Pan-green supporters, in defense of the government's NT$ 610.8 billion arms deal with the US, scuffled with with police on Sunday when they clashed with their opponents from rallying in the southern city of Kaohsiung. \n"Chinese communists go back [to China]. Don't you live in Taiwan and bully the Taiwanese," the pan-green supporters shouted at their opponents. \nThe pan-green supporters also burned China's national flag at the gathering point for the rally, slamming Beijing for targeting the island with some 600 ballistic missiles. \nHundreds gathered outside the Kaohsiung city cultural center where a rally initiated by the Anti-Arms Purchase Alliance against the arms purchase was scheduled to take place in the early afternoon. \nThe rally crowd sang "patriotic" songs, and staged short plays satirizing the Taiwanese government as a dog, eager to please its American master with the arms spending. \nSome clashed with policemen who were trying to prevent conflict between the two groups. There were no reports of injuries. \nThe cabinet in June approved a special budget of NT$ 610.8 billion to purchase weaponry from US over a 15-year period starting in 2005. \nThe arms package, pending final approval in the legislature, includes eight diesel-powered submarines, a modified version of the Patriot anti-missile system and a fleet of P-3C anti-submarine aircraft. \nThe pan-blue camp is now opposed to the package, despite the fact that the arms deal was originally requested by the Chinese Nationalist Party when it was in power in the late 1990s. \nMeanwhile John J. Tkacik, a Chinese affairs expert at the Heritage Foundation said in Los Angeles Saturday that Taiwan should build up its self-defense capability before amending its Constitution. \nDelivering a speech to the Friends of Taiwan in Monterey Park, a suburban residential city of Los Angeles County, Tkacik agreed that the Republic of China Constitution was formulated in 1947 on the Chinese mainland and doesn't fit today's Taiwan. \nHowever, any amendment to the Constitution would inevitably invoke Beijing's anger, even though President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) has pledged that the country's official name, definition of its territory, and national flag would be left intact. \nIn order to stand up against Beijing's bullying, Tkacik pointed out, Taiwan should beef up its defense capability, which he said means that Taipei should not miss the opportunity to purchase the arms package being offered by Washington.
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,