Officials Call on Taiwan to Continue NTD AP Service
By Jessie Chen, David Lee
1. call on: ph. [kɔl] [ɑn]请求
2. mount: v. [maʊnt]增长、上升
3. satellite: n. [ˋsæt!͵aɪt]卫星
4. termination: n. [͵tɝməˋneʃən]终止、结束
5. Taiwan Caucus: n.台湾连线
6. reply on: ph. [rɪˋlaɪ] [ɑn]依赖
7. broadcast: v. [ˋbrɔd͵kæst]广播、传播
Calls are mounting on Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom to renew its satellite contract with our partner in Taiwan, NTD AP. Taiwan’s government is the main shareholder of the telecom company, and there are concerns the decision to cut service with NTD AP is hurting Taiwan’s democratic advances.
On Tuesday U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher wrote to Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou about the case. Rohrabacher is concerned about the service termination and says Taiwan should encourage freedom and the spread of ideas across the Taiwan Strait.
Rohrabacher is a founder of the Taiwan Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. He says NTD AP relies on Chunghwa to broadcast to Taiwan and China news the Chinese regime does not want the people to hear. Rohrabacher told Ma, “If Taiwan does not support the struggle for freedom of thought within China, I see no need for America to support Taiwan."
NTD AP’s contract with Chunghwa will end in August. Chunghwa said in April that a satellite changeover means it won’t have the capacity for NTD AP anymore.
Many, including Taiwan legislator Tien Chiu-chin, have rejected that explanation.
8. shrink: [ʃrɪŋk] v. 紧缩 shrunk为p.p.
9. suspect: [səˋspɛkt] v. 怀疑
10. motivate: [ˋmotə͵vet] v. 动机
11. condemn: [kənˋdɛm] v. 讉责
12. advocate: [ˋædvəkɪt] n. 拥护者
13. blockage: [ˋblɑkɪdʒ] n. 封锁
[Tien Chiu-chin, Taiwan Legislator]:
“If you’re replacing satellites, the new one should be more technically advanced, and be able to host more channels. Why has its capacity shrunk? I cannot understand this at all. I believe if this is made public, no one in Taiwan would accept it.”
Taiwan’s government owns 35% of Chunghwa’s shares. Five of nine directors and two of three supervisors are government officials. Since President Ma took office in 2008, Taiwan has increased trade and cultural ties with the Chinese regime. All of this has led some to suspect that the service termination may be politically motivated.
[Nelson Wong Sing-chi, Hong Kong Legislative Council member]:
“Chunghwa needs to explain if it has received political pressure from the mainland and whether that’s why it won’t continue NTD AP’s contract. If this is the case, I believe they will be condemned by freedom and democracy advocates around the world.”
In 2009, NTD AP experienced satellite signal blockage while the Chinese regime celebrated its 60th anniversary. Satellite owner Chunghwa never explained why the blockage occurred.
NTD AP has asked Taiwan’s regulatory National Communications Office to investigate whether its service termination has violated Taiwan’s telecom laws.
Satellite owner Chunghwa never explained why the blockage occurred.
I believe if this is made public, no one in Taiwan would accept it.