Workers from shipbuilding yards in Keelung joined Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Shih-ying (蔡適應) yesterday in voicing their support for President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) indigenous defense submarine program to create jobs and facilitate the development of the nation’s defense industry.
At a campaign event on Thursday, the president, accompanied by Tsai Shih-ying, who represents Keelung in the legislature, promised that the main facilities for domestic production of the submarines would be based in Keelung Port.
The program would mainly be undertaken by CSBC Corp, Taiwan, which has shipyards in Kaohsiung and Keelung, the president said, but the plan has met with misgivings and dissent from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).
Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times
“Keelung is an important naval port for Taiwan, and our navy’s main logistics and supply center is at this port. It is appropriate that the new facility to construct our indigenous submarines be based here,” Tsai Shih-ying told a news conference yesterday.
“It is quite suitable for the equitable allocation of our nation’s resources to different regions and in terms of long-term strategic plans for our national defense,” he said. “We hope the new facility can bolster the development of the defense sector and Keelung Port’s shipbuilding industry, and create a cluster effect for businesses and industries related to marine sciences, and logistics supplies for navy and shipping services.”
CSBC union chairman Lan Hsu-ching (藍許清) denounced statements by Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), the KMT’s presidential candidate, who said that the Tsai administration’s focus on building an indigenous submarine program was wrong and questioned the need for it.
“We fully support the submarine building program. Our members working at the Keelung shipyard all want it to get started soon. It will boost the shipbuilding sector with its cluster effect, and give Keelung’s shipyard a vital role in developing our domestic defense industry,” Lan said.
“The shipbuilding industry has been stagnant in the past few years. With few projects to work on, businesses in the surrounding areas have suffered from the downturn. Once the program gets going, creating new jobs and activity at the shipyard, it would revitalize the local economy and improve the livelihoods of residents in the area,” he said.
SPEEDING ELETRIC VEHICLES: Available without license requirements, the low-cost vehicles, especially if illicitly modified, can often reach a dangerous speed The government should crack down on illegal electric bicycles and scooters, the non-profit Consumers’ Foundation said on Friday, citing research on the potentially dangerous speed of the vehicles. Electric bicycles and lightweight electric scooters have gained popularity as they do not require registration and riders do not need licenses, the foundation said, adding that as many as 40 percent of them can reach speeds exceeding the legal limit of 25kph for non-licensed two-wheelers. Some consumers also purchased legal electric vehicles and modified them to reach higher speeds, it said. “If the government does not step up efforts to confiscate these
‘RELIABLE PARTNER’: US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar praised the ‘Taiwan model,’ saying that the nation brought its spirit to its COVID-19 response The first memorandum of understanding (MOU) on health cooperation between the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the US Department of Health and Human Services was yesterday signed at the Centers for Disease Control in Taipei. The memorandum was signed between the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US, by AIT Director Brent Christensen and Taiwan Council for US Affairs Chairperson Jen-ni Yang (楊珍妮). US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) witnessed the signing of the memorandum, designed to enhance the nations’
Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) yesterday tweeted a welcome to Somaliland’s first representative to Taiwan, Mohamed Omar Hagi Mohamoud, who arrived on Friday. Mohamoud had “braved Chinese pressure” to take up his new post, Wu wrote. “The fact ‘sovereignty & friendship aren’t for sale’ deserves international recognition,” referring to a Somaliland media report earlier this month that Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi had rejected an offer by the Chinese government in exchange for ending its rapprochement with Taiwan. Wu also thanked the US National Security Council (NSC) for praising Taiwan-Somaliland ties. A council tweet on July 10 praised Taiwan
The Taipei City Government yesterday said that construction on the long-suspended Taipei Dome can resume immediately, after it approved a request by the project’s main contractor, Farglory Group. In a statement, the Taipei Construction Management Office said that after it on July 16 issued a new building permit, Farglory submitted revised design plans and an application to resume construction, which the office approved on Friday. Construction had been suspended on the dome, near the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Xinyi District (信義), for more than five years due to disagreements between the city and the company over the safety of some of