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2016/01/29 | Kenzo

Taiwan Medical Community Concerned About The Medical Payment Reformation

The health care system in Taiwan is a worldwide research topic, and the recent medical payment reformation within the system has led to criticism from the medical community.

2016/01/29 | TNL 編輯

Bangkok Working Closer with Beijing as Another Chinese Journalist Disappears in Thailand

Li Xin, a Chinese editor who secretly works as the government’s informant, has disappeared in Thailand after he left China seeking for asylum. This is the latest case in the recent string of disappearances and abductions aimed at Chinese citizens who threaten the CCP. Is Thailand no longer safe for Chinese fugitives?

2016/01/29 | 阿Ken

International Students Will Get To Extend Their Stay In Taiwan After Graduation

In order to attract more foreign talents to boost Taiwan's productivity and competitiveness, the Ministry of the Interior will give international and overseas Chinese students a year after graduating to stay and find a job in Taiwan.

2016/01/28 | TNL 編輯

First Zika Case In Taiwan And The Virus Casting Shadow On The 2016 Olympics

Zika has seen its first case in Taiwan on January 19 and the virus’ outbreak in Brazil has drawn world attention as it’s found to be related to microcephaly: babies born with abnormally small heads. With mosquitos being its vector, there are concerns that the outbreak would not be stopped before the 2016 Olympics this August.

2016/01/27 | 阿Ken

Shortage of Southeast Asian Language Teachers in Taiwan's New K-12 Education Policy

Taiwan’s new curriculum guidelines for its 12-year compulsory education will incorporate Southeast Asian languages into the required courses of local languages in elementary schools. But now the island is significantly short of Cambodian, Filipino and Malaysian teachers.

2016/01/27 | TNL 編輯

Australian Leaders Unite to Sign Declaration Calling for A Republic

Australia is a constitutional monarchy, with Britain's Queen Elizabeth as head of state. With the declaration, almost all of Australia’s political leaders, including the prime minister and opposition leader, now support the country’s push toward becoming a republic, a move that would be an important assertion of Australians’ national identity.

2016/01/27 | 阿Ken

Taiwan President’s Visit to South China Sea Island Faces International Criticism

On January 28, President Ma Ying-jeou will visit Itu Aba Island in the South China Sea, also known as Taiping Island in Taiwan. The US is disappointed by the trip and says it is extremely unhelpful to the sensitive situation in the area. Vietnam’s representative in Taiwan also strongly protests against Ma’s trip.

2016/01/26 | Kenzo

Taoyuan Airport MRT Express to Launch in March Under Loosened Standards

If the contractor keeps failing to fulfill the requirements unrelated to the system’s stability and safety, such as travel time and interval time, the government will consider launching the system first and making improvements along the way.

2016/01/26 | Anita Chow

Safety of Human Rights Activists in China Remains Disturbing

While China recently released Peter Dahlin, a Swedish human rights activist, dozens of people remain detained, including foreigners and Chinese citizens.

2016/01/26 | 阿Ken

UK Grants Qualified Taiwanese Express Customs Clearance

After passing the UK's verification and becoming a RTS program member, one can enter the UK through a UK/EU entry lane or an ePassport-gate in airports with a chip (biometric) passport. Users no longer need to fill in landing cards, consult with immigration officials or have their fingerprints taken at the gate.

2016/01/25 | Eric Tsai

Snow Hits Taiwan Surprising Locals

As an island only 23 degrees north of the Equator, Taiwan is listed as subtropical. Normally having an average of 15 degrees Celsius in January, over the weekend, island-wide temperature dropped below 10 degrees and some areas dropping down below 0 degrees.

2016/01/25 | Zou Chi

Taipei Mayor Says The City Lacks Urban Aesthetics

After a visit to the cultural and creative industry in Chiyoda-ku and Tokyo Station in Japan, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je has realized Taipei lacks urban aesthetics.

2016/01/25 | Kenzo

Feminists Calling For Female Candidates For Presidents of the Legislative Yuan

After the 2016 elections, Taiwan not only elected the country’s first female president, but also a parliament consisting of 38.1% female members. Feminist groups, therefore, call for the DPP to consider female candidates for president and vice-president of the Legislative Yuan.

2016/01/25 | TNL 編輯

Where Do Asians Stand in Oscar Nominations?

White actors have been dominating the Academy Awards for 88 years. This reflects not only the social stereotype embedded in the movie industry, but also the lack of opportunities for actors of color to ascend to the podium of the Oscars.

2016/01/21 | TNL 編輯

Cold Wave Sweeping Through East Asia

As the worst cold wave in ten years sweeps through Taiwan, residents on the island may have to endure what feels like below zero temperatures from January 23 to 25. China, Japan and Korea are also experiencing extreme cold with blizzards buffeting multiple regions and record-low temperatures reported in many cities.

2016/01/21 | Zou Chi

Act Lowering Threshold for Hiring White Collar Foreign Workers Not Passed

The New Power Party is against the Ministry of Labor helping corporations reduce labor costs. It maintains a skeptical attitude towards the impact of this modified act, thinking that it would influence not only local white collar labors, but also those with low salaries.

2016/01/21 | Yang

President Ma Ying-jeou Says Taiwan Must Join Economic Partnerships

Ma says it’s important for Taiwan to take similar actions to sign trade agreements, which is becoming a world economy trend, especially during these times when the function of WTO is weakening and many countries are signing bilateral trade agreements.

2016/01/21 | 阿Ken

Chinese Netizens Bombard Taiwanese President-elect Tsai Ing-wen’s Facebook Page

Chinese netizens organized a campaign to breach China’s Great Firewall on January 20. They did not just leave “anti-Taiwan independence” messages, but some also said they leap over the firewall occasionally because they care about the real world.