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Commission to propose legislation to deal with White Terror perpetrators

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Transitional Justice Commission Chairwoman Yang Tsui, right, and Deputy Chairwoman Yeh Hung-ling hold a news conference yesterday in Taipei.
Photo: Lin Cheng-kung, Taipei Times

Transitional Justice Commission Chairwoman Yang Tsui (楊翠) yesterday vowed that the commission would propose legislation to deal with investigations into the perpetrators of White Terror atrocities and other human rights abuses of the past.


Report suggests changing KMT emblem

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The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) emblem, left, and the Republic of China national emblem are pictured in an undated photograph.
Photo: Chen Yu-fu, Taipei Times

Changing the national emblem should not be taken lightly, as it embodies the nation’s collective sentiment, but political party symbols can and should change with the times, the Ministry of the Interior said on Thursday in a report on the issues stemming from similarities between the national and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) emblems.


Judiciary vows toughness in Weng case

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Civic group representatives lodge a complaint at the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday against six former judges implicated in the Weng Mao-chung corruption case.
Photo: CNA

The investigation into the Weng Mao-chung (翁茂鍾) case would hold all judicial personnel involved accountable to the strictest interpretation of the law, Judicial Yuan President Hsu Tzong-li (許宗力) said yesterday, while pledging more action against misconduct to uphold the judiciary’s credibility.


First COVAX vaccines arrive in Taiwan

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The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines allocated to Taiwan through the global vaccine sharing program COVAX is offloaded after its arrival at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport yesterday.
Photo: Chu Pei-hsiung, Taipei Times

The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines allocated to Taiwan through the COVAX global vaccine-sharing program arrived yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said, adding that, after testing, it would be able to distribute them by Monday next week at the earliest.


Train accident injuries rise, death toll drops to 50

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Workers use cranes and diggers to remove a train wreckage from a stretch of railroad in Hualien County yesterday.
Photo: Tu Chien-jung, Taipei Times

The number of people injured in a Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) train accident in Hualien County on Friday has increased to 200, the Central Emergency Operation Center (CEOC) said.


US, Australia discuss Taiwan defense

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From left, Royal Australian Navy guided-missile frigate the HMAS Parramatta sails alongside the USS America, the USS Bunker Hill and the USS Barry in the South China Sea on April 18 last year.
Photo: Reuters

The US is undertaking “strategic planning” with ally Australia to consider potential joint responses to a war over Taiwan, US President Joe Biden’s top diplomat in Canberra said yesterday.


COVID-19: Palauan leader in Taiwan to boost ties

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu, right, welcomes Palauan President Surangel Whipps Jr at Taiwan Taoyuan International airport yesterday.
Photo: Ritchie B. Tongo, EPA-EFE

Palauan President Surangel Whipps Jr arrived in Taiwan yesterday afternoon for a five-day visit to promote tourism to his country, becoming the first head of state to visit the nation since the COVID-19 pandemic began last year.

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A leading US foreign policy expert is charging that the administration of US President Barack Obama has “shown little to no knowledge or real interest” in the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA). William Bader, a former chief of staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, makes his case in a letter given prominent display in Thursday’s edition of the Financial Times.

The letter is a response to a column published in the newspaper last month by Asia editor David Pilling and headed “US cannot sacrifice Taiwan to court the Chinese.”