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Coast guard probes people-smuggling


A man turns himself in to police in New Taipei City’s Sansia District yesterday after claiming to have entered Taiwan illegally.
Photo: CNA

A Coast Guard Administration task force has been set up after a Taiwanese man said that he paid smugglers to transport him back to Taiwan from China late last year and that others on the boat were carrying pork and other meat products.

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China’s new regulations for teachers pose a threat

On Jan. 8, the Chinese government announced regulations that would allow people from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau to apply for elementary and high-school teaching qualifications after passing Chinese tests. One of the conditions is that the candidate support the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and follow its guiding principles for education.

In response to the changes, Mainland Affairs Council Deputy Minister Chen Ming-chi (陳明祺) on Jan. 11 emphasized that Taiwanese have freedom of movement and the council would not investigate or stop Taiwanese from taking advantage of the rules.

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Carriers in Strait still an option: official


Adm. John Richardson, chief of Naval Operations of the U.S. Navy, speaks during a news conference with Philippine Armed Forces Chief Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., following their meeting at Camp Aguinaldo in suburban Quezon city, Philippines on Oct. 29, 2018.
Photo: AP

The US Navy has not ruled out sending an aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait, despite military technology advances by China that pose a greater threat to US warships than ever before, the chief of US naval operations said yesterday.

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Coalition concerned over referendum changes


From left, Animal Protection Administration Oversight Committee convener Wang Wei-chi, Taiwan Alliance for Animal Rights Policy executive director Ho Tsung-hsun, Aletheia University associate professor of law Wu Ching-chin and Negative Vote Association president Sam Chang express concerns over proposed changes to the Referendum Act at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Chu Pei-hsiung, Taipei Times

A coalition of civil groups yesterday expressed concern that the Central Election Commission’s proposed changes to the Referendum Act (公民投票法) could restrict people’s rights and result in “a step backward for democracy.”

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NTU president Kuan should resign

Not long after Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) took office as National Taiwan University (NTU) president, the Control Yuan on Tuesday decided to impeach him. This was just the latest development in a hugely controversial selection process for the top job in the nation’s most prestigious university.

The reason for impeaching Kuan was his undertaking to supply from 2010 to 2016 opinion pieces, published anonymously, to Chinese-language Next Magazine, for which he received NT$650,000 per year, on an understanding that he would be paid NT$50,000 per month, with an additional NT$25,000 every June and December.

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Control Yuan votes to impeach Kuan


Control Yuan members, left to right, Tsai Chung-yi, Chen Shih-meng and Wang Yu-ling talk to the media after the Control Yuan passed a motion to impeach National Taiwan University president Kuan Chung-ming yesterday.
Photo: CNA

The Control Yuan yesterday voted seven to four to impeach National Taiwan University (NTU) president Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) for allegedly breaching the Civil Servant Work Act (公務員服務法) by writing opinion pieces for the Chinese-language Next Magazine (壹週刊) while serving as minister without portfolio.

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The national flag of the Republic of China (ROC) that was hung along with flags of other countries between two buildings on a street near Piccadilly Circus in central London was removed four days later, an incident which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei has pledged to look into.

The appearance of the ROC flag delighted Taiwanese students studying in London, with photographs of the flag flying in the air uploaded to the Facebook page of the Taiwanese Student Association in the UK.