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Taiwan-US FTA resolution introduced in Congress

A new resolution formally calling on US President Barack Obama to move toward a free-trade agreement (FTA) with Taiwan has been introduced into the US Congress.

The resolution was signed by Democrat Robert Anderson and Republicans Scott Garrett and John Culberson.

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Thousands protest Chen's detention

Former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) mother yesterday said at a protest against his detention that she was saddened by the fact that for the past two years her son has been unable to call her on Mother’s Day.

Chen Lee Shen (陳李慎) came to Taipei from Tainan to join a sit-in rally on Jinan Road calling for Chen’s release that was organized by various pro-localization groups, including some Democratic Progressive Party officials from southern Taiwan.

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Lafayette guilty still need to be found

The victory in the Lafayette arbitration court case is of major significance to Taiwan. The huge sums involved in the Lafayette frigate deal led to the death of Navy Captain Yin Ching-feng (尹清楓), a major navy personnel reshuffle, several years of domestic political conflict, several political scandals in France and several international court cases in Taiwan, France and Switzerland.

However, the victory does not imply that all the fraud has been cleared up. The fraud case and the arbitration case are two different matters. Proving that commissions actually were paid in connection with the Lafayette case is just the beginning of a new wave of investigations. The government must now increase efforts to clarify the channels through which the commissions were forwarded and determine which officials were involved.

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Taiwan's Double Standard: Money, Money, Who's Got the Money Part I?

In a previous post you saw how Chen Shui-bian has been in jail for nearly two years on corruption charges concerning US$21 million from his eight years of presidency. The courts have yet not stated and/or proved just how much of that money is illegal and how much is rightfully his, according to the loose and vague laws concerning campaign donations. They are operating on the presumption that some amount of it (though they have not yet specifically proven it) is illegal and therefore they are justifying keeping him in jail. In the meantime, the prosecutors are also badgering, harassing, and interfering with the lives of many associated with Chen to try and get some one of them to create evidence for their case. Contrast that with the following that was just in the news about the infamous Chung Hsing Bills affair that broke just before the 2000 presidential elections.

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Ma is whittling sovereignty away

On Wednesday, China once again put conditions on the government of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九). This time it was Wang Yi (王毅), director of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, who set the conditions by saying that, as long as the two sides of the Taiwan Strait can work together to oppose Taiwanese independence and uphold the “1992 consensus,” that will be the political guarantee for cross-strait cooperation.

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The vendor and the president

By now almost everyone in Taiwan must be aware of the story of Chen Shu-chu (陳樹菊).

Chen, a single woman who only completed elementary school, has spent the best part of her life selling vegetables at her local market in Taitung, donating a staggering NT$10 million (US$315,000) to local charities in the process.

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Beijing does not want to see president-elect Tsai Ing-wen [蔡英文] and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) succeed, a leading US-Asia expert said on Tuesday.

“It is not in their interests to have them succeed and this will shape the approach that Beijing takes to Taiwan in the future,” said Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.