President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday questioned whether China was fit to host the 2008 Olympic Games in view of the hostility Chinese fans displayed toward Japan's soccer team at the Asian Cup. \n"Given what happened, it seems that Beijing might not be fit to host the 2008 Olympic Games," said Chen, echoing recent remarks made by Governor of Tokyo Shintaro Ishihara (石原慎太郎). \nChen was referring to the actions of Chinese fans during the Asian Cup football tournament between China and Japan last Saturday in Beijing. Japan China 3-1 in a tense final overshadowed by the fans' passionate Chinese nationalism and anti-Japanese sentiment due to lingering resentment over Japan's military invasion and brutal occupation of parts of China from 1931 to 1945. \nFollowing the match, hordes of rowdy Chinese crowds burned the Japanese national flag, broke bottles and exchanged kicks and punches with riot police who had been deployed outside the stadium. \nChinese fans reportedly converged on the Japanese team's bus after the match, forcing the bus to depart without two players. Japanese fans attending the match, meanwhile, had to be escorted out of the stadium by riot police. \n"These acts showed a lack of sportsmanship and democratic manner," said Chen yesterday, while receiving a delegation of members of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ). \n"Whether it be in sport or any other kind of competition, there are wins and losses," Chen said.
SPEEDING ELETRIC VEHICLES: Available without license requirements, the low-cost vehicles, especially if illicitly modified, can often reach a dangerous speed The government should crack down on illegal electric bicycles and scooters, the non-profit Consumers’ Foundation said on Friday, citing research on the potentially dangerous speed of the vehicles. Electric bicycles and lightweight electric scooters have gained popularity as they do not require registration and riders do not need licenses, the foundation said, adding that as many as 40 percent of them can reach speeds exceeding the legal limit of 25kph for non-licensed two-wheelers. Some consumers also purchased legal electric vehicles and modified them to reach higher speeds, it said. “If the government does not step up efforts to confiscate these
‘RELIABLE PARTNER’: US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar praised the ‘Taiwan model,’ saying that the nation brought its spirit to its COVID-19 response The first memorandum of understanding (MOU) on health cooperation between the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the US Department of Health and Human Services was yesterday signed at the Centers for Disease Control in Taipei. The memorandum was signed between the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US, by AIT Director Brent Christensen and Taiwan Council for US Affairs Chairperson Jen-ni Yang (楊珍妮). US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) witnessed the signing of the memorandum, designed to enhance the nations’
Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) yesterday tweeted a welcome to Somaliland’s first representative to Taiwan, Mohamed Omar Hagi Mohamoud, who arrived on Friday. Mohamoud had “braved Chinese pressure” to take up his new post, Wu wrote. “The fact ‘sovereignty & friendship aren’t for sale’ deserves international recognition,” referring to a Somaliland media report earlier this month that Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi had rejected an offer by the Chinese government in exchange for ending its rapprochement with Taiwan. Wu also thanked the US National Security Council (NSC) for praising Taiwan-Somaliland ties. A council tweet on July 10 praised Taiwan
The US on Thursday removed a warning against all international travel, and placed Taiwan on a list of 13 destinations where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is “very low.” The list was compiled almost five months after the US Department of State issued a “global level 4 health advisory,” urging US citizens to avoid all international travel. On Thursday, the department announced that it was lifting the advisory, saying that “with health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice.” The US