DPP HQ burgled ‘at random’
Cho Jun-ki, the South Korean national suspected of breaking into Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) headquarters, was unaware of the building’s political affiliation, Criminal Investigation Bureau officials said yesterday. Cho allegedly stole NT$90,000 from the DPP’s offices earlier this month. The Chinese-language Apple Daily said he might be an international spy given that he had targeted the China Affairs Department within the party’s headquarters. However, the bureau said that Cho picked the building at random after leaving the nearby Sheraton Grand Taipei Hotel, because it was the most eye-catching building in the area. After he got through security, Cho allegedly went to the eighth floor, where he looked inside drawers, but did not tamper with any computers or electronic documents, the bureau said. There were no hard drives, USB sticks or electronic documents on Cho when he was apprehended. The suspect, who is now in prison, is wanted in several countries, including South Korea and the Philippines.
Storm heading to Philippines
A tropical storm has formed east of the Philippines, but is not expected to have any significant effect on Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. However, its outer bands are to bring rainfall to Hualien and Taitung counties and areas in the south until tomorrow, the bureau said. The storm is expected to hit the Philippines before moving to Macau, which could begin to see the effects by Monday, the bureau said, adding that travelers to Macau and the Philippines are advised to be on the alert.
Weapons aid stability: Tsai
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday said plans to build military aircraft and vessels would help maintain stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. As a responsible stakeholder in regional security, Taiwan has been raising its investment in defense, strengthening its military capabilities and enhancing its information security, Tsai said while meeting a delegation led by US Representative Rob Wittman, who serves as chairman of the US House of Representatives Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. Tsai expressed confidence that the values of freedom, democracy and human rights upheld by Taiwan and the US will continue to shape the future of the Asia-Pacific. Wittman said he was happy to see Taiwan’s efforts to ensure regional prosperity and regional development, and expressed his appreciation to Taiwan for its leadership in the Asia-Pacific region.
MOU inked with Switzerland
Representative to Switzerland Gu Ruey-sheng (谷瑞生) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with representatives from the University of Zurich (UZH), the Representative Office of Taiwan in Bern said. Gu represented the Ministry of Education in signing the MOU, Taiwan’s first research-study program in Switzerland, with UZH division of social and business psychology professor Klaus Jonas and Wolfgang Behr of the Istitute of Asian and Oriental Studies. The program is to involve a wide range of academic subjects, including culture, history, politics, cross-strait relations, environmental protection and sociology. It is a milestone in Taiwan Studies attracting greater international attention, Gu said. From next month to September 2019, the university is to schedule courses, lectures and academic activities about Taiwan, while employing academics from Taiwan and Europe, the office 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’
NEW CASE REPORTED: A man who returned from South Africa on a flight with the nation’s 460th and 461st cases has now tested positive for the disease The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said that there is no need to test all arrivals to the nation for COVID-19, a policy the Executive Yuan supports. The center reported one new imported case, bringing the nation’s tally of confirmed cases to 477. The new case is a Taiwanese man in his 60s who on July 25 returned from South Africa, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), who is also the CECC’s spokesman. The man had returned to Taiwan on the same flight as cases Nos. 460 and 461, reported on July 27, Chuang said. On July 24,
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