By Stacy Hsu / Staff reporterThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday pledged to continue to deepen ties with like-minded nations, while expressing gratitude to a former Australian deputy defense minister who called on Australia to join the US in countering China should Beijing mount a major attack on Taiwan. Australian National University strategic studies professor Paul Dibb, who served as the Australian deputy secretary for strategy and intelligence from 1988 to 1991, made the call in a Feb. 6 article on the Strategist, the Web site of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, a Canberra-based think tank. “It is in our interest to stand up for the defense of a successful democracy of 24 million people living on an island. If Taiwan is not worth defending, why would anyone come to Australia’s defense?” he said. “Taiwan will continue cooperation with like-minded nations in defending our shared values of freedom and democracy, and maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” the ministry said.
By Han Cheung / Staff reporterFeb. 18 to Feb. 24Until 1985, Taiwan’s amateur (ham) radio scene consisted of one person: Tim Chen (陳實忻), who held the country’s only license due to Martial Law era restrictions. “Think about it, now there’s at least 70,000 or 80,000 people in the world who know me,” Chen said. Chen established BV2A in 1960, drawing quite a stir around the ham world. He tells Commonwealth Magazine that since enthusiasts are drawn to remote and obscure locations, they jumped at the chance to speak to the first and only operator in Taiwan. When they were denied entry into the UK, two British radio enthusiasts showed up to serve as guarantors.
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterAbolishing military conscription while wishing for Taiwanese independence shows how politics is overriding professional decisionmaking, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday. “In international politics, we still have to honestly face the problem of how to be strong enough [to assert our interests],” he said. China can choose to be relentless and bully Taiwan, but Taiwan must be wise and not overexpress certain ideologies, Ko said. Ko said he heard a US Department of Defense official ask whether Taiwan had the capability to withstand the first two days of a Chinese attack. “Taiwan has abolished military conscription and young people are not willing to join the military, so how can we withstand two days of an attack?” Ko said.
Other eggs from the farm tested on Thursday were not tainted, so the council lifted its ban, Hsu said. In a worldwide scare in mid-2017, millions of fipronil-tainted eggs were found across Europe and Asia, with 45 of Taiwan’s 1,459 egg farms found to have produced tainted eggs that year, council data showed. Over the past year, the council has tested 459 egg samples and 560 chicken meat samples, but only Shun Hung Farm samples failed initial testing, Hsu said. The council plans stricter oversight of farms in Changhua County, where one-third of the nation’s egg farms are located, he added. The incident is an isolated case, and the eggs sold in markets are safe, COA Minister Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) said.
Staff Writer, with CNAA 24-year-old Taiwanese man and a 75-year-old Englishman yesterday tied the knot in a ceremony at a train station in Miaoli City. His family not only supported the union, but offered to help him prepare for the big day, Chao said. After dating for about two-and-a-half years, the two decided to get married, although yesterday’s event was purely ceremonial, because same-sex marriage has yet to be legalized in Taiwan. The couple plans to register their marriage in England, where they plan to live. Chao said that he hopes to register their union before October, when he is to begin graduate school.
Ambroise had used one at a photocopy shop, while the other three had a sibling who owned one. In Benin, the digital divide is not just a concept, but a reality, BloLab founder Medard Agbayazon said. Among these, almost everyone (96 percent) used a mobile phone for accessing the Web, the report said. These are the conditions that spawned the idea for a mobile classroom furnished with desks, as well as fans to ward off the tropical heat. One rule of the mobile classroom is that all the software used must be free to the public.
AP, WASHINGTONUS President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency along the border with Mexico and predicted that his administration would end up defending it all the way to the US Supreme Court. The act requires a US president to notify Congress publicly of the national emergency and to report every six months. The law also says the president must renew the emergency every year, simply by notifying Congress. Beyond that, the law does not say what constitutes a national emergency or impose any other limits on the president. The broad grant of discretion to the president could make it hard to persuade courts to rule that Trump exceeded his authority in declaring a border emergency.
By Huang Mei-chu and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writerThe Hakka language is at risk of extinction in Hsinchu County if the county government fails to halt its decline, Hakka language conservation groups said on Friday. Hsieh Szu-lung (謝賜龍) of the Hsinchu Association of Hakka Interpreters and Chuang Wan-kuei (莊萬貴) of the Hsinchu Hailu Hakka Language Association were among the advocates who presented a petition to Hsinchu County Commissioner Yang Wen-ke (楊文科). Every county and city with a significant Hakka population has established a Hakka affairs agency, except for Hsinchu, they said. In response, Yang said that the county’s Bureau of Civil Affairs plans to build up its International Hakka Affairs Division to also handle issues concerning Hakka language and culture. The county government would give prominence to the Hakka language at Hakka community events and use it as the official language in future deliberations, it added.
