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Taiwan Stock Exchange among best global performers during Tsai’s 8-year rule

Taiwan shares closed down 45 points at 21,258 on Friday, after hitting a record-high peak during the trading session. Friday was the last trading day under the Tsai Ing-wen administration, and for investors it was a time to look back at the market’s history over the past eight years. All in all, Taiwan shares grew 155% over Tsai’s two terms, making the Taiwan Stock Exchange one of the best performing markets in the world.

Easing inflation in the U.S. and record high closes for the three major indexes drove Taiwan shares to new highs on Friday. The Taiex peaked at a record 21,346 points before volatility took over, closing down 45 points at 21,258. Despite the drop, investors are confident of the growth momentum in the market.

With Inauguration Day coming up, how has the market fared under the Tsai administration?

The Taiwan Stock Exchange furnished data on the matter. Over the past eight years, the market grew by 155%, with market capitalization shooting up by 176%. That’s the highest for any other market in Asia, and is among the best performers around the world. In comparison, the Dow Jones Industrial Average in the U.S. grew by 129% over the past eight years, while the Asian Nikkei index went up 101%. Over in Europe, the biggest grower was the French stock market, which rose 77%. In comparison, South Korean shares grew just 39.2% over the past eight years.

Allen Chu
Stock market analyst
Since President Tsai Ing-wen assumed office, the biggest contribution was the DPP’s policies and their interest in the stock market. This led to the rise of TSMC concept shares, which created a huge ecosystem.

The expert warns that, though the index is high, investors should do their homework to avoid losses.

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Time:2024-05-17

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President Tsai Ing-wen touts Taiwan’s CPTPP bid to visiting Canadian delegation

Ahead of president-elect Lai Ching-te’s inauguration ceremony on Monday, the government has unveiled the foreign guest list. A total of 51 delegations consisting of 508 foreign dignitaries will be attending the event. There will be eight heads of state hailing from Taiwan’s tiny band of formal diplomatic allies. The U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, Japan and South Korea are also sending representatives. As Canada is the rotating chair of the CPTPP commission this year, President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday told Canada’s visiting delegation that she hoped the North American nation would continue to use its influence to support Taiwan’s entry into the proposed global trade pact.

Tsai Ing-wen
President
I am very happy to meet Chair Sgro before leaving office, and I also welcome all of our good friends from Canada who have come to Taiwan.

Outgoing President Tsai Ing-wen warmly welcomed a Canadian parliamentary delegation and thanked the Canadian government for attaching importance and showing resolve to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait in recent years.

Tsai Ing-wen
President
Canada is serving as the rotating chair of the CPTPP this year. I also hope that our distinguished guests here can continue to exert their influence and support Taiwan’s application for membership. We can jointly strengthen the resilience of global supply chains and open up even more abundant business opportunities for each other.

Judy Sgro
Member of Canadian delegation
Fortunately I know what matters a lot to Taiwan is successful entry into the CPTPP and we will take that as a delegation back to the prime minister, to the minister, and will continue to press and talk and I would hope that this delegation will join me doing that work, and maybe we’ll all be invited back for the signing of the CPTPP.

This time around there’s been quite an enthusiastic turnout from foreign dignitaries congratulating the new government on taking office. Close to 73 delegations of almost 700 people have congratulated Lai and his new government, and 51 delegations consisting of 508 foreign visitors are coming in person to attend Lai’s inauguration ceremony on Monday. The U.S., Australia, Canada, the European Parliament, the U.K., Japan and South Korea have all sent delegations to attend, and there are eight heads of state attending coming from Taiwan’s 12 formal diplomatic allies.

They will witness with their own eyes Lai and vice president-elect Hsiao Bi-khim taking office.

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2024-05-17

Culinary legacy of Detroit’s Chinatown lives on

The U.S. Midwestern city of Detroit once had a thriving Chinatown. But depopulation and urban decline have forced many Chinese American establishments in the city to close up shop. And while that historic neighborhood has disappeared, one culinary legacy is well remembered and remains a favorite among locals.

Chinese American Gary Mui opened his own restaurant in 2020 after working in kitchens most of his adult life.

During all that time, he’s been making a battered and fried chicken dish, topping it with soy sauce, oyster sauce and chicken stock gravy, served with white rice over a bed of lettuce and almond slivers.

Gary Mui
Restaurateur
Put it all together, it becomes, like, a magical flavor, where the lettuce soaks up the grease from the chicken and the rice blends well with it together.

