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Coast Guard sets up new patrol dog team

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 16 September, 2019
By: Natalie Tso

New patrol dog team joins Coast Guard (CNA photo)

Taiwan’s Coast Guard set up a new patrol dog team on Monday in northern Taiwan. The camp currently has 15 patrol dogs, including golden retrievers, German shepherds, and Belgian Malinois.

The dogs will undergo four months of training with their officers. They will help the coast guard search for agricultural products, drugs, and explosives in their efforts to combat illegal behavior. 
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Taiwan says China meddling in its presidential election

The Hill
Date: 09/16/19
By: Chis Mills Rodrigo

© Getty Images

© Getty Images

Taiwan on Monday accused China of interfering in its presidential and legislative elections, Reuters reported.

The new claim comes after the Solomon Islands cut off ties with Taipei to align itself with mainland China.

The Solomon Islands is the sixth country to switch diplomatic relations to Beijing since President Tsai Ing-wen took office in Taiwan in 2016.

That leaves Taiwan with formal relations with just 16 countries, many of which are small.

China views Taiwan as a breakaway province, while Taiwan considers itself a sovereign state with a democratic government.    [FULL  STORY]

Photo of the Day: One country, one system, one-eye point-of-view

Cartoon illustrates Beijing's half-sighted view of tattered 'one country, two systems' framework in Hong Kong

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/09/16
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Illustration by Allan Rios.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — On Thursday (Sept. 12), an American illustrator on social media posted his latest cartoon, which refers to a female Kong Kong protestor who suffered severe damage to her eye as a metaphor for China's destruction of the "one country, two systems" framework.

Allan Rios, 42, who goes by the pen name Dedoshucos, created a biting commentary on the deteriorating situation in Hong Kong with the cartoon he uploaded to Reddit on Thursday. Inspired by a Hong Kong protester believed to be a volunteer medic whose eye suffered severe damage after being struck by a beanbag round on Aug. 11, Rios depicted the one-eyed woman as representing Beijing's half-sighted view of the tattered "one country, two systems" framework.

In the illustration, a woman can be seen with one eye badly bloodied and a shadowy figure wearing a gas mask behind her asking, "What happened to her eye?" The other shadowy figure says bluntly, "One country one system. Can't have another point of view."

Commenting on the piece, Rios told Taiwan News that "It's blunt and direct, but I meant what I said in my comment." Rios said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's refusal to meet Joshua Wong for the sake of political correctness, placing "communist economic benefits" above all else, shows how the West has turned its back on its values.    [FULL  STORY]

China to lift individual travel ban for Taiwan’s offshore counties

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/09/16
By: Huang Huei-min and Ko Lin


Taipei, Sept. 16 (CNA) China's ban on individual Chinese travelers visiting three of Taiwan's offshore counties will be lifted effective Sept. 20, the Kinmen County government announced Monday.


Since Aug. 1, Beijing has banned individual tourists from 47 Chinese cities from traveling to Taiwan, citing the current state of relations between the two sides.

Following more than a month of negotiations, Kinmen, along with Penghu and Lienchiang (Matsu), convinced Beijing to lift the ban for their counties beginning this week, the county government said in a statement. Applications for individual travelers from 20 cities in China's four major provinces — Fujian, Zhejiang, Jiangxi and Guangdong — will be accepted again beginning Friday, it said.

Kinmen County Magistrate Yang Cheng-wu (楊鎮浯) said the ban has had a huge impact on the county's tourism and related sectors, noting that the announcement was a major boost in morale.
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Consumers’ Foundation targets thermal paper

REGULATION NEEDED: The foundation said that it tested 28 samples of commercial thermal paper and found 23 that contained high levels of bisphenol S

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 17, 2019
By: Lo Chi and Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

The Consumers’ Foundation yesterday called for the government to regulate bisphenol S (BPS), a

Consumers’ Foundation secretary-general Wu Jung-ta, center, speaks at a news conference at the foundation’s office in Taipei yesterday concerning the use of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in thermal paper.
Photo: CNA

common substitute for bisphenol A (BPA), in thermal paper.

BPA is an endocrine disruptor that affects the reproductive system, foundation secretary-general Wu Jung-ta (吳榮達) said.

In Taiwan, thermal paper, which is often used to print receipts or queue tickets, must contain less than 50 parts per million (ppm) of BPA, according to the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection.

