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The Third Symposium for Athletes with Disabilities will be held in Taichung, Central Taiwan from May 31st to June 2nd. Julia Startch is the chairwoman of Russian Club in Taiwan and the founder of Synchronized Swimming Association of Taiwan. She has been coaching children with disabilities for more than 20 years and she said everyone has the right to exercise and needs to be included in every sports event.
The Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy was launched in 2008 to help the public to better understand the development in democracy. The Forum, the first conference on citizens’ democratic rights worldwide, has taken place eight times since its inception in 2008, in eight different countries, on five continents.
President Tsai thanked the US for announcing an arms sales package for Taiwan, saying that it shows US commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act. Prof.Edward I-hsin Chen, a distinguished chair professor of political science department at Chinese Culture University said the US$500 million package is to renew F-16 pilot training program and maintenance crews at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. As for the sale of jet fighters to Taiwan, Prof.Chen quoted sources from Time that the US has postponed the sale until the trade agreement has been reached between the US and China. The proposed sale to Taiwan includes spare parts for Taiwan's F-16, C-130, F-5 and other aircraft systems.
April 10th this year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act. The Taiwan Relations Act was signed into law on April 10, 1979 by the US Congress serving as an important foundation for the relations between Taiwan and the US. The act was passed a few months after the US switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing.
Papua New Guinea (PNG) delivers around 14% of the world’s tuna catch and the value of the tuna catch, according to Mr.Tommy Kambu Kunji, is about US$ 400 million. Currently, more than 50 fishing vessels owned by Taiwanese are licensed to operate in the Papua New Guinea waters and Taiwan has an investment of US$ 200 million in the fishing industry.