ISSUE 151                                                                                     July 21, 2022
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Who Dares to Review Alleged Thesis Plagiarism by President Tsai's Favorite Boy?
According to media commentary, many professors are reluctant to serve on the committee reviewing thesis plagiarism involving mayoral candidate and former Hsinchu mayor Lin Chih-chien due to fear of retaliation by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
(Photo from: China Times)
Featured Editorial

Amid Concerns About DPP Retaliation, Review Committee Remains Unfilled

United Daily News Editorial, July 16, 2022


More than 10 days after the former Hsinchu mayor and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taoyuan mayor candidate Lin Chih-chien’s double master's thesis plagiarism case was revealed, both National Taiwan University (NTU) and Chung Hwa University (CHU) said they had accepted the accusations and would complete the review and comparison "within two months". At the same time, rumor had it that some professors at NTU were unwilling to serve as reviewers.  President Kuan Chung-min of NTU refuted the allegation and stated that the university would not be afraid to conduct a review. Professor Su Hung-da of the College of Social Sciences, who will convene the thesis review committee, expressed reservation, stating that the matter was too sensitive to make comment. If “two months” is excessively long for the review work, the attitude of the Ministry of Education is even more intriguing, claiming that the universities only need to complete the investigation within "four months," seemingly having no intention of revealing the truth earlier.

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Featured Editorial
With its democratic violence, the DPP forcefully passed an amendment to the Accounting Act to exonerate former President Chen Shui-bian from corruption charges, causing controversy.
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DPP Amended Law to Exonerate Former President from Corruption Charges

United Daily News Editorial, July 17, 2022


The court of the second retrial on misuse of the state affairs fund by former President Chen Shui-bian dismissed the charges against Chen, his wife, and some others; this development is expected. The dismissal is the result as the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) strongly pushed through an amendment to the Accounting Act in the Legislative Yuan in May. The state affairs funds case had unveiled a series of bribery scandals of the Chen family, started the action of one million red-shirt crowd surrounding the city to try toppling Chen Shui-bian, but this matter is ended by the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen dismissing charges. History will remember: while the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was raging and when all people were fighting the disease in unison, the DPP was single-mindedly absolving the corruption case. By using democratic violence, the DPP put the legislative and judiciary branches on shame.

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Featured News
According to former Premier Jiang Yi-huah, the energy transition policy of the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen is mistaken and seriously behind. It is doomed to fail.
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Jiang Yi-huah: Energy Policy Mistaken, Power Shortage in 2025 Inevitable

The Storm Media, July 16, 2022


On July 16, at an energy conference co-hosted by the Ma Ying-jeou Foundation and the Fair Winds Foundation, former President Ma Ying-jeou indicated that Japan has decided to reactivate nine nuclear power units at the end of this year in order to stabilize the energy supply. President Yun Seok-yeol also declared that South Korea will raise the ratio of its nuclear power generation to 30 percent of the total power output before 2030.  At the time when both Japan and South Korea are determined to actively develop nuclear power, Taiwan should rethink its non-nuclear policy, Ma emphasized.

