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January, 21, 2017

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Shares in Taiwan closed slightly higher on Friday amid cautious sentiment, with many investors choosing to remain on the sidelines ahead of the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump later in the day, dealers said.
 
Talking up while stocking up
Entertainment legend Chu Ke-liang (豬哥亮), third right, and other cast members in the new comedy film "Hanky Panky" (大釣哥) -- which will be released during the Lunar New Year -- pose on Taipei's Dihua Street to promote the film. The street is a favorite place for folks to stock up for the holiday.
 
Touted as "Uber for the realty sector," the housing-brokerage app Ubee is quickly emerging as a gamechanger for housing agents as the market struggles to overcome lingering sluggishness.
 
Yilan County Commissioner Lin Tsung-hsien on Friday dismissed speculation that he would soon be appointed as new health minister.
 
TAITRA approves ex-foreign minister to serve as chairman
The government-sponsored Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) on Friday approved an appointment of former Foreign Minister James Huang (黃志芳) to serve as chairman of the trade promotion group, effective immediately.
 
Airport MRT line expected to get approval to run soon
After a long delay, the mass rapid transit (MRT) line between Taipei and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is expected to get the go-ahead to begin commercial operations soon, Deputy Transportation Minister Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材) said Friday.
 
2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival to stage simulated puppet show
The 2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival in Yunlin County will feature a puppet show area as part of efforts to promote Taiwan's traditional theatrical arts, the county government said on Thursday.
 
Approved Taiwanese investment in China down sharply in 2016
The number of planned investments in China by Taiwanese companies that were approved by Taiwan's government in 2016 fell for the third consecutive year, slumping 21 percent year-on-year, the Investment Commission said Friday.
 
Full text of President Tsai's letter to Pope Francis
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) sent a letter on Jan. 5 to Pope Francis of the Catholic Church in response to the Papal Message for World Day of Peace 2017.
 
Tsai reiterates stance on maintaining cross-strait peace
In a recent letter to Pope Francis, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) reiterated the Republic of China's stance on upholding Taiwan's democracy and peace in the Taiwan Strait, outlining four principles for peaceful engagement with mainland China.
 
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