When governments began limiting the use of BPA, many businesses replaced it with BPS, Wu said.
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Tourists in Rainbow Village (Photo: iStock)

The many surprises of Taipei and Taichung

LiveMint
Date: 15 Sep 2019
By: Sejal Mehta

Tourists in Rainbow Village (Photo: iStock)

Taiwan’s second largest city embraces design with themed cafes, a painted village, and ultra-modern national theater

From glittering skyscraper to a temple that holds the answers to all questions, essentials for a Taipei itinerary

Night had settled in by the time the cab reached my hotel in Taichung’s Xitun district. But the markets and music clubs were buzzing.

As I tried to count the money, the currency still unfamiliar after just two days in Taiwan, the cabbie reached out, offering to help. That’s when I noticed his long nails—painted a sparkling gold with blue and white waves. For 20 minutes, he had driven me in silence, his outfit staid and ordinary. And then came this funky curveball out of nowhere.

Taiwan serves up many such surprises. For those who like the outdoors, there are treks and cycling tracks in its national parks and along the coastline. The cities have historical monuments, storied temples and busy night markets with affordable shopping. This list contains suggestions for the capital, Taipei, and Taichung, the country’s second largest city.    [FULL  STORY]

Solomons PM tries to clarify ‘useless’ Taiwan comment

Solomon Islands prime minster Manaseh Sogavare has sought to clarify a comment he made on an Australian podcast that Taiwan is completely useless.

RNZ
Date: Sep 15, 2019

The Little Red Podcast, made my academics at the Australian National University, was examining the

Photo: RNZ/Koroi Hawkins

Solomons' pending decision on whether to switch diplomatic relations from Taiwan to China.

"To be honest when it comes to economics and politics Taiwan is completely useless to us," he said.

However, Mr Sogavare said the comment was taken out of context, being the imbalance between the amount of development assistance provided by Taiwan and the dollar value of Tuna caught by Taiwan in Solomon Islands' waters.

He said he was led to believe his conversation with the academic was confidential and not an interview.    [FULL  STORY]

Lighting up ‘Remains of the 13 Levels’ in New Taipei ruins area’s tranquility, say locals

Locals complain that conduct of some visitors disturbs originally peaceful life

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/09/15
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

The Remains of the 13 Levels. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The lighting of the "Remains of the 13 Levels" in NE Taiwan since this year's Mid-Autumn Festival has many local residents fearful that the quiet coastal community of Shuinandong (水湳洞) will lose its tranquil character, reported the Central News Agency (CAN) on Saturday (Sept. 14).

After crowds of visitors poured into the quiet community to watch the lighting of the potential World Heritage site on the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival on Sept. 13, some locals have complained that the conduct of some visitors has disturbed their originally peaceful life.

A local resident surnamed Shih (施) said in a Facebook post that besides admiring the scenery, some visitors “conveniently” threw garbage into her backyard, forcing her to pick up a large amount of trash.

Since the announcement of the lighting event, hordes of tourists have been seen entering the Shuinandong community. Residents have reported that tourists have intruded into their homes through unlocked doors, according to CNA.    [FULL  STORY]

DPP lawmaker lobbies for Taiwan to join Pacific military exercises

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/09/15
By: Chiang Chin-yeh and Joseph Ye

Washington, Sept. 14 (CNA) Wang Ting-yu (王定宇), convener of the Legislature's Foreign Affairs and

DPP lawmaker Wang Ting-yu

National Defense Committee, said Saturday that the Unites States should invite Taiwan to participate in the upcoming multi-national military exercises in the Pacific, based on U.S. laws that have already been enacted.

Speaking to reporters in Washington D.C., Legislator Wang of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said that under those exiting laws, visits to the U.S. by senior Taiwanese officials should also increase.

Wang said that on his current trip he has met with members of Congress who sit on the armed forces, foreign affairs and intelligence committees in both the House and the Senate.

During those meetings, Wang said, he conveyed Taiwan's wish to participate in the U.S.-led multinational Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) military exercises, which are scheduled for next summer.
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EVA Air flight attendants pan treatment since strike

SIT-IN PLANNED: The Taoyuan Flight Attendants’ Union said the issue of differential treatment remains unresolved even after the union negotiated with EVA for two months

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 16, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Members of the Taoyuan Flight Attendants’ Union are to hold a 24-hour sit-in in front of the Ministry of Labor on Thursday next week to protest EVA Airways’ treatment of flight attendants following a 20-day strike that ended in July.

The airline’s flight attendants launched the strike through the union on June 20. Before the strike, the company warned airline employees in a notice that it would need to cancel staff discount tickets if a strike occurred, but that flight attendants willing to work during a strike would still receive discount tickets.

On July 6, the airline and the union signed a collective agreement stating that negotiations over discount tickets would begin within two months after the end of the strike.

Four meetings have so far been held, but no deal has been reached.    [FULL  STORY]