Yunlin runs music festival
Yunlin County is to hold its first music festival along its coastline today to celebrate summer and the area’s love of the ocean. The festival, which will feature a family running event, concerts, art performances and a lucky draw, is also aimed at raising environmental awareness, organizers said. Sharing the spotlight at the festival will be a new museum near the venue that opened early this year, Yunlin County Commissioner Su Chih-fen (蘇治芬) said yestereday. She touted the museum as the Taiwanese version of the remote moorland farmhouse named “Wuthering Heights” that serves as the backdrop of the novel of the same name by British writer Emily Bronte. As isolated as Wuthering Heights, the Taiwan Taisi Haikou Life Museum rises up on the seashore in a beautiful panoramic setting, Su said. The museum offers an authentic glimpse of the lifestyles of people living along the coastal area and introduces aquaculture, one of the economic backbones of Yunlin County, she said.
New Party founder dies
Senior politician Chen Kwei-miew (陳癸淼), who helped found the pro-China New Party in 1993, has died at the age of 81. Chen was surrounded by his family at Cheng Hsin General Hospital when he died. The New Party has extended its condolences to his family members, with party Chairman Yok Mu-ming (郁慕明) commending Chen as a respectable politician. Chen had suffered from kidney and liver disease in his later years. A former lawmaker and acting mayor of what was then Tainan City in the 1990s, Chen helped found the New Party, which broke away from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) in opposition to the leadership style of then-KMT chairman and then-president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝).
Tang winner reveals plans
Chinese-American historian Yu Ying-shih (余英時), the first Tang Prize winner in Sinology, promised on Friday to visit Taiwan for the first time in six years in September and attend the Tang Prize award ceremony and related events in person. Yu, a Princeton University professor emeritus, is regarded by many of his peers as the greatest Chinese intellectual historian of his generation. The 84-year-old said he plans to arrive in Taipei on Sept. 13 and will attend the award ceremony on Sept. 18, deliver a speech the following day, and then participate in a forum on Sept. 20. In addition to his academic pursuits, Yu is an outspoken supporter of the democracy movement in China.
Carey concert sought
The cancelation of Celine Dion’s Taipei concert in October could reopen the possibility of a performance in the city by Mariah Carey, who was vying for the same venue earlier this month. Amy Ko, a promoter at Yu Kuang Music, said they informed Carey’s team immediately once they found out that Taipei Arena was available again, adding that they have not had any response yet. “If we get a positive response from the pop diva, the most likely date for the concert would be Oct. 30,” Ko said. Carey and Dion had been competing to book Taipei Arena from Oct. 27 to Oct. 30, with the Canadian singer winning the time slot. After losing out in Taipei, Carey’s team planned a concert in Manila on Oct. 28. However, on Aug. 13, Dion announced that she had canceled her Asian tour to look after her 72-year-old husband Rene Angelil, who is battling throat cancer.
China’s Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong has asked foreign consulates in Hong Kong to submit details of their local staff, which is more proof that the “one country, two systems” model no longer exists, a Taiwanese academic said. The office sent letters dated Monday last week to consulates in the territory, giving them one month to submit the information it requires. The move followed Beijing’s attempt to obtain floor plans for all properties used by foreign missions in Hong Kong last year, which raised concerns among diplomats that the information could be used for
‘ABNORMITY’: News of the military exercises on the coast of the Chinese province facing Taiwan were made public by the Ministry of National Defense on Thursday Taiwan’s military yesterday said it has detected the Chinese military initiating a round of exercises at a bay area in coastal Fujian Province, which faces Taiwan, since early yesterday morning and it has been closely monitoring the drills. The exercises being conducted at Fujian’s Dacheng Bay featured an undisclosed number of People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) warplanes, warships and ground troops, the Ministry of National Defense said in a press statement. The ministry did not disclose what kind of military exercises are being conducted there and for how long they would be happening, but it did say that it has been closely watching
Vice President William Lai (賴清德) yesterday said that Beijing was trying to “annex” Taiwan, while China said its recent series of drills near Taiwan are aimed at combating the “arrogance” of separatist forces. The Ministry of National Defense earlier this month said that it had observed dozens of Chinese fighters, drones, bombers and other aircraft, as well as warships and the Chinese aircraft carrier Shandong, operating nearby. The increased frequency of China’s military activities has raised the risk of events “getting out of hand” and sparking an accidental clash, Minister of National Defense Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) said last week. Asked about the spurt
Noting that researchers have found that 85 China-based blogs and accounts were spreading a conspiracy theory that a US “meteorological weapon” had caused recent fires in Hawaii, political observers in Taiwan said the nation also needs to be vigilant of Beijing employing similar disinformation campaigns against Taiwan. The untrue content concerning Hawaii was written in 15 languages and disseminated across a myriad of platforms including Facebook, YouTube and X, a report published in Gizmodo said, citing NewsGuard, an online news content ranker. The effort represented the most expansive Chinese informational operation to be uncovered by NewsGuard to date, Gizmodo said. The conspiracy theory