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Database in Taiwan may support Google’s Chinese ‘censorship engine’

A suppressed Google memo reportedly claims ‘Dragonfly’ will provide a ‘Chinese partner’ with ‘unilateral access’ to all user data via database located in Taiwan

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/09/22
By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – New information has emerged concerning the proposed Google search engine and suite of applications being designed to meet the censorship standards of the Chinese Communist Party.

The “Dragonfly” search engine project also potentially involves a server located in Taiwan, according to the most recent Intercept report.

According to the report, the application suite will require users to log-in to an account linked to their phone number before they can perform searches or utilize other services. User accounts will also be tracked by location via smart devices and log-in IP information.

Most disconcerting of all, according to a memo that Google executives have reportedly ordered destroyed, the suite of applications is being designed to provide a “Chinese partner” with “unilateral access” to all of the data collected by Dragonfly.

Diplomacy not a ‘zero-sum’ game: MOFA

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/09/22
By: Elaine Hou and Flor Wang

Taipei, Sept. 22 (CNA) Diplomacy is not a “zero-sum” game and cementing a long-lasting

Andrew Lee (李憲章/CNA file photo)

and stable diplomatic relationship with the Vatican is the top priority of Taiwan, Taipei-based Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Saturday.

“Taiwan-Vatican ties are stable because the two sides share the same values in democracy, human rights and religious freedom,” MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) told CNA at a time of rampant media reports about the possible breakthrough in ties between China and the Holly See and whether this would lead to a severing of diplomatic ties between Taiwan and its only official diplomatic ally in Europe.

“We believe that the Vatican must have held talks with China based on concern and respect for human rights and freedom of religion,” Lee said, stressing that “the most important thing for Taiwan is to continue maintaining a long-lasting and stable relationship with the Vatican.”

Foreign news services have reported that China and the Vatican have been advancing in talks related to the appointment of bishops in China and that the Vatican might send a delegation to Beijing before the end of this month to clinch a deal on the issue.

Ko says no to being led around by China

UP FOR DEBATE: Freddy Lim disagreed on Facebook with the Taipei mayor’s remark that Beijing’s residency cards for Taiwanese should be treated like US green cards

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 23, 2018
By: Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said that Taiwan should not be led around by the nose by China and forced to respond to the policies it implements.

Ko visited Hsinchu yesterday and accompanied Republican Party Chairwoman Hsu Hsin-ying (徐欣瑩), who is running for Hsinchu County commissioner, to election campaign events at the city’s Lianhua Temple (蓮華寺) and the local riverside park.

After China began issuing residency permit cards for Taiwanese in China, Cabinet spokesperson Kolas Yotaka on Thursday said the government is considering imposing regulatory measures or restrictions on cardholders.

Ko on Friday said that the government could also treat the cardholders the same way US green card holders are treated.    [FULL  STORY]

Legal revision planned to curb fake news

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2018-09-21

The government plans to revise national security laws to curb the spread of fake news. That’s according to a report on the state of the nation submitted by Premier William Lai to the legislature on Friday.

The report said the Cabinet has increased its defense budget but legal means are also needed to strengthen national security. The laws that require revisions include the National Security Act, the Classified National Security Information Protection Act, as well as the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area.

The report says the revisions will prevent China from stealing key technologies under the pretext of investment and will allow the government to probe the origin of fake news stories. Revising the three laws will also give the authorities the ability to regulate Taiwanese citizens who have obtained Chinese residency, the report said.

China accused of stepping up disinformation war on Taiwan

Taiwanese and Chinese flags fly alongside each other at a rally in Taipei. Photo: Twitter

Government investigators say there has been a flood of fake news, and claim to have clear evidence that it originated with Beijing’s propaganda machine

Asia Times
Date: September 21, 2018
By: Asia Times Staff

Beijing has mobilized its army of online trolls and demagogues to create fake news and manipulate public views in Taiwan, according to a disclosure by investigators from the island’s Ministry of Justice.

The investigators found “unequivocal evidence” that China was behind a deluge of disinformation and planted fake news that either dug up dirt on the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DLP) or targeted President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan newspapers revealed.

