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Military equipment will not reach Burkina Faso: Defense Ministry

ICRT Radio News
Date: 2018-05-26

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said a shipment of military equipment
from Taiwan en route to Burkina Faso will not be allowed to reach the
African country after it severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

According to MND spokesman Chen Chung-chi, none of the items will be given
to Burkina Faso, and the ministry is working with the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs (MOFA) to deal with the issue.    [FULL  STORY]

Acclaimed Taiwanese sculptor Ju Ming reveals new ‘ballet’ series

The collection consists of 29 pieces carved from stainless steel

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/05/26
By: Huang Tzu-ti, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The world-renowned Taiwanese sculptor Ju Ming unveiled

Sculptor Ju Ming and his ballerina sculptures (Photo by Facebook Ju Ming Museum)

his new collection, the “Living World Series – Ballet (人間系列-芭蕾),” which captures the strength and beauty of ballet dancing through 29 pieces of stainless steel sculptures.

The event on May 25, which opened with performances by the Lan Yang Ballet Troupe (蘭陽芭蕾舞團), saw Ju Ming donate one of the artworks to a charity auction with proceeds going to promote children’s art education.

According to the Ju Ming Museum, the new series seeks to inject innovative elements and a dose of modernity into the sculptor’s interpretation of femininity. Each piece represents a unique ballerina who swings, jumps, and turns in a flowy sequence of moves and ultimately achieves a balanced posture precisely captured by the craft of sculpting, reported CNA.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan shows international leadership to world: U.S. senator

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/05/26
By: Shih Hsiu-chuan

Taipei, May 26 (CNA) Taiwan is an important voice that needs to be included globally and its recent donation to help international community fight Ebola virus shows its great international leadership the world can learn, United States Senator Cory Gardner said Saturday night in Taipei.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced earlier in the day a donation of US$1 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) to help combat the disease even the WHO rejected Taiwan’s participation in the annual meeting of its decision-making body World Health Assembly (WHA), due to pressure from China.

“This is an incredible, gracious donation. And it shows the kind of international leadership that Taiwan has already shown” to the world, Gardner said, adding that the leadership is something “that the world can use and learn.”

Gardner took questions from reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) after his 30-minute meeting with Tsai at the Presidential Office.    [FULL  STORY]

Loss of allies not China’s fault: ex-foreign minister Ou

Taipei Times
Date: May 27, 2018
By: Shih Hsiao-kuang and William Hetherington  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Former minister of foreign affairs Francisco Ou (歐鴻鍊) on Friday criticized President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) for not seeking Taiwanese independence, accusing her of wrongly blaming the loss of the nation’s allies on China.

“There is no problem of pressure [from China],” Ou said. “If you’re so capable, then why not seek independence? If you’re not capable and you lose, blaming others is useless.”

Ou made the comments on Friday at a forum held by a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) think tank in response to the loss of diplomatic ally Burkina Faso on Thursday, at which he blamed the loss of allies on Tsai’s refusal to accept the so-called “1992 consensus.”

The “1992 consensus” — a term former Mainland Affairs Council chairman Su Chi (蘇起) in 2006 admitted making up in 2000 — refers to a tacit understanding between the KMT and the Chinese government that both sides acknowledge there is “one China,” with each side having its own interpretation of what “China” means.

Burkina Faso minister visits China after breaking with Taiwan

Daily Mail
Date: 26 May 2018

Burkina Faso’s foreign minister will begin a visit to China on Saturday, just days after cutting diplomatic ties with Taiwan in the first such visit in 25 years, diplomatic sources told AFP.

“Minister (Alpha) Barry flew to China after taking part in Thursday’s cabinet meeting and is expected to arrive in Beijing on Saturday, after stopping in Abidjan and Paris,” a diplomatic source told AFP on Friday.

It is the first such visit since the west African country suspended co-operation with Beijing in 1993 before switching recognition to Taiwan a year later.

But on Thursday, the Sahel state announced its decision to sever ties with Taiwan following a string of similar moves by African states since 2000. Swaziland remains the only African country to have relations with Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

Water restrictions begin, amid serious drought expected to last until Tuesday

Formosa News
Date: (2018/05/25

A serious drought is underway and the Water Resources Agency has now imposed restrictions in Tainan and Penghu on the back of the lowest May rainfall in nine years. In Tainan, water pressure will be reduced at night with limits on irrigation. Now farmers are just getting water for their fields every other week. The Central Weather Bureau says there won’t be any significant rain until Tuesday.

