Classified data mishandled
The Ministry of National Defense yesterday confirmed that a member of Military Intelligence Agency had mishandled classified information, but denied that the ministry was investigating the incident as an espionage case. The ministry made the remarks in a statement issued yesterday in response to a story published by Next Magazine. The magazine reported yesterday that Military Intelligence Agency director-general Ker Kuang-ming (葛廣明) suspected his deputy, Liu Ben-shan (劉本善), of leaking information, “which ended up in the hand of Chinese intelligence.” The report also said that Liu was given an administrative demerit for bringing classified information from work back to his home. “The individual concerned in this case has been punished,” the statement said. Further inquiries were met by “no comments” from the ministry.
Premier lauds athletes
Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) presided over a banquet yesterday for the athletes and officials who represented Taiwan in the 25th World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. Taiwanese athletes won seven gold, five silver and five bronze medals in the Games. During the banquet, which was hosted by the Sports Affairs Council and the Chinese Taipei University Sports Federation, Liu congratulated the athletes and expressed hope that the Taiwanese athletes competing in the Hong Kong East Asian Games in December and in the 2010 Asia Games in China would bring honor to the country. The World University Games, which is held every two years, took place from July 1 to July 12, attracting more than 9,000 competitors and referees from 165 nations.
Artists to join charity fast
The Taiwan chapter of the Christian charity World Vision said yesterday that a record number of artists and singers had signed up to support its “30-Hour Famine Hero Rally” next month to raise money to fight hunger. Artists from major record companies such as Sony, Universal, AsiaMuse, Linfair, Warner and Forward, are preparing to support the event, which is part of the group’s global movement to involve people, especially youngsters, to fast for 30 hours to raise money for people suffering from famine in poor countries, World Vision Taiwan said. Now in its 20th year, the rally in Taiwan is scheduled to take place this year on Aug. 15 and Aug. 16 at National Taiwan Sport University’s multipurpose gymnasium and is expected to draw 15,000 participants, the group said. Artists who have pledged to speak up for the world’s hungry and committed themselves to appearances at the rally include Wang Lee-hom (王力宏), Sylvia Chang (張艾嘉), Will Pan (潘瑋柏), Sodagreen, Da Mouth (大嘴巴) and Rachel Liang (梁文音), the organization said.
Recycling contest opens
The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) is offering NT$600,000 (US$18,300) in cash prizes in an artistic design competition to promote garbage recycling, an official said yesterday. EPA Minister Stephen Shen (沈世宏) invited the public to join the online competition by submitting comic strips or videos on garbage recycling. Working on the theme of “recycling to zero waste,” contestants have a choice of four subjects: recycling categories; where to store materials awaiting recycling; innovative ways of using recycled materials; and the value of recycled goods. Entries will be accepted until Oct. 15, Shen said.
THE CHINA CONNECTION: As Beijing’s aggression increases, so does Taiwanese consciousness, making a new constitution imperative, Hsu Wei-chun said If the nation is to ratify a new constitution, it must first end any illusions about the current document’s relevance to Taiwan, an academic told a forum in Taipei yesterday. For the constitutional revisionist movement to succeed, it needs public enthusiasm, the right timing and a clear plan of action, Chung Yuan Christian University associate professor Hsu Wei-chun (徐偉群) told attendees at the event titled “Imagining a New Constitution for a New Era,” which was organized by the National Taiwan University Graduate Student Association. The Constitution exists under the “one China” framework and has little relevance to Taiwan, Hsu said, adding that
IDENTITY: The time is right to press on with a referendum, as the nation has heightened visibility and support in the global community, the Taiwan United Nations Alliance said The Taiwan United Nations Alliance yesterday said that it is considering launching a petition for a referendum proposal to have the nation join the UN under the name “Taiwan.” Alliance chairman Twu Shiing-jer (涂醒哲) was joined at a news conference in Taipei by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Huang Hsiu-fang (黃秀芳) and leaders of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan and civic organizations. They said that it is the right time for a petition because Taiwan’s visibility on the world stage has increased, as it has been praised for its success in containing its COVID-19 outbreak and for helping other countries by sharing
Former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday urged Beijing to respect the median line of the Taiwan Strait by immediately stopping its military intimidation of Taiwan, as such actions would only hurt the feelings of Taiwanese. Beijing should immediately stop making military provocations against Taiwan, Ma wrote on Facebook after Chinese warplanes in the past week have made numerous forays across the median line that divides the Taiwan Strait. Although it has never officially acknowledged the median line, Beijing used to respect it, Ma said in response to comments on Monday by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Wang Wenbin (汪文斌), who said
An advertisement displayed in the corridor of the underground Taipei City Mall has caused contention online with social media users saying that it depicts Taiwanese bears as servants of Chinese pandas. The advertisement — which imitates the style of an ancient Chinese painting, but replaces people with bears — shows a scene in imperial China, with Formosan black bears laboring, while pandas relax and enjoy beverages. “The development of the tourism industry is important, but this type of targeted advertising is extremely disrespectful — and it makes people uncomfortable,” Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei City Councilor Chen E-jun (陳怡君) said. The advertisement, under