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A think tank affiliated with the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Friday held an advisory meeting on cross-strait discourse, at which some people said that the party should take a “constructive localization route” that prioritizes Taiwan and its people. Participants said that the KMT should end its “comprador culture” and rediscover its role as a platform for cross-strait communication, the National Policy Foundation said in a statement. The KMT cares considerably about the democratization of...

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As threats of military aggression from China grow, the island nation of Taiwan needs a credible military deterrent more than ever. But Taiwan’s military is in a crisis it can barely admit exists. Even as the military refits itself with flashy U.S. arms purchases, such as M1 Abrams tanks and F-16V fighter jets, its front-line units are hollowed out, and the entire reserve system is so dysfunctional that few experts or serving military personnel believe...

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After the second reactor of the Chinshan nuclear power plant reached the end of its 40-year licensing period last July, the plant became the first of Taiwan’s three nuclear power facilities to enter the stage of decommissioning. The step is in line with the Tsai Ing-wen administration’s goal of transforming Taiwan into a “nuclear-free homeland” by 2025. Over the next 25 years, the plant – located within New Taipei City along the island’s northern coast...

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As Taiwan progresses toward its goal of 20% of power generation from renewable energy sources, the shortcomings of solar and wind are becoming increasingly evident. Solar power requires vast swathes of land, a precious commodity in Taiwan, and offshore wind is costly and environmentally disruptive. Both are also intermittent, generating large amounts of power when conditions are good but at times dropping to zero. Some experts suggest that Taiwan’s concentration on solar and wind power...

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The government has issued the first vehicle license plate to be used in autonomous vehicle trials since it began to enforce the Act for Uncrewed Vehicle Technology Innovations and Experiments (無人載具科技創新實驗條例) in October last year, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said yesterday. Earlier this month, Kinwaytek Technology Co, a subsidiary of Chunghwa Telecom Co, received the nation’s first license plate for autonomous vehicle trials. Lin and several other government officials were yesterday...

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Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday approved relief measures totaling at least NT$60 billion (US$2 billion) for sectors affected by an outbreak of COVID-19 in China, including coupons that can be used at night markets and shopping districts. Relief funds would come in two forms: appropriation from existing budgets of agencies concerned with relief efforts and a planned special budget, which would have a ceiling of NT$60 billion, Executive Yuan spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka said. … If...

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The fact that Chiang Ching-kuo’s legacy has gripped Taiwanese society for the past thirty years shows how we haven’t, or has refused to, address our past. The mainstream in Taiwan’s society has been the very boomer generation that came of age during Chiang’s era. They are overly confident in their accomplishments, to the point where they lose the ability to think critically about their own history, aesthetics or even the idea of “freedom and equality.”...

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Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) and former KMT vice chairman Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday presented their platforms as candidates in the party’s chairperson by-election to be held on March 7. … “No matter which of the two of us serves as the chairman of the KMT, we will face difficult reforms,” Chiang said. “The KMT has reached an important moment when reform cannot be avoided.” … Among the proposals he has made...

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Michael Turton (麥哲恩) is back from vacation, and he and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) bring a wide-ranging show. The government responds well to the Wuhan coronavirus, a few comments on the KMT chair race and the Han recall campaign looks like it will have enough signatures to trigger a recall election by Feb 16. The New Taipei City government is making it harder for the government to decommission the Chinshan Nuclear Plant. The information...

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Michael Turton (麥哲恩) is back from vacation, and he and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) bring a wide-ranging show. The government responds well to the Wuhan coronavirus, a few comments on the KMT chair race and the Han recall campaign looks like it will have enough signatures to trigger a recall election by Feb 16. The New Taipei City government is making it harder for the government to decommission the Chinshan Nuclear Plant. The information...