Lai and Wu leave private meeting upbeat

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 04, 2017
By: Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter

Premier William Lai (賴清德) yesterday vowed he would act on suggestions made by

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman and former vice president Wu Den-yih, left, Premier William Lai, second left, and Democratic Progressive Party caucus whip Ker Chien-ming shake hands yesterday as Lai made a courtesy call at Wu’s former vice presidential office in Taipei.  Photo: CNA

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) in a meeting between the two, which was seen as a precursor to a cross-party leaders’ meeting on reforms proposed by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) last month.

The meeting was officially described as being between the “incumbent premier and a former premier.” It took place as Wu seems reluctant to join Tsai’s proposed cross-party leaders’ reform meeting.

Wu served as premier between 2009 and 2012 under then-president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), before joining Ma’s re-election ticket in the 2012 presidential race and serving as vice president for the next four years.

Lai arrived at Wu’s s office in the company of Executive Yuan officials and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘). Wu greeted him by the elevator door before the two retreated to closed doors meeting for about 70 minutes.

DPP tops donation chart as KMT reports deficit

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 11, 2017
By: Tseng Wei-chen  /  Staff reporter

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) received NT$147 million (US$4.90 million) in political donations last year, the most of all political parties and about NT$25 million more than the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), a report published by the Control Yuan last week said.

The report showed the DPP received NT$106 million from individuals and NT$36.66 million from corporations, while it spent NT$115.97 million.

The party spent NT$33.99 million on personnel, NT$37.65 million on general business, NT$27.51 million on election campaigning and NT$5.72 million funding candidates, according to the report.

The KMT received NT$122 million in donations, NT$65.75 million of which came from individuals and NT$55.16 million from corporations, the report said, adding that it spent NT$38.96 million on personnel, NT$60.45 million on general business, NT$36.38 million on election campaigns and NT$24.06 million on candidate funding.

Balloons, flour, scuffles, no work

COMMITTEE SESSION:Sixteen KMT lawmakers attended the review of the infrastructure development program’s special budget. Both sides appeared well-prepared for clashes

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 20, 2017
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter

Chaos erupted again at the legislature yesterday, as more than a dozen Chinese

Democratic Progressive Party lawmakers yesterday hold up placards in an attempt to protect themselves from a barrage of water balloons thrown by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators. Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers bombarded their Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) colleagues with water balloons, flour and eggs during a cross-committee meeting to review budget proposals for the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program.

The KMT lawmakers’ actions prompted the DPP caucus to push through the special budget and 126 motions to another cross-committee review, which means the special budget passed its intial review.

KMT caucus members first tried to filibuster the proceedings.

However, as soon as the last KMT lawmaker finished speaking, DPP Legislator Wang Jung-chang (王榮璋), who chaired the meeting, instructed an emcee to read the motions tendered by the DPP, the New Power Party (NPP) and the People First Party (PFP).

Taiwan’s mainland affairs head: ROC is a sovereign country, won’t accept one-China principle

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/05/18
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)–Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Katharine

Taiwan’s mainland affairs head Katharine Chang said on Thursday, “The Republic of China [Taiwan] is a sovereign nation…not a part of China.” (By Central News Agency)

Chang (張小月) said on Thursday during a press conference, “The Republic of China [Taiwan] is a sovereign nation” and “We won’t accept the one-China principle, Taiwan is not a part of China.”

Chang made the statement in rare tough rhetoric on the eve of the first anniversary of President Tsai Ing-wen’s inauguration on May 20 against the backdrop of Fiji’s closure of its de facto embassy in Taiwan, the Fiji Trade and Tourism Representative Office, days ago.

Chang said that China has since 1949 been continuously engaging in activities such as wresting allies away from Taiwan and interfering with Taiwan’s international participation to deny the existence of the ROC.    [FULL  STORY]

Six aspire to lead KMT

The China Post
Date: April 24, 2017
By: Kuan-lin Liu

(Compiled by The China Post. Images: CNA, captured from the internet)

Aspirants for the leadership of the Kuomintang (KMT) hit the campaign trail in earnest on their first weekend as official candidates.

Leadership frontrunner and ex-Vice President Wu Den-yih vowed to resurrect the opposition’s support among young people, as he met with party representatives in Pingtung Sunday.    [FULL  STORY]

Six aspirants qualify for KMT chief race

SIGNATURES:Leaked information showing that a large percentage of the submitted signatures were invalidated had some candidates accusing their rivals of ‘foul play’

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 22, 20171
By: Shih Hsiao-kuang and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with CNA

All six aspirants for the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairpersonship election on

A member of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) election committee speaks in Taipei yesterday following the confirmation of six aspirants as eligible to run for chairperson. Photo: George Tsorng, Taipei Times

May 20 became official candidates yesterday, after they were confirmed to have submitted enough valid signatures from party members to take part in the race.

