The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said that it was “optimistic and hopeful” about bilateral ties after reports that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is to be replaced by CIA Director Michael Pompeo.
At a routine news conference in Taipei, Department of North American Affairs Director-General Remus Chen (陳立國) said Pompeo was “an extraordinary friend” of Taiwan.
When Pompeo was a member of the US House of Representatives, he voted in favor of Taiwan’s participation in Interpol and the International Civil Aviation Organization, and sent a congratulatory note to President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) after her election, Chen said.
The government was grateful to Tillerson for his contributions to the strengthening of the Taiwan-US friendship, he said.
At his confirmation hearing in February last year, Tillerson said that the US was committed to the “six assurances” and during his tenure he supported arms sales to Taiwan, Chen said.
Despite US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton’s comments earlier this month regarding recognition of Taiwan, the US Department of Commerce and US Small Businesses Administration senior officials have continued to visit the nation and show goodwill, Chen said.
“Taiwan and the US will continue to cooperate under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework, regardless of future appointments at the US Department of State,” he said.
“Taiwan-US cooperation is based on the foundation of mutual goodwill and the two sides will keep improving the partnership on substantive issues,” he added.
POPULAR MAN: Respondents to a new opinion poll gave the health minister a higher favorablity rating than they did the president, 91.9 percent to her 67.6 percent Local government leaders are angling to invite Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) to visit their areas, as the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) confirmed that its head would visit Tainan this weekend as part of the center’s efforts to promote a “new disease prevention lifestyle”and local tourism. The visit last weekend by Chen and top health officials to Pingtung County’s Kenting (墾丁) saw them greeted enthusiastically, with people thanking them for protecting the nation during the COVID-19 outbreak, and trying to get Chen’s photograph or autograph. The Hawaiian-style shirts worn by the group and the traditional wooden sandals that
PROTECTING BONES: Nearly 40 percent of women over the age of 60 do not exercise regularly, data show, but a doctor said that fitness is key to preventing bone erosion Older women should exercise regularly, with mild resistance training, to maintain muscle strength, a doctor in Kaohsiung said. Women’s bones begin to rapidly weaken following menopause, and one in three older women experience a bone fracture, Kaohsiung Municipal Ta-Tung Hospital physician Chen Chung-huan (陳崇桓) said. Ministry of Health and Welfare statistics show that nearly 40 percent of women over the age of 60 do not exercise regularly, and many say that exercise is futile, as there is no cure for osteoporosis, he said. However, exercise can be helpful for bone growth in older women, he added. A person’s bone quality peaks during their 20s,
Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) lawmakers yesterday accused President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of playing politics on Hong Kong and demanded clarification regarding the suspension of the Act Governing Relations with Hong Kong and Macau (香港澳門關係條例). Hong Kong faces increased pressure and more severe restrictions after the Chinese government proposed a new national security law to deal with the former British colony. TPP lawmakers expressed concern about the deteriorating conditions in the territory, saying that Taiwan should help defend Hong Kong’s democracy. TPP Legislator Lai Hsiang-lin (賴香伶) cited Tsai’s comments about suspending parts or all provisions of the act, telling a news conference in Taipei
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications would on July 1 begin promoting the second phase of “disease prevention tours,” Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said yesterday, after the Central Epidemic Command Center on Tuesday announced that it would lift many restrictions on June 7. Details of the tours would be unveiled in a week, Lin said. Lin made the announcement at a news conference for the launch of the first phase of the tours, which are expected to see the participation of about 300,000 tourism industry representatives. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, received