Two Taiwanese indicted for violating national security laws (update)
Jul 30, 2018GeneralComments Off on Two Taiwanese indicted for violating national security laws (update)
Taipei, Two Taiwanese members of a Chinese university alumni association were indicted by prosecutors Monday on charges of violating national security laws, according to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office.
The two suspects, identified only by their family names of Fu (?) and Li (?), are members of the Jinan University (JNU) Taiwan Alumni Association, where Fu currently holds the position of secretary-general while Li is the executive officer, prosecutors said.
Between 2009 and 2012, Fu and Li set up over a dozen rendezvous in a third country between Taiwanese people and Chinese officials, in an attempt to develop an organization serving the Chinese Communist regime.
The National Security Act prohibits the collection, consignation or delivery of confidential documents, pictures, information or articles, or the development of an organization for official use of a foreign country or China.
From 2012 to 2016, the two men enrolled 17 people, including legislative assistants and local officials, on behalf of the JNU to study at the Chinese school. During this period, Fu and Li received nearly NT$3 million from JNU for introducing them to the school.
According to the prosecutors office, Chinese schools are prohibited from setting up enrollment programs in Taiwan to attract local students without proper authorization from the Ministry of Education (MOE).
As such, Fu and Li were also indicted for violating the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area.
Jinan University, founded in 1906, is based in Guangzhou, in China's Guangdong Province.
Comments Off on Taipei-Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau is promoting mountain tourism at the 4-day Taipei International Travel Fair that began Friday.
The bureau is focusing on five north-south mountain ranges — the Central Mountain, Xueshan, Yushan, Alishan and the Coastal Mountain ranges — in its pavilion at the fair, said bureau Deputy Director-General Chang Shi-chung (???).
Chang said there will be various exhibitions and forums on the mountains of Taiwan, as well as its unique cultural features such as historic trails and aboriginal lifestyles.
Taiwan is preparing to market 2020 as the Year of Mountain Tourism, after its efforts to position the country as an important international mountaineering destination in July, when the government allowed public access to the island’s national parks.
Previously, people who wanted to visit restricted “ecological protected areas” in Taiwan’s national parks had to apply for permits from both the National Police Agency and the Construction and Planning Agency.
Now, however, the Construction and Planning Agency has launched a new mountain permit application portal that requires mountain visitors to apply for only one permit and provides fast-track processing to expedite applications, the bureau said.
Much of Taiwan is covered by mountains, and it has 268 mountains of over 3,000 meters, according to the Tourism Bureau website.
That environment has made hiking and mountain climbing one of the favorite pastimes of Taiwan residents.
The number of permits issued to Taiwanese citizens and foreign nationals for access to trails in Yushan, Taroko and Shei Pa national parks has risen from 153,736 in 2016 to 187,053 in 2017 and 201,526 in 2018, according to Construction and Planning Agency figures.
In 2018, foreign nationals accounted for 7.24 percent of the permits issued.
There will be around 1,700 booths from 60 countries at the fair, to be held Nov. 8-11 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.
The fair, the largest of its kind in Taiwan, will feature South Korean and Japanese tourism operators amid growing local interest in travel to those countries.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel