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Taiwan to hold demonstrations supporting HK on Sept. 29

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 16 September, 2019
By: Natalie Tso

Musicians call on Taiwan public to demonstrate for HK

Taiwan is set to hold its own demonstrations showing support for the people of Hong Kong on September 29. The theme for the protests is “Taiwan-Hong Kong demonstrations: Support Hong Kong, Oppose Totalitarianism.”  Entertainers recently made an open call for public support in Taiwan.

A group of high-profile musicians is calling on people in Taiwan to take to the streets on September 29 to show support for the people of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong singer Denise Ho says the people of Hong Kong have been protesting for almost 100 days against an authoritarian government.

The protesters have five demands, including: amnesty for protestors, HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s resignation, universal suffrage and an independent inquiry into police brutality.

Abandoning Taiwan reflects a trend

Global Times
Date:  2019/9/16

The Solomon Islands has cut its "diplomatic relations" with the island of Taiwan and switched to Beijing.

Manasseh Damukana Sogavare, Prime Minister of Solomon Islands attends a Lowy Institute event in Sydney, Monday Aug. 14, 2017, (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

This is the sixth country Taiwan has lost as a "diplomatic ally" since Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen took office. There are only 16 "allies" left for Taiwan. 

The island of Taiwan is not a country. No major powers in the world recognize that it has sovereign status. A few small states as its "diplomatic allies" have also abandoned it. 

The Tsai authority soon accused the Chinese mainland of engaging in "dollar diplomacy." It was extremely ridiculous. It is the Taiwan authority that has relied on money to maintain improper foreign relations. They have not yet figured out the world's general trend, believing that money can settle everything.

It is worth noting that the US Congress and the Trump administration in 2018 repeatedly warned that countries breaking "diplomatic relations" with Taiwan may lose Washington's assistance and even face US sanctions. Solomon's move fully demonstrates the limitations of US pressure.

Vietnamese masseur charged with raping college student in Taipei spa

Vietnamese masseur charged with raping female college student while boyfriend was on other side of curtain in Taipei spa

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/09/16
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Boyfriend (left), Nguyen (right). (Taipei Police Department image)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An unaccounted for Vietnamese migrant worker has been charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a female college student while her boyfriend was being massaged on the other side of the curtain.

On Sept. 9, the woman and her boyfriend went to a spa on Taipei City's Kaifeng Street to receive massages. According to local reports, the woman was then allegedly sexually assaulted by a male Vietnamese masseur, unbeknownst to her boyfriend, who was on the other side a curtain while receiving a massage from another worker.

The woman arrived at the massage parlor with her male companion at 10 p.m. that evening, and she opted for a full-body oil massage. The suspect led the woman to a bed in a separate compartment from her boyfriend and pulled the curtain closed.

Halfway through the massage, the suspect allegedly forced the woman to engage in a sexual act with him, reported UDN. At the moment the assault occurred, the woman did not shout for help and did not tell her boyfriend until the next day, reported the Liberty Times.    [FULL  STORY]

Terry Gou decides not to run for presidency

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/09/16
By: Wang Cheng-chung and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, Sept. 16 (CNA) One of Taiwan's richest businessmen Terry Gou (郭台銘) said Monday that he

CNA file photo

will not run for presidency in the January election, but will continue to participate in political affairs.

In a public statement, Gou, the founder and former chairman of iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, apologized to his supporters for the decision.

"After thoroughly thinking this over, I hope that the society, when choosing a national leader, can return to rational thinking and policy-level debates, so I've decided not to participate in the 2020 presidential election," Gou said.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan severs ties with the Solomons

CHINESE BULLY: President Tsai Ing-wen reiterated that Taiwan would not compete with Beijing in dollar diplomacy nor yield to its attempts to demoralize Taiwanese

Taipei Times
Date:  Sep 17, 2019
By: Staff writer, with agencies

Taiwan yesterday severed official ties with the Solomon Islands as the South Pacific nation decided

Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu, center, accompanied by Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Joanne Ou, right, and Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Director-General Baushuan Ger, speaks at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

to switch diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing.

The Taipei government also condemned China’s attempts to diminish Taiwan’s international presence and eliminate Taiwanese sovereignty.

“It is absolutely evident that China, through this case, deliberately seeks to influence Taiwan’s upcoming presidential and legislative elections,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) told a news conference at 6:30pm.

“The government strongly condemns China’s attempts to suppress Taiwan and calls on the people of Taiwan to continue to uphold our national sovereignty, champion the principles of freedom and democracy, reach out to the international community and serve as a force for good in the world,” Wu said.    [FULL  STORY]

Decoding the “Zhuangzi”: A Debate on Hans-Georg Moeller and Paul J. D’Ambrosio’s “Genuine Pretending”

Los Angelese Review
Date: September 15, 2019
By: David E. Cooper, Paul J. D’Ambrosio, Hans-Georg Moeller


THESE ARE GOOD TIMES for Daoism. In China, since the death of Mao, there has been a vigorous revival of an organized religious Daoism whose esoteric creeds and disciplines go back to the second century CE. Affiliated Daoist associations have sprung up in the West, and the religion continues to attract large numbers in Taiwan. Equally encouraging is the current lively interest, Chinese and Western alike, in the classic texts of Daoist philosophy, above all the Daodejing and the Zhuangzi, compiled in the fourth and third centuries BCE. This interest is not purely historical or textual. From Martin Buber and Martin Heidegger to the present day, philosophers find in these works insights into themes that loom large in modern metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. Lay readers have been attracted to the two works by their apparent promotion of a godless, yet spiritual way of life marked, not least, by a harmonious and respectful relationship with the natural environment.