The move is a “precautionary step” that allows customers “to plan ahead, should this situation arise,” Porsche said on Friday in an e-mailed statement. Affected Porsche customers would have the option to “adjust their order accordingly,” Porsche said in the statement. Porsche delivered a record 256,255 cars worldwide last year, up 4 percent from 2017, fueled by growth in its largest markets, China and the US. It is a real problem for Porsche, because the UK has traditionally been one of its largest markets in Europe. “For us, the current state means a further period of insecurity and planning uncertainty,” Porsche said.
Lopez Obrador has made rescuing Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, a centerpiece of his first 100 days in office, launching an offensive against fuel theft gangs that drill illegal taps into Pemex pipelines. Lopez Obrador sees the company, which was nationalized in 1938 by his hero, former Mexican president Lazaro Cardenas, as a national symbol and engine for the economy. “In Pemex there has been bad management and a lot of corruption, looting,” Lopez Obrador said. Pemex is essentially insolvent, with negative cash flow and a debt exceeding the value of proven oil reserves, Fitch says. “They are now saying it can’t be done, that Pemex’s debt is too big, that it is going to be impossible to rescue Pemex,” Lopez Obrador said.
By Stacy Hsu / Staff reporterChinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih’s (吳敦義) proposal to only allow KMT members to decide the party’s presidential candidate for next year continued to draw criticism yesterday, with some questioning whether he aimed to rig the game for himself. It would be unthinkable if KMT members who are loyal to the party and have regularly paid their membership fees were excluded from the process of selecting the party’s next presidential candidate, Wu said on Thursday. He added that he also agreed with some people’s suggestion that the person nominated to be the next presidential candidate should also serve as KMT chairman. Former KMT chairperson Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) criticized Wu’s proposal on Friday, saying that the will of KMT members could not represent the will of the people and that a presidential primary based solely on public opinion polls would be simpler and fairer. She also raised concerns about “dummy members,” who are recruited for the sole purpose of driving up ratings.
People should guard their personal belongings at popular tourist sites and the Lantern Festival events that started yesterday, police said. Taipei prosecutors charged two Chinese, surnamed Gong (龔) and Chen (陳), with pickpocketing after they were twice allegedly caught red-handed in Taipei’s Yongkang Street area and in front of Taipei 101 earlier last month. The trio was among several Chinese groups active in Taiwan, with police in Kaohsiung also reporting that they are tailing a pickpocket group, prosecutors said. The thieves all carried Chinese passports and operated at the Martyrs’ Shrine, Taipei 101 and Jiufen Old Street (九份老街) in New Taipei City’s Rueifang District (瑞芳). Police have stepped up surveillance and added plainclothes police officers at tourist sites, they said.
In the final the Chan sisters were due to face fourth seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands, who defeated Ons Jabeur of Tunisia and Alison Riske of the US 6-2, 7-5 in Friday’s other semi-final. Seemingly down and almost out at 1-4 in the third set, world No. She was to play Belgium’s Elise Mertens in yesterday’s final after the world No. Mertens’ victory was the second time this week she has beaten a player in the top 10, having dispatched world No. The Qatar final was to be her sixth singles’ career final and she has only lost one of those, in Turkey in 2017 to Svitolina.
A third AFL Women’s season is well under way, as is the women’s Australian Open golf tournament. The research showed a 48 percent increase in interest in women’s sport from last year, with 53 percent of Australians now watching broadcasts or attending live women’s sporting events. Attendance and viewing figures for the new AFL Women’s season have started strongly, and in cricket, a record 2.5 million Australians tuned in on TV and online to follow this season’s opening Women’s Big Bash League match. “It’s fantastic to see increased support for women’s cricket and I can feel women and girls are changing the game,” she said. For Cricket Australia, that is a point of focus and a fund has been set up to develop new and grow established girls’ competitions.
The twins’ biological parents gave up their guardianship rights, because they were unable to continue raising them, it said. Cathwel began looking abroad for parents for the twins after having had no success in Taiwan for six months, the TFCF said. They recently traveled to Taiwan to take the twins to the Netherlands, the TFCF said, adding that it was difficult for the twins’ foster parents — a woman named Su Ching (素靜) and a married couple surnamed Wu (吳) — to say goodbye. The foster parents used picture books and other tools to reduce the twins’ anxiety and help them accept their new parents, it said. The twins were also given photographs from their time in foster care, as well as T-shirts printed with the words ping ping an an (平平安安, “safety”), it added.