MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: President Tsai meets Richard Haass, President of US Council on Foreign Relations

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President Tsai meets Richard Haass, President of US Council on Foreign Relations

2019-01-21

President Tsai Ing-wen met with Dr. Richard Haass, president of the US-based Council on Foreign Relations, on the morning of January 21.

President Tsai mentioned that Dr. Haass, along with many other experts, has pointed out that the international order and democratic values that help maintain global peace are now being challenged. Taiwan is facing these challenges with courage; committed to democratic values; and dedicated to safeguarding regional peace, stability, prosperity, and development to contribute to a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Commenting on cross-strait relations, the president noted that Taiwan has never been opposed to cross-strait interaction and exchanges. However, China has not abandoned the threat of military force against Taiwan, and intends to force “one country, two systems” on Taiwan. She once again emphasized that Taiwan absolutely will not accept “one country, two systems,” and that this is the “Taiwan consensus.”

The president also called on the international community to take the changes now happening in our region seriously, and address them directly. Taiwan is on the front line defending democracy and freedom, because the Taiwanese in this generation have a historical mission: to protect Taiwan’s democracy against threats. She stated that she believes that when facing bullies, weakness only leads to greater aggression.

President Tsai pointed out that people around the world who believe in democratic values, including many in Hong Kong and China, have expectations for Taiwan, and that more and more of our international friends are speaking up for Taiwan. Because, she said, everyone knows that defending Taiwan–a beacon of democracy–is the only hope for democracy and freedom in Asia.

The president thanked the international community for supporting democratic Taiwan. She said this included the Spokesman for the US National Security Council, Garrett Marquis, who voiced his support. The American Institute in Taiwan, along with 44 international senior experts and scholars, also publicly affirmed Taiwan’s democratic achievements. These gestures show that the international community recognizes Taiwan’s commitment to defending freedom and democracy.

Finally, President Tsai stated that Taiwan will continue to persevere. She also hopes that Dr. Haass, and all of our like-minded friends around the world, will work together to ensure our shared democratic values.

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: The BOE Cooperates with Energy Diagnostic Centers to Assist Local SMEs in Saving Energy

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The BOE Cooperates with Energy Diagnostic Centers to Assist Local SMEs in Saving Energy
Organization: Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs        Publish Date: 2019-01-21 16:28
The Bureau of Energy (BOE) held an Achievement Conference of Energy Diagnostic Centers (EDC) at Taiwan Power Company (Taichung branch) on December 14th, 2018 to promote energy conservation measures in small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The representatives from 15 Energy Diagnostic Centers were invited to join the conference and shared their achievements with industrial associations and local governments.In Taiwan, there are approximately 1.4 million SMEs with an annual electricity consumption around 56 billion kWh, which makes up 21% of total electricity usage. To assist SMEs to save on energy, the BOE referred to Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) program of the United States for establishing on-campus EDCs with local universities to provide energy diagnostic service. Led by professors from energy-related departments, these centers have been providing the training courses of energy conservation techniques, instrumentation operations, diagnostic service, communication and coordination to enhance students’ abilities of energy diagnostic service, so as to assist the SMEs in discovering the potential to save energy.Dr. Chuan-Neng Lin, Director-General of BOE, indicated that the BOE has been cooperating with universities to set up 15 EDCs (as listed in the attachment).  Since 2016, 249 energy professionals have been trained to provide energy diagnostic service to 755 SMEs with 2,109 energy conservation recommendations. It is estimated to reduce 34.5 million kWh of electricity consumption per year, while saving NTD$144 million of electricity bills and reaching NTD$207 million of energy conservation investment.In this conference, Kindness Hotel shared that under the EDC’s guidance, 9 chain hotels have saved over NTD$1.25 million in total energy bills within a year by switching to LED lights and chiller optimization.  Moreover, nearly 100 representatives of the SMEs learned more about free energy diagnostic services offered by BOE through the communication with EDC teams, county governments and industrial associations. It is expected that there are greater incentives to encourage the SMEs in decreasing energy consumption and carbon emission.For more information about EDC service, please visit the following website: https://www.ecct.org.tw/services/small_users.Spokesperson for Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs: Deputy Director General, Chun-Li LeeTEL:02-2775-7700, 0936-250-838Email:cllee@moeaboe.gov.twBusiness Contact: Director, Shu-Fang KaoTEL:02-2775-7773, 0918-400-668Email:sfkao@moeaboe.gov.twMedia Contact: Section Chief, Yu-Hsuah HsiaTEL:02-2775-7705, 0910-668-295Email:yhhsia@moeaboe.gov.tw

