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Illegal drug labs are on the way out: Taiwan President

President Tsai presents the fight against illegal drugs as a priority

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/07/21
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Due to her government’s efforts over the past

President Tsai Ing-wen at Saturday’s social summit. (By Central News Agency)

two years, illegal drug labs were a dying business in Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Saturday.

She was addressing a social movement forum organized by supporters at the Grand Hotel in Taipei City.

During a speech centered on reform, the president said that while her administration was happy to welcome investors from all over the world, she was also pleased to see that one type of business was fading fast, namely illegal drug labs, the Central News Agency reported.    [FULL  STORY]

Over 20% of people in Taiwan with disabilities available for work

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/07/21
By: Yu Hsiao-han and Hsu Hsiao-ling

Taipei, July 21 (CNA) In Taiwan, the labor force participation rate among people

Image taken from Pixabay

with disabilities is over 20 percent, while the total number of people with physical or mental disabilities is 1.12 million as of 2016, according to a survey by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

Over 90 percent of those who were available to work were employed. About 21 percent of them were hired in the manufacturing industry, making up the largest group, while 14 percent were employed in wholesale and retail businesses, and 12.6 percent in the service industry, the survey showed.

The average monthly wage of the people with physical or mental disabilities was NT$25,939 (US$847) as of 2016, an increase of 6.5 percent or NT$1,599 from 2011, according to the poll.

Their workweek was 37.9 hours, on average, one hour less than in 2011, the poll showed.     [SOURCE]

Female fighter pilots introduced to the public

They are trained to fly the air force’s IDF, Mirage 2000 and F-16 fighters.

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2018-07-20

In recent years, Taiwan has seen an increase in the number of women in its armed forces. That follows the defense ministry’s efforts to bring about an all-volunteer military after decades of compulsory military service for young men.

Taiwan’s push for an all-volunteer armed forces has enabled the military to recruit more women in recent years. This week, three female fighter pilots were introduced to the public. They are the first batch of women pilots after Taiwan switched to second-generation jet fighters.

The three pilots are all graduates of the ROC Air Force Academy. They are trained to fly the air force’s IDF, Mirage 2000 and F-16 fighters.

Voice of America said the three women have broken the stereotypical image of fighter pilots.

VOA also said there has been an increase in awareness of gender equality in Taiwan’s armed forces and that the proportion of women soldiers has continued to go up.    [SOURCE]

Trouble in Paradise as Kenting Suffers from Tourism Decline

Kenting’s tourist arrivals have plunged amidst complaints about service quality, prices, and litter.

The News Lens
Date: 2018/07/20
By: Matthew Fulco

Photo Credit: Matthew Fulco

Kenting is the closest Taiwan gets to a tropical Arcadia. The small seaside town lies in a secluded peninsula near the island’s southernmost point, about 200 km south of the Tropic of Cancer. White-sand beaches abound. The sun blazes, coloring the temperate waters azure, aquamarine, and royal blue. The air is pristine too. Geographic isolation and steady winds protect Kenting (sometimes also spelled Kending) from the smog that often envelops Taiwan’s western half.

Designated as a national park in 1984, Kenting gradually developed a tourism sector over the next two decades. Visitors were nearly all domestic. Development was haphazard but small-scale, preserving the area’s rustic splendor.

Kenting’s tourism market came alive a decade ago, buoyed by a confluence of factors. The arrival of high-speed rail to Kaohsiung in 2007 nearly halved travel time from northern Taiwan to four and a half hours. Secondly, the hit Taiwanese film “Cape No. 7”, shot on location, attracted a wave of Hong Kong tourists. And most importantly, in 2011 the Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) administration eased restrictions on individual Chinese visitors to Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

DPP lawmaker thanks U.S. congressmen for support of Taiwan

Taiwan News  
Date: 2018/07/20
By:  Central News Agency

A delegation of Taiwanese legislators is visiting the U.S. (By Associated Press)
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Yu Wan-ju, part of a delegation of Taiwanese lawmakers visiting the United States, thanked her U.S. counterparts for supporting Taiwan Friday.

“Many thanks to those U.S. lawmakers who have said that they will not allow Taiwan to become a pawn in U.S.-China relations and that they will take Taiwan’s interests into account when dealing with trade or national security pacts,” she said on her Facebook page, noting that “it will give Taiwan confidence.”

Yu is visiting the U.S. from July 16-21 as part of a legislative delegation that also includes Kuomintang legislators Chiang Chi-chen, Lu Yu-ling, Lin Li-chan and Chiang Wan-an, as well as DPP lawmakers Liu Shih-fang and Lin Chun-hsien.
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China unable to take Taiwan by force if U.S. intervenes: U.S. expert

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/07/20
By: Rita Cheng and Elizabeth Hsu

Washington, July 19 (CNA) An American expert on East Asian security affairs believes the military balance in the Taiwan Strait is tilting toward Beijing, but that China currently remains unable to take Taiwan by force in the face of U.S. intervention.

