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Tsai reaffirms stance on sovereignty

UNRELATED:The chairperson also rejected speculation that DPP Secretary-General Joseph Wu’s US trip was related to her visit, the date of which has not been decided

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 30, 2015
By: Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporter

In response to China’s insistence on recognition of “one China” as a precondition for entry into maxresdefaultthe Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday reiterated the party’s stance on defending Taiwan’s sovereignty.

“This is an issue that crops up whenever we attempt to join any international organization or institution,” Tsai said in response to reporters’ requests for comments on China’s requirements for Taiwan’s participation in the AIIB. “We will find ways to maximize our national interests while defending our position when seeking to enter international organizations.”     [FULL  STORY]

Ma says he won’t shirk responsibility over city development project

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/03/29
By: Claudia Liu and S.C. Chang

Taipei, March 29 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) will “absolutely not shirk

CNA file photo

CNA file photo

responsibility” if his former staff at Taipei City government were found to have been involved in irregularities in connection with a land development project in Xidian, New Taipei, his spokesman said Sunday.

Charles Chen (陳以信)said Ma, a former mayor of Taipei City, had delegated some decision making power to his deputies in regard to the on-going controversy over the BOT project in which the city government was suspected of having made too huge a concession to partner Radium Life Tech Co. (日勝生)in building a mass rapid transit trains maintenance center in suburban Taipei.     [FULL  STORY]

MAC cautions against Beijing’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative

Want China Times
Date: 2015-03-29
By: CNA

China has made a big deal of its “Belt and Road” program, but Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs

A skyscraper under construction in Shanghai, May 2014. (File photo/Xinhua)

A skyscraper under construction in Shanghai, May 2014. (File photo/Xinhua)

Council (MAC) has warned against Beijing’s initiative.

The MAC said recently the initiative involves several elements, and the government will closely follow its development and the countries participating to assess its impact on Taiwan’s politics and economy.

The MAC said that if Taiwanese businesspeople wanted to join the initiative, they would have to understand the government’s views and policy on the initiative and weigh related political and economic risks resulting from the initiative.     [FULL  STORY]

M503 protests target Ma at Martyrs’ Shrine event

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 30, 2015
By: Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff Reporter

The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) and other groups yesterday protested at the Martyrs’ Shrine

President Ma Ying-jeou, front row, fifth right, and other officials take part in a remembrance ceremony for air force officers killed in action at the air force cemetery in the Bitan area of New Taipei City’s Sindian District yesterday.  Photo: CNA

President Ma Ying-jeou, front row, fifth right, and other officials take part in a remembrance ceremony for air force officers killed in action at the air force cemetery in the Bitan area of New Taipei City’s Sindian District yesterday. Photo: CNA

in Taipei, condemning what it called the government’s silence as China’s M503 flight route entered service.

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) attended an annual spring memorial service under tightened security as protesters held signs urging the government to protest to China over the air route.

Protesters mobilized by the TSU showed up about 100m from the main entrance to the Martyrs’ Shrine almost immediately after the presidential convoy drove into the complex.     [FULL  STORY]

Mainland China’s M503 route takes off amid protests in Taiwan

The China Post
Date: March 30, 2015
By: Yuan-Ming Chiao

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The M503 flight route was officially opened to commercial aircraft yesterday.

Security personnel subdue a protester in front of the Martyrs' Shrine in Taipei where President Ma Ying-jeou presided over memorial services, yesterday. Around 30 protesters led by the Taiwan Solidarity Union Youth continued to criticize the government on its stance toward the M503 air route.(CNA)

Security personnel subdue a protester in front of the Martyrs’ Shrine in Taipei where President Ma Ying-jeou presided over memorial services, yesterday. Around 30 protesters led by the Taiwan Solidarity Union Youth continued to criticize the government on its stance toward the M503 air route.(CNA)

Online flight tracking sites indicated that Dragonair Flight KA857 was the first aircraft to use the air route, flying from Shanghai en route to Hong Kong.

According to Chinese authorities, a total of 33 flights traversed the route on Sunday, which comes as close as 10 nautical miles to the median line dividing the Taiwan Strait between mainland China and Taiwan.

