Thursday, March 29, 2007

Published on Taipei Times

Gangster footage shot by TVBS reporter

By Jimmy Chuang and Shelley Shan
Thursday, Mar 29, 2007, Page 1

Advertising Video footage televised by nearly all news channels on Monday featuring a gangster demonstrating an array of firearms and threatening to kill his estranged boss was discovered yesterday to have been fabricated by cable television station TVBS.
TVBS issued a statement last night that said it had fired Nantou reporter Shi Chen-kang (史鎮康), who filmed the video, and his superior, chief correspondent Chang Yu-kun (張裕坤).

In the video, Chou Cheng-pao (周政保), a member of the Celestial Way Gang, sat next to a table with a number of pistols and rifles.

In addition to threatening to shoot his former gangster boss, Chou said in the video that he was also behind three recent shooting incidents in the Taichung area.

In its statement, TVBS said an internal investigation had found that Shi had helped Chou film the video.

TVBS news director Pan Tzu-yin (潘祖蔭) and vice news director Sun Chia-juei (孫嘉蕊) were also given citations for their lack of oversight, the statement added.

According to the TVBS, Shi explained that Chou asked him for help on Saturday afternoon. He decided to make the video because he found it newsworthy, the station cited Shi as saying.

Shi asked Chang not to tell TVBS managers about how he got the footage, TVBS said.

Yang Ying-lan (楊英蘭), an official with the National Communications Commission (NCC), disagreed with TVBS' position that the two reporters were solely responsible for the incident.

"The footage has been broadcasted again and again," she said. "How can the management at the station get away with simply saying that it was just the reporters' fault?"

When asked if the incident will cause the station to lose its broadcast license, Yang said the penalty will ultimately be determined by the commission's members.

If the commission finds the Chou video to be a serious violation, the station will be asked to stop broadcasting for three days.

Cabinet Spokesman Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦) said last night that Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) was very upset upon hearing that the video had been filmed by Shi.

