In Pingtung, the DPP vote share fell from 55.90% four years ago to 49.09%, and in Kaohsiung, its vote share fell from 70.03% in 2020’s by-election to 58.10%. However, at this year’s local election however, the DPP has lost its advantage, and has reverted to the same trend since 2005 (see the dark green line). At this year’s local election, President Tsai was hoping to replicate the success of 2014’s local election, by framing the election as one about the need to protect Taiwan from China’s threat. As compared to the cost of living, Taiwan’s minimum wage is one of the most inadequate for its cost of living among advanced economies. Because Taiwan’s minimum wage is growing too slowly, Taiwan’s median wage is also unable to grow faster.
North Korea fired multiple ballistic missiles on Thursday, authorities in South Korea and Japan said, after an unprecedented number of launches on Wednesday. “North Korea’s repeated missile launches are an outrage and absolutely cannot be forgiven,” Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said. Pyongyang has ramped up such missile tests in recent months, often saying it is a response to the United States and South Korea resuming joint military exercises in the region. One of the North Korean missiles crossed the maritime border between the two countries, landing just 57 kilometers (35 miles) off the eastern coast of South Korea. North Korea supplying Russia with weapons — United StatesMeanwhile, the U.S. on Wednesday said it had information indicating that North Korea was covertly supplying Russia with a “significant” number of artillery shells for its invasion of Ukraine.3 months ago The News Lens International
There are several possible reasons North Korea is testing a range of ballistic missiles at this time. Testing also helps North Korea ascertain how its adversaries might respond to those capabilities in the event of hot conflict. North Korea’s diverse range of missile systems are the backbone of its deterrence posture and its nuclear weapons capability. North Korea’s reaction to joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises has also been predictable. We’ve seen this beforeIn North Korea’s current flurry of missile launches we see the repetition of old patterns of escalation and response.2 months ago The News Lens International
Instead, photos of Kim Jong-un and his daughter in front of a giant inter-continental ballistic missile made the headlines. It ultimately falls on the country’s leader to protect the nation against foreign attack, invasion, or regime change. A strong personality cult around the Kim family was created to solidify and justify the legitimacy of Great Leader Kim Il-sung – and his successors – as the only leaders fit to rule the nation. Similarly, Kim Jong-il first made the announcement of his successor in 2008, but only revealed Kim Jong-un to the public in 2010. By doing this, it is clear that Kim Jong-un wanted the public, both domestically and abroad, to pay attention.2 months ago The News Lens International
Not only did he see no police patrolling outside his bar, officers never responded to calls when two women in the pub sustained minor leg injuries in an incident about two hours before the crowd surge, he said. “The police just weren’t there,” said Maeng, a muscular 24-year-old, whose voice became wobbly as he alternated between anger and tears while recounting events leading up to the crowd surge that killed at least 154 people. Many analysts concede that a larger number of police, especially in such a packed area, would not have necessarily prevented the crowd surge – in fact, it may have made things worse. Police have not determined exactly what sparked the deadly rush, which resulted in hundreds of people being buried at the bottom of the small alley. It is a precarious situation for South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, who has promised a thorough investigation into the crowd surge.3 months ago The News Lens International
By Giulia Ajmone MarsanAfter a couple of years of spectacular growth, tech start-ups and tech giants alike are now facing a less optimistic outlook. During the third quarter of 2022, venture capital (VC) investments and deals globally fell to levels not seen since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the ASEAN Investment Report 2022, VC investments continued to grow from the mid-2010s, to reach more than US$66 billion in mid-2022. VC investments in ASEAN remain primarily concentrated in Singapore, ASEAN’s leading innovation hub, and Indonesia, ASEAN’s biggest market. The amounts raised by ASEAN start-ups were down by around 40% during the second quarter of 2022 compared to the previous year.1 month ago The News Lens International
SEOUL: North Korea fired more than 20 missiles on Wednesday, including one that landed close to South Korea´s waters in what President Yoon Suk-yeol said was “effectively a territorial invasion”. “President Yoon pointed out today that North Korea´s provocation is an effective territorial invasion by a missile,” his office said in a statement. The huge volley of launches were “provocations against South Korea”, said Go Myong-hyun, a researcher at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. South Korea, for its part, said it had fired three air-to-ground missiles into the sea towards the north of the two countries´ maritime boundary. President Yoon called a meeting of the National Security Council, ordering “swift and stern measures so that North Korea´s provocations pay a clear price”.3 months ago The News International
The recent record for Portugal at the World Cup makes for sorry reading, with just a combined three wins in three appearances since reaching the semi-finals in 2006. People will see you as just another ordinary team.”Beaten by a Zinedine Zidane penalty in the last four of the 2006 World Cup, Portugal have not gone beyond the last 16 since. They risk facing Brazil at that stage in Qatar if they fail to top Group H above Uruguay, South Korea and Ghana. I think Uruguay can have a great World Cup,” said Suarez, whose 2014 tournament ended early after a four-month ban for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini. South Korea will play at their 10th World Cup in a row, but an injury to captain and talisman Son Heung-min threatens to ruin their campaign.2 months ago The News International