Native Detroiters call it almond boneless chicken, or ABC. It’s not quite as common in other areas of the U.S., and many who have moved away dream of it.

Member of public
I know very well the only place you can get it is back home.

But the origins of war su gai, as it’s also known, are up for debate. The dish appears on restaurant menus from Detroit’s historic Chinatown dating back to the 1960s.

Curtis Chin wrote a book about growing up in his family’s restaurant. He has his own theory of why the dish took hold in a city with a large Black population.

Curtis Chin
Author
It might have been the adaptation of a traditional Chinese dish called almond pressed duck, which was duck, you know, breaded and fried. But then changed to accommodate a more Black palate, or people from the South, which had fried chicken, because it really is just a fried chicken dish with an Asian gravy.

Detroit’s Chinatown faded away by the early 2000s, but the area may be due for a revival. The Peterboro restaurant opened in 2016 on a site that once housed a Chinese grocery. Almond boneless chicken is one of its bestsellers.

Martin Van Alm
Restaurateur
And I think it is absolutely a nod to the area, to Chinatown.

Chin thinks ABC is so good, it’s destined to move beyond its point of origin.

Curtis Chin
Author
I don’t see any reason why almond boneless chicken can’t be a national craze. I mean, it’s basically fried chicken with gravy. Who doesn’t love that?

A Detroit signature food that might no longer be kept under local wraps.

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2024-05-17

Restaurant’s secret to succulent chicken is frying whole

Usually when you get fried chicken, it comes as drumsticks, wings or other pieces. But at one Taipei restaurant, they fry the entire bird whole. This way it cooks faster while it stays juicy as can be. But you have to remember to seal the lid on tight. So how does it taste? Let’s see...

Fried to a crispy golden brown, this chicken fills the room with its enticing smell. Since it was fried whole, all the moisture is trapped inside a crispy skin.

The chicken is coated in batter before it’s placed in 170-degree oil to let it set.

Then it’s transferred into a fryer basket. To ensure it cooks all the way through, it’s not enough to just put a lid on. It has to be sealed tight so the steam circulates through the fryer.

After a little over 10 minutes it’s time to open, a plume of steam closely following the smell of freshly fried chicken.

Chang Chien-feng
Chef
We use a pressure cooker to fry it. Since there’s steam in the fryer, it traps the juices inside the chicken.

You can also try the hamburger. The patty is made with pork and chicken as well as beef, served with a flattened croissant to balance the tender meat with flaky pastry.

The patty starts to sizzle as soon as it hits the heat, the fat dancing off the grill.

After slightly charring the surface, they’re covered so they cook faster.

Then they’re moved to an iron plate to keep warm.

Chang Chien-feng
Chef
It’s Japanese wagyu. After it’s ground twice, it’s mixed with its own tallow to make the patty.

Trapping steam is this restaurant’s secret to bringing out the best in their chicken and burgers alike.

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2024-05-17

Ukrainian civil defense experts offer insights in Taiwan

The Kuma Academy, which provides civilians with civil defense training, hosted several defense experts from Ukraine on Friday, who shared their insights with participants. One expert said the best approach to self-defense was to be prepared for the worst. Another said that it was important for the general public to not ignore the fact that a Chinese invasion is a real possibility.

The Russia-Ukraine War has stretched for more than two years now, but even then, Ukraine’s government and its people have continued to resist Russia. More than 8,000 kilometers away, Taiwan is trying to raise awareness about civil defense. To that goal, the Kuma Academy gathered three Ukrainians to talk about their first-hand experiences.

Marriia Makarovych
Liberal Democratic League of Ukraine
In Taiwan I can see frequently when people deny the thoughts that a potential invasion can happen, and the fact that this threat is real. Because in Ukraine we have the same experience. It was like one week before full-scale invasion.

Yurii Poita
Center for Army Conversion and Disarmament Studies
It’s better to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. This is one of the mistakes that Ukraine did. We did many things but also many things we didn’t do. We didn’t believe in the full-scale war to the extent that they should be prepared.

The speakers said more people should be trained in Taiwan, adding that technological advances had brought changes to warfare. They urged the military to break away from traditional and conservative thinking and cooperate more deeply with civilians while being wary of unconventional forms of warfare employed by powerful nations.

Dmytro Burtsev
NCCU College of International Affairs
Russian Federation has chosen the best moment. The ratings of the Ukrainian president in government was really low. They hoped that their hybrid warfare was successful to control Ukraine very fast and without big efforts.