Taichung police summoned Shi for further interrogation.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Taipei Times /March 14, 2007
Prize-winning piggies
A lantern inspired by the fairy story ``The Three Little Pigs'' is displayed in Hsinchu yesterday. The
lantern won first-place in the hanging lantern division in a competition held by the Hsinchu Du
Cheng Huang Temple.
Chen calls for three-party approach to Taiwan Strait
PUSHING PEACE: The president said the US and China can't ignore Taiwan's view in trying to
ensure stability in the Strait while criticizing Beijing's military budget
By Ko Shu-ling
Taipei Times /March 14, 2007
On the eve of the second anniversary of the passage of China's "Anti-Secession" Law,
President Chen Shui-bian urged the EU to retain its ban on arms sales to China and
for the US, Taiwan and China together to manage peace and stability in the Taiwan
Until China improves its human-rights record and relinquishes attempts to use
military force against Taiwan, Chen said the international community -- particularly
the EU -- should maintain its arms embargo against China.
The embargo was imposed following the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989.
Chen said, however, that Taiwan opposed the management of the "Taiwan issue" by
the US and China. He said Taiwan and those two countries should work together to
maintain peace, security and stability in the Strait.
Chen made the remarks while receiving John Hamre, president and CEO of the
Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, at the Presidential
Office yesterday morning.
Chen Ming-tong, professor at the National Taiwan University's Graduate Institute of
National Development, said that President Chen's call for the joint management of the
Strait's stability was made to counter the proposal made by some US academics that
the US and China co-manage the Taiwan issue.
"The president's goal is to establish the framework of `three party' talks," he said.
"However, China's attitude is key because it does not want to see the US interfere in
its `domestic affairs.'"
The president also urged China to learn from Taiwan's nationalization of its armed
forces so the People's Liberation Army (PLA) would serve the country and its people
rather than a particular party or individual.
He also asked China to practice genuine democratic elections that are free, fair and
"China should have elections so that political parties can enjoy fair competition,
opposition parties can be legally recognized and transfer of party power would be
possible," he said. "China should learn from Taiwan's democratization and allow its
Taipei Times /March 14, 2007
people to directly elect their national leaders and parliamentary representatives."
The president chastised China for legalizing its military ambition to attack Taiwan by
enacting the "Anti-Secession" Law after it failed to deter Taiwan's first free
presidential election in 1996 by firing live missiles into the Strait.
"The piece of legislation not only reflects China's hegemonic nature of indulging in
wars of aggression, but also imposes a great threat to the safety of the democratic
community in the Asia-Pacific region," he said.
China has increased its military budgets by double-digits since 1989 and the 17.8
percent growth in its defense budget this year was the biggest since 1989.
"We think such an increase goes far beyond its needs of self-defense," the president
said, adding that China's actual defense expenditure last year increased by 20 percent
compared with 2005.
In Beijing, Chinese President Hu Jintao urged the PLA to firmly adhere to ommunist
leadership, the People's Daily yesterday quoted Hu as saying.
"We must strictly abide by political and organizational discipline and ensure that the
army under all conditions and at all times firmly obeys the orders of the party's central
committee," Hu was quoted as telling military delegates at the National People's
"We must grasp the banner, obey the fundamental tenet of following the orders of the
party, and firmly arm our officers and soldiers with Marxism with Chinese
characteristics," he said.
`Anti-Secession' Law opposed: survey
By Jewel Huang
Taipei Times /March 14, 2007
A vast majority of Taiwanese disapprove of China's bid to change the cross-strait
status quo by passing its "Anti-Secession" Law two years ago and believe that the
people of Taiwan should be the only ones to have a say in determining the nation's
future, a new think tank survey shows.
More than 90 percent of respondents disagreed with China's attempts to change the
cross-strait status with the law, while nearly 80 percent think the Taiwanese should be
the only decision makers in determining Taiwan's future, the survey found.
The Taiwan Thinktank conducted the poll from last Friday through Sunday to see if
there had been a change in opinion since Beijing enacted the law two years ago today
and gathered a total of 1,067 valid responses.
According to the results, 91.2 percent of respondents said they opposed the enactment
of the "Anti-Secession" Law, 80.2 percent disagreed with China's claim that the law
met the interests of Taiwanese and 79.5 percent said it was up to the people of Taiwan
to determine the nation's future.
Only 14.5 percent of respondents believed that the people of China should also have a
say in Taiwan's future.
"The result showed that the `Anti-Secession' Law has not alienated the people of
Taiwan, it has provoked Taiwan to have a more consolidated consensus on its attitude
toward China," said Lo Chih-cheng, director of Soochow University's department of
political science, at the press conference to announce the results yesterday.
"Beijing got the reverse of what it wanted from the legislation," Lo said.
Tung Li-wen, deputy executive director of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy,
said the law had bogged China down in a "war of laws," especially in terms of
international law, which was China's weak point.
"This law was in response to internal pressure in China on the `Taiwan issue' yet
Beijing has been unable to define what [Taiwan's] independence is," he said.
The poll found 67.1 percent of respondents disagreed with the statement that China
had actively contacted Taiwanese opposition parties while refusing to talk with with
Taiwan's government.
Taipei Times /March 14, 2007
Almost half of respondents, 47.2 percent, said the law had a bad influence on
cross-strait relations, while 33 percent said it had not had any influence.
"This is a result of China using the carrot and the stick at the same time," said Hsu
Yung-ming, a research fellow in political science at Academia Sinica.
Meanwhile, a second opinion poll released by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)
yesterday said about half of its respondents want to see Taiwan independent.
The poll was conducted last Wednesday and Thursday and received 1,034 valid
It found that 50.4 percent of respondents favor independence while 33.9 percent
support unification with China. Those were the only two options offered.
As for national identity, 68 percent said they considered themselves Taiwanese while
16 percent said they identified with China.
"This is a `gift' to China from the Taiwanese people on the eve of the second
anniversary of the `Anti-Secession' Law," DPP Secretary-General Lin Chia-lung said
at a press conference.
Chinese AIDS activist says Beijing not helping
Gao Yaojie shakes her head, stabbing hard at the air with her forefinger, when asked if
the Chinese government is helping fund her efforts to expose the country's AIDS
"Not even a dime," the 79-year-old -- some say she is 80 -- AIDS activist said on
This is a message some Chinese authorities were reluctant to have Gao deliver in the
Taipei Times /March 14, 2007
Officials in Beijing had repeatedly blocked her from going abroad until finally
allowing this trip after her case received widespread media attention.
Gao said the government is beginning to understand the enormity of the AIDS
Speaking through an interpreter, the retired gynecologist praised Chinese President
Hu Jintao for allowing her to travel to Washington to receive an award this evening
honoring her work. She also praised high-ranking health officials.
But despite many changes in government attitudes, she said: "Sometimes they support
me; sometimes they don't."
She is tenacious in her efforts, using her own money and funds from foreign awards
she has received to pay for her work.
facing reality
Officials, she said, should "face the reality and deal with the real issues -- not cover it
In the 1990s, Gao embarrassed the Chinese government by exposing blood-selling
schemes that infected thousands with HIV, mainly in her home province of Henan.
Operators often used dirty needles, and people selling plasma -- the liquid in blood --
were replenished from a pooled blood supply that was contaminated with HIV.
Provincial officials initially attempted -- with some success -- to cover things up.
The Chinese government and the UN said China's problem of tainted blood has
But surviving victims face discrimination and have not been adequately compensated
for their suffering.
Gao has also faced difficulties because of her activism.
Taipei Times /March 14, 2007
In 2001, she was refused a visa to go to the US to accept an award from a UN group.
In 2003 she was prevented from going to the Philippines to receive a public service
Last month, authorities kept her under virtual house arrest for about 20 days to keep
her from traveling to Beijing to arrange a visa for the US.
Gao says she persists in her work because "everyone has the responsibility to help
their own people. As a doctor, that's my job. So it's worth it."
John Tkacik on Taiwan: What exactly is the `status quo'?
By John Tkacik
`It is vital that the US administration, and particularly Bush and his successors,
sympathize with the existential challenge facing Taiwan.'
On May 18 last year, President Chen Shui-bian told visiting European legislators,
"Over the past 50 years, the status quo across the Taiwan Strait has been that on one
side, there is a democratic Taiwan, and on the other, there is an authoritarian China.
Neither of the two countries are subordinate to each other, because they are two
independent sovereignties. Both sides have their own national title, national flag,
national anthem, legislature, judicial system and military." Given the textbook
definition of "status quo," this seems reasonable, at least to me.
On March 4, Chen made another of his periodic comments on Taiwan's status quo,
this time saying that Taiwan's only problem was its national identity. The following
day in Washington, US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack was asked,
"Can you make the link in one sentence saying that President Chen's comments are
unhelpful or can you not say that?"
To which McCormack responded with the non sequitur, "I don't have anything to add
to the statement that I have read." The statement he had just read had nothing to do
with the validity of what Chen had said, but simply noted that "[US] President
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[George W.] Bush has repeatedly underscored his opposition to unilateral changes to
the status quo by either Taipei or Beijing because these threaten regional peace and
Chen's observations on Taiwan's status quo are indeed "provocative" to Beijing's
leaders, but they at least have the advantage of being true and consequently need not
be provocative in Washington. This is because Washington presumably has an interest
in maintaining the status quo in the Taiwan Strait -- the status quo that Chen
On Dec. 9, 2003, Bush chastised "Taiwan's leader?" -- Chen -- for making comments
that "indicate that he may be willing to make decisions unilaterally that change the
status quo, which we oppose." Bush was apparently referring to the "Taiwanese
