Controversial Taiwan flag raising in US

RAISING CONTROVERSY — Taiwan’s representative in the United States thought a flag-raising ceremony would demonstrate improved U.S.-Taiwan relations, but the U.S. government reacted strongly that it did not appreciate the move. When an unprecedented ceremony raising the flag of the Republic of China took place January 1 at Twin Oaks, a Washington, D.C. estate owned…

President Ma Ying-jeou filed a lawsuit against outspoken commentator and TV talk show host Clara Chou on December 30, alleging defamation over her repeated public accusations that he had received illegal campaign donations. In an open letter to Ma posted on her Facebook account in early December, Chou related information she said she had been…

Former president Chen Shui-bian, serving an 18-year-plus prison term after having been convicted of corruption, was released on medical parole on January 5, following a determination by the evaluation council of the Ministry of Justice’s Correction Agency that his health condition had deteriorated. On that basis, the Taichung District Prosecutors Office, which has jurisdiction over…