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2019-04-13 | NO.43(15) epaper |
Note to Readers
 
Cross-Strait Relations
Rationalism vs. Nationalism (2019-03-31)
(UDN, By Su Chi) The upcoming presidential election in Taiwan is not a showdown between the so-called Blue and Green Camps, but, rather, a head-on collision between Rationalism and Nationalism. 
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
 Ex-U.S. Official Lauds Taiwan's Democracy as TRA Enters 40th Year (2019-04-08)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Evelyn Kao) John Tkacik, director of the Future Asia Project at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, remarked that Taiwan has made great strides in protecting human rights and becoming a democratic nation since the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) in 1979. Tkacik further stated that Taiwan is now a model of democracy and freedom in the region. <Accessed 2019-04-08>

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Meale Visits Taiwan (2019-04-09)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Meale is scheduled to attend several events to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA). During the trip, Meale will speak at the annual Hsieh Nien Fan banquet, launch a joint U.S.-Taiwan workshop on combatting digital piracy and safeguarding trade secrets, and hold discussions with Taiwan officials on issues pertaining to the U.S-Taiwan relations. <Accessed 2019-04-10>

US May Approve Tank Sale by End of April: Official (2019-04-09)
(Lo Tien-pin and Johnathan Chin) According to a defense official, the US may approve the sale of 108 M1A2X Abrams main battle tanks to Taiwan by the end of April. Taiwan's military is hopeful that the deal would go on as planned since the government has received information that the US-China trade negotiation would not affect US arms sales to Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-04-10>

Two U.S. Military Contracts to Taiwan Mere Follow-ups (2019-04-09)
(CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) Taiwan's military announced on Tuesday that two military contracts released by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) are just follow-ups to the existing Patriot Air Defense System and not new arms deals. As for the US$50 million contract, the Republic of China Navy remarked that it is a follow-up maintenance of the radar systems currently in place on its naval vessels. <Accessed 2019-04-10>

Taiwan Ready to Protect Its Freedom in Face of China Challenge: Tsai (2019-04-10)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Speaking to U.S. think tanks in Washington during a video conference, Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen remarked that Taiwan is ready to defend its freedom and democratic way of life against challenges from China. Tsai stated that China is using its Yuan diplomacy to create division in the Taiwanese society. In addition, Tsai called upon the U.S. to send a message that protecting Taiwan's security is crucial to the defense of democracy. <Accessed 2019-04-10>

Paul Ryan Suitable Choice to Lead U.S. Delegation to TRA Event: MOFA (2019-04-12)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) Vincent Yao, head of the foreign ministry's department of North American Affairs, announced that Taiwan respects the United States' decision to send former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan to lead the delegation to Taiwan to attend events to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA). Yao remarked that the ministry hopes that the U.S. would send higher-level officials to TRA events in the future. <Accessed 2019-04-12>

Pompeo, U.S. Lawmakers Voice Support for Taiwan on TRA Anniversary (2019-04-12)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Chung Yu-chen) During a hearing on the State Department's budget, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and three other U.S. Congress members expressed their support for Taiwan. The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced that former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan will be leading a delegation to Taiwan to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA). <Accessed 2019-04-12>

No Words Expected Until July About US Fighter Jets (2019-04-12)
(Taipei Times/CNA) Ministetr of National Defense Yen De-fa announced that Taiwan will have to wait until July for the United States' decision whether to sell new fighter jets to Taiwan. According to president Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan is planning to purchase F-16Vs from the United States. <Accessed 2019-04-12>

U.S. Looks to Deepening Economic Relations with Taiwan: Meale  (2019-04-12)
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Ko Lin)
U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Meale met with President Tsai Ing-wen at the Presidential Office Friday to discuss the Indo-Pacific strategy, forty years of the Taiwan Relations Act, and U.S.-Taiwan economic relations. Meale said that the U.S. looks forward to deepening economic ties with Taiwan under the Indo-Pacific strategy. President Tsai praised the progress the U.S. and Taiwan have made under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement and urged Washington to engage in official talks with Taiwan about a bilateral trade agreement. <Accessed 2019-04-12>

Taiwan Should Not Drag U.S. Into Conflicts: Kaohsiung Mayor Han (2019-04-12)
(CNA, By Ozzy Yin and Emerson Lim)
Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu spoke at a closed-door forum at the Fairbanks Center for Chinese Studies Thursday, where he discussed finding a solution to cross-Strait issues and Taiwan’s relationship with the United States. He emphasized that China and Taiwan must find resolutions by themselves without dragging the U.S., a valuable friend of Taiwan, down with them. <Accessed 2019-04-12>

Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
 Lai Fans 'Very Worried' that DPP Might Scrap Primary (2019-04-08)
(Taipei Times, By Su Fun-her and William Hetherington) Former premier William Lai's supporters are worried that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) might cancel the presidential primary. There have been reports that President Tsai Ing-wen's supporters are calling for Tsai to be nominated directly while Lai runs for vice president. Meanwhile, Lai remarked that only through the primary can the public know that they can trust the DPP. <Accessed 2019-04-08>

President Tsai Compares Fake News to Terrorism Threat in Europe (2019-04-08)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan, Yeh Su-ping and Emerson Lim) During a ceremony to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of Cheng Nan-jung, President Tsai Ing-wen remarked that fake news from outside threatens Taiwan just as terrorism poses a threat to Europe. Tsai praised Cheng for his stance in fighting for freedom of speech and urged the Taiwanese people to defend the nation's democracy. <Accessed 2019-04-08>

China Fails in Bid to Force LCI Name Change on Taiwan (2019-04-08)
(CNA, By Ku Chuan and Flor Wang) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that members of the Lions Clubs International (LCI) refused to adhere to China's proposal to change Taiwan's designation in the organization from "MD300 Taiwan" to "MD300 China Taiwan". According to MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee, MOFA has issued a protest in light of China's actions and will continue to monitor on any future developments. <Accessed 2019-04-08>

Formosa Alliance to Break with DPP (2019-04-08)
(Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) During the 30th anniversary of the death of democracy advocate Deng Nan-jung, the pro-Taiwanese independence Formosa Alliance announced that the party has decided to break with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Alliance founder and former Formosa TV chairman Kuo Pei-hung remarked that the party is disappointed with the DPP as it failed to make the world know that the nation is called "Taiwan" despite the alliance urging the government to declare Taiwan's independence. <Accessed 2019-04-08>

U.S. Scholar Criticizes LSE for Labeling Taiwan as Part of China (2019-04-08)
(CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Evelyn Kao) June Teufel Dreyer, a political science professor at the University of Miami, criticized the decision by the London School of Economics (LSE) to change Taiwan's color on a sculpture on its campus to imply Taiwan as being part of China. Dreyer stated that the school's decision to change the artist's original work due to pressure from Chinese students does not reflect LSE's commitment to create an "inclusive" environment "for all" while ensuring that members of the community receive equal treatment and are respected. <Accessed 2019-04-08>

UK University Not Fully Persuaded to Show Taiwan as Part of China, It Says (2019-04-08)
(Taipei Times/CNA) The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) stated that the school has not made the final decision whether or not to change the design of the sculpture on its campus. The school further stated that it is seeking consultation with the community and considering making amendments to the work. <Accessed 2019-04-08>

Students Rally in Support of Tsai's Presidential Bid (2019-04-08)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) College students from several Taiwanese universities expressed their support for President Tsai Ing-wen as Tsai seeks for a second presidential term in the 2020 presidential election. Taiwanese students spelled out Tsai's administration's achievement thus far and remarked that Tsai remains the best candidate to be Taiwan's president in view of the nation's fight for democracy . <Accessed 2019-04-08>

Do Not Be China's Tools, Premier Says (2019-04-08)
(Taipei Times, By Weng Yu-huang, Hsu Cho-hsun and Johnathan Chin) Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang urged the Taiwanese public not to be China's propaganda tool especially since China has been manipulating public opinion to promote a Taiwanese unification with China. Su also advised the media to regulate itself and proposed that laws are necessary to regulate the Internet and media. <Accessed 2019-04-08>

Fake News Petition Receives Support (2019-04-09)
(Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon) An online petition organized by a coalition of 100 student groups from high schools and universities across the nation is urging the Taiwanese public to boycott news outlets that report fake news and the government to strengthen measures to combat Chinese media campaigns. The coalition stated that Chinese entities have been buying Taiwanese-owned Facebook pages to influence public opinion while the Chinese government has been offering incentives to Taiwanese media outlets. <Accessed 2019-04-10>

Ko Wen-Je Mum about Prospects of a Presidential Run (2019-04-09)
(Taipei Times, By Lee I-chia) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je remarked on Sunday that he has in mind whether to run for president in the 2020 presidential election but would have to persuade himself that the decision is in Taiwan's best interest. Ko further added that having an election and then proceed to focus on another election immediately is not good for society. <Accessed 2019-04-10>

Petition Urges LSE to Reverse Decision that Disparaged Taiwan (2019-04-09)
(CNA, By Tai Ya-chen and Chung Yu-chen) Taiwanese students have garnered more than 10,000 signatures for a petition to the London School of Economics (LSE) to call upon the school to keep a sculpture's original appearance that shows Taiwan and China as separate entities. The group remarked that LSE has ignored the fact that Taiwan and China are two separate countries. According to a Taiwanese student at LSE, Huang Li-an, the school defended its decision as following the United Nations that defines Taiwan as being a part of China. <Accessed 2019-04-10>

