The Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced a retired agent for the Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau’s to six years for violating the National Intelligence Services Act (國家情報工作法). The court said Tung Chien-nan (董建南) lured former colleagues to China to force them to disclose sensitive information. According to local media reports, Tung was recruited by Beijing after he retired and he tricked several former military intelligence officers into traveling to China under the pretext of doing business or taking a vacation. Some were detained upon arrival for interrogation. The case came to light after one of those detained returned to Taiwan and reported Tung to authorities. Tung was arrested in February last year when he returned to Taiwan to collect his pension.
Fruit logo contest launched
The Changhua County Government has organized a brand design competition as part of its efforts to establish a brand image for the county’s dragon fruit. The competition is offering cash prizes totaling NT$135,000, with the first-prize winner taking home NT$80,000, county officials said at a press conference. The challenge is to design a logo and slogans to promote Changhua dragon fruit, the officials said. The winning design will be used on dragon fruit baskets and packages in both the domestic and overseas markets, the officials said. The entry deadline is May 17. More information on the contest is available on the Chinese-language Web site www.star.linker.tw. Government statistics show that Changhua County produced 5,668 tonnes of dragon fruit in 2011, accounting for 27.1 percent of the nation’s total production.
FEW REMAIN: Conservationists tried to stop the demolition, but to no avail, and the owner cannot be fined, as the structure was not listed as a historical building One of the few remaining Japanese colonial-era granaries in Taiwan was dismantled by its owner on Friday, prompting outrage from conservationists. The granary, which was at No. 16, Lane 11, Hangzhou S Rd Sec 1 in Taipei, belonged to Taiwan Takushoku Corp during the colonial era, conservationist Chang Wan-lin (張琬琳) said, adding that she and others had been collecting information to reapply to have the building protected as a historical structure. During the colonial era, the granary served the area from Monga (艋舺) to what is now Songshan District (松山) in the north, she said. “Back then the eastern part
SEEING THE POSITIVE: A majority of respondents in Taiwan said that they favored Trump because they think Taiwan-US ties would improve with him Among eight Asia-Pacific countries and regions, only Taiwan prefers US President Donald Trump over his challenger, former US vice president Joe Biden, in the upcoming US presidential election, a survey released on Thursday showed. According to the poll published by UK-based market research firm YouGov, 42 percent of Taiwanese favor Trump in the Nov. 3 election, while 30 percent back Biden and 28 percent have no opinion. In contrast, respondents in Malaysia favor Biden over Trump 62 percent to 9 percent, and in Singapore by 66 percent to 12 percent, the survey showed. Biden also led Trump in Australia (60 percent to 21
TROUBLEMAKER: The missiles, capable of striking up to 2,000km away, would likely be used to deter other nations from coming to Taiwan’s aid, a legislator said The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has reportedly deployed advanced hypersonic missiles along China’s southeast coast, which Taiwan’s missile defense system might have difficulty intercepting, an analyst said yesterday. Citing an unnamed military source, the South China Morning Post said that the missile bases on the coasts of China’s Fujian and Zhejiang provinces have been upgraded and are stocked with DF-17 missiles, equipped with hypersonic glide vehicles. “The DF-17 hypersonic missile will gradually replace the old DF-11s and DF-15s that were deployed in the southeast region for decades,” said the source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. “The
Hong Kong air traffic controllers turning away a Taiwanese flight last week might have been China’s first move in a broader campaign to restrict Taiwan’s air access to its outlying islands, a retired air force general said on Saturday. The government needs to establish a response plan in the event that aircraft are denied entry to Flight Information Regions (FIRs) en route to Kinmen and Matsu, among others islands, retired lieutenant general Chang Yen-ting (張延廷) said. The Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of the Interior, as well as the Straits Exchange Foundation and Mainland Affairs Council, must