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Conflicting statements given by two Cabinet ministers on Monday, May 30, show government officials to not be on the same page on the status of the Japan-held Okinotori atoll.
 
Agriculture minister softens stance on US pork
Agriculture Minister Tsao Chi-hung (曹啟鴻) on Monday walked back his past claim that Taiwan would inevitably need to lift its ban on U.S. pork containing ractopamine, a controversial feed additive.
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WHA's in a name?
Premier Lin Chuan, right, speaks to the press Saturday, May 28, about Taiwan's recent participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA). Lin lauded Health Minister Lin Tzou-yien for leading the Taiwan delegation to what he called a successful mission to the WHA.
 
Taiwan is promoting itself as the top choice for foreign nationals to learn Mandarin Chinese through a new initiative that arranges for foreign students to take part in cultural activities while learning the language in the country.
 
The New Southbound Policy Office under the Presidential Office will begin its mission of expanding the Southeast Asian market with a plan aimed at boosting visits by Southeast Asian tourists to Taiwan through visa-free privileges, the head of the office said Friday.
 
The incoming head of a semi-official body responsible for Taiwan-Japan relations said Friday he would do his best to promote a closer relationship in the wake of fishery disputes that complicated bilateral ties
 
Transportation Minister Ho Chen Tan departed Thursday for Peru to attend a meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) tourism ministers.
 
Health minister Lin Tzou-yien addresses WHA
Minister of Health and Welfare Lin Tzou-yien (林奏延) spoke for Taiwan Wednesday at the United Nations World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, calling on the international community to support its increased participation in global health issues.
 
Taiwan, Japan talk on fishing rights
Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) on Tuesday said Taiwan-Japan talks planned for July to address disputes over fishing near the Okinotori atoll will likely expand Taiwanese fishermen's rights in the area.
 
The new government resolved to safeguard the livelihood of Taiwanese fisherman Tuesday after Japanese media reports indicated a policy shift in maritime patrols surrounding the open waters of Okinotori atoll that were instituted weeks before under the Ma administration.
 
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