New Law Raises Fines Against Illegal Chinese Investments in Taiwan (2019-04-09)
(CNA, By Chen Chun-hua and Elizabeth Hsu) Taiwan's legislature passed a law on Tuesday to increase the maximum fine for illegal Chinese investments in Taiwan from NT$600,000 to NT$25 million. Cabinet officials remarked that the law is necessary to effectively stop illegal Chinese investments as such investments will disrupt the capital market. <Accessed 2019-04-10>

20 KMT Members Call for Kaohsiung Mayor to Run for President (2019-04-09)
(CNA, By Wang Cheng-chung and William Yen) 20 members of the Kuomintang (KMT) have urged the party to nominate Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu to represent the KMT in next year's presidential election. According to one of the 20 KMT Central Committee members, Hsu Cheng-wen, the longer the party delays its party congress to present its nominee, the more it will hamper KMT's victory. <Accessed 2019-04-10>

Nation Not Invited to OIE Meeting: Deputy Minister (2019-04-09)
(Taipei Times/CNA) A senior official from the Council of Agriculture (COA) announced that Taiwan was not invited to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) meeting of experts on African swine fever held in Beijing. COA Deputy Minister Huang Chin-cheng stated that since the meeting is taking place in Beijing, it is expected that China will block Taiwan's participation in the meeting. <Accessed 2019-04-10>

Tsai Proposes Cooperation in Presidential Election (2019-04-09)
(CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang, Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao) President Tsai Ing-wen remarked that she welcomes competition in the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) presidential primary and will team up with any DPP member to run in Taiwan's 2020 presidential election. Tsai further stated that during a meeting with former premier William Lai, she stressed on unifying the party to achieve the greatest possibility of victory. <Accessed 2019-04-10>

NPP Sets Down Nomination Rules for Legislative Vote (2019-04-12)
(Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon) The New Power Party (NPP) announced new nomination rules for next year's legislative elections. Under the new regulations, a five-member nomination panel is responsible for consulting potential candidates, incumbents and heads of local chapters to look for the ideal candidates. After evaluating all the candidates, the panel will send a list of nominees to the party's decision-making body, who will then vote on the nominees. <Accessed 2019-04-12>

Wu Den-yih Rules Out Presidential Run (2019-04-12)
(Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon) The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih announced that he will not be running for president in the 2020 presidential election. Wu remarked that as chairman of the KMT, his only goal is to find a suitable presidential candidate, with integrity, skills and experience, who will bring the Republic of China (ROC) back to a bright path. <Accessed 2019-04-12>

Lai Talks Independence, Reforms in Online Broadcast (2019-04-12)
(Taipei Times, By Chiu Shu-yu, Chen Hsin-yu and Jake Chung) During a livestream hosted by Internet celebrity Holger Chen, former premier William Lai discussed about the economy, reforms, nuclear energy and the presidential primary. Lai told Chen that Taiwan does not need to declare independence since Taiwan meets all the requirements for a sovereign nation. Lai further remarked that Taiwan should not become another Hong Kong or Tibet. <Accessed 2019-04-12>

DPP Expects to Conduct Presidential Polls by End of May (2019-04-12)
(CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao) The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary-General Lo Wen-jia announced that the DPP will conduct public opinion polls regarding its primary process by the end of May. The decision was made to give more time for the five-member panel to mediate between president Tsai Ing-wen and former premier William Lai. <Accessed 2019-04-12>

Referendum Proposals Harm Act: KMT (2019-04-13)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) stated that the Executive Yuan's proposal to amend the Referendum Act would undermine the law and allow the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to strengthen its governance. KMT caucus secretary-general John Wu remarked that the proposed amendments would allow the Central Election Commission to rig referendums. <Accessed 2019-04-14>

DPP Says Free Speech Not a Shield for Media Outlets (2019-04-13)
(Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus stated that media outlets should not take advantage of freedom of speech to spread fake news that would harm democracy. According to DPP Legislator Kuan Bi-ling, Taiwan still lags behind in implementing effective measures to combat fake news compared to other countries such as the US, Germany and France. <Accessed 2019-04-14>

Pro-China Party Cancels Rally, Citing Security Concerns (2019-04-13)
(CNA, By Chao Li-yan, Hsiao Po-yang and Chung Yu-chen) Pro-Beijing Chinese United Promotion Party (CUPP) decided to cancel its rally in Taichung due to security concerns. Chinese scholar Li Yi, who advocates the use of force to achieve unification between Taiwan and China was scheduled to speak at the forum. However, Li was deported from Taiwan for violating the terms of his entry permit. <Accessed 2019-04-14>

China Has No Rights to Represent Taiwan at Interpol: MOFA (2019-04-13)
(CNA, By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) urged the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to invite Taiwan to participate in its general assembly this year. MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee remarked that since Taiwan is not part of China, China does not have the right to represent Taiwan internationally. <Accessed 2019-04-14>
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