Taiwan should seek to deepen engagements with US states in its efforts to advance relations with the US rather than focusing only on ties with Washington, a former White House national affairs adviser said in Taipei yesterday.
Stephen Yates, who served as deputy national security adviser to former US vice president Dick Cheney, suggested that Taiwan should seek meaningful, substantive relations with high-profile US states in order to further ties between the two sides.
In an interview with the Central News Agency, Yates said Taiwan should focus such ties on areas like agriculture and security issues, including arms procurement.
It is important for Taiwan to find strategic benefits for itself and those states, which could in turn help push Washington toward further cooperation, he said.
Most Americans have a positive view of Taiwan, but now fewer and fewer Americans think about Taiwan, he said.
He attributed this to the easing of tension across the Taiwan Strait, which has reduced US concern about war between Taiwan and China.
So many people think cross-strait dialogue is close, and they think that Taiwan has made a decision to purchase peace by shifting toward China, he said.
This has led to the concept that we do not have to think about Taiwan anymore, and the subsequent neglect of the country, he said.
Seeking to engage more with US states could also be a way to bring more US attention to Taiwan, Yates said.
“I think there is opportunity for Taiwan to rebuild an audience, for people to know that Taiwan exists, [that] it’s making meaningful contributions to American development,” he said.
He also stressed the importance of Taiwan trying to find out what it can do to fit Washington’s strategic purpose as part of its efforts to seek closer relations with the US.
DOING ENOUGH? The HPA budgets NT$1.3 billion to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but has no separate budget to fight teen drinking, a doctor said The government should step up alcohol education and prevention efforts, and allocate more of the budget to it, doctors said on Friday, citing the high consumption of alcohol among Taiwanese adolescents. One out of four 12-to-17-year-olds has consumed alcohol, said Yen Tsung-hai (顏宗海), director of Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Department of Clinical Toxicology. The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) budgets NT$1.3 billion (US$43.9 million) annually to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but it has not allocated a separate budget for preventing teenage drinking or excessive alcohol use, Yen said. “There is no so-called ‘safe drinking level’ for minors,” because any amount consumed
The Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo held in Taipei over the weekend has sparked controversy, after a participant allegedly contravened the Act on Offenses Against Sexual Morality (妨害風化罪) by publicly exposing her private parts during a photo shoot. The two-day event opened at the Expo Dome at the Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, attracting numerous comic and anime creators, cosplayers, photographers and fans. Allegedly, a female cosplayer who was not wearing any underwear lifted up her skirt and revealed her private parts at an outdoor photography area near the venue. Event organizers said yesterday that to prevent indecent exposure, they have since
DREAMING OF TRAVEL: About 7,000 people applied for the experience, with about 60 chosen for the first flight yesterday, which includes boarding an airplane Starved of the travel experience during COVID-19? Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) has the solution — a fake itinerary where you check in, go through passport control and security, and even board the aircraft. You just never leave. The airport yesterday began offering travelers the chance to do just that, with about 60 people eager to get going, albeit to nowhere. About 7,000 people applied to take part, with the winners chosen by random. More fake flight experiences are to take place in the coming weeks. “I really want to leave the country, but because of the pandemic, lots of flights cannot fly,”
SOUTH WINDS: Taiwan’s southeastern region, as well as central and southern regions, would see regional showers and thundershowers, the Central Weather Bureau said Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in the afternoon in the next two days might cause damage in affected areas, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday, urging people to stay vigilant. With the weakening of a Pacific high-pressure system and with a frontal system in the north moving south, the nation would come under the influence of southwest and south winds today, the bureau said. People in the nation’s southeastern region, as well as in central and southern Taiwan, are likely to experience regional showers or thundershowers, it said. Chances of afternoon thundershowers are high nationwide, and people in some regions