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Taiwan, AIT cooperate on dissident

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Chinese dissident Wang Rui is seen talking at a news conference in an undated photograph from the Epoch Times.
Photo: Internet screen grab

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs helped communicate between the National Immigration Agency (NIA) and the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) in the case of a Chinese dissident seeking political asylum in the US, an official said yesterday.

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NPP sets referendum drive in motion

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New Power Party members demonstrate in Taipei yesterday, calling for people to support its proposals for holding referendums on constitutional reform and changes to the minimum wage and labor laws.
Photo: CNA

The New Power Party (NPP) yesterday began a referendum drive to scrap newly approved amendments to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法), legislate for a minimum wage bill and require the president to call a national affairs conference to draft a new constitution.

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China targets 10 groups for ‘united front’

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Vice Minister of the United Front Work Department of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee Ran Wanxiang takes part in a news conference in Beijing on Oct. 21 last year.
Photo: CNA

China is using economic incentives to target 10 types of groups in Taiwan as part of its “united front” tactics, an unnamed government official said, citing national security intelligence.

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Ministry decries Beijing bullying tactics

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This photo taken on Friday shows a woman walking past Marriott signage in Hangzhou in China`s Zhejiang province.
Authorities in China have shut down Marriott`s local website for a week after the US hotel giant listed Chinese-claimed regions such as Taiwan and Hong Kong as separate countries.
Photo: AFP

The Republic of China is an independent nation and its efforts to ameliorate relations with other members of the international community will not be affected by Chinese oppression, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said yesterday.

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Lai is more likely to win presidency than Tsai: poll

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Taiwan Brain Trust executive officer Chen Chih-chung, center, speaks at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) would face considerable difficulty were she to seek re-election, while Premier William Lai (賴清德) has emerged as the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) strongest candidate for the 2020 presidential election, a pan-green think tank said yesterday.

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Academics urge measures against China

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Taiwan Thinktank researcher Tung Li-wen, right, speaks at a forum organized by the Cross-Strait Policy Association in Taipei yesterday in reaction to China’s unilateral changes in its use of the M503 flight route.
Photo: Chung Li-hua, Taipei Times

China’s move to launch northbound commercial flights on the M503 route compromises the integrity of Taiwan’s airspace, and the nation should reduce cross-strait flights to force negotiations with China while increasing its defense budget and develop asymmetric defense capabilities, academics said yesterday.

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NPP legislators go on hunger strike to protest DPP bill

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New Power Party legislators stage a hunger strike in front of the Presidential Office Building in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

Five New Power Party (NPP) legislators yesterday began a hunger strike in front of the Presidential Office Building in Taipei, calling on President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), in her capacity as Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairperson, to order the DPP caucus to retract draft amendments to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) from bills to be reviewed during an extraordinary legislative session that began yesterday.

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Newsflash

On being informed that a South Korean naval patrol vessel sank in disputed maritime waters off the divided peninsula, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), on a state visit to Palau, called an emergency meeting of security officials on Friday night and ordered the activation of Taiwan’s national security mechanism, Presidential Office spokesman Lo Chih-chiang (羅智強) said.

Ma also held a conference call yesterday morning with officials in Taipei, including Vice President Vincent Siew (蕭萬長), Minister of National Defense Kao Hua-chu (高華柱), Premier Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), to gather further information, Lo said.