Drill ramp-up under way
The military is gearing up for annual drills involving its three services in an effort to solidify the country’s defense capabilities amid a growing threat from China, the Ministry of National Defense said yesterday. The annual Han Kuang series of exercises will be held in two stages, with live military drills scheduled for next month and computer-aided war games set for July, said Major General Hau Yi-chih (郝以知), who is assistant deputy chief of the General Staff for Operations and Planning. More than 200,000 military personnel from the army, air force and navy will participate in the five-day exercises scheduled to begin on April 16 , Hau said. “All existing military equipment” will be incorporated into the exercises, including the Hsiung Feng 2E cruise missile, Hao added. Three parts of the exercises will be opened to the public, ministry spokesperson David Lo (羅紹和) said.
Better weather on the way
Warmer and drier weather is expected across the nation beginning today, but it might also increase the probability of fog in several regions, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. Daytime temperatures are expected to rise above 20?C throughout most of the nation as the strength of a cold air mass weakens, the bureau said. The chances of showers should decrease in most areas, with partly cloudy to sunny skies expected in the central and southern parts of the country. However, the rising temperatures will likely bring fog, especially in the west and the islands of Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu, the bureau said, adding that the mild weather pattern is expected to last until the weekend, when rain will likely return.
Jacky Wu charged
Jacky Wu (吳宗憲), a popular TV variety show host, was indicted by Taipei prosecutors yesterday on embezzlement charges. Prosecutors said Wu, who is also board chairman of Alpha Photonitek Corp (APC), collaborated with Lienming Mobile Technology chairman Hsu Fang-yang (許豐揚) to skim money from a transaction between the two firms. On Jan. 5, 2009, the two allegedly orchestrated a deal in which Lienming spent NT$180 million (US$6 million) to purchase a number of APC’s LED products, prosecutors said. They added that Wu pocketed NT$12.5 million from the deal, while Hsu took NT$20 million. Prosecutors said the pair were charged with securities violations and if Wu were found guilty, he would face a prison sentence of between three and 10 years, as well as a fine of between NT$10 million and NT$200 million. Wu yesterday denied any wrongdoing in the case, saying he would clarify the matter in a hearing.
Ideas on new system mulled
The Veterans Affairs Commission will soon make recommendations on veterans’ support mechanisms for a voluntary military service system that would replace the existing compulsory system in 2015, Veterans Affairs Minister Tseng Jing-ling (曾金陵) said. The draft measures will prioritize education and employment to facilitate veterans’ transition from the military to civilian life rather than just offering medical and home care, Tseng said. The commission, which was originally designed to take care of veterans who defended the country during World War II and fought in the Chinese Civil War, will undergo a transformation, he added.
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
ANOTHER IMPORT: A Filipina who arrived on Friday to visit family developed a fever on Saturday and test results yesterday were positive, making her Taiwan’s 465th case The government’s real-name mask purchasing system is to be continued until at least the end of the year, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday, as it reported a new imported COVID-19 case from the Philippines. The center would continue to requisition mask production to ensure people can buy masks using the real-name system until the end of December, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), the CECC’s spokesman. While the CECC requisitions about 8 million masks per day to ensure there are enough for the real-name system, more than 10 million masks are produced per day