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Taiwan Elections; Dolce and Gabbana Protests; Fees for Waste Disposal (13 Jan 2012)


Taiwan’s election process is under way. There are two clear front runners, but there’s also a spoiler who could upset the apple cart. Not long before the registration period for Taiwan’s presidential election end, James Soong took many by surprise and joined the race. Soong, who was a member of the Kuomintang in 2002, now heads the People First Party.There are fears that he’ll split the vote for the pan-blue camp, which is dominated by the Kuomintang and the People First Party, thus jeopardizing President Ma Ying-jeou’s chances of re-election. He says he’s running because President Ma has been indifferent to the concerns of his party.So how is this election likely to affect the island’s political scene, both internetally and in its relations with the outside world? With us in the studio is Professor of Political Science Joseph Cheng. Last Sunday, over a thousand Hong Kong people went to the Dolce & Gabbana shop in Tsim Sha Tsui to demand their rights to photograph from the public area outside the shop.This protest was arranged by the internet after local newspaper reported that their photographers had been stopped from photographing the store by security guards. The security guard allegedly said that while mainland tourists could take photos there, Hong Kong citizens could not We live in a wasteful world. At least in countries that have the cash to afford waste. Even the products we buy for our home use come in excessive packaging. The Hong Kong government has plenty of plans for reclamation that might help bury some of that waste, but to help reduce our mountains of garbage it’s now also planning to introduce waste charges. And it wants to know what Hong Kong people think.

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Publish Date: 
Friday, January 13, 2012
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