Gou owns about 1.62 billion Hon Hai shares. The company is also planning to cut its paid-in capital by NT$34.66 billion, or about 20 percent, to NT$138.63 billion. Local Chinese-language media late last week reported that Hon Hai, known as Foxconn Technology Group (富士康科技集團) outside of Taiwan, has signed an agreement with the Zhuhai City Government to build a chip fabrication plant in China’s Pearl River Delta area. Hon Hai, an assembler of Apple Inc’s iPhones, is to team up with the city authorities to work on integrated circuit design and other semiconductor services, reports said. Having set its sights on growing demand for chips from these new technologies, Hon Hai would build the Zhuhai semiconductor hub at a time when China is intensifying its efforts to cultivate its own semiconductor industry to reduce dependence on imports, they said.
AP, WASHINGTON“Truth isn’t truth,” US President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday while explaining why he is wary about pushing the US president into an interview that he says could be a perjury trap. Giuliani’s statement is reminiscent of a comment from another Trump aide last year about “alternative facts.”Giuliani used the line “truth isn’t truth” on NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd. Not the truth.”When Todd replied, “Truth is truth,” Giuliani responded: “No, it isn’t truth. Truth isn’t truth. Donald Trump says: ‘I didn’t talk about Flynn with Comey.’ Comey says: ‘You did talk about it,’ so tell me what the truth is.”The comments left Todd flummoxed, but not Comey.
By Ann Maxon / Staff reporterThe Ministry of Education yesterday denied accusations leveled by pro-unification groups that new history curriculum guidelines for the 12-year national education program, which the ministry is reviewing, present a “desinicized” version of Taiwan’s history. The guidelines, which are to be implemented in the next academic year, are an attempt by the Democratic Progressive Party to “desinicize” Taiwan’s history and “fawn on Japan,” the protesters said. “We have only one request, which is that President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration create normal history textbooks for children. The new textbooks should include more Chinese history than Japanese history, as well as “Japan’s atrocities against neighboring countries under militarism,” it said. “The guidelines do not desinisize the nation’s history or replace Chinese history with East Asian history.
AP, SEOULThe 92-year-old South Korean woman yesterday wept and stroked the wrinkled cheeks of her 71-year-old North Korean son, their first meeting since they were driven apart during the turmoil of the 1950-1953 Korean War. About 90 elderly South Koreans, accompanied by their family members, would have three days of meetings with their North Korean relatives before returning to the South tomorrow. Han Shin-ja, a 99-year-old South Korean woman, was at a loss for words after she reunited with her two North Korean daughters, both in their early 70s. Another 3,700 exchanged video messages with their North Korean relatives. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a son of North Korean war refugees, agreed to resume the reunions during the first of their two summits this year in April.
Staff Writer, with CNA, HOUSTON, TexasPresident Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Sunday expressed the hope that Taiwan and the US can work together to defend the free-market economy. She expressed the hope that Taiwan can continue to defend the foundation along with the US. After the forum, Tsai visited the Texas Medical Center’s (TMC) Innovation Institute, where she was briefed by TMC chief executive officer and executive vice president Shawn Cloonan and director Erik Halvorsen. Tsai arrived in Houston on Saturday for a 27-hour stopover on her way home after concluding state visits to Belize and Paraguay, two of Taiwan’s 18 diplomatic allies. “China’s trying to make both Taiwan and the government of Tsai Ing-wen persona non grata throughout the world,” Stanton said.
By Emma Graham-Harrison / The GuardianAt the top of the Miyar Valley in the high Himalayas, a chain of seven tiny turquoise pools nestle below the snout of a formidable glacier. BUDDHIST UTOPIAIn 1933 the British author James Hilton coined the term Shangri-La to describe a secluded Buddhist mountain utopia. In the Miyar Valley though, Hilton might have recognized something like his forgotten, isolated paradise. Police in Urgos, the last sizable village before the wilderness unfurls towards the highest peaks, must record every visitor to the valley. They sway from wind and movement as you inch over freezing water, stirring up fear and exhilaration like a good rollercoaster.
“And that would definitely not be good.”The company transports about 20 percent of the world’s seaborne consumer goods, putting it in a unique position to gauge the fallout of tariffs on trade flows. Maersk has in the past broken with its culture of steering clear of any political debate to criticize the trade policies of US President Donald Trump’s administration. Maersk focuses on trade flows between Europe and Asia, and so far its industry has not been directly hurt by tariffs, with demand growing 4 percent in the second quarter of the year. However, Skou said that could change if the US starts targeting consumer goods. “The first thing the American importers would do if tariffs are put on Chinese consumer goods would be to buy in Vietnam, in Indonesia or elsewhere in Asia,” Skou said.