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This Week in Taiwan
Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, who heads the Central Epidemic Command Center, accepted the nomination of the DPP for Taipei mayor and tendered his resignation.
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July 11: Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan was assassinated on July 8. President Tsai Ing-wen, Premier Su Tseng-chang, and Chairman Eric Chu of the Kuomintang (KMT) went to the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association on July 11 to offer condolences. 
Vice President William Lai went to Japan on July 11 to participate in the Abe family funeral ceremony held in Tokyo on July 12. He is the highest-level government official from Taiwan to visit Japan in 37 years. 
President Tsai ordered government agencies and public schools across the country to fly the national flag at half-mast in mourning, sparking dissent in Taiwan. 
July 12: The National Financial Stabilization Fund (NFSF) announced on Monday, July 11, that it would not enter the market for the time being. Disappointing sell pressure emerged in Taiwan stocks, and the weighted index fell below the 14,000 mark. In an interim committee meeting on July 12, the NFSF indicated that Taiwan stocks fell 3,393 points in the first half of the year, and the NT$10.1 trillion (about US$337 billion) in market capitalization of listed stocks has evaporated, the worst record at this time of the year. Therefore, the NFSF authorized NT$500 billion (about US$16.7 billion) in support funding. This is the eighth time in history and the highest point of the index that the NFSF entered to support Taiwan's financial markets. 
July 13: Taoyuan mayoral candidate Lin Chih-chien of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was accused of plagiarizing his master thesis at the Graduate Institute of National Development, National Taiwan University (NTU), seriously damaging the reputation of the institution. Responding to the matter for the first time, President Kuan Chung-min of NTU stated that academic ethics and integrity are core values, and the NTU will adhere to basic standards, not be ambiguous on the matter. 
According to former Legislator Kuo Cheng-liang of the DPP, Dean Su Hung-da of the College of Social Sciences will convene the review committee, but so far, no faculty has expressed willingness to serve on the committee. 
July 14: In an Executive Yuan meeting, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications reported that a sea-crossing bridge in Kinmen, which took 12 years and NT$10 billion (about US$334 million) to build, is scheduled to join sections on July 22 and open to traffic in October. This bridge is Taiwan's first large-scale sea-crossing bridge. It is located between the main island of Kinmen and neighboring islets, with a total length of about 5.4 kilometers, of which 4.77 kilometers are on the sea. In the future, it will only take five minutes to drive through the bridge.
July 15: A shooting causing four deaths and one injury at a biotechnology company in Caotun Township, Nantou, shocked Taiwan. A former employee, aged 55, targeted the principal Lai Min-nan of the company and others, killing them "execution style." Two men and two women died on the spot. Lai was seriously injured and rushed to the hospital.  
On the afternoon of July 15, the police arrested the suspect at a health club in Taichung 20 hours after the incident. The suspect claimed that he is a revenge murder. 
Lai is known as the father of antrodia cinnamonea for his research and development and ownership of related technical patents. 
July 15: In the 16-year-long case concerning misuse of the state affairs fund, former President Chen Shui-bian was accused of embezzling more than NT$10 million (about US$334,000) but was exonerated due to amendment of the Accounting Act. The Taiwan High Court dismissed the case against Chen, his wife Wu Shu-chen, Ma Yung-cheng, and seven other people. Wu was sentenced to two years for money laundering related to the Nangang Exhibition Hall and land purchase in Longtan, and more than NT$2.9 million (about US$96,947) of laundered money and property were confiscated. Chen's son Chen Chih-chung was sentenced to one year in prison and fined NT$1.5 million (about US$50,145), and daughter-in-law Huang Jui-ching was sentenced to 10 months in prison and fined NT$1 million (about US$33,430), with the sentence suspended for four years, and NT$1 million paid to the public treasury. More than US$8.1 million in laundered money and property was confiscated. 
July 15: The Executive Yuan announced in a press conference that Premier Su Tseng-chang approved the resignation of Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung. The position will be assumed by Deputy Minister Hsueh Jui-yuan. Executive Director Wang Pi-sheng of the Hospital and Social Welfare Organizations Administration Commission, MOHW, will head the Central Epidemic Command Center. 
Former Minister Chen accepted the nomination of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for Taipei mayor. He tendered his resignation on July 14. 
July 16: Taiwan's women tug-of-war team defeated Sweden in the 540 kg final of the Birmingham World Games and won the gold medal with a perfect 7-game winning streak, reaching five consecutive victories. This is also Taiwan's first gold medal at the World Games. The 11th World Games was held in Birmingham, Alabama, in the United States from July 7 to July 17. Taiwan had 69 athletes participate in 14 athletic items, and the cumulative number of medals include one gold, five silver, and five bronze.
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