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Taiwan’s techno prince at Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Ireland

Radio Taiwan International 
Date: 18 March, 2019
By: Paula Chao

Taiwan’ s techno prince at Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Ireland (Photo by Taiwan’s representative office in Ireland)

Taiwan’s techno prince has been invited to participate in a Saint Patrick’s Day parade at a seaside town called Bray, not far from Dublin.

The techno prince reflects a unique and important feature of Taiwan’s temple festivities. He combines Taiwan’s subculture, electronic music, and processions with components of folklore.

March 17 marks Saint Patrick’s Day in Ireland. The three techno princes caught public attention at the parade with their colorful costumes and brisk dance movements.

Taiwan’s representative office in Ireland said Ireland’s public service broadcaster RTE also invited the techno prince for a TV shoot a day earlier.    [FULL  STORY]

Polls Show Tsai Ing-wen’s Chances at Winning Re-Election Are as Slim as Ever

Tsai is facing challenges from all sides. Polls show winning re-election in 2020 will be a tough task.

The News Lens
Date: 2019/03/18
By: Paul Huang

Credit: Taiwan Presidential Office

Recent opinion polls reveal that public support for Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) re-election run in 2020 has sunk to a dismal low, hovering at 20 percent in some lineups, while all of her major challengers lead by at least double digits. Despite her unpopularity, Tsai has announced she will pursue the presidential nomination in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) primary, scheduled to begin this week.

Tsai faces challenges ahead on all fronts. Two candidates from the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) have declared they will seek the presidency, and William Lai (Lai Ching-te, 賴清德), Tsai’s former premier, entered the DPP primary earlier today. Other KMT hopefuls may enter the race, as might independent Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲).

Taiwan’s 2020 general election is set to take place in January of next year, the result of which will determine the President and the composition of the parliament in the next four years at a time when China continues to increase political and military pressure against the island nation.

President Tsai’s administration has resisted China’s demands for unification. Her party also consistently refuses to accept the “one China principle” that Beijing insists serve as the baseline for any peaceful relationship.    [FULL  STORY]

Victim blaming: Landlord evicts woman for being ‘too beautiful’ after rape attempt in W. Taiwan

After Taiwanese woman fights off rapist, landlord evicts her for being ‘too beautiful’

Taiwan News   
Date: 2019/03/18
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After fighting off an attempt by a stranger to rape her, a woman

(Air Force photo illustration by Margo Wright)

found herself being evicted because her landlord allegedly blamed her for causing “trouble” because she is “too beautiful,” according to local media reports.

At 1 a.m. on Feb. 18, after a night of drinking wine with friends, a 40-year-old woman surnamed Lee (李) was wearing a miniskirt when she returned to her apartment complex in Taichung City’s South District. As she entered the elevator, a 47-year-old man surnamed Chang (張), who she noticed was behaving suspiciously, followed her inside.

When she arrived on the floor where her apartment was located, she demanded that the man leave the scene. Instead of complying with her demand, Chang grabbed her hair and put her in a bear hug.

Chang then wrestled Lee to the ground and tried to strip her clothes off and rape her. After struggling for 10 minutes, Chang finally relented the assault out of apparent exhaustion and left the scene.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan will not accept ‘one country, two systems’: President

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/18 20
By: Ku Chuan and William Yen

Taipei, March 18 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Monday that as long as she

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, center)

is president, Taiwan will not accept the ‘one country, two systems’ formula devised by China because it seeks to annex Taiwan and place it under the control of Beijing.

Tsai made the statement in a Facebook post commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Sunflower Student Movement, a 23-day student-led occupation of Taiwan’s parliament that began on March 18, 2014 to protest against a trade-in-services agreement with China.

“As long as I am president, the ‘one country, two systems’ formula will not be accepted,” Tsai said.

Tsai also said she will register this week for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) primary for the 2020 presidential election.    [FULL  STORY]

Lai seeks DPP’s backing for 2020 race

DEFENDING TAIWAN: DPP supporters are concerned that losing the presidency and a number of legislative seats would put the nation’s sovereignty at risk, William Lai said

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 19, 2019
By: Yang Chun-hui and Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Former premier William Lai (賴清德) yesterday registered to run in the Democratic

Former premier William Lai, center, waves during a news conference yesterday at the Democratic Progressive Party’s headquarters in Taipei after announcing his registration to run in the party’s presidential primary.  Photo: Huang Yao-cheng, Taipei Times

Progressive Party’s (DPP) presidential primary, saying that he could shoulder the responsibility of leading Taiwan in defending itself.

Lai, who stepped down as premier in January following the party’s losses in the nine-in-one elections on Nov. 24 last year, said that calls from grassroots DPP supporters led him to contend for the party’s nomination.

The DPP would find itself in an even more precarious position in next year’s presidential election than in the 2008 race, particularly after the party’s heavy losses in the local elections, Lai said.

DPP supporters are concerned that losing the presidency and a number of legislative seats would put the nation’s sovereignty and democracy at risk, he said.  [FULL  STORY]

Taichung air pollution ‘a crisis’

SEVEN DISTRICTS: People who live near the Taichung Power Plant, Dragon Steel Corp or the Central Taiwan Science Park are exposed to eight carcinogenic pollutants

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 18, 2019
By: Tsai Shu-yuan  /  Staff reporter

Taichung residents in seven districts are being exposed to higher concentrations of eight

A map shows PM2.5 levels across Taiwan on Thursday.Photo: CNA

first-level carcinogenic air pollutants, and the government should be treating the city’s pollution as a national security crisis, an academic told a public hearing on Saturday.

