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Across the Strait

Beijing’s 'Safest' Candidate Least Trusted in Hong Kong

Taiwanese writer Lu Ping, who served for seven years as director of the Kwang Hwa Information and Culture Center, Taiwan's cultural window in Hong Kong, comments on the former British colony’s first female chief executive.

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Fish Depletion in the Taiwan Strait

A China-made Environmental Catastrophe

CommonWealth Magazine reporters went out on the Taiwan Strait to tell the story of the mullet trade. What they saw was the encroachment of Chinese fishing boats in Taiwanese waters and the environmental catastrophe those vessels are creating.

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Taiwan F Shares Lose Their Luster

'Taishang' No Longer Coming Home

A series of reforms by China’s stock exchanges have tempted Taiwanese businesses in China to list IPOs there rather than back in Taiwan, leading many to worry that Taiwan’s stock markets may become marginalized.

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Harry X. Wu:

Beijing’s Interference Creates Economic Minefield

Chinese economist Harry Xiaoying Wu points out how unrestrained government interference in the Chinese economy leads to distortions in resource allocation.

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2017 State of the Nation Survey

Neglected Voices Hound Tsai Administration

President Tsai Ing-wen’s administration is having a hard time satisfying socie-ty’s expectations. The voices of middle-aged people, residents of remote areas, and those demanding educational reforms must be heard.

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2017 State of the Nation Survey

Fissure Point Identified at 39 Years Old

The subtle shift in public opinion with 39 years of age as a point of demarcation reflects the reality of divides and frictions developing between the generations on issues large and small. How should Taiwan proceed in the face of this generational divide?

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2017 Forecast: Foreign Policy

US-China Power Reshuffle Chills Cross-strait Ties

Taiwan’s role in the power struggle between China and the United States means that it must be prepared for difficult times ahead. Not only is Taiwan unlikely to benefit from trade, the cross-strait stalemate is sure to continue.

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Top 2000 CEO SurveyChin

Majority of CEOs Dissatisfied with Tsai Administration

While Taiwan’s CEOs are cautiously optimistic about global economic prospects, they are pessimistic about relations with China, and the percentage with "nil intention” to invest is at a four-year high.

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2016 Greater China Top 1000 Survey

Taiwanese Makers Struggle as Chinese Tastes Move Upscale

As Chinese consumers develop a taste for the better life, Taiwanese manufacturers, who used to dominate China’s domestic market, are now being forced to transform themselves.

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Ge Wenyao:

Taiwan Integral to China’s Internationalization

Kibiing Group President Ge Wenyao stresses that, even if Taiwan refused investment from Chinese enterprises, his Group would team up with Western corporations to face off against Taiwanese businesses.

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Taiwan’s IC Design Sector

Ready for Chinese Investment?

Chinese investment is everywhere, but Taiwan's fabless semiconductor sector remains off limits. Some domestic IC design firms would like to see the policy change, but questions abound over whether it could be done without compromising national interests.

Chinese Capital Welcomed, but with Caveats

Wealthy Chinese investors have been searching the globe for promising ventures involving established brands and advanced technologies in Europe and the United States.Yet while both regions welcome "red capital" to boost their economies, they see different risks attached.

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A “Green” Legislature

Is Reform Really in Store?

For the first time in Taiwan’s history, the country’s legislature will not be controlled by KMT-led “pan-blue” forces. People will be watching to see if the change in power will unleash reforms and lead to an era of greater efficiency and less partisanship.

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Tsai Ing-wen

Ready to Take on Cross-strait Turbulence

Nimble campaign tactics, ambiguous cross-strait discourse, and a strong Taiwanese consciousness are the hallmarks of Tsai Ing-wen’s campaign. The daughter of a successful businessman, she has overseen her party’s rebirth and seeks to renew Taiwan’s socio-political and economic structure.

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2016 State of the Nation Survey

Ready to Test a New President

Taiwan will soon elect a new president, and CommonWealth Magazine’s 2016 State of the Nation Survey has uncovered the priorities most on the minds of the country’s people.

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‘Red Supply Chain’ Threat

Buying Up the World

China’s electronics industry, backed by its government’s deep pockets, is feasting on global companies to build a high-tech supply chain that is overwhelming rivals. Taiwan’s businesses face a bleak future if they don’t face up to the looming menace.

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Top 2000 CEO Survey

No Confidence in Economy, Next President

Following a lackluster business year, Taiwan's CEOs are not only pessimistic about the economy and the investment climate next year, but also issued a vote of no confidence in the leadership potential of Taiwan’s three presidential candidates.

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Beijing University Affiliated High School

China’s "Hogwarts"

Remember the Hogwarts School featured in the Harry Potter fantasy novel and movie series? Beijing University Affiliated Senior High School is the only high school in China to follow an institute and house structure, giving students full autonomy to arrange their own classes and schedules.

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Kao Cheng-shu on the Ma-Xi Meeting

Don’t Play Down the Meaning of a Handshake

Sociologist Kao Cheng-shu is optimistic that the Ma-Xi Meeting will open up new opportunities, should Taiwan have the foresight to take advantage of them.

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Lin Chuo-shui on the Ma-Xi Meeting

‘One China Principle’ a Roadblock, Not a Bridge

Former DPP Legislator Lin Chuo-shui feels that President Ma Ying-jeou made things even more difficult for Taiwan during his meeting with PRC President Xi Jinping.

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Wu Cheng on the Ma-Xi Meeting

Don’t Let Cross-strait Issues Hold Taiwan Hostage

Poet and activist Wu Cheng expresses his disappointment in the KMT’s administration and calls for caution in dealing with cross-strait issues.

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Lin Hwai-min on the Ma-Xi Meeting

A Strong Foundation Trumps All

His Cloud Gate Dance Theater has performed in China many times, but Lin Hwai-min feels that for Taiwan to thrive culturally and maintain its dignity, it must expand its vision and stay true to what makes it distinctive.

