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Lawmakers return to work on Tuesday

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 16 September, 2019
By: Leslie Liao

Taiwan’s legislature goes back into session on Tuesday. The majority-holding Democratic Progressive

DPP Caucus Secretary-General Lee Jun-yi

Party (DPP) met on Monday to to choose who will run for convener of the different legislative committees. The DPP says that in the coming days it will make the national budget a priority.

One thing that’s not a priority for the DPP is proposing an amendment that would crack down on Chinese proxies operating in Taiwan. DPP Caucus Secretary-General Lee Chun-yi says more time is needed for the party to come to a consensus.

Lee says that the party is not stalling on, or trivializing, the issue. He says that if they were to open the Legislative session with a discussion about the proxy amendments, it would incite the opposition KMT to boycott, and nothing would get done.    [FULL  STORY]

China ‘highly appreciates’ Solomon Islands’ diplomatic break with Taiwan

The Straits Times
Date: Sep 16, 22019

The switch is a major coup for Beijing just weeks before it celebrates the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.PHOTO: AP

BEIJING (AFP) – China on Monday (Sept 16) welcomed the Solomon Islands' decision to nix diplomatic ties with Taiwan, a move that leaves the self-governing island with recognition from just 16 nations.

"The Chinese side highly appreciates the Solomon Islands government's decision to … sever the so-called 'diplomatic relations' with Taiwan authorities," Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement shortly before midnight.

"We welcome the Solomon Islands in seizing a historical opportunity," she added.

The switch is a major coup for Beijing just weeks before it celebrates the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.    [FULL  STORY]

Ex-DPP member blasts Taiwan president for lack of vision

Opinion poll expert You Ying-lung says Tsai Ing-wen and her ministers are masters of fear mongering

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/09/16
By: Huang Tzu-ti, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Chairman of the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation (台灣民意教育基金

You Ying-lung (Facebook photo)

會) You Ying-lung (游盈隆) on Sunday (Sept. 15) criticized the Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) administration for failing to fulfill its pledge of bringing change, after taking power in 2016.

In a Facebook post, You blasted Tsai for squandering the years since the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) swept to victory. The election win saw Tsai elected as Taiwan President and the party secure a majority in the legislature, but those who fought so hard to gain a mandate have “shamelessly” reneged on their promise to improve the situation, he argued.

You lambasted the Tsai administration for engaging in a fear-mongering campaign fixated on “countering China in defense of Taiwan.” However, the president and her ministers have shown no vision for the country or outlined the steps to be taken over the next four years.

This shows how corrupt and incompetent the ruling party is and proves that its only intent is to gain prosperity through continued abuse of power, You lamented. What the DPP is doing is trying to muddle through in the run-up to the January elections in 2020, rather than acting like a responsible ruling party, he added.    [FULL  STORY]

Solomon ties switch shows China extending its influence in region

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/09/16
By: Matt Yu and Frances Huang

Taipei, Sept. 16 (CNA) The Solomon Islands' decision to switch its recognition to Beijing from Taipei showed China was making efforts to impose its influence on the regional power balance, scholars said Monday.

They said as the South Pacific island-nation was situated in a critically strategic position on the "Second Island Chain," which refers to the area in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that acts as a second strategic defense line for the United States, establishing ties with the Solomon Islands indicated Beijing has expanded the battle ground from the "First Island Chain" to the "Second Island Chain" to take on the United States.

The Island Chain Strategy was first mentioned by U.S. foreign policy commentator John Foster Dulles in 1951 during the Korean War. It suggests containing the spread of communism from the Soviet Union and China by surrounding them at sea and demarcating lines of defense in the Pacific Ocean.

The First Island Chain is formed by Japan, Okinawa, Taiwan and the Philippines.   [FULL  STORY]

First H5N5 case confirmed: COA

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

Taiwan has confirmed the country’s first case of the highly pathogenic H5N5 strain of avian influenza,

Council of Agriculture Deputy Minister Huang Chin-cheng explains test results for H5N5 at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

on a duck farm in Kaohsiung’s Cishan District (旗山), Council of Agriculture Deputy Minister Huang Chin-cheng (黃金城) said yesterday.

The virus was identified on Thursday last week as an H5 subtype and was confirmed as H5N5 the following day, Huang said, adding that the case has been reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

According to OIE regulations, H5N5-free status can be regained if no new cases are detected within three months of preventive measures and surveillance, including the disinfection of all affected establishments, Huang said.

A surveillance plan would hopefully be completed before Dec. 12, he added.    [FULL  STORY]

Small group of Taiwanese gathers in Taipei to sing songs in support of Hong Kong anti-government protesters – with more rallies planned

Taiwanese supporters of Hong Kong protesters sing Glory to Hong Kong, the new anthem of local demonstrators, and a Cantonese version of Do You Hear the People Sing?

South China Morning Post
Date: 15 Sep, 2019
By: Kristin Huang  

A small group of Taiwanese gathered in one of Taipei’s most famous shopping districts on Sunday to sing songs in solidarity with the anti-government protesters who again took to the streets of Hong Kong.

