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  • Report: Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Killing 51 People

    07/23/2014 6:36:08 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jul 23, 2014
    Taiwan's Central News Agency says a plane has crashed in a failed emergency landing, killing 51 people. The news agency cited the head of the fire department in the Taiwanese county of Penghu as saying that seven people were also injured in the crash.
  • 45 feared dead, 9 injured in Penghu plane crash

    07/23/2014 6:35:41 AM PDT · by csvset · 38 replies
    Taiwan News ^ | 23 July 2014 | Elizabeth Hsu
    Taipei, July 23 (CNA) As many as 45 people are feared dead and nine people are injured after a passenger plane operated by TransAsia Airways crashed on the outlying island county of Penghu Wednesday. The local fire department said that the 45 had no life signs after the twin-engine turboprop ATR 72 crashed just outside Magong airport around 7 p.m. The flight, coded GE 222, took off at 5 p.m. in Kaohsiung and was scheduled to land at Magong 35 minutes later. The reason the crash happened over an hour later was not immediately clear. (By Elizabeth Hsu)
  • WATCH: Adorable boy comforts girl on first day of preschool: "Don't worry, I'll protect you"

    07/03/2014 2:56:58 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 22 replies ^ | july 1, 2014 | nancy z
    This delightful video was taken on a girl's first day at a kindergarten. She's clearly worried. The boy sitting next to her, however, is very comforting and reassuring. The video has been trending in Taiwan and people are commenting how 'manly' this little boy is. Their hilarious dialogue has struck a chord with the viewers and the video has become very popular.
  • 5.9-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Taiwan

    05/20/2014 7:57:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    South China Morning Pot ^ | Wednesday, 21 May, 2014
    No reported casualties or damage as yet; epicentre said to be in southwestA 5.9-magnitude earthquake jolted Taiwan today and shook buildings in the capital, the Seismology Centre said. SNIP The quake struck at 8.21am local time, with its epicentre 33.3 kilometres southwest of the eastern city of Hualien, at a depth of 18 kilometres, the centre said. SNIP
  • Large number of Chinese troops seen heading for China-Vietnam border

    05/19/2014 1:30:16 PM PDT · by traumer · 40 replies
    A large number of People’s Liberation Army troops have reportedly been spotted heading towards the China-Vietnam border as tensions between the two countries continue to escalate, reports Hong Kong’s Sing Tao Daily. Sing Tao Daily is generally considered to be aligned to Chinese state media. Thousands of Chinese nationals living or on business in Vietnam have already fled the country amid anti-China riots, which were sparked by a tense standoff between Chinese and Vietnamese naval ships near a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters off the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on May 4. The Chinese foreign ministry...
  • Over 3000 Chinese Evacuated (By Boat & Plane) As Vietnam's Anti-China Riots Escalate

    05/18/2014 4:13:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/18/2014 | Tyler Durden
    China began evacuating hundreds of its nationals from Vietnam (via at least 2 planes and 5 ships) as the anti-China protests have become increasingly deadly following Beijing's attempt to deploy an oil drill in Vietnamese dispuited waters (detailed here, here, here, and here)... *CHINA SENDING 5 SHIPS TO VIETNAM TO EVACUATE CHINESE: XINHUA*HUNDREDS OF VIETNAMESE SECURITY IN CENTRAL HO CHI MINH CITY*VIETNAM PRIME MINISTER ISSUES DIRECTIVE TO PREVENT PROTESTS*VIETNAM GOVT TAKES ACTION TO PREVENT RIOTS: BINH Hundreds of police and security forces are in central Ho Chi Minh city and the Chinese consulate is under heavy guard. Tensions across...
  • More than 20 dead, doctor says, as anti-China riots spread in Vietnam

    05/15/2014 10:17:36 AM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/15/2014 | Nguyen Phuong Linh and Martin Petty
    More than 20 people were killed in Vietnam and a huge foreign steel project set ablaze as anti-China riots spread to the centre of the country a day after arson and looting in the south, a doctor and company officials said on Thursday. A doctor at a hospital in central Ha Tinh province said five Vietnamese workers and 16 other people described as Chinese were killed on Wednesday night in rioting, one of the worst breakdowns in Sino-Vietnamese relations since the neighbours fought a brief border war in 1979. "There were about a hundred people sent to the hospital last...
  • Vietnam and China face off in South China Sea

