TPP-KMT union raises China issuesBy Linus Chiou 邱士哲With campaigns for next year’s presidential and legislative elections ramping up, the pan-green camp is waging a war on two fronts against the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT). On one side is the pan-green camp, which calls for a cautious approach to China, while maintaining national sovereignty. On the other side is the blue-white alliance, which sees dialogue with China as the prime means for reducing the chances of a war. Keep in mind that Xu attending pro-unification events has long been promoted by Chinese state media for propaganda purposes. The unfortunate reality is that China often uses cross-strait cultural exchanges to promote its pro-unification ideology.
November 14, 2023 21:43 UTC
Taiwan, India to ink migrant worker MOU this year: ministerStaff writer, with CNAMinister of Labor Hsu Ming-chun (許銘春) yesterday said that Taipei and New Delhi are to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) before the end of this year allowing for Indian migrant workers to come to Taiwan. The Ministry of Labor is still in talks with India on when the agreement would be signed, Hsu said on the sidelines of an event in Taipei for participants of the upcoming WorldSkills Asia Competition. Minister of Labor Hsu Ming-chun speaks to reporters in Taipei yesterday. Some reports have said that Taiwan could open its doors to as many as 100,000 migrant workers from India, but Hsu said the number was still being considered as it depended on the needs of industries and the qualifications of the workers. At a news conference on Thursday, Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Arindam Bagchi said that he hoped the migrant worker MOU would be signed as soon as possible, as the pact is expected to benefit both parties.
November 14, 2023 03:40 UTC
Cup win riches aplenty: Rohit’s coachAFP, MUMBAI, IndiaRohit Sharma’s boyhood cricket coach on Sunday said he would be the “richest person in the world” if the India captain lifts the World Cup — despite never charging for a training session. Rohit, 36, is set to lead India in a World Cup semi-final against New Zealand at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium tomorrow. “I’m the happiest person in the world,” Lad said. “And if I saw the [World Cup] trophy in his [Rohit’s] hands, then I must be the richest person in the world.”Rohit, averaging nearly 56 at the World Cup, is the only man to have scored three double-centuries in one-day internationals. “I told him: ‘Your nephew is very good at cricket,’” Lad said.
November 13, 2023 19:30 UTC
US and India and the 2+2 dialogueBy Gurjit SinghThe India-US 2+2 dialogue is a salient part of the India-US Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership framework as the relationship develops. The dialogue among the foreign and defense ministers of India and the US is useful because India in the past has suffered due to the incongruity of the US system between the approaches of the State and Defence Departments. India has invited Biden to be the chief guest at next year’s Republic Day and hopes to hold the Quad summit around that. Even if that does not happen, the Quad summit in January is a probability. South Korea is a longstanding ally of the US but the affinity that India has developed needs more US nurturing.
November 13, 2023 17:27 UTC
Hon Hai’s prototype satellites launchedINTERNET ALTERNATIVE: The components manufacturer is investing in low-orbit satellites in a move to break away from an overreliance on undersea Internet cablesBloombergThe world’s biggest producer of iPhones is going to outer space. Two prototype low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites made by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密), better known as Foxconn Technology Group (富士康科技集團), took off aboard a Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX) rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in southern California on Saturday. Hon Hai is aiming to demonstrate that it has satellite technology to tap growing demand for communications from space. Photo: EPA-EFEWhile Elon Musk’s SpaceX has made and launched more than 5,000 LEO satellites for its Starlink constellation, Hon Hai is betting it would be able to make satellites primarily for corporate and government clients. Hon Hai makes about two out of every three iPhones in the world.
November 12, 2023 21:37 UTC
Fuel prices to drop this week by NT$0.1 per literBy Chen Cheng-hui / Staff reporterCPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC, 台灣中油) and Formosa Petrochemical Corp (台塑石化) are to lower domestic fuel prices following a decline in global crude oil prices last week. In separate statements yesterday, state-run CPC and privately owned Formosa said that they would lower gasoline and diesel prices by NT$0.1 per liter, effective today. Based on its floating oil price formula, CPC said that the cost of crude oil last week had declined by 4.3 percent from a week earlier. Formosa said that the fall in prices of crude oil came as China posted weak export data for last month and the US reported a surge in crude oil inventories last week. Premium diesel is to cost NT$27.1 per liter at CPC stations and NT$26.9 at Formosa pumps, they said.
November 12, 2023 21:37 UTC
Contrasting ideologies of the DPP and TPPBy Lin Han 林志翰Ukraine-born Taiwanese entertainer Larisa Bakurova obtained her national ID card and became a “new Taiwanese resident” in 2019. TWO IDEOLOGIESForfeiting her Ukrainian citizenship to become a new Taiwanese resident, Bakurova has worked hard to develop Taiwan’s rhythmic gymnastics. Xu, in her haughtiness and unruliness, is a new Taiwanese resident who does not identify with Taiwan and has only been acting as a Chinese mouthpiece. The DPP and TPP’s respective consideration of Bakurova and Xu as legislator-at-large candidates reveal the two parties’ contrasting ideologies and attitudes towards China. It is the perfect opportunity to see which party is the one truly defending Taiwan’s interests, and in this case, it is the DPP, without question.
November 11, 2023 21:42 UTC
EDITORIAL: Estonia bravery and balanceMinister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Wednesday spoke at a seminar hosted by the International Center for Defense and Security in Tallinn, Estonia. Wang’s use of the phrase “solemn commitment” is interesting. Beijing wants Tallinn to see it as a solemn commitment, as opposed to an agreement between two governments that it is, to underline the implied threat. According to the Estonian embassy in Beijing, Estonia supports its “one China” policy, and in return, Beijing promises to respect the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Estonia. Beijing can talk of a “solemn commitment” from others, yet neglect its duty as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.
