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Science minister highlights artificial intelligence plans

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-08-17

Chen Liang-gee, head of the Ministry of Science and Technology, highlighted on Thursday five strategies for expanding Taiwan’s artificial intelligence industry.

These include building an AI supercomputer, setting up an AI research center, and building a park for intelligent robots. Chen said the goal is to integrate human, technological and geographical resources to build a new competitive AI ecology. He said it would also create new momentum for Taiwan’s semiconductor industry.

A Japanese gives up nationality to become Taiwanese

Nakajima decided to repay Taiwan after the massive earthquake struck Japan in 2011

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/08/17
By: Rana Yeh, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Japanese man posted his Taiwan ID card on his 30-

Kennichi Nakajima in Taiwan (Photo courtesy of Kennichi Nakajima)

year-old birthday on Thursday, announcing that he has given up his Japanese nationality to become a Taiwanese citizen.

Kennichi Nakajima (中島健一), who has lived in Taiwan for 16 years, introduced himself with some photos he took in Taiwan on the Facebook group Breaking News Commune (爆料公社). Nakajima’s parents are both Japanese. He moved to Taiwan 16 years ago after his mother remarried to a Taiwanese. He decided to become a Taiwanese when he truly felt how kind-hearted Taiwanese are after the Tōhoku earthquake struck Japan in 2011. The Taiwanese donated more money to Japan for the disaster relief than any other country or region in the world. “Taiwan really helped Japan a lot by delivering a lot of rescues teams, supplies and donations,” added Nakajima.    [FULL  STORY]

Time not right to discuss exchanging offices with Panama: MOFA

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/08/17
By: Elaine Hou and Y.F. Low

Taipei, Aug. 17 (CNA) The Republic of China (Taiwan) and Panama have not discussed establishing official representative offices since the severing of diplomatic relations in June, a Taiwan official said Thursday.

Following the closure of the two country’s respective embassies in Taipei and Panama City on July 12, no official channels of communication have been maintained, according to Diego Chou (周麟), head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs.

He said that although Panama has expressed an interest in maintaining substantial ties and exchanging business offices with Taiwan, it remains to be seen if Beijing will pressures Panama to change its mind.    [FULL  STORY]

DPP caucus objects to calls for investigative committee

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 18, 2017
By: Sean Lin and Abraham Gerber / Staff reporters

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘)

New Power Party caucus convener Hsu Yung-ming, center, yesterday speaks at a news conference in Taipei about Tuesday’s power outage as the party’s Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang, left, and Legislator Freddy Lim look on. Photo: George Tseng, Taipei Times

yesterday voiced objections to separate motions filed by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and New Power Party (NPP) caucuses to form a cross-caucus investigative committee to probe potentially flawed policymaking that might have contributed to a massive power outage on Tuesday.

The Legislative Yuan yesterday held cross-caucus negotiations to decide topics for a third extraordinary session, which begins today.

The KMT and the NPP tendered the motions to form the committee, with KMT caucus secretary-general Lin Wei-chou (林為洲) saying that its functions should include “establishing the facts” about the nation’s energy policy.

It should also address the public’s doubts regarding a hidden Taiwan Power Co (Taipower) “electricity stash,” Lin added.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan lays out NT$16 billion development plan for AI

The China Post
Date: August 18, 2017
By: The China Post

Taiwan’s technology minister on Thursday laid out an ambitious plan to spend


NT$16 billion to beef up the domestic artificial intelligence (AI) industry.

In a news conference, Minister of Science and Technology Chen Liang-gee (陳良基) said his ministry would implement five initiatives over the next four to five years, investing a total of NT$16 billion.

The ministry aims to create a constellation of AI research centers across Taiwan by the end of 2017. It will launch an AI manufacturing base in Central Taiwan Science Park this September and an AI development base in Southern Taiwan Science Park this week.    [FULL  STORY]

Air force teacher honored for logging 11,800 flight hours on trainer plane

Taipei Times
Date:  Aug 14, 2017
By: Lo Tien-pin and William Hetherington  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

A Republic of China (ROC) Air Force flight instructor has broken an air force record

Air Force flight instructor Chu Wei-min stands by a sign that reads “basic flight training unit” in Kaosiung in an undated photograph.  Photo courtesy of Military News Agency

by logging 11,800 hours in a single type of training aircraft, the T-34 propeller plane, the air force said yesterday.