Roger Cliff, a senior researcher at American nonprofit research and analysis organization, CNA, elaborated on cross-strait and U.S. military power on Thursday at a seminar on cross-strait relations organized by the Washington D.C.-based think tank Global Taiwan Institute.

Having researched Chinese military modernization, China’s foreign policy and U.S. strategy toward Asia, Cliff said “the military balance in the Taiwan Strait is heavily tilting toward China.”

“The good news is, providing the U.S. comes to Taiwan to defend it, China does not currently have the capability to take Taiwan by force or will any time soon,” Cliff said.    [FULL  STORY]

Protesters deface CKS Memorial Hall

‘TRUE RECONCILIATION’: From Ethnos to Nation called for the removal of all authoritarian symbols, the end of the ‘ROC regime’ and the establishment of a new nation

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 21, 2018
By: Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter

A pro-independence group yesterday called for the complete removal of

A handout photograph taken and released yesterday by the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall shows egg shells and red paint on a statue of Chiang Kai-shek at the hall in Taipei.  Photo: AFP / Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

authoritarian symbols and the closure of mausoleums after they hurled red paint at the 6.3m-tall bronze statue of Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei.

The defacement was carried out by several members of the pro-independence group From Ethnos to Nation at about 9:30am in front of visitors at the memorial hall.

The hall is the largest in the nation commemorating Chiang, despite his regime being blamed for the deaths of millions of people.

The group also held up a banner that read: “Eliminate Chinese Tyranny, Build Taiwan’s Own Republic,” referring to the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) regime that retreated from China to Taiwan in 1949 under Chiang’s leadership.

Police later arrested two protesters, who were to be turned over to prosecutors for further investigation, the Taipei Police Department’s Zhongzheng First Precinct said.

The incident came just hours before the Taoyuan District Court was scheduled to hold its first session on the group’s hurling of red paint at Chiang’s sarcophagus in Taoyuan’s Dasi District (大溪) on Feb. 28, the 71st anniversary of the 228 Incident, a bloody state-led crackdown against civilian demonstrations.    [FULL  STORY]

Agriculture council promotes different ways to enjoy red pitaya

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2018-07-19

‘Tis the season for red dragon fruit or pitaya in Taiwan. The agriculture council on Wednesday gave a press conference to promote the fruit to avoid a possible glut.

On a table at the press conference is laid out a whole assortment of products made with red dragon fruit. They include cakes, smoothies, sweet egg rolls, jam, juices and dried fruit pieces. All the goods were made from red dragon fruit that had flaws in them but were still in good quality.

These red pitaya cakes are made to look like the popular pineapple cakes. They will become another good souvenir for foreign tourists. Taichung Bakery Association Director-general, Chou Tzu-liang talked about an upcoming event promoting the fruit.  [FULL  STORY]

OPINION: US Gunboat Diplomacy in Taiwan Strait Does Nothing for Taipei

The News Lens
Date: 2018/07/19
By: Brian Hioe, 破土 New Bloom

Photo Credit: Reuters / TPG

It would be a mistake to take the US decision to sail destroyers through the Taiwan Strait as an indication of support for Taiwan.

The American government sailing two destroyers through the Taiwan Straits earlier this month has been interpreted by some in Taiwan as a continued sign of stronger American support for Taiwan under President Donald Trump. However, some skepticism is in order.

First and foremost, one would do well to remember that being anti-China does not necessarily mean being pro-Taiwan. It is probable that American destroyers were ordered into the Taiwan Strait due to the fact that America’s trade war with China has begun in earnest, with the two sides on the brink of imposing punitive tariffs on bilateral trade flows worth US$100 billion.

In this, China followed America’s lead, seeing as the U.S. has in past months suddenly embarked on a trade war with friend and foe alike, targeting not only China, but also long-standing European allies and Canada. China has claimed that it will take necessary and justified measures to retaliate against trade threats by America, while also positioning itself as a possible new guarantor of the international economic order that America long defended, but now has broken away from.    [FULL  STORY]

MOFA: Dioayu Islands remain Taiwanese territory

The Ministry made a statement after the Japan government approved a plan to introduce high school textbooks next year that claim the islands belong to Japan 

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/07/19
By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

The Diaoyutai Islands (By Associated Press)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) made a press release on July 18 asserting sovereignty over the Dioayu Islands (釣魚台), which Japan refers to as the Senkaku Islands(尖閣諸島).

The statement was made in response to the news that the Japanese government will be speeding up the timeline for the publication of new high school textbooks as part of its controversial “national territory education” policy, which will educate Japanese students that Taiwan’s Dioayu Islands and South Korea’s Dokdo Islands are historically part of Japanese territory.    [FULL  STORY]