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The Institute for Taiwanese Studies (ITS) hosted a roundtable, featuring Dr. Ing-Wen Tsai (third from right, front row) in Los Angeles on January 16, 2006.  Currently, Dr. Tsai is the President of Taiwan and the Chairperson of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP, Taiwan).  ITS Chairman Wencheng Lin (first from left. front row), ITS President Adolf Huang (standing behind Dr. Tsai) and the scholars from USC, UCLA, UCI, Rand Corp., ITS and other invited guests attended the session.
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Taiwan launched “Ill-Gotten Assets Settlement Committee”

On September 1, Tsai administration officially established a new committee “Ill-Gotten Assets Settlement Committee”.   This is a cabinet level committee, based on the recently passed “Statute on Handling the Inappropriate Assets of Political Parties and Their Affiliated Organizations”.  During the kicking –off ceremony, the Premier Lin Chuan said it was an important step in the transition to a democratic society.  The committee will have 11 to 13 members, and be headed by Wellington Koo, a former DPP (Democratic Progressive Party) legislator. According to the new statute, the committee’s job is to investigate, retroactively confiscate and return or restore to the rightful owners all assets obtained by the KMT (Chinese nationalist Party) and its affiliated organizations since August 15, 1945, when Japan handed over its assets in Taiwan to the then ruling authority (KMT was the ruling party of the Republic of China).  Most of the current KMT assets are considered ill-gotten, therefore must be returned to the government and rightful owners.  KMT and its affiliated organizations must, within one year of the law’s promulgation on August 10, register all of the targeted assets-including real estate, cash deposits, securities and bonds-with new committee.   Koo said ‘The handling of ill-gotten party assets is not made up or a historical issue.  It is an overdue task left unfinished from the nation’s transition from an authoritarian regime to a democracy”.  As a matter of fact, the KMT blocked the establishment of law over hundred times in the Legislative Yuan for more than 10 years.  Koo also said “the committee would follow legal procedures to deal with illegal party assets.  However, a timetable for the organization’s work could not be immediately proposed”.  Lin Chuan mentioned Germany’s experience that it required a prolonged effort to push reform and transition.  Germany established a committee in 1990 and complete its task in 2006.   The KMT was extremely unhappy about the tasks of the committee and criticized Tsai administration’s intention. Tsai plans to use the committee to purge KMT.


























Posted: September 7, 2016
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