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Taiwan needs to pass refugee legislation: NGO

Radio Taiwan Internatinal
Date: 19 July, 2019
By: Leslie Liao

Eeling Chiu (left)

An NGO leader has called on Taiwan to enact refugee legislation to assist asylum seekers. This comes in light of news that ten Hong Kong residents are seeking asylum in Taiwan. The ten were participants in demonstrations against a proposed bill that would allow extraditions from Hong Kong to China. All played a role in the storming of Hong Kong’s legislature.

Secretary-General of the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, Eeling Chiu, says that the government needs to establish a set of rules for helping refugees, including those from Hong Kong. During an interview with German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Chiu said that without formal legislation dictating the asylum-seeking process, refugees are subject to the arbitrary decisions of whatever administration happens to be in power.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s president is planning another stopover in the US. China will be infuriated

Date: Jul 19 2019
By: Huileng Tan


  • Taiwan’s president is expected to transit in the U.S. on Friday — for the second time in as many weeks — as she returns from visiting diplomatic allies in the Caribbean. The move is sure to make China angry.
  • Her trip comes on the heels of the U.S. State Department approving a $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan.
  • China has threatened to impose sanctions on U.S. firms associated with the deal.

Taiwan’s president is expected to transit in the U.S. on Friday for the second time this month, when

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen waves while registering as the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) 2020 presidential candidate at the party’s headquarter in Taipei on March 21, 2019.
Sam Yeh | AFP | Getty Images

she returns from visiting diplomatic allies in the Caribbean — a move that will make China very angry.

Tsai Ing-wen, the island’s pro-independence leader, is due to make her second stopover in Denver on Friday.

“China opposes official exchange between the US and Taiwan. This position is firm and clear,” the Chinese foreign ministry said on July 12. The U.S. should not to allow Tsai’s transit and must “stop the official exchange with Taiwan,” said Geng Shuang, spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry.

People with Taiwan roots encouraged to write ‘Taiwanese’ on 2020 US census

Advocates call Taiwanese immigrants to write 'Taiwanese' on 2020 US census race question

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/07/19
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(Photo from Taiwan Census 2020 Facebook page)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwanese-American organization has launched a campaign to encourage Taiwanese immigrants and those with Taiwanese roots to write in "Taiwanese" on the 2020 U.S. census form, instead of marking the box for "Chinese."

The nonprofit group Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL) has launched a campaign titled the "Write In Taiwanese Census 2020 Campaign" designed to educate Taiwanese that they have the option to write in their identity on the U.S. Census form.

The campaign's director Christina Hu told Taiwan News that there's no check-off box on the form, so the group is informing Taiwanese that they need to check "Other Asian" and write in "Taiwanese" for it to be counted. The group suggests that people who came from Taiwan, have family there, or can trace some of their heritage to the country should write in "Taiwanese."

Hu said there are two important reasons why their census campaign is important.

Personal data of users on 1111 job bank leaked on overseas forum

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/07/19
By: Liu Chien-pang and Ko Lin

Taipei, July 19 (CNA) Taiwan job bank 1111 confirmed Friday that the personal data of its online

Image taken from Pixabay for illustrative purpose only

members was hacked and leaked to a foreign-based hacker forum, and the case is now being investigated by local authorities.

Henry Ho (何啟聖), vice president of 1111 job bank, said the scope of the personal data leakage has yet to be determined, but he indicated the company was working with authorities to get to the bottom of the matter.

According to an online thread on RaidForums, a hacker with the pseudonym "tomholland" openly declared having some 200,000 pieces of user data hacked from 1111 job bank, with personal information containing user ID, name, birthday, email, phone number and address.

In the thread, which appeared Thursday, another poster even provided a sample of the leaked information with a screenshot that showed the personal data of some members of 1111 job bank.

MJIB official under probe for spreading misinformation

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 20, 2019
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

A top official at the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) is under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) for allegedly circulating misinformation.

MJIB Kaohsiung office deputy director Yan Cheng-yi (顏正義) and several other people last week reportedly disseminated a social media post that contained misinformation about Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌).

CIB officials said Yan is under investigation for breaches of the Social Order Maintenance Act (社會秩序維護法) and has been summoned for questioning.

Yan earlier this month also circulated a post criticizing President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and the government about the legalization of same-sex marriage, the probe found.    [FULL  STORY]

Former NATO secretary-general urges Europe to defend Taiwan

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 18 July, 2019
By: Paula Chao

Former NATO secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called on the new EU leadership to defend Taiwan.

