Taiwan is not Chinese Taipei: Protesters Kicked out of Stadium

Taiwanese students holding banners protesting the use of the name “Chinese Taipei” for the Taiwanese team were kicked out of Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium yesterday, August 31, after a confrontation with an angry spectator and officials. During the confrontation, a banner was torn by an official, leading the protesters to raise a lawsuit against the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association later the same day. The protesters held up banners reading “Taiwan is Taiwan” in Chinese, and “Taiwan is not Chinese Taipei”

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Atlantic Salmon Made in Taiwan Spawns Cold-water Aquaculture Industry in the Sub-Tropics

The Fishing Agency of the Council of Agriculture held a press conference today, Wednesday,May 11. to announce that scientists had successfully bred and raised Atlantic salmon in Taiwan. The COA believes that the first domestically raised Atlantic Salmon will hit the market two years from now. A spokesman forecast that within 3 years, local producers will be able to replace around 20 percent of imports, and that production should be able to increase to a 50 percent market share in

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US Supports Democratic Taiwan amidst “China’s Growing Pains”

Daniel R. Russel, Assistant Secretary of the US State Department Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs reiterated that the USA supports a democratic Taiwan, and stands for universal values and human rights. The statement was made at The University of Southern California during a conference of China and East Asia analysts under the banner of “China’s Growing Pains.” Mr Russel emphasized that “China policy is a subset of our Asia policy, and not the other way around.” “The context

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Japan Establishes New Military Outpost Near Taiwan

Japan brought a new radar installation online yesterday March 28, on Yonaguni Island just 100 kilometers from the port of Su’ao on Taiwan’s east coast. The installation will be manned by a contingent of 160 soldiers. Yonaguni Island has a population of around 1500 and is part of the YaeYama group of Islands of Okinawa Prefecture. First annexed by Japan in 1879, it was occupied by the USA from 1945 to 1972 when it was returned to Japan. Construction of

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International Media Invited to Taiping Island

International media are being invited to visit Taiping Island in the Spratly Islands for the first time next week for a tour and press conference, in an attempt by the R.O.C government of Taiwan to prove that Taiping is indeed an island and not a reef. Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs plans to fly reporters along with legal and environmental scholars to the island in an air force C-130 Hercules next week on March 23. The island is occupied by

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Post Typhoon Clean-up: Rescues and Airdrops Continue

Wulai Township: A clearer picture of Typhoon Soudelor’s destructive power emerged Monday, as weather cleared, floodwaters receded, and rescue crews reached isolated communities around Wulai, south of Taipei City. The main tourist thoroughfare, Wulai’s ‘Old Street’ is covered by mud, rocks, and other debris. The bridge linking the old street to the main part of the village and its hot-springs resorts, has lost its safety rails. The narrow gauge coal train, constructed during the Japanese colonial period, and now used

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Emergency Power Restoration too Slow: Electrical Workers Beaten by Thugs

Two employees of Taipower undertaking repairs to the power grid in Yunlin County in the wake of Typhoon Soudelor, were beaten up by a group of thugs wielding baseball bats, who hit the men and smashed a window of their truck. The men were led by former township chairman and husband of the current legislative yuan representative, who is one of three men charged with several offences after the incident. An electrical worker explains the incident and shows his injuries.

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Typhoon Soudelor Leaves Taiwan in its Wake: Taiwan Wakes to Scenes of Destruction

Typhoon Soudelor made landfall on Taiwan last night and was felt at its most intense in Taipei in the early hours of the morning. Here are some citizen videos showing the intensity of the storm and its aftermath.

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Typhoon Soudelor Grinding Over Taiwan: The Damage So Far

The whole island of Taiwan is now under the influence of this year’s strongest tropical storm Typhoon Soudelor. Huge waves began pounding the east coast this morning, and tourists packed trains and buses to leave the popular tourist areas. Airports were crowded with travelers forming long lines to find vacant seats on flights before take-offs and landings are halted. The following incidents happened during the afternoon of August 7, long before the full brunt of the Typhoon was felt. In

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Taiwan Braces for Typhoon Soudelor

The strongest typhoon to form in the Pacific this year is plowing towards Taiwan at the time of writing Thursday evening August 6, 2015. The full brunt of Typhoon Soudelor is expected to be felt Friday night as the typhoon crosses the island. The forecast track will take it across the middle of the island before heading north-west across the Taiwan Strait into China. The first rains brought by the typhoon have already fallen in Taipei, and other parts of Taiwan.

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Giant ‘Catfish Sharks’ Found in Temple Pond

Staff and worshippers at a temple in Kaohsiung had long wondered why the numbers of carp and tilapia in the temple pond were on the decline. The mystery was solved when workers lowered the water level in order to make repairs. Temple staff were surprised to find three huge ‘catfish sharks’, also known as Genghis Khan fish. Not actually sharks, but a species of catfish. It is suspected that the fish were probably abandoned aquarium pets that grew to their huge size after

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