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Taiwanese host Alien Huang’s death due to aortic dissection

Straits Times
Date: SEP 19, 20207Jan Lee

Taiwanese singer-actor-host Alien Huang was found dead in his home on Sept 16, 2020.PHOTO: INTERNET

TAIPEI – An autopsy has revealed that Taiwanese singer-actor-host Alien Huang died of cardiovascular complications.

On Friday (Sept 18), Huang's autopsy was completed and his manager explained to reporters that findings concluded that Huang died of an aortic dissection, which then led to a blockage of his blood vessels.

An aortic dissection is a life-threatening condition which occurs when the inner layer of the aorta – the large blood vessel branching off the heart – tears.

Huang, who was 36, was found dead in his home on Wednesday (Sept 16). There was speculation then that his death might have been due to a freak accident at home, but autopsy findings concluded that he had no external injuries.    [FULL  STORY]

China Warns against Suga Govt’s Possible Approach to Taiwan

JIJI Press
Sept 19, 2020

Beijing, Sept. 19 (Jiji Press)–The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Saturday issued a statement that warned against possible approach of the government of Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to Taiwan.

Reacting to news that former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori delivered to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen a message from Suga showing a positive stance toward talks with the president over the phone or in other forms, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said in the statement that China demanded Japan clarify its position on the matter.

The Japanese side clearly replied that what has been reported will never happen, according to Wang.

The statement suggest that China is getting nervous about the possibility of the new Japanese administration coming close to Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

Ex-Japan prime minister, Dalai Lama pay tribute to late Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui

“I admire his commitment to democracy," said 85-year old Buddhist leader via pre-recorded video

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/09/19
By: Teng Pei-ju, Taiwan News, Staff Reporter

Memorial for former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui on Saturday in New Taipei City.   (CNA photo)

NEW TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama expressed their grief over the passing of former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) during a memorial ceremony on Saturday morning (Sept. 19).

In the auditorium of a Christian university full of solemnity, approximately 800 top government officials, foreign envoys, party leaders, and other prominent figures paid their tribute to the late president. Among them were the U.S. delegation led by Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Keith Krach, as well as a Japanese delegation led by former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori.

The ceremony began shortly after Lee’s family members, carrying Lee’s image and urn, arrived at the auditorium. President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) conferred a posthumous presidential citation on Lee, who died on July 30 at the age of 97, in recognition of the late president’s contributions to the country.

President Tsai Ing-wen confers a posthumous presidential citation on Lee Teng-hui. (CNA photo)

“As we pay our last respects and honor his lifelong contributions and devotion to our nation, we must not forget that Taiwan’s future is now in our hands,” remarked Tsai after making three bows in front of Lee’s image. “His spirit will guide the nation and the people of Taiwan as we continue along the path of democracy, freedom, diversity and openness,” she said, reading out the late president’s achievements as a public servant for nearly five decades.   [FULL  STORY]

U.S. Under Secretary of State Krach wraps up Taiwan visit

Focus Taiwan
Date: 09/19/2020
By: Emerson Lim and Pan Tzu-yu

Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Taipei, Sept. 19 (CNA) American Under Secretary of State Keith Krach concluded a low-keyed visit to Taiwan Saturday afternoon, departing with his delegation less than 48 hours after they arrived for the memorial service of former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝).

Shortly after the memorial service ended, Krach and his delegation departed from Songshan Airport in Taipei on a commercial charter flight at around 1 p.m., according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

"Krach fully utilized his time of less of 48 hours in Taiwan," MOFA said. "He met with high-level government officials and people from various sectors and held discussions with them on many issues."

MOFA and other relevant government agencies will continue to work with the U.S. on the issues discussed, to strengthen bilateral economic ties and to deepen the global partnership, which is based on shared values, according to the statement.    [FULL  STORY]

White Terror ‘must be spoken of’

NEVER FORGET: Liao Chih-ping, who was only four when his father was arrested, said the sacrifices made by the previous generation should always be remembered

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 20, 2020
By: William Hetherington / Staff writer, with CNA

A man yesterday touches a name on a memorial wall at the National Human Rights Museum’s Jing-Mei White Terror Memorial Park in New Taipei City.
Photo provided by the National Human Rights Museum via CNA

The son of a White Terror-era victim, speaking at a memorial event yesterday, said he hoped that Taiwanese would speak up about the era and not forget the previous generation’s sacrifices.

The annual event — which normally takes place the day before the Tomb Sweeping Day holiday and commemorates victims of political persecution — was delayed by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Liao Chih-ping (廖至平), said he was only four years old when his father, Liao Jui-fa (廖瑞發), was arrested during the White Terror era.