Chu Fu-ming
Kuma Academy
The incoming government under Lai Ching-te has put a lot of emphasis on this front. Today’s event was co-organized with the National Police Agency. Finding ways to form links between government agencies and the public is very important.

The Ukrainain civil defense experts said that countries around the world would be willing to help Taiwan in a time of need as long as they see its commitment to self defense.

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2024-05-17

Taiwan should not give up on World Health Assembly bid: former health minister

With the opening of the WHO’s World Health Assembly in 10 days time, former health minister Chen Shih-chung said Taiwan shouldn’t give up on its bid to take part, despite failing to receive a formal invite owing to Chinese pressure. Chen, who will be a minister-without-portfolio in the new Cabinet, said that excluding Taiwan from the UN health body was the world’s loss. Chen was speaking at the 40th anniversary of the John Tung Foundation, a health NGO, where he also talked about kicking an over-50-year smoking habit and how he has stayed clean for over two years.

Present and past chairs of the John Tung Foundation take to the stage, celebrating the NGO’s 40th anniversary. They declared they would proactively fight against new kinds of tobacco products. Among them, the biggest poster child for quitting smoking was none other than former health minister Chen Shih-chung, who managed to kick a smoking habit of 52 years.

Chen Shih-chung
Former Minister of Health and Welfare
I reported to the chair that I still haven’t had a smoke. It’s been more than two years. I now find that when I sing, I can sing higher notes better because my lung capacity has improved. Once your body improves, you harbor greater ambitions, so now I’m doing weight training.

Chen stressed there are many benefits to quitting smoking. Turning to another health issue, the WHO has not issued an invitation for Taiwan to take part in the upcoming World Health Assembly. Chen, who has devoted himself to health issues for many years and has traveled to Geneva many times to advocate for Taiwan’s participation in the assembly, spoke up on Taiwan’s behalf.

Chen Shih-chung
Former Minister of Health and Welfare
We still haven’t received an invitation, but we should not give up hope and will continue to work hard. I think the WHA as a health body should not allow politics to intervene so deeply. We should at least receive an invitation to go to the WHA to share Taiwan’s experience with the world. Taiwan’s inability to participate in the WHO is actually the world’s loss. However, we will not lose hope and give up, because we want to contribute to the world and bring health to the world.

Chen’s strong message was that Taiwan in recent years has continued to make contributions to the world on public health and health issues. He called for the nation’s participation in the WHA so that Taiwan could become globally visible.

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2024-05-17

Retirees learn to make traditional floral hairpins

In Yulin county, a local hairpin maker, Wu Ssu-han, used to have a very different job doing animal husbandry and manufacturing. But after retiring many years ago for her health, she learned a new skill through a government retraining program. She now teaches in her community in Yunlin’s Dounan Township, helping her students take a walk down memory lane by making traditional hairpins.

These hairpins are a classic Taiwanese handicraft, at one time essential for every new bride. They used to come with all kinds of decorative flourishes, requiring attention to detail and patience to make. But as times have changed, the tradition has waned.

Wu Ssu-han lives in the Hsinlun community of Yunlin’s Dounan Township. She used to work in husbandry and manufacturing, but had to retire from the burden it placed on her health. But she’s still skilled with her hands, and eight years ago got the chance to learn a new skill through a Ministry of Labor program.

Wu Ssu-han
Hairpin crafting teacher
When I started out, I didn’t know what they were. Favorlang River Community College was accepting students in their hairpin crafting program. I figured since I know so little about it, I want to give it a try, so I signed up. That was already seven or eight years ago.

Wu regularly holds classes teaching elderly residents how to make hairpins and other crafts using the technique. In the process, it helps them reminisce about art from their youth.

Wu Ssu-han
Hairpin crafting teacher
The flower that brides used to wear in their hair was sometimes made of cloth or plastic, so they didn’t know it could be so beautiful with wire and paper. So I wanted to share this with my older neighbors.

The Hsinlun Community Development Association organizes activities to help elderly participants stay active and healthy.

Chen Ching-chuan
Community association chair
We have some classes geared toward delaying the onset of dementia. Sometimes people come in with shaking hands, but after a while it improves.

Although she’s retired, Wu hasn’t slowed down. She has never stopped seeking meaning in life and living to the fullest.

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2024-05-17

Gym offers customizable low-calorie meals for clients

Many people like going to the gym, but when you’re ravenous after a good workout, it’s easy to wolf down an unhealthy meal and immediately lose all your gains. One gym in Kaohsiung has found a way around it by making customized low-calorie meals for its clients, providing a healthy post-workout option.

