ISSUE 146                                                                                     June 16, 2022
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Remarks by KMT Chairman During U.S. Visit Stirs Controversy
During his visit to the United States, Chairman Eric Chu of the Kuomintang (KMT) stated that the 1992 Consensus is a "non-consensus consensus," causing controversy.
(Photo from: Eric Chu's Facebook)
Featured News

Chu: 1992 Consensus a Non-Consensus Consensus

Summary report by Taiwan Weekly


Chairman Eric Chu of the Kuomintang (KMT) ended his nine-day visit to the United States and arrived in Taiwan on the morning of June 12. Regarding his reference to the 1992 Consensus as a "non-consensus consensus," Chu expressed at a press conference that the KMT’s position of defending the Republic of China, upholding democracy and freedom, opposing Taiwan independence and "one country, two systems" has never changed. He said that the spirit of the 1992 Consensus is to seek common ground while reserving differences. For the parts that do not agree on, the two sides have mutual respect and respective interpretation. It is hoped that in the future, the two sides of the Taiwan Strait can continue exchanges and dialogue, and work hard on differences.

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Featured Editorial
According to media commentary, Chu unwisely displayed in his U.S. visit a stance that is overly pro-American and which seeks to alter the positioning of cross-strait relations.
(Photo from: China Times)

What is Chu's Political Calculus?

China Times Editorial, June 10, 2022


Chairman Eric Chu of the Kuomintang (KMT) has just concluded his visit to the United States. While in the United States, Chu met with Senior Director for China Laura Rosenberger of the National Security Council, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink, Representative Steve Chabot who co-chairs the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, and four other members of Congress, and attended a plaque unveiling ceremony to mark the reopening of the KMT’s representative office in the United States, attended by Dan Biers, director of the Office of Taiwan Coordination at the Department of State. The theme of “pro-American” and “anti-Communist” emerged from Chu’s remarks in the United States. Has received considerable discussions and mixed reviews at home. Chu is successful in his goal to establish the KMT’s new image as “a force of democracy, freedom and peace”, but is this goal strategically correct? For the interests of the KMT and Taiwan, should KMT pose itself as “pro-American” and “anti-Communist?”

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Featured Editorial
According to media commentary, Taiwan's parliamentary violence is a shame for democracy but was imitated by foreign members of parliament during their visit. It is lamentable how the government has no shame.
(Photo from: United Daily News)

Slovak MPs Imitate Fighting in the Legislative Yuan

United Daily News Editorial, June 9, 2022


The delegation of the Slovakian Parliament and Bratislava Province visited the Legislative Yuan on June 9. During their visit of the Legislative Yuan chamber, members of the Slovakian Parliament and the governor of Bratislava Province imitated the dogfights of the legislators between the ruling and opposition parties on the spot, causing a burst of laughter. Parliamentary violence has always been considered the shame of democracy, but after the ruling Democratic Progress Party (DPP) rewrote the definition of democracy and beautified violence, the shame of democracy became a medal and even became an entertaining impromptu for the guests and hosts of the Taiwan-Slovakia legislators.

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This Week in Taiwan
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that effective June 15, the number of quarantine days for inbound passengers will be shortened to 3+4, and international travelers will be allowed to transit via Taiwan.
(Photo from: United Daily News)
June 7: Eleven (11) F-16 A/B fighter jets deployed by the Air Force at the Luke Air Force Base in Arizona must all be returned to Taiwan and upgraded to F-16V. When one of the first seven jets stopped over in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 7, it made a forced landing due to nose wheel failure. While the nose was damaged, the American pilot was safe. The remaining six jets successfully arrived at the Hualien Air Force Base. A total of four Taiwan pilots participated in the exercise. 
June 7: Controversy continues to surround the cremation of corpses infected by the coronavirus (COVID-19). Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, who heads the Central Epidemic Command Center, shifted his position and finally admitted that although not explicit, “as soon as possible" in the official documents means to dispose of the remains within 24 hours. Putting the remains in the freezer for relatives to pay respects will not be considered for the time being. 
June 8: Ambassador Lee Nan-yang, representative to Slovakia, and Slovak Representative to Taiwan Martin Podstavek signed an agreement on civil and commercial judicial cooperation in Taipei. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), this is Taiwan's first agreement on civil and commercial judicial cooperation with a European nation. 
A delegation of Slovak members of parliament and officials arrived in Taiwan on June 5, However, during its visit of the Legislative Yuan on June 9, two members of the delegation hilariously imitated Taiwan legislators fighting, garnering much attention. 
June 8: Last year when he applied for a national identification card replacement, Attorney Chen Hung-chi requested that the ID card not contain information about his spouse and parents. He filed a lawsuit after being rejected by household registration staff. 
The Taipei High Administrative Court held that the Constitution protects the people's right to information privacy. Chen is entitled to conceal sensitive personal information when filing for a replacement ID card. The director-general of the Department of Household Registration, Ministry of the Interior, will request and assist the household registration office to appeal the ruling.
June 9: According to a June 7 report by South Korea's Choson Ilbo, some Jang Bobo class submarine technology was leaked to Taiwan's CSBC Corporation by Korean companies involved in Taiwan's indigenous submarine program. Korean police have arrested suspects and placed warrants against company representatives in Taiwan. 
In a press release, CSBC stated that the two submarines have different configurations, and there is no imitation problem. On June 9, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also called upon the people not to believe in false reports but to continue to support Taiwan's indigenous shipbuilding policy. 
June 10: The Shangri-La Dialogue which discusses global defense and security affairs was held in Singapore. Mainland China's Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe threatened that the Chinese military will not hesitate to fight if anyone dares to cede Taiwan. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin called upon Beijing to cease further destabilizing actions against Taiwan. 
June 10: Mainland China's General Administration of Customs issued a notice that due to repeated detection of banned chemicals such as malachite green, it will suspend the import of the Taiwan grouper from June 13. At least 3,000 tons of grouper sales may be affected. President Tsai Ing-wen expressed solemn condemnation, criticizing China for violating international trade norms again and unilaterally damaging cross-strait relations. Taiwan does not exclude the possibility of filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO). 
June 11: The CECC announced that effective June 15, the number of quarantine days for inbound passengers will be shortened from 7+7 to 3+4. The total cap on entrants will be increased to 25,000, and Taiwan will become available to travelers as a transit stop. 
The new measures are applicable to all travelers and signify that Taiwan will follow the world in gradually opening up its borders. According to experts, the domestic pandemic is still at a plateau, and Taiwan should be careful of the next virulent wave after border controls are loosened.
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