“The only image of my father I have in my mind is that of his picture, which was next to his urn in our family living room,” he said.    [FULL  STORY]

Miaoli town lights up with street fair to mark end of Ghost Month

Radio Taiwan Intertnational
Date:18 September, 2020
By: John Van Trieste

Miaoli town lights up with street fair to mark end of Ghost Month

Miaoli town lights up with street fair to mark end of Ghost Month[/caption] Night markets are a commonplace part of daily life in Taiwan, but some are special enough to draw in people from distant corners of the island. Such is the case with one market in Miaoli County that, unusually, is only open for one night every year.

At the end of the seventh lunar month, a tense period in the traditional calendar comes to an end, and people can breathe easy once again. It’s at this time that spirits return to the underworld after a month of being allowed to roam freely through the world of the living.

Tradition holds that the final night of this “Ghost Month” is a bad time to be outdoors. Who knows what kind of ghosts looking for some last-minute mischief you might come across? But in the Miaoli County town of Yuanli, that tradition has been turned on its head.

Instead, a great street fair is held, and only on this exact night. Though it’s not too different from night markets that open more regularly, people still come from far away to check this particular market out.    [FULL  STORY]

China flies 18 warplanes near Taiwan during US envoy’s visit

Taiwan's defense ministry says China flew 18 warplanes including fighter jets near Taiwan in an unusually large show of force as a U.S. envoy held talks with officials on the self-governing island

ABC News
Date: September 18, 2020
By:  HUIZHONG WU Associated Press

 

TAIPEI, Taiwan — China’s military sent 18 planes including fighter jets over the Taiwan Strait in an unusually large show of force Friday as a U.S. envoy held a day of closed-door meetings on the self-governing island claimed by China.

Under Secretary of State Keith Krach, who handles the economic growth, energy and the environment portfolio, held talks with Taiwan's minister of economic affairs and vice premier. He also met with business leaders over lunch and was to dine with President Tsai Ing-wen later Friday.

In response to Krach's visit, the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army held combat exercises near the Taiwan Strait, in at least the second round of war games this month aimed at intimidating supporters of the island's independent identity.

Taiwan’s defense ministry said two bombers and 16 fighter jets from China crossed into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone. It said it scrambled jets in response and monitored the movements of the Chinese planes.    [FULL  STORY]

Major dams in Taiwan show alarmingly low water levels

Country may have to brace for water shortages in early 2021

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/09/18
By: Huang Tzu-ti, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Tsengwen Dam  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese are urged to conserve water as the nation's three major reservoirs report alarmingly low storage levels.

The Tsengwen (曾文), Shihmen (石門), and Feitsui (翡翠) dams are experiencing their lowest water levels in 17 years, with less than half of their capacity, according to Weather Taiwan (天氣即時預報), a Facebook page providing real-time weather information.

The drop can be attributed to a lack of rainfall and typhoons this year, a rare situation for the oceanic country. Not a single tropical storm or typhoon has landed in Taiwan, which usually braces itself for the weather events in summer that bring heavy rain and winds.

Autumn front rains and afternoon thunderstorms appear to be the main source of precipitation in Taiwan, which is insufficient. A water shortage can be expected in the first half of 2021 if declining rainfall continues.    [FULL  STORY]

Kaohsiung authorities pledge firm response to chemical spill

Focus Taiwan
Date: 09/18/2020
By: Hung Hsueh-kang,
Hou Wen-ting and Matthew Mazzetta

Officials in Kaohsiung inspect the spill site. CNA photo Sept. 18, 2020

Kaohsiung, Sept. 18 (CNA) Kaohsiung's Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) said Friday that it will fine and pursue criminal charges against the renter of an industrial warehouse for allegedly ignoring demands to clean up an ethyl acrylate spill that spread an acrid odor over the city's Niaosong District the previous day.

According to Hsieh Tang-chin (謝唐欽), chief of the district's Niaosong ward, residents of the area awoke Thursday to the sharp, chemical smell, which causes breathing difficulties and a burning sensation in the eyes and throat.

Although the source of the odor was soon found to be coming from a nearby warehouse, Hsieh said the renter, who had previously claimed to be running a solar energy business, had "avoided and ignored" calls to do something about it, forcing environmental authorities to force their way into the property later that day.

The EPB said it responded to reports of the smell early on Thursday and arrived at the site to find piles of chemical mixtures and barrels leaking a pungent, viscous substance that was later determined to be ethyl acrylate, a compound used in paint and textile production.
[FULL  STORY]

Group launches research on 1968 Tainan plane crash

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 19, 2020
By: Su Fu-nan and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer

The Gangshan Veterans’ Village Culture Association has launched efforts to conduct interviews with relatives of those killed in 1968 when a Republic of China Air Force plane crashed in what was Tainan County at the time.

On June 3, 1968, a Curtiss C-46 Commando carrying an unknown number of people took off from the Republic of China Air Force Academy’s airport in Kaohsiung’s Gangshan District (岡山) bound for Taipei.

It crashed near the Jishuei River (急水溪) in Tainan’s Liouying District (柳營), and the cause remains a mystery.

There were no survivors.    [FULL  STORY]