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James Hsiao

The Ma-Xi Meeting Highlights the Jurisdiction of the Republic of China

James Hsiao, 23, is the chairman of the KMT Youth League and an ex officio member of the KMT Central Committee. A political science major at Tunghai University, he got involved in student politics in high school. Hsiao believes that the “one China" denotes the Republic of China.

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Richard Bush on Ma-Xi Meeting

What the historic Ma-Xi meeting could mean for cross-Strait relations

Former American Institute in Taiwan Chairman Richard Bush analyzes the Ma-Xi meeting and reaction to it and looks at what may lie ahead for cross-Taiwan Strait relations.

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Tseng Po-yu

Ma-Xi Meeting Puts Unification-Independence Issue Center Stage

Tseng Po-yu, 24, is the youngest female candidate in Taiwan's upcoming general elections. One of the spokespersons for last year's Sunflower student movement Tseng is running for the Green Party-Social Democratic Party Alliance in New Taipei City. She feels that the Ma-Xi Meeting has put Taiwan at a disadvantage.

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Fang-ming Chen on the Ma-Xi Meeting

‘One China’ Gives Away Taiwan’s Position

Fang-ming Chen, Chair Professor of the Graduate Institute of Taiwanese Literature at National Chengchi University and an important voice for Taiwanese independence, served as director of information for the opposition Democratic Progressive Party in early 1990s. In this interview, Chen enumerates why the Ma-Xi meeting in Singapore was far from a victory for Taiwan.

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James Soong on the Ma-Xi Meeting

We need Institutionalized, Supra-Partisan Exchanges with China

People First Party (PFP) Chairman and presidential candidate James Soong has met with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Chinese President Xi Jinping on separate occasions. How does Soong assess the meeting in Singapore between Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou and Xi?

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Tsai Ing-wen on the Ma-Xi Meeting

Limiting the Choice of the Taiwanese

Today, after watching the Ma-Xi meeting on the television, I believe most Taiwanese are as disappointed as I am. President Ma left under the concern that this visit would be shrouded in secrecy. Now he is about to return with even greater controversy.

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Yun-han Chu on the Ma-Xi meeting

Can the Next President Sustain the Cross-strait Breakthrough?

Yun-han Chu, Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute of Political Science of Academia Sinica, likens the Ma-Xi meeting to a pole vaulter’s pole, which the next president of Taiwan must take up to spring Taiwan towards assuming a strategic position in the Asia-Pacific region.

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The Ma-Xi Meeting

Political Theater or Meaningful Moment?

The presidents of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the People’s Republic of China met for the first time ever in Singapore on Nov. 7. Did it set a valuable precedent for cross-Taiwan Strait relations, or was it merely a blip in the radar that will soon give way to less harmonious times?

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Interview with Hong Hsiu-chu

Campaigning to Reawaken Hope

Her emergence as the Kuomintang's prospective presidential candidate may have been the product of unusual circumstances, but "Little Hot Pepper" Hung Hsiu-chu is ready to wage a vigorous campaign against heavy favorite Tsai Ing-wen.

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Entrepreneurship Gone Crazy

China's Ambitious Generation

This may not be the best of times, but it is the best time for realizing ambitions. In his day, Mao Zedong stressed political fanaticism. Today, the Xi Jinping regime is dedicated to helping people get wealthy. How will it make its mark on history?

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'Made in China 2025'

Decoding Beijing's Intentions

The entire world is engaged in a battle for innovation and transformation supremacy. Qu Daokui, one of China's foremost robotics experts, tells CommonWealth how China will go from the world's manufacturer to a manufacturing superpower.

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2015 Greater China Top 1000 Survey

China's New Economy Companies Win Big

In this year's Greater China Top 1000 Survey, new names have taken the top spots in growth, EPS and profits, and China's new economy upstarts have dislodged the old guard.

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One Belt, One Road

Fuzhou – The Beginning of the Road

Located in a "dent" along China's coastal economic belt, Fuzhou has been made the starting point of the country's Maritime Silk Road, with the mission of attracting Taiwanese merchants and businesses.

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One Belt, One Road

Kashgar--Treading An Unstable Path

Many unknowns overshadow Chinese President Xi Jinping's vision for the oasis city of Kashgar, near China's westernmost border. Slogans urging people to "maintain stability" are visible everywhere, and visitors have to be prepared for frequent security checks.

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One Belt, One Road

Urumqi--At the First and Final Mile

It is risky to place all one’s bets on Xinjiang when doing business in the fractious Central Asian region. Yet China maintains a tight grasp on the area due to its rich oil and mineral resources, despite the thorny issue of Xinjiang independence.

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The One Belt, One Road Initiative

What Is China Really Up To?

China is selling its ambitious development plan as a boon for Asia's infrastructure, but the plan's biggest beneficiary will be Beijing itself as it seeks to redraw Eurasia in its own image. As for Taiwan, it may have no choice but to go along.

Does A Degree from Taiwan Really Worth It?

After coming to Taiwan with high expectations and studying for four years, students from across the strait find themselves asking each other, "Is it worth it?

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PRC Students in Taiwan

Shaking Up the System

When Chinese students were first allowed to study full-time in Taiwan four years ago, critics feared they would snatch resources and jobs from Taiwanese students. Now that the first class of these students is ready to graduate, have those fears played out?

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2015 State of the Nation Survey

China, Political Infighting on People's Minds

CommonWealth Magazine's latest State of the Nation Survey found ongoing dismay with partisan wrangling at home but decidedly mixed attitudes toward China, even in the wake of social movements portraying Beijing as a villain.

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Top 2000 CEO Survey

Worried About Cross-strait Trade

Taiwan's CEOs are optimistic about the economy next year, but widespread concern exists over stalled momentum in trade ties with China and Taiwan's inability to join regional trade blocs.

Hong Kong's Middle Class Exodus

Hong Kong's middle class has had enough of skyrocketing housing prices and a declining quality of life and is looking for a way out. For some, Taiwan has become an oasis of hope.

