Think holistically on caregiversBy Cheng Ya-wen, Yeh Ming-jui 鄭雅文、葉明叡The Ministry of Labor in June significantly increased quotas for migrant workers in four employment sectors, namely manufacturing, construction, agriculture and institutional care. One stance that the KMT and DPP have in common is that of bringing in larger numbers of cheap and useful foreign migrant workers. These foreign caregivers are paid less than the going rate for Taiwanese long-term caregivers and are subject to labor conditions that Taiwanese workers would find unacceptable. When it comes to elections, migrant workers have no right to vote and are not in a position to speak out. However, a society that ignores migrant workers’ rights cannot be a truly equal one.
September 08, 2023 03:41 UTC
No reasons to oppose euthanasia, surrogacy, Ko saysStaff writer, with CNATaiwan People’s Party (TPP) Chairman and presidential candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said he would seek to “gauge public opinion” on assisted suicide and surrogacy, despite “personally” supporting legalization. Chen Chao-tzu (陳昭姿), a former head of the pro-independence Taiwan Society and long-time advocate of surrogacy, told the news conference she had been pushing for the legislation of surrogacy since 1996. Chen asked why the government encourages couples to have children amid the country’s low birthrate, but has ignored couples who would do anything to have their own children through surrogacy. In 2004, Premier Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁), then-health minister, held the first-ever “civic conference” in Taiwan to discuss surrogacy and arrived at the consensus to “not prohibit surrogacy, but only permit it with conditions,” Chen Chao-tzu said. Chen Chao-tzu told Ko that she would support Ko in the presidential election as long as Ko would include legalizing surrogacy as a component of his healthcare platform.
September 07, 2023 21:39 UTC
EDITORIAL: When ‘white’ is the new blackTaiwan People’s Party (TPP) Chairman and presidential candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) seems to be in deep water lately. TPP executives in Tainan last weekend endorsed the candidacy of Lee Chuan-chiao (李全教), a former KMT Tainan City Council speaker who has a reputation of being associated with “black gold,” bribery, influence peddling and illegal gangster activities. Other TPP office heads in southern Taiwan were also accused of involvement in usury, abusive debt collection practices, pimping and prostitution. If left unaddressed, would the TPP not end up becoming a potential backdoor for these people to further their gangster or pro-unification activities under a legitimate cause? For these people, the TPP’s affiliation with alleged criminals would be a step too close to “gray” or “black.”
September 07, 2023 17:26 UTC
Six indicted on drug charges following raidStaff writer, with CNASix people in Kaohsiung are to be indicted under suspicion of drug-related offenses after a raid on a property in the city where narcotics were being produced, the city’s police department said Thursday. Narcotics and related items seized by police in a raid are seen at a residence in Kaohsiung's Fengshan District in an undated photograph. During the raid, police also found equipment used for processing narcotics, it said. Police said the entrance to the townhouse was hidden in a bid to delay forced entry. Six people, including one lead suspect surnamed Chiang (蔣), are to be indicted in the case, which is to be handled by Kaohsiung District Prosecutors’ Office, it said.
September 07, 2023 16:52 UTC
Online influencer Liu Yu poses in an undated photograph. Lee served a nine-month prison term and was deprived of his civil rights for three years. Wu Hsin-tai (吳欣岱), the Taiwan Statebuilding Party’s Taipei chapter director, lashed out at Ko in a post yesterday. So we see the TPP is attracting members of organized crime and people advocating for Beijing ruling Taiwan,” Wu said. Saint Wenshan is Hongmen’s largest network in Taiwan and it promotes the concept of a Chinese “motherland,” and denies what it calls Taiwan’s “separatist movement,” Wu said.
September 06, 2023 16:45 UTC
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in April 2019 waves from his train as he leaves Khasan train station in Primorye region, Russia. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, left, in April 2019 toasts with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok, Russia. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, right, with Russian delegation led by its Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in July visits an arms exhibition in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea’s state media said that Kim Jong-il died of a heart attack during a train trip in 2011. It’s not immediately clear whether Kim Jong-un would choose to travel to Russia on a train again when he seems equally comfortable with flying.
September 06, 2023 16:44 UTC
Hou was easily elected mayor of New Taipei City in the local government elections in 2018 and last year. However, some of those who should have lined up in support of Hou have failed to do so. Gou initially promised to support Hou, but then had second thoughts, whereupon he launched a quasi-candidacy that broke the KMT’s game rules. The KMT and Hou do not have enough sticks and carrots to get these people back in line, so the situation is becoming irretrievable. Hou has not resigned or even taken leave of absence from his post as mayor to pursue his presidential campaign, so is Hou the presidential nominee not negating the standpoints of Hou the mayor?
September 06, 2023 03:44 UTC
TPP denies Ko Wen-je reached a deal with the KMTStaff writer, with CNATaiwan People’s Party (TPP) Chairman and presidential candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has not reached a deal with the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to collaborate in the presidential and legislative elections, a TPP spokeswoman said yesterday. Taiwan People’s Party Chairman Ko Wen-je, the party’s presidential candidate, speaks at the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan on Monday. Photo: CNAHowever, Ko’s campaign office on Tuesday denied the report. “The report is pure fabrication,” Vicky Chen (陳智菡), a spokeswoman for Ko’s campaign office, told reporters. The office would start introducing Ko’s campaign platform this month, beginning with healthcare and long-term care policies, which would be unveiled today, she said.
