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Control Yuan to investigate Chen skit

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Control Yuan member Chen Shih-meng, right, and former Taipei Awakening Foundation director-general Yang Fang-wan speak during an interview in Taipei on Jan. 29.
Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

The Control Yuan is to investigate a skit staged by prosecutors in 2009 satirizing former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), a performance that has raised doubts about the credibility of the nation’s judicial system, Control Yuan member Chen Shih-meng (陳師孟) said yesterday.

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Taiwan-US relations smooth and strong, envoy says

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Representative to the US Stanley Kao talks to reporters during attending a Lunar New Year parade in Washington’s Chinatown on Sunday.
Photo: CNA

Communications between Taiwan and the US remain smooth and bilateral relations strong, despite a US official’s comment that the US does not recognize the Republic of China (ROC) as a nation, Representative to the US Stanley Kao (高碩泰) said on Sunday.

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US Navy says it will not be deterred by artificial islands in South China Sea

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US Navy personnel work in flight desk control tower as US Navy aircraft sit on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson, anchored off Manila, Philippines, on Saturday.
Photo: AP

A US Navy officer aboard a US aircraft carrier brimming with F18 fighter jets on Saturday said that US forces would continue to patrol the South China Sea wherever “international law allows us” when asked if China’s newly built islands could restrain them in the disputed waters.

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Singaporean quake aid a rarity: expert

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A C-130 Hercules transport aircraft sent by the Singaporean government and loaded with relief supplies is unloaded after arriving at Hualien Airport on Friday to assist in the earthquake rescue efforts.
Photo: CNA

Despite the long history of military exchanges between Taiwan and Singapore, that the city-state sent relief supplies on a military cargo plane following a magnitude 6 earthquake in Hualien on Tuesday last week is still considered rare, Taiwan Thinktank researcher Tung Li-wen (董立文) said yesterday.

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Taiwan to host US at defense event

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A mobile Tien Chien II medium-range missile launcher is displayed at Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition at the Taipei World Trade Center on August 17, 2017.
Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times

The US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference is to be held in Taiwan for the first time, a senior official involved in the conference said, adding that as a result of the US’ Taiwan Travel Act — which is yet to be passed — that would remove restrictions on visits by high-level US officials, the likelihood of important US government officials attending is very high.

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Seven dead, hundreds injured in temblor

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Firefighters head toward the quake-hit Yun Men Tsui Ti building in Hualien yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Seven people were killed and 260 injured after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Hualien County on Tuesday night, the Central Emergency Operation Center said yesterday.

The center’s data showed that four buildings in Hualien City had collapsed or tilted due to the earthquake: the Marshal Hotel (統帥飯店), the Yun Men Tsui Ti (雲門翠堤大樓) commercial and residential building and two apartment buildings on Guosheng 6th Street.

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Authors listed as Chinese in database

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The nationality of several Taiwanese authors has been listed as Chinese in the Chinese Name Authority Joint Database Search System, a collaborative project between libraries from both sides of the Taiwan Strait to standardize the names of people, groups, meetings and other bodies.

Different Chinese-language authors often share a name and the use of pen names is common, so the National Library of China, the Administrative Center of China’s Academic Library & Information System and other agencies in 2003 established the Cooperative Committee for Chinese Name Authority to settle the confusion and create a standard format for cataloging.

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Newsflash

New Power Party (NPP) Legislator Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) yesterday said that the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) might use any government agencies it can influence, including the Council of Grand Justices, to obstruct legislation on ill-gotten party assets.

Huang made the remarks at the second and last day of the “Transitional Justice and Law” symposium held in Taipei by the Taiwan Association of University Professors, during which academics discussed the impediments to transitional justice.