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Beijing might be using Eslite customer data: party

China might be using a suspected leak of personal information from the Eslite bookstore chain to wage cognitive warfare against Taiwanese, the Taiwan Statebuilding Party said yesterday.

Cynthia Yang (楊欣慈), deputy secretary-general of the Here I Stand Project, told a news conference in Taipei that she received a telephone call on Saturday night from a woman who said she worked at Eslite’s marketing department.

The woman asked Yang if she wanted to participate in an opinion survey the company is conducting among its customers.


Bilingual educators need support

At the end of last month, the Cabinet’s draft act for the establishment of a “bilingual national development center” was set aside due to a lack of consensus in a preliminary legislative review. On Tuesday last week, the Taipei Department of Education said that more time was needed to reach the 2026 coverage target of bilingual teachers in the capital’s schools.

Taiwan’s bilingual policies face many challenges.

Bilingual education is an international trend and is nothing new in other countries. Spain and Indonesia have been running bilingual curriculums for many years and their teaching goes well beyond “classroom English.” The results of their approaches for bilingual learning are backed up by scientific research.


Sensitivity to racial discrimination

A class in Taichung Municipal Taichung First Senior High School late last month drew a lot of criticism for naming a booth at the school fair “Hsi Huan Na” (烯環鈉) — which sounded like “indigenous bastard” (死番仔) in Taiwanese. A legislator subsequently revealed that an indigenous student at the school was bullied by his peers in a chatroom after the case broke out.

Racial discrimination continues to take place in Taiwan, and the school incident seemingly reflects a culture of complicity that allows it to happen repeatedly.


Opposition candidates blind to CCP

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate hopeful Hon Hai Precision Industry Co founder Terry Gou (郭台銘) has a message of assurance for voters concerned about the prospect of war in the Taiwan Strait: If he becomes president, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will not invade, because he does not advocate for Taiwanese independence.

Gou’s advisers have apparently impressed upon him that the issue of Taiwanese independence is “too provocative” in the current tense environment. Despite that the government has never advocated for independence, Gou’s assurances would be welcomed by the more credulous members of the electorate, especially as he maintains that the economy is the most pressing issue at hand.


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China’s ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua answers questions from journalists after a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at the Japanese Foreign Ministry in Tokyo yesterday.
Photo: AFP

Japan yesterday warned China that ties were “deteriorating markedly” over disputed East China Sea islets, and China’s envoy in Tokyo reiterated Beijing’s stance that the specks of land were its territory and called for talks to resolve the row.