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: BSMI publishes ice cream maker and ice maker inspection results BSMI, MOEA August 31, 2018

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BSMI publishes ice cream maker and ice maker inspection results BSMI, MOEA August 31, 2018
Organization: Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection, M.O.E.A., R.O.C.        Publish Date: 2019-01-19 11:31
There’s nothing like ice cream to cool down in a hot summer’s day. An ice cream maker or an ice maker allows you enjoy the sanitary frozen treat at any time. To ensure the consumers’ rights, the Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection (BSMI) has launched a market survey on ice cream makers and ice makers in the first half year of 2018. 3 ice cream makers and 7 ice makers (total 10 pieces) were randomly sampled from the electrical dealers and internet shops for inspection. Inspection results show that all items are in compliance with the quality tests, yet 6 items of 10 failed to meet the Chinese labeling standards.Inspection standardsThe BSMI announced that 4 quality tests including dissipated power and current, temperature rise, leakage current and insulation withstanding voltage and abnormal operation which are all conducted based on the national standards CNS 3765 “Household and similar electrical appliances—Safety— Part 1: General requirements” and IEC 60335-2-24 “Household and similar electrical appliances—Safety—Part 2-24: Particular requirements for refrigerating appliances, ice-cream appliances and ice-makers”. Meanwhile the Chinese labeling inspection was checked according to Electrical Appliances Labeling Guidance.nspection resultsThe inspection results are as follows.1) Quality testAll items have passed through the 4 quality tests of dissipated power and current, temperature rise, leakage current and insulation withstanding voltage and abnormal operation tests.2) Chinese labeling6 items (item number 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10) fail to meet the Electrical Appliances Labeling Guidance requirements for the following situations.2.1) The name, address and telephone number of the importers or agents are not provided (item number 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10)2.2) The manufacturing code is not provided (item number 6, 8 and 9)2.3) The year of manufacture is not provided (item number 7 and 10)2.4) The production nation or area is not provided (item number 7, 9 and 10)2.5) Either simplified Chinese is used or not using traditional Chinese text (item number 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10)Follow-up proceduresThe BSMI stated that the ice cream maker and the ice maker are not subject to the mandatory inspection range. The 6 items (item number 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10) which did not meet the Chinese labeling standards will be dealt according to the Electrical Appliances Labeling Guidance by the Central Region Office of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.Precautions before purchasing an ice cream maker or an ice makerThe BSMI appeal that the ice cream makers and ice maker products whether domestic manufactured or imported shall both meet the national standards. Correct labeling is required to make sure the consumers’ rights are protected. Moreover, consumers are also urged to pay attention to the following precautions when purchasing an ice cream maker or an ice maker.1) Check the rated voltage and rated frequency, rated power consumption or rated incoming current. The rated voltage and the rated frequency shall be consistent with Taiwan’s standard voltage (110V and 220V) and frequency (60Hz).2) Make sure that the name, address and telephone number of the manufacturer or the importer are on the body of the commodity or in the user’s manual. Do not purchase products of unidentified origin or with unclear label.3) Make sure that the Chinese user’s manual comes with the product. Read the manual carefully, use exactly as the instructions requested and pay attention to its warnings.4) Do not use electrical appliances in a damp place because this could result in malfunction or an electrical shock. Should malfunction occurs, stop the operation immediately and contact the manufacturer’s designated service center. Do not replace the parts or dismantling repair the product yourself.5) Clean the dust particles on the contact parts of the plug and the socket regularly to avoid conduction.The BSMI reminds that consumers may gain more safety by having more knowledge about the products. For more information, please visit the BSMI Product Safety page at https://safety.bsmi.gov.tw or call the toll-free line 0800-007123.