November 11, 2023 16:57 UTC
Defining the US-China ‘cold war’By Antonio GraceffoOver the past 10 years, as relations between the US and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) have steadily deteriorated, analysts, policymakers and academics have debated whether they are embroiled in a cold war. However, this debate is unnecessary, as the US-China enmity matches the textbook definition of a cold war, which is being played out in Taiwan, Ukraine and the Middle East. When people ask whether the US and China are in a cold war, what they truly mean to ask is whether they are locked in a cold war similar to the Cold War between the US and the Soviet Union. A cold war is a condition of political and ideological tension, rivalry and non-violent conflict between major powers or blocs. The US-China cold war is here, but it is not identical to the competition with the Soviet Union.
November 11, 2023 16:56 UTC
TSP demands an investigation into Xu ChunyingBy Chien Li-chung and Jason Pan / Staff reportersTaiwan Statebuilding Party (TSP) legislative candidate Yang Pei-hua (楊佩樺) yesterday called for an investigation into allegations that Xu Chunying (徐春鶯), a China-born potential legislative candidate, was conducting Chinese “united front” work in Taiwan. Taiwan Statebuilding Party legislative candidate Yang Pei-hua yesterday rings the bell at the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office to file a complaint calling for a judicial investigation into Xu Chunying. Xu was promoted to lead the human resources section, occupying a high position that comes with a chauffeur-driven service, Yang said. Xu left China in 1993 after marrying a Taiwanese man, then gave up her Chinese residency to obtain Republic of China citizenship in 2000, Yang said. “We demand that Xu show accounting reports of the two organizations to show where their finances come from,” Yang said.
November 10, 2023 21:36 UTC
While calling for a ceasefire in Ukraine and Gaza, China’s military has frequently intercepted US warships and aircraft traveling freely near Taiwan. Against this backdrop of mounting tensions, Taiwan matters in the Biden-Xi meeting. Even though this scenario is not remotely possible, China continues to put pressure on the US through military drills around Taiwan. Nonetheless, China’s sovereignty claim over Taiwan and the US’ involvement in Taiwan are separate yet interrelated matters. The key lies in Beijing’s rhetorical reference to the use of peaceful and coercive means to resolve the Taiwan question.
November 10, 2023 16:53 UTC
EDITORIAL: Gou’s to be or not to be momentThe nationwide buzz over a potential joint opposition presidential bid between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) stands in contrast to its moribund state, with signs of the negotiations heading for a breakdown. In Gou’s case, it is vacillating between seeing his independent campaign through to the end or calling it quits. According to polling, if either Ko or Hou win over Gou’s supporters, the effect would amount to a support rate increase of about 7 to 10 percentage points. Furthermore, Gou and the KMT see eye to eye on a host of issues, including economic development and cross-strait policy. Gou’s Hamlet moment could become a turning point in the campaign for either the KMT or the TPP.
November 09, 2023 21:39 UTC
Xu Chunying’s threat to TaiwanBy Chu0 Meng-hsiang 朱孟庠The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) uses all sorts of innovative techniques to spy on officials of foreign countries. Now, Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) Chairman and presidential candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) wants to have Xu Chunying (徐春鶯) on the party’s list of legislator-at-large nominees. Xu’s ideology and national identity would require her to collect information for the CCP while expanding China’s organizations in Taiwan. According to the laws on cross-strait relations, Taiwan and China do not recognize each other as sovereign countries. China has been trying to annex Taiwan, which makes China a hostile country.
November 09, 2023 21:11 UTC
Xu Chunying was close to Chinese agencies: criticsBy Tung Kuan-yi and Jason Pan / Staff reportersXu Chunying (徐春鶯), a Chinese spouse who the Taiwan People’s Party has said it might put on its legislator-at-large list, is closely associated with the Chinese United Front Work Department, a political commentator and a Taiwan Statebuilding Party legislative candidate said yesterday. Xu told the event that “we are proud of being Chinese, this is our national identity and it will never change,” Lee said. Taiwan New Residents’ Development Association chairwoman Xu Chunying speaks during a Pop Radio show in Taipei yesterday. Xu attended many such events in China, with media reporting that she represented a “united front” agency, Lee said. “She has declared her national identity to be Chinese and is proud of it, so how can she become a legislator-at-large in Taiwan?” he asked.
November 09, 2023 10:47 UTC
Taiwan, UK sign trade partnership dealSTRONGER TIES: Taiwan would promote sustainability, gender equality and consumer protection standards as it seeks closer ties with the UK, an Executive Yuan office saidBy Chung Li-hua and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writerTaiwan yesterday inked an Enhanced Trade Partnership (ETP) deal with the UK, marking the nation’s first trade framework agreement with a European country, the Executive Yuan’s Office of Trade Negotiations said. The ETP showed the growth of Taiwan-UK economic ties and provided a guideline for Taipei and London to conduct trade talks, they said. Photo courtesy of the Office of Trade NegotiationsTaiwan plans to continue its discussions with the UK over collaborations in digital trade, investment and net zero emissions, they said. The government would promote sustainability, gender equality, corporate social responsibility and consumer protection standards as it seeks closer economic ties with the UK, it said. The office previously said that the ETP might be expanded — with a free trade agreement (FTA) being its ultimate goal.
November 08, 2023 21:36 UTC