Taiwan Today: President Tsai attends Paraguayan president-elect inauguration, Taiwan’s highest museum opens on Alishan

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen was invited to sit on a viewing stand, along with her counterparts from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Bolivia and Guatemala, during the ceremony.

President Tsai attends Paraguayan president-elect inauguration

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) attended the inauguration of Paraguayan President-elect Mario Abdo Bernitez and Vice President-elect Hugo Adalberto Velazquez Moreno on Wednesday and extended congratulations to the new leaders.

Tsai was invited to sit on a viewing stand, along with her counterparts from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Bolivia and Guatemala, during the ceremony.

Before the start of the ceremony, Tsai spoke briefly with Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez, who was sitting next to her.

She was also warmly welcomed by Abdo Bernitez when he went on stage to take the oath of office.

Two Taiwan women caught working illegally in Guam: foreign ministry

Two of four women found to be working illegally at a bar in Guam are Taiwanese nationals, while the nationality of the other two has not yet been verified, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) confirmed Wednesday.

The ministry made the statement in the wake of a Guam newspaper report that four Taiwan citizens were charged in the District Court of Guam on Tuesday for working illegally as hostesses at the Wild Orchid Lounge.

The paper said the four women entered Guam between June and July on tourist visas, which do not allow foreign nationals to work.

Following the report, Taiwan’s embassy in Palau contacted law enforcement authorities in Guam and were able to confirm that two of women were Taiwanese, MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said.

According to local media report, four Taiwan citizens were charged in the District Court of Guam on Tuesday and accused of illegally working at the Wild Orchid Lounge as hostesses, according to a magistrate’s complaint.

Taiwan’s highest museum opens on Alishan

Taiwan’s highest museum opened Wednesday in the Alishan National Forest Recreation Area in Chiayi County, according to a press release issued by the county government.

The 1,400-hectare recreation area is situated 2,200 meters above sea level.

The museum, called the “1913 Antique Office of Alishan House- Local Cultural Building,” is a part of Alishan House, a historic hotel that has hosted numerous foreign leaders, the statement said.

Lin Ching-hui (林靜惠), an executive of Alishan House, said the museum is designed to act as a platform to showcase Alishan’s history, culture, education and arts.

The site of the museum used to be a club for the local forestry agency during Japanese colonial rule, Lin said, adding that it is the only remaining large wooden structure in the recreation area.

“1913 Antique Office of Alishan House- Local Cultural Building,” is a part of Alishan House, originally built in 1913 and was a group of three buildings that housed Japanese military officers and Taiwanese workers.