By Shelley Shan / Staff reporterThe Taoyuan Union of Pilots yesterday canceled a news conference, at which it was to say when it would announce a strike. Further information regarding the union’s stance will not be announced until after negotiations with China Airlines (CAL) and EVA Air scheduled for tomorrow, the union said. “The Taoyuan Department of Labor, which is arbitrating the dispute, ruled at meetings on Thursday and Friday last week that the union and the two airlines would continue negotiations tomorrow. It has been attending arbitration meetings organized by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, the Ministry of Labor and the department, the union said. “The union will seriously consider whether further talks are necessary if the meeting tomorrow fails again to lead to any positive result,” the union said.
“For the first time since early 2010, Greece can stand on its own feet. “Greece still has a long way to go,” Stournaras said in an interview with the Kathimerini newspaper on Sunday. The country might have achieved budget surpluses — excluding debt repayments — of about 4 percent in 2016 and last year, but its hands remain tied on social welfare spending. Greece has already legislated for new reforms for next year and 2020, and is to remain under supervision for several years. “The bailout is over, but the shackles and the asphyxiation are still on,” the opposition-friendly To Vima newspaper wrote on Sunday.
BloombergApple Inc has pulled thousands of gambling apps from its Chinese store after state-run China Central Television (CCTV) accused the smartphone maker of dragging its feet on cleaning up banned content. Government-controlled media including CCTV this month accused Apple of hosting illegal and fake lottery ticket apps, which they said resulted in massive losses for hoodwinked users. On Sunday, CCTV reported that Apple pulled at least 4,000 apps tagged with the keyword “gambling” on Aug. 9 alone. “Gambling apps are illegal and not allowed on the App Store in China,” Apple said in an e-mailed statement. Last year, it was forced to take down hundreds of virtual private network apps in response to criticism about tools to bypass Internet censors.
By Yang Chin-cheng and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writerA steadily growing population of pheasant-tailed jacanas in the Tainan region has given rise to a project to promote farming practices that could create more habitable land for the birds. The Wild Birds Society of Tainan, the Guantian Pheasant-tailed Jacana Ecological Park, the Forestry Bureau’s Tainan branch and the Tainan City Government are collaborating on the project. According to the ecological park, a subsidiary of the Siraya National Scenic Area, the jacana population has been steadily increasing, averaging more than 500 for four consecutive years. Student volunteers from National Cheng Kung University, the National University of Tainan and National Chiayi University help the park log the number of jacanas mating in the Tainan area, which increased 6 percent from last year, Lee said. Siaying District (下營) has the second-largest cluster of jacanas in the region at 10 percent, Lee said.
By Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporterMore than half of the respondents to a poll last week said they do not like the nation being referred to as “Chinese Taipei,” and even more said they support using “Taiwan” for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics team, the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation announced yesterday. Asked how they feel about Taiwan being called “Chinese Taipei” in global events, 51.9 percent of respondents said they do not like it, while 37.4 percent said they did like it, the poll found. As for the idea of using “Taiwan” at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, 65 percent of respondents voiced support, while 26.4 percent did not, the poll showed. The poll also found the approval ratings of the Democratic Progressive Party and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) tied for the first time, at 24.5 percent, You said. She has not paid enough attention to seeking the perpetrators of the 228 Incident and in realizing transitional justice, he added.
“The Earth’s shape is not a sphere, but an ellipsoid,” Lin said, adding that spherical globes magnify geographical features that occur at higher latitudes. Such globes are cheaper, but the trade-off is that the location and scale of the geographical features are imprecise, Lin said. “No one mandated that globes must be a completely smooth sphere,” Lin said. Taiwanese teams and individuals competing in the expo won 22 golds, 10 silvers, two bronzes and five special awards. Taiwan also obtained the highest number of awards at last year’s expo: 29 golds, 17 silvers and six special awards.
Rick Wu said his post was made on a private Instagram account and intended as a joke. Jacky Wu said his son, who uses the stage name LucyPIE, should announce his departure from the entertainment industry. Pressed by reporters about whether his son would really be leaving the entertainment industry, Jacky Wu said it might be best if he did. At about 8pm on Sunday, Rick Wu reported to the office of the Taipei City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, where he was questioned for about an hour. Rick Wu has potentially breached the Criminal Code and the case has been referred to the Shilin District Prosecutors’ Office, police said.
Staff writer, with CNA, HOUSTON and TAIPEIPresident Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Sunday made the first-ever visit to a US federal agency by a Republic of China president when she toured NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Tsai arrived in Houston on Saturday for her second transit stop in the US during a nine-day trip to Paraguay and Belize. During her 27-hour stay in Houston, Tsai visited the Mission Control Center at the space center, where she was briefed by NASA flight director Royce Renfrew, toured the astronaut training area and saw a Soyuz spacecraft and space station simulators of US, Japanese and Russian astronauts. Asked if Tsai’s space center tour would help boost Taiwan-US cooperation in space observation, National Space Organization (NSPO) Deputy Director-General Yu Shiann-jen (余憲政) yesterday said that he hoped cooperative relations would strengthen. NASA payloads on Formosat-7 are to be used for the observation of “space weather” and the prediction of the ionosphere’s possible impact on satellite communication, NASA said.