Like this person following their trainer’s instructions, more people are going to the gym. But the real secret to a great figure is in what you eat afterward.

Chang Ko-lun
FTV reporter
I’m hungry after working out. Good thing my trainer has already prepared a meal for me.

Voice of Eva
Personal trainer
Our sous vide chicken breast for example is high in protein with only 7 grams of fat. We’ll recommend this to clients who want to lose weight.

The meals are packed with protein and carbohydrates, which your body needs after a workout. By eating a low-calorie meal, you can be sure your hard work wasn’t for nothing.

Eva
Personal trainer
We were afraid that our clients would go eat whatever after leaving the gym, so we started providing healthy meals. Most lunchboxes are 700 to 800 calories or more, but ours are kept within 400 or 500.

The instructors also give tips on how to exercise at home.

Yang Chun-sheng
Personal trainer
If you want to slim down your upper arm fat, we can do this, lift your arm overhead and bend your elbow 90 degrees, using a water bottle as weight.

Even a simple water bottle can be used to work out. You can also slim down your stomach after eating too much.

Yang Chun-sheng
Personal trainer
I suggest using a chair at home to do squats. Many people are concerned with belly fat, so I’ll also do core training.

It’s easy to work out at home, and even easier to stay healthy if you eat well.

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2024-05-17

US delegation to attend presidential inauguration

Lai Ching-te’s inauguration ceremony is right around the corner, and the latest details about the event have been released. The U.S. will be sending an official four-person delegation made up of two former U.S. officials, a Taiwan expert, and the current chair and director of the American Institute in Taiwan. A second unofficial delegation led by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will also be present. For the state banquet in Tainan, organizers have revived renowned Taiwanese language singer Wen Hsia thanks to the power of artificial intelligence.

An AI render of late Taiwanese music icon Wen Hsia performs “Good Night! Formosa!” by rock band Fire EX.

Formosa Lee
GACC
In his life, Wen Hsia witnessed Taiwan’s journey to democracy. He experienced the hardship of being forbidden to sing, as well as the golden age of Taiwanese-language music. He never did sing “Good Night! Formosa!” but his feelings about Taiwan made him the perfect option to perform this song. Thanks to AI technology, we can achieve this seemingly impossible task. The voice and image of Wen Hsia will once again be heard at this year’s Inauguration Day state banquet.

The GACC also unveiled commemorative stamps inspired by a vintage window grate design, symbolizing Taiwan’s global rise. A special edition in gold and silver engraved with laser technology is also available for collectors.

Taiwan is getting ready for a grand Inauguration Ceremony on May 20. Delegations from around the world will be attending the event. U.S. President Joe Biden will be sending a four-member delegation to the ceremony. The members include former Assistant to the President and Director of the National Economic Council Brian Deese, who stepped down in February last year; former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage; former American Institute in Taiwan head Richard Bush and current AIT Chair Laura Rosenberger. They’ll be joined by AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk.

Olivia Lin
Presidential Office spokesperson
Taiwan is a vibrant democratic society, and our democratic progress has attracted attention in many countries. We warmly welcome delegations from all over the world to take part in this grand event.

In a statement, the AIT says the delegation will meet with a range of leading figures in Taiwan. They will convey congratulations from the American people to Lai on his inauguration and to the Taiwan people for once again demonstrating the strength of their robust democratic system. And the AIT delegation won’t be the only one arriving from the U.S. As a vocal supporter of Taiwan, former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will also lead an unofficial delegation to the inauguration.

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2024-05-16

Planning for inauguration banquet includes resort renovations and traffic control

Tainan is the site of this year’s presidential inauguration banquet, and event planners are making sure guests experience the beauty and passion of the southern city. Over NT$10 million has been put into resort renovations, to make sure the president, vice president and guests have the best experience. With so many souvenirs, guests should prepare to go home with specially-designed, Tainan-themed bags in both hands.

President-elect Lai Ching-te recently released a video on Facebook that introduces Taiwanese soft power that people can get their hands on: ceramic plates of the inauguration banquet. People have been working around the clock to put the finishing touches on the grand event.

Yang Fu-chiang
Formosa Yacht Resort director
Tainan’s very own butterfly orchid has been added to this ceramic plate; it’s a charming look.

But there’s more than just specially-designed plates, as the food going on those plates is being made by a host of different caterers. Drink options include inauguration-themed alcoholic beverages and cold brew oolong tea that comes in a wine bottle.

