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Kuan Chung-ming vows not to waver

WALKOUT: A group split off from the California NTU alumni association for inviting the university’s president-elect, while an alliance of 4,000 in Taiwan demanded his approval

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 23, 2018
By: Ann Maxon  /  Staff reporter, with CNA

Academia Sinica academician and NTU president-elect Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔)

Members of the Southern California National Taiwan University Alumni Association opposed to the association’s decision to invite Academia Sinica member Kuan Chung-ming hold a news conference in Los Angeles on Saturday to announce the founding of a rival association.  Photo: CNA

yesterday reiterated that he will not back down from what he called a fight for National Taiwan University’s (NTU) autonomy against government intervention, in a speech at an annual gala held by the Southern California National Taiwan University Alumni Association in Los Angeles.

Kuan was on Jan. 5 elected NTU president, but the Ministry of Education in April refused to appoint him amid allegations of plagiarism and a conflict of interest, as well as a flawed selection process.

Since then, three administrative appeals have been filed — by NTU students, by the university and by Kuan himself — requesting that the ministry honor the election results and appoint him.

When asked by the audience about his plans to tackle the controversy, Kuan said that he had considered giving up, but former NTU president Chen Wei-jao (陳維昭) changed his mind by telling him that the fight is less about who should be president and more about the university’s autonomy.    [FULL  STORY]

Marimba group represents Belize in Taiwan Festival

Love FM
Date: July 21, 2018
By Dalila Ical

A local Marimba group is on its way to the Republic of China on Taiwan. The group, Los Hijos del West from Benque Viejo Del Carmen traveled today to Taiwan to take part in the Yilan International Children’s Folklore and Folkgames Festival. Los Hijosdel West has been playing marimba music since 2013. They will be performing Mayan Cultural, contemporary and popular music during their stay in Taiwan. Ian Yacab, Director and Founder, says this is their very first international trip, and the group is excited.

Ian Yacab, Director: “We have been working a lot for this opportunity that has been given to us and we have been practicing for two months until now and we have been raising funds as well, doing our party and NICH has been giving us funds as well so NICH has done their part and we have been doing our part as well. What we are going to be doing there is a cultural exchange where we are going to be playing a lot of our traditional original music from Benque Viejo and we will be playing Garifuna music and Kriol music as well from Belize so it’s a variety of music from our country that we are taking.”

Christian Archila, Member: “I feel honored and privileged to be doing this. I will be representing our country and especially we will be performing with the Marimba which is something that makes our town really proud.”

Emil Hernandez, Member: “This trip is very with mixed emotions because we are going for a month, we won’t be able to see our family, well we will because of the technology but to interact with them face to face but most of all I have to say that we are confident of what we are going to present because the Marimba is not an instrument that is seen daily and it is something that would be new.”


Between mainland calls for reunification and military displays on the island, tensions are at a new high. But for these two, there’s a reason why stalemate never gets stale

South China Morning Post
Date: 21 Jul 2018
By: Rana Mitter

When Taiwan proudly displayed its second tranche of US-made Apache attack

Taiwanese soldiers stand guard in front of US-made Apache attack helicopters on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

helicopters, its leader Tsai Ing-wen sent a clear a message to Beijing when she called the assertive display “an important milestone” in the island’s defences.

The message struck a tone in stark contrast to the atmospherics around a high-profile meeting in Beijing just days before between the representatives of two organisations which spent much of the last century at each other’s throats: the Communist Party and the Kuomintang.

Lien Chan, former vice-chair of the Kuomintang on Taiwan is no stranger to the Chinese capital. But his invitation to talk to President Xi Jinping hinted at the mainland cooling down the temperature over an issue that has been the subject of frequent hawkish comment in Chinese circles in recent months: the “resolution” of the Taiwan question of unification, whether consensually or otherwise.

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.

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]