Ma lauds student policy
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday lauded government efforts to attract students from overseas and said he expected the number of foreign students to top 100,000 next year. Ma said during a visit to the National Taiwan Normal University’s Linkou campus that it was one of the govenrment’s most successful educational policies over the past six decades. He described overseas Chinese students from Southeast Asia who have maintained close relations with Taiwan as “very valuable assets to the country.” Ma said when he first took office in 2008, the number of foreign students was fewer than 30,000, but he estimated that the number would reach 100,000 next year, when he steps down after his second term. He added that Taiwan signed an agreement with Malaysia four years ago to mutually recognize diplomas bestowed by schools in each country.
Trafficking suspects arrested
Six people in Hsinchu County have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, authorities said on Sunday. The National Immigration Agency’s special operations unit in Chiayi City said it received a tip-off earlier this year that a man from Hsinchu, surnamed Wu (吳), and several karaoke club operators were running a human-trafficking ring and forcing runaway female migrant workers into prostitution. In a joint operation with prosecutors in Hsinchu and Tainan, the unit arrested six suspects and rescued 10 runaway female workers in five hideouts in Hsinchu, said Huang Yi-hsiung (黃義雄), deputy head of the unit. Wu was arrested once about three years ago on similar suspicions, but has allegedly set up a bigger operation by partnering with karaoke club operators this year, Huang 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
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
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
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