Taiwan eyes stronger ties with UK post-Brexit
Following the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union (EU), Taiwan’s representative to the UK, Vincent Yao, stated that Brexit has allowed the UK to establish closer economic ties with Taiwan, potentially helping Taiwan resist China’s attempts to isolate it. Taiwan is also increasingly investing in the UK, with the goal of becoming the UK’s primary trading partner in Europe. Additionally, strengthening UK-Taiwan trade relations could benefit the UK by providing access to Taiwan’s key industries, such as semiconductors. The bilateral relationship between Taiwan and the UK is reflected in the increase of UK government officials posted to Taiwan and the expansion of the UK office in Taipei. Collaboration between the two countries extends to areas such as artificial intelligence, offshore wind power, and electric vehicle batteries. However, there is still room for further development in bilateral cooperation.
Taiwan to enjoy spring-like warmth with rising temperatures
Get the latest weather forecast for Taiwan from Meteorologist Wu Der-rong. Temperatures will rise throughout the week, reaching 30 degrees Celsius in the south. While the north will see highs of 25 degrees during the day, mornings and evenings will remain cooler. Expect temperatures of 12-22 degrees in the north, 12-25 degrees in central regions, and 13-27 degrees in the south. Starting Tuesday, wind direction will change, bringing stable sunny weather to the west and occasional showers to the east. A small northeast wind on Friday may cause localized rain and a slight drop in temperature in the north. Spring-like temperatures will return on the weekend, with sunny weather in the west and possible showers in the east. Stay tuned for updates on the next cold snap.
Taiwan braces for cold snap with warming trend on horizon
Taiwan’s northern and northeastern regions are experiencing cold temperatures, with the mercury hovering around 10 degrees Celsius or lower. Despite a weakening cold wave, warmer weather is expected next week. The Central Weather Administration has issued a cold warning for 17 cities, urging residents to take precautions. Friday’s humidity will decrease, with mostly sunny to cloudy weather in regions south of Hsinchu. However, areas facing the wind, such as the northern coast of Keelung, parts of the east, the Hengchun Peninsula, and the mountainous areas of Taipei, may still see localized rain. Former CWA Weather Forecast Center director Daniel Wu predicts a wind transition from northeastern to easterly and then southeasterly from Monday to Thursday, leading to a daily rise in temperature. This shift will bring clear weather in the west and sporadic, brief rain in the east, with the possibility of fog in western regions and surrounding Kinmen and Matsu islands.
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Taiwan’s puppetry shines at Rotterdam Film Festival
Taiwan’s historical documentary ＂Qianlong’s Tour of the West Lake＂ has been chosen for the Cinema Regained category at the 2024 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), showcasing Taiwan’s traditional hand puppetry culture. Directed by Liu Yi-hung in 1994, the film was restored from 35mm original footage to 4K, paying tribute to Taiwanese puppet master Li Tien-lu and his ’I Wan Jan Puppet Theater.’ The IFFR’s recognition of Liu’s work highlights Taiwan’s cinematographic prowess. Li, born into a family of puppeteers, founded the I Wan Jan Puppet Theater in 1932, incorporating his distinctive Southern Min dialect. The IFFR previously screened the Taiwanese puppet film ＂Demigod: The Legend Begins＂ multiple times in 2023, further promoting Taiwan’s puppetry culture. The selection of ＂Qianlong’s Tour of West Lake＂ at the 2024 Rotterdam Film Festival brings Taiwan’s traditional puppetry culture closer to European movie enthusiasts. The IFFR, taking place from Jan. 25 to Feb. 4, 2024, has chosen three Taiwanese films, including ＂Who’ll Stop the Rain＂ by director Su Yi-hsuan and ＂When the Wind Rises＂ directed by Chen Hao, showcasing the breadth and quality of Taiwan’s filmmaking.
CWA: Rising temperatures amid weakening cold air mass
The Central Weather Administration (CWA) has announced that temperatures in Taiwan are expected to rise today due to the weakening of a cold air mass. Daytime highs will reach 22 to 25 degrees Celsius in the western part of the country and 21 to 23 degrees in the eastern regions. Rainfall will be limited, and skies will largely remain clear, with only slight scattered showers in the east. However, morning lows in the western regions and Yilan will be around 10 to 13 degrees, dropping to below 10 degrees in parts of northern Tainan and Yilan due to the influence of the continental cold air mass and radiative cooling effect. The Hualien-Taitung area should expect lows between 15 and 16 degrees, so individuals are advised to take measures to stay warm. Wind speeds may rise between 8 to 9 levels in parts of Taoyuan to Yunlin, Hengchun Peninsula, Penghu, Lanyu, and Green Island. There could be a risk of high waves along the coast of the eastern regions, Lanyu, Green Island, and Hengchun Peninsula, so residents and visitors are urged to stay vigilant if engaging in seaside activities.