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Hong Kong's New Poor

The Disappearing Middle Class

Hong Kong has a glitzy image. Lurking behind the glittering façade, however, is a society with the greatest rich-poor divide in Asia. Is there any reason for new hope?

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Yu Ying-shih

Intellectuals Must Speak Up for the Poor

When prominent Chinese American historian and Sinologist Yu Ying-shih was in Taiwan in mid-September to collect the Tang Prize for Sinology, he had a clear message for Taiwan's intellectuals: be advocates for those in need.

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Hong Kong Paying the Price

The Burden of 'One Country, Two Systems'

Hong Kong became part of China 17 years ago under a "one country, two systems" model. The reunion has brought economic gains but also huge costs, including curbed freedoms. What does this portend for the futures of both Hong Kong and Taiwan?

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Hong Kong Torn Apart

Showdown Between the Locusts and the Lackeys

Seventeen years after the British colony of Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule, there is hardly any love left between the Hong Kong people and their compatriots in the motherland. The territory is moving closer to the breaking point over self-identity.

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Hong Kong at a Crossroads

Key Players Look at the Future

Once seen as purely "economic animals," the people of Hong Kong have taken to the streets to protest Beijing's restrictive political reforms. CommonWealth Magazine spoke with the leaders of the demonstrations. Here's what they said.

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Cheng Shin Rubber

Greater China's Top Tire Empire Sets a New Course

This past June, after honing his skills quietly for over two decades, Lo Tsai-jen took over the operation of the Cheng Shin Tire empire. In the driver's seat steering the group's efforts toward internationalization, he is about to put himself to the test as CEO.

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Taiwan's Outlying Islands in Distress

China's Tide of Trash

The coasts of Taiwan's islands in the Taiwan Strait are being overwhelmed by garbage floating in from China. The invasion is changing how the islanders see China and costing Taiwanese taxpayers, but Beijing has done little to stem the tide.

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China's Rural Revolution

E-commerce Revives Remote Villages

The rural community of Suichang has created an economic miracle through online shopping. Farmers, country stores and open fields have become the future of China's mobile economy.

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Greater China Top 1000

Chinese E-commerce Giants Surge

This year's CommonWealth Magazine Greater China Top 1000 Survey found that the competitiveness of Taiwan's companies continues to erode while Chinese e-commerce giants have remained on the ascendance.

Cross-strait Competitiveness ≠ Global Competitiveness

Can competitiveness cultivated in China really compete? Apart from a select minority that has managed to expand operations globally, most Taiwanese companies have found their success limited to China alone.

Without China Ties, Int'l Ties Are Bleak

In this exclusive interview, the former secretary general of Taiwan's National Security Council offers a frank assessment of the country's foreign affairs predicament in the wake of recent protests.

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Joseph Wu:

We Resist China, Not Free Trade

In this exclusive interview, heavyweight DPP policymaker Joseph Wu sets out the opposition party's case for opposing economic entanglement with China, and pursuing a path of international trade beneficial for Taiwan.

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Richard Bush:

Take a Chance on Service Pact

In this exclusive interview, the former American diplomatic representative to Taiwan considers the delicate balance of cross-strait affairs,Taiwan's enduring relationship with the United States, and the road to future competitiveness.

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Anti-Services Pact Furor

Business Owners Have Their Say

CommonWealth Magazine interviewed entrepreneurs in those sectors that stand to be directly affected by the controversial Agreement on Trade in Services. The views they shared may surprise you.

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Anti-Services Pact Furor

What Should Taiwan Do Next?

How can Taiwan find a solution for cross-strait contacts that guarantees economic benefits, democracy and national security? Here are three steps Taiwan needs to take to rebuild the public's trust in the government.

Can Taiwan Keep Reigning Supreme?

Taiwan occupies center stage in the ethnic-Chinese music world. How is it coping with the digitization of music, the decline of albums and competition from China, to maintain and fortify its position of strength?

Hope in Taiwan

These are simply not the worst of times for Taiwan – thanks to the many people rolling up their sleeves, taking responsibility, breaking new ground, dedicating themselves, and making a difference.

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2014 State of the Nation Survey

Widening Wealth Gap Spawns Discontent

CommonWealth Magazine's latest State of the Nation survey found a breakdown in confidence in Taiwan's government, dismay over the country's rich-poor divide, and a desire to not be so economically dependent on China.

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Rebounding Economic Confidence

Taiwan: Asia's Dark Horse?

Global trade seems to be picking up, and Taiwan can expect to post more than 3 percent economic growth next year. But before the economic gloom is over, Taiwan still has to pass a number of serious tests.

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Top 2000 CEO Survey

Mild Recovery, Rising Wages

Only 40 percent of Taiwan's top executives are optimistic about economic prospects in 2014, yet 70 percent are preparing to increase wages. CEOs nearly unanimously favor free trade agreements, but remain bearish on investment.

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The One Foundation

Giving Wings to Goodwill

Having laid the groundwork, China's first private charitable fund is now striving to set the bar of integrity as high as possible, and become the charity organization in China with the greatest momentum.

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Grassroots Environmentalist Ma Jun

Action through Information

Activist Ma Jun has become the standard bearer of grassroots environmentalism among urban middle-class Chinese. His push for cleaner manufacturing even made stubbornly resistant Apple come around.

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Fosun International

Opening the Door to China

Fosun International has bought Club Med and some of the world's top fashion brands and helped them get a foothold in China, earning it praise as the key that opens the door to China.

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Talent Cultivation

China's Leadership Factory

With over 100 million college-educated citizens and the most overseas students in the world, China's "three-headed" talent cultivation system sharpens skills at every level. Yet it has recently come up against its most formidable adversary…

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China's Private Entrepreneurs

Not Taking No for an Answer

Reversing a decade-long policy of state dominance of industry, China's private companies are reoccupying center stage. With fierce ambition and aggressive innovation, China's entrepreneurs are about to rewrite the rules of global business.

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E-commerce

Will China 'Unify' Taiwan?

Alipay will soon set up shop, Taobao is racking up sales, and Tencent's WeChat is being promoted aggressively in Taiwan. Could China's e-commerce sector be the first to gobble up Taiwan?

