A document cited by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) when it accused Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of improper involvement in a biotechnology company was altered twice with a “vicious motive” before it went public, the DPP said yesterday.
Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) Minister Christina Liu (劉憶如) on Dec. 12 disclosed a document dated March 31, 2007, which the KMT used to accuse Tsai of wrongdoing in the formation of Yu Chang Biologics Co (宇昌生技股份有限公司), now known as TaiMed Biologics Inc (中裕新藥股份有限公司), when Tsai served as vice premier.
Liu apologized the next day for “confusing the dates” of the document, which was actually from Aug. 19, 2007, but denied that she had forged the document.
Photo: Li Hsin-fang, Taipei Times
DPP spokesperson Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) told a press conference yesterday that Liu and the KMT were suspected of not only altering the date on the document, but also erasing the marking tag of “Attachment No. 3” to cover up the fact that it was one of six attachments to that document.
Liu said her agency confused the date because the document’s Attachment No. 2 was missing, an excuse that Chen described as weak.
The minister — or the KMT — could have intentionally altered the date and removed the attachment marking on the document, which stated that Tsai would be one of Yu Chang’s core leaders, so people would assume Tsai had planned to make an improper profit when she was in government, Chen said.
Tsai served as vice premier from 2006 to 2007 and resigned on May 20, 2007, before being named as Yu Chang’s chairperson in August that year.
“What they did was simple. Whoever did this — Liu or the KMT ... took out Attachment No. 3 from the Aug. 19 document, removed the marking and said it was a March 31 presentation, so the public would believe that Tsai [was guilty of] improper conduct as vice premier,” Chen said. “We wonder who made the alterations. Was it Liu or the KMT legislative caucus?”
“The DPP strongly condemns the forgery,” Chen added , demanding that Liu disclose all six attachments of the Aug. 19 document and explain who altered the document, as well as when and where the document was forged.
Chen also urged the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigation Division (SID) and Prosecutor-General Huang Shyh-ming (黃世銘) to disclose all the documents related to the so-called “Yu Chang case,” which had been seized by the SID, for the public to examine.
Chen reiterated that Tsai’s role in the case was clear — that she wanted to do her best to help with the development of Taiwan’s biotechnology industry and that she never imagined that she would be persuaded by scientists to serve as the company’s chair.
“Liu claimed that the case was complicated because she sees the world through stained glasses,” Chen said.
The evidence that the DPP has provided showed that this was a KMT smear campaign and there could be someone behind the scenes who manipulated the entire case in an effort to discredit Tsai’s presidential campaign, DPP spokesperson Chuang Ruei-hsiung (莊瑞雄) added.
“Our question for Liu is a simple one: Why did she pull the attachment from the Aug. 19 document and change the date to March 31?” he said.
At a separate setting yesterday, KMT Legislator Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) rebutted the DPP’s allegation, saying the KMT caucus did not alter the copy of the document provided by the CEPD in any way.
The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus yesterday issued a rebuttal to former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, who said a fistfight in the Legislative Yuan might have been “provoked from the outside” to destabilize Taiwan. Rice made the comment in an online discussion about the AUKUS alliance of Australia, the UK and the US hosted by the Policy Exchange forum in London on Thursday. On mention of Taiwan, she was quoted by The Australian as predicting that Beijing would use paramilitary forces and acts of sabotage to destabilize the nation. “There was a fistfight in the Taiwanese parliament a few weeks ago
A Taiwanese YouTuber suspected of creating and selling deepfake porn videos featuring more than 100 politicians and influencers was on Monday released on bail after being arrested the previous day. Chu Yu-chen (朱玉宸), 26, who uses the name Xiaoyu (小玉) on YouTube, was arrested on Sunday in New Taipei City, along with two suspected accomplices, a 24-year-old YouTuber surnamed Yeh (耶), known as Shaiw Shaiw (笑笑), and a 22-year-old man Chuang (莊). The three suspects were on Monday escorted to the New Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office for further questioning on suspicion of distributing obscene videos and publicly insulting others, in contravention of
ADVANCING TECH: With revenue on target to reach US$15.4 billion, the Hsinchu-based chipmaker said it is looking to produce 3-nanometer chips later this year Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) yesterday announced plans to build a new plant in Japan next year to produce 22-nanometer and 28-nanometer chips in its latest effort to expand its global manufacturing footprint. The Japanese fab is to start operations in 2024, the world’s biggest contract chipmaker said, ending months of speculation. “We have received strong commitment to supporting this project from our customers and the Japanese government,” TSMC chief executive officer C.C. Wei (魏哲家) told a quarterly investors’ conference. “We believe the expansion of our global manufacturing footprint will enable us to better serve our customers’ needs and reach global talent,
KNOWN ISSUES: Fire safety issues were found in the 40-year-old building, which previously housed a theater and restaurants, in 2019, last year and May, an official said Forty-six people died and 41 were injured in a building fire that raged out of control for hours overnight in Kaohsiung, authorities said yesterday. Flames and smoke billowed from the lower floors of the 13-story Cheng Chung Cheng (城中城) building on Fubei Road in Yancheng District (鹽埕), as firefighters tried to douse the blaze from the street and aerial platforms. The death toll rose steadily through the day as rescue workers searched the combined commercial and residential building. By late afternoon, authorities said 32 bodies had been found, while a further 14 people who showed no signs of life were among 55