    05/07/2014 10:03:42 AM PDT · by mojito · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/7/2014 | Nguyen Phuong Linh and Michael Martina
    Vietnam said on Wednesday a Chinese vessel intentionally rammed two of its ships in a part of the disputed South China Sea where Beijing has deployed a giant oil rig, sending tensions spiraling in the region. The foreign ministry in Hanoi said the collisions took place on Sunday and caused considerable damage to the Vietnamese ships. Six people sustained minor injuries, it said. "On May 4, Chinese ships intentionally rammed two Vietnamese Sea Guard vessels," said Tran Duy Hai, a foreign ministry official and deputy head of Vietnam's national border committee. "Chinese ships, with air support, sought to intimidate Vietnamese...
  • Taiwan Is the Success Story, not China

    05/05/2014 3:07:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | May 5, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Which nation is richer, Belarus or Luxembourg? If you look at total economic output, you might be tempted to say Belarus. The GDP of Belarus, after all, is almost $72 billion while Luxembourg’s GDP is less than $60 billion. But that would be a preposterous answer since there are about 9.5 million people in Belarus compared to only about 540,000 folks in Luxembourg. It should be obvious that what matters is per-capita GDP, and the residents of Luxembourg unambiguously enjoy far higher living standards than their cousins in Belarus. This seems like an elementary point, but it has to be...
  • Japan's indigenous stealth fighter to fly this year amid arms race worries

    04/17/2014 5:22:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Wednesday, 16 April, 2014 | Julian Ryall
    Development of ATD-X jet part of Tokyo's effort to upgrade its defence capabilities; analysts warn it could spark claims of arms race in Asia The ATD-X's engines produce 5,000kg of thrust. Photo: SCMP A prototype of Japan's first domestically produced stealth fighter will get airborne before the end of the year, a significant development in Tokyo's efforts to improve its defence capabilities. Known as the Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X (ATD-X) fighter, the aircraft is being developed by the defence ministry's research institute and a number of private companies, primarily Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera told the Diet's defence committee...
  • New material enables 1,000-meter super-skyscrapers

    06/18/2013 12:15:36 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 79 replies
    The Register ^ | 18 June 2013 | Rik Myslewski
    A Finnish company says that it has solved a problem that has vexed the designers of ultra-tall skyscrapers such as the 828-meter Burj Khalifa in Dubai or the 509-meter Taipei 101 in Taiwan – and we'll pause for a moment to let you guess what that problem might be. Ready? It's the fact that elevators are currently limited to a maximum travel distance of around 500 meters. The Burj Khalifa, in fact, has an elevator that holds the world record for the longest travel distance: 504m (1,654 feet). And what's keeping elevators from exceeding that limit? Time for another pause...
  • U.S. Warns China Not to Attempt Crimea-Style Action in Asia

    04/04/2014 8:22:30 PM PDT · by kristinn · 54 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | Thursday, April 3, 2014 | David Brunnstrom
    China should not doubt the U.S. commitment to defend its Asian allies and the prospect of economic retaliation should also discourage Beijing from using force to pursue territorial claims in Asia in the way Russia has in Crimea, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. Daniel Russel, President Barack Obama's diplomatic point man for East Asia, said it was difficult to determine what China's intentions might be, but Russia's annexation of Crimea had heightened concerns among U.S. allies in the region about the possibility of China using force to pursue its claims. "The net effect is to put more pressure...
  • Taiwan Parliament Occupied by protesters 1st time in History