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E-commerce Comes Calling

Taiwanese Eye New Way into China

Taiwan's online vendors are eyeing China's 1.3 trillion renminbi e-commerce market, but they're finding that it's a challenge to make a name for themselves.

Why Hong Kong Is Smitten with Taiwan

People from Hong Kong have swarmed to Taiwan in recent years to enjoy its night markets and slower pace of life and to learn from its "happy protests." But an unmistakable disenchantment with Beijing may lie behind this infatuation.

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Qianhai Special Economic Zone

Testing Ground for a Freer RMB

It's China's smallest special economic zone, an experimental lab for cross-border trade in the renminbi.

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Professor Ding Xueliang:

Hong Kong: Beijing's Big Headache

A prominent Chinese social scientist examines the former British colony that has become the PRC's most vexatious frontier, and what this thorny relationship may portend for interactions across the Taiwan Strait.

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Opportunity or Threat?

Taiwan's Hospitals Chase Renminbi

Chinese hospitals are trying to replicate the Taiwan model in building an effective medical system. It represents a window of opportunity for Taiwan's medical sector, but one that may soon slam shut.

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Huawei Technologies

Poaching Taiwanese Talent from the Inside

Hungry for new talent, China's leading telecom equipment maker has set up shop on Taiwan and is poaching some of the island's brightest IC designers. How has it managed this feat, and what does it portend?

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2013 Greater China Top 1000

Taiwan's High-value Stars Rise to the Top

Taiwan had fewer companies in CommonWealth Magazine's 2013 Greater China Top 1000 survey, but the strength of its IT companies remains clear.

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Greater China Top 1000

Crossing the Strait of No Return

China boasts 10 times more resources than Taiwan, and 100 times the limelight. But once a Taiwanese exec has made the move to China, they often find no way back. How can Taiwan retain its native talent?

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Cross-strait Banking

Who Will Be Lord of the Renminbi?

Renminbi trading is taking off in Taiwan, and bankers are pushing the envelope to get in the game, vying for access to the pockets of Taiwanese businesses. What are the three decisive battle fronts?

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The Renminbi Inundates Taiwan

Who Is the Biggest Winner?

Now that Taiwanese banks are offering savings accounts in China's currency, deposits have soared overnight, making Taiwan the world's third largest offshore renminbi trading center. What are the risks, and the opportunities?

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GSA Technology’s Tina Lin

Headmistress of Machining

Petite yet bursting with energy, this Taiwanese sales superwoman has held her own in China’s male-dominated, heavy-drinking business culture, and single-handedly conquered the China Market.

The Taiwanese Brains behind Google

The Nexus 7 is selling like hotcakes. Now Google’s a contender in the global tablet wars, but it could not have got out the gate without its Taiwanese partner, Asus.

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The New Tech Paradigm

Why Taiwan Still Matters

Taiwan’s OEM model took a hit last year as PC shipments plunged and former high-tech powerhouses struggled. But new tech kings Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon are still finding Taiwan irresistible. Why?

Chinese Bigwigs Buy up Taiwanese Rice

In its latest campaign to win the hearts and minds of Taiwan’s farmers and fishermen, China has intensified its politically-motivated procurement of local farm and fisheries products. But do local producers really benefit from selling to China?

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The ECFA Effect

China's Takeover of Taiwan's Vegetable Market

Chinese vegetables are swamping the Taiwanese market, endangering local farmers' livelihoods. Taiwan needs to take a series of steps if it hopes to reverse the trend.

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The Southern Weekend Incident

China’s Journalists Get Up off Their Knees

Pushed to the brink by years of excessive censorship, media workers in China are rising up and demanding the press freedoms that China's constitution guarantees. Will their voices be acknowledged?

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Cross-strait Youth Culture

The Post-90 Generation

The new generation of Taiwanese and Chinese youngsters born in the 1990s differs from any other that preceded it. How will they change the future on both sides of the Strait?

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Chinese Investment in Taiwan

Will Taiwan Go the Way of Hong Kong?

As Beijing woos the Taiwanese with lucrative trade and moguls with business interests in China buy up local media, many Taiwanese are asking: Where is economic dependence on China taking us?

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Chinese Investment in Taiwan

Loosening the Reins

The Taiwanese government is opening its arms to investment from China. But will Chinese capital be the savior or the destroyer of the island's economy? Can't Taiwan rely on itself to stand tall in the world economy?

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Chinese Tourists in Taiwan

Spending Big, but to Whose Benefit?

Chinese tourists were expected to give Taiwan an economic shot in the arm after they began flooding in four years ago. But the results have been mixed, with only a few beneficiaries.

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PRC Taiwan Affairs Office Deputy Director Zheng Lizhong

Going Straight to Taiwan's Grassroots

Reaching into Taiwan' local communities, he projects himself as a populist in the mold of former provincial governor James Soong. How does he do it?

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Taiwanese Industry Returns from China

Is Taiwan Ready to Embrace Its Lost Sons?

With China’s deteriorating investment climate, Taiwanese companies’ fever for their continental neighbor has cooled. More and more are packing up and coming home. But how can Taiwan attract the cream of the crop?

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China's Global Media Blitz

Invasion of the Dragon

China has launched a well-funded offensive to become a global media player and influence world opinion on its own terms. What is it up to, and are people buying it?

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China Rewrites World Fashion Standards

The Silk Road of Luxury

China's luxury goods market became the second largest in the world in 2010. Turning the global fashion market on its head, China is making its presence felt by projecting its own "soft standards."

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The Battle for Global Standards

China's Three Golden Silk Roads

China is setting new standards in markets long dominated by the West. Taiwan now faces a decision on which way it should go and whom to follow.

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Greater China Top 1000

Tapping China's Consumer Goldmine

State-run enterprises lead the pack in China, and electronics and IT rule the roost in Taiwan. Meanwhile, Taiwanese businesses are successfully grabbing a piece of the growing Chinese consumer market.

