Taiwan Today: Taiwan team wins first gold medal at Asian Games, Tsai arrives in Houston for stopover on return leg of trip to allies

From left to right, silver medalists China's Zhao Ruozhu, Yang Haoran, gold medalists Taiwan's Lin Yingshin, Lu Shaochuanm and bronze medalists India's Apurvi Chandela, Ravi Kumar celebrate with their medals during ceremonies for the 10m air rifle mixed team final shooting event during the 18th Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Taiwan team wins first gold medal at Asian Games

Taiwanese shooters finished first Sunday in the final of the 10-meter air rifle mixed team competitions at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, snagging Taiwan’s first gold medal in the regional sports event.

The duo Lin Ying-shin (林穎欣) and Lu Shao-chuan (呂紹全) shot a total score of 494.1 points, besting China’s 492.5 points and India’s 429.9 to win gold.

Athletes from 22 countries are competing in the Asian Games shooting contests, which are being held at the Jakabaring International Shooting Range in Palembang Aug. 18-26.

Taiwan sent a team of almost 300 athletes plus other personnel to the 2018 Asia Games, a major sports event in the region that is taking place Aug. 18 to Sept. 2 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.

Taiwan’s Lin Yingshin, right, and her teammate Lu Shaochuanm shoot in the final round of the 10m air rifle mixed team final shooting event during the 18th Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Tsai arrives in Houston for stopover on return leg of trip to allies

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) arrived in the U.S. city of Houston on Saturday for a 27-hour transit stop on her way back to Taiwan after concluding a visit to two of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies.

After her arrival in Houston, Tsai attended a welcome dinner hosted by Taiwanese expatriates, who gave her an enthusiastic ovation.

The dinner was attended by more than 1,000 people, including several U.S. political dignitaries and congressmen.

Houston is the last stop on Tsai’s nine-day trip to Paraguay and Belize, which involved a stopover in Los Angeles on the way to the two allies.

While in Houston, Tsai is scheduled to visit the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, the command post for American astronauts that is part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), according to Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺), who gave a press briefing during the flight to Houston.

President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan visited Houston over the weekend, her second brief stop in the United States in one week.

CAL, EVA pilots postpone strike announcement

The pilots of Taiwan’s two major airlines said Sunday that they will not make an announcement Monday, as planned, about whether they intend to stage a strike, as they are still in negotiations with their companies.

The Pilots Union Taoyuan said it has already held two rounds of negotiations with the management of EVA Air and China Airlines (CAL) and has agreed to a third round on Wednesday to discuss working conditions for the pilots.

As a result, the union said, the announcement about whether the pilots of the two airlines will strike has been postponed until after Wednesday’s meeting. Earlier this month, union members from CAL and EVA Air voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike in the wake of unsuccessful negotiations with management over their working conditions.

The pilot union had planned to make an announcement Monday at a press conference on its pilots’ decision concerning the strike but said it will postpone the decision until after the third round of negotiations on Aug. 22.