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Protests lead to cancelation of cross-strait event

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ational Taiwan University students and other protesters take to the stage yesterday after protests over the rental of the university’s athletic field for the “Sing! China: Shanghai-Taipei Music Festival” led to the concert being canceled.
Photo: Chou Yen-yu, Taipei Times

The “Sing! China: Shanghai-Taipei Music Festival” scheduled for yesterday at National Taiwan University’s (NTU) athletic field came to an abrupt end following protests by pro-Taiwan independence groups and students at the school against the university’s decision to rent the venue for the event.

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DPP avoids vote on Chen Shui-bian

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From left, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Kaohsiung city councilors Cheng Hsin-chu and Hsiao Yung-ta, and DPP Taipei City Councilor Chiang Chih-ming discuss a motion urging a pardon for former president Chen Shui-bian before the start of the party’s National Congress in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

A motion urging President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to pardon former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) prepared by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) representatives yesterday was not addressed at the party’s National Congress after they failed to reach the quorum needed.

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Chen to consider attending DPP national congress

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Former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) is to carefully consider whether to attend the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) national congress tomorrow, his son said yesterday.

Chen Chih-chung (陳致中) issued the statement in response to a proposal that his father, who is on medical parole, attend the meeting to show his appreciation of those who are promoting a motion for his pardon.

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Trump says US might have to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea

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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, yesterday in New York City.
Photo: AFP

US President Donald Trump yesterday that the US will be forced to “totally destroy” North Korea unless Pyongyang backs down from its nuclear challenge, mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a “rocket man” on a suicide mission.

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Group says 85 percent of DPP backs Chen pardon

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Members of the Local Council Alliance for A-bian’s Amnesty pose at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

The Local Council Alliance for A-bian’s Amnesty yesterday said that 85 percent of its members have signed a petition in favor of former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) pardon.

“A-bian” is Chen’s nickname.

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Groups demand end to Provincial Government

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Members of the Economic Democracy Union and other groups protest outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday, calling on the government to abolish the Taiwan Provincial Government and the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area.
Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

The Legislative Yuan should initiate the final steps to abolish the Taiwan Provincial Government to follow up on a planned elimination of the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission, protesters said yesterday.

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Activists testify to UN group about Lee

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Taiwan Association for Human Rights secretary-general Chiu Ee-ling, left, and Covenants Watch chief executive Huang Yi-bee display their visitor permits at the UN Palace of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday.
Photo: courtesy of the Taiwan Association for Human Rights

Taiwanese rights campaigners on Wednesday testified before the UN Human Rights Council’s Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances about China’s detention and trial of human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲).

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Newsflash

Every minute that Taiwan is separate from China the likelihood increases that the nation will remain separate from China, Arthur Waldron, a professor of international relations at the University of Pennsylvania, told a forum on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

He said he had great difficulty envisioning “in nuts and bolts terms” how unification would ever occur.