leader's" comments about a democratic referendum on Taiwan that would express
Taiwanese indignation at being the target, at the time, of 350 Chinese short-range
ballistic missiles.
Yet, far from threatening a unilateral change by Taipei in the status quo, the Taiwanese
referendum was meant to protest Beijing's military moves to change the status quo.
The Bush administration has since tried to rearticulate a somewhat conditioned
position which insists that the US is committed to "our `one China' policy" and
"opposes" any move by China or Taiwan to "change unilaterally" the "status quo as
we define it."
On April 21, 2004, a glimmering of this position came in a public statement by then
US assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific Affairs James Kelly, who
enumerated for the House International Relations Committee "core principles" of US
policy in the Taiwan Strait:
* "The United States remains committed to our one-China policy based on the three
Joint Communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act;
* "The US does not support independence for Taiwan or unilateral moves that would
change the status quo as we define it;
* "For Beijing, this means no use of force or threat to use force against Taiwan. For
Taipei, it means exercising prudence in managing all aspects of cross-strait relations.
Taipei Times /March 14, 2007
For both sides, it means no statements or actions that would unilaterally alter Taiwan's
Beyond that third point, Kelly had to admit he was "not sure" he "very easily could
define ... `our' one China policy." Nonetheless he continued, "I can tell you what it is
not." It is not the "one China" principle that Beijing suggests, and it may not be the
definition that some would have in Taiwan. Alas, that is as close as a State
Department official has ever come to defining "our one China policy" in private or in
public. Nor, as it happens, has any US official ever "defined" the "status quo as we
define it."
Which raises two core questions for US policy: First, what are the "use of force" and
the "threat of force" and what, exactly, is Taiwan's status, as far as the US is
concerned? And second, what is the US going to do if either side does something the
US "does not support?"
The fact is that Washington has no answers to these core questions -- either publicly
or in confidential policy documents circulated among decisionmakers. Hence,
Washington's political leaders should not be surprised when Washington's Delphic
pronouncements are interpreted arbitrarily in both Beijing and Taipei.
Actually, Beijing just ignores Washington. In 2003, the Chinese People's Liberation
Army deployed 350 ballistic missiles targeted on Taiwan, and by February last year
there were more than 700. In March 2005, Beijing's "legislature" passed a law giving
the Central Military Commission the authority to launch a military strike against
Taiwan whenever it feels like it. And there was little or no public comment from
On Feb. 27 last year, US State Department spokesman Adam Ereli was asked, apropos
of something Chen had said a day earlier, "Do you think Chen Shui-bian's move is a
change of the status quo, and what is the US definition of the status quo?" Ereli tried
to turn the question around: "President Chen has said that he is committed to the
status quo and that he is committed to the pledges in his inaugural speech." But the
questions persisted: "I just want to get this right. So you don't consider this as a
change of status quo?" To which the cornered Ereli could only admit: "You know, I'm
not going to define it further than I already have." Needless to say, he hadn't defined it
at all. Chen himself might therefore be excused if he doesn't quite have a clear picture
of the status quo -- as Washington defines it.
Taipei Times /March 14, 2007
The US Defense Department is a bit clearer on the concept. On March 16 last year,
US Assistant Secretary of Defense Peter Rodman observed that, in his opinion,
"When there are zero ballistic missiles opposite the Taiwan Strait, and a few years
later there are 700, that's a change in the status quo." But the Pentagon doesn't make
Taiwan policy, the State Department does, and therein lies the rub.
Rather than being reactive to changes in the status quo in the Taiwan Strait,
Washington needs a proactive policy that pre-empts such "changes" or sanctions them
when the changes become too extreme. This is far more important in managing
Chinese attacks on what might be called the "real status quo" than Taiwan's desperate
efforts to articulate the state that actually exists. It would therefore be a useful
exercise, before trying to react to some change in the status quo, for Bush's National
Security Council to actually define "the status quo as we define it," -- even in a
classified document if that is really needed.
What follows are some specific pre-emptive countermeasures that would signal our
increasing pressure on China and Taiwan:
The White House should clearly state that the 1,000-plus missiles facing Taiwan are
provocative. Imagine that these missiles were arrayed by Iran against Israel or North
Korea against Japan -- 1,000 Chinese missiles aimed at Taiwan should be no less
alarming. Washington must not allow itself to be a hostage to these weapons.
If Washington cannot convince China to dismantle these missiles, which have indeed
changed the status quo and are not of a defensive nature, then the US administration
should consider adopting late US president Ronald Reagan's "Zero Option" response
to the Soviet "intermediate nuclear force" in Europe. Reagan and then British prime
minister Margaret Thatcher gained support for the deployment of Pershing II missiles
in West Germany as a strategic response to Soviet deployments of SS-20 missiles in
Eastern Europe.
This would mean supporting Taiwan's development of ballistic or cruise missiles
capable of hitting Chinese targets in an effort to augment the negligible deterrent
value (despite their significant defensive value) of Taiwan's anti-ballistic missile
defense systems.
The White House should also reaffirm Reagan's so-called "six assurances" of July 14,
1982, that the US would neither seek to mediate between the People's Republic of
Taipei Times /March 14, 2007
China (PRC) and Taiwan, nor "exert pressure on Taiwan to come to the bargaining
table." Of course, the US is also committed to make available defensive arms and
defensive services to Taipei to help Taiwan meet its self-defense needs. The US does,
after all, "believe a secure and self-confident Taiwan is a Taiwan that is more capable
of engaging in political interaction and dialogue with the PRC."
It is vital that the US administration, and particularly Bush and his successors,
sympathize with the existential challenge facing Taiwan, rather than harangue the
nation's leaders about Washington's precious, yet undefined "status quo."
The one thing that Taiwan's democratically elected leaders at either end of the
political blue-green spectrum simply cannot, and will not, do is to compromise the
legitimacy of the Republic of China's governance. Sovereignty over Taiwan, they
insist, belongs solely to the people of Taiwan, and in no way to the "sole legal
government of China" in Beijing.
The US government must also understand that so long as Taiwan refuses to accept
Beijing's sovereignty, Beijing's long-term strategy will be to isolate Taiwan in the
international community to the most extreme extent possible.
Thus, when China gets obstreperous on the Taiwan issue, White House and Cabinet
spokespersons should publicly articulate the common-sense stance that "the United
States does not recognize or accept that China has any right whatsoever under
international law to use or threaten the use of force against democratic Taiwan." (This
has the advantage of actually being US policy, but it has never been stated in public.)
In background to journalists and reporters, US "senior officials" could explain that
even a Taiwanese declaration of independence would just be "words on paper" and
would not change any country's behavior or affect China's security posture? This
wording would make it clear that the US does not now recognize, and never has
recognized, China's territorial claims to Taiwan.
Finally, a diplomatic deal might be struck with the "elected leaders of Taiwan" that
they would refrain from verbal challenges to the so-called status quo in the Strait in
return for authoritative US expressions of support like those described above.
Without a formal and detailed definition of "the status quo as we define it,"
Washington simply cedes the terms of the debate to Beijing and Taipei while US
Taipei Times /March 14, 2007
diplomats are left to flounder around reactively as tensions heighten. That is a recipe
for a catastrophe.
The term status quo means "the state in which [anything is]"; existing conditions;
unchanged position. (Harper Dictionary of Foreign Terms, Third Edition.)
John Tkacik, Jr. is senior research fellow of the Heritage Foundation.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Taipei Times /March 13, 2007
Chinese threat growing: Lee Jye
By Rich Chang
Minister of National Defense Lee Jye said yesterday the Chinese military has
conducted more than 30 military exercices focusing on Taiwan.
Lee said the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been growing in strength, and its
military drills have been conducted under Chinese President Hu Jintao's principle of
"talk less while doing more, hide the real but show the fake".
He highlighted the Chinese military threat yesterday morning during a meeting of the
legislature's National Defense Committee. He said the Chinese military drills had
emphasized landings on Taiwan, and the Chinese military believed it could land in a
short period of time.
Lee said China has more than 20 satellites which were able to monitor Taiwan and the
Taiwan Strait 24-hours a day. He said the quantity and quality of Chinese warships
and submarines were increasing, and its power projection capabilities are also
Lee said China was also believed to be developing its first aircraft carrier. He said if
China built an aircraft carrier force, it would be able to attack Taiwan from more
Lee said China had targeted about 900 ballistic and cruise missiles at Taiwan, and the
numbers were increasing at around 75 to 100 per year. China was also developing
new missiles, Lee said.
He said about 500 advanced fighter jets with long-range missiles had also been
deployed at China's military bases.
Lee noted that China had earmarked 351 billion yuan (US$45 billion) for its defense
budget this year, an increase of 53 billion yuan over last year.
It was the the sharpest rise in the defense budget in a decade and a 17.8 percent
Taipei Times /March 13, 2007
increase in Beijing's military budget, he said.
Lee warned the military balance between China and Taiwan has been tipping in favor
of Beijing.
The gap would increase if Taiwan did not build an advanced military force, he said.
Beijing to reduce number of executions
China -- the world's leading executioner of prisoners -- should reduce the number of
death sentences it carries out but cannot abolish capital punishment altogether, the
country's top legal bodies say.
In a joint statement released late on Sunday, the Supreme People's Court, Ministry of
Public Security, Ministry of Justice and the country's top prosecutor also said
condemned prisoners should not be paraded through the streets and suspects should
not be tortured.
China is believed to carry out more court-ordered executions than all other nations
combined. Amnesty International says China executed at least 1,770 people in 2005 --
about 80 percent of the world's total.
The true number is thought to be many times higher.
The London-based Amnesty has cited a senior member of China's National People's
Congress as saying some 10,000 people are executed each year.
