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Chen Shui-bian and Roger Lin may face death penalty in Taiwan over U.S. litigation claims

In a dramatic development that threatens the lives of two men, the longstanding American "strategic ambiguity" that has enshrouded Taiwan for 64 years is unraveling. Former Republic of China in-exile President Chen Shui-bian and Taiwanese politician and international legal expert Roger C.S. Lin have been subpoenaed by a Kaohsiung court for depositions on possible treason. The sentence for treason under the ROC administration is the death penalty.

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Court's cowardice harms rights of all in Taiwan

The Council of Grand Justices displayed a tragic lack of judicial independence and courage Friday by failing to take a clear stand on the validity of the court proceedings which resulted in a conviction and life sentence meted to former president Chen Shui-bian on "corruption" charges by the Taipei District Court last month.

In their role as Taiwan's Constitutional Court, the 15 grand justices issued Interpretation 665 in response to a petition filed in January by the former president's legal defense team on several issues.

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Illusions about Chinese goodwill

While he was in office, president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) published a book entitled The Road to Democracy: Taiwan’s Pursuit of Identity (台灣的主張). It was appropriate and justified for Lee to write about democracy. In it, he laid out his intentions and concerns as a leader, as well as showing his determined character.

The political effect of the book was to give the public a clear view of where the nation was headed, and thus a sense of security. Although many people voiced their opposition to what Lee stood for, they could direct those opinions against concrete positions.

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China's Export of Censorship

The Chinese government’s effort to prevent dissident authors from taking part in the prestigious Frankfurt Book Fair, an international showcase for freedom of expression, has offered Germany a close-up view of China’s intolerance of dissent.

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Little to show for a lot of hype

Despite President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) campaign promises and the policies of his administration, which envision a big cake for everyone to share, the reality is very different. The government’s move to allow Chinese investment in Taiwan is a case in point. In the three months since deregulation, Taiwan has attracted just NT$189 million (US$5.87 million) in Chinese investment.

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Classical Chinese proposal is a bad idea

Minister of Education Wu Ching-chi (吳清基) has proposed changing the maximum proportion of classical Chinese in high school Chinese textbooks from 45 percent to 65 percent. The change will apply from the next academic year. The classical Chinese that Chinese intellectuals Hu Shih (胡適) and Chen Duxiu (陳獨秀) fought against 90 years ago is making a comeback in our high school curriculums.

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President Ma Ying-jeou has filed an appeal at the Taipei District Court after prosecutors decided not to indict Hou Kuan-jen, a prosecutor on the Special Investigation Panel (SIP) of the Supreme Prosecutors Office, for forgery. Taipei District Court spokesperson Huang Chun-ming said yesterday the court received a letter of committal for trial in March from Ma’s attorney, but the court has yet to announce its ruling.