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EDITORIAL: Getting brand ‘Taiwan’ on the map

Former US vice president Al Gore on Thursday visited the head office of Taiwanese electric scooter maker Gogoro in Taipei, in a visit arranged by the company. Although the visit was not a political one — the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Gore did not meetFULL STORY

The Liberty Times Editorial: Taiwan’s special envoy to this year’s APEC

leaders’ meeting, People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜), has described China as behaving like “Big Brother.” Meanwhile, Environmental Protection Administration Minister Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) was last week blocked by Beijing from attending a meeting at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. Just asFULL STORY

Residents of Yilan must make some hard choices

By Lee Wu-chung 李武忠

Immediately following his appointment by the central government, Yilan County Acting Commissioner Derek Chen (陳金德) announced plans to return taxes levied on illegal farmhouses and to allow farmhouses to be built in the center of farmlands, removing the requirement that they be built along theFULL STORY


Incident without English On the morning of Nov. 12, I was riding on the Tamsui-Xinyi Line of the Taipei Metro when there was apparently a fault at the Dongmen MRT station. I waited patiently in the carriage and then an announcement came through. The thing is,FULL STORY

Inventor of the Web worries people are being manipulated

By Olivia Solon

University of Oxford professor of computer science Tim Berners-Lee’s optimism about the future of the Web is starting to wane in the face of a “nasty storm” of issues, including the rollback of net neutrality protections, the proliferation of fake news, propaganda and the Web’sFULL STORY

Basic functionality has been abandoned in favor of convenience

By Tony Rothman

From the pocket calculator to the Prius, I have always been what they call an “early adopter.” I was a technology enthusiast, a lover of progress, eager to move into the future. No more. With the wisdom of age, I now concede the maxim ofFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Long-term views, not more hot air2017-11-18

The trouble with reports and studies published by international organizations, foreign agencies or foreign authors is that one really has to read them, not just skim the surface or look at select numbers. Think of the furor in the local media last month over the releaseFULL STORY

James Soong’s loyalty questionable2017-11-18

By Jethro Wang 王濬

Special envoy to APEC James Soong’s (宋楚瑜) “natural” interaction with the leaders of other nations in the Asia-Pacific at the two-day APEC leaders’ summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, was given blanket coverage by domestic media. On his return to Taiwan, Soong headed to the PresidentialFULL STORY

US close to decision on N Korea2017-11-18

By John Bolton

Substantively, US President Donald Trump’s trip to Asia made important progress against North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. However, in this long counter-proliferation struggle, it remains unclear whether China has been persuaded to exert its unequalled ability to dictate events in the North,FULL STORY

Overseas Chinese a useful pool of talent2017-11-18

By Paul Lin 林保華

The issue of an aging population and talent shortage and its implication on national security has again become a hotly debated topic. The problem is exacerbated by Chinese attempts to lure young Taiwanese talent. “It takes 10 years to grow a tree, but 100 years toFULL STORY

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