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Taiwan News Morning Briefing – April 2

 Several European companies have expressed interest in working with Taiwanese shipbuilders on Taiwan's submarine program, a senior military officer sa...

Several European companies have expressed interest in working with Taiwanese shipbuilders on Taiwan's submarine program, a senior military officer sa...

Market & Commodity ■ The Taiwan Stock Exchange’s (TWSE) main index opened 38.38 points, or 0.40%, higher to 9,546.04 on Thursday, with turnover reaching NT$1.82 billion. (Taiwan News) ■ Major U.S. stock indexes ended modestly lower on Wednesday, extending losses from the day before. Discouraging economic reports on jobs, manufacturing and construction spending weighed on the market. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 77.94 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,698.18. The S&P 500 index fell 8.20 points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,059.69. The Nasdaq composite shed 20.66 points, or 0.4 percent, to 4,880.23. (AP) World News ■ South Korean prosecutors indict a man who slashed the U.S. ambassador in Seoul last month on charges of attempted murder. (AP) ■ The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, dies a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday. (AP) ■ China and Japan report gloomy industrial data, adding to pressure on leaders of the world's second- and third-largest economies to launch new stimulus. (AP) ■ Thousands of Vietnamese workers at a major footwear factory strike for a sixth day over a social insurance law in a rare challenge to government policy. (AP) ■ Extended negotiations over Iran's nuclear program resume in Switzerland but were almost immediately beset by competing claims. And as the latest round hit the week mark, three of the six foreign ministers involved left the talks with prospects for agreement remaining uncertain. (AP) Local News ■ Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng was expected to make an important announcement at a speech at the National Taipei University of Technology scheduled for Thursday, media reports said. (Taiwan News) ■ A team of two F-18 jets of the United States Navy was forced to land at Tainan Air Force Base due to technical problems, reports said Wednesday. The two planes were accompanying an EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare aircraft, some reports said. (Taiwan News) ■ Luo Shao-ho, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense, said Wednesday afternoon that technicians from the US will be flown in to repair an F/A-18 Hornet from the nuclear carrier Nimitz which was forced to land shortly after noon near Tainan. The fighter-bomber, one of two Hornets accompanying an EA-6B Prowler on a routine mission in the Taiwan Strait, entered Taiwan airspace after developing a glitch in one of its two engines. (Taiwan News) ■ Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen would defeat any possible Kuomintang opponent if presidential elections were held now, according to an opinion poll by cable station TVBS released Wednesday. (Taiwan News) ■ While conceding that it will be tough to go in and demolish already-existing rooftop structures, Ko Wen-je indicated that as Taipei Mayor he plans to draw the line on any further illegal construction on rooftops and inside buildings throughout the city. (Taiwan News) ■ The opposition has slammed the Ma Administration for hurrying up to fax a letter of intent about its AIIB application to China Tuesday, accusing it of doing so without consulting the Executive Yuan and the Legislative Yuan. (Taiwan News) ■ The heads of the two main negotiating bodies of the Chinese mainland and Taiwan are scheduled to sit down together in Xi'an City later this month to talk about issues of great concern to Taiwanese businesses, a spokesman for Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) said Wednesday. (CNA) ■ The Ministry of Finance stated Wednesday that although proposed by China, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) initiative is envisioned to be an international financial institution based on the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by 21 other nations and that therefore, the matter should not be examined under the limited scope of cross-Taiwan Strait relations. (CNA)


Updated : 2021-09-27 00:55 GMT+08:00