By Tseng Wei-chen and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer and CNAChinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Alicia Wang (王育敏) yesterday obstructed the passage of a draft law to establish a national human rights museum that the Cabinet approved in July. Foreign visitors are likely to question why the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall celebrates a leader who is presented as an authoritarian dictator at the human rights museum, he said, adding that the curator must be sufficiently ranked to handle the issue. The proposed museum has consistently encountered obstructions from the KMT caucus since the DPP first established the museum’s preparatory office in May 2005, DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said. The Legislative Yuan on Oct. 22, 2010, decided that the museum should be a sub-ministerial institution that would oversee museum facilities on Green Island (綠島) and in New Taipei City’s Jingmei District (景美). The museum is not just a building, but rather an institution, Cheng said, adding that the institution would preserve the memories of those who suffered political persecution, as well as promoting human rights education.
By Ted Chen / Staff reporterFreight forwarder and logistics operator T3EX Global Holdings Corp (台驊國際投資控股) yesterday gave a reserved outlook on its primary market China, as Beijing continues to combat pollution. The picture is brighter for air freight, which is benefitting from the year-end holiday seasons in Europe, the US and China, with air cargo prices last month rising 6.5 percent sequentially and 20.7 percent annually. Air cargo prices are expected to continue to soar in the final quarter of this year, due to record shipping volumes at China’s online retailers, as well as the electronics and technology sector supply chain. Sales contributions from China and Hong Kong also rose 9.81 percent annually to NT$5.88 billion, representing 75.15 percent of its total sales in the first nine months. Of the company’s total sales, ocean freight sales rose 12.31 percent annually to NT$4.52 billion, representing 57.83 percent of sales during the same period, while air cargo sales rose 17.36 percent annually to NT$2.1 billion, accounting for 26.96 percent of total revenue.
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterPresident Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday announced five flagship programs and five commitments aimed at strengthening regional cooperation and development with countries in the New Southbound Policy at the opening of the first Yushan Forum (玉山論壇) in Taipei. The “Yushan Forum: Asian Dialogue for Innovation and Progress,” organized by the government opened yesterday at the Grand Hyatt Taipei. Tsai told forum attendees that the rise of Asia has profoundly influenced both international security and the world economy, and that nations included in the New Southbound Policy have some of the fastest growing economies in the world. In the past year, tourist numbers have increased by 36.7 percent, trade has grown by about 20 percent, and overseas student numbers have increased by about 10 percent from New Southbound countries, Tsai said. To fulfill the region’s needs and bolster its sense of inclusiveness and community, Taiwan is prepared to make five commitments to New Southbound countries, Tsai said.
“The company’s practice has harmed competition in the [nation’s] baseband market and directly — or indirectly — hindered its competitors from participating in the market,” the FTC said. The FTC made the ruling after interviewing more than 20 chipmakers, mobile phone manufacturers and communications equipment suppliers at home and abroad since February 2015. Qualcomm has been violating antitrust laws for at least seven years, the FTC said. Qualcomm has been instructed to terminate contracts with competitors that involve sensitive information such as chip prices, sale volumes and product types, the statement said. Finally, the commission said it has required Qualcomm to cancel all exclusionary agreements it inked with any parties that involve offering price discounts.
They called on the Ministry of Finance to locate the equipment that Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport customs officers had in July tagged after detecting anomalies during a customary X-ray screening. The customs officers, suspecting the anomalies were caused by heroin, marked the machinery for disassembly and further examination, Customs Administration Director Liao Chao-hsiang (廖超祥) said. When customs staff arrived at the factory the next day, the machinery was already gone, Liao said. Taipei Customs Office Director Yang Chung-wu (楊崇悟) said he would take full responsibility for the oversight, but added that a lack of sufficient staff influenced the decision. The customs officials had failed in their duties by not escorting the machinery to the factory, Minister of Finance Sheu Yu-jer (許虞哲) said.
Staff writer, with CNAThe Taiwan High Court yesterday upheld a lower court ruling acquitting former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) of abetting a leak of classified information related to an investigation into an opposition lawmaker in 2013. Ma’s office spokeswoman Hsu Chiao-hsin (徐巧芯) later told a news conference that Ma was grateful for the ruling. Neither Ma nor Ker were present in the courtroom to hear the verdict. Chou said that the wiretapped conversation failed to present sufficient evidence to prove Ma had instigated Huang to leak the recording, and it was constitutional for Ma, as president, to express concern about the domestic political situation. The court also cited Article 44 of the Constitution, saying that as president, Ma had the power to intervene in disputes between different branches of government.
Opposition Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez said that Spain’s two main political parties agreed to renegotiate laws governing autonomy. He said that a deal was reached with Rajoy to open talks in six months on reforming the constitution that would allow changes to the setup governing Spain’s 17 regions, including Catalonia. Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria late on Tuesday said that the Catalan leader “doesn’t know where he is, where he is going and with whom he wants to go.”Puigdemont had put Catalonia “in the greatest level of uncertainty seen yet,” she added. Article 155 of the Spanish constitution allows the central government to take some or total control of any of its 17 regions if they do not comply with their legal obligations. This would begin with a Cabinet meeting and a warning to the regional government to fall into line.
