Lai Ching-te calls for strong future path in Taiwan vote
Presidential candidate Lai Ching-te emphasizes the importance of culture in advancing Taiwan’s international identity, stating that without cultural recognition, the world would remain unaware of Taiwan’s existence. Lai urges voters to choose the right path for Taiwan’s future, highlighting that the island cannot afford to backtrack. The rally to support DPP legislator Wu Szu-yao saw more than 150 cultural figures in attendance, showcasing broad support for her exceptional qualities. Wu emphasizes that culture could serve as Taiwan’s strongest form of national defense and foreign relations, drawing a parallel with Ukraine’s use of cultural heritage to garner international protection. She expresses confidence in Lai’s future leadership to enhance Taiwan’s cultural ties globally.
Hsiao Bi-khim vows to uphold ROC in upcoming Taiwan election
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice-presidential candidate Hsiao Bi-khim reassures citizens that the Republic of China (ROC) will continue to exist and be maintained, dismissing concerns that a DPP victory would lead to its disappearance. In an exclusive online interview, Hsiao emphasizes the importance of the ROC’s constitutional system as the fundamental basis of Taiwan’s democracy. She commits to upholding democratic values and public opinion in Taiwan, addressing national identity issues by asserting that maintaining the status quo is the most acceptable stance for the international community and the Taiwanese people. Hsiao declares that the ROC will continue to exist and be defended, presenting this commitment to the Taiwanese people and the international community. As the vice-presidential nominee, Hsiao’s campaign is based on the ROC’s constitutional system, highlighting her respect for this structure and the importance of Taiwan’s democracy and public sentiment.
French YouTuber obtains permanent residency in Taiwan
A well-known French YouTuber, Ku, has been granted permanent residency in Taiwan after residing in the country for over five years. With a passion for Taiwanese cuisine and culture, Ku’s YouTube channel, ＂Ku’s dream酷的夢,＂ has gained a substantial following of 1.61 million subscribers. Meeting the eligibility criteria of staying more than 183 days annually in the past five years, Ku expressed that obtaining permanent residency in Taiwan is a validation of his sense of belonging. He also praised the convenience, efficiency, and creator-friendly environment of living in Taiwan. Ku’s connection to Taiwan has deepened following his residency approval, and he aims to promote Taiwan, boost Taiwanese nationals’ confidence, and foster a sense of identity.
THSR early bird tickets require real-name registration
The Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) will implement an early bird discount program with passenger registration starting from December 1st, with advance purchases available from November 3rd. Passengers who do not present a valid ID will be considered ticketless travelers and charged an additional 50% of the traveled section fare. The early bird discount tickets require the passenger’s national identity card or passport number and can only be used by the person named on the ticket. Changes to the ID number will not be accepted once the early bird reservation is complete.
Terry Gou supports ex-president’s decision on National Day
Foxconn founder Terry Gou expresses support for former President Ma Ying-jeou’s decision to boycott the national day celebration in Taiwan. Gou criticizes President Tsai Ing-wen and Vice President Lai Ching-te for their views on national identity, particularly Tsai’s renaming of the holiday to ＂Taiwan National Day.＂