    03/18/2014 6:09:24 PM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 42 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/18/14 | CNN blog
    For the first time in history, the Taiwan Parliament (Legislative Yuan) was occupied by protesters, who fought against a trade agreement with China. = Live Update = Live broadcast stream of the protest Inside the Parliament Outside the Parliament At 08:00 3/19. Rumor goes that the government had called police from other cities to Taipei. At 06:20 3/19. The 2000 protesters oudside the Parliament started to REMOVE the police. Numerous policemen were lifted by protesters and moved out of the Parliament. At 06:00 3/19 Police started to remove protesters from the floor. Fei-Fan Lin (林飛帆), the leader...
  • China warns of dangerous Russia sanctions 'spiral'

    03/13/2014 5:29:43 PM PDT · by xzins · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 13, 2014 | Noah Barkin and Andreas Rinke
    China's top envoy to Germany has warned the West against punishing Russia with sanctions for its intervention in Ukraine, saying such measures could lead to a dangerous chain reaction that would be difficult to control. In an interview with Reuters days before the European Union is threatening to impose its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War, ambassador Shi Mingde issued the strongest warning against such measures by any top Chinese official to date. "We don't see any point in sanctions," Shi said. "Sanctions could lead to retaliatory action, and that would trigger a spiral with unforeseeable consequences. We...
  • Happy Lunar New Year - Taiwan Flash Mob

    02/01/2014 4:56:54 PM PST · by Tainan · 10 replies
    This is from a YouTube posting of a Flash Mob in Taipei, Taiwan and a Lunar New Year Celebration.
  • US-China Rivalry More Dangerous Than Cold War?

    01/30/2014 7:19:37 AM PST · by mac_truck · 24 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 1/28/2014 | Zachary Keck
    The prominent realist international relations scholar John Mearsheimer says there is a greater possibility of the U.S. and China going to war in the future than there was of a Soviet-NATO general war during the Cold War. Mearsheimer made the comments at a lunch hosted by the Center for the National Interest in Washington, DC on Monday. The lunch was held to discuss Mearsheimer’s recent article in The National Interest on U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East. However, much of the conversation during the Q&A session focused on U.S. policy towards Asia amid China’s rise, a topic that Mearsheimer...
  • Chinese billionaire ups reward for whoever can make daughter straight

    01/25/2014 8:42:52 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 69 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Jan. 23, 2014 | QMI AGENCY
    A Chinese billionaire is offering $1B Hong Kong dollars -- or $143,400,000 CAD [$129,574,375.80 USD] -- to any man who can turn his lesbian daughter straight. Cecil Chao Sze-tsung told a Malaysian newspaper his daughter is single, despite the fact she had a commitment ceremony with her longtime partner in 2012, and it's not too late to change her mind about men. But Gigi Chao told the South China Morning Post her father could offer up his entire fortune: "I don't think my dad's offering of any amount of money would be able to attract a man I would find...
  • The giant yellow Rubber Duckie has exploded in Taiwan

    01/02/2014 3:33:53 PM PST · by don-o · 14 replies
    sploid ^ | January 2, 2014
    The giant rubber duckie that has been going around the globe for the past few months—bringing peace and joy to all of humanity—has exploded in Taiwan. RIP good old yellow duckie.
  • Upgraded IDFs carrying cluster bombs to be revealed next month

    12/31/2013 9:24:03 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2013-12-31 | Claudia Liu and Elizabeth Hsu
    Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) Taiwan's Air Force will showcase its upgraded Indigenous Defense Fighters (IDF) Jan. 16, when the Ching-kuo fighter jets will be armed with locally developed Wan Chien weapons systems, the Air Force said Tuesday. Seventy-one out of more than 120 on-duty IDFs saw upgrades by state-run Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. to reinforce air-to-ground combat capacity on the decade-old jets. To take some of the burden off of the nation's F-16 fleet, Wan Chien (literally "ten thousand swords") systems have been added to the IDFs, giving the fighters the ability to fire cluster bombs with a range of...
  • Attrition: Taiwan And The Enemies Within

