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Taiwan News: Military Launches Into Live-Fire Drills to Deter Chinese Invasion

A daily breakdown of Taiwan’s top stories and why they matter.

The News Lens
Date: 2019/01/17
By: TNL Daily News

Taiwan to hold live-fire drills to deter China

Taiwan’s military is holding its first live-fire drill of 2019 today, shortly after Chinese President Xi Jinping refused to rule out the possibility of using force to unify Taiwan and China in his Jan. 2 speech.

Major General Yeh Kuo-hui (葉國輝) previously said the drills are aimed at “defending against a possible Chinese invasion,” adding that the military will practice new drills and training routines to incorporate defense tactics designed to repel Chinese forces.

Taiwan’s defense ministry says the drills, which follow a regular schedule and have been planned for months, are not a direct response to Xi’s speech.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), in a Tuesday visit to the Army Defense Command in Hualien and Taitung, said her administration vows to adapt to the changing cross-Strait climate, mentioning Xi’s reiteration that using force against Taiwan remains an option.
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Canadian expert recommends improving relations with Taiwan to counter China

Ottawa should also expel the Chinese ambassador: Crowley

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/01/16
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping. (By Associated Press)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Canada could respond to the escalating dispute with China by immediately expelling its ambassador and by improving relations with Taiwan, the head of a Canadian think tank wrote in the Toronto Globe and Mail.

Following the arrest of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, the latest step in the dispute has been the death sentence for drugs smuggling for Canadian citizen Robert Lloyd Schellenberg.

China has identified Canada as a weak link in its contest with Western nations, but it only “respects strength, not weakness,” so Ottawa should immediately show its resolve, wrote Brian Lee Crowley, the managing director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

He named the expulsion of the Chinese ambassador, sanctions against Chinese government members, and “a warming of our relations with Taiwan” as actions that Canada could take immediately.    [FULL  STORY]

2 Vietnamese women arrested in Yilan for overstaying visas: police

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/01/16
By: Wang Chao-yu and William Yen

CNA file photo

Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) Two Vietnamese women, who were allegedly working as prostitutes in Taiwan, were recently arrested in the eastern county of Yilan for overstaying their visas, police said Wednesday.

The two women, aged 25 and 37, respectively, were found in a house in Luodong Township, police said, adding the women had entered Taiwan on Nov. 22 last year on e-visas and had stayed past their authorized admission period.

During questioning, the women also admitted that they had been providing sex services to three or four customers a day.

The women said they were employed by another Vietnamese surnamed Pan (潘), who has Taiwan citizenship, and were being paid NT$1,000 (US$32.4) per customer although Pan was collecting NT$2,200 from each client, according to the police.    [FULL  STORY]

Child Abuse: Police investigate death of baby in Tainan

STAY VIGILANT: Prosecutors said they would charge four suspects with murder after a coroner’s examination found internal bleeding and other trauma in a baby’s body

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 17, 2019
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

Tainan authorities yesterday launched an investigation into the death of a one-year-old girl, who was allegedly beaten to death by her 17-year-old mother and three relatives.

The girl was allegedly beaten on Tuesday over a cup of spilled milk, local Chinese-language media reported.

She was taken to a hospital later that night, but doctors found that the girl had been dead for a few hours, reports said.

The girl’s body was covered in old and fresh bruises, suggesting that she had been previously abused, the doctors said.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan language exchange program bears fruit in the Philippines

The China Post
Date: Jan. 16, 201993
By: Emerson Lin and Ko Lin 

MANILA (CNA) – A cultural exchange program organized by Taiwan that provides Chinese language lessons to Filipino students has had positive results, according to the Taiwan Education Center Philippines.

Huang Tse-hsiang (黃澤翔), who is in charge of the program, said recently that the classes have been well received and more than 1,000 students have signed up to attend.

Operated by National Sun Yat-sen University with the backing of the Ministry of Education (MOE), the center was set up in Sept. 2017 to promote quality Chinese language education in the Southeast Asian country, while at the same time offering courses to train local Chinese language instructors.

