Editorial: Fighting money laundering is good diplomacy for Taiwan

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/06/22
By: Taiwan News, Staff Writer

The government announced that from June 28, laws against money laundering will expand to include

Taiwan toughens up measures against money laundering. (By Central News Agency)

measures covering relatives of politicians or even acquaintances and extramarital lovers.

The new rule implied that inspection and supervision would be intensified for people related to politicians under investigation for corruption and money laundering. The measures would no longer be limited to the spouse and children of the politician, who might have supplied domestic and overseas bank accounts to hide his financial shenanigans.

Under the new regulations, the investigators can also target people who have relationships with or who live in with the suspect politicians, or people who have a financial relationship with them.

At a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said the changes were needed to provide for a better enforcement of measures against money laundering and to “rebuild the order of financial flows.” Reform would not only improve the fight against corruption on the domestic front, but would also help Taiwan to pull itself up to international standards.    [FULL  STORY]

Editorial: F-35 for Taiwan

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/04/27
By: Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Taiwan will draw up a list of weapons and defense systems it would like to acquire and submit it to the United States in July, with the F-35 jet from Lockheed Martin Corp. featuring at the top of the list, news service Bloomberg reported Thursday.

The news service’s main concern did not so much focus on Taiwan’s defense needs, as on the likelihood that it would offend China, so soon after President Donald Trump seemed to have toned down his earlier attacks on Beijing.

As early as last year’s election campaign, the brash billionaire launched harsh comments about China for its trade practices, while promising he would officially label the country as a currency manipulator.    [FULL  STORY]

Editorial: Taiwan needs to watch Trump and Xi

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/04/06
By: Taiwan News, Staff Writer

United States President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping will meet face to

FILE – This combination of file photos shows Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, on Jan. 17, 2017, in Davos, Switzerland, and U.S. President Donald Trump on March 28, 2017, in Washington. China said Thursday, March 30, 2017, Xi and Trump will meet at the latter’s Florida resort on April 6-7. It will be the first in-person meeting between the two. (AP Photo/Files)

face for the first time Thursday local time at the former’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida for discussions expected to reverberate for years beyond.

As usual with such summits, Taiwan is mindful that it will become one of the topics of conversation, with potential ramifications for its international status.

This time, Taiwan has been worried more than usual, mostly due to the new U.S. president’s unorthodox style and personality, but also because of Xi’s aggressive disposition on international affairs and his rough treatment of Taiwan since the country elected Tsai Ing-wen as its president last year.

Yet, at first sight, it looks like the possibility of a U.S.-China trade war and North Korea’s behavior will push Taiwan far down the list of topics for the two-day get-together.    [FULL  STORY]

Editorial: Can there be a THAAD for Taiwan?

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/03/09
By: Taiwan News, Staff Writer

THAAD. The abbreviation of the little-known term “Terminal High Altitude Area Defense”

Photo by US Army.

forced the closure of supermarkets in China. For once, it is not anger at a perceived Taiwan Independence statement by a Taiwanese entertainer or at a politician’s refusal to mention the “1992 Consensus” which is ruffling Beijing’s feathers.

The unexpected culprit is South Korea, which decided to deploy the American-made system in a response to the numerous missile launches, nuclear tests and other provocations by its communist-ruled neighbor, North Korea.

Despite repeated assertions by both Seoul and Washington that all the system is designed to do, is to take down missiles emanating from the cantankerous north, it is China that has reacted with the most fury.    [FULL  STORY]

Editorial: United Together

Taiwan Today
Date: March 01, 2017

The New Year is traditionally a time of rejuvenation and renewal. For the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), this spirit of fresh thinking and new approaches will characterize policies aimed at revitalizing the nation in 2017. It will also spill over to efforts in leading all segments of society in standing united together to face the challenges of tomorrow.

In an address delivered Dec. 31, 2016, at the Office of the President in Taipei City, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) laid out the government’s four-pronged plan for the coming 12 months, with the first and foremost task boosting the economy through restructuring and attracting across-the-board infrastructure investment.

The New Model for Economic Development remains the cornerstone of this process. In addition, strong supporting roles will be played by the five-plus-two innovative industries initiative and programs spanning child care, long-term care, residential building refurbishment and social housing construction.

Meeting the needs of future generations through regionally balanced and managed infrastructure development is also key to this undertaking. A wide variety of projects are in the pipeline, including a green rail transport system; networks for broadband and super-broadband cloud communications; engineering projects to combat flooding and droughts brought about by climate change; and facilities for generating low-carbon and non-nuclear sources of energy.    [FULL  STORY]

Editorial: Put safety first if you want tourism to last

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/02/16
By: Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Over the past few years, Taiwan has been successful in drawing ever-growing numbers of tourists from across the world, again surpassing 10 million in 2016. Visitors have at their disposal a wide range of modern transportation options, from domestic flights to the high-speed rail system as well as various rail services and regular long-distance buses.

