Date: Apr 22, 2015
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) called for a “cross-strait peace agreement” in an interview with the Hong Kong-based China Review News Agency published on Monday, and yesterday repeated the call to “properly situate cross-strait political status.”
Hung, who on Monday registered to participate in the KMT presidential primary, on Facebook yesterday said she decided to contest the primary to “establish a correct path for the Republic of China and the KMT.” [FULL STORY]
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By: Chen Sung-shan
When Tsai Ing-wen, the leader of Taiwan’s main opposition Democratic Progressive Party, was
Tsai Ing-wen gives an address at Cheng Kung University in Tainan, April 18. (Photo/CNA)
formally nominated as the party’s candidate for next year’s presidential election, she did not address the 1992 Consensus or the “one China” issue in her remarks on cross-strait relations.
Tsai said however that she would “go beyond the framework of the Kuomintang and the Communist Party of China,” and “establish regular cross-strait relations,” indirectly dismissing the 1992 Consensus as the basis for cross-strait exchanges.
Just as in Tsai’s presidential campaign four years ago, her political positions and discourse have left observers in a fog. Her basic tone is to “maintain the status quo,” but she left room for “unlimited” political imagination. The stronger her opposition is, the more she will move toward the center, but if the other side is weak she will not move at all.
Tsai lost her bid for the presidency in 2012 but she has a much greater chance of winning this time with the KMT demoralized in the wake of a crushing defeat in local elections in November. So she has to come up with more substance on cross-strait policy to reassure the United States and China on how she can achieve stable cross-strait relations. [FULL STORY]
By:: Zoe Wei and Christie Chen
Taipei, April 21 (CNA) The annual Labor Day protest in Taipei will call this year for higher wages, the organizer said Tuesday, estimating that thousands will attend the rally set to kick off in front of the Presidential Office May 1.
Although official statistics show that the average number of annual work hours in Taiwan fell from 2,281 hours in 2000 to 2,135 hours in 2014, Taiwanese workers’ average monthly wages have also gone down from NT$46,716 (US$1,501) in 2001 to NT$45,494 in 2014, according to the rally’s organizer, an alliance that consists of local labor unions and groups. [FULL STORY]
Date: Apr 22, 2015
By: William Lowther / Staff reporter in Washington
China’s plan to purchase Russia’s new S-400 anti-aircraft missile defense system is expected to put Taiwan in greater jeopardy in the case of a Chinese invasion, as the system would likely increase Beijing’s ability to control the skies over the nation and over the Taiwan Strait.
However, Russia’s S-400 system is not enough to stop the US from coming to Taiwan’s aid — if Washington makes that decision — and the US already has classified countermeasures for dealing with it, Global Security think tank director John Pike said.
Russian state weapons export agency Rosoboronexport announced the US$3 billion sale last week. [FULL STORY]
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TriStar Pictures has slated Taiwan-born director Ang Lee’s wartime drama Billy Lynn’s Long
Ang Lee at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taipei, November 2013. (File photo/Wang Chin-he)
Halftime Walk for release on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, next year.
The film is an adaptation of Ben Fountain’s 2012 novel of the same name, which tells the story of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn and members of his squad who survived a battle in Iraq.
Lynn and his squad are brought back to the United States by the government to join a tour to rally support for the war, knowing that they will soon be sent back to the battlefield.
Lee is expected to cast newcomer Joe Alwyn as the title character. Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker, Kristen Stewart and Steve Martin are also expected to star.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is Lee’s first film since the 2012 adventure drama Life of Pi, for which he won his second Oscar for best director.
Chiang Wan-an, son of former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) vice chairman John Chiang, gestures during a radio interview on HitFM in Taipei yesterday. Photo: CNA
Date: Apr 21, 2015
By: Staff writer, with CNA
Billed as an injection of new blood into the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安) is to advance to the next round of the party’s primary for next year’s legislative elections, as poll results published on Sunday showed that his rival, KMT Legislator Lo Shu-lei (羅淑蕾), had failed to secure a lead of more than 5 percent.
Chiang, 37, is the son of former KMT vice chairman John Chiang (蔣孝嚴) and a fourth-generation descendant of Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石).
The KMT’s primary election guidelines stipulate that nominations for legislative elections are given only when a hopeful has established a lead greater than 5 percent over his or her closest rival in opinion polls.
In the absence of a clear victor, aspirants vying for the same electoral district nomination can either choose to conduct negotiations among themselves or enter a primary election. [FULL STORY]
By: Claudia Liu and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, April 20 (CNA) Sean Lien (連勝文), son of former Vice President Lien Chan (連戰), is in the clear after prosecutors found no evidence of alleged stock speculation made by a political pundit as he prepared to run for Taipei mayor.
“Justice delayed is justice denied,” the junior Lien said Monday when asked about the Taipei District Prosecutors Office’s move to close the case after finding no evidence of illegal conduct.
“The harm has been done,” he said, criticizing the accusations made in March 2014 that he engaged in stock speculation as political manipulation. [FULL STORY]
By: Wang Ching-yi and Christie Chen
Taipei, April 19 (CNA) Tickets for an upcoming concert by American pop rock band Maroon 5 at
Photo courtesy of Live Nation Taiwan
Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall on September 14 went on sale at 5pm on Saturday and all 15,000 were snatched up within 12 minutes.
They were priced from NT$1,800 (US$57.94) to NT$4,800.
Live Nation Taiwan, the promoter of the concert, said ticket sales totaled about NT$60 million. [FULL STORY]
By: Hsu Chih-wei and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, April 19 (CNA) A mother of seven children was honored by the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF) Sunday for single-handedly raising the children — six of whom have intellectual disabilities — and caring her sick, jobless husband.
Teng Chia-chen (鄧家蓁), 52, grimly gritted her teeth to shoulder the responsibility of supporting a family of nine all by herself after her husband failed in business and fell sick. She makes a living by delivering goods as well as lunch and dinner boxes, and selling home-made bread at home in Taoyuan.
Sleeping less than 5 hours a day, Teng cannot afford to fall sick. Due to her heavy financial burdens, she was once unable to even pay the registration fee for a hospital visit, which ranges between NT$100 (US$3.2) and NT$150 at different hospitals. [FULL STORY]
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By: CNA and Staff Reporter
Taiwan may become a new member of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Zhu Guangyao fields questions at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC, April 17. Photo/CNA)
(AIIB) as an economy despite being unable to become a founding member, a senior Chinese official was reported as saying Friday in the United States.
As an economy, Taiwan cannot become a founding member of the AIIB, but “there is a possibility for Taiwan to join the bank as a new member,” said Zhu Guangyao, China’s vice finance minister.
Zhu spoke during a question-and-answer session after giving a speech at the Atlantic Council, a think tank based in Washington DC, according to foreign media reports.
He said the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are currently discussing the name to be used by Taiwan to join the AIIB. [FULL STORY]