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: BSMI and Consumers’Foundation publish vacuum cleaner inspection result BSMI, MOEA August 14, 2018

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BSMI and Consumers’Foundation publish vacuum cleaner inspection result BSMI, MOEA August 14, 2018
Organization: Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection, M.O.E.A., R.O.C.        Publish Date: 2019-01-19 11:22
Vacuum cleaner is a common household cleaning appliance that uses high-speed electric motor to create negative pressure inside the machine. The higher the pressure, the stronger the suction it can achieve to perform a better effect as cleaning up dust and garbage debris through the vacuum pipe.As there are a wide variety of vacuum cleaners available on the market, the Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection (BSMI) cooperated with the Consumers’ Foundation Chinese Taipei together proactively launched an inspection on vacuum cleaners in the 1st quarter of 2018 to ensure the consumers’ rights and enhance the commodities’ safety. 10 vacuum cleaners were randomly sampled from wholesalers and shopping centers for inspection. Results show that all items are in conformity with the quality tests, commodity inspection labeling and Chinese labeling standards. However, the major components of 3 items did not match the original technical document submitted by the obligatory applicant.nspection standardsThe BSMI announce that the list of quality tests including the increase of temperature, current leakage, insulation withstanding voltage, abnormal operation, structure check and electromagnetic compatibility which are all conducted according to CNS 3765 “Household and similar electrical appliances—Safety—Part 1: General requirements”, CNS 13783-1 “Electromagnetic compatibility—Requirements for household appliances, electric tools and similar apparatus—Part 1: Emission” and IEC 60335-2-2 “Household and similar electrical appliances—Safety—Part 2-2: Particular requirements for vacuum cleaners and water-suction cleaning appliances”. The major components comparison is as well conducted. In addition, the commodity inspection labeling and Chinese labeling inspection are conducted based on the aforementioned national standards and the Commodity Inspection Act.Inspection resultsThe inspection results of the 10 items are as follows:1) Quality inspectionAll items are in conformity with the requirements2) Comparison of the major components with the document3 items (Item number 2, 3 and 7) did not pass the inspection because the following parts are not the same as the ones listed in the submitted technical document.2.1 The exterior, interior structure and components of the product do not match. (Item number 2)2.2 The electric plug, wire, the allocation of electric parts and copper track on the circuit board and its main switch do not match. (Item number 3)2.3 The certification code on the plug and the cable of the non-detachable power cord set do not match. (Item number 7)3) Labeling:3.1  All items are in conformity with the commodity inspection labeling.3.2  All items are in conformity with the Chinese labeling requirements.Follow-up proceduresWith regard to the 3 items (number 2, 3 and 7) that failed in comparison of the major component parts with the technical document, the follow-up procedures are as follows.Despite the failure to pass the comparison of major component parts with the technique document, the basic design of the 3 items has remain unchanged. The manufacturer concerned will be informed to file for a new application or an application made for series of the same type according to Article 40 of the Commodity Inspection Act. Failing to do so will result in the revoke of commodity certification registration.The BSMI stated that vacuum cleaner is subject to the mandatory inspection range and shall conform to the inspection requirements before being released from the production premises or imported. In addition, the BSMI has an annual post-market inspection scheme to counter products that are not in conformity with the national standards. Inspectors will be dispatched to investigate unqualified products, make interview records and take related legal actions. Consumer rights are thus ensured under this double-checking mechanism.Precautions before purchasing vacuum cleanersThe BSMI indicate that the manufacturers are responsible for product safety and correct labeling. Meanwhile, consumers are also urged to pay attention to the following precautions when purchasing the vacuum cleaners.1) Consumers are advised to purchase products that have a commodity inspection mark (1) Consumers are advised to purchase products that have a commodity inspection mark ( ).For inquiries, please refer to https://civil.bsmi.gov.tw/bsmi_pqn/.2) Before making a purchase, consumers should check with the label if it contains the manufacturer’s name and address, electrical specification (such as voltage, power consumption and current) and model number. Make sure if the user’s manual comes with the product.3) To prevent accidents, read the manual carefully before using. Follow the guidelines and pay special attention to warnings and safety information in the manual.Use the vacuum cleaner as directed in the manual.4) Make sure that the cable is fully plugged into the socket and not loosely plugged. When unplugging, hold the power plug to remove it instead of dragging the cable out by force to prevent the copper wire breakage.5) For vacuum cleaner with a dust bag, install the dust bag before use. Clean all the dust, debris and hair in the dust bag before using to avoid the sucking performance reduction.6) When cleaning, unplug the vacuum cleaner first to prevent getting the electrical shock. Do not soak the vacuum cleaner in the water to cause the electrical shock. Sanitize the vacuum cleaner with dried soft cloth, paying special attention to the ventilating area to ensure good performance.7) When in use, pay attention to the vacuum cleaner and keep the cord from tangling. Should the vacuum cleaner malfunctions, stop from use immediately and contact the manufacturer’s designated service center. Do not replace the parts or dismantle the cleaner body yourself. Regular maintenance is necessary to ensure safety in use.The BSMI reminds that consumers may gain more safety by having more knowledge about the products. For more information, please visit the BSMI Product Safety page at https://safety.bsmi.gov.tw or call the toll-free line 0800-007123.

