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Taiwan News Morning Briefing – April 23

A S-2T anti-submarine aircraft that had played a significant role in the defense of Taiwan against China has been decommissioned from service, but wil...

A S-2T anti-submarine aircraft that had played a significant role in the defense of Taiwan against China has been decommissioned from service, but wil...

Market & Commodity ■ The Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE) main index opened 53.73 points, or 0.56 percent, higher to 9,666.73 on Thursday, with turnover reaching NT$2.29 billion. (Taiwan News) World News ■ Hong Kong's government unveils election reform proposals, setting the stage for another round of confrontation with pro-democracy activists and lawmakers opposed to Beijing-mandated restrictions on candidates for the city's top job. (AP) ■ South Korea expresses deep regret that Japan's leader did not repeat his predecessors' apologies for the country's aggression during World War II. (AP) ■ South Korea says it will likely support a proposed walk across the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas by prominent women including Gloria Steinem in what is planned as a call for the reunification of the two countries. (AP) ■ Southeast Asian lawmakers urge their leaders to discuss Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim crisis at their summit in Malaysia this weekend, saying it has led to the highest outflow of asylum seekers by sea in the region since the Vietnam War. (AP) ■ Japan posted its first monthly trade surplus in nearly three years in March thanks to falling import costs from cheaper oil prices, along with a modest recovery in exports. (AP) Local News ■ The top manager at tea chain Stornaway was freed on bail Wednesday after questioning by prosecutors about the presence of pesticide residues in its products. The Taipei District Prosecutors Office questioned Stornaway top manager Chen Yu-huei as a defendant during the afternoon and decided to release her on bail of NT$500,000 (US$16,000), reports said. (Taiwan News) ■ Taiwan's Ministry of Labor (MOL) has voiced its support for a proposal by lawmakers to increase the total number of years foreign nationals can work in Taiwan, but only on the condition that such an extension will not affect job opportunities for local residents. (Taiwan News) ■ Kuomintang Chairman Eric Liluan Chu said Wednesday that an eventual meeting with Chinese communist leader Xi Jinping was still under discussion, rejecting media reports that May 4 had been agreed on and that he would deliver an important statement about the 1992 Consensus. (Taiwan News) ■ Outspoken former Health Minister Yaung Chih-liang became the center of speculation Wednesday as some media reports indicated he might consider a run for the presidency. (Taiwan News) ■ Speaking at the Hong Kong Economic Times Finance Forum Wednesday, former Vice President Vincent Siew said that Taiwan and China should work together to promote economic development, share the economic risks and opportunities, and utilize consultation and dialogue to solve the bottlenecks that keep Taiwan from participating in regional economic tie-ups. (Taiwan News) ■ The Tainan City Council started an indefinite shutdown Wednesday after an angry member overturned the desks of Mayor William Lai and his team. (Taiwan News) ■ A cool front brought sorely-welcomed scattered showers and limited inflows at various reservoirs across Taiwan Tuesday. Officials at Tsengwen Reservoir in southern Taiwan estimated that the inflow of water there reached one million tons, while at Nanhua Reservoir the gain was much smaller at only about 50,000 tons. (Taiwan News)


Updated : 2021-09-20 07:26 GMT+08:00