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EDITORIAL: Pension bill a turnaround for Tsai

After much debate, lawmakers on Tuesday finally passed the Act Governing Civil Servants’ Retirement, Discharge and Pensions (公務人員退休資遣撫卹法). That was one day after the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation released its latest monthly poll, showing an approval rating of just 33.1 percent for President Tsai Ing-wenFULL STORY

Unhooking tourism from regulations

By Huang Ming-jye 黃銘傑

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Taipei Tourism Expo on May 5, Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) said that travel and tourism would become the nation’s next “trillion-dollar industry.” Chen announced that the government would launch five strategies for sustainable tourism: diversifying tourism markets, encouragingFULL STORY

‘Affinity’ with China is fruitless and foolish

By Chang Kuo-tsai 張國財

A glance through China’s long history reveals that during times of power and prosperity, the Middle Kingdom always sought to expand its field of influence through launching military campaigns to the north, south, east and west. During periods of decline, China would sign one unequalFULL STORY

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Recognize the real China Much has been made of Panama’s diplomatic defection to Beijing. The news media in Taiwan, especially that which holds a pro-independence editorial stance, has been referring to the move as a shift in diplomatic recognition “from Taiwan to China.” Pro-independence activists areFULL STORY

Crackdown leads to emergence of ‘perfect police state’ in Xinjiang

By Tom Phillips

It was Friday, the Muslim day of assembly, but outside Kashgar’s Id Kah mosque on Liberation Avenue it was the growl of diesel engines that filled the air, not a muezzin’s wistful cry. One by one armored personnel carriers, some with machine guns poking from theirFULL STORY

China’s treatment of Liu Xiaobo raises fears for other dissidents

By Allison Jackson and Joanna Chiu

China’s treatment of cancer-stricken democracy activist Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波) reflects Beijing’s hardening crackdown on political dissent and heightens concern over lesser-known campaigners still languishing in jail, supporters said. Liu, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 while serving an 11-year sentence for subversion, hasFULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Pop awards offered spice, diversity2017-06-28

Sunday’s Golden Melody Awards might not have been of interest to those who are not keen on the local music scene, but there were a few pointers to remind us that Taiwan is moving in the right direction and should keep doing so. First, the diversityFULL STORY

Is the ‘1992 consensus’ a fantasy?2017-06-28

By Liou Je-wei 劉哲瑋

President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) refusal to accept the so-called “1992 consensus” has drawn fire from many quarters as being the root of a variety of the nation’s problems. Such issues include the loss of diplomatic ties with Panama and Sao Tome and Principe, the withdrawalFULL STORY

Multipolarity and the global order2017-06-28

By Javier Solana

As many analysts have observed, the Pax Americana of recent decades is on life support. After the first 150 days of US President Donald Trump’s “America First” — or, more accurately, “America Alone” — presidency, it seems that the US’ traditional stabilizing role can noFULL STORY

The correct functioning of a loyal opposition2017-06-28

By Su Yen-tu 蘇彥圖

The existence of a loyal opposition is a very important normative principle of contemporary constitutional democracy, but in Taiwan it has never been given the importance or attention it deserves, either in theory or in practice. People might intuitively think that this principle requires oppositionFULL STORY

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