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VIDEO: President Tsai registers candidacy for presidential race

Radio Taiwan International Date: 20 November By: Paula Chao President Tsai Ing-wen and her running mate William Lai have formally registered their candidacy for next year’s presidential election. On Tuesday, the two went to the Central Election Commission to file their paperwork to run. At the Central Election Commission Tuesday, President Tsai Ing-wen was met with cheers. She said her reelection bid is particularly significant because of Chinese efforts to crack down on…

Romantic Route 3: Rediscover Hakka Culture at Beipu, Taiwan

Explore Taiwan’s Hakka culture through the ongoing Romantic Route 3 Arts Festival. First stop: Beipu. The News Lens Date: 2019/11/20 By: Syrena Lin Beipu (北埔), the Hakka capital of northern Taiwan, is a small village in the Hsinchu county and home to around 10,000 people, mostly of Hakka origin. Traditionally, Beipu is known for its well-preserved Hakka culture with local flavors. When we think of Beipu, things like Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea, Lei…

Mysterious radar ship spotted off coast of S. Taiwan

Strange Taiwanese ship could be prototype for new phased array radar system to detect Chinese missiles Taiwan News Date: 2019/11/20 By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Photos have recently surfaced apparently showing a naval vessel prowling the waters off the coast of southern Taiwan with a massive newly mounted radar tower on top, leading to speculation among netizens that it could be a new domestically produced radar…

Taiwanese cyclist recounts ‘horrifying’ arrest, detention in China

Focus Taiwan Date: 2019/11/20 By: Joseph Yeh Taipei, Nov. 20 (CNA) Taiwanese cyclist Tsao Yao-wen (曹耀文) said Tuesday he will never visit China again, after his "horrifying experience" of being arrested, interrogated and held in custody there for four days on suspicion of espionage, during a cycling tour from China to Mongolia earlier this year. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Tsao said he was arrested by Chinese soldiers on May 31…

Environmentalists oppose revival of Matsu project

ECOLOGICAL DAMAGE? The project in Penghu’s Dacang Island was scrapped in 2015 as it had bypassed an EIA and public hearings — problems that it has yet to address Taipei Times Date: Nov 21, 2019 By: Liu Yu-ching and William Hetherington  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer Penghu County Commissioner Lai Feng-wei’s (賴峰偉) plans to revive a Matsu statue project that was halted in 2015 have drawn the ire of an environmentalist…

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Seminar on regional energy resource management under way

Radiio Taiwan International Date: 20 November, 2019 By: Paula Chao A seminar on the sound management of energy resources in the Asia Pacific region is under way in Taipei.   The seminar aims to promote regional cooperation in the management of energy resources.  It is being held under the…

Tropical storm Fung-Wong to bring rain to Taiwan

Focus Taiwan Date: 2019/11/20 By: Yu Hsiao-han and Chiang Yi-ching Taipei, Nov. 20 (CNA) A depression east of the Philippines was upgraded to Tropical Storm Fung-Wong Wednesday, with its periphery expected to bring rain to Taiwan as early as Thursday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB). The…

NCC warns on sales of uncertified devices

Taipei Times Date: Nov 21, 2019 By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter The National Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday said that it would work with the Ministry of Economic Affairs to consider whether to fine e-commerce platforms that sell uncertified wireless and Bluetooth devices. The Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper)…

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Video: Election season driving voters to seek psychiatric help

Radio Taiwan International Date: 20 November, 2019 By: John Van Trieste Election season in Taiwan brings[/caption] With Taiwan’s 2020 election just weeks away, political tension is in the air. For some, it’s become too much to bear. A growing number of voters are seeking professional help to find some way of dealing with…

An assessment of the US free and open Indo-Pacific vision for Taiwan

Global Taiwan Institute Date: November 20, 2019 By: Michael Mazza Earlier this month, the US Department of State released its report on President Trump’s Indo-Pacific strategy, “A Free and Open Indo-Pacific: Advancing a Shared Vision.” The report, timed to coincide with the East Asia Summit and the second iteration of the Indo-Pacific Business Forum,…

KMT confirms 31 of 34 legislator-at-large nominees

Focus Taiwan Date: 2019/11/20 By: Yu Hsiang and Evelyn Kao Taipei, Nov. 20 (CNA) The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Central Committee formally confirmed 31 of its 34 nominees for legislator- at-large positions Wednesday. The confirmation came after former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao's (張顯耀) No. 17 listing was voted down…

Ministry of Labor issues guidelines on contractors

Taipei Times Date: Nov 21, 2019 By: Staff writer, with CNA The Ministry of Labor on Tuesday issued guidelines aimed at clarifying whether workers should be deemed employees or contractors in labor contracts. The guidelines are not legally binding, but are designed to help businesses, workers and government agencies to make better determinations.…