ISSUE 162                                                                                  October 6, 2022
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President Tsai Alleged to Intervene in Mirror TV License Application
The New Power Party (NPP) released an audio recording, exposing that senior officials of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration pressured and intervened to let Mirror TV successfully apply for its news station license.
(Photo from: United Daily News)
Featured News

Recording Exposes Tsai Administration Pressed NCC to Grant Mirror TV License Application

Summary report by Taiwan Weekly


New Power Party Legislator Chen Chiao-hua played three recordings at the Legislative Yuan as evidence that high-level officials of the government intervened in the process of Mirror TV’s news station application so that it could get a license. Chen Chien-ping, former chairman of Mirror TV, confirmed that the content of recording featured conversations of Pei Wei, shareholder and chairman of Mirror TV. Pei stated that the recording was private conversation that was secretly recorded and edited, and he would sue the person who did it.

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Featured Editorial
According to media commentary, in face of the NPP's accusations, the DPP administration is unwilling to prove its innocence through the judiciary. It shows that the revelations may be true.
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Why Wouldn't Premier Su Let Prosecution Investigate Lobbying Case?

China Times, October 1, 2022


The license permit application case of Mirror TV is just like a demon-detector. It not only reflected that the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen deliberately planned to establish a “government-media twinning” governance model; but also unraveled the symbiotic chain of government and media wing which has become a wagging dog to the government. If the government tries to abruptly sever this symbiotic tie, then the media might backfire with dirt-dishing. Otherwise, facing so severe accusations from outside, how can the Tsai administration drain the cup of humiliation?

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Featured Editorial
A recently published book authored by Lee Hsi-ming, former chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, states that the overall defense concept (ODC) proposed during his tenure garnered attention by the United States but is neglected by Taiwan's incumbent military executives.
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Why is Former Military Chief's Overall Defense Concept Excluded?

The Storm Media, September 14, 2022


In the critical situation of the Taiwan Strait, when a slight move in one part may affect the situation as a whole, a new book entitled The Overall Defense Concept: An Asymmetric Approach to Taiwan’s Defense written by former Chief of the General Staff Lee Hsi-Ming has been closely watched by ranking officials in Taiwan, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), as well as the United States. The key is that he has served as the chief of the general staff, vice minister of the Ministry of National Defense (MND), and commander in chief of the Navy, with a wide-ranging resume under his belt. He graduated from the U.S. War College and is one of the few elite generals who has studied in the United States. Most importantly, Lee left office only a short period ago and has always been on good terms with the U.S. military. Therefore, his understanding of Taiwan and U.S. military situations is the most immediate.

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This Week in Taiwan
In a televised interview, Secretary of State Antony Blinken of the United States stated that if an accident were to occur in Taiwan, a critical base of semiconductor manufacture, the global economy may suffer a devastating impact.
(Photo from: Antony John Blinken)
September 25: Vaccine supplies were limited when the pandemic surged in May last year. But according to statistics compiled by the Central Epidemic Command Center, as of September this year, 53.5 million doses of various brands of vaccines were purchased by the government, of which 3.5 million doses or about 6.5 percent were expired and destroyed, wasting about NT$1.2 billion (about US$37.6 million) in public funds. In particular, more than NT$500 million (about US$15.7 million) of Medigen vaccines were destroyed, the most among all brands of vaccines. 
September 25: During an exclusive televised interview, Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that turmoil in the Taiwan Strait will impact the world, and if something goes wrong in Taiwan, the base of semiconductor manufacturing, the global economy may suffer a devastating impact. 
In order to consolidate Taiwan's semiconductor advantage, Minister Wu Tsung-tsong of the National Science and Technology Council stated that an expert review committee will be formed to define core technologies, and semiconductors will definitely be listed on the list of core technologies. 
September 26: Former Miss China Chang Shu-chuan, who was falsely accused by media commentator Chou Yu-kou to have had an affair with Chiang Hsiao-yen, former secretary-general of the Office of the President, went to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office in the morning and rang the bell to sue Chou for damaging her reputation. She reprimanded Chou for talking non-sense, making a drama out of nothing, and smearing rumors, and cried emotionally why Chou has to bully a person who does not have a microphone. Chou bowed and apologized loudly to Chang in front of a large number of media, but Chang refused to accept the apology. Chou's political commentary program on FTV News was moved from the popular channel 53 to the unpopular channel 152. 
September 27: Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Taiwan for a second time. In his speech at the Global Taiwan Businesspeople Forum, Pompeo stated that Taiwan is already an independent country and needs not declare independence. One of the proudest things that he did as secretary of state was to let the American government and people become more aware of this political and diplomatic reality.
September 28: Republicans in the United States House of Representatives introduced a version of the Taiwan Policy Act bill on September 28. Compared with the version passed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the middle of the month, the House version retains sensitive diplomatic provisions, including that the appointment of the director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) requires the approval of the Senate. The House version similarly plans to provide with Taiwan with $6.5 billion in military aid over the next five years. 
September 29: Entry quarantine measures were greatly loosened, with the "3+4" policy relaxed to accommodate to "one person, one room" for the entire quarantine period, and the requirement to show a negative PCR test report before boarding will be canceled. The Executive Yuan announced that starting October 7, a "0+7" policy will be implemented, and no home isolation will be required. Taiwan will open to 150,000 visitors a week. 
September 29: In a side interview with Financial Times during the United Nations General Assembly, President Mario Abdo Benitez of Paraguay, Taiwan's only diplomatic ally in South America, called upon Taiwan to invest $1 billion in Paraguay because the Paraguayan people need to "feel the real benefits" to help him fend off intense pressure to turn diplomatic recognition towards China. Taiwan has invested more than $6 billion in countries with which it has no diplomatic ties, he said, of which he hopes that $1 billion will go to Paraguay. 
Spokeswoman Joanne Ou of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Paraguay's foreign minister has clarified to Taiwan's ambassador that there is no quid pro quo in the diplomatic relations between the two countries. 
September 30: President Tsai Ing-wen went to Kaohsiung to preside over the delivery ceremony of the Yushan, the Navy's first 10,000-ton amphibious dock transport ship. She emphasized that in the face of China's military threats, only by strengthening defense capabilities can there be true peace. In June this year, the Yushan ship was tested in the dock. There was an accident in which the rear part of the cabin was flooded, and the related system lines were soaked in seawater. Whether the incident affects quality has attracted scrutiny.
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