Taiwan Today: Transitional Justice Commission vice chairman resigns

Chang Tien-chin, vice chairman of the Transitional Justice Commission (TJC)

Transitional Justice Commission vice chairman resigns

Chang Tien-chin (張天欽), vice chairman of the Transitional Justice Commission (TJC) under the Executive Yuan, has resigned over remarks that he made in an internal meeting last
month about a mayoral candidate, which was widely criticized as politically motivated and inappropriate.

In a statement Wednesday, Chang apologized publicly for saying at a TJC meeting on Aug. 24 that New Taipei mayoral candidate Hou You-yi (侯友宜) of the Kuomintang (KMT) was “the worst example of transitional justice” and it was pity his case had not been used for political mileage.

Chang Tien-ching, vice chairman of TJC, was referring to Hou You-yi’s role as the leader of a police team that attempted to arrest Taiwan independence and democracy advocate Cheng Nan-jung in 1989, which led to Cheng’s self-immolation and his martyrdom by the democracy movement in Taiwan.

Hualien county chief sentenced to 8 months for stock speculation

The Supreme Court turned down Wednesday an appeal by Hualien Magistrate Fu Kun-chi (傅崐萁) against an eight-month prison term he was given for stock speculation last year, ruling that the case is now closed and that Fu must serve his term.

The prosecution has been instructed to take action to prevent Fu from fleeing the country, according to a statement released by the Supreme Court.

Fu, along with several accomplices, was accused of having speculated in stocks of Taipei-based Hold Key Electric Wire and Cable Co. using many dummy accounts from October 2003 to January 2004. During that period, the price of Hold Key stocks rose from NT$15.5 (US$0.5) per share to NT$40.6, the statement said, noting that the price hike generated “criminal transactions” valued at NT$118.48 million.

Fu Sun-chi, 56, who was elected Hualien county chief in 2009 and re-elected in 2014, was eventually sentenced to 16 months for stock speculation, commuted to eight months under the laws regulating criminal speedy trials and sentence commutation, but funds totaling NT$63.02 million that Fu was ruled to have earned via his criminal act will be forfeited.

Over 22,000 Taiwanese apply for Chinese residency in 10 days

Over 22,000 residents of Taiwan who have lived in China for longer than six months applied for mainland residency between Sept. 1 and Sept. 10, An Fengshan (安峰山), the spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said Wednesday, citing unofficial statistics.

Effective Sept. 1, China began issuing residence permits for Taiwanese living, working and studying in China, according to China’s State Council.

The new residence permits for Taiwanese are different from China’s resident identity cards, An said at a regular press conference, adding that the permits serve as “identity cards” to increase the convenience for Taiwanese living, working and studying in China and are unrelated to any adjustments to political rights and obligations.

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman An Fengshan said that Taiwanese applicants are not required to either register on China’s household registration system or to have their Taiwanese household registrations automatically revoked

U.S. reaffirms support for Taiwan after recall of ambassadors

The United States reiterated its support for Taiwan Tuesday after recalling its top diplomats to three nations in Central America and the Caribbean for consultations related to recent decisions by those countries to cut diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

The U.S. Department of State summoned the U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Robin Bernstein, the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Jean Manes, and the U.S. Charge d’Affaires in Panama Roxanne Cabral for “consultations related to recent decisions to no longer recognize Taiwan,” the State Department said in a statement issued Friday.