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2016/02/18 | 阿Ken
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.
2016/02/05 | Zou Chi
The UK Responds To Petition, Not Recognizing Taiwan As A State
The petition “Recognise Taiwan as a country” gained over 10,000 signings within 20 days, and the UK government responded to it on February 5, stating its consistent position that they “do not recognise Taiwan as a state.”
2016/02/03 | TNL 編輯
Transparency In The Legislative Yuan Taking A Step Forward
Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan recently decided to grant the press further access to promote transparency after decades of confidential consultative discussion. The newly elected president of the Legislative Yuan, Su Jia-chyuan, says that it will continue to improve openness to meet public expectations.
US Sends Navy Destroyer into the Paracel Islands in Response to South China Sea Dispute
China’s building of artificial islands in the South China Sea has constantly aroused concerns of militarization. Though multiple countries claim partial sovereignty in the area, the US Pentagon sent a navy destroyer to Triton Island on January 30, and stated that the region should be taken as international waters.
2016/01/27 | TNL 編輯
Australian Leaders Unite to Sign Declaration Calling for A Republic
Australia is a constitutional monarchy, with Britain's Queen Elizabeth as head of state. With the declaration, almost all of Australia’s political leaders, including the prime minister and opposition leader, now support the country’s push toward becoming a republic, a move that would be an important assertion of Australians’ national identity.
2016/01/27 | 阿Ken
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.
2016/01/26 | Kenzo
Taoyuan Airport MRT Express to Launch in March Under Loosened Standards
If the contractor keeps failing to fulfill the requirements unrelated to the system’s stability and safety, such as travel time and interval time, the government will consider launching the system first and making improvements along the way.
2016/01/26 | Anita Chow
Safety of Human Rights Activists in China Remains Disturbing
While China recently released Peter Dahlin, a Swedish human rights activist, dozens of people remain detained, including foreigners and Chinese citizens.
2016/01/26 | 阿Ken
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.
2016/01/25 | Kenzo
Feminists Calling For Female Candidates For Presidents of the Legislative Yuan
After the 2016 elections, Taiwan not only elected the country’s first female president, but also a parliament consisting of 38.1% female members. Feminist groups, therefore, call for the DPP to consider female candidates for president and vice-president of the Legislative Yuan.
2016/01/21 | Yang
President Ma Ying-jeou Says Taiwan Must Join Economic Partnerships
Ma says it’s important for Taiwan to take similar actions to sign trade agreements, which is becoming a world economy trend, especially during these times when the function of WTO is weakening and many countries are signing bilateral trade agreements.
2016/01/21 | Yuan
[UPDATE] UK Will Respond to “Recognise Taiwan as a Country” Petition
UK authorities have noticed that the number of signitures has gone over the threshold of 10,000, and they will initiate the responding process in the coming days. Once the signing number reaches more than 100,000, the parliament will consider organizing a debate.
2016/01/19 | 阿Ken
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.