The results of this year's college entrance examinations were announced on Aug. 9. Although the average college enrollment is as high as 83.22 percent, more than half of the over 87,000 freshmen are forced to go to private schools. Apart from worrying about the high tuition fees every semester, their lives may also become very different.
\nThe current system is classist. The same college-entrance examinations lead students into two worlds -- prestigious public schools versus expensive private ones.
\nThis time, almost half of the 1,459 graduates from Taipei Municipal Chien Kuo Senior High School were admitted to National Taiwan University (NTU). Among these graduates, as many as 43 were admitted to the popular department of computer science and information engineering, which recruited 78 students this year. Compare that success rate to that of a high school in eastern Taiwan, which admitted two students.
\nIn March, the Business Weekly (
In Japan, as in Taiwan, interest in President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) inaugural address on Wednesday last week for her second term was widespread. In her speech, which I listened to online, Tsai talked about how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the global political economic order and altered global supply chains. This is an issue that Japan must also face, so I would like to present an idea for the people of Taiwan to consider. In the wake of the pandemic, Japan and Taiwan must consider the risks arising from supply chains’ dependence on China, as well as the risks that arise from
According to Japan’s Kyodo news agency, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is to hold military exercises in August centering on an attack on the Pratas Islands (Dongsha Islands, 東沙群島) in the South China Sea. Taiwan’s military leaders have let it be known that, should the islands be invaded by a hostile force, the nation would respond in one of three ways: a complete withdrawal, a fight to the death or surrender. The islands became a hot topic in Taiwan overnight, but any discussion of the Pratas Islands should factor in the ignominy on Taiwan’s loss of Thitu Island (Jhongye
As last year drew to a close, Taiwan lost several of its dwindling set of diplomatic allies, and China all but claimed victory in the long quest for universal recognition of the Peoples Republic of China. While Taiwan remained marginalized from traditional international institutions, intensifying protests in Hong Kong raised the specter of military repression in the territories still coveted by Beijing. At celebrations marking 70 years of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) rule, Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) also reasserted China’s ultimate goal of reunifying Taiwan with the mainland. Then COVID-19 hit. The pandemic has opened deep wounds in the increasingly