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Taiwan News Morning Briefing – April 14

Taipei City's Public Work Department has built 40 cuckoo clock-shaped birdhouses in Daan Forest Park with the aim of adding a touch of nature to the r...

Taipei City's Public Work Department has built 40 cuckoo clock-shaped birdhouses in Daan Forest Park with the aim of adding a touch of nature to the r...

World News ■ Taliban fighters swarm over Afghan army posts in the country's northeast, killing at least 18 soldiers and beheading some in a major attack to mark the start of the country's summer fighting season. (AP) ■ A top official who led China's biggest petroleum company and later was assigned to oversee state-owned companies admits in court that he was guilty of corruption and abuse of power. (AP) ■ Chinese authorities introduce curbs on travel to Hong Kong to cool tensions over the growing influx of mainland shoppers that's angering residents of the Asian financial hub. (AP) ■ China's trade contracted in March by an unexpectedly wide margin, adding to expectations that Beijing will launch new stimulus to shore up weakening growth in the world's second-largest economy. (AP) ■ Hillary Rodham Clinton jumps back into presidential politics, making a much-awaited announcement she will again seek the White House in 2016 with a promise to serve as the "champion" of everyday Americans in a country with growing income inequality. (AP) Local News ■ Cross-strait frictions remerge as China said Taiwan won't be among the charter members of the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, apparently because of a dispute over what name the island should use in the institution. ■ Lin Jou Min, the director general of Taipei’s Department of Urban Development, said that Huashan Creative Park, Songshan Cultural Park, Taipei Dome etc are “phony” cultural and creative parks today. He criticized that the multinational corporations who developed these parks deny the Taiwanese artists any opportunities for their designs. (Taiwan News) ■ Wang Jin-Pyng, the president of the Legislative Yuan, said today's consensus on which name to join Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is what everyone values the most. "The acceptable name must respects the dignity and sovereignty of Taiwan; the bottom line is Chinese Taipei", remarked Wang.. (Taiwan News) ■ Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan vented his anger in front of officials from the Water Resources Agency (WRA) Sunday as the agency prepares to widen implementation of Phase Three water rationing to counter the effects of insufficient rainfall over most of Taiwan. (Taiwan News) ■ Major Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. founder Stan Shih said Monday that Taiwan should think positively about a new regional development bank proposed by China, despite having had its bid to become a founding member rejected. (Taiwan News) ■ Taiwanese business people on Monday said they are optimistic about a new tax agreement between Taiwan and China that is expected to be sealed soon, with many hoping that the accord can improve the competitiveness of local businesses. (CNA) ■ Former National Security Council (NSC) Secretary-General King Pu-tsungon Monday attributed China's rejection of a proposed meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping last year to Ma's insistence on holding the meeting at the APEC summit. (CNA)


Updated : 2021-09-18 01:20 GMT+08:00