Senior German policymakers have reportedly expressed support for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) initiative to phase out nuclear power by 2025 in Taiwan in favor of more sustainable energy.
A statement given by the DPP, which could not be independently verified, said that German lawmaker Hans-Josef Fell, a key author of a renewable energy law, met with Tsai on Tuesday in Berlin to discuss her “2025 nuclear-free homeland” plan.
“The two sides exchanged opinions on Germany’s energy and nuclear-free policies. Fell expressed high recognition of Tsai’s [proposal] and believes that the whole world will look toward Taiwan if it were to progress toward this target,” the DPP statement read.
Photo: Ccourtesy of the DPP
“Fell said the anti-nuclear movement has become the trend after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant incident,” the statement said.
The DPP said the German experience represented a “big encouragement” that would be considered for future policy in Taiwan.
“The German government has showed leadership abilities over the past decade to support sustainable energy through its policies. As a result, renewable energy sources today account for 17 percent of its power needs, among the world’s highest,” the DPP said.
The DPP’s presidential candidate was said to have noted that Germany’s sustainable energy policies have since created more than 370,000 jobs, suggesting that a similar feed-in tariff scheme could do the same to Taiwan.
The “2025 nuclear-free homeland” is Tsai’s first major policy initiative since announcing she would run for president.
It aims to prevent commerial operations after the completion of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant and to not renew the licenses for the three plants now in operation, pending the development of other renewable sources.
Government officials have said the plan represents a flip-flop for Tsai, because she had once supported the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.
DPP officials accompanying Tsai on her trip to Germany and the UK also said that she met with German lawmakers belonging to a “Taiwan caucus” as well as the German Council on Foreign Relations, a prominent think tank staffed with retired policymakers.
Tsai was said to have told the politicians that cross-strait issues concerned not just Taiwan and that Taiwan should stand side-by-side with the international community when it came to dealing with Beijing.
“Taiwan should base the framework for cross-strait interactions on its relations with the rest of the world. This method will avoid falling into a political trap that will see [Taiwan] trade political concessions for economic benefits,” a DPP transcript of the meeting quotes Tsai as saying.
On Tuesday evening, Tsai told a gathering of Taiwanese expatriates that she believed the DPP and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) were locked in a very close race for next year’s presidential and legislative elections.
Both parties have grassroots support of 6 million voters and backing from 1 million to 1.5 million undecided voters, who will be key to victory next year, she said in comments recorded by local media.
VOTERS’ CHOICE: The DPP’s Chen and independent candidate Huang conceded defeat before 7:20pm, with Chiang pledging to remain humble and do his best Legislator Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安) yesterday won the Taipei mayoral election, with the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) candidate defeating the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) pick, former minister of health and welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), and former Taipei deputy mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊), an independent. After polling stations closed at 4pm, the Taipei Election Commission issued a preliminary estimate that voter turnout in the city was about 64 percent, slightly lower than in 2018. Chiang, 43, is to be the youngest Taipei mayor ever, with the KMT regaining the capital after eight years. Chen had an exceptionally high national approval rating when he was head
UNCREWED CRAFT: A lack of domestic components and engine outsourcing show the need for Taiwan to develop a local drone supply chain, an analyst said The development of a fully domestic drone manufacturing supply chain is crucial to Taiwan’s ability to use the uncrewed aircraft effectively during wartime, a recent report from the Institute for National Defense and Security Research said. Ukraine’s experience in resisting Russia’s invasion demonstrated that civilian drones can provide valuable intelligence during wartime, but they must be manufactured domestically to ensure that foreign component makers cannot take control of the devices, the report said. In the report, institute researcher Chen Po-hung (陳柏宏) analyzed the security of Taiwan’s drone supply chain. Ukrainians have used civilian drones to locate Russian convoys and other targets, he said,
In the last few days before the local elections on Saturday, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said it is focusing on 10 regions it considers highly contested areas, while the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) said it is stepping up campaigns across the nation. The DPP considers Keelung, Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu City, and Maoli, Yilan, Nantou, Penghu, Changhua and Yunlin counties as areas where its candidates are facing fierce competition, a party source said. President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), Vice President William Lai (賴清德) and Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) plan to visit those areas again this week, the source said. The night before the elections,
A naval landing craft on Thursday sank near Kinmen County after wet weather and rough seas flooded its cabin, the Naval Fleet Command said. The vessel, called Landing Craft Mechanized 1326, had completed transport and replenishment missions in the county and was returning to Taiwan proper when surging waves flooded the cabin, the navy said in a statement. The craft’s five crew members tried to bail out the water to no avail, the Navy said. The landing craft eventually sank off Kinmen’s Liaoluo Bay (料羅灣) at 5:18pm, although all crew members rescued, it said, adding that the precise cause of the sinking