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Government to increase cybersecurity investment

NATIONAL SECURITY: President Tsai Ing-wen said that the nation is under constant attack and that improving infrastructure and training is critical to ensuring security

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 14, 2018
By: Su Yung-yao  /  Staff reporter

Given the great challenges in information and communications security that

President Tsai Ing-wen, right, yesterday congratulates members of Taiwanese teams HITCON and BFS at the Presidential Office Building in Taipei for their performance in computer security convention DEF CON’s Capture the Flag competition last month.  Photo: CNA

Taiwan faces, the government is to invest more resources on improving related infrastructure and training security experts to strengthen national security, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday.

Tsai made the remarks at the Presidential Office Building in Taipei when meeting with HITCON and BFS — Taiwanese teams that placed third and 12th respectively at computer security convention DEF CON’s Capture the Flag competition last month.

It is a national honor that Taiwan had two teams in the global final, she said, thanking them for showcasing the nation’s exciting potential on a global stage.

Following a meeting with HITCON after the team won second place in last year’s event, Tsai yesterday said that she instructed National Security Council cybersecurity adviser Lee Der-tsai (李德財) to invest more resources into cultivating information security experts.    [FULL  STORY]

VIDEO: Fishing is popular in Penghu during tourist off-season

Radio Taiwan International 
Date: 13 November, 2018
By: Shirley Lin

Though it is a slow season for tourism on the outlying island county of Penghu, one group of children had something to look forward to.

A group of middle school students had an outing of a different kind on Gaillardia Island, one of the islands of the Penghu archipelago. They each carried a fishing net or a small bamboo basket and walked towards the sea for their class. It was an on-site marine science class. Someone even caught a blow fish by accident.

The children learned how to catch fish. The little fishermen were nervous at first, but after a while they began to get the hang of their tackle and started catching fish. A teacher was on site to explain how to recognize different parts of a starfish.

Similar events are taking place throughout Penghu for adults and children alike. Not only can they try their hand at fishing, but also learn about marine life from a real expert.    [FULL  STORY]

Could Israel Be a Model for Taiwan’s Burgeoning Cybersecurity Industry?

The News Lens
Date: 2018/11/13
By: Philip Hsu
Credit: Depositphotos, Asia Dialogue

Could Israel Be a Model for Taiwan’s Burgeoning Cybersecurity Industry?

Israel and Taiwan share considerable commonalities, giving Taiwan’s developing cybersecurity industry ample learning opportunities.

In late 2016, the Taiwanese technology magazine iThome ran a series of articles extolling the virtues of Israel’s cyber security industry and suggesting lessons for developing a homegrown cyber industry that could be applied to Taiwan. In particular, the articles honed in on the importance of the Israeli Defense Force’s Unit 8200 signal intelligence unit as a cyber vanguard, a start-up incubator nurturing new generations of cyber companies and hackers in addition to fulfilling its role as an elite military unit.

This sentiment proved prescient, as just half a year later the Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) government inaugurated Taiwan’s “Cyber Fourth Service,” with President Tsai herself “bestowing a mission” on the new cyber corps to become a “vanguard” of the government’s cybersecurity efforts and drive domestic cyber research, academic, and industry activity.

The commonalities between Israel and Taiwan’s cyber polices don’t end there: Both governments have opted to develop “clusters” of cybersecurity companies in their own way, Israel through developing the Beersheba cybersecurity industrial cluster, and Taiwan in consolidating its support of its cyber sector through its new Cybersecurity Management Law and both military and non-military spending.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan to donate US$700,000 to APEC

MOFA signed MOU in Papua New Guinea Tuesday

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/11/13
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) signed an

Representatives of Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (right) and Ministry of Economic Affairs at APEC. (By Central News Agency)

agreement with the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum Tuesday to donate US$700,000 (NT$21.6 million) to the organization’s foundation, according to a report in the Apple Daily.

Taiwan will be represented at the November 17-18 APEC summit in the Papua New Guinean capital of Port Moresby by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. founder Morris Chang (張忠謀).    [FULL  STORY]

Seriously, DPP is losing support!

The China Post
Date: November 13, 2018
By Joyce Weng

Support for the DPP stood at 25.2% in July, about half what it was when President Tsai Ing-wen took office.

Taipei, Nov. 13-The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), once represented the democracy trend in Taiwan, now is hated by Taiwanese youth. The netizens joked that ”The anti-DPP party” has become the major party in these days.

Why did a young and ambitious party become like this? The netizens listed some reasons why the youth hate DPP.

The most controversial one would be the Wu Yin-Ning Scandals. The Taipei Agricultural Products Marketing Corporation (TAPMC) is Taiwan’s largest agricultural sales platform. DPP nominated Wu as the director of TAPMC with high salary. However, Wu came under fire for using TAPMC discretionary funds to buy unsold vegetables that were to be thrown out to be donated in her native Changhua, with accusations that she used these vegetables to benefit politician relatives in Changhua. Likewise, Wu was criticized for a 30% decrease in vegetable prices across Taiwan in March after the Taipei’s two central fruit and vegetable wholesale markets saw a series of closures.