The Wolf King of Chinese Retail

Taiwan-based RT-Mart had sales of 61.6 billion renminbi in China last year, far outpacing Carrefour and Walmart. How has the company carved out its imposing retail empire there?

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Grand Ocean Department Stores

Trumping Sogo to Triumph in China

With operating revenue last year of NT$25.8 billion, Grand Ocean, a relative unknown in Taiwan, has taken the lead from big players like Far Eastern and Sogo in setting up a department store empire in China.

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Wang Yang

The 'Guangdong Model' of Reform

Bo Xilai and his "Chongqing Model" have fallen from grace. Bo's rival, Wang Yang, and his "Guangdong Model" are attracting increasing attention. What do the fall of Bo and the rise of Wang portend for the future of China?

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Taiwanese Enterprises in China

Entrepreneurs Turn Landlords

With soaring operating costs and razor thin profits, more and more Taiwanese SMEs in China can no longer hang on and are reduced to leasing their facilities to local Chinese managers.

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Loosening Currency, Raising Wages

China Shoots for Soft Landing

Over the past two or three months, China has quietly adopted some seemingly contradictory policy measures "a soft landing amidst shaky conditions" and a smooth transition as the reins of leadership change hands.

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Extending the Master Kong Model

Ting Hsin's New Consumer Offensive in China

The Master Kong instant noodle brand has made it big in China through its common-man appeal. The brand's owner is now adopting a similar strategy at its convenience store chain.

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Cross-strait Student Exchanges

Who Gets What from the 'China Experience'?

A rising number of Taiwanese university students are visiting China for summer internship and exchange programs, sounding out career prospects, and discovering themselves in the process. But what's in it for China?

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China Finance Expert Cheng Siwei

The Real Fear Isn't Slowdown, but Standstill

In this exclusive interview, Beijing International Finance Forum chairman Cheng Siwei offers a wide-ranging analysis of both the Chinese and international economies.

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Students from China Arrive in Taiwan

Businesses Roll Out the Red Carpet

The first wave of students from China has reported. And Taiwan's businesses are lavishing scholarships, fearing Taiwan could lose the tussle for top-flight talent before it even gets started…

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Momentous 2012

China at a Crossroads

China faces momentous political and economic transitions in 2012. CommonWealth Magazine looks at how the country will test new systems and models in search of the best road forward.

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China's Netizens Challenge Speech Limits

The Microblog Revolution

Half a billion Netizens active on microblogs in China have far more influence than any media outlet. This "virtual China" is on a collision course with all sorts of boundaries.

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Western School Kids Flock to Shanghai

International Education in China

Chinese students have long headed West to get a better education. But now the reverse is happening, with western students heading to Chinese boarding schools to get a head start in a growingly competitive world.

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China at a Crossroads

Chongqing Bucks the Tide, Edges Leftward

While most of China embraces capitalist principles, Chongqing has decided to buck the trend, sparking major debate by highlighting its own "red" model. Here's what the western Chinese city is up to.

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China at a Crossroads

Transformation Begins in the Heart

China's economy may be robust, but the suicide rate of its people is 2.3 times the global average. Facing a potentially rough psychological landing, how are the country's 1.3 billion people handle it?

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China at a Crossroads

Taiwanese Businesses Go West

Instead of waiting for prosperity to trickle down from coastal provinces, Chengdu and Chongqing are taking matters into their hands, with Taiwanese businesses caught in the middle.

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The Greater China 1,000

A Battle of Size vs. Quality

In this year's Greater China top 1,000, sales were up, but many mainstays failed to make the cut, as a titanic struggle of business philosophies unfolded. Which companies emerged as the biggest winners?

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China's Domestic Demand Explosion

Unlocking the Hearts of China's Fickle Consumers

Taiwanese companies are eager to cash in on China's new class of uninhibited consumers. But facing competitors with deep pockets, they may find success more elusive than they expect.

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Meet Your New Neighbors, Taipei

China's Rich Stir Up Taipei Property Market

The good life in Taipei is luring a new crop of wealthy Chinese nationals. As an upsurge of developers and brokers caters to this new demand for luxury housing in Greater Taipei, how will the rules of the property game change?

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Cross-strait Investment

Chinese Wolves at Taiwan's Door

Chinese investors have invaded Taiwan's shores with amazing speed and stealth, raising the stakes, and changing the game rules. How do Taiwanese companies plan on dancing with these wolves?

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Machinery Industry

China Firms Seek to Buy Upgrade

Taiwan's machinery industry has become a target for Chinese firms to study and poach personnel. Next year, the arrival of the "big players" will signal a new era of both cooperation and intense competition in the cross-strait machinery industry.

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Cross-strait Trade

China’s Inflation Hits Taiwan’s Dinner Tables

With massive quantities of Taiwanese agriculture and fish being exported to China, domestic food prices are on the rise. As of now, China decides the cost of dinner in Taiwan. In the age of ECFA, is Taiwan trading exports for inflation?

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China Life Chairman Alan Wang

Invading the Mainland with a Joint Stock Deal

China Life is about to become the first Taiwanese insurance company to crack the China market through an equity participation arrangement with no management rights. On what calculus is China Life chairman Alan Wang relying?

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The G2 – China and the U.S.

Tango on the Top Rung

In as little as a decade, China will eclipse the U.S. as the world's biggest economy. As America shares its superpower status with China, their often contradictory rivalry is becoming a decisive factor in the fate of Taiwan, and the world.

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Stained Red

China Infiltrates Taiwanese Media

Taiwan's media is riddled with ads from the government of China, masquerading as news. Pan-blue or pro-green, Taiwanese news outlets are increasingly being painted red. Is the island's independent perspective for sale too?

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Chongqing Mayor Huang Qifan

Reform and Innovation: A New Path

In an exclusive interview, Huang Qifan, mayor of the inland metropolis of Chongqing, lays out his vision of a development model custom-made for his city, different from the one in play along China's coast.

