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Tsai to visit just 3 of 6 Pacific allies due to time constraint: FM

Radio Taiwan International Date: 2017-10-16 Foreign Minister David Lee says that because of time constraints, President Tsai Ing- wen will only be able to visit three of Taiwan’s six Pacific allies in late October. The president is scheduled to visit Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands and the Soloman Islands. The trip, which will begin on October 28, aims…

Torrential rain nearly fills up Taipei’s Feitsui Reservoir

The consecutive heavy downpour for northern Taiwan over the weekend brought over millions of tons of rainwater to Feitsui Reservoir, ensuring a continuous supply of water to the greater Taipei area through February 2018 Taiwan News  Date: 2017/10/16 By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News)–The combination of strong winds from nearby Typhoon Khanun and northeast…

Air pollution fees expected to be implemented in April 2018

Focus Taiwan Date: 2017/10/16 By: Wu Hsin-yun and Flor Wang  Taipei, Oct. 16 (CNA) A raft of air pollution fees is being drafted and is expected to take effect in next spring, in an effort to better protect Taiwan’s environment and its people’s health, an Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) official said Monday. Drafting of the rules is…

All-volunteer military will not ensure safety: groups

Taipei Times Date: Oct 17, 2017 By: Jonathan Chin  /  Staff writer, with CNA The government should maintain conscription, pro-independence groups said yesterday, adding that the all-volunteer force scheduled to be implemented next year will not keep the nation safe. World United Formosans for Independence (WUFI) and the Taiwan Radical Wings Party (TRWP) jointly held a press event,…

Premier’s satisfaction rating at 70% after one month in office

The China Post Date: October 16, 2017 By: Tsai Chia-ling and Evelyn Kao TAIPEI (CNA) – After one month in office, Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) has a nearly 70 percent satisfaction rating, which is believed to have helped boost President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) satisfaction rating toward nearly 50 percent, according to the results of a survey published…

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No delay in dealing with Chinese mudslide, despite impasse: official

Radio Taiwan International Date: 2017-10-16 Taiwan’s transportation minister says that there has been no delay in dealing with a mudslide that killed three Taiwanese tourists and injured two others in China over the weekend. That’s despite a political impasse between Taiwan and China which has hindered talks in other areas. The five people killed and injured in the mudslide were part of a 45-member…

New tropical storm forms as northeasterly winds to bring more rain to Taiwan

Tropical storm No.21 is unlikely to affect Taiwan but Taiwan’s weather remains wet due to the impact of northeasterly winds Taiwan Neqws Date: 2017/10/16 By: Taiwan News TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A tropical depression has developed into the 21st tropical storm of the year but unlikely to affect Taiwan; meanwhile, a cool and wet weather is expected to last at least a week due to the…

Hundreds commemorate death of gay professor Jacques Picoux

Focus Taiwan Date: 2017/10/16 By: Shih Hsiu-chuan Taipei, Oct. 16 (CNA) LGBT rights activists on Monday urged President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to deliver on her promise, as they staged a rally to commemorate Jacques Picoux (畢安生), a French professor whose suicide last year put the issue of legalizing same-sex marriage in the spotlight. The activists made two demands to the Tsai government. First, they…

TRA ticket fares to be adjusted: MOTC

PASSENGER HABITS:People who use the TRA system frequently can be given greater discounts, Minister of Transportation and Communications Hochen Tan said Taipei Times Date: Oct 17, 2017 By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) yesterday said it will reveal ticket fare adjustments for the Taiwan Railways Administration’s (TRA) services next year. Minister of Transportation and Communications Hochen Tan (賀陳旦)…

U.S.-Taiwan forum weighs impact of Trump policies on national defense

The China Post Date: October 16, 2017 By: Lu Hsin-hui and Joseph Yeh TAIPEI (CNA) – An annual conference between Taiwan the United States, which opened Sunday in New Jersey, focuses this year on the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration on Northeast Asia and their potential impact on Taiwan’s defense affairs. The 2017 U.S.-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference will also discuss the threat…

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Visa free treatment for Filipinos begins in Nov: Foreign Ministry

Radio Taiwan International Date: 2017-10-16 Taiwan has decided to allow Philippine passport holders visa free entry, starting November 1st. That’s according to an announcement made by the foreign ministry on Monday. The scheme allows Filipinos to visit Taiwan without a visa for 14 days on a trial basis. The trial period ends on July 31 next year at which point…

Two Vietnamese laborers found dead inside septic tank in Tainan

Two Vietnamese workers appear to have succumbed to hydrogen sulfide poisoning before falling into wastewater tank Taiwan News  Date: 2017/10/16 By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The bodies of two Vietnamese workers were found inside an wastewater treatment tank in a recycling plant in Tainan City’s Guantian industrial zone yesterday morning (Oct. 5), reported CNA. The Tainan City Fire…

New Jakarta governor looking forward to working with Taipei

Focus Taiwan Date: 2017/10/16 By: Jay Chou and Kuan-lin Liu  Jakarta, Oct. 16 (CNA) Jakarta’s newly inaugurated governor, Anies Baswedan, expressed hope Monday of working with Taipei in the areas of trade and international issues. The governor, who was sworn in that day, said during an interview with CNA that his team will continue to engage in international cooperation, especially…

MND dismisses ‘assistance’ report

Taipei Times Date: Oct 17, 2017 By: Staff reporter, with CNA The Ministry of National Defense (MND) yesterday dismissed as “groundless” and “pure speculation” a newspaper report that Taiwan’s navy could offer humanitarian assistance if a war were to break out between the US and North Korea. The Chinese-language Apple Daily yesterday published a report citing an unidentified military official as…

China Post proudly celebrates 65th anniversary

The China Post Date: October 16, 2017 Taiwan’s leading English newspaper, “The China Post” (英文中國郵報), is proudly celebrating its 65th anniversary. The English daily is now part of the Chinese-language online news website NOWnews network (NOWnews今日新聞) and its “co-branding strategy” to bring quality English/Chinese content to its readers in Taiwan, and beyond, Asia. Paul Chen (陳信夫), the former managing editor,…