    12/28/2013 6:01:57 AM PST · by Lower Deck · 1 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 12/28/13 | Anonymous
    Taiwan, like many other nations during the last two decades, is finding that moving from conscription to an all-volunteer military is not easy. For two years now the military has been only able to recruit 30 percent of the soldiers it needs to be all-volunteer by 2014. This is not going to happen until the legislature moves to increase pay and benefits for volunteer soldiers, something taxpayers are not enthusiastic about. If nothing is done to attract more volunteers and conscription is halted on schedule the armed forces will shrink and the ability of the nation to defend itself will...
  • Military acquires submarine-launched Harpoon missiles

    12/26/2013 1:08:02 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2013/12/26 | Claudia Liu, Chen Wei-ting and Sofia Wu
    Taipei, Dec. 26 (CA) The United States has begun delivery of submarine-launched Harpoon missiles this year, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) has said in a report to the Legislative Yuan. The anti-ship cruise missiles will become operational on Taiwan's two Dutch-built combat-capable submarines, the Tuesday report said. The NT$5.87 billion (US$195.46 million) deal, to be fulfilled between 2008 and 2016, is aimed at extending the country's undersea force's strike capability, the MND said. The deal reportedly includes 32 UGM-84L sub-launched Harpoon Block II missiles along with two UTM-84L exercise missiles and two weapon control systems, according to media coverage....
  • U.S. Advises Commercial Jets to Honor China’s Rules

    11/29/2013 5:00:54 PM PST · by kristinn · 77 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Friday, November 29, 2013 | Peter Baker and Jane Perlez
    After an internal debate, the Obama administration has decided to tell American commercial airlines to comply with China's demands to be notified of any flights through a broad swath of international airspace that it has claimed as an air defense zone, officials said Friday. Even as the United States continued to send military planes into the zone in defiance of China's declaration, officials said they expected civilian planes to go along with Beijing's new demands out of an abundance of caution. Officials said they were worried about an accident or unintended confrontation that could endanger civilian passengers. The administration’s decision...
  • China’s Expansionist Designs

    11/30/2013 7:57:58 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | November 30th, 2013 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    The Chinese Defense Ministry last week expanded its Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea, unilaterally increasing its claim on the Japanese administered Senkakus Islands. China is demanding that any aircraft in the Zone must identify themselves and obey air traffic control from Beijing. Any “threats” over the disputed area will be identified, monitored, or engaged according to Chinese policy. Past history has included verbal threats and close formation ramming by outdated fighters. U.S. Response China and Japan both claim ownership of the islets known as the Senkakus while China identify them as Diaoyu. Located in the middle...
  • Gambia breaks relations with Taiwan

    11/14/2013 9:39:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 14, 2013 11:23 PM EST | Peter Enav
    The West African nation of Gambia has cut off relations with Taiwan, the latest country to spurn the island for its mainland rival China. Foreign Ministry spokesman Michael Chen confirmed the move but declined to give a reason behind the move by Banjul, which seems almost certain to lead to the establishment of formal ties between Gambia and China. … With the loss of Gambia, Taiwan is now recognized by 22 countries, mostly small and impoverished nations in Latin America, the Caribbean and the south Pacific. Swaziland, Sao Tome and Principe and Burkina Faso are its only remaining diplomatic allies...
  • New Bird Flu Surfaces in Taiwanese Woman

    11/14/2013 7:38:39 AM PST · by null and void · 11 replies
    MedPage Today ^ | Nov 13, 2013 | Michael Smith
    New Bird Flu Surfaces in Taiwanese Woman Published: Nov 13, 2013 By Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, A novel variant of avian influenza A infected a 20-year-old woman in Taiwan. Note that the woman was treated in May and made a complete recovery, with no indication that she spread the novel virus to anyone else. A novel variant of avian influenza A infected a 20-year-old woman in Taiwan, investigators there are reporting. It is the first reported case of an H6N1 avian virus infecting and causing disease in a human, although very similar viruses are endemic in chickens in the...
  • Ma Ying-jeou pledges against "Taiwan independence"

