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President Tsai records special Eid al-Fitr greeting for Muslims

Radio Taiwn International
Date: 2017-06-25

President Tsai Ing-wen on Sunday posted a special Facebook video greeting for Muslims celebrating

President Tsai Ing-wen posted a special Facebook video greeting for Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a holiday marking the end of Ramadan. (Source: President Tsai’s Facebook page)

Eid al-Fitr. Eid, which was observed on Sunday in Taiwan, marks the end of Ramadan, a holy month of fasting. The date for the start of Eid varies throughout the world, and is determined by local religious authorities.

In her greeting, the president offered her best wishes to Muslims around the world, and in particular, to the many Muslim migrant workers in Taiwan who are celebrating the end of Ramadan. She thanked the migrant workers for all that they do for the people of Taiwan, and wished them health and happiness.

Tsai said that Taiwan is a friendly country which values diversity and equality. Since taking office last year, she said, her administration had put many policies into effect that she hoped would enable Muslims to feel the friendliness of the Taiwan people. Those include promoting the certification of Halal foods and travel services for Muslims, as well as creating more prayer rooms and helping host cultural events for Muslims.

President Tsai said that Islamic culture had broadened the horizons of people in Taiwan and enriched the local culture. She encouraged the people of Taiwan to also join in the celebrations.
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Pain in the Neck: Legal Limbo for Chiropractors in Taiwan

Encouraging the development of chiropractic in Taiwan would help the increasing number of elderly and relieve some of the financial pressures on the national healthcare system.

The News Lens
Date: 2017/06/25
By: By Rachel McMahon, Taiwan Business TOPICS Magazine

As Taiwan’s population matures into a “super-aged” society, with a predicted 20% of its population 65

Image Credit: intararit / Shutterstock / 達志影像

years or older by 2025, the problem of long-term care for Taiwan’s elderly population looms. Taiwan’s doctors of chiropractic see themselves as potential contributors to meeting this challenge. Chiropractic, dedicated to the treatment and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, is freely practiced in over 90 countries and recognized by the World Health Organization. Yet in Taiwan it has remained in legal limbo.

For more than a decade, the Taiwan Chiropractic Doctors Society – composed of professionals trained and licensed abroad – has appealed through the annual Taiwan White Paper of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei for the government to acknowledge the profession’s status as a healthcare provider. The response of the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) has been that the first step must be establishment of a chiropractic course of study in one of Taiwan’s universities. In practice, however, no schools have been willing to invest the resources required to establish such a program without assurance that the students can be fully licensed after graduation.
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Taiwan drafting rules to charge foreign nationals for e-Gate use

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/06/25
By: Central News Agency

The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) is drafting new regulations that will impose a fee on foreign nationals

(By Central News Agency)

registering for the e-Gate service, Taiwan’s automated immigration clearance system.

According to the draft regulations, the application fee for foreign passport holders will be NT$3,000 (US$100.5) and access to the e-Gate service will be granted for a five-year period each time, the ministry said.

Taiwan’s e-Gate system, which was implemented at airports and harbors in January 2012, uses facial image and fingerprint verification technology to identify travelers leaving and entering the country.

Since then, more than 20,000 foreign nationals have registered free of cost for e-Gates access, according to the MOI. It said, however, that it was planning to introduce the NT$3,000 fee to help maintain and expand the e-Gate facility and to put Taiwan in line with other countries.
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Thousands celebrate Eid al-Fitr at Taipei Main Station

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/06/25
By Chen Wei-ting, Jay Chou, Lee Hsin-Yin and S.C. Chang

Taipei, June 25 (CNA) At least 20,000 migrant workers gathered at Taipei Main Station on Sunday to

Photo courtesy of Taiwan Railways Administration

celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which is major holiday for Muslims around the world to mark the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Station master Ku Shih-yen (古時彥) said he had assigned 60 staff members to maintain order and clean up the site, which is a popular gathering place for migrant workers in Taiwan.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) posted a message on her Facebook page, sending greetings to the Muslim community on Eid al-Fitr and thanking Muslim migrant workers for their contribution to Taiwan’s economy.

In a video message on her page, Tsai wished the Indonesians Selamat Idul Fitri — Happy Eid al-Fitr — and thanked Taiwan’s 252,000 migrant workers for contributing to its economic development and cultural diversity.    [FULL  STORY]

Chinese warships to pass Taiwan: report

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 26, 2017
By: Lo Tien-pin and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer

China’s Soviet-built aircraft carrier the Liaoning and other People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN)

China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier with accompanying fleet conducts a drill in an area of South China Sea in this undated photo taken in December last year. PHOTO: REUTERS

warships are to visit Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of its handover from Britain to China next month, with the ships scheduled to navigate through the Taiwan Strait or through waters east of Taiwan, a Hong Kong-based newspaper said yesterday.

