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US politicians meet Tsai despite Beijing's request
By Stephanie Chao, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Several U.S. politicians met President Tsai Ing-wen during a Houston stopover on her way to Central America on Sunday despite a Beijing request not to do so.

She later flew for Honduras, where she pledged to help Taiwanese enterprises embark on more yearly delegation trips to Central America allies.

Meeting with Cruz

Buzz over her trip began well before she landed in Honduras, with media speculation rife over who she would see during her transit in Houston.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas released a statement that he had met with Tsai on Sunday.

"We discussed our mutual opportunity to upgrade the stature of our bilateral relations in a wide-ranging discussion that addressed arms sales, diplomatic exchanges, and economic relations," the statement read.

Cruz defended his decision to meet with Tsai, saying that before meeting with the Taiwanese president, the Houston congressional delegation received a "curious letter" from the Chinese consulate asking members of Congress to uphold the "one China" policy and not to meet with President Tsai.

Cruz wrote, "The People's Republic of China needs to understand that in America we make decisions about meeting with visitors for ourselves."

"This is not about the PRC. This is about the U.S. relationship with Taiwan, an ally we are legally bound to defend."

Apart from meeting with Cruz, Tsai also met with Governor of Texas Greg Abbott and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and took a call from U.S. Senator John McCain.

When meeting with Abbott, President Tsai reportedly emphasized that Taiwan and Texas had engaged in trade, investment and tourism exchanges for many years. She also noted the large Taiwanese expatriate community in Texas, with over 50,000 in Houston alone.

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Japan office's name change: a victory only for Ah Q
The China Post news staff

Shakespeare once wrote: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet."

Talking of names, do we think the public interest incorporated foundation Japan-Taiwan Exchange Foundation (公益財團法人日本台灣交流協會) sounds any better than the public interest incorporated foundation Exchange Foundation (公益財團法人交流協會)?

Some people do — President Tsai Ing-wen and her Japanophile supporters, in particular.

The change of name took place on New Year's Day, though the doorplates of the office of the Taiwan-Japan contact organization in Taipei were altered last Wednesday. Quite a few political pundits blindly lauded it as a diplomatic breakthrough. But it was nothing of the sort. The only change is an addition of "Japan-Taiwan" to the title of the organization. What's in a name?

Taiwan has had to pay dearly for this worthless nominal change.

Let's look at what President Tsai has paid.

She agreed not to challenge Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) claim over the Okinotori Islands in the Western Pacific, where Taiwan's fishermen wish to operate without Japanese hindrance to make their living.

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At the Globes, it's a La La landslide as musical wins 7 awards

LOS ANGELES, AFP and AP -- Whimsical modern-day musical "La La Land" pirouetted its way into major Oscars contention Sunday as it swept the board at the Golden Globes, the glitziest party of the show biz year.

Damien Chazelle's nostalgic tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood musicals picked up all seven of the statuettes for which it was nominated — giving the film momentum as it launches its campaign for next month's Academy Awards.

"This is a film for dreamers," said Emma Stone, who took home the prize for best actress in a musical/comedy for her role as aspiring actress Mia.

"I think that hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world. And that's what this movie is about."

Her co-star Ryan Gosling — who plays jazz pianist Sebastian — won best actor honors, while Chazelle took home prizes for best director and screenplay.

"La La Land" had earned awards for best original score and best song for "City of Stars" shortly after the glitzy ceremony began — setting the tone for a record-breaking night.

Prior to Sunday, the record for the most Globes was shared by the 1975 release "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and the 1978 movie "Midnight Express," with six wins apiece.

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Bilingual News
瑞昱去年營運亮眼 年營收389億元再創歷史新高
記者蔡宗憲/鉅亨網 ,The China Post news staff

網通晶片瑞昱 (2379-TW) 今 (9) 日公告 12 月營收,降到 29.9 億元,月減 1 成多,創近 10 月來低點,去年全年營收則達 389 億元,較前年成長 22.58%,續創歷史新高紀錄。

  瑞昱去年 12 月受季底客戶調整庫存影響,營收降到 29.9 億元,月減 10.47%,創近 10 月以來低點,但仍較前年同期則仍成長 3.5%;第 4 季營收反映淡季因素,但由於農曆年時間較早客戶提前備貨,第 4 季營收達 98 億元,較第 3 季下滑 4.65%,淡季表現不淡。

  瑞昱去年受惠 WIFI 與寬頻滲透率提升,加上標案需求帶動,及電視晶片市佔率成長,全年營收達 389.14 億元,年增 22.58%,持續寫下年歷史新高紀錄。


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