Foreign investment in Taiwan hits 15-year high despite drop
The number of approved overseas Chinese and foreign investments in Taiwan decreased by 8.89% to 2,102 cases in the first 11 months of 2023 compared to the same period last year. However, the investment amount from these sources reached US$10.79 billion (NT$323.7 billion), the second-highest in the past 15 years, with significant contributions from the offshore wind power sector. French company TotalEnergies Renewables SAS and British firm OSW Investments Taiwan JVCO 2 Limited increased their capital in Haiding Two International Investment Co., Ltd. by NT$5.03 billion. New companies established during this period amounted to 1,124 cases, with an investment value of US$680 million (NT$20.37 billion). Investments from Southeast Asian countries increased notably, with 609 cases, a 41.3% year-on-year increase, and a monetary surge of 25.2% to US$2.52 billion (NT$75.68 billion), mainly from Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. However, Chinese investments in Taiwan declined, with only 24 approved cases, a 45.45% decrease from the previous year, and investment figures dropping by 21.65% to US$27.38 million (NT$820 million). On the other hand, overseas investments from Taiwan increased, with a moderate rise in approved cases by 2.44% to 504 and a substantial annual increase of 145.61% in investment total to US$22.81 billion (NT$684.42 billion). Key overseas investments included TSMC’s US$8 billion capital injection into its Arizona subsidiary and a €3.5 billion investment in Germany’s ESMC GmbH. Foxconn Technology Group also made a significant investment of US$8 billion in its Singapore subsidiary, and Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. invested a similar amount in Singapore-based Yang Ming (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
Taiwan issues heavy rain advisory for northern cities
The Central Weather Administration (CWA) has issued a heavy rain advisory for Taipei City, New Taipei City, and Keelung City in Taiwan, warning of potential intensive downpours throughout the evening. The northeast monsoon is causing localized heavy rainfall in coastal areas of Keelung and mountainous regions of Taipei. The strengthening of the northeast monsoon has also prompted alerts for strong gusts ranging from force 9 to 11, potentially affecting areas from Taoyuan City to Tainan City, as well as southeastern parts of the island, including Orchid Island, Green Island, and the Hengchun Peninsula. The advisory for strong winds covers an expansive area, including Taoyuan City, Hsinchu City, Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, Taichung City, Changhua County, Yunlin County, Chiayi County, Tainan City, the Hengchun Peninsula, Taitung County, Orchid Island, Green Island, Penghu County, and the Kinmen and Matsu region. These strong wind conditions are expected to last from the early morning of Wednesday (Dec. 20) through the evening of Friday (Dec. 22).
Kinmen halts ferry service amid gale-force winds
Due to strong winds, ferry services between Xiamen and Kinmen were suspended on December 16. The Kinmen County Harbor Bureau forecasts that services may resume around noon, depending on wind conditions. Gale-force winds reaching level eight were recorded earlier that day, leading to the temporary halt. Officials warn that the windy weather could continue to disrupt ferry schedules, and advise passengers to stay informed and make alternative travel arrangements.
Taipei’s chilly spell to break with warmth on horizon
The story discusses the weather conditions in Taipei, Taiwan. Currently, the city is experiencing cool and wet weather due to a passing weather front and the northeast monsoon. Rainfall is expected to decrease, but temperatures will continue to drop. However, a shift in winds is expected to bring some sunshine and warmer temperatures to western Taipei. From Thursday to Friday, a southerly wind will bring warmer air, though morning fog and low clouds are likely. A new cold front arriving on Saturday will cause temperatures to plummet in the north. On Sunday, temperatures in the central and southern parts of Taiwan will dip. There will be a brief respite on Monday and Tuesday with reduced rainfall and slightly higher temperatures. However, another front approaching from the north will bring more rain and colder temperatures. By next Wednesday, conditions will be drier, but nighttime temperatures could drop to around 10 degrees.
NDC Minister eyes swift ECA with Australia for energy ties
Taiwan’s National Development Council Minister, Kung Ming-hsin, expressed the hope for Taiwan to swiftly sign an Economic Cooperation Agreement (ECA) with Australia. In his speech, he emphasized the potential for collaboration in the hydrogen energy sector to boost industrial development between the two countries. Kung, on behalf of Taiwan’s government, accepted the official release of the 2023 White Paper by the Australia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (ANZCHAM). He highlighted the record high trade of US$34.08 billion among Taiwan, New Zealand, and Australia last year. Kung also emphasized Australia’s crucial role as a major supplier of energy and agricultural products for Taiwan, emphasizing the complementarity between their economic industries. He mentioned Taiwan’s involvement in offshore wind financing operations with the Macquarie Group and its target of 10% of its energy mix coming from hydrogen, particularly green hydrogen, illustrating the potential for energy cooperation with New Zealand and Australia.
NDC notes Taiwan’s breakthroughs in green energy transition
The Taiwanese government is taking preemptive measures to achieve its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. Premier Chen Chien-jen highlights the importance of a talented workforce and enhanced research in guiding industries towards a green energy transition. The government is also focused on strengthening strategies and providing better services for domestic industries. The National Development Council is actively removing obstacles to land acquisition for overseas businesses returning to Taiwan. The Ministry of Economic Affairs has proposed a plan to increase water supply capacity and promote the use of reclaimed and desalinated water. Additionally, the MOEA is investing in renewable energy infrastructure, particularly in solar and offshore wind power, with the aim of establishing high-performance offshore wind ports.
