Super Typhoon Trami unlikely to make landfall in Taiwan

The odds are slim that Super Typhoon Trami will make landfall in Taiwan, but its periphery could bring rain to the country, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

CWB forecaster Kuan Hsin-ping said Super Typhoon Trami is expected to move closer to Taiwan starting Friday but is unlikely to directly hit the island.

Ketamine factory raided, 5,000 kg of drugs seized

Law enforcement personnel arrested five suspects and seized more than 5,000 kilograms of ketamine, marijuana, and semi-finished ketamine in a raid of a factory in southern Taiwan, the Investigation Bureau under the Ministry of Justice (MJIB) said.

The ketamine factory, located on the border between Chiayi County and Tainan, was the biggest to have been busted in Taiwan’s history, MJIB officials said at a press briefing in Kaohsiung.

MJIB agents in Kaohsiung described the ketamine factory as a turnkey factory exported from China, with equipment, raw materials and drug-producing technology all shipped from across the Taiwan Strait.

President Tsai plans to make Taiwan an Asian hub for startups

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Tuesday that her administration will offer incentives and revise regulations as part of its plan to develop Taiwan as a regional hub for startups.

The incentives will include more tax credits, Tsai said in an address at the opening of the annual congress of the World Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce in Taipei.

She said the government is also moving to cultivate talent, attract more foreign professionals and abolish the outdated regulations in the Company Act.

President Tsai Ing-wen said that Taiwan has already launched a startup park in Linkou District, New Taipei, which is linked to Taiwan Tech Arena in Taipei, Asia Silicon Valley in Taoyuan County, and the Hsinchu Science Park.

EU climate action week in Taipei to address global warming

A decisive response from all nations, especially the major economies, is key to reaching the desired level of greenhouse gas emissions, and the European Union is sharing its experience with Taiwan to meet its reduction objectives, EU Representative to Taiwan Madeleine Majorenko said.

The action plans the Paris Agreement set out are not enough to reach the common objective of limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels, Majorenko, head of the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO), said at the opening ceremony of the EU Climate Action Week.