oneFULL STORY

New Trump wildlife protection council defends trophy hunting

By Michael Biesecker

Big-game hunters tapped by US President Donald Trump’s administration to help rewrite federal rules on importing the heads and hides of African elephants and lions as trophies on Friday last week defended the practice, arguing that threatened and endangered species would go extinct without theFULL STORY

Australian place names honor murderous white men and their acts

By Paul Daley

From Bennelong’s place at Kissing Point I take the ferry back downriver and into the wind toward the point, now adorned with the opera house, that bears his name. It is where the first governor, Arthur Phillip, built Bennelong a small hut in which heFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Michelin stars make Taiwan shine2018-03-19

The Michelin Co on Wednesday last week launched its first restaurant guide for Taipei, with 20 restaurants snagging a total of 24 stars. Along with 36 local eateries that the French publisher listed on its Bib Gourmand selection for Taipei a week earlier, the famousFULL STORY

Stephen M. Young On Taiwan: Hong Kong and Taiwan: How one country, two systems has fallen flat2018-03-19

Nearly forty years ago, emerging Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping (鄧小平) coined a phrase and a policy, “one country, two systems” (1C2S). In the wake of President Carter’s decision to shift American diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing, and as Deng was launching his dramatic economicFULL STORY

Politics and infighting damaging universities2018-03-19

By Paul Wang 王伯元

When the national university entrance exam results are released, students and their parents get busy calculating their ideal universities based on the score and preparing application documents. However, there is a tendency that deserves attention: Many students from reputable senior-high schools set their sights onFULL STORY

[ LETTER ]2018-03-19

Case highlights reform need Former Taipei High Administrative Court judge Chen Hung-pin (陳鴻斌) was convicted of sexually harassing a female assistant by the Court of the Judiciary in 2016 and the court ruled that he should be dismissed. However, following an appeal by Chen, the same courtFULL STORY

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