"Our country still cannot abolish the death penalty but should gradually reduce its
application," the document said.
"But where there is a possibility someone should not be executed, then without
exception the person should not be killed," it said.
Taipei Times /March 13, 2007
Along with crimes such as murder, rape and drug smuggling, the death sentence has
also been imposed in nonviolent cases such as tax evasion and corruption.
China has sought to tighten its rules on the application of the death penalty following
a series of high-profile cases involving wrongful convictions and torture. Rules
enacted last year restored a requirement that all executions first be approved by the
Supreme People's Court, something that had been waived amid the ongoing "strike
hard" anti-crime campaign.
Chinese police are often accused of torturing suspects into making confessions, and
the document said it was wrong to use statements or confessions obtained through
torture or threats "as the basis for a case."
Officials were obligated to "ensure crime suspects and defendants can fully exercise
their rights to defense and other procedural rights," the statement said.
The document said police must be more thorough and obey the laws in identifying
and collecting evidence.
In other developments, thousands of farmers and laid-off workers rioted in Hunan
Province on Friday, attacking police and smashing squad cars, a local official said
Nine police cars were burnt during the riot, in which 20,000 people clashed with
about 1,000 police armed with guns and electric cattle prods, the official said.
"They did it because they were not satisfied with some government behavior," the
official, surnamed Tan, said by telephone from Lingling District, which belongs to
Yongzhou City.
"They were also unhappy about official corruption," Tan said.
The overseas human-rights Web site Boxun ( said the riot was
sparked by dissatisfaction with rising public transport costs.
The site, which is critical of the government, is blocked in China.
Taipei Times /March 13, 2007
The Hunan official said scores of the rioters had been arrested. The government was
tracking down the organizers, she said.
Taiwan still has several allies in the US, Lee says
Neurosurgeon C.T. Lee, president of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA), talked
to `Taipei Times' reporter Jewel Huang about his visions and future goals as the head of the
Washington-based non-profit advocacy group promoting Taiwan-US relations to the American
Taipei Times: What is your opinion on President Chen Shui-bian's comments on
independence at the FAPA's 25th anniversary celebration. Do you think it was
campaign rhetoric or echoed the voices of the Taiwanese people?
C.T. Lee: We feel honored that
President Chen could give a speech
containing significant points of view at
FAPA's celebration. When it comes to
the issue of Taiwan's independence or
unification [with China], the FAPA
insists that it is the people of Taiwan
who are the ultimate decision-makers on
Taiwan's sovereignty. We think that the
speech given by President Chen, a
democratically elected president, is a
reflection of his constituents' views.
President Chen's comments reflect new
Taiwanese voices, wishes and
C.T. Lee, president of the Formosan
Association for Public Affairs, speaks
with the Taipei Times during an
interview conducted on March 5.
As long as President Chen works toward his goals using the principle of
self-determination, the FAPA will continue to support President Chen's push for
Taipei Times /March 13, 2007
independence and the creation of a new constitution. We will also continue to urge the
US to give the Taiwanese encouragement, since encouragement from the US means a
TT: Recently, President Chen and former president Lee Teng-hui have publicly
disagreed on the beliefs and direction of the campaign for Taiwan's independence
and have traded criticisms through the media. What is FAPA's take on this?
Lee: Taiwan is a democratic country and everybody enjoys freedom of speech.
Everyone's opinion is important. Citizens and the media have the right to interpret the
words of public figures, this is quite normal in a democratic society. This phenomenon
is no different in the US. Whether Chen and Lee's remarks are simply electioneering
is subject to individual interpretation.
FAPA's standpoint on Taiwan's independence is that Taiwan is already a de facto
nation but it has not yet been recognized by the international community.
TT: What are the goals of FAPA for this year, and what are your strategies for
achieving these goals?
Lee: There are three major goals that FAPA aims to attain this year. First, to have all
the restrictions on high-level visits between Taiwan and the US lifted. Second, to
continue to promote Taiwan's bids to join the WHO and the UN. Third, to make a
breakthrough on China's "one China" policy.
We are targeting the normalization of relations between Taiwan and the US. Writing a
new constitution and changing Taiwan's official name are key to Taiwan's
transformation into a "normal" country and it would be helpful to normalize relations
between Taiwan and the US as well. We think that the power of the people of Taiwan
is the engine of this campaign and FAPA is willing to add fuel to the engine.
TT: Have you received any reaction from the US regarding the name changes to
state and corporate enterprises that have been going on in Taiwan?
Lee: We view the action to change the titles of Taiwan's international airport or other
state-run enterprises as "name changes," rather than "name corrections." Many in the
media in the US believe that the US should not interfere in the internal affairs of
Taiwan. The name changes are simply changes to companies' names and there is no
Taipei Times /March 13, 2007
need for anybody to make a fuss about it.
We think that it is unfair that the US State Department always have comments on
small actions performed by Taiwan, yet keeps silent on China's actions such as
deploying more missiles targeting Taiwan or enacting the "Anti-Secession" Law.
TT: We are curious about the actual ways that FAPA advocates its objectives in
the US and how they work?
Lee: FAPA has 56 chapters spread across the US and about 2,000 to 3,000 members.
Our grassroots power is strong. We encourage our members to resort to any means
possible to achieve FAPA's goals. We hold many conferences, visit US governmental
departments and hold all kinds of activities to advocate our ideas to Americans.
For example, we just held a symposium on the 228 Incident at the Brookings Institute
two weeks ago. We also held a forum at the Congress building on the news that China
had successfully used a missile to destroy an orbiting satellite in January. Many
assistants to representatives, academics and officials attended this forum. We educated
the US media and congressional assistants at the same time. I would also like to
clarify that FAPA is an advocacy and non-profit group, rather than a lobby
TT: Have you noticed that there is a trend for the US representatives or senators
to lean towards China? Is it true that the Taiwan issue, as some media outlets
have claimed, is not an issue to the US anymore?
Lee: My observation is that the US still gives Taiwan very solid support. The US
concern for Taiwan has not changed. There is no doubt that China is becoming more
important and enhancing its diplomatic ties with Washington and that might lead
some to get the impression that the US is increasing its support of China and
decreasing its support of Taiwan. But I don't think that is a correct interpretation.
China has formal diplomatic relations with the US and realizes that it is important to
obtain the support of the US. There was once an argument that "the shortcut from
Beijing to Taipei is not via the Taiwan Strait but from Beijing to Washington."
We have also seen that China recently established a new organization in the US whose
function is similar to that of FAPA. This new organization has plenty of funds and
four times the manpower that we do. So you can understand the challenge that FAPA
Taipei Times /March 13, 2007
now faces in the US. We really hope that the people of Taiwan will give us more
support and encouragement.
TT: Facing China's strong economic power and increasing military force, what
advantages or bargaining chips does Taiwan have when fighting for international
Lee: Taiwan's democracy, freedom and self-determination are the noblest advantages.
Taiwan's strategic position and economic power are also valuable bargaining chips.
China's human rights record is its achilles heel. We should not underestimate the
important role that Taiwan plays.
TT: Many pro-independence groups are facing a problem when it comes to
recruiting young people. Does FAPA also share those concerns? How can you
attract youngsters who identify with your beliefs?
Lee: FAPA does have similar concerns, but we have started to solve the problem.
FAPA has established an arm called the "Young Professional Group [YPG]". Members
of the YPG are young Taiwanese who are college students, graduates or young
professionals in the US. The YPG so far has recruited about 300 members. We
encourage the younger generation to acknowledge their Taiwanese roots and not to
forget their roots no matter where they are and how successful they are.
TT: What are your expectations of Taiwan's next president? What kind of leader does
Taiwan need today?
Lee: FAPA will support the new president, whether he or she is from the pan-blue or
the pan-green camp, as long as he or she identifies with FAPA's objectives. FAPA will
support any decision made by the Taiwanese people -- independence or unification --
as long as it is based on the principle of self-determination. We do not expect or want
people to label FAPA. We hope that the new leader understands the history of the
country and creates in Taiwan a first class nation. I hope the new president will have
insight and vision and I hope the voters do not elect candidates who attack others with
abusive language.
Some people have said that the 21st century will be China's century. But from our
perspective, we don't think that is possible. It is a fair and equal society that
determines whether a country is powerful and prosperous, not money. The reason that
Taipei Times /March 13, 2007
the US became so strong during the past 300 years is because of it's sound
governmental system. If we scrutinize China's systems -- its social system or their law
and order -- we doubt if China can really become a superpower in the world.
Many people have asked me whether the US would help Taiwan if Taiwan faced a
crisis. FAPA believes that the Taiwan Relations Act has already specified that the
security of Taiwan is of great concern to the US. FAPA is also pushing the Taiwan
Security Enhancement Act, which aims to promote the protection of Taiwan.
But we are concerned that the arms sale bills have been vetoed sixty times by the
Legislative Yuan. This misleads people in the US in to thinking that the Taiwanese are
not committed to self-defense. That is not the fault of the Taiwanese people, but they
are responsible for the election of legislators. We hope the people of Taiwan will make
wise choices in the upcoming legislative elections. We believe in an old saying: "God
helps those who help themselves."
C. T. Lee
􀂋 1942 Born on July 13.
􀂋 1967 Graduated from National Taiwan University's School of Medicine.
􀂋 1970-1974 Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, Houston,
􀂋 1974 until now Director of Neurological Surgery at Bethesda North Hospital,
Cincinnati, Ohio. Has served as the president of the Taiwanese Association in
Midwest America, founding president of the Sister Cities Association for
Cincinnati and Taipei County and founding president of the Cincinnati
Inter-Ethnic Council.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