AFP, SEOULThe US has flown two supersonic heavy bombers over the Korean Peninsula in a show of force against Pyongyang, staging the first nighttime joint aviation exercises with Japan and South Korea. Two B-1B Lancers based on Guam late on Tuesday flew a mission in the vicinity of the Sea of Japan, the US Pacific Air Forces said in a statement. South Korean defense authorities yesterday said the bombers staged a simulated air-to-ground missile firing drill with two South Korean fighters over the Sea of Japan. The four aircraft then flew across the peninsula and staged another round of a firing exercise over the Yellow Sea before the two B-IBs returned home, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. The last flight by US bombers was 17 days earlier when four US F-35B stealth jets and two B-1Bs flew over the peninsula.
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterThe Ministry of Health and Welfare is planning to subsidize nurseries to improve their quality and reduce the financial burden on young parents, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said yesterday. It found that while government-funded or private nurseries and qualified at-home babysitters are expected to provide services for 19.52 percent of children up to two years old, only about 9.74 percent are using these resources. Many parents said they are not using nurseries or babysitters because their fees are too high or they are uncertain about the quality of the service, she said. Chen said the ministry has made plans to increase the budget for subsidizing nurseries to improve their quality and help reduce parents’ financial burden. Chien said the amount of subsidy is still being calculated, but the agency expects to reach a conclusion by April next year, and make public the decision.
By Jonathan Chin / Staff writerThe absence of any references to the so-called “1992 consensus” in China’s response to President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) Double Ten National Day speech has led to speculation over its significance to the cross-strait narrative, a Taiwan-China relations researcher said. The TAO’s response was “unprecedented” because it emphasized the “one China” principle instead of the “1992 consensus,” which has been mentioned in its past comments on Taiwan, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Huang Wei-cher (黃偉哲) said. China refrained from mentioning the “1992 consensus” because it has realized that the consensus is deeply unpopular in Taiwan, National Chengchi University professor Chen Fang-ming (陳芳明) said. “If they thought the KMT would retake the government, they would have insisted the Democratic Progressive Party accept the ‘1992 consensus,’” he added. “It is clear that the ‘1992 consensus’ is a KMT fabrication meant to deceive Taiwanese through collusion with the Chinese Communist Party [CCP],” he said.
By Jason Pan / Staff reporterThe Taiwan High Court’s acquittal of former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) is disappointing, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said yesterday, adding that he would apply for a retrial. Ker said he suspected the court had conspired to absolve Ma of wrongdoing through deliberate omission of evidence. The judges helped cover up Ma’s wrongdoing by using their prerogative as judges to conceal his unlawful activities. This ruling tramples on the dignity of the justice system and diminishes public trust in the courts,” he added. He accused the judges of pandering to Ma by creating reasons to absolve him of wrongdoing, saying that the evidence showed otherwise.
“The company is not ruling out the possibility of recording record-breaking revenue again during the peak season,” Synnex said. Revenue increased 11 percent year-over-year to NT$100.7 billion (US$3.33 billion) from NT$91 billion, surpassing the NT$100 billion mark for the first time in the company’s history. Synnex also saw record high sales from various markets,” Synnex said in a statement released yesterday. Revenue from commercial customers last quarter jumped 16 percent annually to more than NT$20 billion, setting an all-time high, the company said. Shares of Synnex tumbled 1.07 percent to NT$37 yesterday, underperforming the TAIEX, which rose 1.03 percent.
By Lin Yi-chang and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writerIt is rare in the digital age to see someone writing anything beyond the occasional signature, so a 50,000-word handwritten autobiography by 78-year-old Tseng Wei-chao (曾維照) of Chiayi County could become his family’s new heirloom. Born to a family of Chinese medicine practitioners, Tseng took up the family trade after retiring from the navy. Sporting a chest-length beard, it was almost like going back in time when Tseng took up his brush and began writing and painting, family members said. There are eight long chapters in the autobiography, while the shorter scrolls were made up of 13 or 14 pieces of calendar paper, Tseng said, adding that the longest scroll is 6m in length. “It gives the document more meaning,” Chang said, adding that the scrolls must be kept as a family heirloom.
By Cheng Hung-ta / Staff reporterThe Ministry of Transportation and Communications yesterday asked Central Weather Bureau personnel to exercise greater caution after a weather report caused confusion among the public. Bureau Research and Development Center Director Cheng Ming-dean (鄭明典) on Sunday posted satellite images, which he said showed plumes of smoke rising from the ground. The Taichung Environmental Protection Bureau sent its personnel to find the source of the smoke, but to no avail. Deputy Minister of Transportation and Communications Chi Wen-jong (祁文中) said that the ministry has insisted that Cheng verify the information. Cheng and the bureau corrected the reports, Chi said, adding that they would endeavor to be more careful.
By Jason Pan / Staff reporterTaipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday dropped the charges against three XPEC Entertainment independent directors in a financial fraud case. Prosecutors decided not to indict the three independent directors due to insufficient evidence on their involvement, Chou said. “The three independent directors received millions of dollars to cover their expenses for performing their duty. “What has become of the system of appointing independent directors to companies?” she said. Evidence showed that Hsu made illegal arrangements, undermined the company’s management, deceived the directors and executives, and colluded with outside firms to manipulate the XPEC stock price, prosecutors said.