Focus Taiwan: Taiwan a concern for U.S. in potential 2020 conflict with China: poll

… In the annual Preventive Priorities Survey released by the New York-based the Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for Preventive Action (CPA), American foreign policy experts assessed the likelihood and impact of 30 potential conflicts that could emerge or escalate next year. The CPA then categorized the scenarios in three tiers — high, moderate, and […]

Focus Taiwan: U.S. bill mandates report on Chinese interference in Taiwan election

Washington, Dec. 17 (CNA) The U.S. Senate on Tuesday gave final passage to the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a provision of which mandates a report on any Chinese interference in Taiwan’s elections. According to the bill, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence is required to submit the report to Congress within 45 days […]

Taiwan News: Taiwan KMT official describes top Australian reporter as liar

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Kuomintang (KMT) official Alex Tsai (蔡正元) on Tuesday (Dec.17) accused a top Australian journalist of having asked for money from Taiwanese intelligence in connection with spy allegations against China. He was commenting on the case of William Wang Liqiang (王立強), a Chinese defector in Australia who claimed his country had funding […]

Focus Taiwan: KMT presidential candidate lacks leadership qualities: Tsai

Taipei, Dec. 18 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Wednesday in a live policy presentation on TV that her main challenger in the 2020 presidential election does not have the qualities needed to serve as head of state. Tsai said the rhetoric from the campaign of Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), who is […]

Taipei Times: Lax law let wife replace a convicted vote-buyer

On Nov. 22, the Hsinchu District Court convicted Lo Chi-hsiang (羅吉祥), the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) mayor of Hsinchu County’s Jhudong Township (竹東), on charges of vote-buying. It gave him a prison term of three years and 10 months, and deprived him of his civil rights for four years. Upon conviction, Lo was dismissed from […]

Taipei Times: NPA digs property once occupied by Han’s father-in-law

The National Property Administration (NPA) yesterday began investigating a Yunlin County property previously occupied by the father-in-law of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) presidential candidate, to determine whether illegal waste was buried there. The NPA began excavating 37 locations in an area near the Jhuoshui River (濁水溪) following a request […]

Taipei Times: 2020 Elections: Presidential debate to be held on Dec. 29

A presidential debate for the Jan. 11 elections is to be held on Dec. 29 and broadcast by Public Television Service (PTS), several news organizations announced yesterday. The candidates would field questions by journalists from the Central News Agency and the Chinese-language Apple Daily, Liberty Times, United Daily News and China Times newspapers, PTS News […]

Taipei Times: 2020 Elections: Candidates present platforms

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday touted her accomplishments in her first term in the first of three platform presentations for presidential candidates organized by the Central Election Commission. Meanwhile, her opponents, Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) candidate, and People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) questioned her ability to […]