Court ordered to reconsider
The Taiwan High Court yesterday ordered Taipei District Court to reconsider its decision to reject former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) declaration that documents seized in the “state affairs fund” case were classified information and should therefore be returned by the court. This was the third time that the High Court had asked the district court to reconsider its decision. The district court had earlier responded by saying it needed them as evidence during the trial. The High Court said that based on Ruling No. 627 by the Council of Grand Justices in July 2007, the former president enjoyed the right to decide what constitutes a national secret and he has the right to keep the information classified. The Presidential Office under Chen subsequently announced that documents detailing the contents of the six diplomatic projects from July 2002 to December last year were classified information under the protection of the Classified National Security Information Protection Act (國家機密保護法) and asked the court to return the documents.
Hsu interested in post: Ker
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said yesterday that the party was considering former party chairman Hsu Hsin-liang’s (?}) offer to run as the DPP candidate for the Taoyuan County commissioner election later this year. Ker said Hsu expressed his interest in the post during a dinner party of DPP senior officials. Hsu rejoined the party last July after withdrawing in 1999 when he failed to secure the party’s nomination for the 2000 presidential election. Hsu ran unsuccessfully as an independent. Hsu has been associated with the pan-blue camp over the past few years, particularly during the campaign against then-president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) in August 2006 initiated by former DPP chairman Shih Ming-teh (施明德). Hsu is a former commissioner of Taoyuan County.
Trash sorting successful
As much as 45 percent of the nation’s trash was recycled last year thanks to the government’s garbage sorting policy, statistics released by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) showed. During the period from January to November, each resident produced an average of 0.839kg of garbage per day, with the trash incinerated averaging 0.46kg per person per day. Since 2006, the EPA has promoted a policy under which garbage should be sorted and separated before being taken to the garbage trucks.
MOFA confident of US ties
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday expressed confidence that Taiwan-US relations would not be affected by plans between the US and China to resume military consultations. There was no need for concern that they would affect the continuity of smooth ties between the US and Taiwan, said Harry Tseng (曾厚仁), director-general of the ministry’s Department of North American Affairs. Beijing called off high-level military exchanges and non-proliferation talks with the US in October after the Pentagon notified Congress that it planned to sell a package of advanced defensive weapons to Taiwan. Tseng said he expected the US to reiterate its “one China” policy if asked by Chinese leaders to comment on the Taiwan issue, since this framework had proved successful in helping to maintain peace and prosperity in the region over the past three decades.