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Independence crucial, seminar told

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New Power Party (NPP) Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang gives a speech on Dec. 10. in Taipei.
Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

New Power Party Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) and other advocates yesterday said that, despite US President Barack Obama’s comments, independence is still a necessity for Taiwan.

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US ‘one China’ policy debated at forum

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Former minister of foreign affairs Mark Chen speaks to reporters at the “Taiwan-US-Japan and Asia-Pacific Regional Partners Security Dialogue” conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Lu Yi-hsuan, Taipei Times

Former minister of foreign affairs Mark Chen (陳唐山) yesterday engaged in a lively debate with a US representative on whether Washington “recognizes” or simply “acknowledges” that Taiwan is part of China, urging her to have a good look at the Shanghai Communique after she opted for the former.

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Taipei mum on Trump’s remarks

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President Tsai Ing-wen speaks at an event organized by Micron Technology in Taipei yesterday. She did not comment on US president-elect Donald Trump’s latest comments about US-China relations or her telephone call to him on Dec. 2
Photo: CNA

The Presidential Office yesterday stayed mum after US president-elect Donald Trump questioned the necessity for Washington to adhere to its long-standing “one China” policy.

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No military exercise held on Saturday

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Minister of National Defense Feng Shih-kuan attends a meeting at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei on Nov. 17.
Photo: CNA

The Ministry of National Defense yesterday denied that it launched a multi-branch exercise on Saturday in response to Chinese military aircraft circling the international airspace around Taiwan.

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Chinese aircraft fly around Taiwan

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In this Sept. 25 photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese People`s Liberation Army Air Force Su-30 fighter, right, flies along with a H-6K bomber as they take part in a drill near the East China Sea.
Photo: (Shao Jing/Xinhua via AP)

Chinese military aircraft yesterday flew over the East China Sea to the south of Japan’s Okinawa Island and circled the international airspace surrounding Taiwan before passing over the Bashi Channel to return to China, officials from the Ministry of National Defense said.

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Tensions heat up between DPP, NPP

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New Power Party Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang, right, and caucus convener Hsu Yung-ming, second right, react to the passing of controversial amendments to the Labor Standards Act at a news conference in Taipei on Tuesday.
Photo: CNA

Tensions appear to have intensified between Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and New Power Party (NPP) legislators after a DPP caucus official reportedly called for a review of the parties’ relationship following disputes over amendments to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) that were passed on Tuesday.

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Groundbreaking Call: Tsai, Trump talk of defense, economics

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President Tsai Ing-wen, center, is flanked by National Security Council Secretary-General Joseph Wu, left, and Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee as she speaks to US president-elect Donald Trump over the telephone in the Presidential Office in Taipei on Friday evening.
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President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and US president-elect Donald Trump spoke over the telephone on issues relating to improving the economy and strengthening national defense, the Presidential Office said yesterday.

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Taiwan Nation Alliance supporters rally outside the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) headquarters in Taipei on May 13 last year.
Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times

President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) should make a pledge to show her incoming administration’s determination to address the issue of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) ill-gotten party assets, academics said yesterday.