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EDITORIAL: Art exchanges can help soft power

The Chiayi County Embroidery Culture Museum on Friday received a private donation from the US, the first time the museum has ever received a donation from overseas. The gift of the Qing Dynasty silk embroidery is significant in that it represents the potential for soft powerFULL STORY

Taiwan must surrender or rise up

By Chang Kuo-tsai 張國財

Following the plebiscites in Kurdistan and Catalonia, some Taiwanese are asking why they cannot do a similar thing, while others recoil on hearing the very words “independence referendum.” For them, the best situation would be to avoid war. These two positions encapsulate Taiwan’s dilemma. The need toFULL STORY

Growth of China’s Taiwan policy

By Tang Shao-cheng 湯紹成

Earlier this month, the Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) of China’s State Council appointed former Chinese permanent representative to the UN Liu Jieyi (劉結一) as its new vice minister, and made him first among the office’s four vice ministers. This unprecedented move suggests that Liu is toFULL STORY

‘Chinese dream’ will become a nightmare

By Chen Fang-ming 陳芳明

Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) is implementing his “Chinese dream”: Following the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) 19th National Congress, he will become the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong (毛澤東). When he first proposed the “Chinese dream,” it was to “revive the mighty Chinese people”FULL STORY

Motorbikes, trust and pepper soup: Ebola tips to tackle deadly diseases

By Inna Lazareva

Unsung local heroes who helped defeat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa might hold the key to thwarting deadly epidemics, experts say. Alongside targeted assistance from abroad, local know-how is also vital in dealing with endemic killer diseases such as malaria, a conference in Sweden heard. However,FULL STORY

Foreigners who joined IS faced almost certain death in Raqqa

By Lori Hinnant and Sarah el Deeb

The forces fighting the remnants of the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria have tacit instructions on dealing with the foreigners who joined the extremist group by the thousands: Kill them on the battlefield. As they made their last stand in the northern Syrian city ofFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Opening up fintech for Taiwan2017-10-23

The Financial Supervisory Commission under Chairman Wellington Koo (顧立雄) has recently struck a more flexible policy stance toward the implementation of financial technology, or “fintech,” in Taiwan. In an Oct. 7 meeting with a fintech trade association, commission officials agreed that rules governing fintech developmentFULL STORY

Change China before it changes us2017-10-23

By Christophe Deloire and Cedric Alviani

In its 19th National Congress, which started on Wednesday, the Chinese Communist Party is to extend Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) term by another five years and incorporate his “Chinese dream” doctrine into the constitution of the People’s Republic of China. China’s “New Helmsman” is anFULL STORY

Democracy, presidents and Taiwan2017-10-23

By Jerome Keating

Double Ten National Day has passed and for a second year President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has conducted the National Day ceremonies with the necessary dignity and focus. Meanwhile, the day did not pass without a certain amount of expected commentary and criticism. Among issues raised byFULL STORY

Our system works, with a dose of political skill2017-10-23

By Ho Hsin-chuan 何信全

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has received a lot of praise for appointing former Tainan mayor William Lai (賴清德) as premier, and her support ratings have rebounded sharply. During an interview with the Central News Agency, Tsai said that her and Lai’s political experiences complement each otherFULL STORY

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