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Accidental missile firing ‘unforgivable,’ Tsai says

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President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday called the accidental firing of an anti-ship missile on Friday “unforgivable.”

“The missile mishap on board the Chinchiang-class corvette was absolutely unforgivable,” Tsai said on Facebook. “The armed forces and I are one: When they do well, I would share their glory, and when they make a mistake, I would definitely face it with them.”

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Probe after missile blunder in Strait

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Investigators in Kaohsiung yesterday gather evidence on board the Hsiang Li Sheng, a fishing boat that was hit by the unintentional discharge of a missile.
Photo: CNA

One fisherman was killed and three injured after a locally developed supersonic anti-ship missile was launched from one of the navy’s 500-tonne corvettes docked at Zuoying (左營) Military Harbor in Kaohsiung at 8:15am yesterday, the navy said.

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Tsai looking for dialogue with China

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President Tsai Ing-wen addresses the Paraguayan parliament on Tuesday.
Photo: CNA

The government will continue to look for ways to maintain dialogue with China, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said during her state visit to Paraguay on Tuesday, several days after Beijing said that it had halted a regular communication mechanism with Taipei.

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Taiwan, Colorado sign driver’s license agreement

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Taiwan has signed a reciprocal driver’s license agreement with Colorado, the 19th US state with which the nation has forged such an accord, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Denver, Colorado, signed the memorandum of understanding with the Colorado state government on Wednesday, the ministry said in a statement.

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Transitional justice draft clears review

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From left to right, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chen Ying, New Power Party Legislator Kawlo lyun Pacidal, Non-Partisan Solidarity Union Legislator Kao Chin Su-mei and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Sra Kacaw take part in a news conference at the legislature in Taipei yesterday calling on the government to prioritize transitional justice for Aboriginals.
Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

Draft legislation for promoting transitional justice yesterday passed out of the legislature’s Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee, but after a sharp debate, the final draft left out a proposal covering the restoration of historic Aboriginal rights.

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Cambodia holds off on deportations

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Premier Lin Chuan, left, and Mainland Affairs Council Minister Katharine Chang yesterday answer questions at the Legislative Yuan about the 17 Taiwanese being held in Cambodia on suspicion of telecommunications fraud.
Photo: CNA

The Cambodian government yesterday suspended its plan to send 17 Taiwanese suspected of telecommunication fraud to China, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

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Hong Kong bookseller defies orders, leads protest

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Lam Wing-kei, center, participates in a protest march with pro-democracy lawmakers and supporters in Hong Kong yesterday.
Photo: Reuters

A Hong Kong bookseller who said he was blindfolded, interrogated and detained in China led a protest march yesterday defying Beijing as pressure grows for authorities to answer questions over the case.

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Protesters led by Democratic Progressive Party Chiayi County branch director Huang Li-chen clash with police while protesting the government’s decision to relocate former president Chen Shui-bian and its failure to grant him medical parole as President Ma Ying-jeou presides over a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) meeting in Chiayi yesterday afternoon.
Photo: CNA

During a visit by President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday to Chiayi County, a group of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) politicians and their supporters protested the transfer of former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) to Taichung Prison’s Pei-te Hospital, accusing the Ma administration of treating the former president inhumanely.

Ma, who doubles as Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman, presided over a KMT meeting in Chiayi yesterday afternoon. Outside the KMT’s Chiayi County branch, about 100 protesters led by DPP Chiayi County branch director Huang Li-chen (黃麗貞) clashed with police while protesting against the government’s failure to grant Chen medical parole.