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If the goal is to establish durable conditions of geopolitical security, the only hope for Taiwan is the emergence of an international diplomatic regime committed to the mutual draw-down of military capacity worldwide, through which all countries, especially China, Russia, and the United States, would be compelled to gradually diminish their own standing armies.
Taiwan’s employers not only pay low wages to workers but also contribute little to the country’s social security. It is one of the lowest among high-income countries as a proportion of the economy.
Despite what you may hear from business interest lobbyists, the historical data shows no clear correlation between a growing minimum wage and a higher unemployment rate.
President Tsai increased the minimum wage by a larger percentage in six years than her predecessors in their full eight-year terms, but this is not good enough.
Chu, a seasoned politician with a prior stint as the KMT chairman, will face the challenges of leading a fractured party, resetting cross-strait dialogue, and strategizing against the ruling DPP in the 2022 local elections.
Investing in blue-collar migrant laborers along with diplomats and permanent residency holders would not only improve Taiwan’s economy, but it could also solidify the country’s reputation as a progressive, inclusive nation of equals.
Food safety concerns have triggered domestic political debate in Taiwan over allowing the import of U.S. pork containing ractopamine, a leanness-enhancing additive.