Weakening monsoon brings agreeable weather across Taiwan
The weakening northeastern monsoon in Taiwan has resulted in temperatures staying above 17 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan on Wednesday. The lowest morning temperature recorded was 16.7 degrees in Huwei, Yunlin County. As the monsoon shifts to a more easterly wind, cloud cover and localized short-lived showers are expected in the Northern and Northeastern coasts, as well as the Eastern half of the region. However, the western half of Taiwan will experience improved weather with sunny to partly cloudy skies. A front system on Thursday could increase cloud amounts and bring precipitation to areas north of Taichung and in the eastern half of the country, particularly in mountainous regions. Following the front, a southbound Northeast monsoon may lead to a temperature drop to 16-18 degrees in urban areas and possibly lower in suburbs at night. The arid and chilly influence will persist on Friday, with high temperatures ranging from 18-19 degrees in the north, 22-24 degrees in central Taiwan, 25-26 degrees in the south, and 21-22 degrees in Hualien and Taitung. This weather pattern is expected to continue until next Wednesday, providing Taiwan with a reliable forecast.
ASVDA to host talks on Taiwan-Japan industry ties and EVs
Amid strengthening industry ties between Taiwan and Japan, ASVDA plans discussions on EVs and smart technology. Gartner predicts a significant rise in global EV shipments, while the IEA foresees a major shift towards sustainable energy.
Kites of marine life fill the sky at Lukang’s ocean party
Experience the festive Lukang Kite Festival in the historic port town of Lukang, as kites in various marine animal shapes soar in the skies. Despite a lack of wind in the morning, a breeze picked up in the afternoon, attracting numerous spectators. Reflecting Lukang’s identity as a small fishing town with a rich seafood production, the festival embodied an ocean party theme.
Renewable energy becomes focus ahead of 2024 elections
Presidential candidates in Taiwan have unveiled energy policies that prioritize renewable energy and low-carbon gas as bridging fuels. Taipower, the national power company, has announced plans to accelerate the construction of gas turbine units across the country. The Hsieh-Ho Power Plant, which supplies electricity to the northern region, is currently undergoing an environmental impact assessment. Shifting from oil to gas can reduce air pollution by 96% and greenhouse gas emissions by 52%. In recent years, the government, private sector, and Taipower have made significant efforts to increase the capacity of renewable energy devices. As of September this year, the cumulative capacity of photovoltaic installations exceeded 11.55 million kilowatts, and wind power reached 2,583,000 kilowatts. By prioritizing green energy and using gas, Taipower has reduced air pollution emissions from thermal power plants by 60%, dropping from approximately 107,000 metric tons in 2016 to about 42,000 metric tons in 2022.
Taiwan’s renewable energy market valued at billions
The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has announced an 8.6 percent rebound in output, driven by developments in solar and wind power. Taiwan’s renewable energy market is expected to reach NT$200 billion in 2024. This was revealed during an ITRI industry forum that focused on cross-discipline cooperation in carbon solution exchange. Jay Wang, Vice Director of ITRI Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center, highlighted the challenges faced by the global economy due to high inflation and interest rates, which have increased investment costs for renewable energy development. Wang emphasized the importance of renewable energy in achieving a net-zero economy by 2050, but noted that oversupply has resulted in lower prices and the need for different approaches. Despite these challenges, Taiwan has excelled in the development and innovation of renewable energy, particularly offshore wind power, with an accumulated capacity of 2GW to date.
President Tsai affirms Taiwan-Belgium friendship
During a meeting with a Belgian parliamentary delegation, President Tsai Ing-wen emphasized the shared values of freedom and democracy between Taiwan and Belgium. She expressed the desire to establish institutionalized cooperation in areas such as cybersecurity. The delegation, led by Els Van Hoof, Chairwoman of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, was welcomed by Secretary-General to the President Lin Chia-lung.
Taiwan experiences chilly weather with temperature drop
Taiwan’s lowest temperature dipped to 19.7°C in Miaoli County on Thursday (Oct. 12). The weather forecast predicts clouds, occasional rain, and isolated thunderstorms in mountainous regions. Super Typhoon Bolaven matches Typhoon Mawar as the strongest storm of 2023, but fortunately, it poses no threat to Taiwan.
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Taiwan’s Triton weather satellite successfully launched
Taiwan’s first self-made weather satellite, Triton, successfully launched from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana on Arianespace’s Vega VV23 flight. Equipped with a locally developed Global Navigation Satellite System-Reflectometry (GNSS-R), Triton’s main task is to calculate wind speeds by receiving signals reflected off the sea surface. It utilizes GNSS-R, a new scientific technology, to observe conditions at all times and improve typhoon intensity and route predictions. Triton’s observational range covers the low-latitude bands of the Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic Oceans, regions known for severe weather.