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China's Industrial Relocation

There's Gold in the Hinterland

Once regarded as a desolate wasteland, western China is now thriving, with companies from around the world eager to get a piece of the action. What are they doing to capitalize on this new "Journey to the West"?

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Chongqing

Launch Pad for China's Westward Liftoff

Over the past decade this city deep in China's interior has been changing its own destiny. Can Chongqing realize its ambitions of opening up to the outside world and bring real development to China's wild west?

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Zhengzhou

Hon Hai's New Hinterland Base

As Taiwanese manufacturers seek out new bases in China's interior, Zhengzhou is becoming a surprise favorite. A major transportation hub for central China, Zhengzhou is now attracting the likes of Foxconn and Synnex.

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China in 2015

The Brewing Talent War

Having already engaged in a major talent grab, China is planning a significant transformation of its human resources, one that will affect labor markets around the world.

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China in 2015

Decoding China’s New Five-year Plan

China's 12th five-year plan will be launched next year and bring six dramatic economic policy reversals. Is Taiwan – and the world – ready to deal with them?

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Chinese Economist Hu Angang:

Unprecedented Greening, Expansion, Competition

One of China’s foremost economic planners considers the new five-year plan currently in the works in Beijing, and the changes it will precipitate.

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Jonathan Watts of The Guardian:

The Long, Hard Road to a Green China

In this exclusive interview, Jonathan Watts, environment correspondent at the British newspaper The Guardian and author of the book When a Billion Chinese Jump, talks about the enormous challenges China faces in going green.

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China's Unfair Playing Field

Will Taiwan Be Left Nibbling the Giant's Crumbs?

Taiwanese enterprises have never focused on a five-year plan emanating from China as intensely as they are today. But is there really anything in it for them over the long haul?

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A Growing Agricultural Threat

Is Taiwan’s Farm Sector Selling Out to China?

As Taiwanese farmers transplant their operations to China, can the government ensure that the shift represents economic expansion and not the uprooting of the local agricultural sector?

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Out from the Shadows of History

Yangzhou's Renaissance

Like its many historical landmarks, the ancient city of Yangzhou experienced a century of decline. Yet the city has chosen a path of development that reconciles the traditional and modern, economics and the environment.

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Cross-strait Higher Education

Chinese Students Set to Invade Kinmen

As Taiwan's political parties battle over allowing Chinese students onto the island, 23 universities look to outlying Kinmen County to sidestep the dispute.

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Kunming City

Progress through Shock Therapy

The people of Kunming both adore and abhor their municipal party secretary Qiu He. Governing with an iron fist, he has pushed the city onto the fast track of competitiveness, hoping to transform it from backwater to strategic hub.

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Taiwan's Fast Growing Enterprises

China: A Giant Stage for Small Businesses

For a decade, China has been absorbing Taiwan's venture capital, to the tune of US$45 billion. Scarfing up the cash of China's 600 million-strong middle class is the great opportunity, and the great challenge, for Taiwanese businesspeople.

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Steve Chen

Launching China's ‘Medical Cloud'

Taiwan native and supercomputer wiz Steve Chen has now set up a medical cloud for China's poorest regions, and some big Taiwanese high-tech vendors want in.

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China's New Wealth Distribution Map

One China – Four Worlds

Workers leaping off buildings, murderous rampages in kindergartens, desperate residents setting themselves on fire... as the shocking events fill the headlines, China must confront the widening gap between its haves and its have-nots.

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China's Economy

The High-rolling Days Are Over

China's blazing economy, where investors could take high returns for granted, is a thing of the past, as some experts predict a second economic slump.

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The New Consumption Wave

China's Middle-class Catches Spending Fever

The Chinese city with the highest per capita GDP is ... Ordos? CommonWealth Magazine sheds light on the under-the-radar cities fueling China's consumption boom.

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China's Economic Transition

Urbanization Gone Awry

China hopes to evolve from the world's factory to a major consumer nation. But measures to stimulate domestic consumption are causing severe social inequality. How can China reform its imbalanced urbanization policy?

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Top 1000 Listed Companies of Greater China

The New Code for Success in China

China's breakneck pace of growth is hiding serious deficiencies that provide opportunities to Taiwan's companies. What is the code that will unlock this potential bonanza?

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Top 1000 Listed Companies of Greater China

Taking China with Taiwanese Quality

Despite a late start, Taiwan's leading retailer is already a respectable challenger in Shanghai. Now it plans to enter the fray in China's first- and second-tier markets, offering consumers the alternative experience of Taiwanese-style service.

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Master Kong

Instant Noodle King Builds a Beverage Empire

Last year, Master Kong, the biggest instant noodle brand in China, for the first time generated more revenues from beverages than noodles. Now it hopes to claim top spot in the Chinese soft drink market.

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The World Expo

China's Springboard to a Green Future

The 2010 Shanghai Expo is designed to serve as China's biggest green technology testing ground, one that will accelerate the green transformation of both Shanghai and China.

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Expatriate Taiwanese

The Lure of the Shanghai Experience

Seventy percent of young Taiwanese looking for work in China see Shanghai as their dream destination. What is it about this city across the strait that so attracts Taiwan's best and brightest?

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Zhu Xueqin:

Shanghai Stymied by the Big Red Cat

Zhu Xueqin, one of China's leading contemporary historians and a liberal intellectual, is not convinced that the Shanghai Expo will launch a new era of openness in the city.

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Novelist Han Han:

A City Built on a Heap of Money Won't Shine

Racing champion, novelist, blogger and all-round fly in the ointment of Chinese officialdom, Han Han argues that the future of Shanghai lies, not in its World Expo, but in greater freedom of expression.

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The World Expo

What Are Shanghai's Ambitions?

Held in a developing country for the first time ever, the 2010 World's Fair is trumpeting the birth of a new Shanghai that will change China and the world.

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Alibaba – What's Next

Revolutionizing China's Internet Standards

Alibaba, the world's largest e-commerce company, has vowed to start a revolution in Internet standards, cracking down on the rampant selling of fake products, so that Chinese consumers can shop online with peace of mind.

