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Pundits see ‘positive’ US relationship with Tsai

By William Lowther

Washington will work hard to have a “positive and constructive” relationship with president-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), a US expert on Asia said on Monday. “The US has a vital interest in what it considers to be the status quo — maintaining peace and stability,” said AlanFULL STORY

Earthquake Aftermath: Survivor recounts collapse ordeal

After propping himself against a wall for 20 hours to avoid smothering his girlfriend, Ko Ching-chung’s strength was draining away. The young couple had been trapped in Saturday’s pre-dawn collapse of the Weiguan Jinlong complex in Tainan’s Yongkang District (永康) following a strong earthquake. Outside,FULL STORY

Earthquake Aftermath: Japan, US, China thanked for their aid

The government has extended its appreciation to Japan, the US and China for their generosity in the wake of the magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck southern Taiwan early on Saturday, killing at least 41 people. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday thanked Japan forFULL STORY

Poets, writers and illustrators to attend book fair

The Pulitzer Prize-winning US poet Robert Hass will be among the authors attending the 2016 Taipei International Book Exhibition, which is scheduled to open on Tuesday next week. Hass, who was US poet laureate from 1995 to 1997, will take part in a talk atFULL STORY

Annual Pingsi Sky Lantern Festival opens tomorrow

The annual Pingsi Sky Lantern Festival in New Taipei City’s Pingsi District (平溪) opens tomorrow with the launch of a 2.4m-tall main lantern full of fingerprints and blessings, organizers said. Festival activities are to be held on three days: tomorrow, Sunday and on Feb. 22.FULL STORY

Zihnan Temple top money choice: survey2016-02-09

Zihnan Temple (紫南宮) in Nantou County’s Jhushan Township (竹山) is the No. 1 choice for people wishing to pray during the Lunar New Year for wealth and good fortune, according to an online poll conducted by the Web portal Yam. At the temple, where theFULL STORY

Earthquake Aftermath: Loan rejection may be clue to shoddy building2016-02-09

By Yimou Lee

Before the Weiguan Jinlong building in Tainan’s Yongkang District (永康) collapsed in the earthquake before dawn on Saturday, a young couple living on the 14th floor had already been given a clue that the building was unsafe. However, it came too late. Chen Yi-ting and her husbandFULL STORY

Earthquake Aftermath: Destruction in Tainan caused by ‘site effect’: experts2016-02-09

The destruction in Tainan following a strong earthquake on Saturday was largely due to a geological factor called the “site effect,” which was why the city sustained more serious damage than the area of the quake’s epicenter, Central Weather Bureau (CWB) Director-General Shin Tzay-chyn (辛在勤)FULL STORY

Earthquake Aftermath: Soup kitchens spring up to feed rescuers2016-02-08

By Huang Chia-ling, Wu chun-feng and Jonathan Chin

As rescuers struggled to save people still trapped in the ruins of the collapsed Weiguan Jinlong building in Tainan’s Yongkang District (永康) amid a cold snap, volunteers set up soup kitchens nearby to provide hot food for rescue workers and relatives of the missing. The CentralFULL STORY

Earthquake Aftermath: Premier promises all-out effort to help city, people2016-02-08

By Stacy Hsu

Premier Simon Chang (張善政) yesterday pledged to provide all necessary assistance to the Tainan City Government and people affected by Saturday’s earthquake, which has killed 29 people and injured more than 500. Chang made the remarks after visiting people wounded after the magnitude 6.4 quakeFULL STORY

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