Taiwan News Morning Briefing – June 5

Over 200 people attended a candlelight vigil in Taipei on Thursday to commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre and to voice support for political dis...

Hong Kongers light candels to mark the suppression of the 1989 student-led Tiananmen Square protests

Over 200 people attended a candlelight vigil in Taipei on Thursday to commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre and to voice support for political dis...

Market & Commodity ■ The Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE) main index opened 23.88 points lower to 9,324.75 Friday, with turnover reaching NT$ 2.06 billion. (Taiwan News) World News ■ Hong Kongers plan a candlelight vigil to mark the suppression of the 1989 student-led Tiananmen Square protests, an annual event that takes on greater meaning for the city's young after last autumn's pro-democracy demonstrations sharpened their sense of unease with Beijing. By Kelvin Chan. (AP) ■ North Korean space agency officials say the country is developing a more advanced Earth observation satellite and are defending their right to conduct rocket launches whenever they see fit, despite protests by the United States and others that the launches are aimed primarily at honing military-use technologies. (AP) ■ Rescuers cut three holes into the overturned hull of a river cruise ship in unsuccessful attempts to find more survivors as the death toll in the Yangtze River disaster reaches 77. More than 360 people remain missing and are feared dead. (AP) ■ Sales of surgical masks surge amid fears of a deadly, poorly understood virus. Airlines announce "intensified sanitizing operations." More than 900 schools close and 1,600 people — and 17 camels in zoos — are quarantined. The current frenzy in South Korea over MERS, which stands for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, brings to mind the other menacing diseases to hit Asia over the last decade. (AP) ■ Myanmar says thousands of migrants left the country to seek better jobs elsewhere, and were not fleeing persecution, a day after bringing to shore about 730 migrants, the latest arrivals in Southeast Asia's ongoing crisis. (AP) ■ U.S. President Obama says China has made inquiries about potentially joining a Trans-Pacific trade agreement. (AP) ■ Desperate for time, Greece is taking an unusual step in talks over its bailout program: It will bundle four payments due this month to the International Monetary Fund into one payment on June 30. (AP) Local News ■ Taiwan's opposition presidential candidate says on a visit to Washington that if she comes to power in January elections, her government would have a responsibility to contribute to peace and stability in relations with mainland China. By Matthew Pennington. (AP) ■ Democratic Progressive Party Taipei City Councilor Liang Wen-chieh announced Thursday he was giving up his nomination for the legislative election after sharp criticism from former party leader Lin Yi-hsiung. (Taiwan News) ■ As the high school student protests against the Ministry of Education’s controversial adjustments to high-school curriculum guidelines spiral, a video of a principal’s address towards the protest during the flag-rising morning gathering sparks controversy. (Taiwan News) ■ A long-term care insurance program is tentatively set to be launched in 2018 and is expected to benefit around 820,000 people, a Cabinet official said Thursday. (Taiwan News) ■ For hardcore gamers, overclocking is something of a norm, and so to keep the CPUs “cool and collected” is by no means an understatement. Startup firm Cryorig is already a famed moniker within the PC modding and overclocking community the world over. (Taiwan News) ■ The level of electronic voting used at shareholders’ meetings in Taiwan this year has been much higher than before due to the development of the STOCKVOTE APP launched by the Taiwan Depository and Clearing Corporation (TDCC) and the institution's year-long efforts to promote the e-voting platform. (Taiwan News) ■ Education ministry statistics show the number of Hong Kong students in Taiwan rose from 989 in 2003 to 5,806 in 2013. With the relaxation of requirements for working visa, more and more exchange students are expected to become immigrants in Taiwan. (Taiwan News) ■ St. Lucia opened an embassy in Taiwan Thursday, the Caribbean country's first in Asia, in an effort to strengthen bilateral ties. (CNA) ■ 7-ELEVEN, the biggest convenience store chain in Taiwan, on Thursday said the manager of a store in Changhua County meant no offense when he insisted on barring two guide dogs from entry for sanitary concerns. (CNA)