Temblor felt around nation
An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted Taiwan yesterday, but there was no immediate report of damage or casualties. The quake occurred at 9:16am with its epicenter 63km east of Hualien, 11.7km under the sea, the Seismological Observation Center said. The quake was felt all over the island. The MRT system in Taipei suspended operation for a few minutes.
Coast guard rescues skipper
The coast guard has rescued a skipper kidnapped by a Chinese fishing boat after a collision, officials said yesterday. The coast guard also brought back 11 Chinese crew and two fishing vessels to Penghu for questioning, the Coast Guard Administration said in a statement. Lu Ching-man (呂清滿), skipper of a 68-tonne fishing boat based in Penghu, was kidnapped by the crew of one of the Chinese boats after the two craft reportedly collided in the Taiwan Strait on Monday morning, it said. Three coast guard patrol boats rushed to the scene upon receiving a mayday distress call from other sailors on the Taiwanese boat.
Huge museum park planned
Tainan County is set to become home to Asia's largest museum park after a six-year-old plan to build a metropolitan park in Jenteh (仁德) Township was brought back to life with the injection of new funds from the Ministry of the Interior and the Chi Mei Group. The NT$600 million (US$18 million) project is being jointly developed by the Tainan County Government and state-owned Taiwan Sugar Corp. Chi Mei Group has pledged to spend NT$1 billion to build a museum in the park. A ceremony will be held Friday for Chi Mei to present the gift to the county government. According to the plan, the Tainan Museum Park will cover 40 hectares and will present indigenous cultures, industries, landscapes and customs, while stressing coexistence with the local ecology.
Taiwan-Japan Forum opens
The 2005 Taiwan-Japan Forum opened in Tokyo yesterday, with the participation of government officials, think tank scholars and business executives from the two countries. Among the participants will be President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) chief of staff, Yu Shyi-kun, who arrived in Tokyo on Monday with a 20-plus member delegation to the annual conference. The 2005 Taiwan-Japan Forum is being co-sponsored by the Taipei-based Foundation on International and Cross-Strait Studies and the World Peace Research Institute of Japan.
Activists expect big crowd
Over 3,000 pro-independence activists are expected to attend the "Taiwan Republic national flag-raising" ceremony slated for tomorrow in front of the Presidential Office, the convener of the 908 Taiwan Republic Movement said yesterday. Wang Hsien-chi (王獻極) made the prediction at a news conference for the upcoming activity, which will be held to mark what he called "Taiwan Independence Day," which falls on Sept. 8 -- the date that Japan gave up its territorial claims to Taiwan after signing a peace treaty with the Allied nations in San Francisco in 1951. He urged those who support the campaign to join the Sept. 8 flag-raising ceremony, which he described as "the first of its kind in 400 years." Wang said that five young people will read a statement of the Taiwan Republic Movement in five different languages.
DIPLOMATIC MOVES: Beijing is reportedly pressing the state after reports of forming links with Taiwan, while the ministry is also planning to reopen its office in Guam soon A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. The ministry on July 1 announced that Taiwan and Somaliland would establish representative offices, following a report by the Somaliland Chronicle Web site. It said at the time that the two nations did not plan to establish formal ties. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has instructed close confidants to explore the possibility of “mutual recognition between Taiwan and Somaliland,” the Somaliland Chronicle reported
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s
NEW ERA: Taiwan, which has controlled its virus outbreak, now faces the challenge of safely resuming economic exchanges with other nations, Chang Shan-chwen said People should not focus entirely on having zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, but neglect overall control over the disease situation, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) specialist advisory panel convener Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said yesterday. Chang made the remark at a forum in Taipei discussing the steps Taiwan should take in the post-pandemic era, organized by the Chinese-language magazine Global Views Monthly. Chang, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩), and Stanford University’s Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention director C. Jason Wang (王智弘) each made a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Chang, Wang and Buddhist Tzu
A Belgian man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan last week is likely to have contracted the disease in Taipei in late June, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health vice dean Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday reported that the man, who is in his 20s, came to Taiwan for work on May 3 and tested positive on Wednesday last week as he was about to depart. The man in March reported loss of taste and smell, the center said, adding that he worked in Changhua County, but visited Taipei several times,