While the marvelously terse Daodejing is one of the most heavily translated of all books, it is in the Zhuangzi — originally attributed to the shadowy figure of Zhuang Zhou (c.369–286 BCE) — that recent philosophical interest is more pronounced. This is despite, or perhaps because of, the challenges it presents to readers, its dense passages of speculation interspersed with parables, jokes, and episodes whose points are often obscure. The book is, moreover, the work of many hands besides Zhuang Zhou’s, and there are tensions, if not contradictions, between its various emphases. There is, for example, a “primitivist” or “back to nature” streak in some chapters that is missing from others.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan actress Jiang Ping divorced husband after his affair with her mother

The Straits Times
Date: Sep 15, 2019
By: Loh Keng Fatt

Taiwanese actress Jiang Ping revealed on a talk show on Sept 11 that her husband cheated on her, and that her mother was involved.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

He was 14 years older than her but Taiwanese actress Jiang Ping had no qualms marrying the scriptwriter, despite a short period of courtship.

"I found his character acceptable," she said on a Taiwanese talk show on Sept 11.

She was talking about her marriage, and events leading to a divorce that occurred some 20 years ago.

Tracing the split-up, she said when his affections for her cooled down seven years after they married, she consulted a fortune teller who said he was cheating on her.    [FULL  STORY]

Time is right for Taiwan, US to resume diplomatic relations: former premier

Yu Shyi-kun in Washington DC for Formosan Association for Public Affairs event

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/09/15
By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s former premier under the Chen administration, Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃), on Saturday (Sept. 14) declared that the conditions are favorable for Taiwan to pursue formal diplomatic relations with the United States.

Visiting the U.S. for a meeting with the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) in Washington D.C., Yu observed that U.S. President Donald Trump has already altered the status-quo of U.S.-China relations, and with friends of Taiwan in top cabinet positions and significant support in U.S. Congress, Taiwan should seize the moment to pursue a restoration of bilateral ties with Washington. Yu pledged to devote himself towards achieving that goal.

As the threat from China continues to increase, support from the United States will be crucial to maintaining Taiwan’s sovereignty, noted Yu. The U.S. is also bound by the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) to protect Taiwan in the event that Beijing attempts to conquer Taiwan by military force.

Given the great assistance which the U.S. provides for Taiwan’s self-defense, like minded partners in Taipei and Washington should work together to promote normalized diplomatic relations between the two countries, said Yu. Given the audacious nature of Donald Trump and his willingness to challenge accepted norms, Taiwan should make the most of the current political situation by mobilizing resources towards diplomatic recognition in the U.S., suggested Yu.    [FULL STORY]

Taiwan reports 3 new cases of indigenous chikungunya

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/09/15
By: Cheng Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, Sept. 15 (CNA) A cluster of three chikungunya fever cases has been confirmed in New Taipei, all of which were contracted in Taiwan, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Sunday.

Two of the patients, a woman in her 80s and a man in his 60s live in a borough in the city's Zhonghe District, where there is already an active chikungunya cluster, the CDC said in a statement.

The third patient, a woman in her 50s, is from Xinchuang District but said she had gone hiking in Zhonghe twice recently, the CDC added.

The three patients sought medical attention after developing high fever, headache, and joint pains between Aug. 20 and Sept. 10, the CDC said.    [FULL  STORY]

Expert pushes for climate change office

DISEASE SPREAD? WeatherRisk’s Chia Hsin-hsing said that global warming might lead to more dengue fever with increased mosquito breeding at higher latitudes

Taipei Times
Date:  Sep 16, 2019
By: Hsiao Yu-hsin  /  Staff reporter

Global warming is happening gradually in Taiwan and the government should establish a dedicated

A preliminary sketch of a sand sculpture for a work seeking to draw attention to the risk to polar bear habitats caused by global warming is superimposed on a beach in New Taipei City’s Bali District on Sept. 7.
Photo courtesy of the New Taipei City High Riverbank Construction Management Office

office to address it, WeatherRisk Co weather director Chia Hsin-hsing (賈新興) said yesterday.

Taiwan saw its warmest winter last year and extreme rain in recent years demonstrates the impact of global warming, so the government should see climate change as a threat to national security and show its determination to handle it, Chia said.

The most significant impact on Taiwan is increasing temperatures, regardless of season, he said.

Global warming caused more frequent heavy rain in short periods in the past three years, with afternoon thundershowers often bringing more than 70mm per hour, leading to serious flooding, he said.    [FULL  STORY]