A sufficient number of submarines could reduce the Chinese threat along the Western Pacific and maintain an economic lifeline for Asian and Pacific countries, Vice Minister of National Defense Tsai Ming-shian (蔡明憲) said yesterday. \nTsai made the remarks at a seminar organized by the Institute for Taiwan Defense and Strategic Studies in Taipei on national defense capabilities. \nNoting that Taiwan's northern and southern waters control the route where Chinese submarines enter and leave the Pacific, Tsai said that if China's submarines can go through these areas freely, the security of all marine transport in the Western Pacific will be threatened. \nIn his judgment, a strong submarine fleet would not only help stabilize the Taiwan Strait, but would also contribute to the regional security. \nTsai made the remarks against the backdrop of the defense ministry's efforts to gain support from the legislature for its special arms purchase budget plan worth NT$610.8 billion (US$18.23 billion). \nUnder the plan, the ministry hopes to buy six advanced Patriot anti-missile defense batteries, 12 P-3C anti-submarine aircraft and eight conventional submarines from the US. \nHowever, Tsai stressed that good hardware should be accompanied by good strategies and tactics. Tsai said China is depending more and more on its navy, and if Taiwan can boast of a strong submarine fleet, it can become a powerful counterforce and make China's blockade of the country unprofitable, said. \nNo other weapons can have such a strong effect like submarines, Tsai stressed, quoting Hyman Rickover, father of the world's first nuclear-powered submarine, as saying that all the weapons used in wars are expensive, and cheap weapons seldom win wars.
FAMILY FEUD: Weng Jen-hsien, who was convicted of killing six people in 2016, was the second prisoner to be executed since President Tsai Ing-wen took office A death row inmate was executed on Wednesday, less than a year after he was convicted of killing six people by setting fire to his home. Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥) said that he signed the order and the death sentence was carried out on Wednesday afternoon in New Taipei City. The Supreme Court on July 10 last year sentenced 53-year-old Weng Jen-hsien (翁仁賢) to death after he was convicted of killing his parents, niece, nephew and nephew’s wife and his parents’ caregivers. Weng set fire to his home in Taoyuan’s Longtan District (龍潭) on Feb. 7, 2016, after a family feud
At a campground in Nantou County, a team of women are using ropes to shimmy up a towering seven-story tall Chinaberry tree, fighting their fear of heights and reconnecting with nature. Tree climbing remains somewhat niche in Taiwan, but a growing number of women are embracing the challenge thanks to the island’s first international certified female climber arborist. Sylvia Hsu (許芢涵), 26, said she was inspired to set up her own women-only tree climbing classes after seeing the popularity of similar gatherings in Europe. “A women-only camp is a more relaxed environment,” she said. “I was hooked on trees after my first climb...
Police in Kaohsiung are investigating a possible murder after a woman’s body was found in a plastic container on Thursday. The bucket was found by a person operating an excavator on a construction site at a private lot next to the Ciaotou Sugar Refinery Station (橋頭糖廠站) on the Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit system. Police investigator Chen Jen-cheng (陳仁正) yesterday said police had reviewed missing person reports and have narrowed the identity of the victim down to about 20 possible people. Physical evidence suggested she might have been a Fongshan District (鳳山) woman surnamed Lin (林), who was about 60 years old when she
IN PRINCIPLE: The Central Epidemic Command Center began yesterday to ban visits to hospitalized patients, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung said The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday announced 10 new COVID-19 cases — eight imported and two locally transmitted — bringing the nation’s tally of confirmed cases to 339. The imported cases involved six men and two women, all Taiwanese, who had traveled to Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Indonesia, countries in Latin America, the UK or the US before arriving back in Taiwan between March 6 and Tuesday, center data showed. Among them, patient No. 338 was part of a tour group that traveled to Austria and the Czech Republic, and has resulted in an infection cluster of five cases,