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August, 27, 2016

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President Tsai sees approval drop to 48.5%
President Tsai Ing-wen's approval rating slid to 48.5 percent in a survey released Friday, which showed even weaker public support for her premier.
 
Olympic gold medalist Hsu given hero's welcome in Taoyuan airport
Weightlifter Hsu Shu-ching (許淑淨), who won Taiwan's only gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, was greeted warmly by her family members and fans upon returning to Taiwan, the Central News Agency reported.
 
The Presidential Office denied claims that the nomination of a former grand justice to Judicial Yuan president was unconstitutional Friday.
 
Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST, 科技部) Minister Dr. Yang Hung-duen (楊弘敦) elaborated on Taiwan's research and development strategy for smart manufacturing at a summit held Thursday.
 
Opera d'arte
Visitors flock to the National Opera Theater in Taichung on Friday, Aug. 26. The long-anticipated theater, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architecture Toyo Ito, held its soft opening on Friday.
 
The Ministry of Communications and Transportation (MOTC) said Friday it remained optimistic that Taiwan will attract more than 10 million overseas visitors this year despite a recent decline in visits from Chinese nationals.
 
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched a food safety platform on Tuesday for people to check information online about food businesses and seasonal holiday offers.
 
The Transportation Ministry will move to amend the Highway Act to strengthen fines on illegal ride-hailing service Uber Taiwan and will continue to levy fines until the company legalizes its operations, the Central News Agency reported on Friday.
 
President demands a new strategy for defense by Jan. 2017
President Tsai-Ing-wen Thursday called on the Defense Ministry to develop a new defense strategy for the nation's armed forces during her first inspection tour to the annual Han Kuang military exercises in Pingtung.
 
Taiwan, Germany explore cooperation opportunities in smart manufacturing
Business and political leaders from Taiwan and Germany pledged to collaborate on developing smart machinery and Industrie 4.0 at a summit on Thursday.
 
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