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Tsai Ing-wen, leader of Taiwan’s opposition Democratic Progressive Party, will continue to
Tsai Ing-wen toasts the audience at a meeting of the Tainan Fellow Townsmen on March 29, 2015. (Photo/Chao Shuang-chieh)
avoid recognition of the 1992 Consensus and stick to the spirit of the Resolution on Taiwan’s Future in formulating the party’s future cross-strait policy, reports our Chinese-language sister paper China Times.
The DPP has never officially recognized the 1992 Consensus, a tacit understanding reached between Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang and the Communist Party of China in 1992 that there is only “one China,” but with each side free to interpret what that means. The consensus has been the basis for renewed cross-strait dialogue and agreements signed since the Kuomintang returned to power in Taiwan in 2008.
At this month’s National People’s Congress in Beijing, the PRC president, Xi Jinping, declared that the 1992 Consensus is the foundation of cross-strait relations. Trust between China and Taiwan will cease to exist and the cross-strait relationship will return to a state of turbulence if this foundation is sabotaged, Xi said, adding that Beijing “must adamantly reject the Taiwan separatist philosophy.” [FULL STORY]
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Taiwan’s president, Ma Ying-jeou, will preside over a spring memorial ceremony for the ROC
The spring memorial ceremony at the Air Force Cemetery in New Taipei, March 29. (Photo/CNA)
Air Force’s war dead on Sunday.
He will be the first Republic of China president to ever officiate the annual ceremony held by the service branch at the Air Force Cemetery in Xindian in New Taipei.
Those buried at the cemetery are mainly Air Force personnel who gave their lives during China’s civil war, and the president has high respect for their contributions to the country, a source said.
Because of the presence of the president, the ceremony will be led this year by Ma rather than the Air Force commander and officers who normally head it, and he will be accompanied by the defense minister and chief of general staff. [FULL STORY]
DETERMINATION:A KMT member said real changes to candidate selection need to be made if the party is to succeed in expressing its resolve for reforms to the public
Date: Mar 30, 2015
By: Shih Hsiao-kuang / Staff reporter
Calls have been growing within the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to save legislator-at-large seats in next year’s legislative election for younger members who are willing to speak up for the party, instead of using the seats as a bargaining chip for candidate hopefuls running for regional seats in the legislature.
The KMT is expected to soon start the candidate nomination process for next year’s legislative election, which is scheduled to take place on Jan. 16 along with the presidential election. [FULL STORY]
The China Post
Date: March 30, 2015
By: Chi-hao James Lo
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday implored his subordinates to refrain from using outdated terminology to establish a difference in personal status between people.
Ko made the comment during the very first Taipei City Mayoral Camp, a leadership development camp held in the international meeting hall at Taipei City’s Department of Civil Servant Development. The theme for the camp this year was “Creative Innovation: A New Taipei.”
A master of ceremonies was hired to host the event, and following a brief opening, the host went on to “respectfully welcome” Ko onto the stage to deliver the opening speech. [FULL STORY]
By: Han Ting-ting and Ted Chen
Taipei, March 29 (CNA) China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) initiative is a
Lu Chung-ta (呂忠達).
means to achieve its goal of bolstering regional integration and connectivity through its “One Belt, One Road” strategy, Lu Chung-ta (呂忠達), director of investments and marketing at Shin Kong Investment Trust Co. (新光投信).
The establishment of the AIIB is widely regarded as an effort by China to create an international financial institution that rivals the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Asia Development Bank and curb the U.S.’s leading position in global financial decision-making bodies in the post-World War II era.
According to Lu, China’s “One Belt, One Road” strategy spans Asia-Pacific and European economies that encompass 3.81 billion people and US$16.42 trillion in economic output. [FULL STORY]
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Kenting National Park had 8.16 million visitors in 2014, making it the most-visited national park
Beachgoers in Kenting, March 16. (Photo/Hsieh Ming-tso)
in Taiwan last year, according to government statistics released Saturday.
