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Man Shot to Death in Execution Style Killing [VIDEO]

Taiwan English News February 23, 2018 By: Phillip Charlier A man was shot at least 7 times at close range as he sat in his car on a street in Danshui (Tamsui) District, New Taipei City, shortly before 3:00am this morning. Chen Wenzhong, 47, was rushed to hospital, but did not respond to efforts to resuscitate him, and was declared dead at…

Cabinet: Premier Lai did not plan the major Cabinet shuffle

Radio Taiwan International Date: 2018-02-23 The major shake up to the Cabinet focused mostly on top officials in charge of foreign relations and defense. There was not as big of change in those in charge of domestic affairs. People are curious about how much influence the premier had on the Cabinet reshuffle. Cabinet Spokesperson Hsu Kuo-yung spoke about the issue on Friday:…

Countermeasures taken by Washington as China’s pressure on Taiwan grows: report

Taiwan News  Date: 2018/02/23 By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – An article published by the New York Times on Thursday explains the rationale for mounting actions in the White House that appear to favor Taiwan as a response to China’s increased bullying of the island country and its neighbors, which threatens the balance of power. It’s not saying the U.S. is exercising…

Taiwan replaces foreign minister, China policy chief (update)

Focus Taiwan Date: 2018/02/23 By: Shih Hsiu-chuan and Joseph Yeh Taipei, Feb. 23 (CNA) Taiwan’s government announced a long-rumored reshuffle of top Cabinet posts Friday, with the country’s foreign and defense ministries and top agency for China policy all getting new leaders. Presidential Office Secretary-General Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) is to replace David Lee (李大維) as foreign minister, while Lee will head the…

Reshuffle targets security, diplomacy

HARMONY: A number of officials who would reportedly be replaced were not part of the reorganization, which the Cabinet spokesman attributed to good teamwork Taipei Times Date: Feb 24, 2018 By: Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration yesterday announced a reshuffle of its top national security, foreign affairs and cross-strait officials. Presidential Office Secretary-General Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) is to…

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Taiwan Commits to Banning Plastic Items by 2030

Taiwan is the next nation to make moves against plastic pollution. The nation’s EPA announced plans to ban plastic items by 2030, and is launching a marine clean-up initiative to remove plastics from their waters. Futurism Date: February 22, 2018 By: Kyree Leary Taiwan has announced plans to ban plastic items in an attempt to reduce plastic pollution. As reported by EcoWatch, Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Agency put forward a 12-year plan that will officially begin in 2019 with a blanket…

New labor law amendments go into effect on March 1

Radio Taiwan International Date: 2018-02-23 The newest amendments to the labor law will go into effect on March 1. These new laws allow 15 industries to have more flexible work schedules for their employees. This includes shortening the time between shifts from 11 hours to 8 hours and having workers work up to 12 days in a row, with two days off, rather than 6 days with one day off. These new amendments were met with…

China appoints Liu He to lead economic team

Country faces U.S. trade hostility and aging workforce Taiwan News  Date: 2018/02/23 By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – United States-educated 66-year-old Politburo member Liu He will lead a team to manage China’s economy and probably be promoted to vice premier next month, reports said Friday. If his appointment is approved, he could become one of the most powerful Chinese vice premiers in a long time, potentially closer to President Xi Jinping than…

Ministry of Labor speeds up approval of migrant worker applications

Focus Taiwan Date: 2018/02/23 By: Yu Hsiao-han and Kuan-lin Liu Taipei, Feb. 23 (CNA) The Ministry of Labor’s (MOL) decision to start proactively checking and verifying the results of health check ups undertaken by potential migrant workers, that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2017, has improved the time taken to approve employment applications by those individuals by an average of nearly two days. Previously, employers looking to hire migrant workers were required to submit the…

Cabinet reshuffle not sufficient: KMT

HANG-UP: The KMT would see the big picture if it were not so fixated on scrutinizing officials’ political affiliations, but rather focus on their abilities, a DPP lawmaker said Taipei Times Date: Feb 24, 2018 By: Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter The scope of yesterday’s Cabinet reshuffle was too narrow, with the appointments likely reflecting President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) hope to ameliorate cross-strait ties, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers said. The nation’s foreign and defense ministries and…

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Taiwan earns money off Korean fighter jet purchase

144 updated F-16 fighter jets ready in Taiwan by 2022   Taiwan News Date: 2018/02/23 By: Renée Salmonsen, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — South Korea’s recent purchase of F-16V fighter jets will put money into American and Taiwanese pockets. Taiwan and the United States were the initial investors of the F-16V, with Taiwan originally fronting US$38 billion…

Taipei sends US experts to diplomatic front line to ward off hostile Beijing

Taiwanese president picks new foreign and defence chiefs as she seeks closer contact with the United States Date: 23 February, 2018 By: Lawrence Chung Taiwan has appointed two men well-versed in American affairs to top security and foreign relations jobs as the island tries to engage the US in its grand strategy to counter military intimidation from the…

Premier Lai awards outstanding officers, groups in drug crackdown

Radio Taiwan International Date: 2018-02-23 Premier William Lai on Friday presented awards to the officers and organizations who made an outstanding contribution to the government’s latest drug crackdown operation. Earlier this year, Lai called on the six major drug enforcement agencies in Taiwan to collaborate on drug crackdown operations. During an eight-day long operation, some 8,000 police officers…

Premier Lai thanks retiring Central Bank governor for outstanding service

Taiwan News   Date: 2018/02/23 By: Taiwan Today,Agencies During his 20 years at the helm of the Central Bank, “Gov. Perng adopted flexible monetary and foreign exchange policies and advanced forward-looking reforms to the nation’s financial system,” Lai said. According to the premier, under Perng’s leadership the Central Bank responded swiftly and decisively to the myriad challenges Taiwan has faced…

Five suspects arrested for telecom fraud in central Taiwan: CIB

Focus Taiwan Date: 2018/02/23 By: Liu Chien-pang and Ko Lin Taipei, Feb. 23 (CNA) Five people have been arrested in two raids on the operational bases of a crime ring that was allegedly committing telecommunication fraud in central Taiwan against people in China, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said Friday. One of the five suspects, identified only by…