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Media get Taiwan history wrong

There is no doubt that US-China relations are tense, as — under Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) — the communist government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is increasing its political, economic and military pressure on democratically governed Taiwan. Somehow the existence of a free and vibrant democracy on its doorstep is a thorn in the thigh of the undemocratic rulers in Beijing.

So there is no doubt that Beijing is the problem. And this problem could easily be resolved if the leaders in Beijing would accept Taiwan as a friendly neighbor, and strive toward peaceful coexistence, but somehow the PRC’s distorted version of history gets in the way.


Beware of Chinese video games

The market for China’s video game industry has become quite competitive in recent years. Meanwhile, Beijing has tightened its gaming regulations, leading to consumers losing interest. As a result, China’s video game companies have been investing in overseas markets, including Taiwan’s.

For a long time, China-invested mobile games have topped the ranking charts in Taiwan. In other words, Chinese companies are hugely profiting from Taiwanese. For example, the mobile game Demon Legends developed by China’s Haikou Fengli Network Technology Co was released in traditional Chinese on July 21 for iOS. Since then, it has topped the App Store in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.


Three strategies to stop phone fraud

Perpetrators carrying out transnational telecommunications fraud originally came from Taichung. The typical pattern of attack is Taiwanese fraudsters relocate to a third country, such as Cambodia, to lure victims living in another country, such as China, to hand over money to local mules in person or deposit it in a local bank or virtual service account.

Initially, these fraudulent activities ran on telecommunications networks that required strong authentication, but since 2006, fraudsters have learned to exploit voice-over IP technology to evade detection and tracking by law enforcement agencies.


Countering China’s distortions

The US House of Representatives on Tuesday last week passed the Taiwan International Solidarity Act, which aims to counter efforts by China to exclude Taiwan from participating in international organizations. It is a milestone, clarifying Taiwan’s rightful status on the global stage through an allied nation’s legislation.

For decades, China has deliberately misrepresented Resolution 2758 passed by UN General Assembly in 1971, which “[recognizes] that the representatives of the Government of the People’s Republic of China are the only lawful representatives of China to the United Nations” and “[d]ecides to expel forthwith the representatives of Chiang Kai-shek from the place which they unlawfully occupy at the United Nations and in all the organizations related to it.” Beijing has used the resolution as the basis of its “one China” principle to push exclusive recognition of China and to exclude Taiwan from international organizations, such as the WHO, the International Civil Aviation Organization and Interpol, to the detriment of global health and security efforts.


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An electronic copy of a report obtained by the Taipei Times on the yet-to-be-approved sale of Nan Shan Life Insurance Co claims that the backers of the Hong Kong-based consortium led by Primus Financial Holding Ltd and China Strategic Holding may include individuals found guilty of financial irregularities as well as close relatives of senior members of the Chinese Communist Party.

The English translation of the report, which is dated March 10 and comes from the office of Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Pan Meng-an (潘孟安), also mentions risks of stock speculation and raises questions about the qualifications of major shareholders and the use of “shell” companies.