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Taiwan to launch satellites every year over coming decade: Tsai

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 05 December, 2019
By: Paula Chao

President Tsai Ing-wen (Photo by the Presidential Office)

President Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan will launch satellites every year over the next decade. Tsai was speaking Thursday during the opening ceremony of Future Tech Expo 2019 in Taipei.

Tsai said the government has a clear vision regarding the aerospace industry and will not miss any business opportunities.  

Tsai also said the government has already introduced a ten-year aerospace program, backed with a NT$25 billion budget. She said the government will train more young talent in the field of aerospace technology.    [FULL  STORY]

Police will summon foreigner and issue a fine of NT$300 after dangerous skateboard stunt in Taipei City goes viral

Taiwan English News
Date: December 4, 2019 
By: Phillip Charlier


Police will identify and summon a man who performed a dangerous skateboard stunt in Taipei City recently, and he will be fined NT$300 (US$9.84) for breaching traffic regulations, according to reports in Taiwan’s Chinese language media today, December 4.

Red Bull skate squad members 23-year-old Jamie Foy, Zion Wright, 20, and Alex Midler, 21, visited Taiwan some time in the last year as part of a trip exploring skate spots around the world.

The trio spent around one year putting together video of their exploits titled “You Good?”

RedBull Skateboarding uploaded the video to their You Tube channel December 2, and and it has received more than 398,000 views at the time of writing, December 4.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan KMT presidential candidate asks supporters to lie: Reuters

International news agency stunned by Han Kuo-yu’s unconventional political tactics

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/12/05
By: Ching-Tse Cheng, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Han Kuo-yu asks supporters to lie to pollsters. (Facebook photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — UK-based news organization Reuters published an article last Friday (Nov. 29) about Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu's (韓國瑜) unorthodox tactic of asking his supporters to lie in opinion polls.

The article titled "Behind in polls, Taiwan president contender tells supporters to lie to pollsters" mentioned the KMT's desire to maintain close ties with China and observed that Han was running behind Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in opinion polls. The article said that Han wanted to trick Tsai and her campaign into thinking they were going to win.    [FULL  STORY]

Taipei ranked world’s best city for expat life

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/12/05
By: Pixabay image

Pixabay image

Berlin, Dec. 4 (CNA) Taipei has been ranked among 82 cities around the world as the best place to live and work for expatriates in 2019, according to the results of a survey published this week by the expat networking website InterNations.

The latest Expat City Ranking by the Munich-based company polled more than 20,000 respondents representing 178 nationalities and 187 countries or territories on their experiences of living abroad, based on five categories — quality of urban living, getting settled, urban work life, finance & housing, and local cost of living.

According to the annual survey, expatriates are particularly happy with Taipei's high quality of life, ranking the city third worldwide, preceded only by Tokyo in second place and the Swiss city of Zug in top position.

Taiwan's capital was also rated high in terms of transportation (98 percent), availability of healthcare (94 percent), public safety (96 percent) and cost of living (71 percent).
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Taipei station still understaffed

LONG HOURS, LONG LINES: The union’s president said that some of the staff were stuck working 12-hour shifts, as there were 27 fewer employees than it had in 2008

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 06, 2019
By: Ann Maxon  /  Staff reporter

The Taiwan Railway Union yesterday said that the Taipei Railway Station is short-staffed, requiring

People line up to purchase train tickets at the counter in the main hall at Taipei Railway Station in an undated photograph.
Photo: Cheng Wei-chi, Taipei Times

some employees to work up to 12 hours per shift.

“Long lines at the ticket windows are an ongoing problem that has led to a great number of customer complaints and constant overworking of employees,” union president Wang Chieh (王傑) told a news conference in Taipei.

“Often, we have just a half an hour, if any time at all, to eat lunch or dinner, and hardly enough time to take bathroom breaks,” said Wang, who works at the station’s customer service center.

