Choral groups pose with identifying signs at the opening of the 20th Taipei International Choral Festival at the National Taiwan Museum yesterday. The festival, Asia’s largest event of its kind, runs through Aug. 7 with livestreams of performances available on the festival’s YouTube channel.
Photo: CNA
DOUBLE STANDARD: Beijing expects Taipei to allow its citizens to enter the nation without quarantine while it still subjects Taiwanese to the ordeal, an official said Beijing is likely to cite Taiwan’s different border policies for people from China, Hong Kong and Macau as a “double standard” as part of its cognitive warfare efforts, a source said yesterday. The government is on Thursday to end mandatory quarantine for incoming travelers, expect those from Hong Kong, Macau and China, due to national security concerns. Beijing is likely to cite the discrepancy as a double standard and say that the Democratic Progressive Party administration “irrationally opposes” anything China-related and “as a matter of course,” the source said. The government last month announced that starting on Sept. 29, people from China
Volunteer divers on Saturday harpooned 10 Thai snakehead fish, as the nation seeks to eradicate the invasive species from Taitung City’s Huoshuei Lake (活水湖). “Huoshuei Lake hosts many watersports events and is an important recreational space for residents,” Taitung Underwater Federation president Huang Tung-yi (黃東益) told a lakeside news conference. “This event was organized to ensure that the lake’s waters remain safe for the public and indigenous fish,” he said. The Taitung County Government asked diving enthusiasts to help eradicate the species in the lake after visitors reported seeing clutches of eggs and schools of juvenile snakehead fish in waters near the
‘NOT TURNING BACK’: After a professor slammed the policy of ‘living with the virus,’ the head of the CECC listed how well Taiwan was faring compared with other countries The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said it would not reverse its COVID-19 policies, as it announced its five main goals for “living with the virus.” Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare Victor Wang (王必勝), who heads the center, said that the number of new local cases for last week had reached 323,443 as of Saturday — 9.1 percent higher than a week earlier. The number of new daily cases “is still at a plateau in Taiwan, so we advise people to continue practicing preventive measures,” he said. Local media reported that Chan Chang-chuan (詹長權), a professor at National Taiwan University’s College
The Republic of China (ROC) is still the most commonly accepted name to refer to the nation, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday, responding to questions about the use of “Taiwan National Day” to refer to Double Ten National Day. Ko was asked about the Presidential Office’s use of “Taiwan National Day” in English to refer to Double Ten National Day on the official logo of publicity material for the day. Ko said that every administration has used different terms over the years, from “ROC at Taiwan,” “ROC in Taiwan,” “ROC is Taiwan” to “ROC (Taiwan).” “At the moment, ROC is the


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