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Talks on ‘treason’ amendment to begin

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Police officers stand guard at the main entrance to the Legislative Yuan in Taipei on Jan. 28.
Photo: Lin Liang-sheng, Taipei Times

A draft amendment to broaden the definition of treason to include collusion with China has been submitted for legislative negotiations, with the first round of cross-caucus talks expected to begin tomorrow at the soonest.

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‘Unification not in the US’ favor’

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Former American Institute in Taiwan director William Stanton smiles during a conference held by the Taiwan New Constitution Foundation in Taipei yesterday to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act.
Photo: CNA

Cross-strait unification is not in the US’ interests and the US government should make it clear that it would not support unification unless Taiwanese welcomed such a change after China becomes democratic, Former American Institute in Taiwan director William Stanton said yesterday.

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Pompeo, US lawmakers voice support

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in Washington on Wednesday.
Photo: Reuters

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and three members of the US Congress voiced support for Taiwan on Wednesday, the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA).

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DPP postpones its presidential primary

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Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Cho Jung-tai, left, walks past a crowd of reporters at the DPP’s headquarters in Taipei yesterday as he prepares to chair a Central Executive Committee meeting.
Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

Top Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials have decided to delay the start of the party’s presidential primary from Friday to May 22, with the time frame for a public opinion poll to be worked out later, DPP Secretary-General Luo Wen-chia (羅文嘉) said yesterday after a meeting of the DPP Central Executive Committee.

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Su rejects Chinese citizen’s NHI bid

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The signage of the Mainland Affairs Council is pictured in an undated photograph.
Photo: Chung Li-hua, Taipei Times

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday lambasted legal expert Shao Tzu-ping (邵子平) for accepting Chinese citizenship while expecting to remain eligible for Taiwan’s National Health Insurance (NHI) system and pension program.

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Taiwan’s media should be able to cover UN: RSF

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The UN’s headquarters in New York City is pictured on Oct. 9 last year.
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Reporters Without Borders (RSF) yesterday called for Taiwanese reporters to be allowed to cover UN events, including the annual World Health Assembly (WHA).

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Rally in Kaohsiung against ‘one country, two systems’

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People march against China’s “one country, two systems” framework in Kaohsiung. The banner reads: “Reject ‘one country, two systems’ and create a new Taiwanese nation.”
Photo: Chang Chung-yi, Taipei Times

A group of about 1,000 people yesterday protested in Kaohsiung’s Labor Park against China’s proposal to implement a “one country, two systems” framework in Taiwan.

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Newsflash

A majority of Taiwanese said they did not feel more proud to be a citizen of the Republic of China (ROC) after President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) took office in May 2008, a poll released by the Taiwan Thinktank ahead of Double Ten National Day showed yesterday.

The poll showed that 65 percent of respondents said they had not felt their sense of pride as an ROC citizen grow after Ma assumed office, while 31.3 percent said they had.