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Taiwan Tati Cultural and Educational Foundation

Public policy needs public input

Many people think they have a right to know how the government forms a public policy that is going to have an impact on their daily lives. If they think the government agrees, they’d better think again.

Following recent policy flip-flops on plans to impose a capital gains tax on stock investment and a new energy tax, Premier Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) said on Thursday that, under the direction of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), government officials should be cautious in releasing details of policies still in the making to avoid causing unnecessary public concern.


Greens unite, protect and besiege

The battle is on for the year-end mayoral, county commissioner and city and county councilor elections. The government’s plan to upgrade several cities and counties to special municipality status may have brought a certain level of disorder to the electoral process, thereby highlighting the importance of the year-end elections.

Only by preparing well for the year-end election campaign will it be possible to pave the way for next year’s special municipality elections. Just as in the recent Yunlin legislative by-election, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the green camp must unite to achieve the results they want.


The KMT prepares to eat itself

Before too long, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) may look upon criticism from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as a quaint reminder of when politics was mostly about keeping other parties at bay.

Only days after taking up the chairmanship of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), Ma is facing a dramatic challenge to his authority — and to party unity in general.


Obama, Ma leave Taiwan flatfooted

A joint session of the US Congress recently passed the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act. In an unusual move, Section 1226 was removed, despite the fact that it had cleared the Senate and the House of Representatives three months ago. Since this section was related to the strengthening of Taiwan’s air force, its abrupt removal has overshadowed Taiwan-US relations and may have a profound influence on East Asian security.


Cause for concern over press index

The latest Worldwide Press Freedom Index released on Tuesday by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) saw Taiwan’s ranking plummet to 59th place from last year’s 36th. While the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus was quick to dismiss the significance of the report — with some KMT lawmakers questioning whether it harbored a “certain ideology” (without elaborating) — Taiwan’s poor showing this year should serve as a wake-up call on government interference with the Fourth Estate.


Letter to Time on “Reshooting History in a New China.”

Dear Mr. Abdoolcarim:

Thank you for the informing and interesting article on the October 19th Asia edition of Time magazine, “Reshooting History in a New China.”   However, I write to voice, on the behalf of Tati Foundation, that the Chinese leadership’s thinking has not changed at all since the founding of this totalitarian and Communist regime.  As you have mentioned, injustices and corruption are rampant in China today.  For an average Chinese citizen, life remains tough.  Just like the widespread turmoil and ceaseless revolution in first half of CCP’s sixty years.  Just like the pre-revolutionary KMT regime, riddled with corruption and brutality.  In short, just like the same old days.

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Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chen Ting-fei, center, yesterday indicates positions on a map during a press conference held in Taipei to challenge Chinese President Xi Jinping’s assertion that Chinese missiles are not pointed at Taiwan.
Photo: Lo Pei-der, Taipei Times

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday panned President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) over a statement he made during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) that China should remove missiles aimed at Taiwan to appease criticism from the opposition.