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Taiwan News: McDonald’s China Affirms ‘One China’ Stance After Online Furor

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The News Lens
Date: 2019/01/21
By: TNL Daily News

Credit: Reuters / TPG

McDonald’s China expressed regret and reiterated its “one China” stance on Saturday after airing an ad on Weibo showing the nationality of a student in the ad as “Taiwan,” prompting Chinese netizens to accuse McDonald’s of supporting Taiwan independence, according to CNA.

“We regret about the ad which had stirred up such an unnecessary misunderstanding,” McDonald’s China said on its Weibo page. “We always hold a solid ‘one China’ stance and we are determined to continue to support China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The video has been withdrawn and we are grateful to the attention and supervision in society.”

Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) chimed in on the controversy on Twitter:

Hamburgers, along with airlines, hotels and bakery chains, have been coerced into recognizing Taiwan as a territory of China in recent months. A report viewed by Reuters last Thursday hints that Beijing’s strategy of pressuring international corporations to adhere to its view of “one China” may continue in 2019. The strategy has been repeatedly criticized by Taiwanese officials, who see it as a means of suppressing Taiwan’s sovereignty and international participation.    [FULL  STORY]

German Foreign Minister urges EU jointly oppose China’s military threat over Taiwan

Heiko Maas says the German government disagrees with threats of violence

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/01/20
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Heiko Maas (By Associated Press)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Two weeks after Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平) threatened to wage war if the people of Taiwan opted to not reunite with China in a public speech, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said during an interpellation that the government disagrees with any threat to use force as a dispute resolution.

Maas said the government of Germany is opposed to any military menace as a means to resolve disputes, in his response to questions from member of the Bundestag and German-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group Chairman Klaus-Peter Willsch at a parliamentary session on Jan. 16, according to a statement released by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In addition to asserting the government’s stance, Maas also urged all EU members to take the same stance against China.

Decisions must be made by consensus, instead of majority, in the Council of the European Union, which allows China to exercise its influence over certain member nations to block any decisions for the council to achieve consensus‑based solutions on the Taiwan issue.    [FULL  STORY]

87 of 148 missing Vietnamese tourists found: immigration agency

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/01/20
By: Huang Li-yun and William Yen
Taipei, Jan. 20 (CNA) A total of 87 of the 148 Vietnamese tourists who went missing shortly after entering Taiwan in four tour groups in December last year have now been located, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said Sunday.

The NIA said it had located 54 men and 33 women from the tour groups, 39 of whom had been arrested.

The other 48 had voluntarily turned themselves in to the authorities, the NIA said, adding that it was still trying to locate the remaining 61 people — 44 men and 17 women.

According to the NIA, 152 of the 153 Vietnamese nationals who entered Taiwan on Dec. 21 and Dec. 23 left their tour groups shortly after arrival and did not make further contact with them.    [FULL  STORY]

Coast guard probes people-smuggling

CONFESSION: A businessman who claimed he paid smugglers to transport him from China’s Fujian Province to Penghu turned himself in to police yesterday

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 21, 2019
By: Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporter

A Coast Guard Administration task force has been set up after a Taiwanese man said

A man turns himself in to police in New Taipei City’s Sansia District yesterday after claiming to have entered Taiwan illegally.  Photo: CNA

that he paid smugglers to transport him back to Taiwan from China late last year and that others on the boat were carrying pork and other meat products.

A businessman, surnamed Lee (李), on Saturday posted on Baoliao Gongshe (爆料公社), a Facebook page for sharing revelations, that he had smuggled himself out of China after running afoul of Chinese authorities, but had decided to turn himself in to police because he realized that illegal immigration and smuggling are the biggest loopholes in the government’s efforts to prevent the spread of African swine fever to Taiwan.

He had a business in China, but was jailed in Guangdong Province for 67 days before being released pending trial and had paid smugglers NT$1.5 million (US$48,635) to transport him to Penghu County, he wrote.

He traveled by boat from Quanzhou in China’s Fujian Province to Penghu, and then flew from Penghu Airport in Makong to Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport), which meant he did not have to go through immigration, Lee wrote.    [FULL  STORY]

Steve Chabot elected co-chair of U.S. Congressional Taiwan Caucus

The China Post
Date: Jan. 20, 2019
By: Chiang Chin-yeh and Y.F. Low 
Washington (CNA) — U.S. Representative Steve Chabot, a long-time supporter of Taiwan, was elected the new co-chair of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus (CTC) in the House of Representatives on Jan. 18, according to a U.S.-based private group promoting independence for Taiwan.

The other current co-chairs are Rep. Gerry Connolly, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and Rep. Albio Sires, the Formosan Association for Public Affairs said in a Facebook post.

The CTC was co-founded in 2002 by Chabot and three other U.S. Representatives: Sherrod Brown, Dana Rohrabacher and Robert Wexler.

