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EDITORIAL: Tax reforms ambitious, but US looms

The set of amendments to the Income Tax Act (所得稅法) that cleared the legislative floor on Thursday last week represents the most ambitious tax reform plan the nation has had in two decades. However, the US’ overhaul of its taxes is a wake-up call forFULL STORY

Ryan Hass On Taiwan: Soft power: low cost, high return

The Eurasia Group, a top geopolitical risk consultancy, recently identified leading risks for 2018. Topping the list are China’s efforts to set international standards and accelerate a global reordering of power. President Xi Jinping (習近平) has fed this narrative with his consistent invocations of ChinaFULL STORY

Entertainment knows some borders

By Chang Kuo-tsai 張國財

Whitney Houston sang all her songs in English, but you do not need to understand a word of English to appreciate her heavenly voice. Who could help smiling Charlie Chaplin’s antics, or at Pink Panther cartoons, even when there is no dialogue? Indeed, entertainment reachesFULL STORY

Property rights could become Xi’s next target

By Paul Lin 林保華

Not long ago, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) political theory periodical Qiushi (求是, “Seeking Truth”) published an article by Zhou Xincheng (周新城) — a professor in the School of Marxism Studies at Renmin University of China, my old school, which has been called the secondFULL STORY

The fabulous story of North Korea’s fabric made of stone

By Ju-min Park and James Pearson

For much of the world, it is a niche product. In North Korea, where winter temperatures are frigid and which cannot produce enough cotton or wool for clothing, the synthetic fiber developed after nylon was glorified as a revolutionary invention. Known outside North Korea as vinylon,FULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Complexity in law creates loopholes2018-01-21

A Taiwan NextGen Foundation survey released on Wednesday found that about 66 percent of workers do not fully understand the latest amendments to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法). Amendments to the act passed on Jan. 10 include a policy that allows conditional use of a “12FULL STORY

The Liberty Times Editorial: KMT is still a danger to democracy2018-01-21

The Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) opinion poll results are not looking very good, but those for the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), which is the party with the biggest chance to replace the DPP, are even more disappointing. While the descendants of Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) haveFULL STORY

Taichung light-years ahead in childcare2018-01-21

By Lue Jen-der and Peng Fu-yuan 呂建德,彭富源

The Executive Yuan this week turned its attention to the nation’s low birth rate and proposed nationalizing private kindergartens. Over the past few years, the central and local governments have been searching for a solution to the issue and have come up with a range ofFULL STORY

[ LETTER ]2018-01-21

Make Taiwan a great country Jan. 13 marked the 30th anniversary of Chiang Ching-kuo’s (蔣經國) death and Taiwan is once again at a crossroads. The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) used it as a reminder of Taiwanese history and asked all Taiwanese to commemorate Chiang for hisFULL STORY

With only 50 speakers of its unique creole surviving, Macau’s traditional community fears extinction2018-01-21

By Matthew Keegan

“Nowadays, nobody speaks much Patua. Only the old people speak Patua,” 102-year-old Aida de Jesus said as she sat across the table from her daughter inside Riquexo, the small Macanese restaurant that she runs to this day despite her grand age. Patua is the name ofFULL STORY

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