Tsai reaffirms commitment to deepening Taiwan-US trade ties | President Tsai Ing-wen said Dec. 9 that Taiwan is committed to starting negotiations with the U.S. on a bilateral trade agreement and expanding relate

Tsai reaffirms commitment to deepening Taiwan-US trade ties

Tsai reaffirms commitment to deepening Taiwan-US trade ties

Tsai reaffirms commitment to deepening Taiwan-US trade ties

Tsai reaffirms commitment to deepening Taiwan-US trade ties

Tsai reaffirms commitment to deepening Taiwan-US trade ties

Tsai reaffirms commitment to deepening Taiwan-US trade ties
Tsai reaffirms commitment to deepening Taiwan-US trade ties
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President Tsai Ing-wen said Dec. 9 that Taiwan is committed to starting negotiations with the U.S. on a bilateral trade agreement and expanding related exchanges across the board to boost economic growth.
 
Taiwan is a reliable commercial partner for the U.S., Tsai said. This is evidenced by the number of U.S.-headquartered heavyweights such as Amazon.com Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Google LLC and Microsoft Corp. setting up innovation and R&D centers in the country, she added.
 
Other U.S. companies to invest in Taiwan include Micron Technology Inc. and Applied Materials Inc., said Tsai, with the former investing NT$66 billion (US$2.17 billion) into a center of excellence for DRAM while the latter launched a display manufacturing center and laboratory at Southern Taiwan Science Park in Tainan City.
 
Tsai made the remarks while receiving a delegation led by Ian Steff, assistant secretary for global markets and director general of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, at the Presidential Office in Taipei City.
 
The delegation is visiting on a five-day fact-finding trip to discuss economic, trade, and investment issues and to take part in the third Taiwan-U.S. Digital Economy Forum.
 
According to Tsai, Taiwan’s economic relationship with the U.S. is going from strength to strength. This healthy state of affairs is illustrated by Taiwan sending the largest delegation among all participants who attended the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit, she added.
 
Tsai also expressed appreciation for Steff signing a joint letter in September with Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell and Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Ken Isley urging Fortune magazine’s top 500 companies to strengthen commercial ties with Taiwan.
 
In light of the U.S.-China trade conflict, Tsai said, the government will continue to secure Taiwan’s irreplaceable role in the global high-tech supply chain, adding that working alongside the U.S. for mutual benefit and prosperity is key to achieving a successful outcome. (YCH-E)
 
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Recognizing Beijing imperils Taiwan allies' sovereignty: US official

Recognizing Beijing imperils Taiwan allies' sovereignty: US official

Washington, Dec. 9 (CNA) A U.S. State Department official warned Monday that allies of Taiwan who switch recognition to Beijing could be imperiling their sovereignty, citing risks such as debt and Chinese influence in domestic policymaking.

Speaking at the Global Taiwan Institute in Washington, Jennifer Spande, deputy director for Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands, reaffirmed the U.S. position that the Chinese campaign to steal Taiwan's diplomatic allies is a threat to stability in cross-strait relations.

Spande said the U.S. was not trying to dictate to anyone, but rather counseling prudence regarding the sovereignty issues involved in changes in policy by Taiwan's allies in the Pacific, so that the countries can remain "free from foreign coercion or domination."

"A region in which countries maintain their freedom of choice will be a more prosperous and secure one," Spande said.

China has successfully pressured seven countries around the world (including two in Oceania) to sever formal ties with Taiwan and recognize Beijing in the last three years, leaving Taiwan with only 15 diplomatic allies.

Despite the trend, however, newly-elected governments in both the Marshall Islands and Tuvalu have reaffirmed their support for Taiwan, Spande said.

Spande highlighted comments by Tuvalu Foreign Minister Simon Kofe, who said the risks of relations with China include debt as well as pressure to allow the construction of artificial islands and military bases.

More broadly, Spande praised Taiwan as a long-term partner in the Oceania region that works with the U.S. in areas such as natural disaster response, environmental protection and efforts to strengthen the rule of law, and she said the U.S. government hoped to expand areas of bilateral cooperation.

As an example, Spande cited the presence of the State Department's senior official for APEC, Sandra Oudkirk, at the inaugural U.S.-Taiwan Pacific Islands Dialogue, which was held in Taipei in October.

(By Chiang Chinye and Matthew Mazzetta)
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Indonesian in stable condition after carbon monoxide poisoning

Indonesian in stable condition after carbon monoxide poisoning

Taipei, Dec. 10 (CNA) An Indonesian migrant worker who suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning after burning charcoal in a poorly ventilated room in Miaoli County has regained consciousness and is in stable condition, the county's fire bureau said Tuesday.

The incident occurred Sunday, when the victim and three other Indonesians tried to seek warmth from low temperatures by burning charcoal in their dormitory in Tongluo Township, where they are employed at a temple, the bureau said.

Three of them soon started feeling dizzy and nauseous, while the other fell unconscious, according to the Miaoli County Fire Bureau.

The unconscious victim was treated in a local hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning with hyperbaric oxygen treatment, the bureau said.

The hospital's deputy superintendent, Tsai Chien-tsung (蔡建宗), said later that carbon monoxide poisoning is common when appliances such as water heaters or gas stoves are used in a poorly ventilated room or enclosed space.

(By Kuan Jui-pin and Ko Lin)
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Legislature passes revised law to shrink Examination Yuan

Legislature passes revised law to shrink Examination Yuan

Taipei, Dec. 10 (CNA) The Legislative Yuan on Tuesday passed a law amendment that would allow for the number of Examination Yuan members to be reduced by more than half and to also cut the length of their terms.

Under the newly passed amendment to the Organic Act of the Examination Yuan, the membership of the body will shrink from 19 to between seven and nine, while their terms will be reduced from six years to four.

The current members, however, will be allowed to complete their six-year terms, the law states.

It also lays out the eligibility requirements for new members, stating that they must be either published authors in an academic or technical field, have at least 10 years work experience as a professor or senior civil servant, or be a noted author or an inventor.

The amendment also forbids members of the Examination Yuan from accepting any jobs in China during their term in office.

The Examination Yuan, one the five branches of government, is responsible for the hiring of civil servants and evaluation of their performance and also deals with matters such as their salaries and retirement.

Those functions are handled by the Ministry of Examination, which also designs and administers tests for the selection and promotion of civil servants and special government personnel.

(By Wang Yang-yu and Evelyn Kao)
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