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US-China forum shows split on Taiwan

A semi-official meeting between US and Chinese representatives earlier this month exposed how wide the gap is in how they gauge developments in cross-strait relations, the conference report released on Thursday showed. During the annual Forum on Asia-Pacific Security, which is held by the National CommitteeFULL STORY

Taiwanese told to watch out after N Zealand crash

By Stacy Hsu

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday urged people overseas to be more mindful of their personal safety, after a young Taiwanese woman on a working holiday visa in New Zealand was reported killed in a car accident. A report in the New Zealand HeraldFULL STORY

Low on funds, Ko expects tough re-election campaign

By Lee I-chia

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s (柯文哲) new book is No. 1 on the best-seller list of the nation’s largest online bookstore and his new personal Line account has gained more than 50,000 followers, but he said he still expects it will be difficult to win re-election,FULL STORY

INTERVIEW: Tariffs and quality issues plague banana exports: expert

Liberty Times (LT): How much does it cost to produce bananas in Taiwan? How competitive is local produce on the international market? Kuo Tai-cheng (郭泰呈): The production cost for Taiwanese bananas is about NT$6 per kilogram. In the Philippines and elsewhere, that could be less thanFULL STORY

DPP brass come out in support of Yao mayoral bid

By Lee I-chia

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei mayoral candidate Pasuya Yao (姚文智) yesterday held his first large election event in the city. The event started at 7pm in front of DPP headquarters on Beiping E Road, with many supporters wearing neon-green T-shirts that read “TAIWAN TAIPEI,” and wavingFULL STORY

DPP hopeful hosts mayor as he opens Hsinchu City office

By Tsai Chang-sheng and Jake Chung

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Hsinchu City councilor nominee Chen Chien-ming (陳建名) yesterday opened his campaign office in preparation for the nine-in-one elections on Nov. 24. Formerly a secretary to Hsinchu City Mayor Lin Chih-chien (林智堅) and the brains behind many of the city’s policies, Chen isFULL STORY

Labor groups hold rally outside AmCham offices

By Lin Chia-nan

A coalition of labor rights groups yesterday demonstrated in front of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei (AmCham) and burned the organization’s Taiwan White Paper to protest its call for another amendment to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法). In the paper published on June 6,FULL STORY

Government innovation drive sees success

By Chien Hui-ju and Jake Chung

Government efforts to promote start-ups and innovative technology is seeing some success, with AP Plasma Corp applying plasma technology to shoe manufacturing, and PicSee becoming a must-have tool for uploading one’s daily life onto social networking platforms. The traditional shoe industry has long used a highlyFULL STORY

County promotes last of the lychees

By Tsai Chang-sheng and Jake Chung

A promotional event for lychees and other agricultural products grown in Hsinchu County was held yesterday morning, with six fruit orchards on Shibajianshan (十 八尖山) opening their gates to the public, the Hsinchu City government said. The event was held to teach Taiwanese more about agricultureFULL STORY

Military sisters donate to alma mater

By Liu Wan-chun and Jonathan Chin

Three sisters from a military family on Tuesday donated NT$10,000 to Tainan’s Deguang Catholic High School, their alma mater, as a gesture of thanks. They are attending or have graduated from US military academies with scholarships. Hu Chia-yu (胡家瑜), Hu Chia-lin (胡家琳) and Hu Chia-chi (胡家琪)FULL STORY

Association urges swimmers to be aware of dangers

By Chan Shi-hung and Sherry Hsiao

Nearly 90 percent of drowning or near-drowning accidents happen to people who know how to swim, Yunlin Elementary School principal Wei Gho-shein (魏國賢) said yesterday. Apart from not warming up properly, the main reasons that people drown or almost drown are because they have too muchFULL STORY

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