Security worries DPP
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus yesterday called on the government not to open to Chinese investment, saying it would jeopardize national security. Former Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) chairman Hong Chi-chang (洪奇昌) said at a DPP caucus press conference that Taiwan was not short on capital, but did need more cutting-edge technology. “Taiwan welcomes direct foreign investment because it can bring cutting-edge technology to the country. However, does China lead Taiwan in technology? No. And so it is not necessary to open to Chinese investment,” Hong said. The government should refrain from promoting such an immature policy until voters have reached a consensus on opening to Chinese capital, Hong added.
Chinese official to visit
China’s top fisheries administrator will lead a delegation to Taiwan next month for talks on cooperation in the fishing industry, Council of Agriculture Fisheries Administration Director Sha Chih-yi (沙志一) said during a fact-finding visit to Kinmen on Monday. As Kinmen lies closer to China’s Fujian Province than to Taiwan proper, there have been frequent reports of Chinese fishing boats intruding into Kinmen’s waters. Sha said he was concerned about Kinmen’s fishery environment, as Chinese poachers often use illegal fishing methods, such as electrofishing and dynamite, to stun or kill schools of fish for easy collection. Such illegal practices can be extremely destructive to the surrounding ecosystem, as electric currents or explosions often destroy the underlying habitats, such as coral reefs, that support the fish. Sha said fishery issues would also be put on the agenda for the fourth round of cross-strait talks scheduled for later this year.
Alleged crime lord arrested
The alleged mastermind of a drug trafficking ring suspected of using young women to transport contraband has been arrested, the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) announced on Monday. The suspect, identified only by his surname, Liu (劉), was arrested on Sunday in Keelung on charges of having smuggled at least 8kg of high-grade heroin into Taiwan over the past two weeks alone, MJIB officials said. Liu’s capture followed the arrest of a 31-year-old woman on Thursday at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport for allegedly attempting to smuggle 10 heroin bricks weighing a total of 3.5kg into the country from Myanmar, the officials said. Since direct flights between Taiwan and Yangon were launched last year, MJIB agents said the four weekly Taipei-Yangon flights have become a new drug trafficking route. After three drug trafficking mules were apprehended over the past six months, the smugglers changed tactics by hiring young and pretty married women with children to serve as mules, officials said.
Prison guards indicted
Prosecutors yesterday indicted 49 people, including 15 former and current prison guards, on bribery charges. Prosecutors are seeking jail terms of between 12 and 26 years for the guards at Tucheng Detention Center for blackmailing detainees and taking bribes from them in return for favors, according to the indictment. The guards accepted bribes of up to NT$10,000 to smuggle prohibited items for detainees, such as cigarettes, alcohol, pornography and MP3 players, the indictment said. The other people indicted included detainees and their relatives and friends.
FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD: Media speculation has fueled confusion about the KMT’s reasons for skipping a Chinese forum and delaying an AIT meeting, party sources said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Sunday said that it is not seeking to improve relations with the US or China at the expense of the other, and that its relations with the countries would be topic-based. The party has faced questions over its foreign policy after it on Monday last week announced its withdrawal from the annual Straits Forum and delayed planned talks with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The party has also taken a tough stance on the importation of US meat containing ractopamine, while also lambasting China for increasing its military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait. Following
Taipei City Councilor Wang Hao (王浩) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday called for security improvements to the MRT, as fare evasion has increased more than 13-fold on the metropolitan railway system over the past five years. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has spoken out against fare evasion and other contraventions of MRT regulations, but since he took office in 2015 the number of contraventions has more than doubled, Wang said, adding that there were 537 cases in 2015 compared with 959 last year. A video was posted to YouTube in June showing people how to evade paying a fare,
AN EXAMPLE: After attending a memorial service for Lee Teng-hui, Mori said the former president’s career reflected the importance of peace and democracy Using military force to resolve conflict is no longer workable in this new era, which requires peaceful discussion, former Japanese prime minister Yoshiro Mori said yesterday before leaving Taipei. Mori made the remarks at a news conference in front of the EVA Sky Jet Center at Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport), after leading a delegation to attend the official memorial service for former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) in New Taipei City’s Tamsui District (淡水). This was Mori’s second trip to mourn Lee; his last was on Aug. 9. Although he walked with a crutch, Mori, 83, chose to stand right in front of
CONTROVERSY: NHIA Director-General Lee Po-chang said an outcry over overseas Taiwanese not paying premiums, but having coverage, is pushing rule amendments Rules changes are being considered that would force Taiwanese who permanently live abroad to pay National Health Insurance (NHI) premiums for the period they were overseas before they can re-enroll in the system, National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) Director-General Lee Po-chang (李伯璋) yesterday said. The case of a married Taiwanese couple who lived in the US for about 30 years, but returned to Taiwan in April and tested positive for COVID-19 has again sparked public debate over why Taiwanese living abroad are allowed to use NHI resources, — although the couple’s expenses were not covered by the NHI. An often cited example