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Taiwan warns China on intervening in its affairs

Cabinet spokesman Lo Ping-cheng speaks at a news conference at the Executive Yuan in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Lee Hsin-fang, Taipei Times

The Executive Yuan yesterday told Beijing to stop engaging in cognitive warfare to intervene in Taiwan’s internal affairs, as the nation prepares to vote on four referendums tomorrow.

During a news briefing on Wednesday, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman Ma Xiaoguang (馬曉光) posed 10 questions about what democracy means to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government.


Anachronistic land claims must go

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Hsu Chih-chieh (許智傑) on Monday called on the military to alter insignia containing the outdated Republic of China (ROC) “begonia” map used by some of its branches.

The proposal to change the insignia is the latest move by the DPP to “desinicize” Taiwan, after it renamed the nation’s postal service, redesigned the cover of the passport and the imagery on China Airlines aircraft, reduced content about China’s history in national curricula and renamed overseas representative offices.


DPP has to push its own policies

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) have been trading blows over the four hotly contested referendums to be held on Saturday. Both parties regard the referendums as a battle that neither can afford to lose.

Compared with the ruling DPP, the KMT is on the offensive, and is short on power and resources. The most it can do is to fight with words. KMT Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) and former KMT chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) have defined this referendum vote as a “citizens’ war,” pitting ordinary Taiwanese against the government.


Bundestag votes to expand Taiwan ties

The Reichstag, which houses the Bundestag, is pictured in Berlin on Wednesday.
Photo: Reuters

The German Bundestag has passed a resolution calling on the government to reassess its Taiwan policy and deepen exchanges with Taipei, but ruled out the possibility of establishing diplomatic relations with Taiwan.


Vote ‘no’ on nuclear power question

Former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has reportedly said that the time for the anti-nuclear movement has passed and that restarting construction on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s Gongliao District (貢寮) is necessary to deal with Taiwan’s power shortage problems.

All Taiwan needs to do is fly in nuclear fuel rods, which would generate electricity for 18 months, Ma said.

This is one of several myths that members of the pan-blue camp are perpetuating. The Chinese phrase commonly used for describing the plan omits the word “construction,” and therefore erroneously implies that construction is finished and the plant is ready to operate. The question would just be whether to “reactivate” it.


Four disrupt AIT official’s speech at Uighur forum

A man, right, heckles an American Institute in Taiwan official, far left, at the “Reveal the Truth: Uighur Tribunal” forum organized by the Taiwan East Turkestan Association at the National 228 Memorial Museum in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Yang Cheng-yu, Taipei Times

Four alleged unification supporters yesterday disrupted a forum organized by the Taiwan East Turkestan Association in Taipei, shouting: “US Marines get out of Taiwan” and “Fucking USA” as an official representing the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) was about to take the podium.

Dolkun Isa, president of the Germany-based World Uyghur Congress, also attended the “Reveal the Truth: Uighur Tribunal” forum at the National 228 Memorial Museum in Taipei.

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As of press time, more than 400 victims had been rescued by the military yesterday, but hundreds of villagers were still waiting for help and at least 400 people were unaccounted for.