Courses are currently being offered at Trinity University of Asia in the Philippines, which has forged partnership with the center to promote educational and cultural exchanges between the two countries.    [FULL   STORY8]

President Tsai inspects new Taiwanese missiles at east coast military base

Tsai expresses government’s determination to protect the country’s sovereignty

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/01/15
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

President Tsai Ing-wen addressing the troops on the east coast Tuesday. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Tuesday inspected the installation of the new Sky Bow III (天弓三型) missiles at a military base on the east coast.

She emphasized the fact that the surface-to-air missiles had been developed in Taiwan by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST, 中科院), the Liberty Times reported.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan language exchange program bears fruit in the Philippines

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/01/15
By: Emerson Lin and Ko Lin

Photo courtesy of Taiwan Education Center Philippines

Manila, Jan. 15 (CNA) A cultural exchange program organized by Taiwan that provides Chinese language lessons to Filipino students has had positive results, according to the Taiwan Education Center Philippines.

Huang Tse-hsiang (黃澤翔), who is in charge of the program, said recently that the classes have been well received and more than 1,000 students have signed up to attend.

Operated by National Sun Yat-sen University with the backing of the Ministry of Education (MOE), the center was set up in Sept. 2017 to promote quality Chinese language education in the Southeast Asian country, while at the same time offering courses to train local Chinese language instructors.

Courses are currently being offered at Trinity University of Asia in the Philippines, which has forged partnership with the center to promote educational and cultural exchanges between the two countries.    [FULL  STORY]

‘White hat’ advocates law to protect ethical hacking

SETTING PRECEDENT: Chang Chi-yuan said the nation could make a major leap forward by establishing the first state-run platform in the world for ethical hackers

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

A hacker who last month infiltrated Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp’s ticketing system is now advocating legislation to protect the rights of “white hats” — computer experts who specialize in identifying vulnerabilities in information systems through penetration testing and other methods.

Chang Chi-yuan (張啟元), 25, was released on bail of NT$100,000 after he was allegedly found to have tampered the ticketing system to provide a NT$200,000 refund for a NT$20 ticket.

“I will not avoid talking about my behavioral issues, nor will I avoid addressing my legal problem, which I hope to resolve by identifying the fundamental problem,” Chang said on Facebook.

The government should create new laws and amend regulations to protect ethical hacking, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

Premier signs off on NT$25.1 billion budget for space development

The China Post
Date: Jan. 15, 201926
By: Ku Chuan and Ko Lin 

TAIPEI (CNA) — Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Jan. 15 signed off on a plan to spend NT$25.1 billion (US$814.32 million) over the next decade to develop the country’s space technology sector.

It was the first official document signed by Su since he took office the previous day, replacing former Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德). The funding had already been approved by the Legislative Yuan as part of a larger space budget.    [FULL  STORY]

INTERVIEW: Two ‘Otokonoko’ Cosplayers on Taiwan’s Vibrant Cosplay Scene

Take a dive inside Taiwan’s vibrant cosplay scene with two ‘otokonoko’ cosplayers.

The News Lens
Date: 2019/01/14
By: Patrick

Credit: Liu Chih-chi

At cosplay events, it is very common to see people dressed as characters such as warriors, robots and female mages. However, in recent years, in addition to the standard anime characters, a subculture called “otokonoko,” in which males dress as cute female characters, has emerged, with some turning out to be even cuter female cosplayers. This has led to a popular sentiment: “They’re so cute, they must be a guy.”

For this article, The News Lens interviewed two “otokonoko” cosplayers, Yen-yen (炎炎) and Chih-chi (芷祈), about the current situation surrounding “otokonoko” within the Taiwanese cosplay scene.

What does ‘otokonoko’ represent?
When trying to understand the diverse culture of “otokonoko,” a good place to start is the definition of the Chinese term weiniang (偽娘), which can be interpreted as something close to “female impersonator.”

However, Yen-yen and Chih-chi, who often “crossplay” as otokonoko at cosplay events, have different views on the definition of the term. Yen-yen believes the Chinese term represents the desire of ​​“wanting to wear women’s clothes and look feminine,” and that it does not really refer to gender identity or orientation. Yen-yen used himself as an example, as he identifies as a straight male both physically and psychologically. It’s just that cross-dressing is an interest of his.    [FULL  STORY]