大地快捷 - 陳軍專欄
作者 陳軍









Monday, March 12, 2007

Published on Taipei Times

Picking and chosing the history we want to keep

By Ku Ting-wei 古庭維

Monday, Mar 12, 2007, Page 8
`Such cherry picking of historical sites is reason for disappointment and resentment.'

The proposal to change the name of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and the demolition of its outer walls have caused much controversy. The Taipei City Government has attempted to list the memorial hall, which was completed in 1980, as an official historical site. But it has forgotten to preserve the city's historic railways, which were completed more than a century ago in 1893.

As children, we learned from our textbooks such things as the shape of the Republic of China (ROC) is somewhat similar to that of a begonia leaf. Meanwhile, we ignored things that were not covered in the textbooks, such as the 228 Incident. Nor were we taught about the railway construction launched by Taiwan's first governor, Liu Ming-Chuan (劉銘傳), between Keelung and Hsinchu, which came into operation later in 1893. In the book, The 100th Anniversary of Taiwan Railway, there is even a photo of the Keelung Station built by Liu.

But growing up, we realize that the shape of the ROC was more like an old hen, and we began to learn about the massacre that began on Feb. 28, 1947. Moreover, those who study railway history learn that due to the poor quality of Liu's railways, the whole system was abandoned long ago, with only a few historical relics remaining.

In late 2004, during a historical site review, it was determined that the roof of the Taiwan Railway Administration's (TRA) old auditorium might possibly be the frame of the Taipei Station built by Liu. Since relics of the old line are extremely rare, the finding was surely precious. However, faced with pressure to build a new MRT station at the site, it was decided that the auditorium had to be removed during construction of the underground station, then returned to its original location later.

The location of a historical site is of great significance, and they should not be moved arbitrarily. The auditorium built during the Qing dynasty, had withstood Japanese colonization and the post World War II era, as it morphed from a station into a railway workshop and finally an auditorium. It witnessed the rise and fall of the three regimes, and symbolizes the beginnings of Taiwan's industrialization. However, due to the perfunctory decision made by Taipei's Department of Cultural Affairs, it was moved.

Soon after the relocation work started, workers discovered a railway base of the original line about 60cm below the floor. The reappearance of the base was as stunning as that of the "terracotta army" excavated in China, and the scene was magnificent. The problem was, it would be even more difficult to relocate the base. Finally, the department fell in line with the government's call for "desinicization" by removing the Chinese site and demolishing the entire base.

Ever since the historical site was revealed, the department has taken a passive attitude toward it. Despite the cultural value of the site, which contains important historical remains from the Qing dynasty, it has received little attention.

In comparison to the outer walls of the memorial hall, such cherry picking of historical sites is reason for disappointment and resentment.

Ku Ting-wei is a student in the Graduate Institute of Microbiology and Biochemistry at National Taiwan University.

