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Legislature approves law on ill-gotten party assets

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Legislators hold placards both in support of and against a draft bill to handle political parties’ ill-gotten assets during a reading of the bill yesterday at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei.
Photo: CNA

The legislature yesterday passed legislation governing ill-gotten political party assets, which states that all properties obtained by political parties after 1945 — not including party membership fees and political donations — are to be considered illegal and must be returned to the state.

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KMT breached copyright: Rick Chu

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Taiwan-based Korean Studies Academy CEO Rick Chu, right, poses in an undated photograph.
Photo: Yen Hung-chun, Taipei Times

Rick Chu (朱立熙), chief executive officer of the Taiwan-based Korean Studies Academy, yesterday accused the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) of a breach of copyright after the party allegedly copied his work for a completely different end than it was intended for.

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KMT blocks bill on party assets

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Democratic Progressive Party, New Power Party and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators hold up signs expressing their viewpoints during a general assembly meeting at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Lo Pei-der, Taipei Times

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus yesterday obstructed scheduled legislative proceedings to pass a bill on ill-gotten party assets by calling for votes on each first-reading bill on the floor agenda, of which there were more than 200.

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Tsai to avoid ‘U-shaped line’: source

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A staffer browses a paper near a map of the South China Sea with “nine-dash line” claims under Chinese territory on display at a maritime defense educational facility in Nanjing, China, on Tuesday.
Photo: Chinatopix via AP

President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration has reached an internal resolution on Taiwan’s territorial claims over the South China Sea, which stresses the nation’s sovereignty over islands in the area, but makes no mention of the so-called “U-shaped line” and “historical waters,” a Presidential Office source said yesterday.

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Tsai Ing-wen visits frigate, vows that the nation will safeguard its interests

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President Tsai Ing-wen yesterday addresses dignitaries and the crew of the Dyi-huah frigate at Zuoying naval base in Kaohsiung.
Photo: courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday vowed to demonstrate the nation’s determination to safeguard its national interests as she boarded a Kang Ding-class frigate at the naval port in Kaohsiung’s Zuoying District (左營) ahead of its mission in the disputed South China Sea.

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Government rejects South China Sea ruling

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A handout photo provided by the Office of the President of Taiwan on 12 July 2016 shows an aerial photograph of Taiping Island, also known as Itu Aba Island in the South China Sea on March 23, 2016.
Photo: EPA

Taiwan yesterday refused to accept a ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands,which included a statement that Taiwan-controlled Itu Aba Island (Taiping Island, 太平島) in the Spratly Islands (Nansha Islands, 南沙群島) is a “rock,” saying the verdict has severely infringed on Taiwan’s rights over the South China Sea island and its surrounding waters.

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Tsai nominates Judicial Yuan heads

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President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday announced her nominees for the president and vice president of the Judicial Yuan, saying that she was confident they would enhance judicial reforms.

Public Functionary Disciplinary Sanction Commission Chief Commissioner Hsieh Wen-ting (謝文定) was picked to succeed Rai Hau-min (賴浩敏) as president and Judicial Yuan Secretary-General Lin Chin-fang (林錦芳) to succeed Su Yeong-chin (蘇永欽) as vice president.

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Newsflash

Raytheon Co, the world’s largest missile maker, said Taiwan was close to signing a contract for three Patriot missile firing batteries and related equipment that the US agreed to sell to the country in January.

The order could be finalized as early as this year, after the legislature approves the accord, Sanjay Kapoor, vice president of Patriot programs, said in an interview at the Farnborough Air Show near London.