Like the location of the night-time banquet, the resort’s second floor has also been renovated. With total expenditures exceeding NT$10 million, the goal of the event is to make visitors feel at home.

Cheng Po-hui
FTV reporter
This place right here’s a replica of the one in the Presidential Office Building. The room will be a place the president can chat with banquet guests.

Yang Fu-chiang
Formosa Yacht Resort director
For the renovation work, well, that of course is no small cost, but we expect it to look great.

There’s also been a lot of planning for transportation on May 20, as nearly 1,000 guests from out of town will be taking a trip from the city’s high-speed rail station to the banquet in Anping District.

Wu Yu-Chih
Tainan Public Transportation Office director-general
The distance of the entire trip is about 20 kilometers, and the city government will be assisting us by providing traffic control along the route as well as helping with the motorcade of VIPs.

Traffic control will primarily be carried out on May 20 from 4:00 to 6:00 in the afternoon, which is when guests will be heading to the banquet. Officials ask the public for their cooperation at that time.

Tainan City Government commissioned a bag manufacturer to design canvas bags that will be able to hold goodies from the event. The bag’s design might look simple, but it’s full of elements that represent Tainan.

Chen Shih-hsien
Banquet bag designer
Historic sites are in red, a color that represents the joyful atmosphere. And then the bag itself is made out of the plant ramie, which represents the resilient nature of the Taiwanese people, who are able to overcome all sorts of trials and tribulations.

Local keepsakes from Tainan will fill up these bags. Over in Sigang District, a shop that specializes in making goods out of soft rush was, at the last minute, able to make a woven bag that has also attracted a lot of interest.

This 2024 inauguration banquet is taking place 400 years after the Dutch first landed in Tainan. One bag might not be enough, so guests will likely need to use both hands to take back all of the special Tainan-themed souvenirs, because banquet planners are making sure guests will be able to feel the passion of Tainan.

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2024-05-16

Cabinet takes final group photo together ahead of May 20 inauguration

Premier Chen Chien-jen headed to the Executive Yuan in his capacity as premier for the last time on Thursday. There he posed for a group photo with his Cabinet, and finalized a mass resignation document to be sent to President Tsai before the incoming Cabinet takes over.

Premier Chen Chien-jen heads to his spot for a final group picture with his Cabinet.

Lin Tze-luen
Executive Yuan spokesperson
This brand new “Active and Innovative Cabinet” will assume office on May 20, the same day as Lai Ching-te’s inauguration. We hope the incoming cabinet will continue to strive for excellence and complete the transition smoothly, so as to have a seamless change in administration.

Chen headed to the Executive Yuan for the last time as premier on Thursday morning. There, the Cabinet approved a final report on the past eight years of the Tsai administration, as well as a document for the resignation of all officials, which will be sent to President Tsai Ing-wen for approval. Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen was present at these final procedures, making her the only head of Taiwan’s six special municipalities to be present.

Lu Shiow-yen
Taichung mayor
During his one-and-a-half-year term, Premier Chen resolved some major infrastructure issues in Taichung, including rail transport as well as the second phase of Taichung International Convention and Exhibition Center. So today, I specially made my way here to show my gratitude to Premier Chen and Vice Premier Cheng Wen-tsan, as well as the heads of the various ministries.

The departure of some ministry heads has been especially hard felt by their colleagues. Staff at the Ministry of Culture had previously asked ministry workers to pool funds to buy Culture Minister Shih Che an iPhone 15 Plus as a parting gift. Some did not agree to the idea, and posted about it online anonymously, sparking controversy.

Shih Che
Culture minister
I already have an iPhone, thanks. I always decline invitations to banquets and farewell parties. I was unaware of this, but I do appreciate the sentiment. Thank you.

Shih said he was not aware of his ministry’s plans, saying he appreciated the sentiment nonetheless. The ministry’s HR department says it will return all the money collected to the senders. Though the plan fell through, it was ultimately a show of the close ties among ministry workers.

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2024-05-16

Second-generation musician introduces Taiwan to therapeutic handpanmusic

Mehta Manav Singh was born and raised in Taiwan, becoming the first Indian person to go through the nation’s compulsory education system. After decades of grappling with his identity, four years ago, he opened a restaurant to provide a space for multilingual and multicultural exchange. He also plays the handpan, and hopes to introduce others to its charms.

The ethereal sound of handpan mingles with bass guitar, soothing the audience. Unlike other percussion instruments, handpan music flows unbroken as a stream as the musician meditatively trades his right hand for left.

