President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) asked Taipei residents to support DPP candidate Lee Ying-Yuan (李應元) who knew how to cooperate with the central government, rather than the incumbent Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who preferred to work in opposition. \nChen also pointed out that Ma has yet to give a clear undertaking that he will finish a second term as mayor were he to win, rather than abandoning the people of Taipei less than halfway through his term to run in the 2004 presidential election. \n"Should [Taipei residents] vote for someone who only wants to be a four-month mayor or someone who is sure to attend to his mayoral duties for a full four-year mayoral tenure?" Chen said at a rally for Lee late yesterday. \nChen also lashed out again at Ma's proposal to use Sungshan Domestic Airport as a base for direct cross-strait flights. \nChen said that such a policy would put the nation's security in jeopardy. \n"As the nation's president, I can't be like Ma, who is willing to put national security concerns aside and thinks such an issue is not important," Chen said. \nChen called on the public not to let down its guard against China, which still has 400 missiles targeted on Taiwan, threatening the safety of Taiwan's 23 million people. \nFollowing Saturday's televised debate between Lee and Ma, Chen took part in a three-hour street procession with Lee earlier yesterday. \nMa yesterday attended the openings of the campaign headquarters for his KMT comrades Chang Teng-fan (張鄧芳), Chiang Nai-hsin (蔣乃辛), Chen Chin-chi (陳進棋) and Chen Cheng-chung (陳政忠), whom are all running for the Taipei City Council. \nPrior to the street procession, Lee made an appearance at Taipei City Council candidate Chen Cheng-teh's (陳正德) campaign headquarters opening, where Lee talked about a second debate with Ma, which has yet to be scheduled. \n"I think the focus of the second debate should be on city governance, moral integrity and the sense of identification with this land," Lee said. \nLee said that these two latter issues were just as important as candidates' visions for Taipei's development in selecting a mayor for the nation's capital. \nMa however though that the issues should not be included in the second debate. \n"I don't think it is a good thing to digress in our debating topics away from city governance-related issues," Ma said. \n"I am perplexed about why Lee wants to talk about moral integrity during the debate, a matter which I think has no relation to city governance," Ma said. \n"And to the issue of national identification, the fact that we are both running for Taipei City mayor -- doesn't that demonstrate that we've already recognized this land." \nMeanwhile, KMT Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) and PFP Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) yesterday both stumped for their respective candidates in the Kaohsiung mayoral and city councilor elections. \nLien took the opportunity to dismiss speculation that KMT candidate Huang Jun-ying (黃俊英) is a DPP supporter at heart while Soong criticized the Chen administration for its planned security checks on certain government officials, painting it as an exercise in "green terror." \nThe checks have been suggested in the wake of a number of national security officials defecting to China. \nParticipating in a forum held for KMT City Council candidates at a military housing compound in Tsoying, Kaohsiung City yesterday, Lien told compound dwellers -- most of whom are KMT supporters -- that Huang is a 100 percent pure pan-blue camper. \n"Since I've known him for years, I can guarantee you that he's a son of the blue sky," Lien said, referring to the name of the opposition camp and the color of the KMT flag. \nLien also called on the pan-green camp to stop giving Taipei's Ma a hard time. \n"Please stop asking him about whether he's interested in running for the presidency. Didn't he make it clear already at yesterday's televised public debate that it has never been on his agenda?" Lien said. \nLien yesterday also reiterated his party's hope to cooperate with Soong's PFP in the Kaohsiung mayoral election. \n"We're not giving up our hope yet to work with the PFP," Lien said. \n"But if, unfortunately, the plan eventually falls flat, I'm afraid that the voters will have to exercise their own wisdom to pick the best candidate." \nSoong, in Kaohsiung City to campaign for PFP candidates for the city council, took the opportunity to lambaste Chen's administration and called on voters to use their ballots to embarrass the ruling DPP in the mayoral elections. \n"Since the DPP swept to power two years ago, it has shown its ineptitude in managing the country," Soong said. \n"It has not only driven local businesses out of Taiwan, but also has made everybody's life a living hell. What's more, it blames its own failure on the opposition parties." \nThe pro-China Soong also lashed out at the Chen administration's planned security check. \n"It's an exercise of `green terror,'" Soong, once prominent in the KMT repression known as the White Terror, said. \nThe government has proposed a draft measure that will allow the Ministry of Justice to conduct loyalty checks on government workers in such sensitive fields as national defense, foreign affairs, technology, intelligence gathering, business, economies and cross-strait affairs.
Taipei on Friday rejected Hanoi’s characterization of its recent live-fire drill near Itu Aba Island (Taiping Island, 太平島) as “illegal,” saying that Taiwan’s claim to the small island in the South China Sea was “unquestionable.” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a statement that the comments made by its Vietnamese counterpart about the military’s routine live-fire drills near Itu Aba on Tuesday were “unacceptable.” Earlier on Friday, Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang called Taiwan’s military activity “a serious violation of Vietnam’s territorial sovereignty,” saying it had caused tensions and complicated the situation in the region. Hang
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) yesterday said it is more than doubling its US investment to US$40 billion as it plans to make 3-nanometer chips in 2026 at a second Arizona fab, adding to the chipmaker’s original plan of building a US$12 billion fab to make 4-nanometer chips in 2024. The investment would mark the largest foreign direct investment in Arizona’s history and one of the largest foreign direct investments in the history of the US, the world’s largest contract chipmaker said in a statement yesterday. In addition to the more than 10,000 construction workers at the site, TSMC’s two fabs
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) is planning to offer advanced 4-nanometer chips when its new US$12 billion plant in Arizona opens in 2024, an upgrade from its previous public statements, after US customers such as Apple Inc pushed the company to do so, according to people familiar with the matter. TSMC is expected to announce the new plan when US President Joe Biden and US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo visit the facility near Phoenix for a ceremony on Tuesday next week, the people said. The TSMC plant had been slated to make 5-nanometer semiconductors, a standard that would be far
PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE MEETING: The statement by the former US representative came as Congress is poised to back US$10 billion to bolster Taiwan’s self-defense capabilities Former US representative Will Hurd yesterday said visiting Taiwan has made him realize that China’s “one country, two systems” framework is not a feasible solution for Taiwan. Hurd, who is visiting Taiwan with an international delegation, made the remarks when meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) at the Presidential Office in Taipei. There is bipartisan support for Taiwan in Washington, with Republicans and Democrats agreeing that only the 23.5 million Taiwanese can decide the nation’s future, said Hurd, a trustee at the Washington-based German Marshall Fund think tank. Former German lawmaker Marieluise Beck said that the Russian invasion of Ukraine has changed mindsets