Taiwan editorial abstracts

Taiwan editorial abstracts

Taipei, Oct. 29 (CNA) The following is a brief roundup of selected local newspaper editorials Thursday:
Liberty Times: It is time to pierce the bubble about the trade pact with China Ma's administration is speeding up its negotiations with China on the proposed economic cooperation framework agreement as the domestic opposition to it is mounting.
Beijing is responding favorably to Ma's approach by claiming that it is ready for such talks during the forthcoming cross-strait talks.
If Ma's negotiations on beef with Washington is anything to go by, we are sure the people will be sold out again in his negotiations on the trade pact with China.
For example, Chinese banks can easily squeeze their Taiwan counterparts out of the market through their strong economic strength, if they were allowed to operate in Taiwan. It will be the holocaust of Taiwan's financial institutions.
So it's time for the public to rise in arms to stop Ma from concluding a trade pact with China.

Apple Daily: The most imperious AIT chief in history William Stanton, head of the American Institute in Taiwan Taipei Office, claimed that 1,034 Taiwanese were killed in motorcycle accidents in Taiwan in last year, far more than the number of people who have died from mad cow disease worldwide, therefore Taiwanese should stop riding motorcycles because it far more dangerous than eating U.S. beef.
Stanton obviously is not aware that what matters is not death, but the fear that U.S. beef could present a risk of mad cow disease. Isn't freedom from fear a right advocated by the U.S.' late President Franklin Roosevelt? The diplomat's argument smacks of U.S. arrogance and hemogony and has offended even the members of Democratic Progressive Party who are the U.S.' most staunch supporters in Taiwan.
Ma's administration should not be blamed for agreeing to import of U.S. bone-in beef, if the decision was meant obtain U.S.
concessions on other fronts.
Stanton's arrogant defense of U.S. beef would only disgust and repel local consumers.

China Times: Is the U.S. trying to take advantage of Taiwan's situation to make money? Taiwan authorities' decision to lift the ban on imports of U.S.
bone-in beef is threatening to mushroom into a crisis, as several local governments have vowed to boycott the controversial beef imports.
Although the Taiwan authorities have only themselves to blame for failing to inform the public clearly of their negotiations with Washington, the U.S. is the real culprit for forcing Taiwan to lift the ban.
It would be understandable if Taiwan gave in to the U.S. request in exchange for Washington's promise to resume trade talks with Taiwan, which would be a step toward a free trade agreement.
In a related development, Washington has raised the price of some of the weaponry system that Taiwan is eager to buy, which puts the already debt-ridden Taiwan government under heavy financial pressure.
We won't blame Washington for trying to make money, but if its selfish approach forces Taiwan to move closer to China and tilt the balance between Washington and Beijing, will that serve the U.S.' interests?
United Daily News: If Brother Elephants are resolved....
What a disappointment to local baseball fans who had seen with enthusiasm the 17-inning showdown between Brothers Elephants and Uni-President Lions for the season's title only to find that several top players were probed for game-rigging.
It is the fifth game-rigging scandal which has tarnished the image of the Chinese Professional Baseball League in its 20-year history.
All the fans are now waiting for is that the scandal is groundless, and the players involved in the allegations will tell them soundly that they had never thrown games.
This is an annus mirabilis for Taiwan baseball fans who had seen their hero Wang Chien-ming withdrawing from the New York Yankees for injuries and the scandal shrouding the Chinese Professional Baseball League. It is the onus of the government to protect the baseball players from being intimated by gangsters, and the onus of the players to reject gangsters pecuniary temptations.
Taiwan is hardly big enough to afford a professional baseball league, but for the enthusiasm of local fans. If the players of Brother Elephants being investigated are found guilty of match fixing, that could spell the demise of Brother Elephants and would be tantamount to the death of the league. Has Taiwan debased itself to this extent? (By Maubo Chang)

Updated : 2020-12-01 02:27 GMT+08:00