The DPP yesterday bluntly rejected a demand by the opposition to resume construction of the controversial Fourth Nuclear Power Plant (
In a strongly-worded statement, the DPP said the opposition's demand that construction of the US$5.5 billion project be resumed immediately before they restart negotiations was out of the question.
"[This demand] is unacceptable and we condemn the opposition coalition," the DPP statement said.
Opposition parties stood their ground yesterday.
"We regret that they feel this way," New Party lawmaker Lai Shyh-bao (
One of the main disputes between the Cabinet and the opposition-dominated legislature was whether to let a newly elected legislature decide whether to budget more money for the project this year. The opposition coalition is opposed to the idea, arguing that the nuclear power plant is a done deal.
Another proposal is for an energy law which would include the nuclear power plant, but the legislature and the government disagree over who should draft it.
The government frowns on the idea of drafting an energy law that would call for a nuclear power station because it is opposed to nuclear power.
Opposition legislators argue they lack the technical expertise to draft such a bill, which would encompass the island's future energy development needs.
However, former DPP chairman Lin I-hsiung (
"The dispute over whether Taiwan should be a nuclear-free country is small. It's Chen's style of policymaking that is the real problem," Lin said.
At the start of their first-ever virtual World Health Assembly (WHA), WHO member states agreed to delay a controversial discussion on granting Taiwan observer status until later in the year. The agreement came after WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pledged to launch an independent probe to review the coronavirus pandemic response as soon as possible, and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) announced that China would provide US$2 billion over two years to fight the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout. Despite the US and other members stepping up pressure in recent days, the WHA unanimously agreed to postpone a decision on observer
Another automatic 30-day visa extension for foreigners who entered Taiwan on or before March 21 this year has been granted, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) announced yesterday during the Central Epidemic Command Center’s (CECC) daily news briefing. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had granted an initial automatic 30-day visa extension on March 21 for foreigners who entered Taiwan on or before that date with a visa waiver, visitor’s visa or landing visa — and another on April 17, as part of tightened border control measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Many foreigners who arrived in Taiwan on holidays or for
PROTEST SENT: Despite a wave of international support Taiwan did not receive an invite, which means that it and all WHO members would lose out, the two ministers said Taiwan deeply regrets and is very dissatisfied that it was not invited to attend the annual World Health Assembly (WHA), which began a virtual meeting yesterday, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said. During the Central Epidemic Command Center’s daily news conference, Chen, who heads the center, said that as of 2pm, Taiwan had not received an invitation to the meeting, which was to begin at 6pm Taiwan time. “We put in our efforts [to get invited] up until the last moment, but it seems that we are unlikely to be invited,
US lawmakers and officials are crafting proposals to push US companies to move operations or key suppliers out of China that include tax breaks, new rules and carefully structured subsidies. Interviews with a dozen current and former government officials, industry executives and members of Congress show widespread discussions underway — including the idea of a “reshoring fund” originally stocked with US$25 billion — to encourage US companies to drastically revamp their relationship with China. US President Donald Trump has long pledged to bring manufacturing back from overseas, but the spread of COVID-19 and related concerns about US medical and food supply chains