Premier Su Tseng-chang (
Su said it was still too early to speculate about whether the CLA, the Department of Health, the Council for Hakka Affairs, the Council of Indigenous Peoples and the Public Construction Commission would be relocated to Sinjhuang, since the administration had just begun collecting information in order to investigate the feasibility of the relocation project.
Su noted that Minister of the Interior Lee Yi-yang (李逸洋) said recently in a briefing at the Legislative Yuan that the administration had been pondering how plots of state-owned land in Taipei County should be used -- remarks that were probably misconstrued as meaning the administration was planning to have five Cabinet agencies relocated to Sinjhuang.
The premier quoted Lee as saying that some NT$600 million (US$18.18 million) could be saved in rent if the state-owned land were developed to house the five Cabinet agencies, which are "snails without shells" -- meaning they don't own the property where their offices are located.
Lee reportedly told legislators last week that a preliminary plan had been worked out to relocate the five agencies to Sinjhuang after the plots of land were retrieved by the government. Lee's remarks drew a strong protest from Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊), who had proposed relocating the CLA to Kaohsiung when she was CLA chairwoman.
Expressing her strong opposition to the central government's relocation proposal, she pledged to fight for her cause, saying that Kaohsiung is the most worthy and suitable city to host the CLA as it has the largest proportion of laborers of any city in Taiwan, with 80 percent of its residents being working class.
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
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
‘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