Taiwan: What is Happening with the Judiciary?

Few days ago, I posted (HERE) about some actual political aspects of Taiwan, mentioning (among other facts) that a political party is asking to replace a judge who did not made decisions according the “willing” of that party.

It seems that this request was accepted…

In today Taipei Times, it is indicated that …Presiding Judge Tsai Shou-hsun (蔡守訓) would take over the Chen-related case from Presiding Judge Chou Chan-chun (周占春) because Tsai had previously handled cases concerning Chen“.

I fell quite perturbed with that.

Not only a political party has (at least seems to have) enough weight to influence the Judiciary, but the way a judge is assigned to a case has been changed:

Normally, in an effort to avoid human manipulation, the courts had in recent years had to resort to using a computerized system designed to randomly select presiding judges.

But now, it is a vote which decides. A vote among the actual Court’s presiding judges.

Obviously, we are going back to the past system…

Ah… Old Times…

 

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Taiwan: 14 Years of Lies – How Prosecutors will React?

Since almost one year, the KMT legislator Diane Lee is accused of dual citizenship (US and Taiwan), which is totally forbidden by the law.

The US State Department provide a letter, and the Central News Agency (Taiwan) has quoted an official at the State Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs as saying that the case was closed.

Even with all these facts, Diane Lee is still denying at a a press conference yesterday saying: “Everyone should wait for the result of a review by the US State Department because this case involves US law.”

What does it mean?

Does Diane Lee consider that a letter from the State Department is not authoritative enough?

Beside, her KMT colleagues including the speaker, tried to hide the facts by marking as “confidential” the letter received by the State Department.

For the KMT, the public was not entitled to know if one of their representatives had been elected on false pretences.

What a shame…

According the law, Diane Lee is supposed to give back all the salaries she received since 14 years and also faces criminal accusations.

How prosecutors will react?

Until now, they do not seem to rush on an investigation.

But yes, Diane Lee is a KMT member, not a DPP. So obviously, there is no need to rush…

 

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I hate Christmas

Photo AP

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Happy Christmas

Two possible scenarios about the stages of life:

Scenario # 1

1. You believe in Santa Claus.
2. You don’t believe in Santa Claus.
3. You are Santa Claus.
4. You look like Santa Claus.

Scenario # 2

1. You believe in Santa Claus.
2. You don’t believe in Santa Claus.
3. You are of age.
4. You vote…because you are missing Santa Claus

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Panda, Taiwan and China

Last month, I posted (HERE) about the two pandas “offered” by China to Taiwan, and I mentioned about two possibilities concerning the permit asked to let the pandas arriving in Taiwan:

  • Permits are asked but in that case it means that China acknowledges Taiwan is not part of China

  • No permit is asked and it means that China and Taiwan consider to be part of the same country

The two pandas arrived yesterday… And we officially know how the transfer was administratively handled.

In one hand, we have the “blue” political side celebrating and in other hand, we have the “green” opponents denouncing the fact that Taiwan was belittled and the “blue” denying that Taiwan’s status was belittled.

Among the 2 possibilities I mentioned before, it was the latter one: no permit was asked from CITES, (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). It was considered as a transfer from city to city (Chengdu, Sichuan Province to Taipei)

Moreover, the CITES secretary, Juan Vasquez, said that in accordance with UN policy, the transport of the two pandas to Taiwan would be a matter of “internal or domestic trade” and as such does not need to be reported to CITES. (do I need to mention that on the website of CITES, Taiwan is “officially” mentioned as a province of China?)

And still, the “blue”side still insists that Taiwan status was not belittled?

Come on…

It is very clear that China, through the two pandas, attempt to “internalize” the Taiwan question.

Not only Taiwan status is belittled, but the pecuniary cost is not cheap: an investment about USD 10,000,000 in the Taipei zoo, plus a yearly maintenance cost of roughly USD 1,200,000.

Under the actual economic situation, I don’t think it was the most urgent expenses.