The most overworked staff are those at window 12, where they are responsible for selling time-limited passes, unlocking cards and handling machine repairs, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

Video: Wintry weather comes to Taiwan

Radiio Taiwan International
Date: 04 December, 2019
By: John Van Trieste

A cold front makes itself visible across much of southern Taiwan.

A cold front makes itself visible across much of southern Taiwan.[/caption] Taiwan isn’t a part of the world often associated with winter weather. After all, its southernmost portions extend down into the tropics. But this doesn’t mean Taiwan is free of icy cold.

Winter has arrived. That seemed to be the message written in the sky across southern Taiwan this week as a very visible cold front moved in.

All across the Yunlin, Chiayi, and Tainan areas, cold air met warm, and moist air met dry.
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Police will summon foreigner and issue a fine of NT$300 after dangerous skateboard stunt in Taipei City goes viral

T&aiwan English News
Date: December 4, 2019 
By: Phillip Charlier


Police will identify and summon a man who performed a dangerous skateboard stunt in Taipei City recently, and he will be fined NT$300 (US$9.84) for breaching traffic regulations, according to reports in Taiwan’s Chinese language media today, December 4.

Red Bull skate squad members 23-year-old Jamie Foy, Zion Wright, 20, and Alex Midler, 21, visited Taiwan some time in the last year as part of a trip exploring skate spots around the world.

The trio spent around one year putting together video of their exploits titled “You Good?”

RedBull Skateboarding uploaded the video to their You Tube channel December 2, and and it has received more than 398,000 views at the time of writing, December 4.    [FULL  STORY]

Ex-US diplomat says peaceful Taiwan-China unification impossible

Estrangement between two sides is too profound, says Raymond Burghardt

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/12/04
By: Huang Tzu-ti, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A peaceful unification between Taiwan and China is beyond the bounds of

Raymond Burghardt (CNA photo)

possibility, said Raymond Burghardt, former chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).

The former U.S. diplomat made the remarks at an event held by The National Committee on American Foreign Policy, on Monday (Dec. 2) in Washington. He was addressing cross-strait issues, reported Voice of America.

“It’s impossible to see a peaceful unification of Taiwan with China,” said Burghardt, citing profound estrangement between the two sides and a strong sense of a separate identity in Taiwan. “I think people in Beijing have realized that,” he added.

The question is now “what kind of coercion is necessary?” Burghardt stressed. He believes the Chinese government has been mulling a list of options, including disinformation and information warfare, as well as military means “if it has to go to the level.”    [FULL  STORY]

KMT demands Japan envoy’s resignation over Internet troll ties

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/12/04
By: Yang Ming-chu and Joseph Yeh

KMT Taipei City Councilors

Tokyo, Dec. 4 (CNA) A group of opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Taipei city councilors demanded the resignation Wednesday of the nation's top envoy to Japan, former Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), after one of his former election campaign staffers was indicted Monday.

The staffer is accused of paying an Internet troll to insult Taiwan's representative office in Osaka, an illegal act that might have contributed to the 2018 suicide of the office chief.

Staging a protest outside Taiwan's representative office in Tokyo, where Hsieh is posted, the four councilors said the accused, Slow Yang (楊蕙如), has been closely associated with Hsieh for several years.

They asked to meet Hsieh in person and called on the envoy to explain if he was behind Yang's action.    [FULL  STORY]

Officers face sexual assault charges

OUT ON BAIL: Two foreign officers studying in Taiwan have been released on bail, as police investigate their alleged involvement in a sexual assault case in Taipei

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 05, 2019
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

Two foreign military officers studying at National Defense University who were accused of sexually assaulting a woman were on Tuesday released on bail after being questioned at the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office.

A woman, identified as “Hsiao Hsuan” (小萱), accused the pair of sexually assaulting her at a Taipei hotel over the weekend.

However, some local Chinese-language media reported that the alleged assault took place at a nightclub.

The men were released after posting bail of NT$50,000 each.    [FULL  STORY]