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Vatican-China deal does not affect Vatican-Taiwan relations: MOFA

Taiwan will send delegation to Rome in October

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/09/22
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The announcement by the Vatican Saturday that it had

The Vatican-China deal will not change Vatican-Taiwan relations, MOFA says.
The Vatican-China deal will not change Vatican-Taiwan relations, MOFA says. (By Central News Agency)

concluded a deal with China about the appointment of bishops will not affect relations between the Holy See and Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Relations (MOFA) said.

The Vatican is Taipei’s last remaining ally in Europe, while China has over the past few years lured five other diplomatic allies away from the island nation.

The announcement by the Holy See did not provide any details about the “provisional agreement,” beyond the already-known fact that it was meant to resolve disputes between the Vatican and China about who should appoint Catholic bishops in the communist country.

MOFA said the Holy See had assured Taiwan that the accord would not affect the 76-year-old official diplomatic relationship between the two. An agreement might improve the position of Catholics and the level of freedom in religion in China, MOFA stated, according to the Central News Agency.    [FULL  STORY]

Beauty of language in words, sounds, not rules: Tang Prize laureate

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/09/22
By: Shih Hsiu-chuan

Taipei, Sept. 22 (CNA) The beauty of language is not necessarily dictated by linguistic features but by the way words and sounds are associated, Stephen Owen, a Harvard Sinologist and a 2018 Tang Prize laureate in Sinology, said in Taipei on Saturday.

Owen, who has completed the first English translation of the complete works of Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu, said the most moving recitation of Tang poetry he has heard is by somebody who read it in Sino-Korean who loved the sound.

“But the sounds in Sino-Korean are not the same sounds as the Tang,” Owen said.

“In some ways, the beauty of the poem makes the particular way it’s expressed sound beautiful,” Owen said. “The sound and sense are bound together.”    [FULL  STORY]

Premier’s flood response report released

WATER-LOGGED: Last month’s flooding was worsened by high tides and because the traditional gravity drainage method did not work in low-lying regions, the report said

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 23, 2018
By: Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

Premier William Lai’s (賴清德) report on the government’s flood response measures has been delivered to the Legislative Yuan, with the report specifying five causes of flooding, including flood prevention infrastructure that is unable to handle extremely heavy rainfall.

Lai is scheduled to make an oral report at the Legislative Yuan on Tuesday and answer legislators’ questions about government efforts and flood response measures, with a focus on the flooding in southern Taiwan that was caused by a tropical depression last month.

With the increasing threat of extreme weather, the nation is seeing more “short-duration heavy rainfall” and “long-duration rainfall,” which has significantly increased the chance of flooding, the report said.

In the report, Lai highlighted five causes of flooding in Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

Life expectancy in Taiwan reaches record 80.4

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2018-09-21

The average life expectancy in Taiwan reached a record 80.4 years last year. That’s according to figures released by the interior ministry on Friday.

In 2017, the average life expectancy for men in Taiwan was 77.3 years, and 83.7 years for women. The ministry attributed the new record to the high standard of healthcare in Taiwan, as well as increased awareness of food safety.

Life expectancy in Taiwan is comfortably higher than the global average, but still trails behind Japan, Spain, Singapore, Switzerland and South Korea.

By area, Taipei had the highest average life expectancy at 83.6 years. The lowest in the country was the southeastern county of Taitung, where the average was 75.5 years.
[FULL  STORY]

INFOGRAPHIC: Taiwanese Parents Take More Leave Than Ever Before

Despite a declining birthrate, recent amendments have enabled more parents than ever to spend valuable time with their children.

The News Lens
Date: 2018/09/21
By: If Lin

A growing number of new parents in Taiwan are taking time off from work to personally care for their children during those precious early years. Taiwanese law is permissive of this trend: since 2002, it has stipulated that employees can apply for up to two years of parental leave before their child turns three years old.

This legislation has now been in place for over 15 years, but how many parents are taking advantage of it? We decided to find out.

When considering the numerous revisions to the law over the past 15 years, we can see that the legal restrictions on applications have been gradually relaxed. The law was amended to include employees at smaller businesses in 2008, and to reduce the minimum time of employment required before applying in 2014.    [FULL  STORY]

AIT cancels US 3D-printed gun maker Cody Wilson’s passport to prevent him from fleeing Taiwan 

AIT cancels American 3D-printed gun advocate Cody Wilson’s passport to prevent him from fleeing Taiwan as manhunt underway

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/09/21
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Cody Wilson. (By Associated Press)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The passport of American 3D-printed gun maker, Cody Wilson, has been canceled to prevent him from fleeing Taiwan, as he is wanted in Texas for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

After news broke yesterday that Wilson, 30, is wanted for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Austin, Texas, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) received notification from the U.S. that his passport would be canceled, reported Liberty Times. As he no longer has a legal travel document, Taiwanese police now have the authority to apprehend Wilson and deport him back to the U.S., where U.S. Marshals would take him into custody.

