By Davina Tham / Staff reporterWhen Eric Ku (顧國瀚) told his parents that he was gay, they refused to accept it. “Any deviance from proper Chinese behavior and values... is an attack on the type of family my parents worked so hard to construct,” Ku says. Around his family, who live in the US, Ku now feels “very Taiwanese in a restrictive kind of way.” But his sense of kinship with Taiwanese culture also motivated him to move back six years ago, when he found a job lecturing in English instruction at the University of Taipei. Taiwanese parachute kids first set off in the 1980s, amid rapid economic growth and new affluence. In 1990, a study released by the University of California, Los Angeles estimated that there were 40,000 Taiwanese parachute kids in the US.
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By Sean Lin / Staff reporterPremier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) has approved a subsidy of NT$52.1 million (US$1.66 million) for the Kaohsiung City Government to combat an outbreak of dengue fever. However, Han on Monday made a surprise visit to the Legislative Yuan in Taipei to lobby lawmakers for more funds to fight the outbreak. People who display symptoms of dengue fever such as a headache, fever, postorbital or joint pains, or rashes should immediately seek medical help and inform local health authorities, the CDC said. This year there have been 20 confirmed cases of indigenous dengue fever in Taiwan, all in Kaohsiung, with 18 categorized as a cluster outbreak, CDC data released on Tuesday showed. As of Tuesday, 171 imported cases of dengue fever infection have been confirmed nationwide, the highest in nearly 10 years, the data showed.
AFP, WASHINGTONUS President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) have agreed to meet at the G20 summit in Japan next week, raising hopes for a truce in the bruising trade dispute between the world’s top two economies. “Had a very good telephone conversation with President Xi of China. We will be having an extended meeting next week at the G-20 in Japan,” Trump said on Twitter. They don’t like the tariffs,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “I have a very good relationship with President Xi.
By Jason Pan / Staff ReporterPresident Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday assured fellow Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members that she would win next year’s presidential election and that she has a mission to safeguard Taiwan’s freedom and democracy as the party officially nominated her as its presidential candidate. I hope through the campaign efforts and in our future administration, we can garner more support from the ‘youth power’ and that they can build up our nation working together with the DPP,” Tsai said. Tsai individually thanked party officials, lawmakers, CEC members, Central Standing Committee members and others for their support. We must garner greater support from society, so that Taiwan can keep making strides forward,” Tsai said. Tsai also thanked DPP Chairman Cho Yung-tai (卓榮泰) for his guidance of the party’s central leadership, through which they conducted the primary process with diligence and overcame challenges.
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterTaipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said he heard that the slots for Taipei city councilors’ to sign up for this year’s cross-strait twin-city forum have all been filled, amid calls by some councilors that he should not cohost the event with Shanghai if he wants to run for president. Although the Taipei City Government has dismissed speculation that this year’s forum is to be held next month, Ko has said that city officials would visit Shanghai this month to discuss details of the forum that is expected to be held in the Chinese city this year. The Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister newspaper of the Taipei Times) yesterday reported that Taipei City Government Deputy Secretary-General Chen Chih-ming (陳志銘) on Tuesday left for Shanghai to discuss the forum. Asked about the councilors’ advice, Ko said it was strange, because he was told that the quota for city councilors to attend this year’s forum was fully booked. He added that participating in the forum is not a problem for him, because he has not said he is running for president.
By Hung Ting-hung and Ann Maxon / Staff reportersA ninth-grade student yesterday told off Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), saying he was “ridiculous” for launching a presidential bid when he had just been elected mayor. “Your presidential bid is outright ridiculous. Wake up,” the male student told Han after accepting a model student award from the mayor. Without responding, Han simply brushed the teenager aside and greeted other students who had lined up to receive awards. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) yesterday rejected a rumor that he is trying to form an alliance against Han with two other Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential hopefuls.
AFP, NIEUWEGEIN, NetherlandsInternational investigators yesterday charged four people with murder over the 2014 shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 above rebel-held eastern Ukraine in which 298 people were killed. Russia has vehemently denied all involvement in the downing of MH17, while Girkin yesterday said that Ukrainian separatists were also not implicated. The airliner traveling between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur was torn apart after being hit by a missile over territory in eastern Ukraine held by pro-Russian separatists on July 17, 2014, investigators said. Wreckage was spread over a wide area in an incident that plunged relations between Moscow and the West, already tense over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, deep into crisis. Prosecutors said Girkin was a former colonel in Russia’s FSB intelligence agency and was the self-declared minister of defense in the separatist administration in eastern Ukraine.
