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sai thanks St. Vincent and the Grenadines for supporting Taiwan

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 17 July, 2019
By: Shirley Lin

President Tsai Ing-wen (center) meets with St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves (right) and Health Minister Luke Browne.

President Tsai Ing-wen delivered a speech Tuesday at the parliament of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, one of Taiwan’s Caribbean allies. Tsai was on the third leg of a state visit that will take her to four Taiwan’s diplomatic allies in the region.

In her speech, Tsai first congratulated the Caribbean nation for being elected as a member of the UN Security Council and for playing a role in bringing about global peace and security. Tsai said Taiwan is proud to be an ally of the country. She also expressed admiration for the country’s active involvement in important issues surrounding climate change and sustainable development.

Will We See More Taiwanese Faces in K-Pop?

What's more attractive to young Taiwanese music talents – South Korea or Taiwan?

The News Lens
Date: 2019/07/17
By: Olivia Han

Photo Credit: Reuters / TPG Images

When South Korea bombarded North Korea with K-pop music broadcasts across its border in 2016, the broadcasts were described as “a peaceful version of the nuclear bomb.” If a country’s entertainment industry is properly invested, it might well be a powerful weapon of influence.

The K in K-pop may stand for Korean, but the music genre has surpassed its niche and reached global status. More K-pop groups, like BTS and Blackpink, are having world tours and songs charting high on the Billboard. When physical CD sales dropped globally, it was the opposite in South Korea; there was an 11-percent increase in CD sales in 2012 due to creative marketing strategies such as adding collectible items like photo cards and a raffle ticket giving fans the chance to attend a meet and greet.

As K-pop is no longer a niche market, many foreigners are heading to Korea to pursue their dreams of stardom. East Asians still make up the majority in the K-pop scene, with more Taiwanese faces on the rise. Whenever a Taiwanese person debuts in Korea, he or she would often make the entertainment media’s headlines being referred to as "Taiwanese pride.”

With K-pop’s tremendous growth potential in the international stage, perhaps more Taiwanese would consider exploring the opportunities of sharpening and showcasing their talent in Korea, where entertainment agencies provide rigorous training as well as the promise of a much larger stage. As of now, the most distinguishable Taiwanese K-pop artists are Amber Liu (劉逸雲), Chou Tzuyu (周子瑜), and Lai Guanlin (賴冠霖).    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan media conglomerate receives orders from Chinese authorities: report

China's Taiwan Affairs Office reportedly meddles with news reporting in Taiwan

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/07/17
By: Teng Pei-ju, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Protesters rally in Taipei on June 23 against the “red media” in Taiwan (Source: CNA)

[Updated with a statement from the China Times and CTI at 22:00 on July 17]

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwan-based media conglomerate, Want Want China Times Group, reportedly follows direct instructions from China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), a government agency exercising Beijing’s policy towards Taiwan.

The editorial management of the China Times and CTiTV (CTI) receive calls on a daily basis from the Chinese authorities, which give directions as to how reports concerning cross-strait relations and China should be covered, reported the Financial Times on Tuesday (July 16).

“[TAO] have a say in the angle of the story and whether it goes on the front page,” Financial Times quoted a China Times reporter as saying.

The China Times and CTI issued a joint statement in the evening, denouncing the report as fake news with malicious intent. They said they would take legal action against individuals and media outlets citing or paraphrasing the content of the article.    [FULL  STORY]

DPP gears up to fend off Chinese infiltration

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/07/17
By: Flor Wang and Yeh Su-ping

Taipei, July 17 (CNA) The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said Wednesday that it will

DPP spokeswoman Lee Yen-jong

hold a series of events across Taiwan to ward off Chinese infiltration into Taiwanese society, especially on campuses, starting in August.

From next month, the DPP will sponsor various sessions with rank-and-file throughout the country to examine China's tactics on infiltration into Taiwanese society, DPP spokeswoman Lee Yen-jong (李晏榕) cited party Chairman Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) as saying following a Central Standing Committee meeting.

During the meeting, Edwin Yang (楊聰榮), an associate professor at National Taiwan Normal University and an expert on Asian history, gave a keynote speech on how to prevent China's infiltration of Taiwan's higher education institutions.

Due to Taiwan's geographic proximity to China and its strategic importance, the island stands at the front of China's infiltration campaign — a vital reason why Taiwan must maintain stringent vigilance against China's intangible expansion and build an aggressive mechanism to counter its offensive, Cho was quoted by Lee as saying.    [FULL  STORY]

Tropical storm’s threat to Taiwan fades

RAIN STILL EXPECTED: The Central Weather Bureau lifted the land alert for Danas as of 8:30pm yesterday. Most schools and offices nationwide are to be open today

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 18, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff Reporter

Tropical Storm Danas’ threat to Taiwan proper appears to be diminishing, as its projected path is

Waves surge onto a beach on the Pacific Ocean coast of Hualien County yesterday as Tropical Storm Danas approaches Taiwan from the south.
Photo: Wang Chin-yi, Taipei Times

moving it away from the east coast, but the center and south of the island should brace for rain being brought by another low-pressure system, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.

