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EU legislators back Taiwan office

The Lithuanian flag flutters in Vilnus on March 30, 2019, during the 15th anniversary celebration of Lithuania’s membership in NATO.
Photo: Reuters

Sixty-two European lawmakers from 20 countries on Friday sent a joint open letter to Lithuanian officials, backing the Baltic nation’s plan to deepen its ties with Taiwan.

“We write to express our solidarity and our support for Lithuania against the threats, intimidation and bullying behavior targeted at the Lithuanian people by the government of the People’s Republic of China,” they wrote.


Series highlights lack of opportunity

The TV miniseries Seqalu: Formosa 1867 (斯卡羅) has been criticized for its marketing and its portrayal of some historical characters and events.

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) has criticized the series for its favorable portrayal of the historical character Charles Le Gendre (played by French actor Fabio Grangeon), Taiwan News reported on Thursday last week.

Records show that Le Gendre betrayed Aborigines’ trust, broke his promises and led the Japanese military in massacring Aborigines, the article said, citing Taiwanese writer and journalist Yang Du (楊渡).


EU group advances Taiwan proposal

Chair of Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament David McAllister, center, speaks at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday.
Photo: EPA-EFE

The European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs on Wednesday approved proposals that urge the EU to bolster political ties with Taiwan and rename its European Economic and Trade Office the “EU Office in Taiwan.”

EU lawmakers passed the EU-Taiwan Political Relations and Cooperation report and related proposals in a 60-4 vote, with six members abstaining.


KMT hopefuls’ focus on deep blue

Are the candidates in the upcoming Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairperson election simply vying for the party leadership or is it about preparing for the grand prize of the presidency in 2024?

According to political logic and the rules of power play, the election for the top job in a political party is to muster the troops for major elections, with the objective of selecting the presidential candidate or primary political power brokers, thereby gaining control over the executive and legislative branches.

The KMT has done away with the formula of 30 percent party member votes and 70 percent public opinion polls in the chairperson primary in favor of looking solely at opinion polls, so that it is best placed for gaining the ultimate prize in 2024.


The forgotten Aboriginal victims

It is difficult to forget the harrowing photograph of Jih Chin-chun (日進春) that shows him laughing before his execution.

On Aug. 29, 1952, Jih was shot five times by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) military police by a river, his corpse left among a pile of bodies in today’s Liuzhangli (六張犁) area of Taipei.

Jih, a member of the Saisiyat community, was reportedly the first Aborigine to fall victim to the authoritarian regime’s White Terror atrocities, when anyone could “disappear” over suspicion that they were reading banned books, badmouthing the government, associating with communists or other activities.


If Taiwan is lost, US loses, too: Craft

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tien Chung-kwang, left, and former US ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft take part in a question-and-answer session at the Ketagalan Forum — 2021 Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue yesterday.
Photo copied by Lu Yi-hsuan, Taipei Times

Without Taiwan, the US could lose the Indo-Pacific region, former US ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft told an online forum yesterday, advocating Taiwan’s participation in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) that comprises the US, Japan, India and Australia.

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A Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator and the New Power Party (NPP) caucus yesterday panned China over its refusal to release information concerning 20 Taiwanese fraud suspects who were deported from Malaysia, which resulted in their release immediately upon arrival in Taiwan.

Twenty of the 52 Taiwanese arrested in Malaysia last month on suspicion of telephone fraud returned to Taiwan on Friday evening, after Taiwanese authorities spent the day discussing the case with Malaysia and China to try to prevent the Malaysian authorities from deporting them to China.