China’s pressuring will only make Taiwan stronger: Premier Lai
Jul 27, 2018MarketComments Off on China’s pressuring will only make Taiwan stronger: Premier Lai
Taipei, China's pressuring of Taiwan is not conducive to cross-Taiwan Strait relations and will only make Taiwan stronger and more united, Premier Lai Ching-te (???) said Friday.
In a televised interview with Taiwanese media outlet Sanlih E-Television, Lai said the country's defense budget will be increased by NT$18.3 billion (US$598.6 million) next year, an increase that demonstrates self-reliance and the will to defend Taiwan.
Commenting on Beijing's maneuvering to cancel the 2019 East Asian Youth Games that Taichung was scheduled to host, Lai said the move will only antagonize Taiwan's people and will not be favorable to the normal development of cross-strait relations.
As for China's pressuring of international airlines to change Taiwan's designation on their websites, he said such actions have made China look bad and stand out as a bully.
Beijing will not succeed through threats and will only lead Taiwan's public to become more skeptical of China, Lai said.
"The incident involving the East Asian Youth Games will not be the last," he said, urging people from across all parties to stand united to face the problem at hand.
The government, meanwhile, will also continue to seek assistance from the United States, Lai said.
Cross-strait relations have been chilly since President Tsai Ing-wen (???) of the Democratic Progressive Party, which has traditionally supported independence from China, assumed office in May 2016.
Comments Off on Taipei-Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau is promoting mountain tourism at the 4-day Taipei International Travel Fair that began Friday.
The bureau is focusing on five north-south mountain ranges — the Central Mountain, Xueshan, Yushan, Alishan and the Coastal Mountain ranges — in its pavilion at the fair, said bureau Deputy Director-General Chang Shi-chung (???).
Chang said there will be various exhibitions and forums on the mountains of Taiwan, as well as its unique cultural features such as historic trails and aboriginal lifestyles.
Taiwan is preparing to market 2020 as the Year of Mountain Tourism, after its efforts to position the country as an important international mountaineering destination in July, when the government allowed public access to the island’s national parks.
Previously, people who wanted to visit restricted “ecological protected areas” in Taiwan’s national parks had to apply for permits from both the National Police Agency and the Construction and Planning Agency.
Now, however, the Construction and Planning Agency has launched a new mountain permit application portal that requires mountain visitors to apply for only one permit and provides fast-track processing to expedite applications, the bureau said.
Much of Taiwan is covered by mountains, and it has 268 mountains of over 3,000 meters, according to the Tourism Bureau website.
That environment has made hiking and mountain climbing one of the favorite pastimes of Taiwan residents.
The number of permits issued to Taiwanese citizens and foreign nationals for access to trails in Yushan, Taroko and Shei Pa national parks has risen from 153,736 in 2016 to 187,053 in 2017 and 201,526 in 2018, according to Construction and Planning Agency figures.
In 2018, foreign nationals accounted for 7.24 percent of the permits issued.
There will be around 1,700 booths from 60 countries at the fair, to be held Nov. 8-11 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.
The fair, the largest of its kind in Taiwan, will feature South Korean and Japanese tourism operators amid growing local interest in travel to those countries.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel