Taiwan Today: Taiwan must speak out against China’s suppression, President Tsai to visit Paraguay, Belize in August

Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung said, "If we don't speak up, our voices won't be heard in the international community."

Taiwan must speak out against China’s suppression: Taichung mayor

Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said Monday that the world’s attention must be drawn to China “ubiquitous suppression” of Taiwan, as evidenced by the revocation of his city’s rights to host a regional sports event.

“If we don’t speak up, our voices won’t be heard in the international community,” Lin said. “Even if the decision cannot be changed, we need to get more people to understand the truth.”

Lin made the appeal at an international press conference in Taipei after lodging a formal complaint earlier in the day with the East Asian Olympic Committee (EAOC) over its recent decision to cancel the East Asian Youth Games in Taichung.

Airline labor unions demand typhoon days off

Several airline labor unions staged a rally outside the Ministry of Labor (MOL) on Monday, calling for new regulations that would give air carrier employees the same rights as
other workers regarding leave days during natural disasters.

The unions said that when local governments announce a day off due to a typhoon, some airline workers are usually caught in the dilemma of whether to stay at home for safety reasons and risk punishment by the company, or to go to work and risk injury, the trade unions said.

Under the current regulations, typhoon days are decided by the local governments, but private company employees are bound by the terms of their contracts.

President Tsai to visit Paraguay, Belize in August

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will visit two of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies, Paraguay and Belize, Aug. 12-20, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Jose Maria Liu (劉德立) said Monday.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen will transit in the US on a visit to Paraguay and Belize next month.

On the trip, Tsai will make transit stops in the United States – in Los Angeles on first leg and in Houston on the return journey, Liu said.

During her visit to Paraguay Aug. 14-16, the president will attend the inauguration of President-elect Mario Abdo Benitez on Aug 15 and meet with Abdo Benitez and outgoing President Horacio Cartes for talks, Liu said.

Tsai will also hold bilateral talks with leaders or special envoys of other allies, who will also attend the inauguration ceremony, Liu said.

Coal-powered generator at power plant malfunctions; power supply safe

The coal-powered No. 1 generator at the Dalin power plant in Kaohsiung developed a mechanical failure on Saturday, but with the help of solar energy, no power supply shortage occurred, the state-owned Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) said Monday.

With the prevailing sunny weather in Taiwan, some 1.08 megawatts of power had been generated by the solar sector as of 11:30 a.m. Monday, contributing 3.07 percent to the total power capacity and helping to maintain the power reserve capacity at over 6 percent, Taipower data showed.

Taipower spokesman said an inspection of the 0.8 megawatt generator was scheduled for Monday after it cooled down but he could not estimate when it would resume operations.

Over half of Taiwan voters indifferent to political parties: poll

More than 50 percent of Taiwanese voters do not care which political parties are vying for local government executive and council seats in November, according to a poll released

According the newest poll, Kuomintang (KMT) has become the most popular party in Taiwan, with a support rate of 23.1 percent, followed by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) with 14.6 percent.

At a press conference, Taiwan Competitiveness Forum (TCF) said its recent polls found that 51.7 percent of voters were indifferent — a slight drop from 52.8 percent in February.

The poll conducted July 22-24 across the nation showed that the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) was the most popular party, with a support rate of 23.1 percent, followed by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) with 14.6 percent, the minor opposition New Power Party (NPP) with 6 percent, and People First Party (PFP) with 2.9 percent.

All the other political parties were struggling with less than 1 percent of support rate, namely the Green Party (0.8 percent), New Party (0.5 percent), Taiwan Solidarity Union (0.3 percent) and Minkuotang (0.1 percent), according to the poll.

The survey showed that the KMT’s support rate rose 4 percent from February, while the DPP’s dropped 3.5 percent, with the biggest shifts occurring in Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Miaoli, Yilan, Hualien and Taitung, areas that TCF said the KMT are likely to win in the Nov. 24  elections.

TFC said the survey was conducted via telephone among 1,081 people aged 20 and over in Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu. It had a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.98 percentage points.

Meanwhile, more than half (57 percent) of the Taiwanese public thinks there is need for a viable third party in the country, 36 percent oppose that view, and 9 percent has no opinion on the issue, according to a poll conducted by Public Opinion Foundation July 9-11.

Taiwan is to hold elections on Nov. 24 for mayors of its six special municipalities, local government heads of 22 counties and cities, 375 municipal councilors, and 532 county and city councilors.