By Ann Maxon / Staff reporterThe Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday said it would hold demonstrations against amendments to the Referendum Act (公民投票法) that were passed on Monday, which it said undermine direct democracy. The plan was proposed by KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) at the weekly meeting of the KMT Central Standing Committee and passed unanimously. Wu described the amendments as oppressive and possibly unconstitutional, saying that they deprived people of the right to exercise direct democracy. Su’s remarks contradicts the amendments, showing that the DPP would sacrifice its policy goals to win elections, Wu added. All 35 KMT Central Standing Committee members, as well as party echelons at the headquarters and local charters, would participate in planning the demonstrations, she said.
The nine-year-old company is to perform its The Heart of Asia (亞洲之心) show in Jakarta and Surabaya before moving on to India for performances in Chennai and New Delhi. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Kelly Hsieh (謝武樵) presented Lin with a national flag at the news conference and wished the troupe a successful tour. It is also the only Taiwanese circus troupe to have been invited to the Festival Off d’Avignon in France and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, he said. Chuang Kuo-shin’s (莊國鑫) troupe also won rave reviews last year in Edinburgh for her 038. The Hsing Legend Theatre took Wu Song – The Tiger Warrior (英雄武松) to Edinburg last year and will present it in Avignon this year.
By Hsieh Chun-lin and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writerAmendments to the National Security Act (國家安全法) that impose higher sentences and fines on people spying for China or other nations, and increase restrictions on retired officials visiting China were yesterday passed by the legislature. Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) yesterday morning called a cross-caucus meeting to discuss amendments to Articles 2-1 and 5-1, and the additions of Articles 2-2 and 5-2 to the National Security Act. The biggest developments that came out of the three-hour meeting were the increase in fines and imprison sentences specified in Article 5-1 and the way China, which is considered the greatest threat to national security, is defined in Article 2-1, legislators said. It would also target those found probing, leaking or transmitting documents, images, electronic files or other items related to national security, they added. Those who admit to committing the offenses would receive lighter sentences or exemptions, they said.
Staff writer, with CNATaiwan can count on the US’ “unwavering commitment to our future together,” while China is cause for concern, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Brent Christensen said at a forum in Taipei on Tuesday. “The United States has serious concerns about China’s market-distorting subsidies, threats, theft of intellectual property and lack of a market-oriented approach,” Christensen said at the Indo-Pacific economic forum. The bilateral economic relationship “has never been stronger,” Christensen said, adding that Taiwan is the US’ 11th-largest trading partner, while the US is Taiwan’s second-largest. A common misperception is that Taiwan’s economic outlook is bleak while China’s is rosy, he said. “Taiwan will always have a home in the community of democracies, and it can count on the United States’ unwavering commitment to our future together,” he said at the forum, which was organized by the AIT and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).
US trade sanctions on Huawei Technologies Co (華為) would barely dent the chipmaker’s shipments to the Chinese company, Macronix said. Macronix primarily supplies NOR flash memory chips used in Huawei’s 5G base stations, he said. As global trade becomes chaotic due to the trade spat, Macronix is more cautious about the outlook for the second half, Wu said. “It is certain that the second half would be better than the first half. To further fuel growth, Macronix plans to mass produce advanced 19-nanometer NAND flash memory chips in the fourth quarter, he said.
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By Kwan Shin-han / Staff reporterUni-President Enterprises Corp (統一企業), the nation’s largest food and beverage conglomerate, views Asian markets as the major driving force for growth. Expanding and connecting Asian markets is the company’s major goal for the next 50 years, Lo said. “The company plans to utilize Woongjin’s brand name and existing sales channels, and aims to provide customers with better and new shopping experiences,” the official quoted Lo as saying. Uni-President expects the deal to contribute to its sales this year as South Korean products become more popular in Asian markets. Separately, drugstore chain Cosmed (康是美), a subsidiary of Uni-President, plans to rejuvenate its corporate image and adjust its product lineup, the official quoted Cosmed chairwoman Shirley Kao (高秀玲) as saying.
Several media outlets have reported that a delegation led by the Solomon Islands’ minister for forestry and research, and minister for mines, energy and rural electrification visited China last week. The visit came at a time when the Solomon Islands is considering whether to maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan or switch recognition to China. Timber is also the Solomon Islands’ main export product. The Solomon Islands government made the trip public, she said. Ou has said that most of the lawmakers on the Solomon Islands’ 50-seat parliament support maintaining diplomatic ties with Taiwan.
By Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporterThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday said it has not received any information that US President Donald Trump has asked government officials not to visit Taiwan, and that continuing visits by senior US officials show that Taiwan-US ties remain tight. Trump requested that no US diplomats travel to Taiwan while he works on a deal with China, the source said. Over the past several months, many senior US officials have visited Taiwan, which demonstrates the soundness of ties, Yao said. Among the visitors have been US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Trade Policy and Negotiations David Meale, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Nerissa Cook and US Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce. The process is going smoothly and according to schedule, he said.