The second one is the elimination of National Pension Insurance. The pension reform plan for civil servants, which passed the legislative floor last year and is to take effect in July, set a minimum monthly pension payment of NT$32,160 (US$1,085) for civil servants. This elimination made more than 5,000 people attend a rally to express their anger over what they considered an unfair reform bill, including the Taiwan Association of Firefighters and the Retired Police Officers Association.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s APEC envoy aims to talk with world leaders at summit

Radio Taiwan International 
Date: 12 November, 2018
By: Natalie Tso

Taiwan’s APEC envoy, TSMC founder Morris Chang, said that “Taiwan,

APEC envoy Morris Chang speaks to reporters at the Presidential Office before leaving.

Chinese Taipei” is the country’s official name at APEC. He was speaking at a press conference on Monday at the Presidential Office in Taipei before departing for the APEC Summit.

This year’s summit will take place from November 12-18 in Papua New Guinea, with the theme of “Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future.”

Chang said that “Chinese Taipei” plays a key role the APEC supply chain. He’s hoping to resolve issues such as tariffs during bilateral and multilateral talks at the summit. That’s because key innovators and players in the supply chain will all be at the summit.

He also said he’s looking to interact with world leaders at this year’s leader’s summit, which begins on Monday. Chang was speaking at a press conference at the Presidential Office in Taipei earlier in the day, prior to his departure.    [FULL  STORY]

The Curious Case of the US-Taiwan-Latin America Diplomatic Triangle

The US leverages the Taiwan-China situation to keep a firm grip on states in its own backyard.

The News Lens
Date: 2018/11/12
By: By Colin Alexander, Asia Dialogue

Credit: Reuters / Jose Cabezas

A curious incident occurred on Aug. 23, 2018 amidst El Salvador’s announcement that it was breaking diplomatic ties with the Republic of China (ROC, hereafter referred to as Taiwan) in favor of relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC, hereafter referred to as China).

Commenting on the issue, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders stated that the decision “[…] will result in the re-evaluation of our relationship with El Salvador.” Sanders statement, while somewhat vague, included words like “implications,” and condemned China for its ‘interference’ in the Americas, letting the reader know in no uncertain terms that the U.S. thought that El Salvador ought to be put on the diplomatic equivalent of the naughty step.

US White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders had choice words for El Salvador after it switched recognition from the ROC to the PRC. Never mind that the US has not recognized the ROC since 1979.
She continued: “Countries seeking to establish or expand relations with China in order to attract state-directed investment that will stimulate short-term economic growth and infrastructure development may be disappointed over the long run. Around the world, governments are waking up to the fact that China’s economic inducements facilitate economic dependency and domination, not partnership.”    [FULL  STORY]

Taipei’s Longshan and Baoan temples officially named national monuments

The temples have become the 99th and 100th heritage sites to be added to the government list

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/11/12
By: Alicia Nguyen, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Longshan Temple and Dalongdong Baoan Temple were officially added to the list of Taiwan’s national monuments today by the Ministry of Culture (MOC).

A ceremony celebrating the addition of the two temples, now Taiwan’s 99th and 100th national monuments, was held on Nov. 12. MOC Minister Cheng Li-Chun (鄭麗君) attended the event.

Cheng commented that the temples have a 300-year history and are iconic representations of Taiwanese temple architecture. They are two important historical sites of the Greater Taipei area, he added.

In addition to issuing monument certifications, Cheng expressed gratitude towards the temple management teams for their great efforts in maintaining and restoring the two heritage sites. He reiterated that the government continues to support the preservation of significant cultural grounds.

Taiwan to propose solutions to digital challenges at APEC

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/11/12
By: Shih Hsiu-chuan

Taipei, Nov. 12 (CNA) Taiwan will propose initiating bilateral or multilateral

Morris Chang (張忠謀, right)

talks under the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) framework to address digital challenges, Morris Chang (張忠謀), founder of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., said Monday.

While a digital economy holds much promise for the future, the “digital presence” is characterized by “clear and present dangers” that will widen income inequality and result in mass unemployment, said Chang, who will represent Taiwan at this year’s APEC summit.

The problems that have arisen in the digital age, such as lack of respect for intellectual property, high tariffs and lack of protection for privacy, need to be dealt with under the aegis of APEC, Chang said at a press conference.

New US House equally friendly toward Taiwan

DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED: US Democrats are talking about blocking Trump’s policies, but should remain warm toward Taiwan, the deputy minister of foreign affairs said

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 13, 2018
By: Staff writer, with CNA

A Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives following the US’

Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-hua, left, and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Kelly Hsieh answer lawmakers’ questions yesterday at a meeting of the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei.  Photo: Chu Pei-hsiung, Taipei Times

midterm elections would not affect the Taiwan-friendly sentiment of the US Congress, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Kelly Hsieh (謝武樵) said yesterday.

The US Democratic Party took control of the House in the midterm elections last week, dealing a blow to US President Donald Trump, as the Democratic majority in the lower chamber, the first in eight years, would be in a position to restrict his ability to steer policies through Congress, foreign media reports said.

Meanwhile, the US Republican Party consolidated its grip on the US Senate, ensuring that Trump can still make key appointments, the reports said.    [FULL  STORY]