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Seminar on regional energy resource management under way

Radiio Taiwan International
Date: 20 November, 2019
By: Paula Chao

AIT director William Brent Christensen (3rd from the right) attended the opening ceremony of the seminar. (CNA photo)

A seminar on the sound management of energy resources in the Asia Pacific region is under way in Taipei.  

The seminar aims to promote regional cooperation in the management of energy resources.  It is being held under the aegis of the Global Cooperation and Training Framework, a joint initiative by Taiwan, the US, Japan, and Australia.

At the opening ceremony, American Institute in Taiwan director William Brent Christensen said Taiwan is a reliable partner. He said that with its expertise, Taiwan will make contributions in areas that include the management of energy resources.

Christensen talked about regional cooperation.    [FULL  STORY]

A massive experiment in Taiwan aims to reveal landslides’ surprising effect on the climate

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Date: Nov. 20, 2019
By: Katherine Kornei

Steep, wet slopes and earthquakes make landslides a common feature in Taiwan’s Taroko National Park. KRISTEN L. COOK

TAROKO NATIONAL PARK, TAIWAN—The frequent crackle of tumbling rocks overhead is unnerving, especially when you're picking your way through a pile of jagged debris. "I hate walking down roads like this," says Niels Hovius, a geomorphologist at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam. "I know what can happen here."

Taroko National Park, famous for a precipitous marble gorge that cuts through it, is in a futile fight with gravity. Rockfalls litter the park's serpentine main highway. The scars of at least a dozen landslides punctuate the view in all directions. Maintenance crews are perpetually spraying concrete on slopes in a last-ditch effort to stabilize them. The park gives out safety helmets for free, and strongly encourages visitors to wear them.

For Hovius, all this moving rock and soil makes for a perfect laboratory. For the past 3 years, he and his colleagues have scrambled and rappelled across the park, installing dozens of instruments in what will end up being Taiwan's most comprehensive landscape dynamics observatory. One goal is to monitor landslides and understand their triggers. A bigger aim is to investigate their hidden impact on the climate: As massive chemical reactors, landslides draw carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the sky and sometimes belch it out, too. Understanding their role as both carbon source and sink could help researchers better model the carbon cycle that ultimately controls our planet's climate and habitability.

The recipe for landslides requires three basic ingredients: steep hillslopes, earthquakes to weaken them, and water to make them slick. Taiwan has all three in spades, making it one of the most landslide-prone countries in the world. The island was born 6 million years ago in an ongoing collision of tectonic plates that lifts mountains and generates a drumbeat of earthquakes. And its location in the tropical western Pacific Ocean means typhoons come regularly, occasionally dumping meters of rain in just days. "You can learn a lot by looking at extremes," says Susan Brantley, a geochemist at Pennsylvania State University in State College.    [FULL  STORY]

US, Japan, EU watch Taiwan presidential election as voters face ‘5 loathes’

Taiwanese voters are torn between ‘5 loathes’

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/11/20
By: Pin Min Ming, Taiwan News, Contributing Writer


In the 2020 elections, the people of Taiwan will choose their president, vice president, and legislators, in other words the politicians which will manage important national affairs in the country.

Taiwan has been facing the strongest international pressure in its recent history, while the domestic political, economic and social environment is also facing a critical situation.

A general observation has found that Taiwan’s voters are being torn between so-called “five loathes” in this election.

The so-called “5 loathes” are: first, “loathing China,” second, “loathing Han Kuo-yu,” third, “loathing Tsai Ing-wen,” fourth, “loathing the Kuomintang (KMT),” and fifth, “loathing the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).”    [FULL  STORY]

Tropical storm Fung-Wong to bring rain to Taiwan

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/11/20
By: Yu Hsiao-han and Chiang Yi-ching

Taipei, Nov. 20 (CNA) A depression east of the Philippines was upgraded to Tropical Storm Fung-Wong Wednesday, with its periphery expected to bring rain to Taiwan as early as Thursday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The CWB forecast that intermittent showers could be expected in northern and eastern Taiwan from Thursday, with a chance of heavy downpours in the northeast.    [FULL  STORY]

NCC warns on sales of uncertified devices

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 21, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

The National Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday said that it would work with the Ministry of Economic Affairs to consider whether to fine e-commerce platforms that sell uncertified wireless and Bluetooth devices.

The Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) yesterday reported that Taobao Taiwan — which launched in Taiwan last month — was found to be selling devices that do not carry NCC-issued certification codes on its platform.

Manufacturers must obtain the certification codes before they can sell their products in Taiwan, the newspaper said.

The commission has talked to Taobao Taiwan’s management to let them know they should ensure that only legal wireless devices are sold on their platform, NCC acting spokesman Hsiao Chi-hung (蕭祈宏) said.    [FULL  STORY]

VIDEO: Taiwan’s economic structure is transforming

Radio Taiwan Internatinal
Date: 19 November, 2019
By: Natalie Tso

President Tsai Ing-wen highlighted the positive changes and outlook for Taiwan’s economy during a

President Tsai Ing-wen speaking at the American Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday (CNA photo)

President Tsai Ing-wen speaking at the American Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday (CNA photo)[/caption]speech at the American Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

The US-China trade war has had a major impact on the world economy but Taiwan has had an optimistic year. President Tsai said that Taiwan has worked to develop a new economic structure, encourage innovation, and reduce reliance on production facilities in China. These changes have enabled Taiwan’s economy to be both resilient and responsive.

