■ Business Ban on steel exports urged \n \nThe government should follow the example of South Korea and impose an interim ban on steel exports to meet surging demand at home, a lawmaker said yesterday. Legislator Wei Ming-ku (魏明谷) of the Democratic Progressive Party, saying that price hikes have pushed some wholesalers to stockpile their products, added that many downstream companies have complained about the loss of business opportunities arising from a booming housing market. Many companies are afraid to take new orders because rising steel prices have shown no sign of slowing down since China Steel -- the largest steel producer in the country -- announced it would raise prices on Feb. 26. Wei called on the government to come up with a solution quickly. \n \n■ Election \nNew labor policy sought \n \nSeveral labor groups said yesterday that they will make a public appeal to candidates in the presidential race to create a better labor policy. Wang Wei-jen (王為仁), president of the Alliance of Taiwan Unemployed Workers, said yesterday that he and leaders of several other labor groups will make a public appeal in front of the Presidential Office and the Legislative Yuan from March 15 to March 17 to press President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Chinese Nationalist Party Chairman (KMT) Lien Chan (連戰) for a better labor policy. Noting that some labor groups have called for their members to boycott the March 20 election to show their displeasure with both candidates, Wang said that people, especially those who are out of work, will be ignored if they don't take part in the election. \n \n■ Diplomacy \nMOFA denies ASEAN report \n \nThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday dismissed as untrue reports by a Chinese state television that ASEAN is opposed to Taiwan's planned referendum, which will be held at the same time as the March 20 presidential election. Ministry officials said that China Central Television's reports "are not true," adding that Beijing has exaggerated the personal views of Indonesian Foreign Minister Noer Hasan Wirajuda. "This is the consistent way of China to restrict Taiwan's democracy and its maneuvering space in the international community, and yet another attempt to mislead international views," the officials said. \n \n■ Women \nLu celebrates Women's Day \n \nVice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) will launch a series of activities to mark the 33rd anniversary of Women's Day tomorrow. Lu published an article on the review of the traditional relations of both genders in 1971 to usher in the new feminism in Taiwan. Lu is expected to board a train at Kaohsiung Railway Station at 9:55am today to travel northbound. She will change trains at Taichung at 12:50pm and continue the trip to Taipei where she will lead tens of thousands of women on a march. A special women's night will be held at the spacious square in front of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall today to highlight the past, present and future of Taiwanese women. Lu said that during the event, she will talk with Chen Chu (陳菊), chairman of the Council of Labor Affairs, and former Taichung Mayor Chang Wen-ying (張溫鷹), about being jailed over the Formosa Incident which took place on Dec. 10, 1979, in Kaohsiung, where those who advocated the establishment of an opposition party in the magazine Formosa and their supporters clashed with police in an unauthorized rally.
Proposed legislation in the US outlines three conditions in which Washington would be authorized to protect Taiwan were China to invade, a report said yesterday. US Representative Ted Yoho this month said he would introduce a Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which would authorize US military force if China were to invade Taiwan-controlled areas, including its outlying islands. According to a version of the bill obtained by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister paper of the Taipei Times), the bill lists three conditions in which a US president would be authorized to use military force to protect Taiwan: If China uses military force
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
Two new commuter trains are scheduled to be launched in January next year, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said yesterday. The acquisition of EMU-900 commuter train cars is part of the railway operator’s plan to replace 589 train cars that have been in operation for more than three decades. The agency has also placed orders to buy 600 intercity train cars. The first batch of 20 EMU-900 cars is to be delivered to the nation in September, although delivery might be delayed until October due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said. The batch would be formed into two trains of 10
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s