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Huawei urged to reveal action plan

BLACKLISTED: Huawei’s distributor in Taiwan must explain whether its customers can receive updates for the Google Play Store and Android operating system, the NCC said

Taipei Times
Date: May 23, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Huawei Taiwan should reveal information about how it plans to protect its smartphone

A security guard keeps watch from under a Huawei Technologies Co umbrella at the company’s Shanghai Research Center in China yesterday.  Photo: Reuters

users in Taiwan after Alphabet Inc’s Google stopped providing Huawei Technologies Co (華為) with vital software updates, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday.

Google on Monday said that it has blocked the Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer from updates to some of its smartphone applications, such as YouTube and Google Maps, after US President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday last week added Huawei to a trade blacklist, banning US firms from selling components and software to it due to national security concerns.

The US Department of Commerce gave US companies conducting business with Huawei a 90-day reprieve before the ban takes effect.

The commission on Tuesday met with representatives from Xunwei Technologies Co (訊崴技術) — Huawei’s exclusive distributor in Taiwan — to discuss potential issues that might arise from the US ban, NCC Department of Frequency and Resources Director Chen Chung-shu (陳崇樹) said.    [FULL  STORY]

Blind student the youngest winner of presidential education award

Radio Taiwan International 
Date: 22 May, 2019
By: Paula Chao

Blind student the youngest winner of presidential education award

A blind student named Lo Bo-hsun is being recognized for his academic achievements, winning a prestigious award.

Nine-year-old Lo Bo-hsun enjoys playing the piano, and he is good at it, too.

He has had a close connection with music since he was an infant. Four months after he was born, he was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare form of cancer. Lo says he found music soothing while he was receiving medical treatment.

Though Lo is blind, he has a determination to succeed. And it’s not just music he’s good at – he also excels at school. This year, he is the youngest winner of the presidential education award.

Besides music, Lo also enjoys swimming. He has even swum across the Sun Moon Lake. His fighting spirit extends to his other hobby, martial arts, as well.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan ‘Tank Man’ marks Tiananmen crackdown anniversary

BBC News
May 22, 2019

Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionThe balloons are in Taipei, near the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, one of Taiwan’s most famous landmarks

A Taiwanese artist has created a giant inflatable depiction of the iconic “tank man” scene to mark 30 years since China’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

The photo of a man standing in front of a tank in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square became one of the most famous photos of the 20th Century.

The balloons are on show by the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei.

Reporting of the crackdown is heavily censored in China.

The photo of a man in a white shirt – who has never been officially identified – standing in front of a convoy of tanks has become a symbol of peaceful resistance across the world.

Taiwan’s new same-sex marriage law to be enacted on May 24

The Presidential Office has signed the act into law and from Friday Taiwan will begin to register the marriages of same-sex couples

Taiwan News 
Date: 2019/05/22
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s same-sex marriage law, titled Enforcement Act of Judicial Yuan Interpretation No. 748, will be enacted on Friday (May 24), after being passed in the legislature last week, making Taiwan the first country in Asia to have a same-sex marriage law.

The newly passed Enforcement Act of Judicial Yuan Interpretation No. 748 appeared in a Presidential Office communiqué, which means the president of the country has signed it into law and promulgated it, as well as in the Legislative Yuan’s “latest promulgated laws.”

A message from President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) promulgating the law, posted by an internet user, was shared more than 100 times in a short time, according to a Liberty Times report on Wednesday (May 22).

The Presidential Office’s promulgation of the law in its communiqué had received more than 20,000 hits as of 9:11 p.m. on Wednesday, more than 100 times the average number of hits other enactments have received.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan holds live-fire drill along east coast

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/05/22
By: Matt Yu and Evelyn Kao 

Taipei, May 22 (CNA) Taiwan’s military held its largest maritime live-fire training exercise in five years along the country’s east coast Wednesday at a time of heightened activity by China’s military in areas around Taiwan.

The training drill involving 22 surface warships and 22 fighter jets was held ahead of the live-fire drill part of the Han Kuang exercises, Taiwan’s biggest annual military drill, to be held from May 27 to 31.

Wednesday’s drill was the largest at sea since the 30th edition of the Han Kuang exercises held in 2014, which were observed by then President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said.

The drill simulated an attack by China on the naval port of Suao in Yilan County as enemy aircraft crossed the Taiwan Strait toward the northern part of Taiwan.