For the first three quarters of the year, Taiwan’s economic growth has led the 4 Asian tigers. Many Taiwanese companies are returning to invest in Taiwan. The government has approved NT$700 billion (US$23 billion) in investment from returning Taiwanese companies this year. This will create an estimated 55,000 jobs in Taiwan.

Tsai also cited the growth of foreign investment in Taiwan this year. She said many foreign companies are bullish on Taiwan due to Taiwan’s free and open society, intellectual property rights protection, strong talent and tech sector. Many global giants like Google, Microsoft and Amazon are planning larger investments in Taiwan and will bring in many high paying jobs.

Han Kuo-Yu, A Beijing-Friendly Populist, Might Still Win Taiwan 2020

Taiwanese people recoil when they hear "China." But Han Kuo-yu, a China-conciliatory presidential candidate, hopes to charm them nonetheless.

Date: November 19, 2019
By: Ralph Jennings

Opinion polls tip Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文 Cài Yīngwén) to win a second term in office in large part because of her tough stance on China, to the point of backing anti-Beijing demonstrations in Hong Kong. Han Kuo-yu (韩国瑜 Hán Guóyú), her chief opponent in the forthcoming January 11 election, embraces closer relations with Beijing, including a resumption of formal talks that China severed under Tsai. Could he possibly win?

Han hit a public opinion stride last year when he won the mayoral race in a southern city where voters normally prefer Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party party. His populist, get-things-done appeal — accentuated by a shiny bald head and blue work shirts with sleeves rolled up to the elbows — gave him street creds. He won the Nationalist Party’s presidential nomination in July.

But his willingness to engage China as Hong Kong protesters keep clashing with police stands to hurt him, political scholars say. China hopes someday to rule Taiwan as it governs Hong Kong now. Tsai was leading by 49 percent to 40 percent as of November 4, coming back from 44 percent to Han’s 48 percent in July, Taiwan’s TVBS News found in a poll.

Han gave a media briefing last Thursday — the first one with foreign media in Taiwan — in which he spoke extensively about China. Here are four takeaways — and how his comments might help him in the upcominig elections.

1. Support the “1992 Consensus”

This is China’s chief condition to get along with Taiwan on any level. The consensus refers to an informal understanding that each side will call itself “China,” subject to different ideas about what the term means. For Taiwan, it would mean the government’s constitutional name Republic of China. Beijing sees it as the People’s Republic of China.

Beijing rejects the term “Taiwan” as a replacement because it implies separation from China rather than a move toward its goal of unification. The two sides have been ruled separately since the Republic of China lost the Chinese Civil War and retreated to Taiwan in December 1949.

Taiwan KMT politician doing business in China opts out of legislator list

Fang Chen-Lien’s departure from lineup highlights controversial nature of selection process

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/11/19
By: Huang Tzu-ti, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Fang Chen-Lien (范成連), a member of the Central Standing Committee of

Fang Chen-Lien (left). (CNA photo)

the Kuomintang (KMT) party who is doing business in China, announced on Tuesday (Nov. 19) that he is dropping out of the party’s nomination process for legislator-at-large seats.

The process has drawn tremendous backlash both from within the party and the public, as a number of controversial figures managed to remain on the list of 34 non-divisional legislative candidates proposed by the opposition party in a meeting on Nov. 16, even after the list was adjusted.

Answering calls by party member Lee Ming-hsien (李明賢), a Taipei City councilor, who said that those who received more “against” than “for” votes should voluntarily opt out of the lineup, Fang issued a statement saying he will not serve as a candidate, reported UDN.    [FULL  STORY]

Tsai pledges to build stronger, safer Taiwan if re-elected

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/11/19
By: Wen Kuei-hsiang and Joseph Yeh

Taipei, Nov. 19 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) promised to make Taiwan a stronger, safer

President Tsai Ing-wen (left) and her running mate Lai Ching-te

country if she is elected for a second term in January 2020, as she and her running mate formally entered the presidential race on the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ticket Tuesday.

After Tsai and former Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) completed their registration at the Central Election Commission (CEC), she told reporters that her administration has built a solid foundation to better safeguard Taiwan, but the process requires more time.

"I hope the voters will give us another four years to build Taiwan into a better, stronger and safer country," she said.

Tsai said her reelection bid is of significance amid China's continuous efforts to interfere in Taiwan's Jan. 11 presidential and legislative elections and in light of the escalating tensions in Hong Kong.

MOTC rolls out projects worth NT$100bn

MOVING FORWARD: The Investment Solicitation Convention this year includes projects involving digital applications that could be used in transportation systems

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 20, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) yesterday rolled out 40 government

Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung, center, is pictured at the Investment Solicitation Convention in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

projects worth more than NT$100 billion (US$3.28 billion) at its annual Investment Solicitation Convention.

The convention has drawn about 250 companies from across the nation and overseas, the ministry said.

Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) told the opening ceremony that the ministry had launched investment projects worth NT$170 million in the past three years, for which it was ranked No. 1 by the Ministry of Finance in terms of attracting investments from the private sector.

The convention is different this year, because not only would it showcase infrastructure projects and land development plans in airports, seaports and railway stations, it would also include projects involving the development of applications that could be used in transportation systems, Lin said.