The hearing held by the Taichung Environmental Protection Bureau at Chung Shan Medical University focused on the bureau’s latest report on the city’s air pollution and its effect on health.

People living in districts near the state-run Taichung Power Plant, which has 10 coal-fired units and four oil-fired units, the Dragon Steel Corp plant and the Central Taiwan Science Park are exposed to eight first-level airborne carcinogenic pollutants, including arsenic, dioxin, cadmium and nickel, said Liaw Yung-po (廖勇柏), a professor at the university.

The concentrations of carcinogenic pollutants are higher in Longjing (龍井), Situn (西屯), Dadu (大肚), Daya (大雅), Cingshuei (清水), Houli (后里) and Wuci (梧棲) than the city’s other districts, Liaw said his research had found.    [FULL  STORY]

Foxconn looks to move server production back to Taiwan for security

Island could become a “technology buffer” in US-China trade war, Terry Gou says

Nikkei Asian Review
Date: March 18, 2019
By: Lauly Li and Cheng Ting Fang, Nikkei staff writers

Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou (second from left) signs a memorandum of understanding with Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu on March 17 to purchase agricultural products from the city to help feed Foxconn’s more than 1 million employees.

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan— Foxconn is considering shifting some server production out of China and hiring up to 3,000 high-end software engineers for a big-data processing hub in this southern Taiwanese city, citing cybersecurity concerns amid the ongoing trade war between Washington and Beijing, Chairman Terry Gou said.

“We don’t know how the U.S.-China trade war is going to develop,” Gou told a press conference in Kaohsiung on Sunday afternoon. “Some sensitive data has to be stored in a third-party location and Taiwan is a neutral location between China and the U.S.”

“We’ve been asked by many clients to store data in Taiwan … because the government here cannot ask us to share the data,” the chairman said.

Gou’s remarks came as the U.S. and China negotiate a final deal to resolve prolonged trade conflicts and technology disputes. Washington has consistently accused Beijing and its companies, such as Huawei Technologies, of posing a security threat, stealing trade secrets and carrying out forced technology transfers on U.S. companies. Beijing and Huawei have denied any wrongdoing. Huawei recently hit back with a lawsuit against the U.S. government.    [FULL  STORY]

Disaster rumors need stiff penalty: Tsai

CHANGES NEEDED: The government must swiftly clarify misinformation and push for amendments to punish those who spread false news about disasters, the president said

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 18, 2019
By: Su Meng-chuan, Liu Li-jen and Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff reporters, with staff writer

The government should amend the law to increase penalties for spreading false

The National Communications Commission emblem is pictured at its office in Taipei on Sep. 27, 2017.  Photo: Tan Wei-cheng, Taipei Times

information about disasters, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) told a meeting of the Medical Professionals Alliance in Taichung yesterday.

The results of the legislative by-elections on Saturday showed that misinformation has become a problem, Tsai said.

During campaigning, the public focused on a farmer’s false claim that the price of pomeloes last year was so low that 2 million catties (1,200 tonnes) were dumped into the Zengwen Reservoir (曾文水庫).

Besides acting swiftly to clarify misinformation, the government needs to push for amendments to implement harsher penalties to curtail false information about disasters, Tsai added.    [FULL  STORY]

Magnitude 4.1 earthquake shakes Yilan in northeastern Taiwan

The quake was also felt in Taipei City
Taiwan News   
Date: 2019/03/17 
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(photo: CWB)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — At 8:44 p.m. on Sunday, a magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck Taiwan’s northeastern county of Yilan, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The epicenter of the temblor was located off the coast of Yilan County, 35.5 kilometers southeast of Yilan County Hall, at a depth of 22.6 km, the CWB said.

The earthquake’s intensity, which gauges the actual effect of a temblor, measured a 4 on Taiwan’s 7-tier intensity scale, and a 2 in Yilan City and Hualien, the CWB said.

The quake was also felt in Taipei City, where an intensity level of 1 was recorded, according to CWB data.    [FULL  STORY]

City-to-city exchanges China’s key strategy toward Taiwan: scholar

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/17
By: Miao Zhong-han and Emerson Lim

Taipei, March 17 (CNA) City-to-city exchanges are expected to become the Communist

Taiwanese scholar Andy Chang (張五岳)

Party of China’s (CPC’s) key strategy toward Taiwan amid the absence of mutual trust and interrupted negotiations between Taiwan and China, Taiwanese scholar Andy Chang (張五岳) said Saturday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) will continue to hold power for the foreseeable future and his advocacies will be China’s core strategy toward Taiwan, Chang said in a forum titled “China under Xi Jinping, Changes and Challenges,” which took place in Taipei.

Xi said at an annual legislative session in Fujian Province March 10 that China should promote “integrated development” across the Taiwan Strait and push for the so-called “Four New Links.”

Chang, a professor of China Studies at Tamkang University and a consultant for Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), said the CPC will try to realize Xi’s goal of promoting integration and unification through city-to-city exchanges at a time when cross-strait negotiations are at a stalemate and there is a lack of mutual trust between the two sides.