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Sentences toughened for China spies

Amendments to the National Security Act (國家安全法) that impose higher sentences and fines on people spying for China or other nations, and increase restrictions on retired officials visiting China were yesterday passed by the legislature.

Those found recruiting others in Taiwan under instructions from the Chinese government would be subject to at least seven years in prison and a fine of up to NT$100 million (US$3.19 million) under the amendments.


Education on referendums needed

After months of speculation, lawmakers on Monday passed amendments to the Referendum Act (公民投票法) to decouple referendums from national elections. Starting in 2021, referendums are to be held on the fourth Saturday of August once every two years.

The changes came after the 10 referendums that were held alongside local elections last year created a logistical nightmare, leading to people waiting in lines for hours to cast their votes, as well as delayed results.


Pro-China media boycott urged

New Power Party Legislator Huang Kuo-chang illustrates a point at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

The government must stop purchasing products from media outlets that publish propaganda from Beijing, New Power Party (NPP) Legislator Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) said yesterday, adding that tens of millions of New Taiwan dollars is spent by government agencies every year on pro-China media companies.


Lam apologizes for causing ‘conflict’

Protesters take part in a demonstration yesterday demanding the withdrawal of an extradition bill and the resignation of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam.
Photo: Reuters

In a statement issued last night by her office, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (林鄭月娥) apologized to the public with “utmost sincerity and humility,” after the second massive protest in a week over a proposed extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial.


Sovereignty tops economy in poll

A graph displaying the results of an Academia Sinica survey presented on Friday shows that a majority of respondents placed national sovereignty above economic gains in cross-strait negotiations.
Photo: Chien Hui-ju, Taipei Times

A survey conducted by Academia Sinica has found that most respondents value Taiwan’s sovereignty over economic gains in cross-strait negotiations.


Fall armyworms spread into Hualien

Staff from the Taitung County Government Agriculture Department, the Taitung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station and the Luye Township Office destroy a corn field affected by fall armyworms in Luye yesterday.
Photo: Wang Hsiu-ting, Taipei Times

With Hualien County yesterday becoming the latest area to be affected by fall armyworms that have been wreaking havoc on the nation’s farms, Kaohsiung as well as Nantou and Pingtung counties were the only areas still free of the pest, the Council of Agriculture said.

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Supporters of former president Chen Shui-bian hold placards as they protest outside Taipei District Court yesterday.

The Taipei District Court ruled yesterday to extend former president Chen Shui-bian’s  incarceration at the Taipei Detention Center for two more months.

“The court ruled to extend [Chen’s] detention by two months starting from July 26,” Taipei District Court spokesperson Huang Chun-ming said.

The court cited several of the reasons used in its previous detention rulings — the concern that Chen would collude with witnesses, destroy evidence or try to abscond, and because he has been charged with serious crimes that could bring him a prison term of seven years or more.