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No consensus on ‘1992 consensus’: Lai

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Premier William Lai, left, and Mainland Affairs Council Minister Katharine Chang speak during a question-and-answer session at the legislature in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

The issue with the so-called “1992 consensus” is that there is no consensus about whether it exists or what it actually means, Premier William Lai yesterday told legislators yesterday, adding that the nation needs to address the problem.

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Cabinet willing to cancel minesweeper contract: Lai

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A minesweeper ordered by the Ministry of National Defense from Ching Fu Shipbuilding Co is under construction in a dry dock in Italy in an undated photograph.
Photo courtesy of Ching Fu Shipbuilding Co

The Cabinet would dissolve a multibillion-dollar contract to build minesweeper ships with financially troubled Ching Fu Shipbuilding Co (慶富造船) if necessary, Premier William Lai (賴清德) told lawmakers yesterday.

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China threatened US Congress: report

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Chinese Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai speaks at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York on Sept. 20.
Photo: Bloomberg

Prior to the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ passage of a bill that would relax restrictions on mutual visits of high-level officials from Taipei and Washington, China allegedly sent a letter to the US Congress warning against “crossing a red line,” according to the Washington Post.

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Taiwan not negotiable for US

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Former American Institute in Taiwan Chairman Richard Bush on Monday speaks during an interview in Washington.
Photo: CNA

A meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jingping (習近平) set to take place in Beijing next month should not have any major effect on Taiwan, former American Institute in Taiwan chairman Richard Bush said on Monday.

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Ma acquitted by High Court in tape leak case

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Former president Ma Ying-jeou, center, yesterday leaves the Federation of Overseas Chinese Associations in Taipei after having delivered an address at the event.
Photo: George Tsorng, Taipei Times

The Taiwan High Court yesterday upheld a lower court ruling acquitting former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) of abetting a leak of classified information related to an investigation into an opposition lawmaker in 2013.

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Renewed calls for official government use of ‘China’

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Lawmakers and academics are calling on the government to refrain from using the term “mainland” in reference to China in official documents in an effort to put an end to the “one country, two areas” framework that the former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government had envisioned.

“China” has been an internationally recognized term used to refer to China by countries like the US and Japan, which do not call the country of 1.3 billion the “mainland,” New Power Party Legislator-at-large Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) said.

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Xi might give Taiwan deadline: Bush

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang toast during a reception at the Great Hall of the People on the eve of the Oct. 1 National Day holiday in Beijing on Sept. 30.
Photo: AP

Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) might introduce a deadline for a resolution on Taiwan during the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China this month, according to former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) chairman Richard Bush.

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Newsflash

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday said that the Ministry of Justice had lied about why it had selected the Taipei Veterans General Hospital (TVGH) as the medical center where former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) has received medical check-ups and treatment.

The lawmakers asked Minister of Justice Tseng Yung-fu (曾勇夫) to provide a report on the matter in a legislative meeting set for tomorrow.