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Taiwan editorial abstracts

Taiwan editorial abstracts

Taipei, Oct. 27 (CNA) The following is a brief roundup of selected local newspaper editorials Tuesday: Liberty Times: How can Ma's administration which bungles beef talks with Washington succeed in trade talks with China? The decision of Ma's administration to lift a six-year ban on imports of U.S. bone-in beef, including risky offal and ground beef has shown that it is unable to defend the country's interests.
It bent to U.S. pressure in exchange for Washington's promise to resume long-stalled bilateral trade talks that are of insignificance to Taiwan.
It is reported that the decision was finalized by Ma and his national security aides while the opinion of health officials were ignored.
Judging from the administration's performance in talks with the U.S. we cannot really hope for too much from it in its pending trade talks with China. So let's cripple the president by ignoring his orders.
United Daily News: KMT's coup has not yet completed, chairman has to push for it vigorously The Kuomintang has finally decided to elect the whole members of its Central Standing Committee again, and mark the beginning of the party's first silent revolution in history.
We call it coup because the party chief negated the results of democratic election because of vote-buying allegations and engineered a new election that means he impose his personal will on the whole party.
The coup has been successful thus far but it is uncertain that it will result in a new lineup of the party policy makers who are clean, powerful and capable of helping the party's governance.
Therefore, the chairman has to continue to push for it and drive home the coup.
China Times: U.S. beef and people's self-management The question of safety should be paramount when deciding whether or not imports of U.S. bone-in beef should be permitted.
Unfortunately, our government has not done enough to convince the public that U.S. beef is safe for consumption.
The health minister even gave the press a misleading briefing on the eve of the conclusion of the agreement, claiming that beef offal and ground beef would be excluded from the agreement, only to be exposed to the public with the discovery that these items were also given a green light.
Fortunately, Taiwan's people have risen up in arms, vowing to shield themselves from risky beef offal. Several local government chiefs, notably Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin, have urged restaurant owners in Taipei to refrain from selling the controversial U.S. beef.
It is a bright spot for democracy that the people can say "no" to Washington when the government cannot.
Apple Daily: Baseball league beyond salvation Prosecutors raided the residences of several leading professional baseball players in connection with a game-rigging scandal one day after the end of the season's title game.
It is the fifth time in the league's 20-year history that it has been tarnished by game-fixing allegations and may be the largest in terms of the number of players involved.
The allegations have disappointed fans, although the players involved could be said to be more victims than sinners. They can be forgived for two reasons.
They are paid far less than their U.S. and Japanese counterparts, leaving them vulnerable to temptation, and they may have trouble saying no to bookmakers who are often gangsters and are willing to use violence to get what they want. How can the vicious cycle be broken? It is not only up to team managements but also law enforcement officials.
(By Maubo Chang)




Updated : 2021-07-24 11:07 GMT+08:00