First in Asia: Taiwan Insider

Radio Taiwan International 
Date: 21 May, 2019
By: Paula Chao

Taiwan is the first country in Asia to pass same-sex marriage legislation. Lawmakers approved the bill on May 17th, paving the way for legal marriages to take place as early as May 24, 2019. In today’s program, we tell you five things you need to know to understand the bill’s dramatic route to passage.

We also hear from one of the driving forces behind the movement: Jennifer Lu, who is the chief coordinator of Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan. She talks about the moment she heard the news, and what it’s like to be the public face of same-sex marriage. Also, find out what she thinks will be the next country in Asia to pass marriage equality.

U.S. urges China to give Taiwan a role at UN health assembly

For years, China allowed Taiwan to send observers to the assembly, but has locked out its envoys in recent years amid tensions between the governments

The Associated Press
Date: May 20, 2019

GENEVA — The United States is urging China to allow Taiwan to be granted observer

In this Oct. 10, 2017 file photo, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during the National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Building in Taipei.AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying

status at the U.N. health agency’s biggest annual gathering, the U.S. health secretary said Monday.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar spoke to reporters in Geneva on the sidelines of the start of the World Health Organization’s annual assembly, which China’s government has prevented Taiwan from attending.

China claims sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan.

For years, China allowed Taiwan to send observers to the assembly, but has locked out its envoys in recent years amid tensions between China’s Communist government and the government of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.

“We support Taiwan having the type of status it had previously here at the World Health Assembly,” Azar said.    [FULL  STORY]

Man plucked from cliff after being lost 8 days in N. Taiwan mountains

Elderly man rescued from cliff after being lost 8 days in wilderness in Hsinchu, Taiwan

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/05/21
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(Photo from Facebook group 台灣磐石救難隊-後援會)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An elderly man was rescued from the side of a cliff last week after being lost in the mountains for eight days in northern Taiwan’s Hsinchu County and surviving only on water.

In an effort to gather medicinal herbs for his cancer-stricken brother, a 62-year-old man surnamed Song (宋), who is a resident of New Taipei City’s Xindian District, set out on a trek in a deep mountain area in Hsinchu’s Jianshi Township on May 5. Song originally had planned to spend two days and one night in the mountainous area, but because there was no sign of him by May 8, family members became worried and alerted authorities that he was missing, reported ETtoday.

After searching for Song for four days, search and rescue workers finally found him trapped on the side of a three-story-high cliff on May 12, according to the report. Because a helicopter was unable to safely approach his position, rescuers had to rappel down to him and slowly lower him to safety by rope.

Over the eight days Song was trapped on the cliff, he had nothing to eat and only had water to sustain himself. When rescuers found him, he was very weak, and needed assistance walking after being rescued.    [FULL  STORY]

U.S., Germany, U.K. speak for Taiwan at WHA

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/05/21
By: Tang Pei-chun, Tai Ya-chen, Joseph Yeh and Evelyn Kao

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar (front) (Photo taken from

Geneva, May 20 (CNA) The United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom spoke out for Taiwan during the first day of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in support of its participation in the annual meeting.

This year’s WHA opened in Geneva on Monday, with Taiwan blocked from participating by Beijing for the third consecutive year.

A late proposal by 14 of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies to invite Taiwan to participate in the WHA, the World Health Organization’s decision-making body, also failed to make it onto the agenda for discussion after two-on-two debates.

Those setbacks led a few countries to voice direct and indirect support for Taiwan during the assembly later in the day.    [FULL  STORY]

WHA’s ‘health for all’ rings false: Chen

SITTING ON SIDELINES: Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung said that he questioned the ability of the WHO to ‘walk the talk,’ the organization’s goal this year

Taipei Times
Date: May 22, 2019
By: Lee I-chia and Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporters

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) yesterday said that he feels as

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, second left, and officials watch a World Health Assembly (WHA) event on the screen at a news conference held in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday to promote Taiwan’s WHA bid.Photo: CNA

if he is watching a satire when members of the World Health Assembly (WHA) talk about “health for all” and “leaving no one behind,” while Taiwan is left sitting outside the meeting venue.

Chen said he was deeply saddened that the more than 23 million people of Taiwan, which was not invited to attend this year’s meeting, are being left out of the WHA, and he questioned the ability of the WHO to “walk the talk” — a goal that the organization set for itself this year.

An international news conference that the delegation held at noon was successful, he said, adding that several reporters even asked questions about cross-strait relations.

At the news conference, the delegation played a video clip of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) saying that “health for all is a powerful concept, but only if we work together to make it a reality. So if you believe in that idea, please use your platform to speak up for Taiwan, because Taiwan can help.”    [FULL  STORY]