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Taiwan and Japan In Dispute Over Fishing Grounds
After Taiwan and Japan signed the “Taiwan-Japan Fisheries Agreement” in 2013, there have been disputes and complaints from fishermen from both sides. Recently, local fishery groups in Japan have asked the Taiwan-Japan fishing area to be narrowed, raising strong protest from the Suao Fishermen’s Association.
HIV Patients Can Receive Organ Transplants Starting In March
Many developed countries such as the US, UK and Spain all permit HIV patients to receive organ transplants to increase their survival rate. Taiwan also plans to follow in these steps in March and aims to allow HIV patients to donate their organs to other HIV patients in the future.
International Students Will Get To Extend Their Stay In Taiwan After Graduation
In order to attract more foreign talents to boost Taiwan's productivity and competitiveness, the Ministry of the Interior will give international and overseas Chinese students a year after graduating to stay and find a job in Taiwan.
Shortage of Southeast Asian Language Teachers in Taiwan's New K-12 Education Policy
Taiwan’s new curriculum guidelines for its 12-year compulsory education will incorporate Southeast Asian languages into the required courses of local languages in elementary schools. But now the island is significantly short of Cambodian, Filipino and Malaysian teachers.
Taiwan President’s Visit to South China Sea Island Faces International Criticism
On January 28, President Ma Ying-jeou will visit Itu Aba Island in the South China Sea, also known as Taiping Island in Taiwan. The US is disappointed by the trip and says it is extremely unhelpful to the sensitive situation in the area. Vietnam’s representative in Taiwan also strongly protests against Ma’s trip.
UK Grants Qualified Taiwanese Express Customs Clearance
After passing the UK's verification and becoming a RTS program member, one can enter the UK through a UK/EU entry lane or an ePassport-gate in airports with a chip (biometric) passport. Users no longer need to fill in landing cards, consult with immigration officials or have their fingerprints taken at the gate.
Chinese Netizens Bombard Taiwanese President-elect Tsai Ing-wen’s Facebook Page
Chinese netizens organized a campaign to breach China’s Great Firewall on January 20. They did not just leave “anti-Taiwan independence” messages, but some also said they leap over the firewall occasionally because they care about the real world.
New Outlook on Cross-strait Agreements After Presidential Election
Voices from various industries call for a new cabinet to link up the Cross-Strait Goods Trade Agreement, while DPP holds a conservative attitude and asks the current government to continue performing their duties.
Former US Deputy Secretary of State to Visit after Taiwan Elections
Regarding cross-strait relations after Taiwan’s presidential election, United States Department of State announced that the Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken is going to visit China and the US will also send former Deputy Secretary William Burns to Taiwan, where he will meet President Ma to communicate messages from the US to Taiwan and China.
Taiwan Initiates eVisa Program
The eVisa system will allow eligible foreigners from countries not included in Taiwan’s visa waiver program to apply for an eVisa on a convenient one-window online platform, which combines three application procedures.