Politics Leading Politcs

January, 18th, Sunday in New York was a windy and freezing 14 degrees (Fahrenheit), former Vice President, Annette Lu visits the United States as a member of the Taiwanese delegation to January 20th inauguration of U.S. President-elect, Barack ObamaDespite previous reports over unresolved disputes, the three joined in hands, in obligation to temporarily rest aside the rumors. Foreign Minister, Francisco Ou (歐鴻鍊) left a comment on January 12 that he had originally hoped for one delegation, but differences of opinion lead a split into three.  The official delegation is led by Wang Jin-Ypng (王金平), along with two members of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).  Wang was  previously head of Taiwan’s delegation group in George W. Bush’s inauguration of 2001.

Taiwan delegations to attend Obama’s inauguration arrived New York on Jan. 17(local time). Three delegation leaders shake hands to clear up reports about their disputes. Legislative Yuan President Wang Jin-pyng (center), DPP former vice president Annette Lu (left), KMT vice chairman John Chiang (right).

Taiwan delegations to attend Obama’s inauguration arrived New York on Jan. 17(local time). Three delegation leaders shake hands to clear up reports about their disputes. Legislative Yuan President Wang Jin-pyng (center), DPP former vice president Annette Lu (left), KMT vice chairman John Chiang (right).

Another report states the viewing process: there was to be ten in all, all within the KMT ruling party with exception of former Vice President Lu.  In the process of group formation, DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-Wen (蔡英文) expressed her  discontent that three KMT chiefs were invited but none from the DPP (she has been most recently recognized for dismissing the financial probe as a ‘witch hunt‘).  The MOFA managed in conclusion to compromise in the ordeal and handled with respect” to each party’s representative and the Legislative Yuan; however the DPP remains cautious.

According to the DPP party, MOFA’s Deputy-Minister, Andrew Hsia (夏立言) was documented as to once having discussed previously with Tsai in matters of ‘group member selection‘, reminding that one seat has been reserved, in list, for DPP’s recommendation.

Former Vice Premier Tsai Ing-wen won the race for chairperson of the Democratic Progressive Party May 18, 2008, garnering nearly 20% more votes than opponent, Koo Kwang-ming.  Tsai took over the position from Frank Hsieh May 21, becoming the first woman in history to lead the party.

Former Vice Premier Tsai Ing-wen won the race for chairperson of the Democratic Progressive Party May 18, 2008, garnering nearly 20% more votes than opponent, Koo Kwang-Ming. Tsai took over the position from Frank Hsieh May 21, becoming the first woman in history to lead the party.

In the meeting, when Tsai asked about KMT choices other than lawmakers, Hsia defended that the [KMT] selected three local chiefs (including Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-Bin (郝龍斌); Taoyuan County Magistrate Eric Chu; and Taichung City Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) – recognized for his 2007 speech, “To Culture a Pearl: The Visionary Growth of Taichung“), for their language skill and global perspective.

Tsai criticizes KMT’s arrogance in overlooking the opposition party, “There are DPP local heads who have great language skill as well.”

After lengthened discussions, the DPP party willfully chose Annette Lu as party delegate, among KMT’s Tainan City Mayor Hsu among local chiefs and Legislator Tsai from lawmakers.

Swearing-in ceremony, Inaugural Parade, and official Inaugural Balls.  The 2009 inaugural events are expected to draw record breaking crowds to Washington, DC.  Washington Metro is gearing up for the events with increased hours and security.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - Inauguration Day: Swearing-in ceremony, Inaugural Parade, and official Inaugural Balls. The 2009 inaugural events are expected to draw record breaking crowds to Washington, DC. Washington Metro is gearing up for the events with increased hours and security. Broadcasting available live at 11:30 AM, EST. (photo dated to January, 2005)

Lu referred Obama, the US president-elect as “the king of the world” and was honored to have studied under the same university: Harvard University of Massachusetts.  Under his leadership, Lu is in hope for the order being restored world-wide, especially referring to the cross-strait relations, in developing in “a peaceful, stable, and normal direction.

Relations between Taiwan and the US has soured over recent years, said KMT Vice Chairman John Chiang (蔣孝嚴), in hopes to bridge the bond as soon as possible.  The delegations are reported to depart from New York to Washington D.C. on January 19, one day prior to the inauguration.

Focusing on Annette Lu:

A file photo of former Vice President Annette Lu.  Lu will be among the group members sent by Taiwan to attend US President-elect Barack Obamas inauguration ceremony, said the MOFA on Jan. 3.

A file photo of former Vice President Annette Lu. Lu will be among the group members sent by Taiwan to attend US President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony, said the MOFA on January 3, 2009.

An evening newspaper is about to reach every subscriber in Taiwan or world wide with “wholesome mental fare.”  Sunday, January 18, Lu announces “YuShan (Mount Jade) Evening News” as the name and is currently in promotion, hoping to raise NTD $600 million (USD $18 million) and solicit at least 30,000 subscribers to help jump start the newspaper.

