Saturday, September 20, 2014
Temperatures in Hsinchu in northern Taiwan soared to 38.8 degrees Celsius on Friday, the highest level recorded anywhere in Taiwan so far this year, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
Face masks made in Taiwan ranked as the No. 1 counterfeit product manufactured mainly for use by mainland tourists, according to statistics compiled by the Customs Administration.
Shares in Taiwan closed little changed Friday as investors decided to lock in earlier gains when the index moved closer to 9,300 points, the nearest level of technical resistance, dealers said.
As the government's measures to curb real estate speculation intensify, the central bank (中央銀行) said the annual growth rate of Taiwan's outstanding home-purchase loans dropped to 4.82 percent in July.
The U.S. dollar rose against the New Taiwan dollar Friday, gaining NT$0.002 to close at NT$30.258, as it extended gains from a session earlier on expectations of higher interest rates in the United States, dealers said.
Friday, September 19, 2014
The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) yesterday denied a media report that claimed a Taiwan-made facial mask product was banned from sale in Italy because of the recent tainted edible oil scandal.
Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) yesterday said his ministry is considering briefing foreign ambassadors and representatives in Taiwan on the government's responsive measures on the recent gutter oil scandal.
The Republic of China has a legitimate claim to sovereignty in the South China Sea based on the U-shaped 11-dash line, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said yesterday.
President Ma Ying-jeou praised the Tang Prize awards Thursday, saying that they showcase Taiwan's soft power and value.