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Taiwan News Morning Briefing – May 21

More than 4,700 couples registered their marriages throughout Taiwan on Wednesday, as May 20 is considered an auspicious date in Chinese culture for c...

More than 4,700 couples registered their marriages throughout Taiwan on Wednesday, as May 20 is considered an auspicious date in Chinese culture for c...

World News ■ In a major diplomatic breakthrough that could ease Southeast Asia's migrant crisis, Indonesia and Malaysia offer to temporarily take in thousands of people who have been stranded at sea but appealed for international help, saying the crisis is a global, not regional, problem. (AP) ■ U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says North Korea has canceled an invitation for him to visit a factory park in the country that is the last major cooperation project between the rival Koreas. (AP) ■ Women activists including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel peace laureates says they may have to change plans to cross Korea's Demilitarized Zone because authorities can't guarantee their safety if they walk from the North to the South at Panmunjom, the symbolic but tense site where the Korean War armistice agreement was signed. (AP) ■ Nepal must take lessons from earthquake-hit countries such as Mexico and strictly enforce existing building laws as it prepares to rebuild from two major quakes, a United Nations official says. (AP) ■ The governor of the southern Japanese prefecture of Okinawa says he will head to Washington to convey local objections to a plan to relocate a U.S. air base. (AP) Local News ■ Ministry of National Defense (MND) spokesperson Luo Shou-he said Wednesday that all the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan will not be made public before the bill is passed through the United States Congress, stressing that the U.S. government has never pressured Taiwan in any of the previous arms purchases. (Taiwan News) ■ The city government Wednesday erected a “dengue fever warning” banner at the entrance of a local traditional market after an outbreak of dengue fever was observed in the Nanzi District of Kaohsiung City. (Taiwan News) ■ In a speech Wednesday marking the seventh anniversary of his inauguration, President Ma Ying-jeou expressed his gratitude to the nation and its people who helped bring prosperity and stability to the Republic of China during his time in office. (Taiwan News) ■ Taiwan can only receive a new lease on life if there is another alternation of power, Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen said Wednesday. While she was speaking at a regular meeting of the opposition’s Central Executive Committee, the timing also coincided with the seventh anniversary of President Ma Ying-jeou’s first inauguration, which means there is only one year left until a new president is sworn in. Most recent opinion polls name Tsai as that new president. (Taiwan News) ■ Education Minister Wu Se-hwa presented his report at the Legislative Yuan hearing Wednesday in response to last Sunday’s fiasco, apologizing for the major oversight involving the nationwide English listening exam portion of the Comprehensive Assessment Program for Junior High School Students. (Taiwan News) ■ The Taipei City Government on Wednesday evening ordered an immediate halt to all work on the Taipei Dome after a day of escalating tension with the project’s developer, the Farglory Group. (Taiwan News) ■ In a major upset, Wayne Chiang, a son of former Foreign Minister John Chiang and a descendant of late President Chiang Kai-shek, defeated prominent incumbent lawmaker Lo Shu-lei in the Kuomintang legislative primaries. (Taiwan News) ■ The contractor has been slow to produce a safety plan, which has caused public concern, and should suspend construction of the project immediately until the plan is completed, the city government said. (CNA) ■ Central Taiwan had recorded the most significant rainfall as of early Wednesday afternoon, thanks to a strong plum rain front currently affecting the country, according to the Central Weather Bureau. (CNA)


Updated : 2021-09-18 21:51 GMT+08:00