Lawmakers brawl over pension bill

‘VIOLENT SPEAKER’: The KMT caucus later condemned Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan, saying that he failed to remain neutral and was…

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Joining UN is the hope of Taiwan’s people: Tsai

Radio Taiwan International Date: 2018-04-20 President Tsai Ing-wen said Friday that it is the hope of Taiwan’s people for the country to join the United Nations. Tsai was speaking with journalists accompanying her on her current visit to eSwatini, Taiwan’s diplomatic ally in Africa formerly known as Swaziland. Advertisements Tsai said…

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Taiwan’s Online Tourism Marketing Spends Public Money for Nothing

Taiwan’s online tourism marketing is nothing short of a disgrace. The News Lens Date: 2018/04/20 By: Kathy Cheng In a previous post, we looked at the horrific social media marketing from Taiwan Tourism’s New York office. Unfortunately, it doesn’t end there. This is the Facebook page of Taiwan Tourism UK. All screenshots were taken today…

Taiwan police arrests Vietnamese-American man at airport

The same man had scuffled with police after smoking during his flight from Vietnam Taiwan News  Date: 2018/04/20 By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Vietnamese-American man arrested inside an off-limits area at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport refused to answer questions from police, reports said Friday. Advertisements…

Poison ruled out in case of damaged coffee product in Yilan

Focus Taiwan Date: 2018/04/20 By: Han Ting-ting and Kuan-lin Liu Taipei, April 20 (CNA) Yilan County police have concluded that a coffee drink thought to be poisoned at a FamilyMart in the northeastern county was nothing more than an employee at the convenience store damaging the drink’s packaging. Advertisements A customer…

Lawmakers brawl over pension bill

‘VIOLENT SPEAKER’: The KMT caucus later condemned Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan, saying that he failed to remain neutral and was violent toward a legislator Taipei Times Date: Apr 21, 2018 By: Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter A fracas broke out at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday before the Democratic Progressive Party…

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What China is really up to with live fire drills in the Taiwan Strait

EXPERTS say that provocative activity — including patrols and live fire drills — by China’s huge air force are part of a big, bold plan. news.com.au Date: APRIL 20, 2018 By: Rohan Smith CHINA is being watched very, very carefully as its enormous military conducts aggressive drills in the contested South China Sea. Advertisements Australia is on edge, so too the United…

Work with Indonesia on drug crime: Foreign ministry

Radio Taiwan International Date: 2018-04-20 Taiwan and Indonesia should engage in direct communication and work together to fight drug-related crimes. That was the word from foreign ministry spokesperson Andrew Lee on Friday. Advertisements Lee was speaking Friday about Indonesia’s recent seizure of a Taiwanese fishing boat. The incident took place on Sunday and was the latest in a series of seizures by…

Taiwan police crack case of abandoned pile of mannequins  

Strange case of abandoned mannequins in Hsinchu solved by tracking barcodes Taiwan News  Date: 2018/04/20 By: Renée Salmonsen, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Hsinchu Police Bureau announced Friday that the person responsible for dumping over a dozen mannequin parts along Dong An-li Road in Hsinchu County is in police custody and will be punished for his crime. Advertisements Earlier this April a pile of…

Taiwan taps African diplomatic allies as launch pad into continent

Focus Taiwan Date: 2018/04/20 By: Yeh Su-ping and Kuan-lin Liu  Taipei, April 20 (CNA) Taiwan views its diplomatic allies in Africa as the starting point for a step-by-step approach to engaging with and investing in the continent, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said on Friday as she addressed how the country would respond to China’s recent attempts to expand its influence in Africa.…

US wants to see Taiwan at WHA

LEGISLATION: The US senators’ joint proposal would allow the US to advocate for Taiwan’s formal inclusion in the World Health Assembly to address international public health issues Yaipei Times Date: Apr 21, 2018 By: Staff writer, with CNA, Washington Two US senators on Thursday introduced legislation urging the US secretary of state to devise a strategy to help Taiwan regain observer status in…

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China and Taiwan air forces trade videos warning each other of willingness to protect interests 

Hokkien-language propaganda film posted by China before Taiwan claims it has ‘confidence and strength to defend its democracy’ South China Morning Post  Date: 20 April, 2018 Taiwan’s air force has released a video that it said showed its ability to defend its freedom after China’s air force released a propaganda film dubbed into Hokkien, a language strongly associated with Taiwan’s pro-independence…

Tsai visits Taiwan’s agricultural mission in eSwatini

Radio Taiwan International Date: 2018-04-20 President Tsai visited Taiwan’s agricultural mission in the country formerly known as Swaziland on Thursday, local time, before attending King Mswati III’s 50th birthday. A day earlier, the king renamed his country the “Kingdom of eSwatini,” which means “land of the Swazis.” Taiwan’s agricultural mission in the newly renamed eSwatini is responsible for carrying out several…

Taiwan urges quick arrest in assault of national in Malaysia

Taiwan News   Date: 2018/04/20 By:  Central News Agency Taipei (CNA) – Taiwan has demanded the quick conclusion of an investigation by Malaysian police into the attempted robbery of a Taiwanese woman in Kuala Lumpur Wednesday that resulted in her being seriously injured, a spokesman for the the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday. According to Andrew Lee, Taiwan’s representative office in Malaysia made…

Public urged to support Denim Day and raise sexual assault awareness

Focus Taiwan Date: 2018/04/20 By: Christie Chen  Taipei, April 20 (CNA) Modern Women’s Foundation, a local women’s group, on Friday urged Taiwanese to join with people across the world in wearing jeans on Denim Day, April 25, to raise awareness of sexual violence and express solidarity with rape victims. Many victims of sexual assault are afraid to speak out even today…

CSBC to build warships

Taipei Times Date: Apr 21, 2018  By: Lo Tien-pin and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer The Ministry of National Defense on Monday awarded the bid for a government program to build amphibious warships, codenamed the Hung Yun Project (鴻運計畫), to CSBC Corp, Taiwan (台船) who is to produce two vessels for NT$4.6 billion (US$156 million). According to the ministry’s…