But of course, it is all about politics so the power in place is not apparently concerned…

But people are happy… even though the poor cannot even afford the zoo entrance ticket…

And for which kind of country the “blue”side is willing to sell Taiwan? To a country who had issued a memo instructing courts not to hear cases related to the collapsed schools, a lawsuit filed by a group of parents seeking compensation for the deaths of their children when their classrooms crumbled during a devastating earthquake in May.

While the Chinese government has vowed strict punishment for bad construction along with the investigation, there has so far been no public attempt to hold anyone accountable. 7 months after the earthquake… so think about it…

Maybe you think I am exaggerating about the “blue” side, and its willing to be considered as part of China.

On the yesterday issue of Taipei Times, we can read a story about the calendar offered as a gift by the Taoyuan County Council and signed by the speaker and vice speaker, all members of the KMT.

What’s the point? Simple: they printed Oct. 1 marked as National Day and July 1 as “Reunification Day.”

The national day of Taiwan is Oct. 10, not Oct. 1.

Oct. 1 is the national day of China.

So about July 1 marked as “reunification” day, what is that? They already planed that on July 1, Taiwan will be officially sold to China?

Do you need more to believe the final target of KMT?

Anyway, we do not need to be surprised from them.

KMT asked that the Taipei District Court judge who upheld the release of former president Chen Shui-bian without bail on Wednesday last week, should be replaced.

In a normal democratic country, the executive and legislative branches have no right to put pressure on the judiciary. See what happened to the Belgium government.

But obviously here, the “Party” is everything and it is even him who is talking to the Chinese side, party to party.

Back to the “old time”…

 

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Taiwan-China: I told you! (Not only from me of course…)

Ok, since the Chief of the Region made the deal done, I mean direct flights, we got here what so many said: trouble… Including crime stuff.

Many media including Reuters published the last predictable news: Drugs came from China.

Right away from THE FIRST FLIGHT!

But from the “Taiwan Region”, nothing can surprise me more.

Salvation” must come from “Mainland” or China, whatever you name it…

It is just the beginning…

I do not mention about Taiwanese companies, employment and then Taiwanese people…

 

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Taiwan- Cross-Strait Relations: Political Reality or Nonsense?

We all know that there is a big gap between campaign promises and decisions made by the new President (Chief?) of Taiwan (Taiwan Region?),  M. Ma.

Anyway, it is often the case in politics in many countries, which explains why so much people do not trust political people.

That is one explanation.

The other one is that people are stupid. Sorry.

When they are kid, they believe in Santa Claus. Then they grow up and of course they won’t believe in the Red Guy anymore… Instead, they will vote…

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One article from today’s Taipei Times made me feel confused because one more similar statement from M. Ma:

“Within the framework of our Constitution, I would define the Mainland as ‘Mainland region’ and Taiwan as ‘Taiwan region’ — this is what the Act Governing Relations between the Peoples of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area is all about”.

Wait, it’s not finished yet:

Ma said another reason why he would not define the Taiwan-China relationship as state-to-state was because:

According to our Constitution, we cannot recognize that there is another country on the mainland, which is part of the ROC.”

Some members of the KMT party (the party of M. Ma) called this statement as logically accurate and as a “clear interpretation of political reality.”

Thus if I well understood, “Mainland (sic)” is not a country and so People’s Republic of China [PRC] is not a country.

And following his mind, Taiwan is not a country…

I can understand because the weight of China, the status of Taiwan is quite problematic… Even though history proved it is not really (because not defined yet) the case for Taiwan.

But when I read that for M. Ma, China is not a country, I am sorry…

That is a total nonsense for me and obviously he is covering himself with a old constitution blanket which has not anymore any validity.

China not been a country… Because the Constitution M. Ma is hiding under…

Totally nonsense…

…Or maybe it has a sense… both side are the same country so what about just launch the “reunification” process?

According reactions here, it seems that people are not really realizing it.

Anyway, even though they do, they will forget when the next election time comes…

I told you above. It is what I call the “Santa Claus” syndrome or… the stupidity one?

Poor Taiwan and poor people who lost their life for freedom and democracy…

What do you think?

Feel free 🙂

No. I am not supposed to smile. Should be the opposite.

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