ISSUE 120                                                                              December 9, 2021
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Female Legislator Abused, Exposing Cyber-Army Governance Chaos
Legislator Kao Chia-yu of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was assaulted by her boyfriend Ling Ping-shu. The affair has triggered in-fighting among cyber-armies within the DPP and exposed the chaos behind the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen governing Taiwan with cyber-armies.
(Photo from: United Daily News)
Featured News

DPP Legislator Battered, Presidential Policy Advisor Resigns

Summary Report by Taiwan Weekly

 

News on November 30 of Legislator Kao Chia-yu of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) abused by her boyfriend sent shock waves across Taiwan. In a press conference, Legislator Kao accused her boyfriend of assaulting her and restricting her personal freedom and displayed photos of her body injuries. Soon after her boyfriend Lin was arrested and taken into custody and held incommunicado, a group of internet ghostwriters started to make postings on social media attempting to change public opinion, causing ruptures between different DPP factions. Since Mr. Lin is well-connected in DPP political circle, Chairman Jan Hung-Tze of PChome, suddenly resigned on December 5 as national policy advisor to the President because he had lobbied Mirror Media on Mr. Lin’s behalf.

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Featured Editorial
According to media commentary, President Tsai should end the phenomenon of cyber-armies governing and disturbing Taiwan.
(Photo from: The Storm Media)

National Governance by Cyber-Armies, Taiwan in Chaos?

United Daily News , December 3, 2021

 

After Legislator Kao Chia-yu was domestically abused by her boyfriend, it brought back out the issue of Internet armies twisting narratives. Previously, there was Yang Hui-Ju, who directed internet netizens to attack a diplomat. Later, there was Vice President William Lai, who was bullied by Internet netizens of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Now, they also won’t let a legislator from their own party off the hook, which brings out the internal conflicts with the DPP. In addition to conveying her condolences to Ms. Kao and expressing concern for the legislator's personal safety, President Tsai ought to order the prosecution to investigate judiciously and party members to exercise self-control to put an end to this sort of chaos.

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From: https://udn.com/news/story/122580/5934218

Featured Opinion
In a commentary, former President Ma Ying-jeou opined that recent actions of the Tsai administration have stifled Taiwan's democracy, turning Taiwan into an "illiberal democracy" or "popularly-elected autocracy."

Taiwan is now an "illiberal democracy"

By Ma Ying-jeou

United Daily News, December 9, 2021

 

The United States will hold the first of its two global "Summits for Democracy" on December 9 and 10, inviting government, civil society, and private sector leaders from 110 countries and regions to discuss such topics as "fighting against authoritarianism," "combating corruption," and "promoting respect for Human Rights." My country was officially invited and will delegate Tang Feng (Minister of State) and Hsiao Bi-khim (representative to the United States) to attend the meeting.

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From: https://udn.com/news/story/6656/5947957

Featured News
According to the London School of Economics and Political Science, the student records of President Tsai do not contain information about her dissertation defense, so it is unable to provide the date and faculty committee list.

No Information on Tsai's Dissertation Defense

China Times, November 29, 2921

 

The “Thesis Gate” involving President Tsai Ing-wen has seen new developments. Michael Richardson, a former columnist of The Observer, a publication based in Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States, received a Decision notice from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) of the United Kingdom on November 26, stating that the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) “denied holding” information on Tsai’s doctoral dissertation oral examination committee members and her viva report. However, American scholar Hwan Lin indicated that the LSE legal team had provided the names of two members of the doctoral examination committee to the Ministry of Justice last year, but the University of London to the opposite refrained from disclosing this information on the grounds of "protecting personal privacy". This is outright contradictory.

 

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From: https://www.chinatimes.com/realtimenews/20211129001538-260407

This Week in Taiwan
Secretary of State Antony Blinken of the United States stated that if China were to invade Taiwan, it would be a "disastrous" decision.
(Photo from: United Daily News)
November 30: The Department of Protective Services, Ministry of Health and Welfare, released the results of a second large-scale survey on intimate relationship violence on Taiwanese women. One in every five women has experienced intimate partner violence in their lives. Among them, "mental violence" is the most common, reflecting the seriousness of the domestic violence issue in Taiwan. 
 
November 30: Dissatisfied with cabinet officials under Premier Su Tseng-chang breaching administrative neutrality, spending public funds to campaign against the referendum and promote American meat traders, co-chairs of the eight Legislative Yuan committees affiliated with the Kuomintang announced that they would suspend review of the central government's 2022 budget until Premier Su apologizes. 
 
December 1: Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan delivered a speech, stating that Japan cannot tolerate military invasion of Taiwan, and that Taiwan's matter means Japan's matter, as well as a matter concerning the U.S.-Japan alliance. He called upon Chinese President Xi Jinping to not miscalculate the situation. China's Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Hua Chunying urgently summoned the Japanese Ambassador to China Hideo Tarumi to protest Mr. Abe's remarks. She stated that Japan is not qualified to make irresponsible remarks on the Taiwan issue. Tarumi responded that China should try to understand different views. 
 
December 1: The Shanghai-Taipei City Forum debuted. Mayor Ko Wen-je of Taipei reiterated his "five mutuals" position on cross-strait relations, calling for both sides to promote meaningful dialogue. Mayor Gong Zhengze stated that he will continue to uphold the concept that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are close like family and support Taiwanese compatriots and enterprises in Shanghai. He looks forward to working together to write a new chapter in the cities' cooperation.
 
December 2: The Central Epidemic Command Center announced the start of third-dose vaccination. Those in the first three priority categories like medical personnel and air crew members, as well as personnel going abroad on official business and professional athletes, may receive a half dose of Moderna as the third dose. Appointments may be made directly with a hospital. 
 
December 2: After a press conference by Legislator Kao Chia-yu on December 1 confirming domestic assault by her boyfriend Ling Ping-shu, prosecutorial police rushed to the hotel where Lin was staying to arrest him but found that the suspect was transferring mobile phone data and had deleted some of Kao's nude photos. The police also found that Legislator Kao had to comply with Lin's orders because Lin had these photos, and her whereabouts were controlled by Lin. Because of actions destroying evidence and his involvement in multiple times, Lin is at risk of flying and repeating the crime. At about 2 AM, the New Taipei District Court held that Lin would be detained, and visits would be barred. 
 
December 3: During interpellation at the Legislative Yuan, Minister of National Defense Chiu Kuo-cheng stated that the inclusion of cross-strait peace in the joint statement by the United States and South Korea is favorable to defense operations. But the principle remains that Taiwan must save itself. Regarding proposals by members of the United States Congress to provide $2 billion every year in loans from 2023 to 2030 to help Taiwan procure military equipment, Minister Chiu stated that Taiwan will not accept everything as approved by the Congress. 
 
December 4: At the Reuters NEXT virtual global conference, Secretary of State Antony Blinken indicated that Chinese leaders should think twice about taking action against Taiwan. Mr. Blinken warned that if the mainland accelerates crisis in the Taiwan Strait, it would face dire consequences and that an invasion of Taiwan would be a "disastrous" decision.
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