About 10 people, dressed in black and with masks and yellow helmets, formed a chorus line in the Ximending area at 3pm. They held posters proclaiming “Liberate Hong Kong; revolution of our times”.

They sang two songs, Glory to Hong Kong, the new anthem of local demonstrators, and a Cantonese version of Do You Hear the People Sing?, a popular protest song from the musical Les Misérables.

They also chanted slogans, including “Five key demands, not one less”, “Hongkongers, add oil” and “Today’s Hong Kong is tomorrow’s Taiwan”.    [FULL  STORY]

Solomon Islands’ Potential Diplomatic Break With Taiwan Draws US Concerns

Epoch Times
Date: September 15, 2019
By: Frank Fang, Epoch Times

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (R) takes part in a press conference with Solomon Islands’ Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele (L) in Taipei on Sept. 9, 2019. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

TAIPEI, Taiwan—U.S. alliances in the Pacific could suffer a blow if the Solomon Islands were to switch diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to Beijing, U.S. experts and officials warned, after a Solomons government report recommended that it make the change.

The Solomon Islands, a South Pacific island nation located near Papua New Guinea and Australia, has been reviewing its diplomatic relationship with Taiwan since the current prime minister Manasseh Sogavare took office in April.

The island is among Taiwan’s list of 17 international diplomatic allies, since 1983. Taiwan has lost five allies to China since 2016—El Salvador, Burkina Faso, the Dominican Republic, Panama, and São Tomé and Príncipe.

Beijing considers Taiwan part of its territory despite the fact that the island is a full-fledged democracy with its own elected officials, military, and currency.    [FULL  STORY]

Chinese nationalist threatens to burn down Shinto shrine in S. Taiwan

Arsonist plans to target Gaoshi Shrine in Pingtung to destroy Japanese 'separatist' influence in Taiwan

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

Gaoshi Shinto Shrine in Pingtung County (Google photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Chinese nationalist with an extreme dislike of Japan has reportedly declared his intent to burn down a Shinto shrine located in Taiwan’s Pingtung County this month.

In a video message initially shared on Chinese social media site Weibo, and later shared to Twitter with Japanese subtitles, the man, identified as Liu Qiang (劉強) declares that his goal is to eradicate “separatist influence” in Taiwan. His declared target is the Gaoshi Shrine (高士神社) built during the colonial period in 1939 and located on Taiwan’s Hengchun (恆春) Peninsula.

The man claims that he has committed arson unsuccessfully in both South Korea as well as Japan. He claims that he tried to set fire to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo in 2011, and then tried to burn down the Japanese embassy in Korea in 2012.

The Telegraph reports that in December 2011, there was a suspected arson attempt at the “Gate of the gods” in front of the Yasukuni Shrine, although no suspect was arrested in the incident. However, the Korea Times reports that a Chinese man surnamed Liu threw four Molotov cocktails at the Japanese Embassy in Seoul in January 2012.    [FULL  STORY]

DPP to celebrate 33rd anniversary with street party

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/09/15
By: Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, Sept. 15 (CNA) Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said Sunday that it will hold a traditional street party in Taipei later this month to celebrate its 33rd founding anniversary.

The anniversary celebrations will be held under the theme "Party in Taiwan" and will include musical performances, exhibitions, a city bazaar, and seminars, all of which will be open to the public, the DPP said.

The main event on Sept. 28 will take the form of a street party in front of the DPP headquarters on Beiping East Road in Taipei, where bands and musicians of different genres and backgrounds will perform at a concert that will highlight Taiwan's cultural diversity, said Wang Po-chun (王柏鈞), the head of the DPP's communications department and one of the main organizers of the event.

The performers will include Taiwanese folk singer Yang Hsiu-qing (楊秀卿) as well as bands like Dwagie; 1976; Random; the Chairman Band; the Hakka jazz group UrbanCat; and Community Service, a band famous its blends of traditional Taiwanese music and hip-hop and for its Taiwanese language songs, Wang said.    [FULL  STORY]

Six-compartment trains to Xinbeitou too noisy

PLAN SCRAPPED: The noise levels of nearly half of the test runs exceeded the maximum allowed level of 85 decibels, the Taipei Rapid Transit Corp said

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 16, 2019
By: Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

A plan to add direct trains between Daan (大安站) and Xinbeitou (新北投站) stations cannot be approved because the noise on trial runs exceeded maximum allowed levels, Taipei Rapid Transit Corp (TRTC) said on Saturday.

Passengers taking the Tamsui-Xinyi Line (淡水信義線), also known as the Red Line, to and from Xinbeitou station must transfer at Beitou station (北投站), while the trains running between Xinbeitou and Beitou stations only have three compartments.

The noise on trial runs of six-compartment trains between Daan and Xinbeitou stations did not comply with the Noise Control Standards (噪音管制標準), so the plan was not approved by the Taipei City Government, the company said.

The plan was proposed by the wardens of Beitou District’s (北投) Changan (長安), Zhonghxin (中心), Wenquan (溫泉) and Linquan (林泉) boroughs in a meeting with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) in May.    [FULL  STORY]