For the past two years, Freedom House has downgraded Taiwan’s rating in its annual report on global press freedom. Critics say it's common for government propaganda to masquerade as 'news.'
Taiwan's municipal elections have revived the fortunes of the DPP, which the US views with skepticism and Beijing dislikes for its past views on independence and sovereignty.
Protests in China and Japan over a disputed chain of islands in the East China Sea erupted this weekend and spilled over into Monday, highlighting ongoing bilateral tensions.
Tiger Woods issued a statement Wednesday apologizing for his "sins." A Chinese news outlet produced a computer animated video version of the accident.