Alleged con artists arrested
Police have arrested 39 suspects as part of a crackdown jointly launched by authorities in Taiwan, China and Indonesia on an alleged cross-border fraud ring based in Bali, Indonesia. The 39 suspects, including five Chinese, were sent to Taiwan aboard two flights late on Sunday, the Criminal Investigation Division of the Taipei City Police Department said. The suspects allegedly pretended to be from the Chinese government and a Chinese bank and asked their victims to remit money to certain bank accounts under the pretext that their credit card information had been stolen and they had to transfer funds to help with the investigation. Police said the alleged gang was made up of 34 Taiwanese and five Chinese nationals.
Wuta Tunnel lane finished
The Suhua Highway improvement project moved one step closer to completion on Saturday last week when construction of the southbound lane of the Wuta Tunnel was finished. The 464m tunnel in Nanao Township (南澳), Yilan County, is one of eight tunnels along the coastal highway that leads to Hualien County and is the third to be completed. Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) has said that 63 percent of the highway improvement project involves tunnel-boring, which is a challenging task because of the fragile geology of the area. The project is scheduled to be finished in 2017. Its three new road sections will replace the narrow coastal road that now links Yilan and Hualien counties. The new sections will run from Suao to Dongao Township (東澳) in Yilan, from Yilan’s Nanao to Heping Township (和平) in Hualien, and from Heping to Chongde Township (崇德), which is also in Hualien, covering a total of 38.8km.
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