Date: Jul 16, 2019
By: Chen Kuan-pei and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer
The Changhua District Court found two local residents guilty of pouring boiling water on goose eggs at
A gander and two geese owned by a woman surnamed Lin approach a reporter on Lin’s farm in Changhua County’s Yuanlin Township on Sunday.
Photo: Chen Kuan-pei, Taipei Times
a neighbor’s farm in Changhua County’s Yuanlin Township (員林).
Chang Chen-mei (張陳梅), 74, and her son Chang Tzu-hsi (張慈錫), 53, were handed prison sentences of 28 and eight days respectively for property damage, which can be commuted to fines of NT$1,000 per day, the court said.
A woman surnamed Lin (林) who lives on a farm near the Chang residence, said her family keeps geese for security reasons and she installed cameras after their eggs failed to hatch, court documents showed.
Footage showed that the Changs had entered the property and poured boiling water on the eggs, Lin said. [FULL STORY]
Radio Taiwan International
Date: 15 July, 2019
By: Paula Chao
President Tsai Ing-wen (middle)
President Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan will continue strengthening its defense capabilities. She was speaking Sunday during a visit to Saint Kitts and Nevis, the second leg of her overseas trip.
Her comments came just days after the US Congress approved an arms package for Taiwan worth US$2.2 billion. They also follow a recent announcement from China that it will conduct military exercises along its southeastern coast. Some say the announcement from China is a warning to Taiwan and the United States.
Tsai said China schedules war games whenever she goes on an overseas trip. But she said that’s become a routine. She also explained why it’s important for Taiwan to boost its defense capabilities.
“Maintaining regional peace and stability is the joint responsibility of all parties [involved]. We hope that China, as a big country, can take its responsibility of maintaining regional peace and stability seriously. The [announcement] also reminds us of the importance of our military empowerment and self-sufficiency. We should continue working every day to strengthen our ability to defend ourselves," said Tsai. [FULL STORY]
Date: July 15, 2019
President Tsai Ing-wen (left) is joined by Mark A. G. Brantley, minister of foreign affairs and aviation for St. Kitts and Nevis and premier of Nevis, in breaking ground on the Pinney’s Beach Park Project July 14 in the Caribbean ally. (MOFA)
President Tsai Ing-wen arrived July 14 in St. Kitts and Nevis on the second leg of her Journey of Freedom, Democracy, Sustainability to Taiwan’s four Caribbean allies, according to the Presidential Office.
Upon touching down at Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, Tsai was greeted by Prime Minister Timothy S. Harris, other senior government officials and members of the Taiwan expatriate community. She received a military honor guard welcome before departing for her hotel in St. Kitts.
The next day, Tsai took part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Taiwan-St. Kitts and Nevis Pinney’s Beach Park Project. Overseen by Taipei City-headquartered International Cooperation Development Fund (TaiwanICDF), the eco-friendly and sustainable public recreation initiative is aimed at advancing tourism development in Nevis.
Prior to St. Kitts and Nevis, Tsai visited Haiti and held bilateral talks with President Jovenel Moise on a wide range of issues of mutual concern. These included cooperative projects centering on power grid upgrades, rice cultivation and solar-powered pumping systems. [FULL STORY]
Representative speaks out in support of Taiwan arms deal in TV interview
By Taiwan News
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — U.S. Representative Michael McCaul made clear his feelings about
U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (by Associated Press)
Chinese aggression towards Taiwan in an interview with Fox News on Sunday (July 14), defending the recent sale of U.S. military hardware to Taiwan.
A Republican congressman from Texas, McCaul appeared on Fox News, stating that the US$2.2 billion arms sale “sends a very strong message to China.” McCaul affirmed that the U.S. is “going to arm Taiwan so she can defend herself from what’s become a very aggressive Chinese Communist Party right on the doorstep.”
McCaul, along with Democratic Representative Eliot Engel, approved the arms deal that includes 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks, 250 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, and Hercules armored vehicles. McCaul and Engel were part of a group of U.S. lawmakers that met with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen during her recent visit to New York.
The arms deal has deepened the animosity between the U.S. and China amid their ongoing trade war. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang (耿爽) has come out in “resolute opposition” to the deal, demanding it be canceled. Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department has responded that it does not intend to change its plans. [FULL STORY]
Lin Fei-fan accepted the DPP's job offer as the party's Deputy Secretary-General.
By: Brian Hioe
Photo credit: CNA
Sunflower Movement student leader Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆) joining the Democratic Progressive Party surprised many over the weekend. Lin has accepted the offer to be the party’s deputy secretary-general from the current DPP secretary general Luo Wen-jia (羅文嘉).
Lin, 31, has recently returned to Taiwan after finishing a Master’s Degree in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics.
As one of the most prominent student activists involved in the 2014 Sunflower Movement, a monthlong occupation of the legislature, Lin was praised by the media as a movement leader, along with other activists like Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) and Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌).
