DPP pushes for special law to hold referendum on nuclear power plant (2014/04/17)

The DPP wants to scrap Taiwan’s fourth nuclear power plant before it begins operations. On Wednesday, the party proposed new draft legislation that would lead to a referendum on the nuclear plant. The new bill would bypass Taiwan’s existing referendum law, which requires a high turnout for the vote’s results to be valid. 

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In meeting with legislative committee, industrial representatives back services trade pact (2014/04/17)

In a meeting organized by the Legislature’s Finance Committee, business representatives gave generally positive marks to the services trade pact Taiwan signed with China. One representative said Taiwanese enterprises have alternative channels to compete in China now, but would eventually fall behind without the pact’s passage. 

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Earth-friendly Clothing (2014/04/17)

A clothing designer has developed a new type of t-shirt made from discarded coconut rinds. 

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Taiwan research team develops ultra-fast visible laser internet (2014/04/17)

A Taipei research team has developed a new kind of visible laser wireless internet technology that can transmit information at ultra-fast speeds. The researchers say it is up to 100 times faster than the latest 4G technology. 

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Su Tseng-chang makes first public appearance after withdrawing from DPP chairman race (2014/04/16)

Su Tseng-chang made his first public appearance today after announcing that he will not seek another term as DPP chairman. He said he will stump for candidates in the year-end elections but will not run. As for the presidential election in 2016, Su simply said he is taking matters one step at a time. 

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KMT lawmakers express disappointment over pace of party reform (2014/04/16)

By withdrawing from the race to become next chairman of the DPP, Su Tseng-chang is paving the way for a generational transition. His example has led KMT lawmakers to urge Ma Ying-jeou, who is president and chairman of the KMT, to also create opportunities for a new generation of leaders to rise to the top of the ruling party. But Ma made no such concessions in a caucus meeting last night. 

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China’s Taiwan Affairs Office slams stalled review of services trade pact (2014/04/16)

In a press conference today, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said there is no precedent for renegotiating cross-strait agreements. It also wrote off initiatives to create a monitoring mechanism for cross-strait agreements as a ploy by Taiwanese independence forces to put the two-state theory into law. 

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Questioning of student protesters could soon begin (2014/04/16)

Reports say that two students who led the recently ended occupation of the Legislature could face questioning within a week. Another student who made inflammatory comments against the chief of Zhongzheng First Precinct has already received a summons notice. 

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Wang Wei-chung talks about facing big league batters following his first appearance (2014/04/16)

After becoming the 11th Taiwanese baseball player to play in the major leagues, pitcher Wang Wei-chung discussed the experience and his approach to big league batters. 

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Leading Companies Hiring (2014/04/16)

Signs of strength returning to the economy have led to increased hiring at major enterprises. The Wowprime, Hon Hai and Ruentex groups have already announced plans to expand their workforces, and Farglory Group followed suit today. 

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