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: BSMI and Consumers’Foundation publish inspection results for camping tent BSMI, MOEA July 18, 2018

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BSMI and Consumers’Foundation publish inspection results for camping tent BSMI, MOEA July 18, 2018
Organization: Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection, M.O.E.A., R.O.C.        Publish Date: 2019-01-18 16:55
In recent years, camping has become a popular outdoor activity in Taiwan. To ensure product safety, the Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection (BSMI) and Consumers’ Foundation Chinese Taipei together inspected 10 tents randomly bought from internet shops, retail store, shopping centers and wholesalers in the first quarter of 2018. The inspection results show that although all items are in conformity with the quality specifications, nine items of the Chinese labeling are failed.Inspection standardsThe BSMI said that breaking strength, water-proof property and penetration resistance were conducted based on CNS 12689 “Camping tent”. Meanwhile, the Chinese labeling inspection was conducted based on the Commodity Labeling Act.Inspection resultsThe inspection results are as follows.1) Quality test: All items were complied with the quality specifications2) Chinese labeling: Nine items (number 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10) were not complied because they did not following information: information regarding the original manufacturer (number 3, 5, 7 and 10), place of origin (number 1, 5, 6, 7 and 10), main components or materials in Chinese (number 1, 2 and 3), main components or materials (number 5 and 7), net weight, capacity, quantity or measure (number 5 and 7) and date of manufacture (number 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10).Follow-up proceduresThe BSMI said that camping tent is not under mandatory inspection scheme. The nine items (number 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10) that did not meet the Chinese labeling standards will be dealt with according to the Commodity Labeling Act by Central Region Office of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.Precautions when purchasing camping tentThe BSMI said that manufacturers are responsible for product safety and correct labeling. Consumers are also urged to pay attention to the following precautions when purchasing camping tents.1) Make sure that the product has Chinese labeling and go through the contents from the label carefully.2) Check if the Chinese labeling contains the following information: product name, the manufacturer or importer’s name, telephone number and address, as well as the product of origin.3) Camping tents can be divided into three major categories: temporary shelter (for summer camping), tents for specific weather conditions (humid and windy environment) and all-weather style (tents that are made for mountain climbing, adventure trips, snow-covered areas and long stay). When choosing tents, consumers should take into consideration the number of users, the steps required in setting up and taking down the tent and the actual weather conditions.The BSMI reminds consumers that acquiring more information about the products, more safety you are buying. For further information, please visit the BSMI Product Safety Internet at https://safety.bsmi.gov.tw or call the toll free number of 0800-007123.

