Premier Yu Shyi-kun stressed that there was no change in US policy toward Taiwan or in US-Taiwan relations, while he admitted he was "surprised" upon hearing US Secretary of the State Colin Powell's remarks on Tuesday. \n"Taiwan is a sovereign and independent state. Powell has also clarified his remarks when he was interviewed again after he went back to the US. The US' policy toward Taiwan hasn't changed, and the cross-strait issue should be resolved peacefully," Yu said when questioned by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chiu Chui-chen (邱垂貞) yesterday. \nBut when speaking to the media later, Yu admitted that he was "surprised" when Powell made the remarks about unification. \n"I had read the briefing US officials gave our representative office before Powell went to China, and the briefing didn't mention anything about what he said [regarding unification] in China," Yu said. \n"The whole government -- including me -- did not get hold of any precise information on Powell's remarks beforehand, and we will review and reflect on that," Yu said. \n"I was surprised by Powell's remarks, but now he has cleared up what he meant," Yu said. \nPowell's remarks raised the ire of officials in Taiwan over the past few days, and yesterday the People First Party (PFP) caucus and the pan-green caucuses also argued over the possibility of a "peaceful resolution" of cross-strait relations. \nThe three PFP caucus whips, together with other PFP lawmakers, visited all the caucuses yesterday promoting a draft statute regarding peace in cross-strait relations, which the PFP hopes to pass in the Procedure Committee next week. \nThe draft statute stipulates that an ad-hoc committee should be established which would engage in negotiations with China about peace in cross-strait relations. \nWhile the statute received support from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus, the DPP caucus disagreed with the statute, arguing that pushing through the statute governing the special arms deal with the US would be the first step toward ensuring peace. \nAlso, the PFP failed to visit the TSU caucus at the appointed time, and the TSU was offended as a result. \nTSU caucus whip Chen Chien-ming (陳建銘) rushed down to the DPP caucus office when he realized that the PFP caucus whips had skipped the TSU. \nChen then shouted at the PFP caucus whips in the DPP caucus office. \n"You'd better make it clear whether you want unification or independence!" Chen shouted. \nThen, an unidentified PFP lawmaker shouted back, "The TSU should stop promoting independence!" \nChen soon left, but the discussion by the PFP and the DPP didn't make any progress. \n"The statute is impractical and it violates the power of the administration. It also may be unconstitutional so the DPP caucus won't support it," DPP caucus whip Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯) said, in response the PFP caucus' request.
DIPLOMATIC MOVES: Beijing is reportedly pressing the state after reports of forming links with Taiwan, while the ministry is also planning to reopen its office in Guam soon A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. The ministry on July 1 announced that Taiwan and Somaliland would establish representative offices, following a report by the Somaliland Chronicle Web site. It said at the time that the two nations did not plan to establish formal ties. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has instructed close confidants to explore the possibility of “mutual recognition between Taiwan and Somaliland,” the Somaliland Chronicle reported
‘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
NEW ERA: Taiwan, which has controlled its virus outbreak, now faces the challenge of safely resuming economic exchanges with other nations, Chang Shan-chwen said People should not focus entirely on having zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, but neglect overall control over the disease situation, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) specialist advisory panel convener Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said yesterday. Chang made the remark at a forum in Taipei discussing the steps Taiwan should take in the post-pandemic era, organized by the Chinese-language magazine Global Views Monthly. Chang, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩), and Stanford University’s Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention director C. Jason Wang (王智弘) each made a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Chang, Wang and Buddhist Tzu
A Belgian man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan last week is likely to have contracted the disease in Taipei in late June, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health vice dean Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday reported that the man, who is in his 20s, came to Taiwan for work on May 3 and tested positive on Wednesday last week as he was about to depart. The man in March reported loss of taste and smell, the center said, adding that he worked in Changhua County, but visited Taipei several times,