Taiwan Today: Taiwan needs U.S. military support, Jason Jung Taiwan’s new top-ranked men’s tennis player

Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told CNN the Taiwan government felt relations with the US had grown stronger in recent years, but it was vital for Washington to continue to support Taipei militarily and diplomatically.

Taiwan needs U.S. military support to defend itself: official

Taiwan needs the United States’ continuous support in the face of China’s growing military threat or it will be vulnerable to being taken over by force by Beijing, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) told CNN during an interview aired Monday.

Asked if the U.S.’s continuous military support for Taiwan would increase the potential risk of military confrontation with China, Wu told CNN that the reality is quite the opposite.

“What we are concerned about is that the U.S. does not support Taiwan anymore,” he said.

“If the security ties between Taiwan and the U.S. are getting stronger and strengthening our ties, then that would become a barrier for the Chinese to think about future military scenarios against Taiwan,” Wu said.

The comments came in the wake of a China Times report that the military’s newly revised defense plan indicates that in the event of a conflict between Taiwan and China, the U.S. will not send troops to Taiwan.

Jason Jung Taiwan’s new top-ranked men’s tennis player

Jason Jung (莊吉生) has replaced veteran Lu Yen-hsun (盧彥勳) as Taiwan’s top-ranked men’s tennis player with a world singles ranking of 121, according to the latest Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings released Monday.

The 29-year-old player Jason Jung will represent Taiwan in the upcoming Asian Games being held in Jakarta from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.

Lu, who missed the French Open in May because of a shoulder injury and has yet to return to the ATP Tour, had been Taiwan’s top-ranked male player for nearly 12 years since October 2006.

He is currently ranked 127th in the world, according to the latest ATP rankings.

Jung came into the spotlight after winning gold for Taiwan in the men’s singles at the Taipei Universiade, which was held Aug. 19-30, 2017.

Palau ambassador calls for strategies to counter China

Large democratic countries around the world should adopt strategies to counter China’s bullying, particularly of small developing countries like Palau, the country’s ambassador to Taiwan Dilmei Louisa Olkeriil said recently.

Olkeriil’s comments came as Palau Pacific Airways decided to suspend operations, ending service to Hong Kong and to Macau through the island of Bali (its only destinations) due to a drop in Chinese visitors.

The “majority of Palau people supports the current diplomatic relations with Taiwan. We are a democratic country and we support and promote our relationship with countries with same system of government such as Taiwan,” Olkeriil told CNA in an email interview July 20.

“Everyone knows that China pressures other countries and international organizations not to support Taiwan, organizations like the United Nations, World Health Organization, and World Health Assembly.”

Hospitals in Taiwan have saved lives of thousands of Palauan people, and as such, it would be difficult for us to break ties with Taiwan, Olkeriil said.

Education minister moves to settle NTU president dispute

New Education Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong (葉俊榮) said Monday that he has met with Chen Wei-jao (陳維昭), the convener of the National Taiwan University presidential selection
committee, to discuss the dispute over NTU’s new choice of president.

In a radio interview, Yeh said he met with Chen for an hour and the two talked about the selection process and proposed ways to settle the issue.

He would not say, however, if one of the options is for the Ministry of Education (MOE) to finally approve the appointment of Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) as the school’s president and withdrawing a decision by Yeh’s predecessor to order the school to restart the selection process.

Taiwan’s jobless rate for June up slightly

The jobless rate for June rose slightly to 3.70 percent because of an increase in first-time jobseekers as university students graduated, according to government data released
on Monday.

The unemployment rate for June rose 0.07 percentage points from a month earlier to 3.70 percent, but was down 0.01 percentage points to 3.68 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis, data from the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) showed.

In June, the number of first-time jobseekers increased by 8,000 from a month earlier, the biggest cause of the slightly higher unemployment rate before seasonal adjustments, according to the DGBAS.

In the first six months of this year, Taiwan’s jobless rate was 3.66 percent, down 0.09 percentage points from a year earlier, while the labor participation rate rose 0.14 percentage points to 58.88 percent, according to the DGBAS.