The ROC Air Force Academy is the only institution within the force that employs civilian pilots, as instructors need to be experienced to guide trainees through all the situations they could encounter during flight and determine whether they are suited to fly, the air force said. As officers frequently need to be transferred to accumulate qualifications, the academy tends to hire some retired officers as instructors, allowing the academy to meet its training needs while also giving retirees the opportunity to share their experience, it added.    [FULL  STORY]

Photo exhibition marking end of martial law era to open in New York

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-08-13

A photo exhibition marking 30 years since the lifting of martial law on Taiwan is set to

A snapshot from “History’s Shadows and Light” a new exhibition set to open at Taipei’s representative office in New York later in August. (Photo Courtesy Taipei Cultural Center in New York) (CNA)

open at Taiwan’s representative office in New York.

The exhibition, entitled “History’s Shadows and Light”, was originally part of a larger exhibit that ended earlier in the year at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.

It focuses on the work of photojournalists who captured Taiwan’s social and political transformations between 1986 and 1990- around the lifting of martial law in 1987. The themes of their work range for movements to secure political rights to farmers’ and workers’ movements and the environmental movement.

“History’s Shadows and Light” is set to open at Taiwan’s representative office in New York on August 29. It will run until October 12.    [SOURCE]

Athletes’ village opens its doors to Taipei Universiade participants

Taipei Universiade Athletes’ Village officially opened on Saturday and is ready to welcome around 12,000 delegates from 131 countries, including 7,639 athletes

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/08/13
By: Central News Agency

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei Universiade Athletes’ Village officially opened on

Taipei Universiade Athletes’ Village officially opened on Saturday and is ready to welcome around 12,000 delegates from 131 countries, including 7,63

Saturday and is ready to welcome around 12,000 delegates from 131 countries, including 7,639 athletes.

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said “This is Taiwan’s first athlete’s village” as the result of assistance from the International University Sports Association (FISU) and the joint effort of the central government, and governments of Taipei and New Taipei City.

The village includes 34 buildings, with a total of 2,138 apartments. Each apartment can accommodate three to seven people. Taipei Summer Universiade Organizing Committee (TUOC) has selected high-quality Taiwan-made bedding for the bedrooms in the village. Considering Taiwan’s heat and humidity during summer, bedding sets are all made of 100% cotton, benzene-free, and skincare anti-mite material to avoid allergic reactions.    [FULL  STORY]

Construction worker’s fate shows perils of heat

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/08/13
By: Chang Ming-hsuan and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, Aug. 13 (CNA) A 59-year-old worker, who was hit by severe heatstroke that

CNA file photo

caused him to faint at a construction site last week, remembered the year as 1990 when he awoke from a coma, his doctor said Sunday, speculating that the heatstroke caused damage to his brain.

The worker fainted two hours after he reported for duty at a construction site in Taipei on Aug. 7, according to Pauling Chu (朱柏齡), head of the Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Heat Stroke of Tri-Service General Hospital.

The man was rushed to the hospital, and he was found to have a body temperature of 43.9 degrees Celsius and a coma index of 3, compared with 15 for a healthy person, Chu told CNA.    [FULL  STORY]

Tsai praised as ‘careful’ at US academic conference

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 14, 2017
By: Staff writer, with CNA, WASHINGTON

US academics on Friday expressed positive views about President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) approach toward China during a conference in Washington, with some saying she has been dealing with Beijing in a careful and relatively conservative manner.

Tsai has been “an extraordinarily careful practitioner of statecraft,” said Patrick Cronin, a senior advisor and senior director of the Asia-Pacific security program at the Center for a New American Security, at the conference titled “The Future of US-Taiwan Relations in New Administrations.”

Every time Tsai tries to come up with a new framework for ties with China other than the so-called “1992 consensus” or proposes a new type of interaction across the Taiwan Strait, the Chinese government dismisses it, Cronin said.

That is because China does not want Tsai to “regain some new leverage” on cross-strait issues and is intent on squeezing her space even further, including by stealing Taiwan’s diplomatic allies and cutting back on the number of Chinese tourists visiting Taiwan, he said.    [FULL  STORY]