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Pair surrenders to police over Hatta statue decapitation

The vandalized bronze statue of Japanese engineer Yoichi Hatta is covered with a tarpaulin yesterday in Tainan’s Yoichi Hatta Memorial Park.
Photo: Yang Chin-cheng, Taipei Times

China Unification Promotion Party member Lee Cheng-lung (李承龍) yesterday admitted being involved in the decapitation of a bronze statue of Japanese engineer Yoichi Hatta in Tainan on Sunday.


Justice for Aborigines no priority

In August last year, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) promised that a report revealing the facts behind nuclear waste storage on Orchid Island (蘭嶼, Lanyu) would be completed within six months. In October, the Cabinet formulated guidelines and at the end of that month, the Orchid Island nuclear waste fact-finding task force convened for the first time. This means that the report should be ready before the end of this month.


All Taiwanese are Lee Ming-che

If the family of Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲) had not started looking for him after he went missing in China, the Chinese government would not have said anything about his detention.

It was not until one week after his disappearance that China’s Taiwan Affairs Office confirmed that Lee had been detained for engaging in “activities endangering national security.”


Reopen the KMT illegal party asset sales probe

The Supreme Prosecutors’ Office Special Investigation Division (SID), abolished on Jan. 1, was responsible for investigating possible irregularities in the 2005 sale of three media companies previously owned by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), namely the Broadcasting Corp of China (BCC), China Television Co and Central Motion Picture Corp (CMPC) — a case that involved former president and then-KMT chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九).


KMT selling out nation: Lee Ching-yu

Lee Ching-yu, the wife of human rights advocate Lee Ming-che, who is being detained in China, displays photographs of her husband at a news conference in Taipei on Tuesday last week.
Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

Lee Ching-yu (李淨瑜), the wife of detained human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲), said remarks by China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) substantiated an accusation that Beijing has its compradors in the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), after the office yesterday confirmed that it had commissioned a third party to “relate the relevant situation” to Lee Ching-yu and pass letters from Lee Ming-che to her and his parents, while warning other groups not to intervene in the case.


Beijing blocks advocate’s wife

Lee Ching-yu, wife of detained human rights advocate Lee Ming-che, yesterday tries to board her flight to China at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
Photo: EPA

Lee Ching-yu (李淨瑜), wife of detained human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲), was yesterday prevented from boarding a plane to Beijing to search for her husband after her “Taiwan compatriot travel document” was canceled by the Chinese government.

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White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Monday that China’s threat to impose sanctions on US companies manufacturing weapons systems for sale to Taiwan was “not warranted.”

Analysts said the unusually blunt reaction from Gibbs reflected a new policy by US President Barack Obama to “push back” against what is seen as overly antagonistic actions by Beijing whenever the US does something it doesn’t like.