A Liaoning carrier group yesterday left Shandong Province’s Qingdao Port to conduct a “trans-regional exercise,” China’s Xinhua news agency said.

In addition to the Liaoning, the group is comprised of the guided-missile destroyers Jinan and Yinchuan and the guided-missile frigate Yantai, as well as other unnamed warships, Xinhua said.

The aircraft carrier group’s naval aviation unit is to comprise of Shenyang J-15 fighters and rotary-wing aircraft, it said.    [FULL  STORY]

Premier: No timetable for lifting ban on food from Fukushima area

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-06-24

Premier Lin Chuan has told Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun that Taiwan has no timetable for lifting a ban on food imports from five Japanese prefectures.

The ban was put in place after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster over concerns about radiation. The ban covers Fukushima as well as four neighboring prefectures.

Lin said that while scientific testing and risk assessments have been completed, the government has faced difficulties convincing the public that food from the affected areas is safe. He said any move to lift the ban must be taken step by step.

Lin said that controversies surrounding food safety in Taiwan often result from problems with Taiwan’s own food safety system. He said these controversies aren’t necessarily directed at products from a specific country or area. He said the government’s credibility on food safety issues is often challenged, showing that official efforts to address food safety concerns have not been enough.    [FULL  STORY]

Destroying the ROC will not be acceptable: Taiwan premier

Lin Chuan slams China’s One China Principle in interview with Japanese media

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/06/24
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – If the “One China Principle” means destroying the Republic of China, the

Premier Lin Chuan’s interview with the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. (By Central News Agency)

majority of Taiwanese will find that unacceptable, Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said in an interview with Japan’s Nihon Keizai Shimbun (日本經濟新聞).

The premier was referring to Panama’s June 12 switch in diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China.

Beijing called the change an example of realizing its “One China Principle,” but if that was the case, Lin said, then that means that it wants to obliterate the Republic of China.

In this case, the majority of Taiwanese people would find this “One China Principle” unacceptable, the premier said. Such a stance would also destroy the illusion held by some in Taiwan that it was possible for each side to hold its own interpretation of that principle.    [FULL  STORY]

U.S. starts anti-dumping probe into Taiwanese fiber firms

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/06/24
By: Chang Chun-mao and Frances Huang

Taipei, June 24 (CNA) The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has launched an investigation into allegations that synthetic fiber firms in Taiwan and other four countries were dumping their products on the U.S. market at unfairly low prices, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

The investigation will examine whether fine denier polyester staple fiber (denier PSF) exporters in Taiwan, China, Vietnam, South Korea and India had dumped their products on the U.S. market, causing material damage to American competitors, the MOEA said, citing a notice issued by the Department of Commerce on June 21.

The probe was launched after DAK Americas LLC; Nan Ya Plastics Corp., America; and Auriga Polymers Inc. filed petitions with the DOC and the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), requesting investigations into the alleged dumping.

On July 17 the USITC will issue a preliminary ruling on whether denier PSF exporters in the five countries had caused damage to American companies.    [FULL  STORY]

Study of Hakka language to become mandatory in designated regions

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 25, 2017
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The government is to require schoolchildren in areas where Hakka is widely spoken to learn the language as part of efforts to help the ethnic group preserve its mother tongue, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday.

The launch of a Hakka radio station on Friday represented a step forward in the promotion and passing down of the Hakka language and culture, Tsai said on Facebook.

The government is now pushing an amendment to the Hakka Basic Act (客家基本法) to list Hakka as a national language, Tsai said.

It would represent an official “upgrade” from its designation as a folk language — the same privilege given to more than 50 languages spoken in Taiwan, she said.    [FULL  STORY]

Mercury hits year’s high in Taitung

The China Post
Date: June 24, 2017
By: CNA

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Temperatures in Taitung County’s Dawu Township soared to 38.2 degrees Celsius at

(CNA)

noon Saturday, the highest recorded anywhere in Taiwan so far this year, the Central Weather Bureau said.

The high, recorded at 12:08 p.m., was attributed to warm and dry gusts that descend from the sheltered side of mountains into valleys, according to the bureau.

The reading broke the year’s previous record of 37.8 degrees, which was seen two days ago in Dawu as well.

The highest temperature Taiwan has ever experienced in June was 38.7 degrees, recorded in Dawu in 2015, according to the bureau.
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