Taiwan Today: President Tsai arrives on state visit to Paraguay, Taipei ranked world’s 58th most livable city

President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in Paraguay, greeted at the airport by Paraguayan Foreign Minister Eladio Loizaga and Taiwan's Ambassador to Paraguay Diego Chou.

President Tsai arrives on state visit to Paraguay

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) arrived in Paraguay on Tuesday morning local time, where she will attend the inauguration of President-elect Mario Abdo Benitez on her three-day stay in the South American nation.

Tsai was greeted at the airport by Paraguayan Foreign Minister Eladio Loizaga, Taiwan’s Ambassador to Paraguay Diego Chou (周麟) and hundreds of Taiwanese expatriates living in the country.

Taiwan and Paraguay signed an agreement in December 2017 to jointly establish the university to train engineering talent.

On Wednesday, Tsai will attend the inauguration of President-elect Benitez.

Shortly after her arrival, President Tsai Ing-wen joined outgoing President Horacio Cartes at a ceremony to mark the opening of a technology university jointly established by the two countries.

Silent protest staged on International ‘Comfort Women’ Day

A women’s rights group invited 59 members of the public, representing the number of Taiwanese comfort women who publicly identified themselves over the years, to stage a silent protest in front of Japan’s representative office in Taipei on Tuesday, International Comfort Women Day.

Also on Tuesday, the first monument commemorating comfort women in Taiwan was unveiled at a ceremony in Tainan City, attended by former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), an event that drew Japanese media attention, according to the United Evening News.

Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation holds activities on Aug. 14 each year to remind the public that the issue of comfort women has yet to be resolved and demand that Japan apologize for its World War II atrocities, including the forced recruitment of Taiwanese girls and women into military brothels.

The first monument commemorating comfort women in Taiwan was unveiled at a ceremony in Tainan City, attended by former President Ma Ying-jeou.

Taipei ranked world’s 58th most livable city

Taipei has moved up two places in the rankings of the world’s most livable cities to 58th place, according to the 2018 Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Livability Ranking.

Taipei edged past the South Korean capital Seoul, which dropped one spot to 59th from last year, according to the report released Monday.

For the first time, the Austrian capital Vienna topped the list of 140 cities surveyed by the EIU, dislodging Australia’s Melbourne, which had held first place for a record seven consecutive years.

Although both Melbourne and Vienna have registered improvements in livability over the last six months, increases in Vienna’s ratings, particularly in the stability category, have been enough for the city to overtake Melbourne, the report said.

Vienna’s top ranking also reflected improvements in stability and safety in Europe, which has had to step up security due to a higher perceived threat of terrorism, according to the report.

In Asia, after Osaka and Tokyo, the third most livable city was Hong Kong, which rose 10 spots in the rankings to 35th overall, followed by Singapore at 37th in the world rankings.

China’s best ranked cites were Suzhou (74th worldwide), Beijing (75th), Tianjin (77th), and Shanghai (81st).

Taipei has been ranked the world’s 58th best city in the latest ranking, while Vienna topped the list of 140 cities for the first time, according to the 2018 Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Livability Ranking. (Photo on foter.com)