In one instance, China’s state broadcaster China Central Television aired footage of military exercises held by the People’s Liberation Army years earlier in a bid to stir up panic in Taiwan. Another piece  claiming that the PLA “will reclaim Taiwan by 2020” also went viral in Taiwan: investigators traced its source to a Beijing-based website operating under the Communist Party’s propaganda department.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan spying propaganda an exercise in rank CCP hypocrisy 

The CCP spying accusations were ludicrous, baseless, and hypocritical. But they could also increase the risk to Taiwan from Chinese students studying here

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/09/21
By: David Spencer, Taiwan News, Contributing Writer

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KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) — A collection of falsehoods, baseless statements, concocted case studies, and Communist Party propaganda. That is about all that can be said about the ludicrous Taiwanese spying story which made headlines in China and around the world over the weekend.

The coordinated effort by numerous state media outlets to promote a TV program on the state-run CCTV channel, along with a series of “special reports” following up on the show in the Global Times immediately raised suspicions that the CCP propaganda machinery was at it again. And so it proved.

What we learned (and did not learn)

So, what exactly did this exclusive news report reveal? Well apparently, the CCP’s comically titled “Thunderbolt 2018 Crackdown” has uncovered more than 100 spies and agents of Taiwan operating in China.     [FULL  STORY]

Tang Prize laureates receive awards in Taipei

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/09/21
By: Chen Chih-chung, Elizabeth Hsu, Flor Wang and William Yen 

Taipei, Sept. 21 (CNA) A grand ceremony was held at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei Friday, at which eight 2018 Tang Prize laureates received awards honoring their achievements in the fields of sustainable development, biopharmaceutical science, sinology and rule of law.

Seven laureates attended the ceremony, including James Edward Hansen and Veerabhadran Ramanathan, who shared the award for Sustainable Development; Yoshinobu Shiba and Stephen Owen the prize for Sinology; and Joseph Raz, the sole winner of the Rule of Law prize.

Tony Hunter, Brian Druker and John Mendelsohn received the award for Biopharmaceutical Science, with Mendelsohn’s son Jeff Mendelsohn accepting the award on his father’s behalf at the Friday ceremony.

This is the first time eight awardees have been honored since the biennial award was launched in 2014 to honor top researchers in the four fields.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s UN-certified search-and-rescue dogs a rarity in Asia, firefighters say

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 22, 2018
By: Lee Hsin-fang and Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Seven search-and-rescue dogs in Taiwan are UN-certified, the National Fire Agency’s

President Tsai Ing-wen, second row, third right, holds UN-certified search-and-rescue dog Le Le as she poses with the National Fire Agency’s Special Search and Rescue Team during an annual drill held to mark National Disaster Prevention Day at the Songshan Air Base Command yesterday.  Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

Special Search and Rescue Team said yesterday as it took part in an annual drill held to mark National Disaster Prevention Day.

Taiwan has about 30 search-and-rescue dogs, spread across eight units, dog handler Chou Tsung-chi (周聰吉) said.

Of nine UN-certified search-and-rescue dogs in Asia, seven are in Taiwan and two are in Japan, he said, adding that it means they can be sent on humanitarian missions by the UN.

As the seven dogs have only recently been certified, they have not yet taken part in international rescue missions, Chou said.    [FULL  STORY]

Nantou county mayor delivers lunchboxes to senior citizens

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2018-09-20

The chief of Nantou County gets personally involved in helping out to send free lunchboxes to elderly people who live alone.

Nantou County Mayor Lin Ming-chen joined in on preparing boxed lunches for the underprivileged in his county. Lin put on the standard uniform and cooked vegetables for the lunchboxes. Then he served the food on plates to senior citizens who showed up for the free meal.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan News: Japan Representative Hangs on After Colleague’s Fake News Suicide

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The News Lens
Date: 2018/09/20
By: International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT)

Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) said Wednesday that he will remain head of Taiwan’s representative

Photo Credit: 中央社

office in Japan despite calls for him to step down to take responsibility for the suicide of the head of the Osaka office.

Speaking in Tokyo, Hsieh said he will not consider stepping down for the time being as he has a lot of work to do, including putting the record straight regarding the death of Su Chii-cherng (蘇啟誠).

According to Hsieh, Su committed suicide due to the criticism he received for his perceived failure to assist Taiwan nationals after Kansai International Airport was closed due to flooding caused by Typhoon Jebi.

Hsieh said the criticism stemmed from “fake” news reports originating in China that claimed Beijing had sent tour buses to evacuate Chinese nationals from the airport, while netizens had also claimed that staff at the Osaka office were reluctant to assist Taiwan nationals.    [FULL  STORY]