Two charged with espionage
Two defense contractors have been charged with for spying on the nation’s military for China, the High Prosecutors’ Office said on Monday. The two men, surnamed Chang (張) and Lin (林), established an engineering firm in New Taipei City in 2016, with Chang as the firm’s owner and Lin as his main business partner. The firm had since bid on Ministry of National Defense public tenders and obtained numerous military contracts. The two suspects were detained after the ministry’s counterintelligence department discovered anomalies during a regular review of military tenders and asked the national security division of the Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau to jointly launch an investigation into the case, the bureau said. The investigation found that Chang and Lin allegedly took advantage of the nature of their work to gather military secrets and confidential information on national security. They also visited China frequently and received money from unknown sources, the bureau said. The two suspects were apprehended in June and their detention was approved by the High Court.
Second temblor hits Hualien
A magnitude 4.3 earthquake shook eastern Taiwan at 8:47am yesterday, the Central Weather Bureau. The earthquake was centered 28.7km southwest of Hualien County Hall in Shoufeng Township (壽豐) at a depth of 6.2km, the bureau’s Seismology Center said. The earthquake’s intensity, which gauges the actual effects of an earthquake, was highest in Hualien, where it measured 4 on Taiwan’s seven-tier intensity scale, while it measured 2 in Yilan County and 1 in Nantou County. No immediate damage or injuries were reported. It was the second earthquake in Hualien since the beginning of this month.
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