Rasmussen recently published an article titled “Hong Kong showed China is a threat to democracy. Now Europe must defend Taiwan.” The article was published in the Guardian.

Rasmussen said “Beijing is bullying another democratic neighbor. The EU must stop ignoring authoritarianism for the sake of stability and cash.”

The former Danish prime minister urged the new EU leadership to “make a stand for democratic self-determination. It should start by meeting Taiwan’s leaders, and moving forward with an investment partnership; and it should no longer be silent when China takes an aggressive posture.” Rasmussen called Taiwan “one clear example of a Chinese liberal democratic project that has thrived in recent years.”    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Tsai shoots down Xi’s unification road map

Hong Kong mass protests take shine off 'one country, two systems' offer

Nikkei Asian Review
Date: July 18, 2019
By: Katsuji Nakazawa, Nikkei senior staff writer

When Xi Jinping, right, in early January addressed his “compatriots in Taiwan” he could not have foreseen how the island would harden against his proposal for a “one country, two systems” style unification. (Nikkei Montage/ Getty Images/ Reuters)

TOKYO — After spending many years as an official in China's Fujian Province, across the waters from Taiwan, President Xi Jinping has strong personal feelings about the self-ruled island.

It is, therefore, alarming that President Tsai Ing-wen rejected outright Xi's views toward the future of Taiwan, doing so while stopping over in New York last week.

"Hong Kong's experience under 'one country, two systems' has shown the world, once and for all, that authoritarianism and democracy cannot coexist," the 62-year-old Taiwanese leader declared during a speech at Columbia University on Friday.

Tsai was transiting, on her way to visit Taiwan's diplomatic allies in Central America and the Caribbean.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan prepares expanded blacklist of Chinese telecom products

Products from Huawei, ZTE, and Hikvision to be banned from all government agencies in Taiwan from late July

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/07/18
By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On Thursday (July 18), Executive Yuan Spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka

Executive Yuan Spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka, July 18 (By Central News Agency)

announced that Taiwan’s government will be introducing a blacklist of Chinese telecom products at the end of July prohibiting public agencies from purchasing or using designated Chinese ICT products.

The news of the blacklist follows after the introduction new guidelines in April, which govern use of ICT products among government agencies in Taiwan. The measures call for heightened oversight and security over telecom equipment to protect national security.

According to media reports, the new blacklist being drafted will prohibit the use of Huawei, ZTE, and Hikvision products across all government agencies and organizations. Huawei has already been under heavy scrutiny by Taiwanese authorities for years because of the corporation’s close ties to China’s military.

An official ban on government agencies' use of Huawei 4G products has been in effect since late 2014. However officials began to redouble their efforts to root out potentially dangerous ICT equipment from December 2018 following reports that Huawei was a “Trojan horse” being used for a global espionage campaign by China.    [FULL  STORY]

Full text of President Tsai’s address to St. Lucia Parliament

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/07/18

St. Lucia, July 18 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Thursday addressed the Parliament of Saint Lucia on the second day of her state visit to the Caribbean country.

The following is the full text of the her speech:

Good morning!

First, I would like to thank Prime Minister Chastanet for inviting me to Saint Lucia. It is an honor to share this special moment with you all, and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of your country's independence.    [FULL  STORY]

Ex-police chief cleared in protest crackdown case

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 19, 2019
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

Former Taipei City police department commissioner Huang Sheng-yung (黃昇勇) was acquitted

Lawyer Greg Yo, left, and former Taiwan Solidarity Union legislator Chou Ni-an, right, speak to reporters in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Chang We-chuan, Taipei Times

yesterday over his role in a bloody crackdown to disperse protesters during the 2014 Sunflower movement, but lawmakers and victims vowed they would appeal, and said the decision condoned “state violence.”

The Taipei District Court, cleared Huang of attempted homicide and actions causing bodily harm, among other offenses, on the grounds that he was performing his professional duty and upholding the law.

The judges based their decision on Article 21, Item 1 of the Criminal Code, which states that “conduct performed in accordance with the law or order is not punishable.”

Huang instructed the riot police to remove the demonstrators who took part in the occupation of the Executive Yuan compound from the evening of March 23, 2014, to the early hours of the next morning, which he was reportedly ordered to do by then-premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) and then-National Police Agency (NPA) director-general Wang Cho-chiun (王卓鈞).    [FULL  STORY]