    11/11/2013 6:43:20 PM PST · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Xinhua News Agency ^ | 11/11/2013 | An
    TAIPEI, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou on Monday said that he will not promote "Two Chinas," "one China, one Taiwan" or "Taiwan independence," inside or outside the island. Ma, also chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) party, made the comments during a speech at a KMT meeting. He said the relationship between Taiwan and the mainland is not a state-to-state one but a special relationship in many aspects. In his speech, Ma reviewed the KMT's efforts over the last five years since the party returned to power. He described them as "beneficial and tangible for the public in...
  • La Fayette frigates' missile upgrade set for 2017

    11/04/2013 12:40:31 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2013/11/04 | By Claudia Liu and Jay Chen
    La Fayette frigates' missile upgrade set for 2017 Taipei, Nov. 4 (CNA) The surface-to-air missiles on the Navy's fleet of La Fayette Class frigates will be replaced with a more advanced system starting in 2017, a senior Naval officer said Monday. The U.S.-made RIM-72C Sea Chaparral missiles will be replaced with Taiwan's own Sky Sword IIs, Navy Chief of Staff Kao Tien-chung said when answering questions at the Legislative Yuan's Foreign and National Defense Committee. The ship-based Sky Sword II, or Tien Chien II, is a variant of the radar guided air-to-air missile developed by the Chungshan Institute of Science...
  • Taiwan demands Apple change map that shows it as part of China

    10/31/2013 7:06:19 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 10/30/2013 | Julian Ryall
    Taiwan has angrily demand that Apple Inc. alter its new map application, which identifies the island nation as a province of China. Users of the iOS 7 and version 10.9 of OS X for the new iPhone and computers have discovered that any search for "Taiwan" automatically produced simplified Chinese characters that read "China Taiwan province." The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei instructed its office in San Francisco to demand that Apple make an immediate correction to the software. "We have made representations to Apple," Kelly Hsieh, head of the ministry's Department of North American Affairs, told reporters in...
  • Strong quake hits Taiwan, sways buildings in Taipei

    10/31/2013 6:56:38 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 10/313/2013 | AP
    A strong earthquake hit eastern Taiwan on Thursday, shaking buildings over a wide area including the capital. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties. The US Geological Survey said the earthquake struck at 8:02 p.m. local time and measured magnitude 6.3. It was centered in a remote mountainous area 45 kilometers (28 miles) south-southwest of the coastal city of Hualian at a depth of just 12 kilometers (7.5 miles), it said. In the capital, Taipei, about 150 kilometers (95 miles) from the epicenter, buildings swayed for more than 10 seconds and startled residents ducked for cover. Taiwan's...
  • M6.6 - 45km SSW of Hualian, Taiwan

    10/31/2013 5:40:34 AM PDT · by Errant · 38 replies
    Very shallow and on land. Depth = 5.8 miles.
  • Broadcast of Chinese military drill reveals map of Taiwan

    10/14/2013 12:26:09 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Nation ^ | 10/14/2013 | Katherine Wei
    A map of Taiwan appeared in a video feed of Guangzhou Military Area Headquarters during China Network Television's broadcast of a drill by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) codenamed “Mission Action 2013B” yesterday. An unnamed source familiar with China's military affairs stated that China has always been attentive to Taiwan's naval affairs and that the Nanjing Military Area Command (MAC) and the Guangzhou Military Area Command are in charge of observing China's southeast seas. The drill was carried out by PLA units stationed in Guangzhou; therefore, it should not be surprising to see a map of Taiwan in Guangzhou...
  • China could invade by 2020, Taiwan’s military says

    10/09/2013 1:52:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    France 24 ^ | 10/09/2013 | (France 24 with wires)
    If China’s two-decade-long arms buildup continues at current rates, the mainland will be able “to take Taiwan by force before the end of 2020” despite any moves by Taiwanese allies such as the US to repel an invasion, Taiwan’s military said Tuesday. … China’s annual military spending has grown by double-digit rates on average for the past 20 years or so, according to the 2013 National Defense Report. The study added that China’s capacity for weapons research and manufacturing had also greatly increased and had come to pose “a grave threat to Taiwan”. China produces much of its military hardware...
  • Taiwan develops ‘smart’ munitions against China

