Temblor felt around nation
An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted Taiwan yesterday, but there was no immediate report of damage or casualties. The quake occurred at 9:16am with its epicenter 63km east of Hualien, 11.7km under the sea, the Seismological Observation Center said. The quake was felt all over the island. The MRT system in Taipei suspended operation for a few minutes.
Coast guard rescues skipper
The coast guard has rescued a skipper kidnapped by a Chinese fishing boat after a collision, officials said yesterday. The coast guard also brought back 11 Chinese crew and two fishing vessels to Penghu for questioning, the Coast Guard Administration said in a statement. Lu Ching-man (呂清滿), skipper of a 68-tonne fishing boat based in Penghu, was kidnapped by the crew of one of the Chinese boats after the two craft reportedly collided in the Taiwan Strait on Monday morning, it said. Three coast guard patrol boats rushed to the scene upon receiving a mayday distress call from other sailors on the Taiwanese boat.
Huge museum park planned
Tainan County is set to become home to Asia's largest museum park after a six-year-old plan to build a metropolitan park in Jenteh (仁德) Township was brought back to life with the injection of new funds from the Ministry of the Interior and the Chi Mei Group. The NT$600 million (US$18 million) project is being jointly developed by the Tainan County Government and state-owned Taiwan Sugar Corp. Chi Mei Group has pledged to spend NT$1 billion to build a museum in the park. A ceremony will be held Friday for Chi Mei to present the gift to the county government. According to the plan, the Tainan Museum Park will cover 40 hectares and will present indigenous cultures, industries, landscapes and customs, while stressing coexistence with the local ecology.
Taiwan-Japan Forum opens
The 2005 Taiwan-Japan Forum opened in Tokyo yesterday, with the participation of government officials, think tank scholars and business executives from the two countries. Among the participants will be President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) chief of staff, Yu Shyi-kun, who arrived in Tokyo on Monday with a 20-plus member delegation to the annual conference. The 2005 Taiwan-Japan Forum is being co-sponsored by the Taipei-based Foundation on International and Cross-Strait Studies and the World Peace Research Institute of Japan.
Activists expect big crowd
Over 3,000 pro-independence activists are expected to attend the "Taiwan Republic national flag-raising" ceremony slated for tomorrow in front of the Presidential Office, the convener of the 908 Taiwan Republic Movement said yesterday. Wang Hsien-chi (王獻極) made the prediction at a news conference for the upcoming activity, which will be held to mark what he called "Taiwan Independence Day," which falls on Sept. 8 -- the date that Japan gave up its territorial claims to Taiwan after signing a peace treaty with the Allied nations in San Francisco in 1951. He urged those who support the campaign to join the Sept. 8 flag-raising ceremony, which he described as "the first of its kind in 400 years." Wang said that five young people will read a statement of the Taiwan Republic Movement in five different languages.
A series of discussions on the legacy of martial law and authoritarianism are to be held at the Taipei International Book Exhibition this month, featuring findings and analysis by the Transitional Justice Commission. The commission and publisher Book Republic organized the series, entitled “Escaping the Nation’s Labyrinth of Memory: What Authoritarian Symbols and Records Can Tell Us,” to help people navigate narratives through textual analysis and comparisons with other nations. The four-day series is to begin on Thursday next week with a discussion between commission Chairwoman Yang Tsui (楊翠), Polish-language translator Lin Wei-yun (林蔚昀), and Polish author and artist Pawel Gorecki comparing
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT: A US Air Force KC-135 tanker came less than 1,000 feet of an EVA plane and was warned off by a Taipei air traffic controller, a report said A US aerial refueling aircraft came very close to an EVA Airways jet in the airspace over southern Taiwan, a military aviation news Web site said. A report published by Alert 5 on Tuesday said that automatic dependent surveillance–broadcast (ADS-B) data captured by planfinder.net on Wednesday last week showed a US Air Force KC-135 tanker “coming less than 1,000 feet [305m] vertically with EVA Air flight BR225 as both aircraft crossed path south of Taiwan” that morning. The report included an audio recording of a female controller from the Taipei air traffic control center telling the unidentified aircraft that it was
MOVING OUT: A former professor said that rent and early education costs in Taipei are the nation’s highest, which makes it difficult for young people to start families The population of Taipei last year fell to the lowest in 23 years due to high rent, more transportation options and the expansion of northern cities into a single metropolis, academics and city officials said on Monday. Data released this month by the Ministry of the Interior showed that the capital was home to 2,602,418 people last year, down 42,623 from 2019. The decline is second only to 1993, when the population fell by 42,828 people, while Taipei’s population was the lowest it has been since 1997. Taipei saw the biggest drop among the six special municipalities, while Taoyuan led the group in
‘EFFECTIVE DETERRENCE’: If the Biden administration suspends arms sales to Taiwan, the military could still ready a nimble fighting force for defense, an analyst said The “US Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific” last week sparked debate among analysts after US President Donald Trump declassified the document 20 years ahead of schedule. Trump on Tuesday last week released the document that had governed US strategic action in the region since the US leader approved its use in 2018. The document, which outlines US priorities in the region, emphasizes the importance of defending Taiwan against military aggression and facilitating the country’s development of asymmetric strategies and capabilities. The overall directive of the document is for the US to prevent China from establishing sustained air and sea dominance inside the first