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DPP wants probe of Ma-Xi meeting

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Former president Ma Ying-jeou, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping wave to the media during a summit in Singapore on Nov. 7, 2015.
Photo: Reuters

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday called for an investigation into allegations that former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration did not hand over all confidential information on his 2015 meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) to President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration.

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Taiwan backs US-Japan strategy: official

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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Wu Chih-chung, center, speaks at “Taiwan’s Opportunities under Indo-Pacific Security Strategies” forum organized by the Taiwan Think Tank in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Wu Chih-chung (吳志中) yesterday reaffirmed the government’s commitment and readiness to working with the US and Japan to maintain regional peace and stability, adding that the country aims to be recognized as an important partner with countries in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Rights groups rally to commemorate Tibetan Uprising

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Tibetan exiles and members of rights groups shout slogans and carry Tibetan snow lion flags as they march in Taipei yesterday to mark the 1959 Tibetan Uprising.
PHOTO: EPA

About 200 people yesterday marched in downtown Taipei to commemorate the 1959 Tibetan Uprising, calling for an end to China’s oppression of Tibet.

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Envoy tells German firms to restore Taiwan’s name

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Representative to Germany Shieh Jhy-wey (謝志偉) on Wednesday said he has written to several major German companies demanding that they stop listing Taiwan as part of China on their Web sites.

Shieh was referring in particular to Lufthansa and Mercedes-Benz, which have listed Taiwan on their English-language Web sites as “Taiwan, China,” as well as Bosch, which uses “Taiwan (China)” on its Web site.

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Women’s League gave NT$617m over decade to KMT

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The National Women’s League donated NT$617 million (US$21.07 million) to the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and its foundations over the past decade, with a foundation established by former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) receiving NT$11 million, the Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee’s investigation has found.

League ledgers documenting finances and donations over the past 10 years showed that the league under former chairwoman Cecilia Koo (辜嚴倬雲) had made a large number of donations to organizations founded by the KMT, making it one of the KMT “small coffers,” the committee said.

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US Senate passes Taiwan Travel Act

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President Tsai Ing-wen speaks at a social gathering for business groups at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times

The US Senate on Wednesday passed a bill promoting closer ties with Taiwan, which Beijing has warned could threaten stability in the Taiwan Strait, but drew praise from Taipei, which pledged to deepen cooperation.

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Tsai vows to name 228 Incident perpetrators

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People place lilies in front of the 228 Massacre Monument yesterday after a ceremony to mark the 71st anniversary of the 228 Incident at Taipei’s 228 Memorial Park.
Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

On the 71st anniversary of the 228 Incident, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday pledged to ascertain responsibility for the 228 Massacre, as she called for reconciliation and promised increased efforts to uncover and make public more information about the massacre and past authoritarian injustices.

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Newsflash


National Taiwan University graduate student Lin Fei-fan, spokesman of the Youth Alliance Against Media Monsters, left, raises his fist during a demonstration in Taipei on Wednesday.
Photo: Wang Min-wei, Taipei Times

“We will save our own country” and “Against media monopoly. Against Chinese intervention,” National Taiwan University (NTU) graduate student Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆) shouted as he stood atop a minivan on Monday night last week, leading a protest against the planned takeover of the Next Media Group’s four Taiwanese outlets by a local consortium that includes the Want Want China Times Group.

The Want Want China Times Group owns a chain of major media operations in Taiwan, including the China Times, China Times Weekly magazine, the Want Daily, CtiTV and China Television Co.