Friday, March 20, 2015
With Washington embroiled in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, a scheduled meeting in April between the U.S. and Taiwan on the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) is unlikely to take place, Economics Minister John Deng (鄧振中) said during a Legislative interpellation session yesterday; when the next TIFA talk will occur is not certain at this point, he said.
Taiwan stocks rose 0.86 percent Thursday to hit a seven-year high of above the 9,700-point level following an overnight rally on Wall Street after the U.S. Federal Reserve implied it would refrain from raising rates until the middle of the year, dealers said.
Microsoft Corp. is scheduled to host a forum with Taiwanese developers Thursday to share how the U.S. software giant has revised its research and development processes in a transition into a cloud services provider.
Samsung Electronics Taiwan (SET) and Taiwan Design Center (TDC) held the Samsung Social Design Forum recently, where SET invited Roger Chen, vice president of IoT Applications and Services Center, Samsung Electronics China, and Shane Lee, head of Samsung Design China. The event drew a crowd exceeding 450 students, according to a press release from SET.
Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. (宏達電) has unveiled a free phone replacement service that covers cracked screen and water damage for U.S. customers who purchase the company's flagship One M9 phone.
Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. (鴻海), the world's largest electronics contract manufacturing company, plans to introduce thousands of robots to replace human workers on its Chinese assembly lines to reduce labor costs, the Voice of America (VOA, 美國之音) Chinese website reported.
The Taiwan Visitors Association (台灣觀光協會) on March 16 announced that after two years, the Taiwan International Culinary Exhibition (台灣美食展) will return in July this year.
The LED Taiwan event and the Taiwan International Lighting Show (台灣國際照明科技展) are set to open March 25, featuring 337 companies in 898 booths as part of a large lighting expo.
Taiwan Textile Research Institute (TTRI, 紡織產業綜合研究所) President Bai Chi-chung (白志中) recently said that the TTRI will become more diverse internationally this year, through creating intelligent textile products and advanced development.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
In a sign of Taiwan's growing popularity among Muslim travelers, the Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) recently ranked Taiwan as a top-10 non-Muslim tourist destination.1 Comment