Ex-TRA worker vindicated
The Taipei High Administrative Court on Monday ruled in favor of the family of an employee of the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) who was accused of spying for China in 1949, offering a certificate declaring the innocence of the deceased man. Chang Yu-lan (張玉蘭), former deputy head at Pingtung Station, was accused of spying for China and detained for 254 days in 1949, during which time he was tortured to extract a confession. He was later released over a lack of evidence. A district court ruled in 2001 that Chang should receive NT$1.27 million (US$41,270) in compensation for being wrongly detained. After Chang died in 2008, his children filed a suit with the administrative court because a reconciliation foundation set up by the government in 1998 refused to bestow a certificate of innocence to Chang.
US official to visit
A US Department of State official is scheduled to arrive today for a three-day visit to discuss trade and investment issues, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said yesterday. The visit is the first to the nation for Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs Kurt Tong since he assumed the post in July, the AIT said in a statement. He is to deliver a keynote speech tomorrow at a private equity forum organized by the Asian Venture Capital Journal in Taipei and then participate in a panel discussion on innovation at an event organized by the AIT and the National Development Council, the statement said. Tong is scheduled to meet with political, business and academic leaders to discuss trade, investment and commercial matters. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tong’s visit will “help both countries continue to bolster bilateral trade relations.”
Foreign parent numbers up
One in every nine students in Taoyuan County’s elementary and junior-high schools has a foreign-born parent, a sharp rise from 2.1 percent recorded 10 years ago, the latest figures from the county government show. The number of students under 15 years of age from new immigrant families has grown significantly over the past decade, from 5,488 in 2004 to 23,877 at the end of last year, the county government said. The trend is particularly noticeable since the overall number of elementary-school and junior-high students dropped from 266,050 to 219,051 over the 10-year period, it said. About 86 percent of the foreign-born parents are from China (37.1 percent), Vietnam (30.6 percent) and Indonesia (18.4 percent), statistics show. More than half of the children from such families attend school in Jhongli (中壢, 18.6 percent), while the others go the school in Taoyuan (15.1 percent), Pingjhen (平鎮, 10.7 percent) and Yangmei (楊梅, 9.2 percent), the county government said.
Keelung opens LGBT center
A culture center devoted to a healthy lifestyle for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people was launched in Keelung on Monday, becoming the first support center for the community in the city. Established by a student group at National Taiwan Ocean University together with the Keelung Health Bureau, the center is on the fifth floor of a building next to Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Keelung branch. The center is to sponsor health screening and awareness campaigns, the student group said. The Health Bureau said that it plans to promote its HIV prevention campaign at the center.
Proposed legislation in the US outlines three conditions in which Washington would be authorized to protect Taiwan were China to invade, a report said yesterday. US Representative Ted Yoho this month said he would introduce a Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which would authorize US military force if China were to invade Taiwan-controlled areas, including its outlying islands. According to a version of the bill obtained by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister paper of the Taipei Times), the bill lists three conditions in which a US president would be authorized to use military force to protect Taiwan: If China uses military force
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
Two new commuter trains are scheduled to be launched in January next year, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said yesterday. The acquisition of EMU-900 commuter train cars is part of the railway operator’s plan to replace 589 train cars that have been in operation for more than three decades. The agency has also placed orders to buy 600 intercity train cars. The first batch of 20 EMU-900 cars is to be delivered to the nation in September, although delivery might be delayed until October due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said. The batch would be formed into two trains of 10
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s