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May, 27, 2016

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With Taiwan facing a decline in Chinese tourists, Transportation Minister-designate Ho-Chen Tan said Wednesday he will promote Taiwan as a good travel destination at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum meeting later this month.
 
Taiwan's representative office in Geneva has given the World Health Organization (WHO) letters from the government confirming that it will attend the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on Tuesday.
 
The United States said Monday it was pleased to see Taiwan has received an invitation to this year's World Health Assembly (WHA) but avoided comment on the World Health Organization's mention of the "one-China" principle in the letter.
 
Skippers of several Taiwanese fishing boats have urged the government to crack down on Vietnamese fishing boats they said Monday were operating in Taiwan's exclusive economic zone off the Pratas Islands in the South China Sea.
 
A project spearheaded by a French priest to build a nursing home in Hualien County is facing a big gap in funding, but it will still hold its groundbreaking ceremony this week as fundraising efforts continue, the priest said.
 
The National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) and the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) jointly inaugurated an office in Taipei on Saturday, with the aim of deepening ties between them.
 
Scores held as Vietnam breaks up fish deaths protest
Vietnamese police detained scores of people Sunday as they broke up a protest against a Taiwanese company accused of being behind a toxic leak that has caused mass fish deaths off the central coast.
 
Beijing has sent a warning to Taipei by having a United Nations' resolution concerning the "one China" principle included in an invitation to Taiwan to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) annual meet, a senior diplomat was cited by the Central News Agency as saying Saturday.
 
With the World Health Assembly (WHA) due to convene in Geneva in less than 20 days, Taiwan is considering alternatives should it not receive a formal invitation letter from the body to attend as in past years.
 
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday said the ministry is still optimistic that they will receive an invitation to this month's World Health Assembly (WHA) in time for a Taiwanese delegation to attend.
 
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