President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) will issue a written statement tomorrow to express his views and feelings on the Tiananmen Square Massacre in which the Chinese army crushed unarmed pro-democracy demonstrators at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 4, 1989, sources said on Sunday.
Ma has consistently commemorated the bloody event in various ways since 1989, including attending prayer services for the victims and publishing commemorative articles.
Despite his campaign promise to promote reconciliation and cooperation with China, Ma told reporters after his May 20 inauguration that he would observe the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in an appropriate and pertinent manner.
Political sources said Ma was likely to issue a written statement or have Presidential Office spokesman Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) read a prepared statement tomorrow to mark the incident.
Last year, in his capacity as the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate, Ma contributed an article to a local newspaper in which he reminded the Chinese authorities that freedom and democracy should be the “common language of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.”
“Only freedom and democracy can truly move cross-strait relations forward, lead to effective dialogue and build mutual trust,” Ma wrote.
It remained to be seen whether and how Ma’s upcoming statement on the Tiananmen Square Massacre would impact on cross-strait relations, political analysts said.
Taiwan might be China’s next target after it has “walled off” Hong Kong from the rest of the world with its new national security legislation, Academia Sinica Institute of Sociology fellow Wu Jieh-min (吳介民) said on Thursday. At a seminar organized by the Economic Democracy Union, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, the Hong Kong Outlanders and the Judicial Reform Foundation, Wu said that the legislation is simultaneously a fig leaf concealing Beijing’s autocratic rule in Hong Kong and a figurative “Berlin Wall,” denying democratic countries access to Hong Kong. Wu said it is evident that Taiwan would be China’s next target. The
The Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo held in Taipei over the weekend has sparked controversy, after a participant allegedly contravened the Act on Offenses Against Sexual Morality (妨害風化罪) by publicly exposing her private parts during a photo shoot. The two-day event opened at the Expo Dome at the Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, attracting numerous comic and anime creators, cosplayers, photographers and fans. Allegedly, a female cosplayer who was not wearing any underwear lifted up her skirt and revealed her private parts at an outdoor photography area near the venue. Event organizers said yesterday that to prevent indecent exposure, they have since
YOUNGEST PATIENT: Cases of botulism have been only sporadically reported over the past few years, with two in 2015, six in 2016 and none in the past three years The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reported the nation’s first case of infant botulism this year, a four-month-old boy in northern Taiwan, as well as five new cases of Japanese encephalitis confirmed last week. The boy was introduced to homemade solid food in the middle of last month, but began to experience constipation and loss of appetite on June 23, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉) said, adding that he was taken to the hospital when he developed a fever and shortness of breath on June 25. In the hospital, the boy also experienced a rapid heartbeat, limb
The National Taiwan Museum’s Railway Department Park in Taipei is to open to the public today. The park in Datong District (大同) near the North Gate (北門, Beimen) is one of the museum’s four branches. During the Japanese colonial era, the site housed the railway department of the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan’s Bureau of Transportation. After World War II, it served as the headquarters for the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) for several decades. In 2007, it was listed as a national monument under the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法). At an opening ceremony yesterday, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung