AP, WASHINGTONThe US and China have agreed to take measures to “substantially reduce” the US’ massive trade deficit with China, but US President Donald Trump’s administration failed to get the Chinese to commit to a specific numerical goal. However, the statement provided no dollar amounts on how much China might boost its purchases of US products. Trade analysts said it was highly unlikely that China would ever agree to a numerical target for cutting the trade gap between the two nations, but they said the talks likely were more successful in de-escalating recent trade tensions. Europe could end up rueing a potential new deal between China and the US, French Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire said yesterday. “The United States and China risk entering an agreement at the expense of Europe if Europe is not capable of showing a firm hand,” Le Maire told CNEWS television.

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By Wu Liang-i and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writerThe average age at which people have a heart attack is falling, due to poor dietary habits, lack of exercise and ignorance about cholesterol and blood lipids, a Tainan doctor said. Heart disease was the second-biggest cause of death in Taiwan in 2016, preceded only by cancer, he said, adding that sudden death from cardiac arrest was the leading cause of death in heart disease patients. Symptoms of heart attack include chest pain, cold sweating and nausea, developing into trouble breathing and loss of consciousness in the most serious cases, he said. When they experience blockages, the blood cannot pass through and blood cells die,” Li said. “When they do, they release myocardial enzymes,” he said, adding that doctors test for such enzymes to diagnose heart problems.

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The public should focus on whether the prosecutorial system functions as intended and enjoys the trust of the public, instead of lining up behind the former Special Investigation Division. The now-defunct division was incorporated into the prosecutorial system on April 2, 2007, after Article 63-1 of the Organic Act for Courts (法院組織法) was amended. Based on several cases handled by them, I still have great confidence in the prosecutorial system. That power remains in the prosecutorial system. I personally believe that the nation must return to a normal prosecutorial and judicial system.

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Staff writer, with CNAThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) has informed Taiwan that it would not approve any change to the name it uses to participate in the Olympic Games, Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) secretary-general Shen Yi-ting (沈依婷) said on Saturday. Shen made the announcement a day after IOC executive board member Wu Ching-kuo (吳經國) said the chances of the nation attending the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as “Taiwan” were low. IOC president Thomas Bach has kept close tabs on the situation and on May 2 called a meeting of the committee’s executive board, during which it presumably decided that it would not approve any name change, Shen said. After the CTOC on May 5 received a letter from the IOC informing it of the decision, it then forwarded the letter to the Sports Administration, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other agencies, Shen added. “Under these circumstances — in which a request had not been made — how could the IOC say it is not approving a change?” the campaign asked, urging the CTOC to disclose the full text of the IOC’s letter to clarify the situation.

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By Chung Li-hua / Staff reporterThe nation would continue to abide by its cross-strait policy of maintaining the “status quo” even as Beijing exerts greater pressure by stealing away Taiwan’s allies and barring the nation from participating in this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland, an anonymous source said yesterday. Over the first three months of the year, China constricted Taiwan’s international space in 10 incidents, adding to 49 such incidents last year, 18 in 2016 and 13 in 2015, Ministry of Foreign Affairs data showed. More examples can be cited that illustrate how China forces other nations to observe its “one China” principle, yet Taiwan is garnering more support from the international community, the source said. President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) pledge to maintain the cross-strait “status quo” aims to attract more international allies by letting them know that it is Beijing that continues sabotaging the peaceful “status quo,” the source said. The greater the pressure from China, the more the government will pursue this policy, the source said, adding that Tsai’s administration would not concede to Chinese pressure and change its cross-strait policy.

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The Taiwan NextGen Foundation and the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation (TPOF) released their polls on the second anniversary of Tsai’s inauguration. The Taiwan NextGen Foundation’s survey found that 53.5 percent of respondents support Tsai, while 44.4 percent were satisfied with her performance. Asked about the government’s reform effort, 40.7 percent of respondents said they were satisfied and 65.5 percent said they support Tsai pushing forward reforms during her first term. Asked for whom they would vote if Tsai were to run against KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) in the 2020 presidential election, Tsai’s support rate was 54.5 percent, significantly higher than Wu’s 23.3 percent. Tsai’s administration received the highest satisfaction rate in the area of pension reform (49.8 percent), followed by national defense (42.8 percent).

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About 11 million Chinese tourists are expected to visit Thailand this year, up from just more than 1 million in 2010, making China by far the biggest source of tourism there. A big slice of the spending is with retailers, restaurants, and food and cosmetics makers that target the Chinese audience. Do Day Dream PCL, the company behind the skin-whitening Snail White cream, is one. That is more than the 10 to 15 percent that comes from Chinese tourists buying in Thailand. Another Thai beauty firm that sells color cosmetics and skincare products, Beauty Community PCL, is also seeing substantial growth.

