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Wu Tang-chieh

Wu Tang-chieh is a politician in the Republic of China. He was the Political Deputy Minister of Finance in the Executive Yuan from 2 September 2013 until 20 May 2016. Wu holds a bachelor's degree in finance and taxation from National Chung Hsing University, master's degree in finance from National Chengchi University and doctoral degree in law from University of Wisconsin in the United States. In December 2012, Wu said that the ROC government aims to take measures in the coming year to make stock trading in Taiwan more fair and friendly, he elaborated that there are four plans to achieve the goal, which are increasing market momentum, diversifying quality financial products, cutting the trading costs and increasing international visibility. With regards to the implementation of stock gains tax, set to be effective starting on 1 January 2013, Wu said that the tax will not have a major impact on Taiwan's stock market

Scaramouche (novel)

Scaramouche is an historical novel by Rafael Sabatini published in 1921. A romantic adventure, Scaramouche tells the story of a young lawyer during the French Revolution. In the course of his adventures he becomes an actor portraying "Scaramouche", he becomes a revolutionary and fencing-master, confounding his enemies with his powerful orations and swordsmanship. He is forced by circumstances to change sides several times; the book depicts his transformation from cynic to idealist. The three-part novel opens with the memorable line: "He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad." This line was to become Sabatini's epitaph, on his gravestone in Switzerland. Andre-Louis Moreau, educated as a lawyer, lives in the village of Gavrillac in Brittany with his godfather Quentin de Kercadiou, the Lord of Gavrillac, who refuses to disclose Moreau's parentage. Moreau has grown up alongside Aline, Kercadiou's niece, their relationship is as cousins; because he loves her as a cousin, he warns her against marrying the Marquis de la Tour d'Azyr.

A peasant, Mabey, is shot by the gamekeeper of the Marquis de la Tour d'Azyr, on the Marquis's instructions, for poaching. The idealistic Philippe de Vilmorin, Moreau's closest friend and seminarian, denounces the act as murder. While pleading for justice with the Marquis, Vilmorin is provoked to a duel with the Marquis and killed for his "gift of eloquence", which the Marquis fears would set the Third Estate against the privileged estates. Moreau vows to avenge the death by undertaking Vilmorin's work though Moreau himself doesn't believe in the cause, he sets off from Gavrillac for Rennes to the King's lieutenant in Brittany to see justice done. After being brushed off by the arrogant official, who refuses to act against a man of the Marquis' status, Moreau discovers a large political gathering where one of the speakers against the nobility's excesses has been assassinated. Much to the surprise of his peers, he delivers using Vilmorin's arguments. Moreau goes on to Nantes and, whips up the crowds there.

These events make Moreau a wanted man. To hide from the law, Moreau joins a troupe of travelling Commedia dell'Arte actors under M. Binet, he takes on the role of the scheming rogue. He discovers an aptitude for acting and writing, which propels the troupe from near-poverty to success which takes them to the Feydau theatre in Nantes. Binet, who plays "Pantaloon", grows more resentful of Moreau and his influence in the troupe. Moreau becomes engaged to Binet's daughter Climene, but after Andre-Louis' revelation that he is not of noble birth, she accepts a proposition from the Marquis to become his mistress. Aline learns of the affair and, furious with La Tour d'Azyr for carrying on with Climene while he is supposed to be wooing her, breaks off relations with him; the Marquis, now notorious for brutally quelling an uprising in Rennes, is lying low in Nantes. When the Marquis attends a performance, Moreau reveals the latter's presence to the audience and sparks a riot; when Binet, furious for being ruined, attacks him, Moreau shoots him in self-defence.

Binet is wounded, Moreau escapes. It is learned that during Binet's recovery, his entire troupe deserted him and thrived without him, that both he and his daughter are both ruined. Moreau is now forced to go into hiding. Arriving in Paris, he finds a fencing academy seeking "a young man of good address with some knowledge of swordsmanship". Moreau manages to convince the Maître en fait d'Armes, to hire him. Over time, Andre-Louis develops his own style of fencing, based on calculations of different moves, the school begins to prosper. With the outbreak of the French Revolution, M. des Amis is killed in a street riot and Moreau inherits the school. When he is established at the now-thriving school, he attempts and--thanks to Aline and Mme. de Plougastel --succeeds in a reconciliation with his godfather. The reconciliation, however, is brief when Moreau's friends, after learning of his swordsmanship, convince him to take a seat in the Estates-General of 1789, they face the scourge of spadassinicides, aristocratic senators who have been provoking the inexperienced republicans to fight duels and wounding or killing them, just as the Marquis did to Vilmorin, indeed La Tour d'Azyr is the chief spadassinicide.

Andre-Louis turns the tables and succeeds in killing or wounding all who challenge him. Moreau manages to goad the Marquis to challenge him to a duel. Having heard of this, Mme. de Plougastel goes with Aline to stop the duel. They do not arrive in time, seeing the Marquis leaving the duel wounded. Andre-Louis becomes a full-time member of the National Assembly, while the Marquis becomes a counter-revolutionary. In 1792, Paris is up in arms and the Tuileries are stormed by a mob. Mme. de Plougastel and Aline are there and in grave danger, as the former's husband is a counter-revolutionary. Moreau, returning from an errand in Brittany, is informed that his godfather is in need of travel permits to allow these two women to leave Pari