The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) last night (Sept. 20) announced that Wilson had signed a contract to rent a studio apartment for half a year yesterday afternoon. He was originally scheduled to move into the apartment at 12:30 p.m. today, but as he probably saw media reports that a manhunt was underway for his capture, he did not appear to pick up the keys to the flat.     [FULL  STORY]

Newly formed tropical storm approaching Taiwan: CWB

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/09/21
By: Chen Wei-ting and William Yen

Image taken from Central Weather Bureau website

Taipei, Sept. 21 (CNA) A tropical depression near the United States territory of Guam in the Western Pacific has upgraded to Tropical Storm Trami Friday evening with the possibility to travel near Taiwan’s east coast, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

CWB forecaster Wang Pin-hsiang (王品翔) said that Trami was approximately 2,400 kilometers away from Taiwan at 8:00 p.m. Friday and that Sunday and Monday will be the key deciding dates to see if the storm will affect the country.

Trami is forecast to travel in a west-northwesterly direction at a speed of 23 kilometers per hour with sustained winds of 82.8 kph, with gusts of up to 108 kph, CWB data showed.     [FULL  STORY]

KMT legislators keep Lai from speaking

PENT-UP ANGER: The KMT caucus blocked the first legislative session demanding that the premier address the scandals over ‘comfort women’ and transitional justice

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 22, 2018
By: Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers yesterday boycotted an administrative report

The Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) lawmakers have placed slogans on the legislative floor and stand in front of the rostrum to block the legislative session in protest about a scandal at the Transitional Justice Commission in Taipei yesterday.  Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

by Premier William Lai (賴清德) and paralyzed legislative proceedings on the first day of the new legislative session.

At about 8am — one hour before a Legislative Yuan plenary — KMT lawmakers occupied the rostrum and blocked the entrance to the legislative chamber, where Lai was to deliver his report.

KMT caucus members originally planned to bar Lai from entering the legislature compound, but the premier arrived 15 minutes before they did, KMT caucus secretary-general William Tseng (曾銘宗) said.

The legislators accused Lai of apathy toward an incident earlier this month, when a Japanese representative of the Alliance for Truth About Comfort Women was seen in a video allegedly kicking a statue of a “comfort woman” next to the KMT’s Tainan chapter.
[FULL  STORY]

Local group campaign to raise awareness on dementia

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2018-09-20

A local health foundation held a campaign on Wednesday to raise awareness about dementia and how to prevent it.

Centenarians, doctors, academics and entertainers are standing together to call the public’s attention to the effects of dementia on the elderly. On Wednesday, the Taiwan Catholic Foundation of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia organized a campaign to raise awareness of the disease and to inform the public of ways to delay its development.

According to health ministry statistics, there are over 270,000 people in Taiwan who suffer from dementia. The figure is projected to increase by 10,000 every year.
[FULL  STORY]

OPINION: It’s Time for Taiwan to Act on Refugee Protection

Taiwan’s treatment of asylum seekers and refugees lags behind global standards.

The News Lens
Date: 2018/09/20
By: Liberty Victoria’s Rights Advocacy Project

Credit: Reuters / TPG

Australia has a new solution to its asylum seeker regime: a secret deal with the Taiwanese government for critically ill asylum seekers held on Nauru to be transferred to Taiwan for medical treatment, where that treatment is inadequate or unavailable on Nauru. The arrangement raises serious questions about the protection for refugees and asylum seekers in Taiwan.

Taiwan has struggled to implement a human rights framework for the protection of refugees and asylum seekers. Unlike the majority of countries worldwide, Taiwan does not have a domestic protection framework for refugees and asylum seekers. A national refugee law bill has been before the Legislative Yuan since 2005. There has been no progress since the government round table with civil society actors in April 2017. There have also been no other steps to implement the 1951 Refugee Convention and its related 1967 Protocol.

Sydney, Australia, against the treatment of asylum-seekers at Australia-run detention centres located at Nauru and Manus Island, Nov. 18, 2017.    [FULL  STORY]