The US will pay more than NT$330 million (US$9.7 million) to rent a new site for the Taipei office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) for 99 years, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday. \nThe AIT is the US' top representative office in Taiwan in the absence of formal diplomatic ties between the two countries. \nThe MOFA said in a report that the lease on the AIT's current office on Hsinyi Road will expire soon. \nTaipei City Council decided earlier that the present site of the AIT office will be turned into a junior high school on June 30 next year. The US had asked the ministry to locate a new site for the AIT office, with the former eventually selecting an empty lot in Neihu, suburban Taipei. \nMOFA carried out the task of obtaining ownership of the land, which had been partially owned by the central government, the city government and private individuals. It was purchased at an estimated cost of more than NT$230 million. \nThe US will pay a lump sum of more than NT$330 million to rent the land for 99 years, and it will spend NT$160 million on constructing a building on the site. \nUnder the principle of reciprocity, the Taiwanese government has asked to rent the present Coordination Council for North American Affairs, which is the counterpart of AIT, in downtown Taipei for 99 years at a price of more than NT$88 million.
DELUSIONAL: The male patient said he did not know that the woman had mental problems, but the court said that her being restrained in isolation should have given him pause The Taiwan High Court has ordered the Jhudong branch of the Taiwan National University Hospital and a male patient to jointly pay a former female patient’s family NT$400,000 in compensation after the man had sex with the woman, who has mental problems, while hospitalized. The 26-year-old woman has been diagnosed with a mental disorder, a symptom of which is that she obsessively seeks to have sex, her mother said. The mother filed a formal complaint and sought damages from the hospital and the male patient surnamed Chen (陳) after finding out that her daughter had sex with the man while
The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) should not use the government’s disease-prevention policy as an excuse to block people’s access to the Taipei Railway Station’s main hall, the Taiwan International Workers’ Association said yesterday. The association held a protest at the station after what organizers said were about 400 people staged a sit-in on Saturday to demonstrate against the TRA’s proposal to ban sitting on the floor of the main hall. In accordance with the Central Epidemic Command Center’s disease-prevention measures, large gatherings have been banned in the hall since the end of February. After protesters yesterday expressed their grievances at the southern
SEEKING OPTIONS: A Sinyi Realty corporate realty official attributed the spike to proposed legal changes in the territory and the ongoing pro-democracy protests More Hong Kongers purchased real estate in Taiwan last year than other foreigners, Ministry of the Interior statistics showed. The ministry attributed the spike to a proposed extradition law that the Hong Kong government submitted last year, which would have allowed suspects to be sent to China and other nations, which sparked mass protests that are continuing. The rate of purchases last year by Hong Kong natural and juridical persons stood at 40 and 60 percent respectively, with building area purchased by both standing at 47.41 percent and 52.59 percent respectively, ministry data showed. Department of Land Administration statistics showed that Hong Kongers
NEW RECRUITS: Nearly 9 million students are to graduate from university next month, and Beijing plans to use incentives to convince them to join the military, an analyst said Rising unemployment in China due to the COVID-19 pandemic could benefit the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) by allowing it to attract new, better educated recruits, a Taiwanese security researcher said on Friday. Chen Ying-hsuan (陳穎萱), a policy analyst at the Division of Chinese Politics and Military Affairs at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research, a government-funded think tank, made the remarks in an article published in the Defense Security Biweekly magazine. About 8.74 million university students are expected to graduate in China next month, while Chinese companies’ demand for fresh graduates fell 16.77 percent annually in the