Translated by Eddy Chang

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Taipei Times /March 1, 2007
Chen urges KMT to apologize for 228
NO MORE SECRETS: The president told a memorial ceremony in Taipei that only when the
complete truth is known would fairness and justice be truly served
By Ko Shu-ling and Jimmy Chuang
The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT)
should apologize for the atrocities
committed during the White Terror era
and turn over all documents concerning
the 228 Incident, President Chen
Shui-bian said yesterday.
Chen also asked the KMT to return
assets stolen from the people, rather than
selling them off at reduced prices.
"We find it unacceptable that some
politicians' words do not match their
actions. They apologize on the one hand,
but sell off their stolen party assets on
the other," he said.
President Chen Shui-bian, center, and Vice President
Annette Lu, on Chen;s left, observe a moment of silence
in Taipei yesterday afternoon for the victims of the 228
Incident. Chen, unveiling a new memorial to the
victims, vowed to uncover the truth behind the killings.
"Such politicians are not fit to lead the country," he said.
Chen made the remarks in a speech to the national memorial service commemorating
the 60th anniversary of the 1947 massacre at Taipei City's 228 Peace Park yesterday
Vice President Annette Lu, Premier Su Tseng-chang, Democratic Progressive Party
(DPP) Chairman Yu Shyi-kun and Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin were among those
attending the event.
Saying the 228 Incident was not an "ordinary historical event," the president said that
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anyone who had suffered under the KMT's authoritarian reign was also a victim of the
Although the government has made efforts to help 228 Incident victims and their
families to cope with their pain, there was much more to be done, Chen said.
"Sixty years is not the end but a new beginning," he said. "Future work will focus on
addressing the responsibility of perpetrators."
"Only when the truth is known can fairness and justice be served," he said.
Such responsibilities include renaming Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and Chiang
Kai-shek's mausoleum and accounting for all the atrocities committed during the
Martial Law era, Chen said.
At the ceremony, Chen presented certificates to four victims of the "228 Incident" to
restore their reputations. They had been labeled as "hooligans" on their household
registrations during the KMT's reign.
Yesterday morning, Chen unveiled the name plaque of the new National 228 Incident
He also urged the legislature to approve legal revisions to the Statute for Handling of
and Compensation for the 228 Incident.
The government proposed an amendment to the law which has been blocked by
pan-blue lawmakers since it was introduced in October 2005.
Meanwhile, former president Lee Teng-hui vowed to dedicate himself to helping
Taiwan become a more "normal" nation and said he would always stand by the
Taiwanese people.
Lee said he would continue to push for the country's name to be changed, for the
enactment of a new constitution and for accession to the UN.
Lee made the remarks at the "10,000 People Sing" event held yesterday afternoon on
Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office. The event was cosponsored
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by the 228 Foundation.
In other developments, Su urged KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou to do more to help
228 Incident victims and their family members.
"[Ma] always says that he's sorry for the victims and their family members. Well, I
hope he shows some sincerity," Su said as he attended the grand opening of the 228
National Memorial Hall yesterday morning.
Su said the KMT had done little -- other than make apologies -- to make reparations to
228 Incident victims and their families.
He urged Ma to turn over 228 Incident-related documents kept in the KMT's museum
to the government to help with the investigation into the incident. He also urged Ma to
ask KMT members to stop boycotting proposed laws or amendments related to 228.
"I would also suggest [Ma] return the party's assets stolen from the people [to the
government so that they can be allocated] for the use of 228 Incident victims and their
families," Su said.
The premier said the KMT's museum has documents detailing the progress of the 228
Incident, including the twice-a-day telegrams that KMT members sent to the party's
headquarters in Nanjing to update party leaders on the latest developments.
The KMT headquarters then deployed more troops to Taiwan and worked with its
Taipei branch to coordinate the arrests of people whose names were on a check list, he
"Victims and their families expect the truth to come out because there will be no
forgiveness if there is no truth," Su said. "The KMT should help to make this happen
by doing more, not just saying `sorry.'"
The premier said the KMT had perpetrated the 228 Incident and its aftermath was its
Su added that the government should not be responsible for paying compensation to
the victims or their families.
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"The government's money comes from the people. It is their tax money, from their
hard work," he said. "The KMT created the tragedy. It would be natural for the party
to pay compensation. I do not see anything wrong with that, since the majority of the
KMT's assets were stolen from the people anyway."
KMT tried to show truth behind 228 `ethnic conflict': Ma
By Mo Yan-chih
Former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Ma Ying-jeou defended the party's
efforts to reveal the truth behind the 228 Incident yesterday, while promising to
improve political democracy and cross-strait relations to prevent the recurrence of
such a tragedy.
In an article entitled "Five promises" published in the Chinese-language United Daily
News, Ma argued that the KMT had spared no effort to reveal the truth of the incident
and to work toward reconciliation with the victims and their family members by
making public apologies and honoring the victims.
"I've tried every possible way to heal the wounds of the 228 Incident, and I
understand that historical tragedies are always twisted and difficult to heal," he wrote.
Ma vowed to make a greater effort to prevent such a tragedy from recuring, and he
urged the public to "say no" to ethnic conflicts.
"Tragic ethnic conflicts such as the 228 Incident are likely to happen again if people
allow politicians to continue dividing ethnic groups. We can't allow this to happen.
What we want is a harmonious Taiwan," he wrote.
Ma also pledged to fight against corruption, for true democracy in politics and society
and for peaceful and open cross-strait relations.
"Taiwan should seek to end the hostility in cross-strait relations and sign a peace
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agreement, so we can be free from the threat of war," he wrote.
In response to Premier Su Tseng-chang's call for the KMT to make public all of its
228-related documents, Ma said the party had already made public the documents in
its history center.
He also said the decision-maker during the incident was not the party's chairman.
"The KMT history center only stores a limited number of documents related to 228.
More information should be found in the government [archives]. As the ruling party,
the Democratic Progressive Party should find more documents there," Ma said while
attending a 228 memorial event in Tainan.
However, he said the party was willing to support compensation for 228 victims and
their families.
The KMT caucus blocked passage of a proposed amendment to the Statute for
Handling of and Compensation for the 228 Incident in the legislature on Tuesday.
KMT spokesman Su Jun-ping said yesterday the party supported replacing the world
"compensation" with "indemnification" in the statute but would not accept the
amendment if it was aimed at creating political struggles.
Collectors compete for newly issued 228 stamps
LIMITED SUPPLY: The Taipei Post Office had only 500 sets of memorial stamps, all of which it
sold to eager customers within half an hour of opening its doors
By Shelley Shan
Excited stamp collectors lined up in front of the Taipei Post Office early yesterday
morning to be among the first to acquire freshly printed 228 Memorial Hall Stamps
issued by the Taiwan Post Co.
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But enthusiasm soon turned into anger
as police tried in vain to prevent unruly
queuers from sneaking forward in the
line to purchase a second set of stamps.
Because each branch office only has
limited supplies of the stamps, some
collecters had to visit more than one post
office to try to acquire stamps.
Customers were only permitted to
purchase two to four stamps at a time,
but most collectors wanted to buy the
entire set of 20 stamps.
"What is the purpose of collecting the
stamps if you can only buy four of
them?" one stamp collector asked. "It is
not worth it!"
A woman shows off her sheet of
newly issued 228 Memorial
Hall Stamps at the Taipei Post
Office yesterday.
"The quality of the design is poor," another stamp collector complained. "It looks like
it was done in a hurry."
Despite complaints and minor conflicts, the first batch of stamps bearing the name
"Taiwan" has proven to be a popular commodity among enthusiasts.
The Taipei Post Office on Nanhai Road, for example, was given 500 sets to sell. All
500 sets were sold within half an hour after the post office opened at 8:30am.
"These Taiwan stamps were published immediately after Chunghwa Post changed its
name to Taiwan Post," a young man said while on the way to have his postage
envelope stamped with a 228 Memorial Hall seal.
"Since the Legislative Yuan has yet to amend the relevant regulation to legalize the
name change, the company might have to change its name back. And if that is the case,
these stamps could become rarities," he said.
The recently renamed post office announced earlier that it would issue 1 million
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stamps yesterday in remembrance of the 228 Incident.
The stamp features the new National 228 Memorial Hall, located on Nanhai Road,
with a lily next to it.
To accommodate stamp collectors, Taiwan Post kept 51 post offices open yesterday,
although it was a national holiday.
The company said more than 400,000 stamps were sold yesterday. It also said 300,000
stamps would be placed in its annual yearbook. More than 100,000 would be reserved
for the post office's long-term subscribers. The remaining stamps will be available for
purchase today.
Taiwanese take `228' to the US
GIVING HIS ALL: Misjudging the weather, 66-year-old Liu Chin-chen, `Taiwan's Forrest
Gump,' ran 40km through heavy snow in Delaware wearing short pants
By Charles Snyder
A drive by Taiwanese-Americans to make other Americans aware of the 228 Incident
and promote Taiwanese independence was set to come to Capitol Hill yesterday, as
dozens of organizations made last minute preparations for a memorial service in a
House office building.
The service, which was expected to attract a number of congressmen, and a press
conference before it, were the culmination of a 240km walk/run from Philadelphia,
the home of US independence, to Washington by 25 Taiwanese-Americans from all
over the country.
Along the route, tired but enthusiastic marchers distributed copies of a manifesto they
were planing to unveil in Washington. It called on US citizens to learn about the 228
Incident, urged US President George W. Bush and Congress to help safeguard
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Taiwan's democracy, called for Taiwanese membership of the UN and demanded that
China "renounce its territorial claims over Taiwan."
In their proclamation, the marchers "implore the citizens of this great nation to learn
the truth of the 228 massacre, so that those who perished 60 years ago shall not have
died in vain and Americans can help prevent such history from repeating itself."
"We want the world to know that the Taiwanese want our own future," said marcher
Nora Tsay, a past president of the North American Taiwanese Women's Association.
"Though we are all Taiwanese-Americans, we are deeply concerned about the future
of Taiwan, and because of the 228 Incident, the massacre of Feb. 28, we want the
world to know that this kind of tragedy could happen again, and that we do not want
to see it happen."
After arriving at the University of Maryland on Monday evening, the group spent
Tuesday visiting congressional offices and seeing congressmen and their aides.
Those they met were very supportive, said Michael Yeun, the president of the New
Jersey chapter of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs, the leader of the group.
"They seem to be able to understand the [228] situation," he said.
Joining the walk/run was Liu Chin-chen, known as "The Forrest Gump of Taiwan,"
after the US book and movie. Liu gained fame by running barefoot around Taiwan in
support of democracy.
Fellow marchers said that Liu, 66, ran a full 40km through heavy snow in Delaware.
It was the first time Liu had been to the US and the first time he had seen snow, said
Susan Chang, a past president of the Taiwanese Association of America.
This time around, Liu wore shoes. But, not knowing much about US weather, he also
wore shorts. He vowed to wear warmer clothing next time, Chang said.
Another marcher was Kathy Li, who holds the Taiwanese record for the 1,500m,
which she set in 1975. She also won three gold medals at the 1975 Asian track
championships in Korea, but was denied a shot at the 1976 Summer Olympics in
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Montreal when the then Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government rejected
China's demand that the name "Taiwan" not be used.
"This is my opportunity to wear the name `Taiwan' on my shirt and to represent
Taiwan. Going forward, we should use the Taiwan name on everything. And we want
Taiwan to be an independent country," Li told the Taipei Times.
A high point of the march came in Philadelphia when more than 300
Taiwanese-Americans gathered next to the Liberty Bell to proclaim Taiwan's cause
through a rally and commemorative service.
The assemblage marched the first 5km symbolically and then dispersed, as the 24 core
marchers continued on to Washington.
A time for reflection
Lin Lien-ming, director of the Hualien County Association for the Care of Relatives of Victims of the
228 Incident, yesterday pays his respects during a memorial service in Hualien.
Taipei Times /March 1, 2007
Web-based project commemorates the 228 Incident
HOMAGE: Taiwanese from around the world put the collaborative nature of the Internet to
good use by creating a joint tribute to the victims of the 228 Incident
By Loa Iok-sin
Ninety people from different corners of the world -- most of whom have never met
each other -- joined forces to commemorate the 228 Incident by creating an online
