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Taipei court says Ma not guilty of leaks

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Judge Liao Chien-yu answers reporters’ questions at the Taipei District Court yesterday after the court found former president Ma Ying-jeou not guilty of leaking official secrets.
Photo: CNA

The Taipei District Court yesterday found former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) not guilty of libel and leaking of confidential information in the first ruling on a lawsuit filed by Democratic Progressive Party caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘).

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Stanton worried about Trump-Xi meet

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From left, former deputy minister of foreign affairs Michael Kau, National Sun Yat-sen University professor Lin Wen-cheng and former American Institute in Taiwan director William Stanton, yesterday sit on a panel at a forum in Taipei hosted by the Taiwan Forever Association and the International Committee for a Democratic Taiwan.
Photo: Huang Yao-cheng, Taipei Times

US President Donald Trump’s unpredictability makes him “kind of afraid” of what might happen if Trump’s reported meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) next month in the US occurs, former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) director William Stanton said yesterday.

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Homegrown submarine plan launched

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Navy officers look on yesterday as President Tsai Ing-wen waves from the hatch of a submarine at Zuoying Military Harbor in Kaohsiung.
Photo: Chang Chung-i, Taipei Times

The nation is hoping to build its first homegrown submarines within eight years and commission them into service within a decade, the shipbuilder tasked with carrying out the program said yesterday.

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PRC missiles aimed at Taiwan: MND

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Minister of National Defense Feng Shih-kuan yesterday speaks at a question-and-answer session at the Legislative Yuan’s Foreign and National Defense Committee in Taipei.
Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

The Ministry of National Defense yesterday confirmed for the first time that China has Dong Feng-16 (DF-16) missiles aimed at Taiwan in a bid to increase military pressure on the nation.

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319 SHOOTING: Lu urges probe into ‘319 shooting,’ points at Beijing

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Former vice president Annette Lu speaks at a forum in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday called on the government to relaunch an investigation into an assassination attempt on her and former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) on March 19, 2004, adding that Beijing might have plotted the shooting to intervene in Taiwanese politics.

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US plans to sell Taiwan arms: reports

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US President Donald Trump’s administration is expected to announce new arms sales to Taiwan after his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) scheduled for early next month in Florida, US media have reported.

An article published on Tuesday on the Washington Free Beacon Web site said that the Trump administration “is now preparing to provide more and better defensive arms to Taiwan,” citing administration officials familiar with internal discussion about the issue.

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Ma indicted for September Strife

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Prosecutors yesterday indicted former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) on charges of leaking classified information and abuse of authority in the wiretapping of telephone conversations between then-legislative speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) during an investigating into alleged improper political lobbying in 2013.

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Democratic Progressive Party Taipei City Councilor Tung Chung-yen, center in white T-shirt, shouts as police forcefully evict him and fellow sit-in protesters from Ketagalan Boulevard in Taipei shortly after midnight yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Taipei City’s Department of Police yesterday forcefully evicted a small group of sit-in protesters from Ketagalan Boulevard. The protesters later accused the police of abusing their authority, after violent altercations ensued when protesters attempted to re-occupy the sit-in site.

The sit-in, organized by several Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) city councilors late last month, was protesting against President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) policy on US beef imports and increases in fuel and electricity prices.