    09/22/2013 10:27:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies ^ | 9/21/13 | staff
    Taiwan’s air force will be armed with “smart” munitions before the year’s end that could be used against any Chinese invasion by striking airfields and harbours on the mainland, media reported Saturday. The new weaponry, developed under a project codenamed “Wan Chien” (Ten Thousands Swords), is scheduled to be carried by dozens of Taiwan’s fighter jets. The island nation began developing its own smart weapons after the United States - Taiwan’s main arms supplier - refused to sell them guided bombs. Taiwan’s air force plans to upgrade 60 fighters before the year’s end, with the last six being refitted and...
  • Typhoon weakens, moves toward HK (Hong Kong)

    09/21/2013 11:37:27 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | 09/22/2013 | Lee I-chia
    Typhoon Usagi came closest to Taiwan yesterday afternoon and is moving away from the nation in the direction of Hong Kong, but heavy rainfall is still expected to continue throughout today, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. As of 7:15pm, Typhoon Usagi had weakened slightly, with its center 140km southwest of Oluanpi (鵝鑾鼻). The wind speed near its center was 48 meters per second in a radius of 280km and the typhoon was moving west-northwest at 19kph. The bureau said that the land alert for Usagi may possibly be lifted as soon as this morning. The center of the typhoon...
  • Typhoon Usagi moves through SE Asia

    09/21/2013 3:14:09 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 21 September 2013 Last updated at 00:55 ET
    Heavy rain and howling winds are lashing the northern Philippines and Taiwan as Typhoon Usagi goes through the Luzon Strait which divides them. Villages have been evacuated, ferries suspended and flights cancelled. Meteorologists say the storm is the most powerful this year and will bring a cumulative rainfall of 1,000mm (39in) as it heads towards China. The authorities there have announced a red alert ahead of the expected arrival of the storm on Monday. The US Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Centre said on Friday that Usagi was packing sustained winds of 240 km/h (150 mph), with gusts of up to...
  • ROC Navy unveils "High Efficiency Wave Piercing Catamaran" at TADTE 2013 show

    08/26/2013 4:06:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 20 August 2013
    ROC Navy unveils "High Efficiency Wave Piercing Catamaran" at TADTE 2013 show At TADTE 2013, the Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition, ROC Navy (Republic of China - Taiwan) unveiled a vessel currently under construction by the Lung-De Shipbuilding Corporation dubbed the "High Efficiency Wave Piercing Catamaran (WPC)" The High Efficiency Wave Piercing Catamaran is Taiwan's Navy future Littoral Combat Ship solution under the Hsun Hai program. With a length of 60.4 meters this corvette size vessel is designed for littoral operations. A sign on display at the show indicated: "In order to face the increasing threat across the Taiwan...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Moonset from Taiwan

    08/14/2013 3:12:26 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    NASA ^ | August 14, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: It took three worlds to create this simple image. The first world was the Earth, which was quite prominent. The dividing line running horizontally below the middle separates sea from sky. On this part of the Earth, it was almost nighttime. The second world was the Moon, which was almost invisible. The Moon had its unilluminated half masked by the red sunset glow of Earth's sky. A thin sliver of the new Moon was visible, a crescent that traces the bright curving line. The third world was the Sun, which does not appear directly. All of the light recorded...
  • President Obama vetoes Samsung patent ban on iPhone 4 and select iPads

    08/03/2013 9:42:05 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    The Verge ^ | August 3, 2013 | Dante D'Orazio
    President Obama vetoes Samsung patent ban on iPhone 4 and select iPads Dante D'Orazio on August 3, 2013 The Obama administration has stepped in today to veto an import ban Samsung won from the International Trade Commission to prevent the iPhone 4 and some iPads from coming into the US. The move marks the first time since 1987 that a President has interfered with an ITC order. Such import bans, which effectively prohibit the sale of certain devices, have come under scrutiny from the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission as more companies are seeking the bans (instead of...
  • Obama Administration Vetoes Ban on Sale of Some Apple Devices

