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VIDEO: Taichung wall of support for HK protesters to stay for now

Radio Taiwan International Date: 21 August, 2019 By: Shirley Lin Wall plastered with messages in support of protesters in Hong Kong[/caption] A pedestrian underpass in the central city of Taichung has been plastered in sticky notes, each one filled with a message of support to protesters in Hong Kong. This homage to Hong Kong’s ongoing protest movement is an expression of solidarity and concern that covers the underpass walls. The local government is none too pleased. It warned that…

Solomons’ vote on Taiwan or China ‘far away’

RNZ Date: August 22, 2019 The decision to maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan or switch to China won't be made by the 2Solomon Islands government this year, an MP says. Rick Hou the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands.. Photo: RNZ/Pacific Koroi Hawkins Sixteen MPs have declared they want the country to stick with Taiwan. Led by the former prime minister and current Minister for National Planning and Aid Coordination, Rick Hou, the MPs made their stance clear in a…

Government promoting mountaineering tourism in Taiwan

Tourism Bureau designates 2020 ‘Year of Mountain Tourism’ Taiwan News Date: 2019/08/21 By: Zin Kao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan's Tourism Bureau has designated 2020 the “Year of Mountain Tourism” (脊梁山脈旅遊年) and plans to brand Taiwan as an international mountaineering tourism destination, the Central News Agency (CNA) reports. Taiwan has abundant mountaineering resources, with 268 peaks over 3,000 meters in height awaiting intrepid climbers. In order to attract more visitors to the mountain vistas,…

De facto American ambassador visits Kaohsiung naval base

Focus Taiwan Date: 2019/08/20 By: Joseph Yeh Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) The United States de facto ambassador to Taiwan Brent Christensen on Tuesday visited a naval base in Kaohsiung, where he looked at a destroyer and a batch of amphibious vehicles that the U.S. had sold to Taiwan more than 12 years ago. The visit to the Zuoying Naval Base by Christensen, director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), came one day after U.S. President Donald Trump…

F-16 deal to herald ‘new air force’: Tsai

TOP OF THE LINE: The warplane’s manufacturer has said that the latest version has technologies that did not exist when earlier variants currently in service were made Taipei Times Date: Aug 22, 2019 By: Su Yung-yao and Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer and AFP, WASHINGTON A “new air force” is to take flight after the administration of US President Donald Trump approved a sale of F-16V warplanes to Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday.…

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Video: Heavy rains damage Taiwan fruit orchards

Radio Taiwan Internatinal Date: 21 August, 2019 By: John Van Trieste Snails and other pests are causing damage to Taiwanese fruit orchards, encouraged by a week of heavy rain.[/caption] Heavy rains have hammered large parts of Taiwan in recent days, and fruit farmers are hurting as a result. Across central and southern Taiwan, the past week has brought…

Scrap arms sales to Taiwan, US told

Shanghai Daily Date: August 22, 2019 By: Source: Xinhua CHINA yesterday urged the United States to immediately cancel the planned arms sales to Taiwan, saying China will take all necessary measures to defend its own interests including imposing sanctions on US companies involved in the planned sales. The US Defense Department yesterday officially notified the US Congress…

Giant lobster caught in Taiwan’s Taitung, released

Taiwan News Date: 2019/08/22 By:  Central News Agency Taipei (CNA) A giant ornate spiny lobster (panulirus ornatus) was caught off the coast of eastern Taitung County and released Wednesday by a local voluntary group that has released more than 300 lobsters over the past six years, according to environmental activist Chi Hsiang-yu (池祥鈺). The lobster, weighing around…

Tropical Storm Bailu develops southeast of Taiwan

Focus Taiwan Date: 2019/08/21 By: Flor Wang and S.F. Wang Taipei, Aug. 21 (CNA) The 11th Pacific storm of the year has formed east-southeast of Taiwan and is expected to bring heavy rains to eastern parts of the country as it moves closer, the Central Weather Bureau said Wednesday. As of 2 p.m., Tropical Storm Bailu was…

TaiwanFest Canada opens tomorrow

Taipei Times Date: Aug 22, 2019 By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter Prominent performing groups, rising Taiwanese stars and artists, and Aboriginal musicians, together with heavy doses of Taike (台客) culture, are to take center stage at this year’s TaiwanFest in Canada, which opens tomorrow in Toronto. Founded in 1990 by the Vancouver Formosa Academy, the festival is also…

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New Power Party elects new leader

Focus Taiwan Date: 2019/08/21 By: Flor Wang and Wang Yang-yu Taipei, Aug. 21 (CNA) New Power Party (NPP) legislative caucus whip Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) was elected chairman of the party by its decision-making committee Wednesday. Hsu succeeds Chiu Hsien-chih (邱顯智), who stepped down Aug. 12 to assume responsibility for the departure of NPP Legislator Freddy Lim (林昶佐) and over an alleged conflict of interest…

E-cigarette usage among young on the rise, HPA says

Taipei Times Date: Aug 22, 2019 By: Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) expressed concern over the rising use of e-cigarettes among adolescents, as a survey last year showed that 80.9 percent of e-liquids contained nicotine and some also contained harmful or potentially harmful ingredients. E-cigarettes pose potential health risks, but they are often marketed in various forms or names and…

VIDEO: Chiayi County to hold 2019 tea culture expo in September

Radio Taiwan International Date: 20 August, 2019 By: Paula Chao The 2019 tea culture expo is set to kick off in early September in the southwestern county of Chiayi. Tea masters from 10 countries will attend the event to share their tea culture and brewing techniques. The expo will thus be a showcase for the culture of many tea-loving countries such as Japan and Britain. This…

US arms sales to Taiwan will lead to serious consequences

Times Published: Date: 2019/8/21 US President Donald Trump confirmed Sunday that he has approved the sale of $8 billion worth of F-16V fighter jets to Taiwan. According to reports, the arms sales involved 66 fighters of this type, and it was believed that the deal will pass smoothly in US Congress.  It would be the largest single US arms sale to Taiwan in recent years.…

Taiwan supermodel Lin Chi-ling accuses media of privacy violation

She was photographed at a hospital and the gossip magazine claimed she is preparing for artificial insemination Taiwan News Date: 2019/08/20 By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Representatives of Taiwan supermodel Lin Chi-ling (林志玲) issued a statement on Tuesday (Aug. 20), accusing a celebrity gossip magazine of violating her privacy. The Mirror Media magazine carried a story on July 31…