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Friday, February 5, 2016
The U.S. dollar fell against the New Taiwan dollar Thursday, shedding NT$0.200 to close at the day's high of NT$33.608 as traders here were motivated by the strength of other regional currencies to pick up the Taiwan unit, dealers said.
Kin Moy (梅建華), director of the American Institute in Taiwan's (AIT) Taipei Office, visited new Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) Thursday.
Boosted by the National Financial Stabilization Fund, Taiwan's local equity market has been resilient so far this year, scoring the best performance in the world, according to statistics from the Ministry of Finance (MOF).
The Presidential Office denied Thursday that President Ma Ying-jeou's recent visit to Taiping Island in the disputed South China Sea was an intractable response to an opinion expressed late last year by a former American official, as implied in a local newspaper report.
People planning to visit the newly opened Mitsui Outlet Park in New Taipei City's Linkou District over the Lunar New Year holiday are advised to take either buses or a free shuttle service, as the outlet will close its parking lot between noon and 6 p.m. every day during the holiday, local transport authorities said Thursday.
Taiwan will not allow visa-free entry to Chinese passengers making transit stops in Taiwan en route to third countries at the present time, the head of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said.
A total of 39 alleged tree poachers were arrested last month in Central Taiwan over charges of cutting down priceless old trees without permission, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) has announced.
The superintendent of Taitung Hospital in southeastern Taiwan has warned the public of the dangers of overindulging over the Feb. 6-14 Lunar New Year holiday.
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Finance Minister Chang Sheng-ford (張盛和) said Thursday that Taiwan exports dropped in double digits in January to mark their 12th straight month of decline.
Technology devices will become more diversified in 2016, with virtual reality, self-driving cars, drones etc., becoming more universal, the government-backed Industrial Economic and Knowledge Center (IEK) reported.
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