The project focused on the idea of justice for the victims of the incident and all
interested parties were invited to submit their contributions, organizers said.
"Hosting the project online made it possible for people from all over the world to
participate," said Miawko, a project organizer who wishes to be known only by her
online nickname.
Submissions were accepted between Feb. 1 and Feb. 20, during which time organizers
received hundreds of photos, drawings, video clips and poems as well as a recorded
interview and a theme song for the project.
"In addition to the 10 to 15 organizers, about 80 people submitted their works.
Altogether about 90 people contributed [to the making of the video]," said Takayuki,
the video editor who also wishes to be known only by her online nickname.
"I really don't know the ages or occupations of the participants, since most of us don't
even know each other," Miawko said.
The completed video was posted online on Monday. Although it is only four minutes
and thirty-six seconds long, it was still a big challenge to complete the editing process
on time.
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"The most difficult part was to find a central theme for the video. I had to find a way
of linking all the materials together," said Takayuki, who spent the entire Lunar New
Year holiday working on the video.
"One night, I began watching the interview with Chien Tang at about 9pm and
finished editing it at about 6am," she said.
Chien is a division director at the 228 Memorial Foundation.
Ultimately, only 20 seconds of the 90 minute interview with Chien were included in
the video.
Writing and recording the theme song, Lily, in the space of just 10 days was also a
Tsao Hsin-wen, a Taiwanese musician who lives in Vienna, Austria, was put in charge
of the music.
"I had no hesitation in agreeing to work on the song but I was busy with another
project, so I asked my uncle to write the lyrics," Tsao said.
Tsao's uncle, Kufao, proved himself more than equal to the task, as many who listened
to the song were touched by its lyrics.
Kufao finished the lyrics in just two days and Tsao composed the accompanying
music in three days.
"The most challenging part was finding the right singer," Tsao said.
She had to find a singer who was able to sing in Taiwanese and would do so pro bono.
"I eventually turned to Taiwan's representative office in Vienna for help," Tsao said.
Tsao was able to arrange studio time through her husband, Hans Doellinger, a
professor at a conservatory in Vienna and ultimately the song -- ?and the video -- were
completed on schedule.
The video begins with these words:
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"The night was long and horrifying. When daylight broke the next morning, dead
bodies were found floating in Keelung Harbor and on the Tienliao River."
The video then shows contemporary footage of sites on a small island near the
Keelung Harbor where people were murdered 60 years ago.
It is notable that there are no signs to indicate what happened all those years ago.
"Why is there no evidence of the 228 massacre here?" the narrator asks.
After slide shows of 228 monuments across the nation and various art works depicting
the violence that took place, the video shows scenes of Nazi massacres of Jews during
World War II, the Nuremberg Trial and how European countries have dealt with these
grim events.
"So what about Taiwan?" the narrator asks.
The project organizers explained that they were calling for an honest confession and a
sincere apology from the perpetrators of the 228 Incident. Only then could there be
reconciliation, they said.
"The Chinese Nationalist Party [KMT] keeps asking people to forgive," Takayuki
"If you strike a person, you can't just tell him to forget about it. You have to apologize
first, then it's up to the victim to decide whether or not to forgive you. It's ridiculous
that the perpetrator of the crime keeps telling the victims to forget about it," she
All of the contributors to the video were volunteers.
The video can be viewed at
Mothers push for Tiananmen probe
Taipei Times /March 1, 2007
SHEDDING LIGHT: A letter signed by 128 members of the Tiananmen Mother's group called for a public accounting,
restitution and the prosecution of those responsible
Relatives of victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre called on the National
People's Congress to open a new investigation and allow publication of accounts of
the crackdown, they said yesterday.
A letter signed by 128 members of the Tiananmen Mother's group was sent to the
congress ahead of its annual session starting on Monday, said Zhang Xianling, a
member of the organization.
The signatories were led by outspoken government critic and Nobel Peace Prize
nominee Ding Zilin.
Hundreds, possibly thousands of unarmed protesters were gunned down in the streets
of Beijing by military units on June 3, 1989, as the government ended six weeks of
pro-democracy protests.
The massacre remains one of the most sensitive political issues in China.
The letter called for "a fresh investigation into the incident, a public accounting and
appropriate restitution, and prosecution of those responsible," Zhang said.
"We sent the letter to the standing committee of the National People's Congress, like
we do every year," Zhang said.
"We have confirmed that they received the letter."
China will open its annual session of parliament on Monday with the building of a
"harmonious society," the pet project of President Hu Jintao, the central focus.
The letter also called on authorities to lift a ban on three books on the incident,
including one containing interviews with Zhao Ziyang, former head of the Chinese
Communist Party (CCP) who was ousted for his opposition to the massacre.
Another was written by former prime minister Li Peng, who is reviled for ordering the
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crackdown but who reportedly has tried to clear his name through his banned
The third is Ding's book The Moment of Truth, which details the 18-year effort of the
Tiananmen Mothers to overturn the government's verdict that the unrest was a
"counter-revolutionary rebellion."
Meanwhile, two members of parliament were dismissed, media reports said yesterday.
The Xinhua news agency said the two were expelled from the national parliament
over alleged involvement in corruption, without giving other details.
Xinhua said that the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC)
voted yesterday to approve local parliamentary decisions to strip Liu Weiming, 68, a
Guangdong provincial official, and Deng Zhonghua, 49, president of Hunan Chendian
International Development, of their NPC membership.
It said Liu, a vice governor of Guangdong Province from 1988 to 1998, was dismissed
for "seriously violating discipline," a decision made by the provincial people's
congress in Guangdong said.
He has also been expelled from the CCP.
KMT contrition for 228 is nonsense
When former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Ma Ying-jeou said on
Sunday that the 228 Incident was not an ethnic issue but one of poor governance, it
could be charitably concluded that he lives in a Nationalist Chinese fantasy world.
In the space of four days, Ma has reversed this position, writing yesterday in the
United Daily News that: "Tragic ethnic conflicts such as the 228 Incident are likely to
happen again if people allow politicians to continue dividing ethnic groups."
This new stance, which misrepresents the events and political structures of 1947, will
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probably leave readers rather confused. So, let the facts talk:
After the arrival of the KMT in late 1945, officials and newspaper editorials said
Taiwanese had been infected by the Japanese -- on levels of language, culture and
identity that can only be sensibly labeled as "ethnic" -- and promised to cure them of
their "Japaneseness." This led to stupid policies, such as breaking up families with
Japanese members and banning the use in publications of the Japanese language --
Taiwan's lingua franca at the time -- thus severing lines of communication between
those of different ethnic groups with limited literacy.
So, ethnicity indeed had a critical role in 228.
All this history may be too complex for Ma to understand. And to this day, Ma may be
unaware that his mentor and former employer, president Chiang Ching-kuo, spent a
few days in Taiwan in the aftermath of 228 collecting intelligence on dissidents for
direct delivery to his father, dictator Chiang Kai-shek. With KMT icons caked in
blood, Ma has good reason to concentrate on "ethnic" semantics.
Yet Ma is the most moderate and conciliatory KMT leader on this issue. He is the
KMT man civilized people turn to in the hope of having a dialogue. He can be abused
to his face by his foes and he will maintain decorum. Unusual for a KMT leader, he
manages to retain a degree of credibility and dignity.
The same cannot be said for most of his senior party colleagues, where there is scant
interest in the 228 Incident. Put simply, there is no genuine contrition in the KMT
over its criminal past.
The word "responsibility" and apologies may be bandied about, but the KMT has
come up pitifully short on what really matters: action.
Action to make amends is the product of true contrition, yet within the KMT, and on
its think tank perimeters and across sympathetic academic networks, hardliners
consistently act in opposition to the process of accountability. And they still have the
upper hand: So-called party moderates rarely speak out with conviction on these
Events that triggered the 228 Incident -- government theft of private property, abuse
of international aid, carpetbagging, the killing and mistreatment of ordinary people --
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were later reflected in the manner in which top KMT officials made fortunes from the
enmeshing of party and state. It is this legacy that the KMT refuses to denounce, let
alone seek to correct in a manner respectful of all Taiwanese people.
Instead, we are treated to the KMT and its radical allies saying that accountability for
228 and the White Terror threatens to foment ethnic tension -- a claim that is
unspeakably arrogant and malicious.
The real issue is this: Until the KMT can explain why it defends and nurtures
extremist views of history and rationalizes theft of public assets, the pan-green-camp
voter will look upon it as ill-willed.
Today's KMT leaders did not commit the crimes of 1947 or those thereafter, but they
refuse to let go of the booty that the violence helped put in their hands.
Until this changes, the anniversary of the 228 Incident will continue to divide those
who want to move forward by facing the past and those who insult the memory of the
murdered by lecturing the bereaved on ethnic harmony.
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Name changes necessary
Most Westerners identify the name "Taiwan" with a progressive, technically
innovative and democratic country that makes high quality products and exports them
around the world.
Taiwan is a "brand" that people trust, and "Made in Taiwan" evokes quality and
reliability. Westerners generally regard people from Taiwan as Taiwanese but are
sometimes unsure exactly how to identify the native language they speak.
Notwithstanding the political, constitutional and legal imperatives, when the Republic
of China (ROC) is used however, the country's identity becomes a little murky.
First, the ambiguity in the name can imply that the ROC belongs to China.
Second, acronyms with the letter R for Republic in them are mostly associated with
repressive communist regimes such as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
(North Korea), the USSR and the People's Republic of China (PRC).
Third, a question many Westerners raise is, are people from the ROC Chinese or
Taiwanese? Then, we have the leading advocates for Taiwan in the US bearing the
historical name Formosa.
The "Formosa Foundation" and the "Formosan Association for Public Affairs" add to
Westerners confusion and obscure Taiwan's modern status and true identity. Whatever
the political motivation for President Chen Shui-bian's recent actions to change the
names of some state owned enterprises to include "Taiwan" and remove "China"
seems like a positive move, from the average Westerners point of view.
Westerners trust people from Taiwan and people representing Taiwanese companies.
People representing Taiwanese companies with China in their name are sometimes
misunderstood and are treated a little more cautiously. This cautiousness stems from
the fact that the PRC's legal protections and copyright issues are not as robust as
Taipei Times /March 1, 2007
Taiwan needs to proudly and boldly reinforce its "brand" recognition in the world
with a clear and unambiguous identity.
This will benefit not only the Taiwanese people in their international dealings but will
also assist people who do business with Taiwan, potential tourists, government
officials of foreign countries and other international organizations that wish to deal
with a modern, vibrant, free and independent Taiwan.
Walt Brown
Auckland, New Zealand
It is a mistake for Michael Falick to say that state-run entities in Taiwan are "owned --
and named -- by China" (Letter, Feb. 26, page 8). This is precisely the reason why
many names in Taiwan have to be rectified to avoid mistakes and confusion like this.
Many of these Taiwanese entities were established even before the PRC was born.
China cannot have named or owned them. Although most of them still carry "China"
or "Chinese" in their names, they are not owned by China. As state-run corporations,
they belong to the people of Taiwan. The government has the responsibility to
administer them and report to the people rather than the shareholders.
Likewise, New England does not belong to England, nor is New Mexico part of
Mexico, although Americans choose not to change these names since England and
Mexico do not claim these areas.
Taiwan is called "Chinese Taipei" in the Olympics, APEC meetings and other
international gatherings. Americans would be pissed off if the US were called "British
Washington." Taiwan's official representative office in the US has a lengthy name,
"Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office." This name needs to be
shortened for simplicity.
Individuals also have rights to change or to keep their names. Chinese Nationalist
Party (KMT) Legislator John Chiang has freedom to rectify his last name if he thinks
his previous last name (Chang) was incorrect. Former KMT chairman Ma Ying-jeou
was born in Hong Kong and his given name literally means "British Kowloon." Ma
has liberty to keep his original name, right or wrong.
It was childish for Ma to criticize the recent name changes in Taiwan as "childish."
Taipei Times /March 1, 2007
Ma always opposes whatever President Chen says and does anyway.
Charles Hong
Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