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By Stacy Hsu / Staff reporterSeveral UN human rights experts have expressed concern about Spain’s decision to deport Taiwanese fraud suspects to China, saying that they could face torture and other ill treatment there. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday published an article in which the experts urged Spain to halt deportations of fraud suspects to China after two Taiwanese were deported to China on Thursday. Echoing the UN experts, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs — which had protested Thursday’s deportations — yesterday renewed calls for the Spanish government to properly handle the case based on the principles of humanitarianism and human rights protection. Spain is not the first nation to deport Taiwanese facing fraud charges to China due to pressure from Beijing. The latest deportations by Spain raised the number of Taiwanese telecom fraud suspects who have been deported to China to more than 360.

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AFP, HAVANACuba yesterday began two days of national mourning for victims of a crash of a state airways aircraft that killed all but three of its 110 passengers and crew. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said an investigation is under way into Friday’s crash of the nearly 40-year-old Boeing 737, leased to national carrier Cubana de Aviacion by a Mexican company. The mourning period is to last until midnight today, Cuban Communist Party leader and former Cuban president Raul Castro said. The aircraft — carrying 104 passengers — was almost completely destroyed in the crash and subsequent fire. Built in 1979, the airplane was leased from a small Mexican company, Global Air, also known as Damojh Aerolineas.

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Staff writer, with CNAChina’s continued saber rattling toward Taiwan will not be successful, but will only trigger resentment among Taiwanese, Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa (嚴德發) said on Saturday. The ever-changing international situation poses risky challenges for Taiwan, Yen said. China’s removal of a two-term limit on the presidency will effectively allow Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) to remain in power for life, making him a strongman capable of exerting greater pressure on Taiwan, Yen said. At a time when China has been stepping up its military intimidation toward Taiwan, while offering more incentives to attract Taiwanese businesses, professionals and students to go to China, Taiwan faces tremendous risks in negotiating Beijing’s “carrot and stick” approach, he said. “Taiwan’s military is absolutely capable of defending the nation while facing various challenges,” Yen added.

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The senators’ letters were sent to the CEOs of American Airlines and United Airlines, following a similar letter by US Representative Ted Yoho on Thursday last week. The group also reminded the airlines that Taiwan enjoys strong support not only from the White House, but also in the US Congress. As of press time last night, neither airline had succumbed to Chinese pressure and threats of punishment, with United Airlines and American Airlines listing Taiwan as “TW” and “Taiwan” respectively on their Web sites. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday issued a news release expressing its gratitude for the US senators’ support. The ministry said it would continue to join hands with other like-minded nations to defend Taiwan’s freedom and democracy and to expand its international space.

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By Peng Wan-hsin / Staff reporterTo combat an increase in the occurrence of “fake news,” Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chiu Chih-wei (邱志偉) has proposed a fine of NT$30,000 for people who spread fabricated stories. However, a statement issued by the Presidential Office later that day said that Tsai had never made such a statement. To discourage the spread of fake news and to prevent the social disorder that it can cause, Chiu has proposed a draft amendment to Article 63 of the Social Order Maintenance Act (社會秩序維護法). The proposed amendment says that people who have spread rumors and in turn caused social disorder should be detained for up to three days or face a maximum fine of NT$30,000. Fake news is a type of rumor and people who spread it should receive a legal penalty, Chiu said in his motion for the draft.

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Reuters, WASHINGTONWhite House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Friday said that China is “meeting many of our demands” on reducing its trade surplus with the US, but that no deal had emerged yet. “China has come to trade,” Kudlow said at the White House as US officials met with a Chinese trade delegation for a second day. “They are meeting many of our demands. Kudlow also said the Chinese had offered a proposal to reduce their trade gap with the US by more than US$200 billion. A Trump administration official said the offer came during talks in Washington this week led by Chinese Vice Premier Liu He (劉鶴).

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Staff writer, with CNATaiwan has again this year not been invited to the annual World Health Assembly (WHA), but it intends to have a presence on the sidelines of the event in Geneva, Switzerland, including promoting the nation’s achievements in public health and healthcare. The agency helped train local healthcare personnel and promoted measures for kidney disease prevention with assistance from Taiwanese hospitals, with the goal of lowering the disease’s prevalence in those nations, Lee said. Lee said that Taiwan would invite health officials from allies and nations friendly to Taiwan to the presentation, which he hopes would let the world know about Taiwan’s capabilities in promoting public health and preventing chronic diseases. Last year, the WHO, under pressure from China, withheld an invitation for Taiwan to participate in the 70th WHA. This year, Taiwan was kept out of the assembly for the second year in a row due to China’s obstruction.

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It said the man, who had worked as the ship’s cook, went missing after he was stabbed by his compatriot and pushed overboard. The Taiwanese captain of the fishing boat, surnamed Ku (辜), asked for assistance from the Shun Man Fa No. 2, another Taiwanese fishing boat in the vicinity, to search for the stabbed fisherman, but both had failed to find him so far, the association said. 38, including the missing man and the suspect. The patrol vessel is scheduled to reach the fishing boat on Wednesday.

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