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.
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.
The primary goal of Taipei's visit to Singapore is to examine Singapore’s public housing system because the Taipei City Mayor is pushing for building public apartments in Taipei.
Human Rights Watch reported in September, 2014 that there are thousands of migrants and refugee teenagers detained in police lock-up or immigration facilities in Thailand because of their identity. Every year, hundreds of teenagers are detained indefinitely by the Thai government, which deteriorates the children and teenagers’ growth and development.
The Taiwanese government has been providing less support for ASEAN countries either in political loans or other support, using the excuse of financial crisis and modifications on external policies. But due to the strong support provided by other countries, Taiwan has become increasingly less visible in ASEAN.
Last month, a landslide in the same mountainous area in Kachin State killed 114 people. The landslide occurred in Hpakant, an area where lies the source of virtually all of the world's finest jadeite, a near-translucent green stone that is enormously prized in neighboring China and attracts the poor-stricken workers to risk their lives mining over the place.
China also emphasized the need to boost people-to-people exchange between the two countries to further foster comprehensive cooperation, especially in economics and trade, hoping to solve the current imbalanced economic relationship between the two nations.