Music archive to open
The National Music Archive (民族音樂資料館) will open to the public tomorrow, the National Center of Tradi-tional Arts announced yesterday. The archive is an information library providing resources on Taiwan's ethnic music. Center director Ko Chi-liang (柯基良) said the archive, located on Hang-zhou North Road, will benefit people who are interested in the research of ethnic music. All the materials and collections in the archive are in digital or electronic files, Ko said. He said the archive's music, library and news clips can be accessed via the Internet.
■ Cross-strait ties
No comprome for culture
Cultural exchanges with China should adhere to three criteria -- dignity, recipro-city and safety -- Huang Chieh-cheng (黃介正), vice chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council said in Keelung yesterday. Speaking at a workshop on academic exchanges with China, Huang said cross-strait cultural exchanges are the least controversial and most stable form of exchanges. The only principle regarding them is that they should not compromise the dignity and safety of the country. He cautioned the workshop participants to be on their guard against Beijing's attempts to deny Taiwan's statehood. He also urged colleges and universities to ensure that visitors from China are not trying to sneak into the country to sightsee or work.
Products shown in Istanbul
Some 20 Taiwanese manu-facturers displayed their products at an exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey yesterday. An official of the China External Trade Development Council said the Taiwanese exhibited their products in Kazakhstan before arriving in Istanbul and will head for Moscow and St. Petersburg later this week. On display were computers and peri-pherals, medical equipment, auto parts, sports goods, and catalogues of products from more than 600 other com-panies. The council official said trade between Taiwan and Turkey increased signi-ficantly in recent years. Exports amounted to US$302 million in the first seven months of this year, an increase of 38 percent over the same period last year. Exports to Turkey jumped 83.4 percent last year, he said.
California mission to visit
A 20-member mission from the California is scheduled to arrive in Taipei on Saturday for a five-day visit. Members of the mission will include lawmakers, local govern-ment officials and business leaders. They will be led by Jim Brulte, minority leader of the Californian Senate. They will meet with govern-ment and business leaders in Taipei and also visit the Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park and the National Palace Museum before leaving for Macau and Hong Kong on Nov. 6, according to a news release from the US Commerce Department.
APEC meet bears fruit
Taiwan held bilateral talks with 10 states and has improved bilateral ties with at least 15 states on the fringes of a ministerial conference of the APEC forum in Bangkok, an economics official said yesterday. In a briefing to the legislature, Huang Chih-peng, director-general of the Foreign Trade Bureau, said that Taiwan's delegation made good use of its presence at the forum by associating with as many delegations from other member states as possible.
Taiwan might be China’s next target after it has “walled off” Hong Kong from the rest of the world with its new national security legislation, Academia Sinica Institute of Sociology fellow Wu Jieh-min (吳介民) said on Thursday. At a seminar organized by the Economic Democracy Union, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, the Hong Kong Outlanders and the Judicial Reform Foundation, Wu said that the legislation is simultaneously a fig leaf concealing Beijing’s autocratic rule in Hong Kong and a figurative “Berlin Wall,” denying democratic countries access to Hong Kong. Wu said it is evident that Taiwan would be China’s next target. The
SAFETY CONCERNS: A construction company working nearby admitted to negligence in the incident, and is to pay a fine and other expenses related to damages Residents of homes adjacent to an alleyway in New Taipei City’s Yonghe District (永和) on Saturday were forced to evacuate their homes after the road collapsed, the New Taipei City government said yesterday. An 80m by 4m area in an alleyway on Wenhua Road (文化路) collapsed at 10:39am near an apartment building construction site where work was being done on the project’s foundation. The incident also ruptured an underground gas pipe and tilted several buildings in the area. Residents would not be able to return to their homes until tomorrow or Wednesday, when repairs are expected to be finished, the city government said. Workers
CHALLENGER DEEP: Lin Ying-Tsong was invited by Caladan Oceanic founder Victor Vescovo to join him on a 10-hour long trip in the company’s submersible Taiwanese-American Lin Ying-Tsong (林穎聰) last month became the first person from Asia and the 12th in human history to dive into the deepest part on Earth, the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. Lin, 45, an expert in deep sea acoustics with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts, joined US adventurer and Caladan Oceanic founder Victor Vescovo, 54, on June 22 in a descent to the central pool of the Challenger Deep, the deepest point of the trench, which lies at a depth of more than 10,900m. The pair made the descent in a submersible named Limiting Factor, a US$37
ARMS RACE: Two DPP lawmakers said that China’s development model differed from Taiwan’s, as it aims to become a global hegemon, while Taiwan seeks to protect itself Taiwanese national defense experts are split on how Taiwan should respond to the ever-growing budget of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), with some advocating for Taiwan to increase defense spending, while others say that little can be done. The Legislative Yuan approved NT$358 billion (US$12.1 billion) for national defense spending across fiscal 2020, a 3.47 percent increase compared with last year, while China’s military budget this year is NT$5.4 trillion, more than 15 times that of Taiwan. Regardless of whether the government adopts a zero-based budgeting method for national defense spending — in which all expenses are justified and approved each