A staunch friend of Taiwan and a former chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee, Chabot introduced the Taiwan Travel Act in the House of Representatives in 2017.    [FULL  STORY]

Police seek source of fake-news lynch-mob pillory of abusive stepfather

Taiwan English News
Date: 19, 2019 
By: Phillip Charlier

Police today declared that a video and photographs showing a group of vigilantes hoisting a man involved in a child abuse case in the air and firing fireworks rockets at him is fake news, and will be investigated for offences against the Social Order Maintenance Act.

People who posted the video to social media groups claimed that a group had conducted a “human flesh search” to hunt down a 47-year-old man who allegedly beat his 10-year-old stepson because the boy had stolen a classmate’s bottle of goat milk in Miaoli County.

Pictures of the boy with two black eyes swollen shut and a lacerated lip were uploaded

A taxi driver took a picture of a boy with two black eyes and a cut lip and uploaded it to a taxi driver social media group.

to social media, and became major news January 17 in the wake of several high-profile child abuse cases that sparked public outrage and vigilante mob violence in New Taipei City and Tainan City this week.

A taxi driver took a picture of a boy with two black eyes and a cut lip and uploaded it to a taxi driver social media group.
After police were alerted to the lynch mob video, which started to circulate January 18, officers contacted the child abuse suspect and confirmed that he had not been subject to violence, and was not the person shown in the video.

Police investigators contacted the moderators of various Facebook groups to alert them to the fake news, and to search for the original source of the misinformation.
[FULL  STORY]

Taiwan finds African swine fever in pig carcass on island beach near China

Animal likely to have drifted ashore from Fujian Province

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/01/19
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

A hog carcass on an uninhabited island near Matsu tested positive for African swine fever. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A pig carcass found on a beach on an uninhabited island near Matsu close to China tested positive for African swine fever, the authorities said Saturday.

Earlier this month, another dead hog, found on a beach in Kinmen, also tested positive. In both cases, investigators assumed the carcasses had floated ashore from China as there were no hog farms in the vicinity, the Central News Agency reported.

After taking samples for the tests, inspectors immediately incinerated the dead animal and buried it, while the Matsu health authorities disinfected the site.

The islet was situated downstream from the mouth of the Minjiang River, while upstream, the city of Nanping in Fujian Province had registered cases of African swine fever, making it more than likely that the dead hog had drifted in from China, experts said.    [FULL  STORY]

Indonesian migrant worker rescued from torture by employer

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/01/19
By: Sunrise Huang and Frances Huang

Photo courtesy of New Taipei City government

Taipei, Jan. 19 (CNA) A female migrant worker from Indonesia has been rescued by a joint effort by police and the New Taipei City government after she was tortured by her employer, the city’s Labor Affairs Department reported Saturday.

According to the labor department, the worker had been barred from leaving the residence of her employer in Banqiao District for several months.

According to a department investigation, the employer cut her pay for a couple of months, saying her performance failed to live up to expectations. She was also slapped on the face and given only kitchen leftovers by the employer, surnamed Lin.

The worker, who was employed as a caregiver for a sick elderly family member of the employer, was rescued Jan. 11 when an inspector from the department made a surprise visit to the worker after she called the department to complain about her situation.    [FULL  STORY]

MAC wary of teaching jobs in China

WORKING FOR IDEALS? A Chinese official touted the program as beneficial for Taiwanese, but teachers’ salaries in Taiwan are nearly triple those in China

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 20, 2019
By: Chung Li-hua and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said it is closely monitoring developments as

The logo and name of the Mainland Affairs Council are pictured in Taipei on Friday last week.  Photo: Chung Li-hua, Taipei Times

China begins allowing Taiwanese to become elementary and junior-high school teachers, a role that entails pledging allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and carrying out the CCP’s ideological and political education.

Beijing has allowed Taiwanese who have obtained Chinese residency permits to apply for the teaching positions, with the application period ending on Friday.

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang (馬曉光) on Wednesday hailed the program as “another excellent policy realizing the equality of Taiwanese compatriots after the 31 measures announced last year.”

The policy is aimed at addressing the needs of Taiwanese studying in Chinese universities with the goal of becoming teachers, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

Tsai Ing-Wen proudly faces #10yearschallenge

The China Post
Date: Jan. 19, 201943
TAIPEI (The China Post) – President Tsai Ing-Wen proudly stood up to the #10yearschallenge on Facebook on Jan. 17, posting two pictures from 2009 and 2019, side by side.

In the first picture, Tsai, then-chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was leading the 517 Protest to denounce the government’s alleged pro-China policies. Compared with the one that was taken ten years ago, Tsai has lost some weight and gained some expression wrinkles.

As soon as the picture was released, it went viral and the post was flooded with friendly comments by netizens. Tsai also left some cool messages under her post, writing “That’s it” or “Thumbs up for pro-independence.“

Numerous netizens also said: “She actually didn’t change much. The same firm look!” Another added, “I also have followed Ing-wen for ten years, witnessing that she always sticks to her principles.”    [FULL  STORY]