    08/03/2013 12:06:20 PM PDT · by Monty22002 · 61 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8/3/2013 | BRENT KENDALL
    The Obama administration on Saturday vetoed a U.S. trade body's ban on the sale of some Apple AAPL +1.28%iPhones and iPads, a rare move that upends a legal victory for smartphone rival Samsung Electronics Co. 005930.SE +0.47% U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman made the decision to veto the ban on the Apple devices, citing concerns about patent holders gaining "undue leverage." He said Samsung could continue to pursue its patent rights through the courts.
  • Taiwan lawmakers brawl over nuclear plant bill

    08/02/2013 10:32:44 AM PDT · by DFG · 7 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 08/02/2013 | AP
    Taiwanese lawmakers exchanged punches and threw water at each other Friday ahead of an expected vote that would authorize a referendum on whether to finish a fourth nuclear power plant on the densely populated island of 23 million people. Nuclear power has long been a contentious issue in Taiwan and became more so following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011. While many Taiwanese consider nuclear power generation an unacceptable safety risk for the earthquake-prone island, economic analyses suggest disruptive power shortages are inevitable if the fourth plant is not completed.
  • Taiwan simulates 2017 invasion by China

    07/15/2013 7:42:54 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 10 replies
    PressTV ^ | o7/15/2013 | AR/KA
    Taiwan has started a computerized military exercise to simulate a scenario of China’s launching of an invasion on the island in 2017. The five-day maneuver that started on Monday is part of Taiwan’s biggest annual military drill with this year’s exercise being codenamed 'Han Kuang 29', AFP quoted defense ministry officials as saying. The Taiwanese defense ministry said that the drill simulates a surprise attack followed by a large-scale invasion by China in 2017. It did not, however, provide any explanation as to why the scenario was being considered for that specific year. “Over the past few years, ties across...
  • Taiwan Makes Pitch for Purchase of F-35 Fighter Jets

    07/12/2013 4:42:15 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    China News Agency ^ | July 11, 2013
    Taiwan Makes Pitch for Purchase of F-35 Fighter Jets WASHINGTON --- A delegation from the Taiwan-US Inter-Parliamentary Amity Association of Taiwan's Legislature said Wednesday in Washington that Taiwan wants to purchase advanced F-35 fighter jets that best suit its defense needs. Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator and Association Chairman Lin Yu-fang briefed reporters in Washington after the delegation's meeting at the Pentagon with David Helvey, deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia, to discuss Taiwan's needs for advanced defense weaponry. The delegation members, in their capacity as the Republic of China (ROC) lawmakers, also met with Gregory Kausner, deputy assistant secretary...
  • Hawaiian Airlines says aloha to Taipei, adding 7th Asian destination

    07/09/2013 8:54:16 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    KHON ^ | 07/09/2013 | KHON
    It’s the latest addition to its expanding international network and seventh Asian gateway destination. The departure of HA 807 followed gate side festivities that included Hawaiian music and hula, performance honoring the Taiwanese culture, traditional Hawaiian blessing, and presentation of lei to passengers boarding the inaugural flight. “The demand for service to Hawaii from the Taiwan market has been growing and we are delighted to respond to the strong interest by delivering our new non-stop service to and from Taipei,” Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Mark Dunkerley said. “The Hawaiian Islands are the ideal midpoint destination, perfectly situated to offer...
  • Panic in the Philippines Over Taiwan Diplomatic Crisis

    05/22/2013 9:23:13 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 17 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 05/22/2013 | TexGrill
    If news reports correctly reflect public sentiment, it seems fair to deduce that worry and frustration are rising in the Philippines amid diplomatic tension with Taiwan, triggered by the tragic killing of a 65-year-old Taiwanese fisherman by members of the Philippine Coast Guard on May 9 in Balintang Channel. Angered by the incident, Taiwan has made four demands: a formal apology, compensation, punishment for the guilty officers, and fishing talks. Taiwan has since stopped issuing work visas to Filipinos and has conducted military exercises near Philippine waters. To make matters worse, Filipinos, especially politicians, did not immediately recognize the political...
  • Daggers Drawn by Philippines and Taiwan in Latest South China Sea Dispute

