Abandoning Taiwan reflects a trend

Global Times Date:  2019/9/16 The Solomon Islands has cut its "diplomatic relations" with the island of Taiwan and switched to Beijing.…

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Taiwan to hold demonstrations supporting HK on Sept. 29

Radio Taiwan International Date: 16 September, 2019 By: Natalie Tso Taiwan is set to hold its own demonstrations showing support for the people of Hong Kong on September 29. The theme for the protests is “Taiwan-Hong Kong demonstrations: Support Hong Kong, Oppose Totalitarianism.”  Entertainers recently made an open call for public support in Taiwan. A group of high-profile musicians is calling on people in Taiwan to take to the streets on September 29 to show support for the people…

Abandoning Taiwan reflects a trend

Global Times Date:  2019/9/16 The Solomon Islands has cut its "diplomatic relations" with the island of Taiwan and switched to Beijing. This is the sixth country Taiwan has lost as a "diplomatic ally" since Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen took office. There are only 16 "allies" left for Taiwan.  The island of Taiwan is not a country. No major powers in the world recognize that it has sovereign status. A few small states as its "diplomatic allies" have also…

Vietnamese masseur charged with raping college student in Taipei spa

Vietnamese masseur charged with raping female college student while boyfriend was on other side of curtain in Taipei spa Taiwan News Date: 2019/09/16 By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An unaccounted for Vietnamese migrant worker has been charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a female college student while her boyfriend was being massaged on the other side of the curtain. On Sept. 9, the woman and her boyfriend went to a spa on Taipei…

Terry Gou decides not to run for presidency

Focus Taiwan Date: 2019/09/16 By: Wang Cheng-chung and Elizabeth Hsu Taipei, Sept. 16 (CNA) One of Taiwan's richest businessmen Terry Gou (郭台銘) said Monday that he will not run for presidency in the January election, but will continue to participate in political affairs. In a public statement, Gou, the founder and former chairman of iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, apologized to his supporters for the decision. "After thoroughly thinking this over, I hope that the society, when…

Taiwan severs ties with the Solomons

CHINESE BULLY: President Tsai Ing-wen reiterated that Taiwan would not compete with Beijing in dollar diplomacy nor yield to its attempts to demoralize Taiwanese Taipei Times Date:  Sep 17, 2019 By: Staff writer, with agencies Taiwan yesterday severed official ties with the Solomon Islands as the South Pacific nation decided to switch diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. The Taipei government also condemned China’s attempts to diminish Taiwan’s international presence and eliminate Taiwanese sovereignty. “It is absolutely evident that…

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Coast Guard sets up new patrol dog team

Radio Taiwan International Date: 16 September, 2019 By: Natalie Tso Taiwan’s Coast Guard set up a new patrol dog team on Monday in northern Taiwan. The camp currently has 15 patrol dogs, including golden retrievers, German shepherds, and Belgian Malinois. The dogs will undergo four months of training with their officers. They will help the coast…

Taiwan says China meddling in its presidential election

The Hill Date: 09/16/19 By: Chis Mills Rodrigo © Getty Images Taiwan on Monday accused China of interfering in its presidential and legislative elections, Reuters reported. The new claim comes after the Solomon Islands cut off ties with Taipei to align itself with mainland China. The Solomon Islands is the sixth country to switch diplomatic relations to Beijing since President Tsai…

Photo of the Day: One country, one system, one-eye point-of-view

Cartoon illustrates Beijing's half-sighted view of tattered 'one country, two systems' framework in Hong Kong Taiwan News Date: 2019/09/16 By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — On Thursday (Sept. 12), an American illustrator on social media posted his latest cartoon, which refers to a female Kong Kong protestor who suffered severe…

China to lift individual travel ban for Taiwan’s offshore counties

Focus Taiwan Date: 2019/09/16 By: Huang Huei-min and Ko Lin Taipei, Sept. 16 (CNA) China's ban on individual Chinese travelers visiting three of Taiwan's offshore counties will be lifted effective Sept. 20, the Kinmen County government announced Monday. Since Aug. 1, Beijing has banned individual tourists from 47 Chinese cities from traveling to Taiwan, citing…

Consumers’ Foundation targets thermal paper

REGULATION NEEDED: The foundation said that it tested 28 samples of commercial thermal paper and found 23 that contained high levels of bisphenol S Taipei Times Date: Sep 17, 2019 By: Lo Chi and Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer The Consumers’ Foundation yesterday called for the government to regulate bisphenol S (BPS),…

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Lawmakers return to work on Tuesday

Radio Taiwan International Date: 16 September, 2019 By: Leslie Liao Taiwan’s legislature goes back into session on Tuesday. The majority-holding Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) met on Monday to to choose who will run for convener of the different legislative committees. The DPP says that in the coming days it will make…

Ex-DPP member blasts Taiwan president for lack of vision

Opinion poll expert You Ying-lung says Tsai Ing-wen and her ministers are masters of fear mongering Taiwan News Date: 2019/09/16 By: Huang Tzu-ti, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Chairman of the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation (台灣民意教育基金會) You Ying-lung (游盈隆) on Sunday (Sept. 15) criticized the Tsai Ing-wen…

Solomon ties switch shows China extending its influence in region

Focus Taiwan Date: 2019/09/16 By: Matt Yu and Frances Huang Taipei, Sept. 16 (CNA) The Solomon Islands' decision to switch its recognition to Beijing from Taipei showed China was making efforts to impose its influence on the regional power balance, scholars said Monday. They said as the South Pacific island-nation…

First H5N5 case confirmed: COA

Taipei Times Date: Sep 17, 2019 By: Staff writer, with CNA Taiwan has confirmed the country’s first case of the highly pathogenic H5N5 strain of avian influenza, on a duck farm in Kaohsiung’s Cishan District (旗山), Council of Agriculture Deputy Minister Huang Chin-cheng (黃金城) said yesterday. The virus was identified on…