Meanwhile in Taiwan, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA, 民航局) indicated that flights in the M503 area did not affect air traffic around Taiwan. The Ministry of Defense noted that flight activity in the area showed no unusual movement of Chinese military jets traversing the route.     [FULL  STORY]

Taipei City considering increase in water price

The China Post
Date: March 29, 2015    

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said the city is mulling raising the water bill next year, as it is lower

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je inspects the Feitsui Dam, which supplies water to the capital city, yesterday. Water levels at Feitsui remain normal despite a dry spell hitting other parts of Taiwan.(CNA)

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je inspects the Feitsui Dam, which supplies water to the capital city, yesterday. Water levels at Feitsui remain normal despite a dry spell hitting other parts of Taiwan.(CNA)

than those in other parts of Taiwan.

Taipei residents pay NT$8 for every unit of water they use, which is lower than the unit price of NT$10 in central and southern parts of Taiwan, Ko said while inspecting the Feitsui Dam.

Taipei enjoys cheaper water because the cost of taking water from Feitsui is lower than that in other areas. Feitsui also supplies water to some areas neighboring the capital city.

No decisions will be made until next year, but probably there would not be an increase for households that use less than 20 units per month, the mayor said.     [FULL  STORY]

M503 protest ends in scuffles, fines

RED-HANDED:Presidential Office spokesman Charles Chen condemned the protest early yesterday — led by the Taiwan Solidarity Union — as an ‘act of violence’

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 29, 2015
By: Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) members in the early hours of yesterday staged a protest

Members of the Taiwan Solidarity Union’s (TSU) youth organization TSU Youth are detained after a protest at the presidential residence in Taipei yesterday.  Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times

Members of the Taiwan Solidarity Union’s (TSU) youth organization TSU Youth are detained after a protest at the presidential residence in Taipei yesterday. Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times

outside the presidential residence ahead of China’s scheduled inauguration of the controversial M503 flight route today.

Protesters shouted: “Withdraw the M503 flight route” and “President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), step down.”

Loud screams broke the quiet night near the presidential residence when several men and women holding protest signs arrived by van and motorcycle, and ran toward the entrance gate on Chongqing S Road in Taipei.     [FULL  STORY]

Protesters splash paint on gate of President Ma’s residence

Want China Times
Date: 2015-03-28
By: CNA

A group of demonstrators splashed paint on a gate of Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou’s official

Police cleaning up the gate of President's official residence, March 27. (Photo/Kuo Chi-chuan)

Police cleaning up the gate of President’s official residence, March 27. (Photo/Kuo Chi-chuan)

residence late Friday to protest against China’s plan to launch a new commercial flight path close to Taiwan.

The incident occurred as 12 protesters gathered outside the residence on Friday night. All 12 protesters were immediately arrested by police.

They were from the pro-independence Taiwan Solidarity Union and had originally planned to attack the Executive Yuan or Presidential Office that night. Their attempts, however, were unsuccessful because the police had obtained related information in advance and heightened their alert.     [FULL  STORY]

Former VP expresses Taiwan’s wish to join AIIB in meeting with Xi

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/03/28
By: Eva Feng and Lilian Wu

Boao, China, March 28 (CNA) Former Vice President Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) expressed 32377892Taiwan’s intent to participate in regional economic integration and join the China-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) during a brief meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) on Saturday.

Siew, the head of Taiwan’s delegation at the Boao Forum as honorary chairman of the Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation, met Xi for about five minutes prior to the opening of the forum in Hainan province.     [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan needs to address US beef-pork import issue to speed up TPP bid: US officials

The China Post
Date: March 29, 2015
By Joseph Yeh

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Taiwan government needs to resolve issues surrounding the import of

Robert Wang, U.S. senior official for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), right, and William Craft, deputy assistant secretary for trade policy and programs in the State Department's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, left, speak to members of the media at a press event held in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, March 26. (Joseph Yeh, The China Post)

Robert Wang, U.S. senior official for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), right, and William Craft, deputy assistant secretary for trade policy and programs in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, left, speak to members of the media at a press event held in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, March 26. (Joseph Yeh, The China Post)

U.S. meat products to speed up its push to join the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), two senior U.S. government officials said Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Asked what Taiwan can do to speed up its process to join the TPP, William Craft, deputy assistant secretary for trade policy and programs in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, said the U.S. beef and pork import issue is something that Taiwan needs to deal with.

“If I was giving advice to a friend in Taiwan on how to speed the process up, I would mention the continuing problem we have in the beef and pork sectors,” Craft told The China Post during a press event in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.     [FULL  STORY]