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Tsai departs for Central America
The China Post with agencies

President Tsai Ing-wen on Saturday began her second overseas visit since taking office, leaving behind intensifying fallout from her administration's reform efforts.

The delegation for the nine-day trip, which will take in visits to four Central American allies, departed at around 10 a.m., just hours before enraged pension reform protesters massed on a public hearing and as fears emerged over a new labor law's effect on department store staff.

Speaking at the Taoyuan airport before departing on an EVA Air charter flight, Tsai said the trip was aimed at strengthening ties with Taiwan's diplomatic allies and expanding bilateral cooperation with other countries.

However, Tsai's transit stops in the U.S. cities of Houston and San Francisco are being more closely watched than the visit to Central America itself, with speculation that she may meet with members of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's transition team.

Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank said she was "confident that both Taiwan and the U.S. want this transit to be low profile ... There is nothing to be gained by irritating Beijing."

Tsai's travel plans have already irked the Chinese government. Asked to comment last week, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said: "We hope that the U.S. side can follow the 'one China' policy and the three joint communiques, disallow the Taiwan leader's transit in the U.S. (and) refrain from sending any wrong signals to pro-independence forces in Taiwan."

Stateside Stopovers Just for 'comfort': US

Washington on Friday defended the transit stops, saying they were part of a "long-standing practice" to provide comfort to travelers and that there was nothing unusual about them.

Asked whether any current U.S. official would make contact with Tsai during her stopovers, the spokesman, John Kirby, said he was "not able to speak about the details" of discussions that might occur.

Tsai's office has refused to fully clarify who she would meet during the stopovers in the U.S., saying only that the president would meet with Taiwanese expatriates there as well as visit the technology industry in Houston and the innovation industry in San Francisco.

In June 2016, Tsai made stopovers in Miami and Los Angeles during a visit to Central and South America, her first overseas trip as president.

At the time, she met with several U.S. congressmen during the stopovers and spoke with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the phone while in Miami.

Similar arrangements would also be made for Tsai this time, a source told CNA.

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Israel's position still depends on US influence
By Arthur I. Cyr

"You have heard of the patience of Job," wrote Jesus' disciple James, underscoring the importance of patience as well as faith in handling severe reversals and frustrations (James 5:11). Religious references readily come to mind in considering the seemingly endless conflicts in the Mideast.

Secretary of State John Kerry courageously has tackled head-on the engrained hostility separating Israelis and Palestinians. His initiative is comparable to predecessors James Baker and Henry Kissinger, both great diplomats. The United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel's settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem masks this dedicated long-term U.S. effort for reconciliation between bitter enemies.

Baker and Kissinger worked in the aftermath of war, respectively the 1991 Gulf War and the 1973 Arab-Israel War. Neither achieved comprehensive peace, but both eased tensions. In the intensive and explosive context of the region, that counts as progress.

Kerry is similar to these men - enormously energetic, comfortable with details of diplomacy, disciplined and focused, aware breakthroughs are usually a result of private negotiation. Like these earlier secretaries, Kerry has demonstrated good management and selected skillful deputies, including Martin Indyk, former U.S. ambassador to Israel. Indyk's sympathy for Israel is a plus in seeking realistic accommodation.

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AFI honorees share a toast to the best in cinema, TV

LOS ANGELES -- The Golden Globes will be handed out Sunday, but many nominees got a practice run through the awards process Friday at the American Film Institute's annual luncheon.

Like the Globes, the AFI Awards celebrate outstanding work in film and television. Unlike the Globes, though, there is no competition: All 11 films and 10 TV shows recognized by AFI are considered winners.

AFI president Bob Gazzale said nothing was expected of the honorees other than to "embrace and applaud each other as colleagues."

With no television cameras and no agenda other than to schmooze and nosh, guests happily obliged.

Sarah Paulson, an Emmy winner and Golden Globe nominee for her portrayal of Marcia Clark in "The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," chatted with "Atlanta" creator and star Donald Glover, whose show and performance are up for awards on Sunday.

AFI also recognized TV's "Veep," "Game of Thrones," "The Crown," "Stranger Things," and "This Is Us" — all Golden Globe nominees — along with "Better Call Saul," "The Americans" and "The Night Of."

John Lithgow, a Golden Globe nominee for "The Crown," hung around with Jeff Bridges, who's nominated for his supporting role in "Hell or High Water."

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希華合作新夥伴Rakon將登門 股價今爆量走揚逾5%
記者張欽發/鉅亨網, The China Post news staff

希華?(2484-TW) 將以 1000 萬美元 (約新台幣 3.2 億元) 投資紐西蘭上市頻率元件廠 Rakon ,希華並藉此取得在航太、衛星、軍工等產業應用領域的開拓,Rakon 高層主管並將於本月 20 日來台敲定進一步合作細節。

 希華與 Rakon 的策略聯盟案合作,最主要鎖定應用於其高精密度衛星定位產品應用端市場,預計每年將轉 1000 萬美元的高階石英元件訂單給希華生產。

 希華董事長曾穎堂表示,Rakon 高層主管將於本月 20 日來台敲定進一步合作細節。

 希華投資 Rakon 案,已走完相關對外投資審查程序,此一計畫的進行將取得「雙贏」發展,不僅希華將取得 Rakon 技術移轉及授權,同時,成立已長達 50 年之久的 Rakon 公司也將移轉部分訂單交由希華晶體生產,預計 2017 年營收可見到明顯挹注的效果,對於未來雙方發展都有利益。

 希華與 Rakon 的合作除代工生產之外,也將包括代理銷售,Rakon 產品預計將在重新取得成本、技術競爭力之後,透過希華的銷售體系開展到高階的 物聯網應用市場。

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