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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Trudeau has become a kind of marketer-in-chief for Canada’s tech economy ambitions, explaining the basics of machine learning as he promotes a national plan and government investments to “secure Canada’s foothold” in AI research and education. “AI is the most important technology for the next decade or two,” said Brynjolfsson, who attended the Trumpadministration’s first AI summit at the White House last week. It’s a huge mistake for countries’ leaders not to take it seriously.”Facebook Inc, Google, Microsoft Corp, Uber Technologies Inc and Samsung Electronic Co have all opened AI research hubs centered in Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton. Canada’s reputation as a welcoming place for immigrants is also helping, as is Trudeau’s enthusiasm about the AI economy, Brynjolfsson said. AI is an “easy and recognizable shorthand” for the digital economy Trudeau hopes to foster, said Luke Stark, a Dartmouth College sociologist from Canada who studies the history and philosophy of technology.
Staff writer, with CNAThe number of Taiwanese visitors to Japan hit a monthly record high last month due to the Tomb Sweeping Day holiday, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) statistics showed. About 470,000 Taiwanese visited Japan last month, an increase of 56,652, or 13.7 percent, from a year earlier. In the first four months of the year, the number of Taiwanese visitors to Japan reached 1.61 million, up 161,752, or 11.2 percent, from a year earlier, the data showed. Last month, Taiwanese visitors constituted the third-biggest group, only trailing those from China and South Korea, the agency said. A total of 2.9 million foreign tourists visited Japan last month, up 12.5 percent year-on-year, the country’s highest monthly increase, the data showed.
Reynolds claims that Lee attacked first with a stick, and he fired two fatal shots in response. Otherwise, it simply means that the life of an American has far more value than one of [ours]. AMERICAN ACCOUNTBoth Chiang and Rankin later reflected on the incident. Chiang’s public speech made that July regarding the riots can be found in the National Central Library, while Rankin provides an account in his memoir, China Assignment. Rankin had returned to Taiwan during a lull in the riots.
AFP, ROMEFormer French Open champion Maria Sharapova on Thursday said she has a “good inner feeling” as she prepares for her Roland Garros return after a doping ban. She was denied a wild-card entry to Roland Garros last year after making her comeback from a 15-month doping ban. I like the attitude that I’m playing with,” five-time Grand Slam winner Sharapova said. I think that first Roland Garros for me was one of the highlights of my career,” the 2012 and 2014 winner said. “Coming to Roland Garros having a few matches behind my back, that’s helpful.
AP, BOSTONOne strike away from a four-hit shutout, David Price happily settled for a complete game and his strongest outing of the season. Price on Thursday struck out eight and held Baltimore to five hits, including two in the ninth when the Orioles broke up the shutout, before the Boston left-hander finished them off in a 6-2 victory for the Red Sox. Price (4-4) struck out eight and did not walk a batter while winning consecutive starts for the first time this season. Kevin Gausman (3-3) went 4-2/3 innings for Baltimore, allowing six runs and eight hits, while striking out six and walking two. The Orioles also were not happy with the strike zone, which Susac said forced Gausman to throw some pitches the Red Sox pounced upon.
Reuters, WELLINGTONThe Wellington Hurricanes yesterday struggled to get their attack going, but still had just enough to overcome an obdurate Queensland Reds side 38-34 and notch up their 10th straight Super Rugby victory. Winger Ben Lam grabbed his 13th and 14th tries of the campaign to stand one shy of a Super Rugby record, while there were also scores from No. 8 Blade Thomson, lock Sam Lousi and flyhalf Beauden Barrett, who added 13 points with his boot. The Reds, humbled 63-28 by the Sunwolves last weekend, brought a physicality to the contest that would have made coach Brad Thorn proud, but were unable to prevent Australia’s winless streak against New Zealand opposition from reaching 40 matches. The win put the Hurricanes back on top of the competition standings by three points pending the Canterbury Crusaders’ match today, with the two most recent champions scheduled to meet in Christchurch, New Zealand, next weekend.