Jon Huntsman visiting
Former US ambassador to China Jon Huntsman Jr arrived in Taipei yesterday on a three-day visit to gain a better understanding of issues related to US-Taiwan ties and the nation’s political and economic developments, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Huntsman is scheduled to meet President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), Minister of Foreign Affairs Timothy Yang (楊進添) and Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Francis Liang (梁國新), the ministry said in a statement. Huntsman, a former governor of Utah, will deliver a speech titled “America 2012: Challenges and Opportunities” tomorrow in Taipei. Huntsman resigned as ambassador to China last year in a bid to become the US Republican presidential candidate. The 52-year-old politician has visited Taiwan several times before, having spent his two-year Mormon mission in Taiwan, starting in 1979.
Ministers meet in Manila
Deputy science ministers from Taiwan and the Philippines will meet in Manila tomorrow to discuss collaboration in the fields of science and technology, Representative to the Philippines Raymond Wang (王樂生) said yesterday. The meeting will be chaired by National Science Council Deputy Minister Mou Chung-yuan (牟中原) and Philippine Science and Technology Undersecretary Fortunato T. dela Pena and will examine current cooperation projects, academic exchanges and other joint projects in fields such as meteorology. Since 2009, Taiwan has helped the Philippines build more than a dozen weather stations to enhance typhoon prediction capabilities in an effort to reduce the destruction and loss of life caused by typhoons in both countries.
Spoonbills stay in Chiayi
A group of black-faced spoonbills that flew to Chiayi County to spend the winter were recently found to have remained in a wetland area there, the Taijiang National Park Administration said. Seventeen of the endangered birds were found to have stayed in Taiwan, rather than migrating back to their breeding grounds in the north, the agency said. The failure of the birds to migrate north is a significant finding for wildlife conservation reference, the agency said, adding they are being observed. If the foraging environment remains stable in Taiwan, the birds might settle permanently in Taiwan, the agency added.
City women outnumber men
There were 92 men per 100 women in Taipei as of the end of last year, representing one of the highest women-to-men ratios in the country, the latest statistics from the Ministry of the Interior showed. The higher percentage of women in Taipei was attributed by the ministry to a preference among males in the capital to seek overseas job opportunities, coupled with women’s longer life expectancy. A higher women-to-men ratio was also seen in metropolitan areas such as New Taipei City (新北市), Hsinchu City and Greater Taichung, where there were roughly 98 men per 100 women, and in Chiayi City, where there were 96 men per 100 women. Deputy Minister of the Interior Chien Tai-lang (簡太郎) said there were also more women moving to metropolitan areas, which also contributed to a higher percentage of women than men in the bigger cities. Meanwhile, there were more men than women in the more rural areas, such as Lienchiang County, where there were 136 men per 100 women, followed by Taitung and Yunlin, where there were 109 men to every 100 women.