32 Taiwanese universities included in world university rankings

Led by National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan has 32 institutions among the best universities in the world, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2019.

Performing at the top of the 32 Taiwanese universities, NTU was ranked 170, moving up from last year’s 198, the rankings showed. Other Taiwanese universities included in the rankings were National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) and National Tsing Hua University in the 401-500 group.

Cabinet approves bill to boost fines for illegal Chinese investment

The Cabinet passed a draft bill Thursday to increase fines for Chinese individuals or institutions that invest in Taiwan illegally.

The draft amendments to the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area will now be sent to the Legislature for ratification. Under the new amendments, any Chinese investor or investing enterprise that invests in Taiwan without getting permission from the relevant authorities could be subject to a fine of NT$50,000-NT$25 million (US$1,636-US$817,789), a revision from the original fine of NT$120,000-NT$600,000, plus rectification.

Demolition work on controversial temple in Changhua begins

The dismantling of a controversial temple in Changhua County deemed to include illegal structures began Wednesday after the county was embarrassed by a New York Times feature describing the temple’s allegiance to Beijing.

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, 14 heavy-duty bulldozers sent to the scene began razing illegal structures connected to the main front hall and left and right compartments of the rear hall, all of which were considered to have been built illegally on land zoned for farming.

On Wednesday, about 600 security guards and police officers were mobilized to maintain order at the site to ensure public safety while the demolition of the controversial temple was underway.

Four more allies speak at U.N. for Taiwan’s participation

Four of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies spoke in favor of Taiwan taking part in United Nations activities during the international body’s weeklong general debate Wednesday, bringing the
total number of allies who have spoken for Taiwan to six, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

King Mswati III of eSwatini reiterated his country’s “unwavering stance” in calling upon the U.N. to afford the people of the Republic of China (Taiwan) the opportunity to partake and contribute to the U.N. development system.

King Mswati III of Eswatini addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, at the United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)