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President Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan will work with other countries to face
President Tsai Ing-wen met with the former president of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves on Friday. (CNA photo)
challenges in the digital era. Tsai was speaking Friday while meeting with the former president of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves.
Ilves, along with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and others, are in Taiwan to attend the Digital Innovation Forum 2018. The forum opened in Taipei on Thursday and is supported by the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) .
Tsai said APEC economies are considering mapping out a post-2020 vision for the Asia-Pacific region. She she believes the forum will offer important direction.
“The series of international exchanges represents Taiwan’s efforts and determination. Our expectation for ourselves is that [Taiwan] will be at the forefront of the digital era so the world can see our development. We also look forward to strengthening exchanges with other countries to jointly face challenges in the digital era. In the future, Taiwan will continue deepening cooperation with APEC economies, work hard to turn the digital divide into digital opportunities, and promote the prosperity and development of the digital economy in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Tsai.
Tsai also said Taiwan hopes to conduct more exchanges with Estonia, considered one of the world’s most digitally savvy countries. [SOURCE]
What would happen?
The National Interest
Date: July 20, 2018
By: J. Michael Cole
To ensure peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, Taipei must do a lot more to signal to Beijing that force will be met with force, and that adventurism in the grey zone will not only be costly, but unwinnable. This could be bolstered by closer U.S.-Taiwanese military cooperation. Such efforts, combined with a propaganda campaign by Taipei that seeks to boost morale and reaffirms its will to fight, should be sufficient to deter the PLA from launching limited (and potentially counterproductive) attacks. For its part, the United States must substitute clarity for ambiguity, and leave no doubt that an attack on Taiwan will prompt a U.S. response, regardless of whether U.S. forces are directly attacked in an initial phase. Greater clarity on Tokyo’s part would also go a long way in convincing Beijing that it could not get away with military aggression.
Beyond doubt, relations across the Taiwan Strait have improved substantially since 2008—so much so that some analysts have concluded that the course of the Taiwan “issue” will continue unimpeded and inexorably towards even greater stability, if not “reunification.” But this is all wishful thinking. [FULL STORY]
By: Central News Agency
Tourism to Kinmen and Matsu is doing well. (By Central News Agency)
The travel volume between Taiwan’s offshore islands of Kinmen and Matsu via the three mini-links with China in the first half of this year has grown year-on-year, the Maritime Port Bureau said Friday.
In a statement, the bureau said the number of passengers traveling from China’s Fujian Province to Kinmen and Matsu and vice versa in the first six months of this year reached 910,000, up by 36,000 over the same period of 2017.
Last year, passenger volume between China and the two islands totaled 1.81 million, a record number since the three mini-links was introduced in 2001.
The two airports and harbors of Beigan and Nangan islands of Matsu in Lienchiang County, as well as the transport facilities on Kinmen, are collectively referred to as Taiwan’s “three mini-links” with China. [FULL STORY]
By: Lu Hsin-hui and Flor Wang
Taipei, July 20 (CNA) New Kiribati Ambassador to the Republic of China Tessie
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, right) and Tessie Eria Lambourne.
Eria Lambourne presented her credentials to President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) at the Presidential Office Friday.
Hailing Lambourne as a long-time good friend of Taiwan, Tsai welcomed Lambourne to her new post in Taiwan and expressed hope that she will help deepen mutually beneficial ties in the fields of medical care, agriculture, clean energy, talent training and infrastructure.
Taiwan and Kiribati have maintained diplomatic ties for 15 years and the two countries have engaged in more than 100 cooperative ventures.
As Lambourne is concurrently serving as Kiribati’s ambassador to Japan and South Korea, Tsai said that this is an indication that the Pacific Island nation pays great significance to its relations with Taiwan. [FULL STORY]
Date: Jul 21, 2018
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
The New Party yesterday expressed support for former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬
From left to right, New Party youth wing members Hou Han-ting, Wang Ping-chung, Lin Ming-cheng and an unidentified man attend a news conference in Taipei yesterday to show their support for former president Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times
英九), accusing the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) of distancing itself from the former KMT chairman after his most recent indictment.
The New Party is a KMT spin-off established in 1993 that advocates unification with China. It does not hold any legislative seats.
