■ Displays Samsung set to splash out \n \nSamsung Electronics Co, the world's largest maker of liquid-crystal displays (LCD), plans to spend 452.7 billion won (US$394 million) to increase LCD production, the company said in a release to the Korea Stock Exchange. The company will disclose how much of the amount is an increase to this year's total spending budget and how much will be spent next year during its third-quarter earnings announcement on Oct. 17, said Kevin Jeong, a company spokesman. Samsung said it will spend the money on its No. 6 production line located in Chonan, south of Seoul. The money will be used to raise output at the line to 100,000 sheets a month. The plant produces screens made of sheets of semiconductor-coated glass that measure 1.1m by 1.3m. \n \n■ Employment \nWomen beat men to jobs \n \nWomen are more likely than men to work as managers in white-collar professions, a new study says, a significant change since similar research was done in the US 25 years ago. Thirty-nine percent of American women -- compared to 28 percent of men -- held managerial jobs in professions including law and medicine, according to the survey by the New York-based Families and Work Institute. In similar research done in 1977 by the US Department of Labor, only 24 percent of women held managerial jobs. The figure has remained relatively steady for men over the same period of time, at about 30 percent. "The occupational profile of women has changed to reflect the fact that their education level is higher than that of men," said Ellen Galinsky, president of the not-for-profit institute. \n \n■ Employment \nJapan's jobless rate falls \n \nJapan's jobless rate fell to a two-year-low of 5.1 per cent in August, down from July's 5.3 per cent, the government announced yesterday. The number of unemployed totalled 3.33 million, down 280,000 from a year earlier. It was the third straight monthly decline, the government said. The ratio of job offers to job seekers was 0.63 in August up from the previous month's 0.62, meaning 63 jobs were available for every 100 job seekers. In a separate report, the government said spending by Japanese wage-earning households rose a real 2.2 per cent in August from the previous year, biggest gain in two decades. Wage-earning households spent an average of ?328,498 (US$2,959) per month in August. Household spending is a key gauge of personal consumption, which accounts for about 60 percent of Japan's gross domestic product. \n \n■ Communications \nChina boom hinders Russia \n \nNorthern China's communications boom threatens the communi-cations industry in neigh-boring Russian regions, a senior official here said yesterday. "The Chinese companies' signals fill up the airwaves in the border areas and interfere with Russian mobile operators' grid," deputy presidential representative in Russia's Far East Alexander Drozdov told a seminar. The communi-cations industry is already slumped in the poverty-stricken region, where only 28 to 40 percent have regular telephones and less than one percent use mobile phones, Drozdov said. In addition, "Chinese radio and television, which are broadcast on Russia's border regions, run programs and ads in Russian, thus stripping local media of clients," he added. "We must negotiate and find compromises in this case with our Chinese partners," Drozdov urged.
SCHEDULE: The delegation is due to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen this morning and witness the signing of an MOU on bilateral health cooperation in the afternoon US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar yesterday arrived in Taipei aboard a US government plane at the head of a delegation that is the highest-level visit by a US official since Washington switched diplomatic recognition to China in 1979. Azar’s flight landed at Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) at 4:48pm, nearly one hour earlier than scheduled, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The apron where it landed is reserved for military aircraft, the Songshan Air Force Base Command said. The members of Azar’s delegation included HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Robert Kadlec, HHS Chief of Staff Brian
CHINESE FIGHTERS: Beijing marked the US Cabinet member’s visit by briefly sending two warplanes across the median line of the Taiwan Strait yesterday morning President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday met with US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar in the highest-level official meeting between the two nations since 1979. “It is a true honor to be here to convey a message of strong support and friendship from [US] President [Donald] Trump to Taiwan,” Azar said during the open portion of his courtesy call to the Presidential Office, which was streamed live online before Tsai and Azar held a closed-door meeting. “Taiwan’s response to COVID-19 has been among the most successful in the world, and that is a tribute to the open, transparent,
‘CROSS-STRAIT CONSIDERATIONS’: Groups said that the Ministry of Education’s policies excluded Chinese and students should not be blocked over political issues The Taiwan International Student Movement yesterday said it would protest today outside the Ministry of Education in Taipei against a policy that excludes some Chinese students from returning to Taiwan amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Since June 17, the ministry has allowed foreign students from 19 “low risk” and “medium-low risk” countries and regions to enter Taiwan. On July 22, it announced that it was relaxing restrictions to include students from all countries and regions who are graduating this semester and on Wednesday it further expanded entry to students enrolled in degree programs. A letter sent by the ministry on Wednesday to universities did
PARTNERSHIP AND LEARNING: A Princeton University health policy researcher said that the nation would be a ‘treasure trove’ of information for the US health chief US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar on Friday said he wants to learn about Taiwan’s “incredibly effective” response to COVID-19, even though the nation did things that the US has fumbled, such as having a unified strategy and citizens willing to wear masks. Azar leads a US delegation arriving today for a three-day visit to Taiwan. They are to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and health system leaders, and Azar is to give a speech to public health graduates. “The message of this trip is about Taiwan,” Azar said in an interview, deflecting a question about China.