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EDITORIAL: The US rebalances its relations

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, saying that the US was seeking stronger economic and military ties with India to balance an increasingly defiant China. “The United States seeks constructive relations with China,FULL STORY

Let Xi give way without losing face

By John Lim 林泉忠

As predicted, President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) much anticipated address at the Double Ten National Day celebration followed the administration’s “three noes” policy regarding cross-strait relations — no mention of the so-called “1992 consensus” or “one China,” no new definitions for the cross-strait relationship and noFULL STORY

Assigning Ma’s case to two courts weakened it

By Wu Ching-chin 吳景欽

The appeal in Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming’s (柯建銘) private lawsuit against former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) on charges of leaking classified information and wiretapping was on Oct. 10 rejected by the Taiwan High Court. The decision to uphold the previous not-guilty verdictFULL STORY


Not again for Ma, Soong The boring “news” that can be described as “not again” is that former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has been acquitted again and People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) has been appointed again as “Chinese Taipei” chief delegate to the APECFULL STORY

A Japanese fishing town on North Korean missiles’ track stands divided

By Malcolm Foster

Ever since North Korea lobbed two missiles far above this windswept fishing town on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, seaweed farmer Mitsuyo Kawamura said she has been on edge. “Now when I hear a loud sound, I look outside, I look out at the ocean,” 68-year-oldFULL STORY

Japan’s Koike: Media-savvy operator with pluck

By Hiroshi Hiyama

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is a media-savvy veteran who has charmed her way through the male-dominated political scene in Japan and transformed its sleepy political landscape with a wildcard new party that caught everyone off-guard. Often touted as potentially the country’s first female prime minister, theFULL STORY

Abe, a political blueblood in his second political life

By Shingo Ito

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, seeking a fresh term in today’s election, is seen as a pragmatic and canny diplomat who has cozied up to US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, while pushing a nationalist agenda at home. Groomed for power from birth,FULL STORY

EDITORIAL: Xi Jinping upstaged by UN report2017-10-21

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) carefully planned anointment as the nation’s greatest leader since Mao Zedong (毛澤東) was upstaged yesterday by a Guardian report about a UN document castigating his government’s treatment of three rights activists, although it is unlikely the adoring multitudes in hisFULL STORY

Taiwan, China: the European view2017-10-21

By Alexander Goerlach

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) speech at the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th National Congress has been watched and listened to closely in Western capitals. Will the old and new Chinese leader tighten his grip on civil rights in the People’s Republic of China? Will he furtherFULL STORY

Same-sex couples awaiting justice2017-10-21

By Jennifer Lu, Teng Chu-yuan 呂欣潔 鄧筑媛

On Thursday last week the Taipei High Administrative Court ruled on a case brought by a same-sex couple who petitioned against the refusal by the Household Registration Office in Taipei’s Zhongzheng District (中正) to register their marriage. The judge ruled that the office’s refusal to registerFULL STORY

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