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Alibaba Group

The Jack Ma Style

Stirring speeches, surprising sartorial choices, and a bottomless reserve of panache – the personal charisma of Alibaba Group chairman Jack Ma is part of what makes his e-commerce company one of China's rising stars.

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Alibaba Group’s Alipay.com:

Hitting the Chinese Government's Rawest Nerve

Alipay has swiftly become China's most popular online payment platform, but now faces tighter government controls and stiffer competition. What avenues can it pursue to stay on top?

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Alibaba Group

Birth of an Internet Empire

Alibaba Group chairman and CEO Jack Ma has eclipsed global players in building the world's biggest B2C online empire. What are the winning strategies behind his rags-to-riches story?

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Taiwanese Enterprises in China

Failure – and How to Avoid It

In China two companies go bankrupt every minute. How can Taiwanese companies avoid stepping on the landmines lurking in the Chinese market?

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Google vs. China

Information Colossus Battles Superpower

The sparring between Google and China is a clash of opposing beliefs and interests on the issue of free speech. Which worldview will emerge the winner – "Don't Be Evil" or "Business the Chinese Way"?

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China's Economy:

What Lies in the Offing?

Underlying China's current economic might are a number of possible crises that could erupt simultaneously and cause its vaunted prosperity to vanish. Two top economists weigh in on the China of tomorrow.

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Political Reshuffle in China

Lawyers and Economists Replace the Engineers

In preparation for the selection of China's fifth-generation leadership, set to take place two years from now, a reshuffling of positions, from the provincial level up to the central government, is already underway.

On Top of the e-Commerce World

Jack Ma's Alibaba.com helps 45 millions SMEs sell their goods in the global marketplace. Now he wants to help SMEs take their businesses even further.

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C.S. Kiang

Brokering U.S.-China 'Green' Cooperation

On U.S. president Barack Obama's recent trip to China, the two countries agreed to joint initiatives on green energy. The main broker, who hails from Taiwan, is a major proponent of international cooperation to meet the challenge of climate change.

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Economist Hu Angang

Talking Up the 'Green Cat' Economy

China is preparing to say goodbye to a "black cat" economy and take up the ways of a "green cat." University professor Hu Angang is one of the key figures spearheading the transition.

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Taiwan's Trade Strategy

The Dangers of ECFA Obsession

Taiwan once saw the world as the United States, but now all it sees is China, and forging a cross-strait economic agreement is the entirety of its current trade policy. Could Taiwan become another Hong Kong?

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China's Southeast Asia Strategy

Nanning's Miraculous Rise

Within a short span of five years, a new regional cooperation strategy between China and ASEAN has turned the sleepy backwater of Nanning into China's glitzy gateway to Southeast Asia.

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FSC Chairman Sean C. Chen

Sites Set High for China MOU

In this exclusive interview, the chairman of Taiwan's Financial Supervisory Commission explains the government's objectives in negotiating formal financial industry ties with China.

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Higher Education Branding

China's University Ambitions

From the faculty to the student body, from research to academics, China's universities are shelling out big bucks on a range of "out-of-the-ordinary" reforms. Is Taiwan prepared for this all-out global battle for academic talent and brand prestige?

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Cross-strait Academic Cooperation

Building the Bell Labs of the Chinese World

Two prestigious engineering universities with the same name, one in Taiwan and one in China, are embarking on an ambitious joint project that may place Taiwanese technology at the center of international R&D.

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Greater China Education

The Recruitment War Begins

Chinese diplomas are not yet recognized in Taiwan, but that hasn't stopped Chinese schools from aggressively recruiting Taiwan's best students. What are the challenges posed by cross-strait education links?

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Cross-strait relations

My Boss in China

More and more, China is where the action is. As multinationals move their regional headquarters to China, Taiwan's job market is shrinking. In the future, will every Taiwanese have a boss in China?

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Survey on Cross-strait Relations

Three out of Four Taiwanese Have Sinophobia

How does Taiwan's public really feel about the thaw in cross-strait relations? A CommonWealth Magazine survey uncovers widespread anxiety the current government can ill afford to ignore.

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Cross-strait Relations

Should Taiwan Fear the Dragon?

China's influence is growing pervasive, and more than 70 percent of Taiwanese people are worried that further exchanges will compromise Taiwan's sovereignty. What is the source of this fear, and how should it be confronted?

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Beidou Satellite Positioning System

China's Bold Plans for Space

The United States' global positioning system (GPS) is a demonstration of its vast national power. Now China wants in on the act too, relentlessly pursuing its own Beidou project. What changes will this new grand struggle in space bring?

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Green Vehicles

China: Tomorrow's Green Car King?

China's brand of low-price disruptive innovation will soon challenge car markets everywhere as it aspires to become the global leader in energy-efficient vehicles.

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Cathay Life Insurance

Grabbing China's Insurance Market After 12 Years of Groundwork

The first Taiwanese financial institution to have set up shop in China, Cathay Life also ranks third among foreign insurers in terms of number of sales offices there. What will be its next step?

Across the Strait
The Next Golden Decade

Taiwanese Style Service Making Inroads in China

From department stores to health care, Taiwanese companies are poised to tap into China's soaring urban spending power to launch the service industry's next golden decade.

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Challenge

As China Rises Will Her People Stay Crouching?

China has risen, but what of her people? With the nation surging forward, are her people happy?

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Top 1,000 Listed Companies of Greater China

Chinese Companies Looking to Play - Is Taiwan Ready?

The latest ranking of Greater China's top 1000 companies reflects the growing strength of China's domestic-demand driven companies and the major challenge they pose to Taiwanese competitors.

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Taiwan's Unknown Competitors

The Red Banks Are Coming

Twenty years after the end of the Cold War, the communists' banks are about to set foot in Taiwan. Far larger than their Taiwanese counterparts and reflecting China's national will, these new entrants in Taiwan's financial sector are potentially tenacious foes.

