Cold and rain forecast
A cold wave over the weekend is to bring temperatures down to 23oC to 24oC in northern Taiwan, while lows are expected to dip to 21oC to 23oC, the Central Weather Administration said on Thursday. The lowest temperatures during this wave of northeasterly winds are expected to occur on Monday and Tuesday next week, with lows of 19oC to 20oC and highs of 22oC to 23oC forecast in northern Taiwan, while the mercury would be 1 to 2 degrees lower in northern coastal areas, agency forecaster Huang En-hung (黃恩鴻) said. The approaching northeasterly winds are unlikely to significantly affect southern Taiwan, where highs are predicted to hit 30oC, Huang said. In terms of precipitation, areas north of Taoyuan, Hualien and Taitung are forecast to see intermittent rain this weekend, while the northern coast of Keelung and northeastern regions would see heavy rain, Huang said. On Monday and Tuesday, with reduced moisture, only areas north of Taoyuan and eastern Taiwan would still see occasional rainfall. As the northeasterly winds wane, the weather would become relatively stable on Wednesday and Thursday next week, with highs of 26oC to 27oC forecast in northern areas. However, more northeasterly winds are forecast to arrive on Friday next week, bringing cooler temperatures and rain to northern Taiwan, Huang said.
Chinese rocket detected
A Chinese rocket carrying a satellite flew over the nation on Thursday night, but was traveling on a trajectory above the atmosphere, the Ministry of National Defense said. The rocket, detected at 7:23pm, was identified as a Long March rocket on a mission to send a satellite into orbit and was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province, the ministry said in a statement. The armed forces were on high alert and took appropriate measures to ensure air safety, it said. A similar incident was reported on Oct. 5, when the ministry detected a Long March rocket carrying a satellite into orbit outside the atmosphere that was passing over the nation’s air defense identification zone.
Estonia playing with fire: MP
A senior Estonian lawmaker warned against the Baltic nation’s plan to allow Taiwan to open an office in the country, saying the move risks provoking China and undermining regional security. The comments reveal a divide in Estonia’s ruling party over how much the Baltic nation should risk its ties with Beijing with closer relations with Taiwan. Toomas Kivimagi, a lawmaker in Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas’ Reform Party and deputy speaker of the Estonian parliament, took issue with the decision to host the non-diplomatic office. He said that during his meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Estonia Guo Xiaomei (郭曉梅) earlier in the week, she told him that she might leave the country should Taiwan open an office. “There’s no point in playing with fire,” Kivimagi said in an interview. “It’s not smart for us to ruin relations with China. I don’t want to escalate the situation.” Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Wang Wenbin (汪文斌) on Wednesday said that China opposes any official exchanges with Taiwan “in any form.” The Estonian government last week gave its backing for a potential office under the name Taipei, emphasizing that it would not engage politically with Taiwan and that it continues to support the “one China” policy. The decision came ahead of a visit by Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) to the region this week.
Japanese lawmakers have been refraining from visiting China for fear of being arrested and not being able to return, while Taiwan is a popular destination, Japan’s Sankei Shimbun reported. As 120 Japanese Diet members visited Taiwan last year and fewer than 10 went to China, Beijing hopes that they could visit China more often, Japanese Ambassador to China Kenji Kanasugi was cited as saying during a meeting of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday last week. Kanasugi was in Japan to attend the Conference of the Ambassadors to Asian and Oceanian Countries and International Organizations, which was held on Thursday and Friday
A Singaporean social media streamer who goes by the pseudonym Kiaraakitty faked an egg attack by an alleged passerby during a livestream in Kaohsiung on Feb. 9, the city’s police department said on Saturday. The department was responding to the streamer’s claim earlier this month that a stranger had thrown eggs at her during a recent visit to Kaohsiung. Kiaraakitty is known for posting provocative content on livestreaming sites such as Twitch and Discord, as well as other social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. She also posts on paid adult content Web site OnlyFans. In the video dated Feb. 9,
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