September 06, 2023 03:35 UTC
It is the first of its kind “climate-friendly” soccer tournament in the ecologically fragile territory where oxygen is thin and breathing is hard. A player scores a goal during a match of the “climate cup” on the outskirts of Leh, India, yesterday. The tournament is “our attempt to use sports for spreading awareness about the perils of climate change in Ladakh,” local administrator Tashi Gyalson said. “Recent trends are showing clear changes in climate patterns,” India Meteorological Department meteorologist Mukhtar Ahmed said. Local officials say the soccer matches were organized keeping in mind some of these climate concerns.
September 05, 2023 23:07 UTC
“As an experienced political news reporter, Kao should know that the minutes, on which his entire story was based, came from a Cabinet-level meeting. “Chinese state media have also helped spread the report, making it a fuel for Beijing’s cognitive warfare against Taiwan. The report also tarnished Taiwan’s image in the international community and could have triggered international sanctions, she said. “While the government supports freedom of the press and speech, using misinformation or disinformation hurts the people and the country. The United Daily News should take its social responsibility seriously and admit that it is wrong,” Lin said.
September 05, 2023 21:37 UTC
Communication and deterrence key to Ko’s China policyStaff writer, with CNATaiwan People’s Party (TPP) Chairman and presidential candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said he would make “deterrence and communication” the foundation of his China policy to avoid staking Taiwan’s future on “goodwill” alone. Speaking at a luncheon hosted by the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan, the former Taipei mayor pledged to increase defense spending to deter a potential Chinese invasion while engaging in dialogue with Beijing. “The keyword for cross-strait relations is ‘step-by-step,’” said Ko, who is second behind Vice President William Lai (賴清德), the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) presidential candidate, in most polls. Ko told European company representatives that he knew foreign investors in the country were most concerned about Taiwan’s energy supply. The chamber of commerce represents 1,050 members from more than 450 European companies with operations in Taiwan.
September 04, 2023 16:52 UTC
In 2020, just after democracy protests in Hong Kong, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won a landslide victory, partly because of high turnout among younger voters, according to analysts and voter surveys. Younger voters are again playing a role, but this time they are gravitating to a dark horse candidate who has become the DPP’s closest challenger. Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) Chairman Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), a 64-year-old former Taipei mayor, has won over many younger voters with plain talk on issues such as high housing costs, rather than focusing on the China threat. Then-Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je waves to his supporters during the launch of his book in Taipei on June 30, 2018. While Ko of the small TPP lags Lai by 17 percentage points, he leads among voters younger than 40, a Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation survey conducted in the middle of last month found.
September 04, 2023 16:52 UTC
Xi’s ‘hard-won’ stability in XinjiangBy Kok BayraqDuring his visit to East Turkistan (Xinjiang) on Aug. 25, Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) described the situation in the region as “hard-won stability.” It makes one wonder what exactly the hardships were that this arrogant authoritarian was referring to. However, considering the military and police forces that have been stationed in the Uighur region for a long time, it is not impossible for 100,000 troops to have thrown 3 million unarmed people into camps. In the past five years, 22 governments and parliaments of the US and Europe have defined China’s Uighur policy as genocide and crimes against humanity. China’s efforts to cover up the Uighur genocide through Muslim countries have sometimes had unexpected results. Xi’s reminder of “hard-won stability” is, in essence, the justification of his order to continue the Uighur genocide.
September 03, 2023 21:46 UTC
Fuel prices raised due to Saudi cut speculationsBy Chen Cheng-hui / Staff reporterGasoline and diesel prices are to rise NT$0.1 per liter this week as international crude oil prices rose last week, CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC, 台灣中油) and Formosa Petrochemical Corp (台塑石化) said in separate statements yesterday. CPC attributed the rise in crude oil prices to market speculations that Saudi Arabia might extend daily oil production cuts through next month, while Formosa said a sharp drop in US crude oil inventories also weighed on the global oil market during the week. Based on CPC’s floating oil price formula, the cost of crude oil increased 1.07 percent from a week earlier, it said. Effective today, gasoline prices at CPC and Formosa stations are to increase to NT$31.2, NT$32.7 and NT$34.7 per liter for 92, 95 and 98-octane unleaded gasoline respectively, the companies said. The price of premium diesel is to rise to NT$29.3 at CPC stations and to NT$29.1 at Formosa pumps, they said.
September 03, 2023 21:36 UTC
India sends probe to the sun after moon landingAFP, SRIHARIKOTA, IndiaIndia’s space program yesterday blasted off a spacecraft toward the center of the solar system, a week after the country’s successful uncrewed moon landing. The Aditya-L1 spacecraft lifts off yesterday from the space center in Sriharikota, India. Students celebrate as they watch the livestreamed launch of the PSLV XL rocket carrying the Aditya-L1 in Kolkata, India, yesterday. “It is a challenging mission for India,” astrophysicist Somak Raychaudhury told broadcaster NDTV on Friday. Aditya-L1 would be traveling on the ISRO-designed, 320-tonne PSLV XL rocket that has been a mainstay of the Indian space program, powering earlier launches to the Earth’s moon and Mars.
September 02, 2023 16:40 UTC