Taiwan News: Kaohsiung Mayoral Hopefuls Square Off in Crucial TV Debate

Taiwan News: Kaohsiung Mayoral Hopefuls Square Off in Crucial TV Debate

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The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)'s Kaohsiung mayoral candidate Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) and his Kuomintang (KNT) counterpart Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) squared off Monday night in their only head-to-head TV debate ahead of the Nov. 24 election.

The antagonists focused on problems facing Kaohsiung, such as industrial transformation, the city's hefty debt, a challenging tourism environment, and people leaving the city to find work elsewhere.

If elected, Chen said he would establish a one-stop window for investors to facilitate clusters for semiconductors and smart industries, promote agricultural products in overseas markets, and expand the MRT network to Luzhu and Linyuan districts to close the gap between urban and rural areas in the city.

Han reiterated his plan to tap into the oil reserves of Taiping Island in the South China Sea as a way to improve the fiscal position of the Kaohsiung city government.

The bulk of the debate was spent with Chen attempting to wrong-foot Han over his lack of a connection to Kaohsiung, while Han chipped away with barbs designed to paint Chen as a continuation of a DPP rulership that has run out of ideas for reinvigorating the city.

Independents Chu Mei-feng (璩美鳳) and Su Ying-kuei (蘇盈貴) are also vying for Kaohsiung mayor but were not invited to participate, and they trail the two primary candidates by a wide margin in the opinion polls.


Taiwan's special envoy to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit has returned to Taiwan.

Morris Chang (張忠謀) was non- committal Monday when he returned to Taiwan after the summit concluded in Papua New Guinea a day earlier.

Chang was greeted by National Security Council Secretary-General David Lee (李大維) at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and left without making any comments.

Speaking at a press conference Sunday in Port Moresby to mark the conclusion of his trip, Chang told reporters that he successfully completed his mission at the summit.

According to Chang, he met and had "friendly and candid" interactions with over a dozen APEC leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, United States Vice President Mike Pence, and the prime ministers of Japan and Singapore.

Both Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and US Vice President Mike Pence posted confirmation of this on social medial.

Credit: Lee Hsien Loong's Facebook
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (R) takes tea with Morris Chang and his wife Sophie during the APEC Leaders' Meeting in Papua New Guinea.


Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) arrived in the Marshall Islands Monday for a three-day visit that will celebrate 20 years of diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said Wu will mark the anniversary today, before leaving tomorrow.

Upon his arrival, Wu was greeted by the Marshall Islands' vice minister of foreign affairs and trade, and the designated ambassador to Taiwan.

Wu was also presented with a certificate as the first person with Republic of China citizenship to enter the country visa-free.

MoFA announced last week that reciprocal visa-free stays of up to 90 days between Taiwan and Marshall Islands citizens would take effect beginning Nov. 19.


The Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) is urging voters not to be "influenced by emotion or prejudice" when they cast their votes in the Nov. 24 referendums.

Ten referendums will be held alongside local government elections that day, including one that asks voters whether they agree that Taiwan should apply to participate in all international sporting events using the name "Taiwan" rather than "Chinese Taipei."

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has repeatedly made clear that the name "Chinese Taipei" cannot be changed because it was determined in the 1981 Lausanne agreement.

The IOC has indicated that any external interference could be considered a violation of the Olympic Charter and result in Taiwan losing its Olympic membership.

Shen Yi-ting (沈依婷), secretary-general of the CTOC, expressed concern about the future of Taiwan's participation in international games and hope that the rights of its athletes will not be deprived.

CTOC President Lin Hong-dow (林鴻道) will convene a meeting with the committee's members on Sunday, the day after the name change poll, to discuss the referendum results.


Inspectors have caught over 200 cases of pork from swine-flu-affected areas being smuggled in to Taiwan.

Officials say since mid-October, customs officers have stopped 209 items of pork products from China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and other Asian countries.

Measures to guard against such meat products have been stepped up since an outbreak of African Swine Fever in mainland China.

So far, 74 cases have been recorded across 19 Chinese provinces and regions.

The disease causes fatalities in all cases of infection.

Officials say 419 samples from confiscated pork items have been tested for swine fever, and one has been confirmed as positive.


Taiwan's manufacturing sector continued to ride the wave of strong global demand in the third quarter as its production value rose on a year-on-year basis for an eighth straight quarter.

Data compiled by the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed the output value of local manufacturers rose 8.39 percent in the July-September period from a year earlier to NT$3.63 trillion (US$117 billion), after a 9.05 percent increase in the second quarter.

The output of electronics component makers totaled NT$978.1 billion, up 2.53 percent from a year earlier, on the back of launches of mobile devices by international brands and an increase in prices of dynamic random access memory chips.

Looking ahead, the fourth quarter is a traditional peak season for the local electronics industry and is expected to drive up the output of Taiwan's overall manufacturing sector for the ninth straight quarter.

The ministry cautioned, however, that the sector could be hurt by rising trade friction between the United States and China and a downtrend in raw material prices.


The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) is launching a cheese certification program in Taiwan next year to teach up-and-coming food industry professionals about cheese.

According to an AIT statement, the program is an industry-academic partnership between the U.S. Dairy Export Council and the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism.

Graduates of the "USA Cheese Specialist Certification Program" will receive the designation of USA Cheese Specialist.

AIT officials say the effort will help forge closer ties between the U.S. dairy industry and Taiwan's food industry.

The program is scheduled to launch in 2019.

Credit: Reuters / TPG
Peter Lovis (L), proprietor of the Concord Cheese Shop, and Francesco Gallo push a 400-pound (181 kg) wheel of Crucolo cheese over the curb down a red carpet on the street to the shop in Concord, Massachusetts December 1, 2011. Scores of people turned out to watch the parade of what was billed as the world's largest cheese.


Cambodia Airways is opening a new route tomorrow to links Siem Reap in Cambodia with Taichung in central Taiwan.

The airline will operate two flights a week between the two destinations.

Airline officials say its maiden flight tomorrow is already fully booked.

The airline also plans to launch a new route between Phnom Penh and Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan in the future.

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