Taroko National Park was the second most popular with 6.28 million visits and Shoushan National Park was third with 4.69 million visits, said the Ministry of the Interior.
Taiwan currently has nine national parks and one national nature park.
The 10 parks had a combined 28.28 million visitors in 2014, an increase of 3.79 million from the previous year, according to the MOI.
Taroko National Park and Kenting National Park saw the biggest increase in visitors of any of the 10 parks last year, with visitor numbers rising by 1.5 million and 1.1 million, respectively.
The city of Taipei is surrounded by mountains, and nature sits right on its doorstep, easily
accessible via public transport. This has made the hilly environs one of the city’s key attractions.
North from Yangmingshan National Park and south to the area of Zhinan Temple and Maokong on Erge Mountain, there are five mountain ranges around the city — the Datun Mountain Range, Qixing Mountain Range, Wuzhi Mountain Range, Nangang Mountain Range, and Erge Mountain Range.
To enable hikers to experience the full range of Taipei’s mountain beauty, the city government has established a network of 20 hiking trails. [FULL STORY]
The China Post
Date: March 29, 2015
TAIPEI–A stray animal foundation enjoying support from influential public figures was established Saturday to monitor whether authorities will take the necessary steps as they try to end mercy killings in animal shelters across the country.
The Legislature recently passed an amendment to ban animal shelters from killing unclaimed stray animals starting in 2016, and the new Happy Land Organization is determined to follow how the government implements it, said group founder Joanna Cheng (鄭蘇玲).
Complementary measures are needed immediately to make sure the strays are adopted as soon as possible during the next two years, Cheng said, because otherwise the law may have the negative effect of forcing shelters to euthanize stray animals now.
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) called the foundation on Friday to express his concern over the animal protection issue, Cheng said.
The revision to the Animal Protection Act that passed in January no longer permits the killing of animals held in animal shelters or in places designated by municipal or county authorities if they remain unclaimed, unadopted or otherwise undisposed for over 12 days following a notice or public announcement. [FULL STORY]
Date: Mar 29, 2015
By: Loa Iok-sin / Staff reporter
Former premier and Democratic Progressive Party chairperson Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌)
Former premier and Democratic Progressive Party chairman Su Tseng-chang, front row center, and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, front row second left, and others participate in the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Ximen Elementary School in Taipei yesterday. Photo: CNA
yesterday warned the party to be very careful if Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) decides to run in next year’s presidential election on the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) ticket.
“Wang is very friendly to everybody and is an experienced politician, who is influential in all aspects,” Su said in response to media queries about KMT officials having urged Wang to join the presidential race.
“With his experience and personal connections, the DPP should be very careful if he decides to run for president,” Su added.
Su made the remarks while accompanying his wife, Chan Hsiu-ling (詹秀齡), to the centennial celebration of Ximen Elementary School (西門國小) in Taipei City, as she is an alumna of the school. [FULL STORY]
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Visitors check out a UV water purification device, during WATEC 2011–The 6th International
Visitors check out a UV water purification device, during WATEC 2011–The 6th International Exhibition & the 3rd International Conference on Water Technologies, Renewable Energy and Environmental Control, Nov. 16, 2011 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (File photo/Xinhua)
Exhibition & the 3rd International Conference on Water Technologies, Renewable Energy and Environmental Control, Nov. 16, 2011 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (File photo/Xinhua)
Taiwan should work to solve its water shortage problem immediately as it is facing its worst drought for 67 years.
Taiwan receives 2,515 millimeters of rainfall on average every year, about 2.5 times the global average.
However, only 26% of this rainfall is available to Taiwanese users, with the amount of water for each individual being just one-sixth of the global average. Taiwan ranked 18th on a list of the world’s driest areas in terms of the amount of water accessible to its per capita population.
Several factors contribute to the shortage of water in Taiwan.