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Former NPC Vice Chairman Cheng Siwei:

Focus on Problems rather than Talk Up Results

In an exclusive interview with CommonWealth Magazine, Cheng Siwei, former vice chairman of the PRC National People's Congress Standing Committee, shares his views on the challenges and opportunities of a rising China.

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2009 Top 1000 CEO Survey

Both Optimism and Concern for Cross-strait Ties

With the global economic slump, the often upbeat expectations of Taiwan's top execs have toned down considerably. While they believe increased economic ties with China will help their companies, they also are aware of the potential pitfalls.

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New Outbreak of 'China Fever'

Taiwan's Investors Buy Renminbi, but Risks Abound

Taiwan's hot money is flowing out of the country, pushing renminbi deposits in Hong Kong to 60 times their 2004 total. But betting on the Chinese currency as an investment is not without its risks.

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Hong Kong's Yen for the Yuan

The Renminbi Has Arrived

China's currency, the renminbi, is making strides in international markets and now coexists with the Hong Kong dollar in the former British territory. Will Taiwan be the next to fall under its spell?

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The Renminbi Has Arrived

China's Currency Conquers the Mekong

The renminbi has infiltrated Southeast Asia, is increasingly accepted internationally, and may one day directly challenge the U.S. dollar. What opportunities and challenges will this bring for Taiwan and the world?

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Song Hongbing

The Currency Wars – How Can Taiwan Prevail?

In an exclusive interview, top Chinese financial expert Song Hongbing, author of the controversial book Currency Wars, declares the decline of the dollar, and speculates on the chaos to come.

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2.97% Economic Contraction

China's Industrial Purge, Taiwan's Trauma

China's quest to move beyond export processing is wreaking disaster in Taiwan, where policymakers are being forced to confront the harsh consequences of Taiwan's economic over-reliance on China.

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2009 State of the Nation Survey

Taiwan Searches for a Clear Policy Direction

Taiwan's citizens are less confident in the future than at any time in the past 12 years, uncertain that their government's NT$500 billion stimulus package will generate jobs and unclear over where closer ties with China will lead.

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Transportation Minister Mao Chih-kuo

China, Taiwan Ports Enter Age of Great Rivalry

Taiwan's top transport official talks about the challenges and advantages of direct transport links with China, and how direct links can draw Taiwanese businesses back to Taiwan.

Battle of the Cross-strait Ports

In the space of a decade, Ningbo has taken Kaohsiung's place in the world's top ten container ports. How might Kaohsiung use the opening of direct transport links with China to regain its former glory?

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Evergreen Group Vice Chairman Lin Shing-san:

I've Waited a Long Time for This Day

One of Taiwan's foremost shipping tycoons lauds direct links with China, and foresees broad seas in the offing.

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Direct Cross-strait Links:

Panacea or Poison?

Are direct sea and air links with China a remedy for economic woes or a sugarcoated poison pill imperiling Taiwan's autonomy? Should Taiwan be gripped by fear or buoyed by hope?

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Bandit Gadgets

What's the Next Big Score?

Risking razor-thin profit margins, "bandit"electronics makers are diversifying and innovating. What business opportunities will Taiwanese manufacturers with a daring "bandit spirit"dig up next in China?

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Tianyu Mobile Phones

A Bandit Goes Mainstream

Once China's leading maker of "bandit cell phones"– low-end copies with extra features tailored for local tastes – Tianyu is overturning its uncool, low-quality image and staking a claim in the branded handset market.

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China's 'Bandit' Cell Phones

The High-Tech Golden Egg with 'Taiwan Inside'

Cheap'bandit cell phones' have carved out a massive niche for themselves in China's burgeoning handset market, with Taiwan's chip, LED, PC Board and panel makers playing key roles in the process.

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Pivotal Cross-strait Player

The New Xiamen: Friend or Foe?

Xiamen's fate has been closely tied to Taiwan in recent history and now, at the heart of a new economic zone selling its Taiwan connection, the city is trying to come to grips with its role as the face of China's Taiwan policy.

Kinmen-An Island Lost

Lying just off the coast of Fujian Province, little Kinmen Island has been at the front line of opening links between China and Taiwan, but closer contacts also highlight residents' contradictory feelings regarding national identity.

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'Rootless' Taiwanese Companies

Ready for Rotten Weather

Pummeled by the global economic storm, many "rootless" Taiwanese companies registered overseas are coming back to the island. And some, having sought shelter and hoarded supplies, were ready for the onslaught before its arrival.

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Ta Yang Group Holdings

Silicone Rubber: the Next Big Thing?

From remote control keypads to cellphones to that gripping jacket on the wildly popular Wii, one Taiwan-based company is producing what makes the modern world click.

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Dramatist Stan Lai:

Taipei's Greatness Comes from Its Freedom

Long active on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, one of Taiwan's foremost directors considers the open atmosphere that gives Taiwan the creative edge.

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The New Beijing:

Overwhelming Change

There is a world of difference between the Beijing founded 855 years ago under the Jin dynasty and the Beijing of today. When new and old collide, what will remain of historical Beijing?

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Wang Fei, Director, Beijing Municipal Planning Commission

Culture, Beijing's Next Competitive Force

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Hong Huang, Managing Editor, City iLook Magazine

Beijing's Imperial Character Abides

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Creative Cities

Macao: Gambling for the Gold

While world-class casinos are showering Macao with wealth, many local residents of this former Portuguese colony question the price they must pay.

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China Shenhua Energy Co.

Thriving on China's Hunger for Coal

How does a state-owned energy company achieve the seemingly contradictory goals of generating high profits and carrying out government missions?

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DaChan Great Wall Group

Integration: Incubator to Dinner Table

By vertically integrating its operations, the Taiwan-based DaChan Great Wall Group has become one of China's top two suppliers of broiler chickens, and even made the menu of the Olympic Games.

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Top 1,000 Listed Companies of Greater China

The Rise of the World-class Chinese Enterprise

The leading companies of Greater China (Taiwan, Hong Kong and China proper) are growing in scale, stature and international competitiveness. They now stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the most successful enterprises of the world.