Head quarters for the paper will not been established until the first stage of fund raising has been completed, hopefully by the end of February with a launch of an on-line version.

According to Lu, with NTD $100,000; the investor will hold a shareholder status; NTD $10,000 will secure an honorary member status with a free three-year subscription; and USD $300 for overseas subscribers (three-year subscription).

Former Vice Premier Wu Rong-I (also known for his speech, “The Rise of China: Challenges and Opportunities“) is to serve in management position along with a tentaive staff of at least 90.  In a news conference, she says that the paper will serve as a launch pad for a “civic journalists’ movement” in Taiwan.  Lu recalls the severing of relations between Taiwan and the United States in 1979 and that the former DPP Chairman Huang Hsin-Chieh (in the same year) established the Formosa Magazine as an instrument for many changes in the island.  Formosa Magazine was created in influence to September 8, 1979‘s “Mandarina Crown Hotel Incident (or KaohSiung Incident).”

Lu added that the proposed evening newspaper, available for sale at 3 p.m. daily, will focus on local and international politics, culture, science and technology, as well as on other events and values, to “help enrich, normalize and globalize Taiwan.” The paper will also run a “focus forum” on important daily events, she added.


Reflecting:

Photo taken November 11, 2008 shows former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian raising his hand with handcuffs at the proscutors office in Taipei.  Taiwanese prosecutors on December 12, 2008 indicted former president Chen on corruption charges, a spokesman said.  His wife, Wu Shu-chen, and 12 others were indicted on corruption, money laundering, embezzlement and document forgery charges, commented the spokesman, Chen Yun-nan, in a press conference.

Photo taken November 11, 2008 shows former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian raising his hand with handcuffs at the prosecutor's office in Taipei. Taiwanese prosecutors on December 12, 2008 indicted former president Chen on corruption charges, a spokesman said. His wife, Wu Shu-Chen, and 12 others "were indicted on corruption, money laundering, embezzlement and document forgery charges," commented Chen Yun-Nan (director and spokesman of the Supreme Prosecutor's Office), in a press conference.

One would have to wonder however, if the publication of the paper has anything to do in relation with former president, Chen Shui-Bian‘s book (published for public release officially today, and a book launch press conference scheduled for tomorrow: Tuesday, January 20, 2009), written during his custody, under the title of “Taiwan’s Cross with the cover depicting the unforgettable photo of Chen raising his handcuffs in the air as being carried away from the prosecutors, into the Taipei Detention Centre in the past November, 2008.

The contents include his prison diaries, an autobiography, and detailed thoughts on Taiwan Independence.  A second book is to be published later this year, a memoir of 50 letters from prison to associated, prominent figures as DPP chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen and President Ma Ying-Jeou.

DPP lawmaker Lawrence Kao, a well recognized Chen supporter, described the book as “a memoir published too early.”

The release of this book should be popular among pro-Chen supporters as well as those who oppose the former president: contents of the book is recognized as the first time he has unveiled personal feelings on allegations of money laundering and corruption.

“Taiwan’s Cross” consists of two sections: “Long Live Taiwan” (five chapters, each representing a stage in his life including: rebirth after death, striving upstream, visions, persistence on principles and Taiwan independence) and “Prison Conversation” (a diary kept during pre-trial detention in a two month period [November to December, 2008] and of his current imprisonment).

Chen inscribed 3,000 words with a five ballpoint pen and 100 pages of A4 paper – within a 32-day pre-trial incarceration, of the amazing and much publicized, 13-day hunger strike.

Will Lu have the same amount of determination?

I would like to conclude this post with a quote from a government website, of a questioning taken at a daily briefing in Washington D.C. on July 31, 2003.

Taiwan: Vice President Annette Lu Transit (Taken Question)

Question: Did the U.S. deny a visa for Taiwan Vice President Lu to transit through the U.S.?

Answer: No. Consistent with our longstanding policy, we have from time to time approved transits for Taiwan’s senior leaders, when they travel overseas, for their safety, comfort and convenience while respecting the dignity of the traveler. We will continue to do so.

We would have to refer you to the Taiwan authorities for information concerning any possible travel plans by Vice President Lu. We are not aware of any recent announcement by Taiwan regarding such plans.

QUESTION: Richard, there are reports that the Vice President of Taiwan was denied a stopover right in New York on the way somewhere else. Do you — are you aware of that, and is that really true?

*MR. BOUCHER: Not aware of that. I’ll see if there is anything we can say on whether or not there was a request for a visa, maybe not.

*Richard Boucher, Former Spokesman

Current Status:

Appointment Assistant Secretary,

Buerau of South and Central Asian Affairs

Term of Appointment:

Febrauary 21, 2006 to Present

Spokesman, Richard Boucher  “][Fromer] Spokesman, Richard Boucher
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~ by Lan on 2008 MonUTC2009-01-19T14:35:25+00:00. 15.

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