Taiwan Headlines, Jan. 19

Five more domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases linked to Taoyuan General Hospital have been identified, bringing the latest domestic outbreak up to nine.
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has set up a command centre at the hospital in response.

Lawmakers are calling for the removal or replacement of an old school map in the Legislative Yuan which places the capital of the Republic of China (ROC) in Nanjing, and portrays Mongolia as part of its territory.
The map often appears on TV when reporters interview legislators.
KMT Legislator William Tseng (曾銘宗) said that the map is accurate, until the Constitution and laws are amended to change the nation’s official territory.
I’m pretty sure the Constitution and laws are not being followed in Nanjing or Mongolia.

According to a Judicial Yuan report, 20 Supreme Court and High Court judges and senior officials, along with 20 prosecutors and judicial investigators, were found to have engaged in illegal activities such as bribe-taking, abuse of authority and conflict of interest.
The report confirmed the Control Yuan’s previous findings that tied more than 200 judicial personnel to a corruption scandal.
Both the New Power Party and Taiwan People’s Party are calling for widening the probe.

The Supreme Court has remanded a case involving eight Sunflower Movement activists who were previously given 2-4 month prison terms over the occupation of the Executive Yuan in 2014 to the High Court for retrial and stated the defendents should receive more lenient sentences.
In its ruling, the court revoked the guilty verdicts and ordered a retrial, based on the argument that the defendants were exercising their “right of resistance” or “civil disobedience” as part of their right to freedom of expression.
The “right of resistance” is used to protect and restore a democratic constitutional order, and is legal and legitimate under the Constitution, the court said.

The Control Yuan has passed 11 to nil an impeachment case against former Presidential Office spokesman Ernesto Ting Yun-kung (丁允恭) for his involvement in a sex scandal involving multiple extramerital affairs.
The case has now been forwarded to the Disciplinary Court, which will decide what punishment Ting will receive.

Hon Hai–aka Foxconn–has established a 50-50 joint venture with Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group that will build cars for others through contract manufacturing.
Hon Hai announced earlier this month that it will work with Chinese automaker Byton to establish a joint venture developing auto parts, in Nanjing.

Asked at a daily news briefing how China would follow through on its pledge to make the United States “pay a heavy price” for its engagements with Taiwan, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said “owing to the wrong actions of the United States, China has decided to impose sanctions on responsible U.S. officials who have engaged in nasty behaviour on the Taiwan issue,”
She didn’t elaborate further.

Palau’s president-elect has vowed to stand up to Chinese “bullying” in the Pacific, and said the small archipelago nation will stand by its alliances with “true friends”, the United States and Taiwan.
He told the Guardian “Palau’s position, as a friend of Taiwan, has caused a lot of collateral damage for Palau.
Other countries that do not like this relationship, do things in the international community, like the UN and other Pacific organisations, to try to disrupt what Palau is promoting.
I think that’s the nature of larger nations who want to bully.”
No prizes for guessing which “other country” he’s referring to.
The PRC has levied an embargo on tourism to the country.

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