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Taiwan’s Rating Board Lists Crytek’s Free-to-Play Shooter, Warface, for Consoles

Play Station Lifestyle 
Date; May 26, 2018
By: Zarmena Khan

Taiwan’s video game rating board has published listings for Crytek’s free-to-play first-person shooter, Warface, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

As spotted by Wccftech, the listings are still up on the board’s website but Crytek hasn’t made any official announcement yet.

Warface, which is brought to us by Far Cry and Crysis developers, first released in 2013 for PC and was later ported over to Xbox 360. However, the last-gen console servers have since been shut down. An official description of the title is as follows:

The world is struggling to recover from an unheard of recession level while powerful individuals own the majority of the world’s wealth. Those in power have begun asserting their will and protecting their money by means of a military force known as Blackwood.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan and Philippine universities to study water quality

ICRT Radio News
Date: 2018-05-26

Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and Philippine’s Map
University (MU) on Friday opened a water quality research center in Manila to
try and improve the quality of drinking water for residents in the
Philippine capital city.

The center was established with the joint support of NCKU, MU and Taiwan’s
Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) to study the quality of water at
Laguna Lake, located south of the Manila area, Lin said.

It is the second largest lake in Southeast Asia and an important source of
drinking water for residents living in Manila.

NCKU and MU carried out a large-scale investigation in August 2016 into the
lake and found harmful bacteria, algae toxins and odor, which may affect the
safety of the drinking water.    [SOURCE]

Taiwanese man arrested in Taoyuan for violating Nat. Security Act, spying for China

The 39 year old business man and former marine was living in China since 2000, and has attempted to establish a spy ring in Taiwan

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/05/26
By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Taiwanese businessman working in Suzhou in China’s

Ministry of Justice Headquarters (By Wikimedia Commons)

Jiangsu Province was arrested by National Police in Taoyuan on Thursday, May 24 during a visit home to Taiwan.

Lin Wei-lin (林偉琳), 39 years old and a former serviceman in Taiwan’s Marine Corp., is suspected of working as a spy for Beijing and attempting to establish a spy network in Taiwan, according to Taoyuan Deputy Chief Prosecutor Wang Yi-wen (王以文).

Liberty Times reports that Lin became a target of surveillance in December 2017 after he approached a government official and attempted to recruit them into  joining a spy network.

Lin approached a former classmate who works in the Ministry of Justice that is involved in Taiwan’s intelligence operations. Lin tried to solicit information about the official’s work and tried introduce them to Chinese associates.  [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan final ‘fortress’ of freedom in Chinese-speaking world: author

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/05/26
By Miao Zong-han and Kuan-lin Liu 

Taipei, May 26 (CNA) Taiwan is the last fortress of democracy and free speech of the Chinese-speaking world, exiled Chinese writer Pan Yongzhong (潘永忠) said at a book launch in Taipei on Saturday.

Pan, better known by the pseudonym Tian Mu (田牧), said the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has essentially cut off all Chinese-speaking channels to the outside world so that there can be no understanding of the Taiwan government or its voice of justice and conscience.

China’s sharp power in the world is pervasive, Tian Mu said at the launch of his new book “The Forbidden Garden — Censorship in China.”

However, he said, not all of the 40 million overseas Chinese support Beijing’s policies, and many of them care a lot about the future of Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

US says it is disappointed with Burkina Faso switch

ACTIVE POACHING: The US Department of State accused China of changing the cross-strait ‘status quo’ framework which has enabled ‘peace, stability and development’

Taipei Times
Date: May 27, 2018
By: Staff writer, with CNA, WASHINGTON

The US Department of State on Friday accused China of changing the cross-strait status quo as it expressed disappointment at Burkina Faso’s decision to break diplomatic ties with Taiwan, which is widely suspected to be due to enticements from Beijing.

“China is altering the status quo across the Taiwan Strait and undermining the framework that has enabled peace, stability, and development for decades,” a department spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement to the media.

“We have a shared interest in international security stability and we are disappointed that Burkina Faso did not take these factors into consideration in its decision to cut ties with Taiwan,” it said.

Taiwan is a vibrant democracy and reliable partner, the spokesperson said, adding that the US would continue to stand with the nation, and conduct cooperative and friendly relations with it in accordance with Washington’s “one-China” policy as set forth in the Three Joint Communiques and the US Taiwan Relations Act.

