Taiwan Today: Cancellation of Taichung games unacceptable, Taiwan High Speed Rail records 500 millionth passenger

Chi Cheng said in a statement, "I cannot accept the revocation of Taichung's rights to hold the 2019 East Asia Youth Games without any good reason."

Cancellation of Taichung games unacceptable: Taiwan Olympic medalist

Chi Cheng (紀政), an Olympic medalist and president of the Hope Cultural and Educational Foundation, said Tuesday it was unacceptable that the first East Asia Youth Games,
scheduled for Taichung in 2019, had been cancelled due to political
pressure from China.

“I cannot accept any political intervention in any sports events,” Chi said in a statement. “I cannot accept the revocation of Taichung’s rights to hold the 2019 East Asia Youth Games without any good reason.”

She said it was also unacceptable that any other country could prevent people in Taiwan from legally exercising their civil rights.

The decision was made Tuesday in Beijing at an extraordinary meeting of the East Asian Olympic Committee (EAOC), which reportedly was called by the Chinese representatives to discuss whether the Taichung event should be held as planned in August 2019.

A self-isolated China would give Taiwan more space: ex-U.S. official

China’s move toward self-isolation has prompted more Asia-Pacific countries to work with the United States and has given Taiwan more scope within an inclusive and principled  network that the U.S. has been championing, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Tuesday in Taipei.

The fact that China is a communist dictatorship means that it is capable of bringing to bear instruments and the coordination of military, economic and political power on its economic relations in ways that other countries cannot, Ashton Carter said.

The more China isolates itself, the less opportunity it would have to isolate Taiwan, Carter said in a closed-door speech at the Ketagalan Forum: 2018 Asia Pacific Security Dialogue, according to attendees.

For the past seven decades, Carter said, the U.S. has been pursuing a policy that has welcomed the inclusion of China, despite Beijing’s very different political values and history.

China, however, has been heading in a different direction, guided by a type of strategic thinking that is leading to self-isolation, Carter said, citing China’s militarization of the South China Sea as an example.

BBQ restaurants in Taiwan fall short on safety, hygiene standards

The Department of Consumer Protection under the Executive Yuan has found that BBQ restaurants around Taiwan are not meeting key safety and sanitation standards and need to make improvements.

BBQ restaurants around Taiwan are not meeting key safety and sanitation standards and need to make improvements.

The department and local government authorities conducted a random check of 18 BBQ restaurants in Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan and Kaohsiung between May and June and found that not one met the standards for all four categories tested: ingredients, hygiene, facility management, and fire safety.

One of the restaurants, in Taichung, failed to meet any of the four standards, and Taichung authorities hung a notice on the restaurant labeling it as a “substandard venue” to warn customers, the department said.

Taichung authorities also fined the restaurant NT$60,000 (about US$1,960), and said the notice will not be removed until the restaurant makes the necessary improvements.

Taiwan High Speed Rail records 500 millionth passenger

Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) on Monday reached the milestone of carrying its 500 millionth passenger, 11 years after the service was launched.

Taiwan High Speed Rail has carried its 500 millionth passenger, 11 years after the service was launched.

The passenger, who was traveling from Hsinchu to Taichung on a round trip ticket, has won a prize of unlimited travel on the high speed rail for one year, the operator Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. (THSRC) said Tuesday.

THSRC said it is also giving prizes such as vacation packages to the travelers who bought the two tickets before and after the 500 millionth passenger.

HTC described as brand ‘fading away’ from India market

Taiwan-based smartphone brand HTC Corp., which introduced the Android operating system to India, is now “fading away” from the world’s second largest smartphone market in the world, according to tech website Quartz India.

Last week, Taiwanese firm HTC reportedly laid off around 80 of its employees in India, the world’s second-largest smartphone market.

In a report Monday, Quartz India said HTC has laid off about 80 employees in India, including country head Faisal Siddiqui, sales head Vijay Balachandran, and product head R. Nayyar.

It now has only 10 employees left there. “Android may rule 90 percent of the Indian smartphone market today, but the firm that introduced Indians to the operating system a  decade ago has almost disappeared,” the tech website said in the report titled “The phone maker that introduced Android to India is fading away.”

The tech website quoted Jaipal Singh, senior analyst at market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), as saying HTC did not have a good understanding of the Indian market.

“The Indian market is very dynamic and very competitive now. So if you want to be in India, you have to be aggressive,” Singh said in the report.

“Xiaomi is very aggressive. Oppo and Vivo are going all out to market their devices. (But) HTC has not been able to read the market.

It has remained silent for a very long time. We haven’t heard much about its campaigns.”
Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are three of the major Chinese smartphone brands.