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Visa privileges offered to boost visits

The New Southbound Policy Office is to begin expanding into the Southeast Asian market with a plan aimed at boosting visits by Southeast Asian tourists to Taiwan through visa-free privileges, the head of the office said. The office is to coordinate with the relevant authorities toFULL STORY

Ministry to take into age into account in picking envoys

By Lin Liang-sheng

Age will be one of the determining factors in future appointments of diplomats, Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee (李大維) said, after lawmakers expressed concerns over the average age of the nation’s diplomats. Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Liu Shih-fang (劉世芳) said the average age ofFULL STORY

Taiwan Shipbuilding calls for unity on goal

By Lo Tien-pin and Jake Chung

Taiwan’s largest shipbuilding company called on the nation’s three major shipbuilders to set aside their differences and band together to achieve the goal set by the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of building submarines. The Tsai administration has highlighted domestically produced submarines and training aircraftFULL STORY

Spokesman retracts Line remark after media fury

By Loa Iok-sin

Executive Yuan spokesman Tung Chen-yuan (童振源) said he would be available to journalists 24 hours a day after he was criticized for saying that he would only answer media queries through the Cabinet’s media group on the social networking app Line and urging reporters notFULL STORY

Aborigines given landowner papers to traditional land

The Kaohsiung City Government on Saturday presented certificates of land ownership to 60 Aboriginal households to enable them to recover the rights they once held to traditional tribal lands. Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) handed out the certificates for 110 plots covering 100 hectares duringFULL STORY

Hualien Mayor Tien Chih-hsuan dies of lung cancer at 56

By Loa Iok-sin

Hualien Mayor Tien Chih-hsuan (田智宣), who was the only Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) member to have been elected as a municipal official in Hualien and was considered a pioneer for the party in an area that is overwhelmingly pro-Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), died yesterday atFULL STORY

US politician inspired by Taiwanese relative

California State Treasurer John Chiang (江俊輝), who recently announced he was throwing his hat in the ring for the state’s 2018 gubernatorial election, says one of his Taiwanese grandfathers inspired him to become a lawyer and enter public service. Chiang was born in 1962 inFULL STORY

Continue 2G subsidies: telecoms

By Shelley Shan

The nation’s main telecom companies have urged the government to continue to provide subsidies to 2G service users to facilitate their migration to more advanced services before the 2G service licenses expire in June next year. National Communications Commission statistics show Taiwan still had about 710,000FULL STORY

Northern Taiwan bakes under heat

By Shelley Shan

A southwest wind and a downdraft air stream brought scorching heat to northern Taiwan yesterday, with some cities reporting their highest temperatures recorded so far this year. Central Weather Bureau forecaster Chang Hsin-hua (張心華) said the hot weather was mainly caused by a southwest wind, whichFULL STORY

Black shield wasp settles in Taiwan

By Chen Wei-han

A hornet species seen across Southeast Asia was found to have settled in Taiwan, raising the number of hornet species in the nation to nine, while the impact of the introduced species on the environment is yet to be evaluated, the Forestry Bureau said lastFULL STORY

Giant ‘inauguration’ egg close to cracking record

A hen in Tainan laid an egg that weighed three times more than normal and nearly broke the world record for the heaviest chicken egg. The hen, part of a flock kept by Lin Shih Su-hsia (林施素霞) in her fruit garden in Sigang District (西港),FULL STORY

Incident at nuclear power plant still under investigation

By Chen Wei-han

Taiwan Power Co (Taipower) yesterday said that it is still investigating what damaged a surge protection device at the Guosheng Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s Wanli District (萬里) earlier this month, while dismissing allegations that the incident was caused by an explosion. ThreeFULL STORY

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