Taiwan monitors long-range Chinese military drill

ICRT Radio News
Date: 2018-05-25

Air Force Command says Taiwan is closely monitored a long-range Chinese
military drill.

The Air Force said two Chinese aircraft flew over the Bashi Channel at around
4 a.m. and then entered the Miyako Strait

The two Xi-an H-6K strategic bombers were on a long-range air exercise, and
the Republic of China Air Force scrambled F-16 fighter jets to observe the
Chinese drill

The Air Force says it has installed an advance warning system that provides
intelligence on every move made by the Chinese military in the region,
allowing it to respond accordingly, thereby enhancing national defense.

The Air Force statement follows a Chinese military airplane being spotted
flying west of the median line of the Taiwan Strait yesterday.    [SOURCE]

Representative office in Japan buys hydrogen cell vehicle

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2018-05-25

Taiwan’s representative office in Japan has bought a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. It hopes

Hsieh said his office has bought a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. (CNA photo)

to share the driver experience with other government departments.

The vehicle’s fuel cell can generate electricity by reacting with hydrogen and oxygen. The only emission that the vehicle leaves is water, making the ultimate environmentally friendly vehicle. Japan is currently planning to replace all shuttle vehicles of its Olympic stadiums with oxygen fuel cell vehicles by the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Taiwan’s representative in Japan, Frank Hsieh, remarked on the purchase on Thursday. He said Japanese government’s subsidies meant the vehicle cost almost the same as a petrol-powered vehicle. Hsieh said he plans to share the driving experience with other government departments in the future.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan retaliates over China’s poaching of allies

Taiwan News   
Date: 2018/05/25
By:  Central News Agency

The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan’s China policy planner, said Thursday night

Burkina Faso flag lowered in Taipei following its severing of diplomatic ties with Taiwan (Photo from CNA)

it will more rigorously screen applications by Chinese officials to visit Taiwan and will step up measures to counter Chinese moves to divide society and create social discord.

The MAC made the announcement hours after Burkina Faso ended 24 years of diplomatic ties with Taiwan, apparently switching to Beijing, the second country to do so in less than a month. Taiwan now has only 18 diplomatic allies.

China has resorted to military and diplomatic threats to coerce Taiwan into accepting its “one China” principle, an approach that shows Beijing is frightened by Taiwan’s democracy, according to MAC.

The more hostility it shows, the more it will force Taiwan to “go its own way” as Taiwan will never kneel before China, MAC stressed.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan has 26th ‘most powerful’ passport in the world: index ranking

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/05/25
By: Kuay Chau-churh and William Yen

Taipei, May 25 (CNA) Taiwan has the 26th most powerful passport in the world, according to the latest edition of an index that ranks passports according to the number of countries around the globe that provide holders of the passport with visa-free access.

Global residence and citizenship planning firm Henley & Partners published the latest 2018 Henley Passport Index on Tuesday, using data from the International Air Transport Association, which “maintains the world’s largest and most comprehensive database of travel information,” according to the index’s website.

The latest 2018 edition ranked Taiwan’s Republic of China passport as 26th best in the world, as it provides visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 148 countries, more than that of its neighbors China or the Philippines at 70 and 66, respectively.   [FULL  STORY]

Pollution negotiations end in deadlock

QUARRELSOME CLIMATE: A KMT legislator said that Premier William Lai had been misled about the potential health risks posed by stationary sources of pollution

Taipei Times
Date: May 26, 2018
By: Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

Cross-caucus negotiations on the Cabinet’s proposed amendments to the Air Pollution

Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan presides over a legislative session at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday.  Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

Control Act (空氣汙染防制法) yesterday ended in a stalemate after lawmakers and Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) Minister Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) bickered over two crucial draft amendments that would determine rules on the trading of emission rights and the de facto governing agency for an emission cap on industries in Kaohsiung and Pingtung County.

The Legislative Yuan held a round of cross-caucus negotiations on five proposed amendments to the act, on which lawmakers had yet to reach a consensus.

Article 9 of the draft, which deals with the trading of emission rights between stationary and moving sources of air pollution, proposes that emissions cut from mobile sources — two-stroke scooters and old cars — be added to the quota for stationary emissions, which are mainly from industrial activity.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers voiced objections, with KMT Legislator Arthur Chen (陳宜民) saying that Premier William Lai (賴清德) had been misled and underestimates the potential health risks posed by stationary sources of air pollution.