不吐不快 - 大家一起來
作者 思印





 突兀的青瓦白牆,高調的天朝聖主,在21世紀民主時代的台灣,顯得如此地滑稽,他們卻說那是古蹟,歇斯底裡地反制中央政府,不顧台灣人追求自由民主平等的感情。也罷,作了古蹟,往事只能憑弔。 2007.03.07


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camille 寫道:

You showed people how we Taiwanese are different from Chinese !!!

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Friday, March 02, 2007

Published on Taipei Times

Recognize Taiwan: Tancredo

228 GATHERING: The US lawmaker told participants in a demonstration on Capitol Hill that it was time for Washington to end its strategy of ambiguity
By Charles Snyder
Friday, Mar 02, 2007, Page 3

Advertising A US congressman urged Washington to recognize Taiwan as a separate nation, a victim of 228 described her family's tragic loss of their father and the strains of Green Forever, My Taiwan echoed through the halls of Congress on the 60th anniversary of the 228 Incident on Wednesday, as Taiwanese-Americans commemorated the massacres and the subsequent decades of White Terror in Washington.
The event was a memorial service held in the lobby of the Rayburn House Office Building that brought together some 200 Taiwanese-Americans to remember 228 and the martial law that followed, and to express their hopes for the new Taiwanese democracy.

The service came at the culmination of a 250km run by some two dozen Taiwanese-Americans from the home of liberty in Philadelphia to Washington.

Joining them for the final kilometer, nearly 200 Taiwanese-Americans from across the country marched from the Smithsonian main building to the Capitol under brilliant skies and unseasonally warm weather for a press conference and then the service.

Demonstrators representing more than 30 Taiwanese-American and allied organizations, pose in front of the Capitol on Feb. 28 during a campaign to increase US awareness of the 228 Incident, as well as to promote Taiwanese independence and recognition. The activists had jogged all the way to the US capital from Philadelphia beginning on Feb. 23.

The stories of the thousands of families affected by the White Terror had "a common element," Lin Hsu Yung-mei told the memorial service.

"Injustice and senseless silence ... Now their stories can be told," she said to a teary audience.

Hsu, the daughter of prominent intellectual Lin Mao-seng, recalled the night of March 11, 1947, when six men dragged her father from their house. He disappeared never to be seen or heard from again.

Equating 228's impact on Taiwanese with the Holocaust's impact on Jews, Hsu invoked the Jews' cry, "never again."

The victims in both cases "were not numbers. These were human beings. And the Taiwan people hope that the US continues to share our pain and joins us in saying, `never again,'" she said.

Congressman Tom Tancredo, a leading Taiwan supporter in Congress, bemoaned Washington's "ambiguous" stance toward Taiwan in favor of China.

"I think we've been far too ambiguous about how we relate to Taiwan, to the nation of Taiwan, to the country of Taiwan," he said.

"I want China to know where the US stands, and I want you to know and want them to know that we do in fact believe in your sovereignty, that we believe that you are an independent nation," he said, to roaring applause.

Scott Garrett, a New Jersey congressman who helped with the logistics of the memorial service, said it was a "time to remember those who were killed in the 228 tragedy. It's a time to remember and reflect on those individual lives and what they were killed for."

"Their memory carries on today, and translates into the freedom and democracy that we experience in Taiwan today," he said.

Garrett pledged to continue to work for a US-Taiwan free trade agreement.

He also expressed the hope to "go to my office down the street and meet with high level officials from Taiwan."

"And I hope to meet with the president of Taiwan right here," he added, referring to the US government's policy of forbidding President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and other senior Taiwan officials from visiting Washington.

In their march down Independence Avenue to the Capitol, the marchers chanted "Recognize Taiwan," and carried green and white flags similar to the Democratic Progressive Party flag, with the name, "Taiwan."

Formosan Association for Public Affairs chief lobbyist Coen Blaauw, one of the organizers, told reporters that the march intended to "bring the plea of the people of Taiwan for full de jure independence" to the nation's capital.

"We cannot change the past, but we have to make sure that the future looks good for the people of Taiwan," he said.

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