Taiwan Today: Taiwan defeats China in baseball competition at the 2018 Asian Games

Taiwan's starting pitcher Wu Sheng-feng (吳昇峰) allowed only four hits in 5.2 innings.

Asian Games: Taiwan defeats China in baseball super round

Taiwan defeated China 1-0 in match two of the men’s baseball super round on Thursday at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.

It was the first time Taiwan’s baseball team faced China at the current Asian Games following three consecutive wins in the preliminary round over Korea 2-1, Hong Kong 16-1 and Indonesia 15-0.

Taiwan is scheduled to play Japan Friday in match four of the super round with the winner advancing to the final.

Taiwan to review visa-free treatment for New Southbound countries

A meeting is to be convened Friday to review the visa free policy for a number of countries covered by the New Southbound Policy (NSP), an Executive Yuan official said Thursday.

Minister without Portfolio Chang Jing-sen (張景森) said the meeting will also discuss whether to offer visa-free treatment to more countries and related issues including crime prevention.

There have been notable increases in the number of visitors from Thailand, Brunei and the Philippines since visa-free treatment was granted, Chang said.

A-mei, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli perform ‘If Only’ duet

A duet entitled “If Only,” by Taiwanese pop diva Chang Hui-mei (張惠妹), also known as A-mei, and Italian pop tenor and crossover artist Andrea Bocelli will feature on Bocelli’s new album set to be released Oct. 26, A-mei’s music production company said Thursday.

However, “If Only” will be available on digital music services in September, before the official launch.

Bocelli’s popular recordings include his breakthrough smash “Time To Say Goodbye” with Sarah Brightman and “The Prayer,” another famous duet with Celine Dion.

A-mei has already left for Italy to prepare for the performance

A-mei, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli perform If Only duet.

Cabinet forms task force to oversee flood recovery

Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) ordered the establishment of a Cabinet-level task force to
oversee recovery and reconstruction measures in flood-hit areas of central and southern Taiwan on Thursday, so that those worst affected can resume normal life as soon as possible.

The task force will be co-headed by National Development Council Minister Chen Mei-ling (陳美伶) and Public Construction Commission Minister Wu Tse-cheng (吳澤成), Cabinet spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka(谷辣斯‧尤達卡) said at a press conference following the weekly Cabinet meeting.

Premier Lai Ching-te instructed the CWB to improve the early warning system for extreme weather events and tasked MOEA to convene a national conference on flood management to review existing flood control
methods and better adapt to challenges posed by extreme weather.

Taiwan mulling countermeasures to Chinese residence permit

Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday that Taiwanese nationals applying for a residence permit in China will not have their Taiwan household registration automatically revoked, but the government is assessing possible countermeasures, including imposing certain restrictions on the citizenship rights of such individuals.

Effective Sept. 1, China will begin issuing residence permits to residents from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan to increase the convenience for those living, working and studying in China, according to China’s State Council.