ISSUE 159                                                                           September 15, 2022
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Friendly U.S. Bill: Boon or Bane for Taiwan?
White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan cited concern with some provisions of the draft Taiwan Policy Act.
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Featured News

Taiwan Policy Act to be Reviewed, White House Cites Concern

China Times, September 9, 2022


The Foreign Affairs Committee of the United States Senate will consider a draft of the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022 on September 14. White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan stated in an interview on September 7 that he would discuss the bill with members of Congress because some of the provisions are worrisome. Sullivan is the first high-ranking official to publicly express concern about the Taiwan Policy Act in the administration of President Joe Biden.


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Featured Opinion
According to a commentator, while the Taiwan Policy Act supports Taiwan and encourages the normalization of Taiwan's statehood in name, it in essence calls for a head-on confrontation between the United States and mainland China.
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Taiwan Policy Act: A Declaration on U.S.-China Confrontation?

By Su Yung-lin

China Times, September 10, 2022


The Taiwan Policy Act, initiated in the United States by bipartisan lawmakers, is about to be considered by the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. The Act lists Taiwan as “a major non-NATO ally,” proposes to change Taiwan’s representative office in the United States as the “Taiwan Representative Office,” and upgrades the status of the director of the American Institute in Taiwan to ambassadorial level. Those sensitive contents have drawn high concerns of White House National Security Advisor Jack Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan’s apprehensions were right, for the Taiwan Policy Act has a hidden motive beyond its wordings.

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Featured Editorial
According to media commentary, President Tsai Ing-wen has spoken and acted inappropriately recently while campaigning for her party's candidates. She misses the discipline and stature expected in a head of state.
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President Tsai Campaigns with Public Resources, Confounds Right and Wrong

United Daily News Editorial, September 10, 2022


Recently, President Tsai Ing-wen has been regularly using her role as the party chairman to help candidates of her ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in elections. Due to her improper words and actions, controversy spreads frequently. President Tsai is accused by the opposition party that she took the opportunity of adding electioneering itinerary when taking the “Air Force One” for local and military inspections. It puts her at fault of using public possession for personal purposes. In addition, many of Tsai’s speeches blur the line between right and wrong and cause divisions among people, which makes her short of the dignity and attitude of a country’s leader.

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This Week in Taiwan
The Ministry of National Defense confirmed for the first time that TB001, the largest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in active service with attack and reconnaissance functions, was detected to have crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, threatening Taiwan's security.
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September 5: In a campaign video promoting the installation of electronic bidets in public restrooms, the appearance of Chen Shih-chung, the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) Taipei mayoral candidate, peeping through the toilet door has attracted criticism. Chen apologized for this, stating that he did not intend harassment, and the video was immediately revised. Chiang Wan-an, the Kuomintang (KMT) candidate for Taipei mayor, blasted Chen for acting like a thief, and independent mayoral candidate Huang Shan-shan also criticized Chen for setting a bad example for children. 
September 5: The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) stated that starting September 12, visa-free entry for the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Europe, and diplomatic allies will be resumed. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that these countries have also opened up and restored visa-waiver treatment to Taiwan. 
September 5: An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 occurred in Luding County, Ganzi Prefecture, Sichuan Province, causing hundreds of casualties and damage. President Tsai Ing-wen conveyed her condolences and concerns through Spokesman Chang Dun-han and expressed hope that the search and rescue and post-disaster relief proceed smoothly. According to preliminary reports, no Taiwanese were trapped in the local area or were among the casualties. 
September 6: Lin Ken-ren, the KMT's Hsinchu mayoral candidate, was accused of plagiarizing his master thesis. Legislator Ker Chien-ming, whip of the DPP caucus of the Legislative Yuan, called upon the academic ethics committee at National Chiao Tung University to complete investigation of the case and announce findings within a month. Lin stated that he has taken initiative to accept investigation and called upon his opponents not to throw political mud.
September 7: The Ministry of Education held a private university exit review meeting on September 6 and 7 and announced a list of schools under special counsel. A total of seven universities were included. Among them Fortune Institute of Technology suspended admissions last year and will be closed in a year. It will be the first university to close since the exit regulations took effect.  
September 8: Representative Stephanie Murphy, who serves on the Armed Services Committee of the United States House of Representatives, led a bipartisan Congressional delegation which arrived in Taiwan on the evening of September 7 and met with President Tsai Ing-wen on September 8. Murphy stated that she will help promote a high-standard U.S.-Taiwan free trade agreement and hopes that Din Tai Fung may open a branch in her constituency of Orlando, Florida. 
This is the sixth U.S. Congressional delegation since Communist China initiated military exercises in early August. President Tsai stated her hopes to sign a double taxation agreement with the United States to build a better mutual investment environment. 
September 8: The Ministry of National Defense confirmed for the first time that TB-001 drone of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait. The TB-001 is the largest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in active service in the PLA. It has both reconnaissance and combat functions and is a threat to Taiwan. 
According to reports, the Air Force purchased four MQ-9B UAVs from the United States. The bid was awarded recently, amounting to about NT$21.7 billion (about US$70.2 million). Two aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in 2026 and 2027. 
Xiamen officials issued a "no-fly order" for drones from Xiamen to Kinmen for the first time last week. The order will be implemented from September 3 to 12. 
September 10: The Yuanlin-Huantan section of the Taiwan Railways malfunctioned due to axle counter and cable failure, resulting in abnormal fences and signs. The Taiwan Railways had been repairing the problem since September 8 but was unable to resolve it. More than 70,000 people were affected over the Mid-Autumn Festival long weekend, and the sign repair in question is the longest in history.  Minister of Transportation and Communications Wang Kuo-chai stated that this was the most serious recent failure of Taiwan Railways, and he is very sorry to passengers.
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