Happy New Year 2018 to you!

Happy New Year 2018 to you!

February 16, 2018, is Chinese New Year’s Day, the Year of the Dog.

At the end of 2017, there were 4,400,000 unmarried people 20-40 years old in Taiwan.  And between January and July, 2017, there were only 80,874 registered newlywed couples.

The Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Olympics, February 9 to February 25, 2018, South Korea, is worth attending.  For the first time, the South Korean and the North Korean Olympic athletes will enter the arena together.

At the end of 2018, Taiwan will hold its nine-in-one local county and mayoral elections.  These elections may turn out to be a disaster for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party at the local level as a result of the growing discontent of the people after only two and a half years of  Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party in government.  It might also be interesting to observe how a democratic election is conducted with major government buildings in Taipei tightly surrounded by rows and rows of razor wire fences, a democracy encircled by razor wire barricades, or as a commentator described as a “republic incarcerated by razor wire barricades”.

I wish you all a Happy 2018!




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Victor Chen, herbalist, alternative healthcare lecturer, Chinese affairs analyst, retired journalist
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