China warns on textile deal
China will not sign any textile agreement that hurts its textile industry, the Commerce Ministry said yesterday in its first reaction to the breakdown of the latest round of talks with the US. "China will not sign any agreement which will hurt China's rights and is unfavorable towards the healthy development of its textile industry," the commerce ministry said in a statement. The two sides walked away from the talks, originally scheduled for two days, after the morning session Thursday without an agreement or even a date for another round. China and the EU averted a trade war in June when they agreed to limit the growth of 10 Chinese textile exports to 8.5-12.5 percent until the end of 2007.
EU to hold meeting on trade
EU foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting next week on world trade talks, which have long been mired in crisis because of trans-Atlantic disputes over farm aid, diplomats said yesterday. The meeting in Luxembourg next Tuesday was called by France to discuss the WTO negotiations but will also assess bird flu developments and aid to quake-stricken Pakistan. France, which has an important farm lobby and has always come out in defense of farm subsidies, called the emergency meeting to make sure the EU will not make excessive concessions during to the talks and does not exceed its mandate. The talks at the World Trade Organization to revamp global trade flows need progress to make the deadline for an outline agreement at a meeting in Hong Kong in December.
Yamaha sues distributors
Yamaha Motor Corp is suing two distributors of motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles and a dealership, accusing them of violating its copyright and trademark rights by selling Chinese-made knockoffs of Yamaha-brand vehicles in the US. The complaint was filed Wednesday against Yamoto Motor Corp, Patriot Motorcycles Corp and Family Motor Sports Inc. It seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages and a court order forcing the defendants to destroy any products or materials that infringe on the Yamaha Motor's trademarks. Yamaha Motor claims Yamoto has adopted a corporate trademark, logo design and Web site address that's nearly identical to Yamaha's in order to trade on Yamaha's name and reputation to help fuel sales of copies of Yamaha motorcycles and ATVs.
Toyota recalls Prius cars
Toyota Motor Corp issued a recall yesterday for about 160,000 Prius cars sold mainly in the US and Japan due to a potential software glitch that may cause the hot-selling gas-electronic hybrid to stall. A spokesman said there were no safety concerns but Toyota had decided to offer repairs free of charge. The problem may cause the gasoline engine to stall but the electrically powered brake and steering operation would continue to function normally, he added. The voluntary recall follows an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the US into complaints about problems with the Prius stalling. The administration said in June that it had received 33 reports of engine stalling in last year's and this year's models of Prius vehicles. Over 85 percent of the incidents occurred when the car was being driven at speeds ranging from 56kph to 104kph.
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,
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.
Taiwanese-independence advocates yesterday accused former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) of breaking national security laws and called on the judiciary to investigate after his statement that “China will wage a battle, which will be quick and will be the last battle for Taiwan.” Ma showed his true colors “as a mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party” in his speech on Monday when he said the “first battle will be the last,” Taiwan Republic Office (台灣國辦公室) director Chilly Chen (陳峻涵) said. “Ma is threatening Taiwanese by claiming that Beijing will launch a quick invasion of Taiwan, but that the US military will have no