Hsinchu station turns 100
A descendant of Japan’s imperial family attended the celebration of the Hsinchu Railway Station’s 100th anniversary yesterday along with Hsinchu Mayor Hsu Ming-tsai (許明財). Tsuneyasu Takeda, who is the great-great-grandson of the Meiji Emperor, described the station as a precious asset that had served the public for a century and said he hoped that Japan and Taiwan could continue their close friendship. Expressing his gratitude to Taiwan for its help after the earthquake and tsunami that battered Japan in 2011, Takeda said he hoped that the Hsinchu Station and Tokyo Station, which will celebrate its 100th birthday next year, could become sister stations to symbolize the countries’ bond.
Rains bring little relief
Recent rains have done little to refill the nation’s depleted reservoirs or ease the water shortages that are increasing around the country, Water Resources Agency Director-General Yang Wei-fu (楊偉甫) said yesterday. Despite rains bringing 15mm to 60mm of precipitation to northwestern Taiwan, Yang said the reservoirs had accumulated limited rainfall because the downpours of the past two days had only lasted briefly and were not concentrated in catchment areas. The Shihmen Reservoir (石門水庫) in Taoyuan County, which has already begun first-stage water rationing measures, was one of the reservoirs that did get a bit of relief. Yang said the rainfall did help farmers and slighlty reduced agricultural demand for reservoir water, but it was still too early to say how much the precipitation had helped overall water supplies.
Local man missing in China
A Taiwanese man went missing in southern China on Saturday after the boat he was on capsized in the Guilin area, Chinese media reported yesterday. Xinhua news agency said that the boat, carrying 16 tourists, overturned due to rapid currents and skipper error in a river in Guilin’s Guanyan scenic area. Chinese officials confirmed that the boat was on a sightseeing tour in a cave on the river when it suddenly flipped over. The report said 15 people had been rescued, but the Taiwanese man was still unaccounted for. The man, identified by his surname, Hsu (許), was from Jinshan District (金山) in New Taipei City (新北市), and was reportedly in his 60s, the Travel Agent Association of Taiwan said. Preliminary information received by the association indicated that Hu was visiting China with relatives or friends and was not with a tour group. As of yesterday afternoon, rescue efforts were still ongoing.
Taipei hotel prices rising
The average hotel prices paid by Chinese tourists in Taipei were appreciably higher last year than a year earlier because of growing tourist demand, the results of a survey by an online hotel reservation company showed yesterday. The Hotels.com survey found that Chinese tourists paid 10 percent more for hotel rooms in Taipei and 8 percent more for rooms in other places around the country last year than in 2011, Hotels.com senior marketing manager Jessica Chuang (莊佩芙) said. Taiwan was included in the Web site’s Hotel Price Index report for the first time last year because the nation has become a popular destination among Chinese travelers, Chuang said. China is the largest source of foreign tourists in Taiwan, followed by Japan. The survey also found that Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong and Kyoto were Taiwanese travellers’ favorite destinations last year.
Proposed legislation in the US outlines three conditions in which Washington would be authorized to protect Taiwan were China to invade, a report said yesterday. US Representative Ted Yoho this month said he would introduce a Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which would authorize US military force if China were to invade Taiwan-controlled areas, including its outlying islands. According to a version of the bill obtained by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister paper of the Taipei Times), the bill lists three conditions in which a US president would be authorized to use military force to protect Taiwan: If China uses military force
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
Two new commuter trains are scheduled to be launched in January next year, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said yesterday. The acquisition of EMU-900 commuter train cars is part of the railway operator’s plan to replace 589 train cars that have been in operation for more than three decades. The agency has also placed orders to buy 600 intercity train cars. The first batch of 20 EMU-900 cars is to be delivered to the nation in September, although delivery might be delayed until October due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said. The batch would be formed into two trains of 10
‘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