The bureau issued sea alerts for Danas at 11:30pm on Tuesday and 11:30am yesterday.

It had previously forecast that the storm would make landfall on the southeast coast, move across the nation and proceed to China.

However, as of 7pm last night, Danas’ center was located 360km southeast of Pingtung County’s Oluanpi (鵝鑾鼻), and the storm, with a 150km radius, was moving northwest at 17kph.

Tsai receives Order of Saint Christopher and Nevis

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 16 July, 2019
By: Paula Chao

President Tsai Ing-wen and Saint Kitts and Nevis’ Governor-General Tapley Seaton (CNA photo)

President Tsai Ing-wen received the Order of Saint Christopher and Nevis from Governor-General Tapley Seaton during her visit to the Caribbean island country.

On Monday, Tsai talked about the significance of receiving the highest medal.     [FULL  STORY]

FILM REVIEW: The Missing Body Episode 1 and the Future of Taiwanese VR Cinema

A review of the VR film The Missing Body Episode 1, featured in the 2019 Taipei Film Festival.

The News Lens
Date: 2019/07/16
By: CJ Sheu

Photo Courtesy of Huang Hsin-Chien, Director of The Missing Body Episode 1

Go to Taipei’s Zhongshan Hall (中山堂) and take the elevator to the fourth floor. At the head of the adjacent staircase are two tented booths, each about the size of a freight elevator. Point to the booth showing the film of your choice and give your ticket to the attendant, who will seat you in the 360-degree swivel chair bolted into the floor at the center of the booth.

The attendant then fits a virtual reality headset in front of your eyes, closes the strap behind your head, and flips down the earphones. The score of the standby screen drowns out the attendant’s continued instructions.

Taking a controller in each hand – they’re not very ergonomic, especially in the placement of the triggers – you are faced with a dead body lying facedown in a prison cell, and the outside world is quickly forgotten.

The Missing Body Episode 1

Director Huang Hsin-Chien (黃心健) says that his newest VR film, The Missing Body Episode 1 (失身記-上集), is about personal memories, Taiwanese culture, and the Martial Law Period, according to the Taipei Film Festival program synopsis. But you may not be aware of these themes simply by watching the film alone.    [FULL  STORY]

Taipei Mayor makes major announcement on social media

Potential presidential contender took to Facebook on Tuesday to make important announcement

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/07/16
By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On Tuesday (July 16), just a day after the Kuomintang (KMT) announced

(Screengrab from Ko Wen-je’s Facebook)

their presidential nominee as Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) on Monday (July 15), Taipei Mayor and potential presidential challenger, Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), stated that he had a “huge announcement” to make as well.

Mayor Ko took to social media with a live event on Facebook on Tuesday that instantly drew the attention of thousands in Taiwan who are eager to know if and when Ko plans to enter the race for 2020.

However, despite asking for his followers support, many were disappointed because the “huge announcement” from the mayor was not related to the upcoming presidential election. Instead, Ko asked netizens to support Taipei’s official mascot, Bravo the Bear, in an upcoming competition to decide Taiwan’s favorite mascot.

The first ever Mascot Taiwan competition is taking place right now, and before July 26 people can vote on their favorite mascot in Taiwan on the official 2019 Mascot Taiwan website. In the major announcement today, Mayor Ko not only trolled thousands of his online followers, but he also emphasized that the best candidate in any race is a candidate with good ideas, ability, and one who contributes to the people’s happiness.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan issues sea warning for Tropical Storm Danas

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/07/16
By: Lee Hsin-Yin

Taipei, July 16 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued a sea warning for Tropical Storm Danas late Tuesday, adding that a land warning is likely at noon Wednesday.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, the system was located 600 kilometers south-southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip, moving in a northwesterly direction at a speed of 11 kilometers per hour toward the Bashi Channel, the CWB said.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kph and gusts of 90 kph, according to the bureau. 

Slain railway police officer honored at funeral service

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 17, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

A memorial whistle was blown yesterday for Railway Police Bureau officer Lee Cheng-han (李承翰),

High-ranking police officials cover the coffin of railway police officer Lee Cheng-han with a national flag at his funeral in Chiayi yesterday.
Photo: Liao Yao-tung, Taipei Times

who was stabbed to death on July 3, as the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) announced that conductors and station staff would be given self-defense courses, and that pepper spray would be given to conductors.

All trains departing at 11:40am — when the pallbearers at Lee’s funeral service in Chiayi were scheduled to lift up his casket — blew their whistles for about three seconds in a salute to the slain officer.

Lee was stabbed during a confrontation with a Ziqiang Express (自強號) passenger who had refused to pay the full fare, leading the train’s conductor to call the bureau for assistance.

The incident led the TRA to open a review of the safety equipment carried by its onboard personnel.