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30m sailing superyacht Vagante enters outfitting stage - Boat International

Her “sumptuous” interior design is being handled by Stephen Huish Yacht Design . Key interior materials include bleached oak, American walnut and stainless-steel detailing.

Accommodation is for eight guests across three double ensuite cabins and a master cabin equipped with its own saloon. The crew quarters meanwhile will allow for a staff of three.

Source: www.boatinternational.com

Taiwan News: China Accused of Spreading 'Fake News' to Influence Elections - The News Lens International

A national security source says China has mobilized some 300,000 cyber operatives to target Internet users here in Taiwan with "fake news" ahead of the November 24 local elections.

The source was cited as saying the Chinese cyber operatives are spreading fake news through social media, including Weibo, Facebook and YouTube.

Additional national security sources have said the Chinese propaganda campaign is also targeting the island's mainstream print media as well as its radio and television networks.

Reports say Beijing is using the local elections as a testing ground for its plans to ensure that a pro-China candidate is elected in the 2020 presidential election.

The government has said it will take action to stem the flow of disinformation.

In September, legislators proposed amending Taiwan's National Security Act to crack down on disinformation campaigns. However, the proposed measure was criticized by free speech advocates.

Read More: Taiwan Takes Centerstage in Global Fight Against 'Fake News'

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Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei mayoral candidate Pasuya Yao (姚文智) questioned whether his main rivals for Taipei's top job are 'China Proxies' during a first televised debate.

According to Yao, Kuomintang (KMT) candidate Ting Shou-chung's (丁守中) support of the so-called "1992 consensus" and incumbent Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je's (柯文哲) opinion that "the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait are one family" are proof that both candidates are seeking closer ties with Beijing.

However, Yao's claims were shot down by Ting, who accused the DPP Taipei mayoral candidate of "distorting the truth" because any unification would be under Sun Yat-sen's Three Principles of the People political doctrine.

Ding also said he is loyal to the Republic of China and explained that when he was a lawmaker he promoted exchanges with the Communist Youth League of China to promote friendship and avoid conflict.

Ko did not attend Sunday's first debate due to it conflicting with other pre-arranged events. He did release a statement in which he said people with questions about his performance can find the answers on Google.

Those who Google Ko, of course, will likely come across his viral rap video, which has surpassed 1.7 million views on YouTube since its release less than two weeks ago.

A second live televised Taipei mayoral debate is scheduled for November 10.

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DPP lawmaker Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康) said same-sex marriage should be protected under Taiwan's Civil Code, while a law professor contended that revising the law will adversely affect society during a debate on the Same-Sex Marriage referendum.

The referendum will ask voters the question: "Do you agree that the Civil Code marriage regulations should be used to guarantee the rights of same sex couples to get married?"

The Civil Code currently defines marriage as a contract between a man and a woman. But the Constitutional Court ruled in May 2017 that the law was unconstitutional because it did not protect the rights of couples of the same sex who wanted to get married.

Supporting a change in the Civil Code, Tuan argued that if people agree that marriage should be protected by law, such protections should not differ for a marriage between a man and a woman and one between two men or two women.

However, opponents of same-sex marriage marriage argued that its legalization would jeopardize the possibility of natural reproduction and could lead to a declining fertility rate.

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Members of the Asia-Pacific Group on Money Laundering are visiting Taiwan to today to begin assessing the country's anti-money laundering practices.

According to the executive secretary of the Cabinet's Anti-Money Laundering Office, the evaluation is important, because without it...

Source: international.thenewslens.com

China Defends Global Vision of New Silk Route Initiative - Prensa Latina

At the inauguration of the Forum of Media Cooperation on the referred project, the Vice-president of the People's National Assembly of China, Ji Bingxuan, called journalists to 'do their solemn and sacred work and tell the truth', he said in this locality of the province of Hainan.

At the meeting assist some 250 guests of over 90 countries, the Chinese legislator extolled the global vision and the benefits of the initiative launched in 2013 by the president of this Asian nation, Xi Jinping, although he admitted that still generates uncertainty.

In that regard, he urged to elaborate 'true and objective reports', a claim made by vice-ministers and provincial vice-governors attending this forum that sessions under the slogan 'Contribution by all, benefits for all'.

Xi proposed the project known worldwide with the acronym OBOR (One Belt One Road) to promote global prosperity and since its presentation until July 2018, its benefits soared to five billion dollars, indicated Ji.

A total 103 countries and international organisms have signed 118 agreements of cooperation as part of OBOR and until this date, Chinese investments in those countries neared the 70 billion dollars, he added.

The comprehensive concept (including trade, transport, finances, culture, tourism, technology, science and other fields) made way for the creation of numerous local Banks to facilitate other transactions, 11 of which created 71 subsidiaries abroad.

On his part, Ng Yat chung, chief executive of the Singapore Press Holding, atressed that until June this year, the volume of direct investment of the OBOR project reached 70 billion dollars and created over 100 million workplaces.

Between 2014 and 2017, trade of goods exceeded 183 billion dollars only in the known Sea Route, from the port of Fujian, origin of the ancient Silk Route that was made by boat.

An executive of the largest electric company of China said that over the last years, 10 electric lines were opened with Russia and other countries for the price of 19.6 billion dollars, which benefitted 23 million persons only in Brazil.

Also, an executive of the railroad company China Railways found that from 2013 until today were laid 127 thousand kilometers of railways, of which 25 thousand belong to the 108 trains of high speed existing here.

Chinese trains go to 15 countries and 45 cities of Europe, and to11 nations and 44 cities of Asia, indicated official sources.

We expect the media to publish objective reports to lessen the misunderstandings about OBOR. We will commit to the principles of opening and more dialogue. OBOR is a corridor to the future and a platform to exchange between news media, said another Chinese vice-minister when speaking at the forum.

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China Defends Global Vision of New Silk Route Initiative


By Ulises Canales López, Special Envoy

Boao, China, Oct 30 (Prensa Latina) China called today the international media to write truthful and objective reports on the initiative 'A Belt and a Route' of which it highlighted the vision of promoting development and trade at global scale.


At the inauguration of the Forum of Media Cooperation on the referred project, the Vice-president of the People's National Assembly of China, Ji Bingxuan, called journalists to 'do their solemn and sacred work and tell the truth', he said in this locality of the province of Hainan.

At the meeting assist some 250 guests of over 90 countries, the Chinese legislator extolled the global vision and the benefits of the initiative launched in 2013 by the president of this Asian nation, Xi Jinping, although he admitted that still generates uncertainty.

In that regard, he urged to elaborate 'true and objective reports', a claim made by vice-ministers and provincial vice-governors attending this forum... Source: www.plenglish.com










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