The six candidates are KMT Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), Vice Chairman and former Taipei mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), former vice president Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), former KMT vice chairman Steve Chan (詹啟賢), former KMT legislator Pan Wei-kang (潘維剛) and former Taipei Agricultural Products Marketing Corp president Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜).

The aspirants were required to submit more than 13,322 signatures — 3 percent of eligible KMT members — to qualify as candidates.    [FULL  STORY]

Ex-agent detained amid spy allegations

RECRUITMENT:A former National Security Bureau agent allegedly tried to pay cash and offer safe passage to an intelligence officer in exchange for national secrets

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 17, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

A former National Security Bureau agent responsible for protecting former vice

Former vice president Annette Lu, center, shakes hands with a bystander at an event organized by the Tainan Bureau of Social Affairs at the National Tainan Living Art Center yesterday. Photo: Tsai Wen-chu, Taipei Times

president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) was detained on suspicion of espionage, prompting lawmakers to call for increased penalties for people caught spying for China.

Major Wang Hung-ju (王鴻儒), a former agent of the Special Service Command Center, was arrested on Monday for allegedly attempting to develop a spy network for China.

Wang allegedly attempted to recruit a Military Police Command intelligence officer surnamed Tseng (曾) to gather information about operations in exchange for a large cash payment and safe relocation to China if Tseng was exposed. Tseng rejected the offer.

From left, Democratic Progressive Party legislators Chen Chi-mai, Lee Chun-yi and Chao Tien-lin at a news conference in Taipei yesterday call for increased penalties for people caught spying for China. Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

Wang’s activity was discovered by the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau during a probe into Taiwanese businessman Ho Chih-chiang (何志強), who in 2010 was sentenced to 14 months in prison for attempting to recruit a security bureau official to collect information about overseas national security officials; the security bureau’s satellite communication system; Taiwan’s Japan policy and “secret diplomacy”; the Tibetan independence movement; and Falun Gong activities.

Wang, a former military police officer, was transferred to the security bureau’s special service unit in 2002 to protect Lu.

He retired in 2003 and was allegedly recruited by Chinese intelligence operatives in 2009.   [FULL  STORY]

Cross-strait oversight bill demanded

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 16, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

Ahead of the third anniversary of the Sunflower movement, a coalition of democracy

Economic Democracy Union convener Lai Chung-chiang yesterday stands alongside cardboard cutouts of President Tsai Ing-wen and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming at a protest outside the DPP’s headquarters in Taipei. 2 Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

advocates yesterday called on the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to honor its pledge to pass a cross-strait oversight bill that has been awaiting review for several months.

A number of protesters rallied in front of the DPP headquarters in Taipei, calling on President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) and other party leaders to attend an anniversary event to be held at the legislature on Saturday.

The event, scheduled to begin at 7pm, will call for the implementation of a regulatory mechanism for cross-strait negotiations.    [FULL  STORY]

Approval rating for Tsai rebounds in latest poll

The Presidential Office said that the survey result reflected a generally optimistic view of the nation’s overall development.

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/02/20
By: Wendy Lee, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The approval rating for President Tsai Ing-wen has risen 7.6

(By Central News Agency)

points to 41.4 percent, according to the latest poll conducted by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation released Monday.

The survey found 41.4 percent of the respondents approve of Tsai’s job performance, a 7.6 percent increase from the same poll last month.

You Ying-lung, chairman of the foundation, described the survey result as somewhat “peculiar”, while attributing the increase in the rating to a number of factors, including the government’s economic development initiative, Cabinet reshuffle, and pension reform plans.    [FULL  STORY]

Ma spokesperson joins Hau Lung-bin bid

The China Post
Date: February 13, 2017
By: The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Former President Ma Ying-jeou’s spokesperson joined Hau Lung-

Kuomintang Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu, right, and party chairman candidate Hau Lung-bin shake hands at a Lunar New Year event in Taipei, Sunday, Feb. 12. (CNA)

bin’s campaign for Kuomintang (KMT) leader Sunday — but Ma himself again declined to back a candidate for the party’s top job.

Hsu Chiao-hsin (徐巧芯), spokesman for Ma’s personal office, will assume the same position in party Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin’s (郝龍斌) campaign.

The appointment of Hsu, a former head of the KMT Youth League who is considered a rising star within the party, was confirmed by Ma’s office on Sunday.

Ma’s office said that Hsu would continue in her current role, managing communications and media collaborations for the ex-president’s office.    [FULL  STORY]