However, tour buses chartered by travel agencies have become “the sick man” of Taiwanese tourism.

Only last year, a troubled driver went as far as starting a fire on board his bus, which eventually led to a crash and to the death of 26 people, most of them tourists from China.    [FULL  STORY]

Editorial: Taiwan on the verge of the Trump era

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/01/19
By: Taiwan News, Staff Writer

On January 20, the office most frequently connected with the title of most powerful man

(By Associated Press)

in the world changes hands, when the first African-American president of the United States, professional politician and Democrat Barack Obama, moves out to make way for abrasive businessman, television host and populist Republican Donald Trump.

The handover has so far provided joy to only a limited number of groups, with the vast majority of domestic and world opinion either terrified or of what a Trump Administration is planning for them.

The new president’s frequent comments at election rallies and on Twitter has assured him tough opposition from a variety of groups such as women, African-Americans, gays and Muslims.    [FULL  STORY]

OPINION: Taiwanese — Ignorantly Progressive?

While Taiwan is spending time and energy on raising awareness of social issues, Taiwanese have been neglecting the importance of cultivating, through education, both local and international cultural sensitivity.

The News Lens
Date: 2016/12/29
By: Eric Tsai

Marriage equality has been one of the biggest topics in Taiwan in the past month as the country is on the

Photo Credit: Ipsos MORI

verge of becoming the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage; this past Monday, the marriage equality bill passed a committee review in the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan’s Parliament.

However, on Dec. 14, a report by U.K. market research company Ipsos MORI shows that Taiwan is the third most ignorant country out of the 40 evaluated, only behind India and China. After the report was released, a group of high school students dressed up in Nazi uniform to celebrate the school’s anniversary. The series of events bears the question: how can Taiwan be ignorant but also progressive?

(of a group, person, or idea) favoring or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas.

-Oxford Dictionary

It seems Taiwanese people do not know themselves and their future well enough. One question asked in the IPSOS report reads: “When asked in a survey in [country], what percentage of people do you think said they personally believe that homosexuality is morally unacceptable?”

Survey takers believed that 47 percent of Taiwan believe homosexuality is morally unacceptable when in actuality only 22 percent of survey takers believed homosexuality is morally unacceptable. This was the lowest amongst all the Asian countries in this survey, with Japan and Hong Kong taking second and third with 31 percent and 32 percent. The rest of the Asian countries were all more than 50 percent.   [FULL  STORY]

Editorial: Labor and capital need to work together to benefit each other

Taiwan News

Date: 2016-09-12
By: Cli Square, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

The recent conflict between the capital and labor in Taiwan is centered on the issue of “overworking” 6773460and “disparate treatment” of the labor force on the surface, but the root cause is really the fact that “Taiwanese bosses are not satisfied with their employees, while the country’s workers do not like their bosses either.”

In fact, everyone wants to be able to live, and every enterprise wants to be able to sustain.

In order to live, individuals have to work to make money whether they are “blue-collar” or “white-collar” workers.

And for enterprises, they have to make profits in order to sustain. Besides paying for employees’ salaries, enterprises also have to pay for utilities in the working environments, rents for the working spaces, office supplies, costs of management and accounting, etc. Therefore, profits are made after the expenditure is deducted from the income. So an employee has to contribute to the company’s income at least 1.5 times of his or her salary to benefit the company. If you are a boss, you will think the same way, too.     [FULL  STORY]

Reform will survive the death cross

Taiwan News
Date: 2016-09-01
By: Taiwan News, Staff Writer

President Tsai Ing-wen recently marked her 100th day in office as Taiwan’s first woman head of state 6773064and her 60th birthday, though neither gave her much cause for joy and happiness, if you have to believe local media.

On Wednesday, her official birthday, Taiwan Indicators Survey Research published an opinion poll showing Tsai was caught in a “death cross,” an ominous-sounding term which indicates that the number of her detractors is growing to become larger than the number of those satisfied with her government.

A similar phenomenon hit Premier Lin Chuan earlier in the month, but perhaps that was only to be expected, considering that under Taiwan’s constitutional system, the premier and his Cabinet are often in the firing line for every kind of government decision.

There is a reason why both previous presidents, Chen Shui-bian of the Democratic Progressive Party and Ma Ying-jeou of the Kuomintang, each used up six premiers during their eight years in power.     [FULL  STORY]