During the press conference today, Lin said that his move to join the DPP may shock many people, including his friends. During the Sunflower Movement, student activists were of the DPP as also facing issues of internal political corruption, and not proving any better than the KMT in some cases.
Date: July 14, 2019
By: Lauren Meier – The Washington Times
Rep. Michael McCaul, the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Sunday
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, talks with reporters after a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) more >
that Taiwan’s latest purchase of about $2 billion of U.S. weapons “sends a very strong message to China.”
Speaking to Fox News, the Texas Republican said “we’re going to arm Taiwan so she can defend herself from what’s become a very aggressive Chinese communist party right on the doorstep.”
The State Department earlier this week approved the sale of JAG1 missiles, Abrams tanks, and grenades to Taiwan, a self-ruled Democratic state, which sparked bitter criticism from the Chinese government and threats of sanctions.
The deal comes amid an ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China that has hit several U.S. tech companies and agricultural industries. Lawmakers and diplomats met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen last week, in a move that angered Beijing. [FULL STORY]
Precedent-breaking 'transits' set stage for possible visit to Washington
Nikkei Asian Review
Date: July 14, 2019
By: Chris Horto
TAIPEI — Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen flew out of New York on Saturday, after her highest-profile
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen speaks to media as she arrives for a VIP reception at the Hyatt hotel in New York, U.S. on Friday. © Reuters
"transit" in the U.S. since taking office in 2016.
She met members of the Taiwanese diaspora, and spoke at Columbia University — a rare honor for a visiting Taiwanese president. In her speech, she framed the existential threat that China poses to Taiwan as the front line of the global struggle between authoritarianism and democracy.
"Taiwan's survival is about more than just cross-strait relations," Tsai said. "We are a vital bastion of democracy in the Indo-Pacific, and the entire world is closely watching the precedent we will set for the future of democracy."
For most of the past 20 years, American administrations from both parties have kept the U.S.-Taiwan relationship in the background of their Asia policy. Since Tsai's congratulatory phone call to President-elect Donald Trump in late 2016, however, the relationship between Washington and Taipei has steadily warmed — and become much more open. [FULL STORY]
Ma calls DPP administration 'worse than Hong Kong's government,' accuses Tsai of trapping Taiwan in 'unfree democracy'
By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former President Ma Ying-Jeou (馬英九) on Sunday (July 14) gave a
Ma Ying-jeou addresses ‘Distance between Taiwan and Democracy’ forum in Taipei, July 14 (By Central News Agency)\
keynote address at a seminar hosted by the Fair Winds Foundation on the topic of the “Distance between Taiwan and Democracy” (台灣與民主的距離研討會).
In his keynote address, Ma railed at the Tsai administration, claiming it is “worse than the Hong Kong government,” and characterized the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) governance as “trapping Taiwan in an unfree democracy.”
The former president especially criticized the Transitional Justice Commission (TJC) and the Ill-Gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee, claiming that they were designed as political tools used to damage the reputation of the Kuomintang (KMT).
Ma’s keynote and political attacks on the Tsai administration and the DPP comes just one day ahead of the KMT’s announcement of primary polling results.The announcement on Monday (July 15) should provide a clear indication of the party’s nominee to challenge incumbent Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in the upcoming Presidential election. [FULL STORY]
By: Wen Kuei-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu
President Tsai Ing-wen speaks at the opening ceremony of a Taiwan trade fair in Haiti Saturday
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 13 (CNA) Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) praised Haiti as a solid friend while highlighting the partnership with the Caribbean ally on economic, trade and other cooperation projects during a brief stop in the country Saturday.
Tsai flew to Haiti on Saturday to begin a tour of four diplomatic allies in the Caribbean region, after concluding a visit to New York.
She was greeted by Haiti President Jovenel Moïse and his wife Martine Marie Étienne Joseph upon her arrival at Toussaint Louverture International Airport.
Tsai and Moïse then attended the opening of a Taiwan trade fair jointly organized by Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) in Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince. [FULL STORY]
HELPING PARENTS: The city plans to extend its subsidy for children aged three to four who are enrolled at a private childcare center to also include two-year-olds
Date: Jul 15, 2019
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter
The Taipei City Government plans to budget about NT$200 million (US$6.43 million) per year on
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je strums a ukulele at the Reborn music festival near Taipei City Hall in Xinyi District yesterday.
Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times
subsidies for children aged two to three who are enrolled at childcare centers, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday.
The city’s Department of Education provides a subsidy of NT$13,660 per semester for children aged three to four who are enrolled at a private childcare center, Ko said.
However, when the policy was created, there was ambiguity about whether children aged two to three should be considered as falling under childcare or infant care, so subsidies were not provided for that age group, Ko said.
The new plan would extend the subsidy to children two to three years old, he said.