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EDITORIAL: Addressing the economic slowdown

There is a growing sense of unease about Taiwan’s economy this year after recent data showed a loss of momentum in the face of growing global headwinds. The Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on Friday unexpectedly lowered its economic growth forecast for theFULL STORY

The dangers of Ma, ‘one China’

By Johnson Chuang 莊勝榮

Why does Beijing constantly harp on the so-called “1992 consensus” and “one China”? The reason is quite simple: Recognizing the “1992 consensus” means recognizing “one China,” and recognizing “one China” means accepting that people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait agree that Taiwan isFULL STORY

Ma’s golden decade of achievement

By Alfred Tsai 蔡而復

As he enters his eighth and final year in office, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has taken steps in recent weeks to shape public opinion on the legacy of his governance. These efforts come at a time when the president’s approval rating, according to a MayFULL STORY

Political campaign funding questions

By Huang Di-ying 黃帝穎

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has publicly expressed doubts about the truthfulness of campaign funds declared by President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) for his past Taipei mayoral and presidential campaigns. Ma, through Presidential Office spokesperson Charles Chen (陳以信), accused Ko of slander and for speaking onFULL STORY

BP’s deal with Russia torpedoed oil giant’s low-carbon intitiatives

By Simon Bowers

As 2011 dawned, British Petroleum PLC (BP) was desperate to turn the page. For nine months, the crisis-stricken oil firm had been weathering the US fallout from its Deepwater Horizon disaster, which killed 11 workers and caused the largest oil spill in history. BP had lostFULL STORY

High cost of hepatitis C drug prompts drive to void patents

By Andrew Pollack

Activists in several countries are seeking to void patents on the blockbuster hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, saying that the price being sought by its manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, is prohibitive. The New York-based legal group the Initiative for Medicines, Access and Knowledge (I-MAK) announced on Wednesday thatFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Puzzle posed by linked voting issue2015-05-24

The public does not favor lowering the voting age from 20 to 18, according to a survey that gauged the opinions of people aged 20 or above. Leaving aside the issue that only those who already have the right to vote were polled, there isFULL STORY

Benefits of China-led development2015-05-24

By Richard Kozul-Wright and Daniel Poon

After a late flurry of additions to the founding membership of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), attention now turns to formulating the China-led AIIB’s rules and regulations, but important questions remain — most prominently, whether the AIIB is a potential rival or a welcomeFULL STORY

The ghosts of imperial China sap Taiwanese2015-05-24

By Lee Min-yung 李敏勇

The Nation’s presidential inaugurations, held on May 20 every four years since the first direct presidential election in 1996, should be a day of celebration, but it is not. On Monday, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said that he sleeps well at night because he isFULL STORY

[ LETTERS ]2015-05-24

Breaking the cycle of violence My fellow Americans, tomorrow is Memorial Day, when we remember those in the military who died. We especially remember the more than 4,000 Americans who died in Iraq for weapons of mass destruction that did not exist. We also remember theFULL STORY

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