New Party spokesman Wang Ping-chung (王炳忠) said that at a time when the Democratic Progressive Party administration is using the judiciary to oppress Ma, scarcely anyone from the KMT has spoken out against political persecution.
“You [KMT members] enjoyed the largest share of the KMT’s resources in the past, but now you are hiding to avoid taking responsibility,” Wang told a news conference yesterday, adding that the KMT has apparently degenerated into the “Taiwanese Nationalist Party.” [FULL STORY]
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Taiwan saw history this week with the first ever Taiwanese female pilot of the AH-64E attack helicopter. Yang Yun-Hsuan made an appearance during a combat drill on Tuesday.
Five AH-64E attack helicopters quickly break formation and rise in the air. The helicopters showcase their high level maneuverability by completing a series of moves with ease, including sharp turns and tumbling in mid-air.
The American-made AH-64E “Apache” is the most advanced attack helicopter in the world. It is equipped with a cutting-edge radar system and many air-to-ground weapons. [FULL STORY]
Tsai Ing-wen will transfer on flights to and from Mario Benitez’s inauguration next month as president of Paraguay
South China Morning Post
Date: 20 July, 2018
By: Zhenhua Lu, US correspondent
Washington plans to allow Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to pass through airports in southern US cities when she travels to South America next month for Mario Benitez’s inauguration as president of Paraguay in what would be a show of support for the self-ruled island, sources have said.
People with close ties to both US and Taiwan authorities said that Tsai could pass through airports in Houston, Texas, or Miami, Florida, en route to Paraguay, the only South American country among 18 nations with full diplomatic relations with Taipei.
To avoid antagonising China, with which the administration of US President Donald Trump is locked in a trade war, the US is “very unlikely” to let Tsai enter high-profile cities such as Washington or New York, one of the sources said.
Company is represented at Bio Taiwan 2018 expo in Nangang
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – I-Mei Foods Co., which was founded in 1934 with the
I-Mei Foods CEO Luis Ko with guests. (By Taiwan News)
concept that baking biscuits is an honest profession, has recently crossed over into the domain of biotechnology, setting up two new companies, Health I-Mei (義美生機) and I-Mei Biomedicine (義美生醫).
As I-Mei Foods CEO Luis Ko (高志明) attended the Bio Taiwan 2018 fair Tuesday, he happened to run into Premier William Lai (賴清德) at the head of a government delegation visiting the ATLife long-term care expo.
Health I-Mei and I-Mei Biomedicine said their presence at Bio Taiwan 2018 was aimed at finding a subcontractor for freeze vacuum drying, promoting health products, and finding overseas representatives. [FULL STORY]
By: Liao Yu-yang and CNA intern Wang Szu-ch
Taipei, July 19 (CNA) Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津)
Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) / CNA file photo
demanded action Thursday from CPC Corp. over recent reports of leaks from an oil storage tank at its oil depot in the outlying county of Penghu.
Shen said CPC had been instructed to submit a review on the leak within a week and name disciplined officials. The company was also asked to review operational processes and introduce intelligent measurement control systems, to replace the manual measurement of oil.
The oil leak at the depot in Penghu occurred in mid-2017, but the depot director and manager did not report the matter. Officials at the CPC head office said they were unaware of the leak until May this year. [FULL STORY]
LABOR RIGHTS: Lai has instructed that brokered contracts should not be renewed when they expire in two years, and that government agencies should hire workers on their own
Date: Jul 20, 2018
By: Staff writer, with CNA
Executive Yuan spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka yesterday urged local governments to
Executive Yuan spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka, center, takes a question at a news conference at the Executive Yuan in Taipei yesterday. Photo: CNA
follow Premier William Lai’s (賴清德) direction to stop contracting brokers to hire contract workers within two years and instead allow all central agencies to directly recruit workers.
Speaking at a news conference at the Executive Yuan in Taipei, Kolas, who was inaugurated on Monday, said that local governments should join in the effort to better protect the rights of such workers.
Kolas on Wednesday announced Lai’s decision to roll out the policy in 2020 to better protect the rights and interests of government contract workers, who are usually employed in areas such as forestry management and protection, forest surveying, lab testing and experimentation, national park patrols and cultural site maintenance. [FULL STORY]