News about Taiwan

“Taiwan Admitted to the Visa Waiver Program” [The Heritage Foundation; October 03, 2012]
“Tourism stays for US citizens tripled to 90 days” [Taipei Times; October 26, 2012]
As of November 01, 2012, Taiwan and the U.S. will be under a new reciprocal visitor visa program. Visitors to Taiwan with a U.S. passport can have visa-exempt entry for up to 90 days. The prior duration was 30 days. Taiwan is now part of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, meaning visitors to the U.S. with a Taiwanese passport can stay for up to 90 days without a visa. Travelers do need to fill out appropriate forms. Previously, potential travelers had to fill out forms, pay a fee, and wait for visa approval. The political background was that Taiwan had to allow the import of U.S. beef.
My hope is that the potential increase of travelers between Taiwan and the U.S. will lead to lower airfares. The average price keeps increasing and it would be nice to have it plateau or even decrease.

“Taiwan tries to recruit California students to its universities” [Los Angeles Times; October 28, 2012]
Taiwanese universities have recruited students from most of the world, but not the U.S. There are no specifics about the application procedure, but I’m assuming second and third-generation Taiwanese immigrants would be applying to Taiwanese colleges as foreign students.

“As China Ties Grow Closer, Taiwan Seeks Own Spotlight” [Voice of America; October 29, 2012]
The article covers three ways Taiwan is distinguishing itself from China.

“Rainshade Redesign: Introducing a Sleeker (and More Functional) Umbrella” [Time; October 26, 2012]
A very cool design for a better umbrella. I first saw this design as part of a news clip about Taiwanese students participating in the Red Dot design competition.

“Taiwan Becomes More Competitive As Wages Go Down” [Forbes; October 24, 2012]
There are two sides to this story: businesses that benefit from having to pay lower salaries and workers who have not had a raise in a very long time.

“Taiwan and Holy See mark 70-year anniversary” [UCA News; October 22, 2012]
Taiwan has official diplomatic ties with only one country in Europe: the Holy See.

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