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Taiwan editorial abstracts

Taipei, July 1 (CNA) The following is a brief roundup of selected local newspaper editorials Wednesday: United Daily News: On the status upgrade for Tainan The Cabinet's recent decision to merge Tainan City with Tainan County and upgrade the region to become the fifth special municipality has derailed President Ma Ying-jeou's national land use planning that originally aimed to divide Taiwan into "three metropolises and 15 counties." With Taoyuan, Hsinchu and Miaoli likely to be merged and upgraded to become the sixth special municipality and Pingtung seeking to be merged into "greater Kaohsiung, " it seems foreseeable that the existing administrative regions will all be reorganized into metropolises to create a new "large locality system." A new "strong branches and weak trunk" landscape in which local governments play more dominant roles than the central government is taking shape. In the future, if local governments cannot shoulder the responsibility of national development, it will put the country's political and economic development at great risk. We believe the government must first map out an overall blueprint for national development to provide a direction for regional development.
Liberty Times: On the potential dangers in cross-strait ties The moderation of cross-Taiwan Strait tensions and the resumption of dialogue between the two sides have been President Ma Ying-jeou's most-mentioned "achievements." However, the peaceful sea that we have seen over the past year only disguises the turbulence underneath.
During a recent U.S. visit, Wang Yi, chief of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, demanded that Washington stop its arms sales to Taiwan on the grounds that cross-strait ties have improved. This shows that Beijing has continued its attempt to weaken Taiwan's defense capabilities to achieve the goal of demilitarizing Taiwan. At the same time, the number of Chinese missiles targeting Taiwan has continued to increase to 1,500 over the past year.
China's policy toward Taiwan has remained unchanged in substance, which is to annex Taiwan. China may one day use the proposed economic cooperation framework agreement to lock Taiwan's economy and hollow out Taiwan's sovereignty, further persuading the United States to end its arms sales to Taiwan and choking Taiwan's lifeline. Then, Ma's so-called "no unification, no independence, no use of force" promise will definitely go down in history as a lie, nonsense and joke.
Apple Daily: On government efficiency According to the latest Worldwide Governance Indicators 1996-2008 released Monday by the World Bank Group, Taiwan has seen a serious decline in its performance for "government effectiveness" and "voice and accountability." The score that Taiwan received for "government effectiveness" is the lowest since 1998.
This is exactly the reason why we have been calling for reforms to the existing system in which civil service has become an "iron rice bowl." In the era of globalization, the competition between countries is a total war, rather than a war involving only the private sector. In such a war, the competitiveness of Taiwan's civil servants is key to the country's overall competitiveness.
China Times: On ex-President Chen's corruption case Former President Chen Shui-bian, who has remained in detention while his trial on corruption charges continues, wrote to his successor Ma Ying-jeou recently to ask him to help lift the travel restrictions imposed by prosecutors on his daughter Chen Hsing-yu.
Chen Shui-bian's action raises the suspicion that he is trying to make his supporters believe that the judiciary can be manipulated by the president. Such overt use of political manipulation to trample upon the rule of law is damaging Taiwan's rule of law.
However, there are two issues that deserve our attention. First, according to the principle of presumption of innocence, the pre-trial detention of defendants should always be imposed as an exception, rather than a rule. Second, it is questionable for prosecutors to hold the power to impose travel restrictions on suspects. Ma should promote related reforms to realize his campaign promise of upholding human rights.
(By Y.F. Low)




Updated : 2021-05-19 08:13 GMT+08:00