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Protesters deface CKS Memorial Hall


A handout photograph taken and released yesterday by the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall shows egg shells and red paint on a statue of Chiang Kai-shek at the hall in Taipei.
Photo: AFP / Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

A pro-independence group yesterday called for the complete removal of authoritarian symbols and the closure of mausoleums after they hurled red paint at the 6.3m-tall bronze statue of Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei.

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Third parties and Mammon factor

Taiwan has enjoyed a full, flourishing multiparty democracy since 1996, when — in addition to the legislature — the people directly elected the president.

Yet, of course, like most multiparty systems, two main parties — the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) — have tended to dominate, especially in the presidential elections.

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Progressive coalition eyes council seats


The Social Welfare State Front, a coalition of the Social Democratic Party, Taiwan Radical Wings and the Green Party Taiwan, holds a news conference in Taipei yesterday announcing its aim to win seats in Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Tainan and Kaohsiung in the Nov. 24 local elections.
Photo courtesy of the Social Welfare State Front

The Social Welfare State Front, a coalition of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Taiwan Radical Wings and the Green Party Taiwan, yesterday said it aims to win at least three councilor seats each in Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Tainan and Kaohsiung in the Nov. 24 elections, and to establish united party caucuses in the cities.

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Taiwan asserts sovereignty over Diaoyutai


The disputed Diaoyutai Islands are pictured in an undated photograph.
Photo: Reuters

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday reasserted Taiwan’s sovereignty over the Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台) in the disputed East China Sea, after the Japanese government expedited a plan to include Japan’s territorial claims over the island chain in its school curriculum.

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Chinese products must be boycotted

Have you ever counted how many of your personal belongings were made in China? If you have not, try doing so. You might be surprised by how much you are unknowingly paying Chinese companies.

The idea of boycotting Chinese products is bound to spark controversy. As China buys about 40 percent of Taiwan’s exports, even politicians who are most vocal about Taiwanese sovereignty might have reservations about a boycott, which would surely provoke a retaliation from Beijing if implemented at a national level.

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KMT’s unendearing display

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) on Saturday urged the public to give the party another chance in the nine-in-one elections on Nov. 24 to “rebuild a happy and prosperous Taiwan, and a respected Republic of China,” promising the party would strive to achieve an honest government, a robust economy and a harmonious society.

Taiwanese are certainly no misers when it comes to giving politicians a second chance, as long as they can prove they can be responsive to voters’ demands.

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US ambassador to China Gary Locke in a file photo. (Photo/Reuters)

DHARAMSHALA, October 30: The US ambassador to China has broken his silence on the ongoing wave of self-immolations in Tibet and urged China to re-examine policies which have led to the current situation.

Gary Locke’s comments come after the deadliest week of self-immolations, which saw seven Tibetans burn themselves demanding the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama from exile and freedom in Tibet.