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US trade talks a boon for Taiwan

President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) announcement on Aug. 28 that the government would from next year allow imports of US pork containing ractopamine as well as US beef from cattle aged 30 months or older has sparked fierce debate in Taiwan.

In the US, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, as well as a number of US senators and representatives, have publicly welcomed the move, saying they supported closer economic and trade ties between the two countries.


Customs seizes thousands of falsely labeled masks

Central Epidemic Command Center supply division head Tsai Shou-chuan, left, speaks as Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang listens at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday confirmed that more than 830,000 nonmedical-grade masks were seized at customs for being falsely labeled as being made in Taiwan.


Tsai has yet to build her legacy for the nation

A few days ago, there were reports that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) had been asked about her legacy. According to the reports, a person asked Tsai that if former president Lee Teng-hui’s (李登輝) legacy was the establishment of democracy, what she hoped Taiwan would remember her for. Her immediate response was: “The economy.”

Lee’s contribution to Taiwan was to transform it into a democracy from within the authoritarian framework established by Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) and Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國). “Democracy” was not a legacy Lee chose for himself, but it followed him like a shadow.


Taiwanese first as world beckons

Taiwan has been the focus of several developments over the past few years, including the US-Sino trade war that started in 2018 and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amid the pandemic, the government — supported by an excellent epidemic-prevention system — has kept local transmission under control. The impressive response is due to a combination of an advanced public health system and measures adopted by the central government based on advice from experts.


China’s reaction to US-Taiwan ties

The visit of a 90-member delegation led by Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil is another diplomatic breakthrough for Taiwan. During the third wave of democracy in the second half of the 20th century, the Czech Velvet Revolution and Taiwan’s quiet revolution were reflections of each other.

Taiwanese will always remember former Czech Senate president Jaroslav Kubera, who in January paid with his life for the Senate’s plan to visit Taiwan, according to his family.


Passport redesign highlights ‘Taiwan’

From left, Cabinet spokesman Ting Yi-ming, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu and Bureau of Consular Affairs Director-General Phoebe Yeh speak in front of a display of a new passport design at the Executive Yuan in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

The Executive Yuan yesterday unveiled a redesigned cover for the Republic of China (ROC) passport, which highlights the English word “Taiwan,” prompting criticism from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), which said that reducing the size of the ROC text would not help enhance the nation’s international status.

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Questions as to whether President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was misquoted during an interview with foreign media are once again the subject of discussion, adding to a long string of back-and-forth mix-ups.

The Government Information Office (GIO) on Saturday asked a Japanese daily to run a correction on comments about cross-strait relations that were attributed to the president during an interview published last week.

A report by the Yomiuri Shimbun which said that Ma had accepted the “one China” principle was “inconsistent with the facts,” the GIO said, referring to the interview transcript that has since been posted on the Presidential Office Web site.