Mehta Manav Singh
Handpan musician
You really become addicted to handpan. It doesn’t matter if you play music, you’ll like it since it’s like any kind of drum. You can rely on your intuition to express yourself directly.

Mehta Manav Singh, a second-generation immigrant from India, is a handpan musician. It didn’t take long for him to fall head over heels. Now he’s an avid evangelist for the instrument, organizing one or two performances every month.

Mehta Manav Singh
Handpan musician
If the album my friends and I are releasing allows us some opportunities, then we could go perform at all types of venues and collaborate with all kinds of musicians.

Singh’s parents came to Taiwan from India for workin 1986. Although he was born and raised here, he always thought of himself as a foreigner because of how he looked.

Mehta Manav Singh
Handpan musician
I often talk with people about whether I’m Indian or Taiwanese, or which I feel like. Honestly, this is a huge topic. It doesn’t have a direct answer, because it depends on what you consider to be Taiwanese.

The greatest thing that helped Singh grapple with issues of identity was opening a business in 2020. His restaurant provides a space where everyone embraces and listens to one another.

Mehta Manav Singh
Handpan musician
We support a kind of culture, the culture of listening. No matter where you’re from or what you say, you have a space to share where others will hear you.

Singh is working hard to realize the utopia of a home that celebrates art without borders, bit by bit making it a reality.

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2024-05-16

President Tsai attends groundbreaking ceremony of future ship model test basin

Despite having just a few days remaining in her second and final term as president, Tsai Ing-wen is still making trips around Taiwan. Tsai traveled down to Kaohsiung to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the National Academy of Marine Research’s ship model test basin. Set to be completed in 2027, the basin will serve as the final location of the indigenous submarine production process.

President Tsai Ing-wen headed down south to Kaohsiung’s Xingda Port to take part in the groundbreaking ceremony of the nation’s ship model test basin.

The ship model basin is regarded as the final phase of the indigenous submarine production process. Once finished, the basin will help ensure naval technology is both precise and state-of-the-art. The location’s high-quality, across-the-board boat testing services will solve problems currently being caused by Taiwan not being able to provide sufficient ship model testing. The basin’s estimated completion date is 2027.

Tsai Ing-wen
President
Once completed, this basin will resolve these insufficiencies affecting Taiwan’s new naval vessel models, because currently we need assistance from other countries to carry out testing, which leads to risks concerning uncertain production timelines and information security issues. More importantly, the most crucial ship testing tasks will be able to be carried out in Taiwan. So, we’re letting the world know that we’re fully committed to developing our own naval vessels.

Earlier this year, Taiwan unveiled its first indigenous defense submarine Narwhal, which has undergone a series of ocean tests since then. Set to be a cornerstone of Taiwan’s defense autonomy, the National Academy of Marine Research’s ship model basin will also help strengthen Taiwan’s shipbuilding industry.

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2024-05-16

Zhuangwei Living Arts Festival comes back bigger and better

The Zhuangwei Living Arts Festival is entering its sixth year, and it’s bigger and better than ever before. This year’s edition features concerts, artworks, and markets. FTV reporter Stephany Yang takes us in for a preview!

The Zhuangwei Living Arts Festival is in its sixth year, with a NT$15-million upgrade. From June to Agust, the fest will feature four concerts, farming experiences, bicycle tours, markets, and other activities.

Yu Li-yu
Northeast and Yilan Coast National Scenic Area Headquarters
This event also combines many small trips, some experiential tours, and art activities. There is also a bicycle activity. The main part of the event is from June to August. The entire art festival will be held till February 28 next year.

Two artists from Taiwan and one from Germany were invited to create artworks.

Sonja Vordermaier
Artist
I decided to make a sandbag sculpture which is about protection and the beautiful moments which can emerge out of situations which can be crises, but also it means some decisive point for something new and creative can appear.

Lee Kuei-chih
Artist
It is a bit like a natural sculpture on the water. This inspiration comes from the dunes because the wind blows through the sand, changing them every day. Viewing this thing is like watching Turtle Island. From the moment you start watching it to the moment you stop, you feel a different mood. This is the concept I want to convey through this sculpture. "

Chen Cheng-jui
Artist
I made composite media of flying fish because I think they have a very meaningful life. The spawning season of flying fish happens to be around these few months. It takes place along the Kuroshio current, which passes through Guishan Island. The spawning occurs in the northeast corner of Yilan. So, for this art residency creation, I created a flying fish.

Zhuangwei Living Arts Festival will be held in Yilan from June 2 this year until Feb. 28, 2025.

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2024-05-16