    05/21/2013 12:54:16 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 9 replies
    The American Interest ^ | May 19, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    Filipino police shot a 65-year old Taiwanese fisherman in the neck a few days ago in the latest dispute to heat up the South China Sea. Things escalated quickly after the “accident” and now two American allies are at each other’s throats. The Philippines apologized twice for the “accident,” in which the coast guard riddled the fisherman’s boat with dozens of bullets, but Taiwan was having none of it. Taiwan recalled its ambassador and stopped accepting applications from Filipino workers applying to live in Taiwan. Then the Taiwanese navy held threatening drills near the spot where the fisherman was killed....
  • China lays claim to Okinawa as territory dispute with Japan escalates (2 star general quoted)

    05/16/2013 8:24:20 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 36 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 15 May 2013 | Justin McCurry
    China is attempting to open a new front in its territorial dispute with Japan by questioning Tokyo's sovereignty over the island of Okinawa, home to 25,000 US troops. The two countries are already pushing rival claims to the Senkakus, a chain of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea that are controlled by Tokyo. The dispute over the islands, known as the Diaoyu in China, has hit bilateral trade and sent diplomatic relations to their lowest point for decades. Beijing began its attempt to broaden the territorial dispute earlier this month when the communist party newspaper, the People's Daily, ran...
  • Taiwan confirms first H7N9 bird flu case outside China

    04/24/2013 9:28:20 AM PDT · by null and void · 29 replies
    France24 ^ | 4/24/13
    AFP - Taiwan on Wednesday reported the first case of the H7N9 bird flu outside of mainland China. The 53-year-old man, who had been working in the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou, showed symptoms three days after returning to Taiwan via Shanghai, the Centers for Disease Control said, adding that he had been hospitalised since April 16 and was in a critical condition. A passenger (right) has her temperature checked by a Centers for Disease Control staff member at the entrance of Sungshan Airport in Taipei on April 4, 2013. Taiwan on Wednesday reported the first case of the H7N9...
  • China Deploys Carrier Killer Missile Near Taiwan

    04/23/2013 6:14:32 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 26 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 23, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Asian Security: As Korea festers, our friends in Beijing have deployed near Taiwan a powerful missile designed to take out U.S. aircraft carriers as Beijing strengthens its ability to prevent U.S. forces from aiding Taiwan. When North Korea announced the 1953 Armistice was considered null and void and threatened renewed missile tests, the U.S. rushed naval assets to the region, including two destroyers equipped with the Aegis anti-missile defense system. We presumably would do so if things heated up between Beijing and its claimed "lost province," Taiwan. That option became increasingly problematical when news of China's deployment of an anti-ship...
  • China HSBC Flash PMI falls, points to tepid second-quarter recovery

    04/22/2013 8:14:58 PM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4-22-2013 | Kevin Yao
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Growth in China's vast factory sector dipped in April as new export orders shrank, a preliminary survey of factory managers showed on Tuesday, suggesting the world's second-largest economy still faces formidable global headwinds into the second quarter. The flash HSBC Purchasing Managers' Index for April fell to 50.5 in April from 51.6 in March but was still stronger than February's reading of 50.4. A sub-index measuring new export orders fell to 48.6 in April from 50.5 in March, reflecting weaker global demand as the U.S. economic recovery remains fragile and the euro zone is mired in recession....
  • Hsiung Feng I anti-ship missiles have been retired

    04/10/2013 11:05:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    The China Post ^ | April 9, 2013 | Joseph Yeh
    Hsiung Feng I anti-ship missiles have been retired TAIPEI, Taiwan -- All Hsiung Feng I anti-ship missiles (雄風一型反艦飛彈), a derivative of the Israeli Gabriel missile Mk II, were officially decommissioned from Taiwan's military late last year, the Navy said yesterday. The last batch of Hsiung Feng I missiles, the first generation anti-ship missile used by the Navy, were sent to the military's chief research facility, the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (中山科學研究院) (CSIST) to be destroyed by the end of 2012, the Navy Command told the Chinese-language United Evening News yesterday. They are replaced by the latest generation Hsiung...