Taiwan Today: El Salvador cuts Taiwan links as Taiwan’s refusal to invest in a port development

At a press conference, President Tsai called for national unity to "defend the status quo of the ROC (Taiwan)," after her administration announced a decision to sever diplomatic relations with El Salvador because the Central American country was preparing to switch recognition to China.

El Salvador cuts Taiwan links as Taiwan’s refusal to invest in a port development

Taiwan’s refusal to invest US$4 billion in a port development project in El Salvador was the main reason for the former ally to cut ties with Taipei in favor of Beijing, a diplomatic source told local media Tuesday.

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) announced earlier Tuesday that Taiwan was cutting diplomatic ties with El Salvador after the Central American nation asked Taiwan for an “astronomical sum” of financial aid.

Wu did not disclose the exact amount requested by the former ally, but the “astronomical sum” he was referring to involved the Port of La Union project, which Taiwan did not think was viable after sending a team to inspect the site.

A diplomatic source familiar with the matter told local media that the El Salvador government asked Taiwan to bid on the port development project expected to cost US$4 billion.

It also urged Taiwan to invest in a US$23 billion free economic zone project that is still being planned, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity since the person was not authorized to speak on the issue publically.

3 die in airport construction mudslide

Three workers were killed in a mudslide at a construction site at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Tuesday.

Taoyuan firefighters said the three were trapped under piles of mud while working on water pipes at an airport terminal.

While police were investigating the cause of the accident, Taoyuan International Airport Corp. issued a statement saying that it suspected five workers were doing their jobs in unsafe conditions.

In addition to the three who were buried, one went into shock and the other was injured, although he later managed to crawl by himself from a collapsed ditch. The contracting company is suspected of failing to provide sufficient protection measures, according to the statement.

People at the scene said that rain over the past few days might have caused the moist soil on one side the ditch to cave in, causing falling rocks to hit the workers, who were collecting their tools after finishing their day’s work.


Taiwan hosts meeting on anti-corruption efforts

A four-day session of the international review on Taiwan’s compliance with the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) kicked off in Taipei Tuesday, with Vice

President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) saying that Taiwan will continue its efforts to combat corruption.

Although Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations, as a member of the international community, it is important for the country to pursue clean governance under the doctrine of the UNCAC, Chen said in his opening speech.

“Taiwan is willing to work with the international community to prevent and combat corruption,” he said, stressing that government transparency also has a direct impact on foreign investment confidence.

UNCAC , which is being held at the Civil Service Development Institute in Taipei, has also invited several other international anti-corruption experts to share their opinions and offer suggestions for improvements in the government’s efforts to combat corruption.


Taiwan donates US$250,000 to Indonesia for post-quake relief

Taiwan’s government donated US$250,000 to Indonesia Tuesday to help with relief efforts in the wake of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that left hundreds of people dead in the popular tourist destination of Lombok.

The donation was made in Jakarta by Taiwan’s representative to Indonesia Chen Chung (陳忠) to Ginandjar Kartasasmita, acting chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross Society.

Meanwhile, a relief fund raised by Taiwanese businesses based in the Southeast Asian country totaling 930 million Indonesian rupiah (US$63,789) was also made to the Indonesian Red Cross by Lai Wei-hsin (賴維信), chairman of the Taiwan Business Club.

Indonesia: Lombok quakes don't meet national disaster status
A man inspects destroyed homes following an earthquake on Lombok island, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. Multiple strong earthquakes killed a number of people on the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Sumbawa as the region was trying to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. (AP Photo/Fauzy Chaniago)