The rice should be almost ready to harvest, but instead it’s shrivelled up into yellow straw. The paddy fields are so parched the ground is starting to crack. It’s a sight to make the most experienced farmer weep.

Water levels in all Taiwan’s reservoirs are dwindling. In the north, the Shimen Reservoir has just less than 50% of its capacity left. At Shihgang Dam in Taichung, it’s less than 19%; the Tsengwen Reservoir stands below 6%. Worst of all is Tainan’s Baihe Reservoir, which is already a dry plain.  [FULL  STORY]

US promises greater help for Taiwan at WHA

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2018-05-25

The United States has pledged to offer greater assistance to Taiwan’s efforts to

Chen said the United States has promised greater help for Taiwan at WHA.

participate in the World Health Assembly, starting immediately.

The health minister, Chen Shih-chung, on Thursday met with the US health secretary, Alex Azar, in Geneva. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the ongoing World Health Assembly (WHA). Taiwan has been barred from attending the meeting due to pressure frm China.

Chen said the half-hour meeting was very successful, with the US side promising to help Taiwan’s efforts to take part in WHA activities, immediately following the meeting. Chen said the US highly affirms contributions and achievements in global health and disease-prevention initiatives.

The minister also said he anticipates greater cooperation with the US under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF). Chen said the scope of cooperation projects would be expanded in the future.

The meeting was attended by six American officials. In addition to Secretary Azar, an assistant secretary of state was also present at the meeting. Chen also invited senior US officials to attend the Global Health Forum in Taiwan in October.    [SOURCE]

34 Taiwanese money mules nabbed in Taiwan-Thailand operation

34 Taiwanese money mules moving funds for a fraud ring have been nabbed in Taiwan and Thailand

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/05/25
By:  Central News Agency

Taipei, May 25 (CNA) A total of 34 Taiwanese money mules moving funds for a fraud ring

(Image from Pixabay)

have been nabbed in Taiwan and Thailand over the past five months in a joint police operation between the two countries, Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said Friday.

Law enforcement authorities have detained 21 suspects in Taiwan and 13 suspects in Thailand since the beginning of this year, CIB International Criminal Affairs Division Squadron Chief Yang Kuo-sung (楊國松) told a news conference.

The first-ever police collaboration between the two countries dates back to September 2017, when Taiwanese money mules were caught by police in Thailand while waiting to get money from local ATMs, Yang said.

The high frequency of the crime by Taiwanese suspects drew the attention of Thai police, who asked Taiwanese police to cooperate through the CIB’s liaison office in Thailand. That cooperation helped catch the 34 money mules in Taiwan and Thailand, Yang said.

President Tsai calls for unity amid severing of diplomatic ties

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/05/25
By: Yeh Su-ping and Ko Lin

Taipei, May 25 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Friday expressed regret over

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文)

the severing of diplomatic ties between Taiwan and Burkina Faso, calling on all parties in the country to stand united amid China’s continuing “oppression.”

Meanwhile, Tsai also expressed regret that the opposition party in Taiwan continues to criticize the ruling party, while remaining tolerant of China’s “oppression.”

“It is regrettable that an ally has chosen to leave us, but what’s even more regrettable is that internally, Taiwan fails to stand up in unity,” Tsai said, following Burkina Faso’s decision to cut ties with the Republic of China (Taiwan) on Thursday.

She said the opposition party will always remain critical of the government every time China finds a way to suppress Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

Air force monitors Chinese bombers over Bashi Channel

Taipei Times
Date: May 26, 2018
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan yesterday closely monitored a long-range military drill staged by China, during

A Taiwanese F-16 fighter jet, left, monitors one of two Chinese H-6 bombers that flew over the Bashi Channel yesterday.  Photo: AFP/Ministry of National Defense

which Xian H-6K strategic bombers flew over the Bashi Channel, the Air Force Command Headquarters of the Ministry of National Defense said.

Two Chinese aircraft flew over the Bashi Channel, the waterway to the south of Taiwan, at about 4am yesterday and entered the Miyako Strait, which lies between the Japanese islands of Miyako and Okinawa, the air force said in a statement.

The two Xian H-6K strategic bombers were on a long-range air exercise and the air force scrambled F-16 fighter jets to observe them, the statement said.

The air force said it has installed an early warning system that shows every move the Chinese military makes in the region and enables it to respond accordingly.