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Taiwan's coordination body for the US renamed


>Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu’s Twitter message is pictured in a screen grab yesterday.
Screen grab from Twitter

The Coordination Council for North American Affairs has been renamed the Taiwan Council for US Affairs, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday, hailing the move as a breakthrough in Taiwan-US relations.

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Activists demand climate action from government


Children and environmental advocates dressed as extraterrestrial ambassadors of the universe for environmental protection participate in a climate emergency demonstration outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: George Tsorng, Taipei Times

A coalition of environmental and Aboriginal campaigners yesterday staged a climate emergency demonstration in Taipei, calling on the government to hold a national conference to propose concrete climate action.

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Time for a Taiwan-US trade deal

After Chinese Vice Premier Liu He’s (劉鶴) visit to the US that ended without a deal between the world’s two largest economies, he said that officials from both nations would meet again in Beijing, but made it very clear that China would not be willing to make any concessions on “important principles.”

The failure to produce an agreement was because China reportedly backed away from many of the commitments it had previously accepted, which included changes to its trade laws regarding the well-known Chinese practice of “forced technology transfers”: Foreign companies that wish to do business in China must partner with local companies and share their proprietary information.

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Huawei urged to reveal action plan


A security guard keeps watch from under a Huawei Technologies Co umbrella at the company’s Shanghai Research Center in China yesterday.
Photo: Reuters

Huawei Taiwan should reveal information about how it plans to protect its smartphone users in Taiwan after Alphabet Inc’s Google stopped providing Huawei Technologies Co (華為) with vital software updates, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday.

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Bill seeks punishment for Chinese lobbying


New Power Party legislators Huang Kuo-chang, left, and Hsu Yung-ming hold a news conference at the Legislative Yuan to urge the government to prevent Chinese infiltration by amending media laws.
Photo: CNA

The New Power Party (NPP) yesterday proposed amendments that would subject Taiwanese who lobby for Chinese political interests to prison sentences of up to three years and fines of NT$500,000 to NT$5 million (US$15,893 to US$158,932).

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Continuing challenge to democracy

After decade upon decade of struggle to overcome the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) one-party state, martial law and the White Terror era, Taiwanese finally won the right to freely elect their own government. They won democracy.

From 1996 on, they could not only elect members of the Legislative Yuan, but also the nation’s president. This put the future of Taiwan squarely in the hands of the voters.

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US Representative Steve Chabot speaks in Washington on Feb. 8.
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US Representative Steve Chabot, co-chair of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, on Thursday proposed a resolution asking the US government to counter Beijing’s “one China” principle.