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: President Tsai meets Japanese House of Representatives Member Katsuyuki Kawai

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President Tsai meets Japanese House of Representatives Member Katsuyuki Kawai

2019-01-17

President Tsai Ing-wen received Japanese House of Representatives Member Katsuyuki Kawai on the morning of January 17. In comments regarding food exports to Taiwan from the five prefectures in Japan affected by the Fukushima nuclear accident of 2011, President Tsai reiterated that Taiwan will maintain communications with the Japanese government in line with the spirit of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to find a mutually acceptable solution. She also called on the Japanese government to continue supporting Taiwan’s admission to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

In remarks, President Tsai said she was happy to once again meet with Mr. Kawai. She also thanked Mr. Kawai for visiting Taiwan prior to the start of the upcoming legislative session, and extended a warm welcome. The president noted that Mr. Kawai has a long-standing interest in international and diplomatic issues, and said she hopes to work with Mr. Kawai to continue strengthening Taiwan-Japan relations.

President Tsai noted that many people in Japan will no doubt be very concerned about how Taiwan will handle the results of the referendum late last year on the import of foods from the five prefectures in Japan affected by the Fukushima nuclear accident. She stated that Taiwan will maintain communications with the Japanese government in line with the spirit of the WTO to find a mutually acceptable solution. However, we hope that this single issue will not affect the overall development of Taiwan-Japan relations, she said.

President Tsai emphasized that to further enhance the bilateral cooperative relationship, she sincerely hopes our friends in Japan will continue supporting Taiwan’s admission to the CPTPP. Noting that Japan is one of the CPTPP’s most influential economic entities, she said the Japanese government’s support is particularly significant to Taiwan.

Finally, President Tsai mentioned that friends throughout Japanese society have long spoken up for Taiwan at many important international venues. The first CPTPP ministerial meeting since the agreement entered into force will be held on January 19 in Tokyo, and she said that the government of Taiwan has repeatedly indicated its willingness to join the CPTPP. In particular, Taiwan hopes to take part in the second round of negotiations.

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: MOFA condemns China for pressuring multinational companies to change their designation of Taiwan, urges related countries to reject China’s outrageous demands

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MOFA condemns China for pressuring multinational companies to change their designation of Taiwan, urges related countries to reject China’s outrageous demands
Date: 2019/01/17    Data Source: Public Diplomacy Coordination Council
January 17, 2019
No.018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) strongly condemns the Chinese authorities for their recent outrageous demand on 66 multinational companies to change their designation for Taiwan to “Taiwan, China.”

These firms—which were among the world’s top 500 companies in 2017, including Apple, Nike, Amazon and Siemens—were named in The Blue Book on the Cyber Rule of Law in China 2018 as having identified Taiwan as such rather than by “Taiwan, China,” and were threatened with penalty in accordance with the law. The book was published recently by the Institute of Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Internet Development Research Institution of Peking University. Following its coercion of airlines and multinational companies in early 2018, this is a new request from China to change companies’ references to Taiwan on their websites. MOFA strongly condemns China for its outrageous demands and urges the PRC to refrain from further actions to avoid further alienating the Taiwanese people and the amicable development of cross-strait relations.

China’s moves to impose its executive and judicial jurisdiction as well as political ideology on foreign companies not only expose its malicious intent in using political tactics to interfere with private enterprises, but also violate the spirit of free international commerce. MOFA once again calls on the international community not to remain silent and accommodating in order to prevent the Chinese government from intensifying its intimidations. MOFA also calls on related countries to take stock of China’s bullying measures and take necessary steps to assist these companies in refusing China’s unreasonable demands.

MOFA reiterates that the Chinese government should face the fact of the existence of the Republic of China (Taiwan), and that Taiwan is absolutely not a province of the People’s Republic of China, nor is it subject to the jurisdiction of the Chinese government. Any attempts to suppress and belittle Taiwan will only cause antipathy among the Taiwanese people and undermine cross-strait relations as well as regional peace and stability.(E)

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