Taiwan Weekly is a newsletter released every week by Fair Winds Foundation, Association of Foreign Relations and Taipei Forum that provides coverage and perspectives into the latest developments in Taiwan.

Former President Ma:Taiwan Should Not Stick to "Nuclear-Free Homeland" Concept

Former President Ma:Taiwan Should Not Stick to "Nuclear-Free Homeland" Concept

On July 16, at an energy conference co-hosted by the Ma Ying-jeou Foundation and the Fair Winds Foundation, former President Ma Ying-jeou indicated that Japan has decided to reactivate nine nuclear power units at the end of this year in order to stabilize the energy supply.

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This Week in Taiwan 0710-0716

This Week in Taiwan 0710-0716

July 11: Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan was assassinated on July 8. President Tsai Ing-wen, Premier Su Tseng-chang, and Chairman Eric Chu of the Kuomintang (KMT) went to the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association on July 11 to offer condolences. 

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Mayoral Candidate Swamped in Thesis Plagiarism Scandal

Mayoral Candidate Swamped in Thesis Plagiarism Scandal

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) nominated Mayor Lin Chi-chien of Hsinchu to run for Taoyuan mayor, but it was revealed that his two master theses, one at Chung Hua University (CHU) in 2008 and another at National Taiwan University (NTU) in 2017, are suspected of plagiarism.

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Rescuing President Tsai's Favorite Boy at the Cost of Academic and Political Conscience

Rescuing President Tsai's Favorite Boy at the Cost of Academic and Political Conscience

With scrutiny of thesis plagiarism yet to be dissipated, Lin Chih-chien has deserted his mayoral post in Hsinchu and rushed to Taoyuan to run for mayor.

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TSMC A Pawn Under U.S. Selfish Motives on Semiconductors

TSMC A Pawn Under U.S. Selfish Motives on Semiconductors

The Taiwan Capitalization Weighted Stock Index (TAIEX) hit a record high early this year closed at 18,619 points.

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This Week in Taiwan 0703-0709

This Week in Taiwan 0703-0709

July 6: Five legislators across political parties were collectively charged with bribery and sentenced in the first instance. Legislator Su Chen-ching formerly affiliated with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was sentenced to 10 years in prison, Legislator Liao Kuo-tung of the Kuomintang (KMT) to eight years and six months in prison, Legislator Chen Chao-ming of the KMT to seven years and eight months in prison, former Legislator Hsu Yung-ming previously affiliated with the New Power Party (NPP) to seven years and four months, and independent Legislator Chao Cheng-yu to six months. The sentences may be commuted to fines. Except for Chao, the other four defendants stated that they would appeal.

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NCC's Draft Legislation Criticized for Cyber-Censorship, Clamping Free Speech

NCC's Draft Legislation Criticized for Cyber-Censorship, Clamping Free Speech

To combat fake news on the Internet, the National Communication Committee (NCC) announced on June 29 the draft of "Digital Intermediary Services Act", the very first law that censors online services.

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With Forthcoming Elections, NCC's Blatant Plot to Regulate Online Platforms

With Forthcoming Elections, NCC's Blatant Plot to Regulate Online Platforms

The National Communications Commission (NCC) passed a draft “Digital Intermediary Services Act” yesterday, which will likely put all designated online platform service providers that account for more than 10 percent of the market, including Dcard, Facebook, YouTube and other well-known platform operators, under the scope of management.

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With All Three Promises Bounced, Tsai Administration Has Only Glib Tongue Now

With All Three Promises Bounced, Tsai Administration Has Only Glib Tongue Now

After deferring electricity price increases eight times in four years, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced Monday that it would raise the electricity prices an average 8.4 percent while the electricity price for industrial use raised as high as 15 percent, invoking outcries amid the industry.

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This Week in Taiwan 0626-0702

This Week in Taiwan 0626-0702

June 26: The Tenyun II unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology completed nearly 11 hours of testing on June 26. It flew around Taiwan's airspace, and the voyage covered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ). The UAV is confirmed to have medium and long-range flight and surveillance capabilities, signifying mature integration of hardware and software. It is a major achievement of Taiwan's drone technology.

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