Taiwan News Morning Briefing – April 8

Taiwan protested Tuesday Japan's inclusion in new school textbooks that a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea belong to Japan, while reite...

Taiwan protested Tuesday Japan's inclusion in new school textbooks that a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea belong to Japan, while reite...

Market & Commodity ■ The Taiwan Stock Exchange’s (TWSE) main index opened 0.98 points higher to 9,642.88 on Wednesday, with turnover reaching NT$1.92 billion. (Taiwan News) ■ U.S. stocks fell Tuesday as an early advance fizzled in the last hour of trading. Energy stocks rose with the price of oil, while consumer discretionary stocks were among the biggest decliners. Utility stocks also dragged down the major indices. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 5.43 points, or 0.03 percent, to 17,875.42. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 4.29 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,076.33. The Nasdaq composite fell 7.08 points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,910.23. (AP) World News ■ Defending an emerging nuclear deal, President Barack Obama says Iran would be kept a year away from obtaining a nuclear weapon for more than a decade, but concedes that the buffer period could shrink. (AP) ■ China to keep track of its tourists' unruly behavior abroad, seek to improve their manners. (AP) ■ Malaysia revived detention without trial when lawmakers approved an anti-terror law that the government said was needed to fight Islamic militants. (AP) ■ Samsung's quarterly operating earnings fell 31 percent from a year earlier but the drop wasn't as big as expected. (AP) ■ Hundreds of Kenyan students are marching to honor those who died in an attack by Islamic militants on a college and to press the government for better security. (AP) Local News ■ Investigators raided the Longtan Army Base again Tuesday after reports that the top officers of its Apache helicopter squadron invited more groups to visit than just the one including entertainer Janet Lee. (Taiwan News) ■ Premier Mao Chi-kuo stated that “Chinese Taipei” is the bottom line when applying to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). (Taiwan News) ■ The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Muslim World League will host an international seminar for Muslim minorities together. There will be more than 10 world leading experts, scholars and leaders attending the seminar, which will increase the publicity of Taiwan globally. (Taiwan News) ■ Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen said people should reflect on how to protect freedom and democracy on the 26th anniversary of the self-immolation of Deng Nan-jung Tuesday. (Taiwan News) ■ Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je on Tuesday opened registration for social housing at Mass Rapid Transit stations with an online statement. (Taiwan News) ■ From tomorrow onwards, Taoyuan City, Linkou, Banqiao and Xinzhuang districts in New Taipei City, and Hukou and Xinfeng townships in Hsinchu County will face stricter water rationing measures because of the low probability of precipitation and the record low water levels in the reservoirs. (Taiwan News) ■ Teng Wen-Chung, former chairman of Singfor Life Insurance Co., who was accused of tunneling NT$120 billion from the company, was remanded into custody over the Qingming festival in the Taipei Detention Centre. The lawyers of Teng appealed to the court, stating that there are flaws in the ruling of the High Court. (Taiwan News) ■ Economics Minister John Deng confirmed Tuesday that he met with Indonesian Industry Minister Saleh Husin in Taipei when the latter visited the island in March. (CNA) ■ Taiwan's Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng called during a visit to Japanese politicians Tuesday for Japanese support for Taiwan's bids for access to two proposed regional economic blocs -- the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). (CNA)