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If Chuwit Kamolvisit lives up to his reputation for brutal honesty, he will have landed at Suvarnabhumi by the time you are reading this, or at least be in the air, Bangkok-bound. And "with one foot behind bars," as the Thai saying goes, that's courageous. How many politicians or rich celebrities in similar circumstances would choose to leave the safety and comfort of life abroad?
With the picture of the 2016 presidential race finalized after the announcement of Eric Chu and James Soong's vice presidential picks, all eyes are now fixed on the composition of the KMT's legislator-at-large list. Having the perfect lineup with the most ideal players, however, will not help the team if its leaders cannot agree on whether or not it should compete in the current game.
A single swallow, we are told, doesn't make a summer. That certainly applies to the trilateral meeting in Seoul on Nov. 1 at which Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe met his counterparts, President Park Geun-hye of South Korea and Premier Li Keqiang of China.
The Tamang village of Larchhyang is situated atop a cliff at a height of almost 2,000 meters in Rasuwa district. To get to Larchhyang, one has to walk from the highway town of Kalikasthan, which is not too far from the Nuwakot border. The initial part of the trail is pretty even. In fact even local buses venture out to a certain point. But seasonal landslides sweep off chunks of the hill leaving no other option than to walk.
More often than not, my American and Japanese friends would ask me what is wrong with Taiwan's politics. My answer is simple. We don't have far-sighted leaders. Not even capable ones. But I would never fail to add that I took comfort in the fact that Taiwan, with a population of only 23 million, naturally has no able leaders, yet the United States with ten times as many voters and Japan with five times as many also haven't elected good national leaders.
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Social media by definition are rooted in high technology. They offer icons, logos, and pretty paraphernalia to visually enliven our computer screens and share with friends.
The meeting between President Xi Jinping of China and President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan in Singapore on Nov. 7 was historic. Media reports that the face-to-face discussion was "symbolic" are highly misleading. The summit reflects long-term steadily expanding cooperation, as well as extensive preparation.
Is Big always good? How are the biggest companies in the world doing?
The flood of advertisements of men's cosmetics have gradually become a force propelling the spending spree on Singles Day, which falls on Nov. 11, and indicating a silent change in Chinese men's perception about looks.
U.S. President Barack Obama has cancelled the Keystone XL, ending a seven-year saga in which the pipeline from Alberta would have provided 800,000 barrels of oil to the U.S. on a daily basis. By scuttling the controversial deal, which has been part of an on again/off again political drama in both Washington and Ottawa, Obama cited environmental concerns and basically threw in the fact that America is awash with more affordable oil, so why do we need Keystone anyway?
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