Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) yesterday accused President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of breaking her pledge to abide by the Republic of China (ROC) Constitution with her choice of nominees for Judicial Yuan president and grand justices who apparently support the “two states” doctrine.
“Judicial Yuan president nominee Hsu Tzong-li (許宗力) and grand justice nominees Hsu Chih-hsiung (許志雄) and Hwang Jau-yuan (黃昭元) share something in common: They are all champions of the ‘two states’ doctrine,” Hung said on Facebook.
Huang said she is indignant at the length Tsai went through to place supporters of the “two states” doctrine in a position that entitles them to issue constitutional interpretations.
Hung said Tsai’s description of the ROC as a government-in-exile in 2010 and criticism of the nation’s constitutional system as an impediment in a letter she wrote to Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members for the party’s 30th anniversary last month all constitute reneging on her commitment to “comply with the ROC Constitution.”
Hung’s remarks follow Hsu Tzong-li’s and Hsu Chih-hsiung’s confirmation hearings at the legislature on Thursday last week and Monday respectively.
Hsu Tzong-li described Taiwan-China relations within a “special state-to-state” model that is similar to the relationship between West and East Germany, adding that the ROC’s sovereignty does not include China.
Hsu Chih-hsiung made a similar comment, saying: “Taiwan is a sovereign nation, which no one can dispute. The People’s Republic of China is also a nation, on which we all agree.”
He also said that the ROC Constitution, which was formulated in China, is out of touch with Taiwanese society.
Accusing Tsai of tricking voters into supporting her by saying that she would maintain the cross-strait “status quo” if elected, Hung said Tsai might try to push the “two states” doctrine through constitutional interpretations.
“As president of the ROC, Tsai is obliged to defend the Constitution. We are not Germany after World War II,” Hung said, urging Tsai to keep her promises and refrain from jeopardizing the hard-earned cross-strait peace by attempting to change the “status quo.”
Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said there was no need to read too much into the personal comments made by grand justice nominees based on their legal training and understanding of the values of freedom and democracy.
“The government’s stance has been made clear in Tsai’s inaugural address and Double Ten National Day speech, which is to promote cross-strait peace in accordance with the ROC Constitution, the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (兩岸人民關係條例) and other laws,” Huang said.
President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration is seeking to join an Indo-Pacific economic framework being planned by the US, a senior official said. The government is paying close attention to the regional economic pact being touted by US President Joe Biden, although too few details have emerged from Washington for Taipei to make specific plans, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. The US is expected to launch the Indo-Pacific economic framework next month after negotiations with Australia, India and Japan, the official said. The economic initiative is to tackle trade facilitation, standards for the digital economy and technology, supply-chain resiliency and
PIVOTAL ROLE: Taiwan’s importance in the global chip supply chain can be bolstered by domestic equipment manufacturing, President Tsai Ing-wen said Efforts must be made to better secure Taiwan’s place in the global supply chain by localizing production of equipment and facilities used by the semiconductor industry, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday. Tsai discussed the issue during a meeting with representatives from the Taiwan Electronic Equipment Industry Association at the Presidential Office in Taipei. Product shortages throughout the COVID-19 pandemic — particularly of automotive chips — highlighted the pivotal role of Taiwan in the global supply chain, she said. Tsai thanked the association for cooperating with the government on the shared goal of localizing production of important semiconductor industry equipment.
‘NEW YEAR GIFT’: While the MAC called the song propaganda, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said that it addressed the homesickness of ‘Taiwanese compatriots’ A pro-unification pop song aired on Chinese television earlier this month would only further sour Taiwanese sentiment toward China, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said on Wednesday. The music video for We Sing the Same Song (我們同唱一首歌), which aired on China Central Television, features Chinese artists performing alongside Taiwanese singers Jam Hsiao (蕭敬騰), Ouyang Nana (歐陽娜娜) and Chen Li-nong (陳立農). The lyrics were reportedly written by Taiwanese lyricist Vincent Fang (方文山), known for his collaborations with Jay Chou (周杰倫), to music composed by a Chinese musician. Sung in Chinese and Hoklo (commonly known as Taiwanese), the song is about three Taiwanese siblings who
SEPARATE CASE? A woman tested positive when she went with her daughter to be tested, because her daughter had taken the same bus to school as a steakhouse worker The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday reported 10 local COVID-19 cases, six of whom had visited a steakhouse in Taoyuan where an infection cluster has been reported. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said that of the 10 local infections, one case — No. 17,928 — is a Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport disease prevention staffer who works in the area where inbound travelers collect their saliva for a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, and sometimes at the fever screening station. The staffer had tested negative in a PCR test on Jan. 9 and