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Students at experimental schools gain recognition

The Legislative Yuan on Friday passed amendments to three laws on experimental education, expanding the scope of experimental curricula to cover universities and allow experimental-school students to receive official student status.

The three acts refer to the Enforcement Act for Non-school-based Experimental Education across Levels below Senior High School (高級中等以下教育階段非學校型態實驗教育實施條例), the Enforcement Act for School-based Experimental Education (學校型態實驗教育實施條例) and the Act Governing the Commissioning of the Operation of Public Elementary and Junior Secondary Schools to the Private Sector (公立國民小學及國民中學委託私人辦理條例).


Counterbalancing Chinese leverage

Australia’s recent white paper on foreign policy highlights how the balance of power in the Indo-Pacific region is shifting away from the US.

The US has ruled the waves with its large and powerful navy, but China increasingly insists that much of the South China Sea and the islands it has built are its sovereign territory. It has set up military facilities and structures to forewarn all against challenging this new regional order.


Armed forces must remain vigilant, Tsai says

President Tsai Ing-wen shakes hands with Commander of Penghu Defense Command Huang Ching-tsai, who is to be promoted to lieutenant general on Monday, at a military promotion ceremony in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday said that the nation’s armed forces must keep a close watch on China’s military movements and take necessary measures to safeguard national security and ensure regional peace and stability.


Get used to air force drills: China

A Taiwanese F-16, bottom, follows a Chinese H-6 bomber in an undated photograph.
Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense

Taiwanese will gradually get used to Chinese air force drills that encircle the nation, China said yesterday, while Premier William Lai (賴清德) reiterated the nation’s desire for peaceful relations with Beijing.


Sports associations face membership fraud accusations

New Power Party Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang, left, and Fair Game! Taiwan! cofounder Lu Chi-hung press the doorbell of the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday to file a formal complaint against several sports associations.
Photo: Hsieh Chun-lin, Taipei Times

Sports advocates and athletes yesterday joined New Power Party Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) in filing a formal complaint against various sports associations for allegedly engaging in fraud in their membership drive.


Support Lee Ming-che with cards: group

From left, former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Wang Li-ping, DPP Legislator Yu Mei-nu, Taiwan Association for Human Rights secretary-general Chiu Ee-ling, Lee Ching-yu, wife of jailed human rights advocate Lee Ming-che, and Covenants Watch chief executive officer Huang Yi-bee in Taipei yesterday hold greetings cards that are to be sent to Lee Ming-che in prison in China.
Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

A group of human rights campaigners yesterday urged the public to show their support for Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲) by writing him a New Year or birthday card, adding that they would present another report on Lee’s case at a UN meeting in February.

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Pingpu Aboriginal activist Jason Pan (潘紀揚) yesterday denied a statement by the Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) that the UN has rejected a petition he filed to sue the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government for not recognizing Pingpu Aborigines’ Aboriginal status.

Pan, director of the Taiwan Association for Rights Advancements for Pingpu Plains Aborigines, made the remarks at a press conference in Taipei held following his recent return from UN headquarters in Geneva.