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Emergency shutdown of reactor tripped in testing

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The Guosheng Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s Wanli District is pictured yesterday.
Photo courtesy of Taiwan Power Co

The No. 2 reactor at the Guosheng Nuclear Power Plant which was restarted on Tuesday, tripped yesterday during testing, state-run Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電) said.

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US Navy vessel carries out freedom of navigation exercise in South China Sea

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A US Navy destroyer yesterday carried out a “freedom of navigation” operation within 12 nautical miles (22.2km) of an artificial island China has built in the South China Sea, US officials said, a move likely to anger Beijing.

Yesterday’s operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters.

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New US security adviser good for Taiwan: Young

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US President Donald Trump’s appointment of John Bolton as his national security adviser might lead to more visits by high-level US officials to Taiwan, former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) director Stephen Young said on Saturday.

In an interview with the Central News Agency, Young said the US government would try to have “more frequent visits and higher level visits” following the passage of the Taiwan Travel Act, which encourages Taiwanese and US officials at all levels to visit each other.

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Prison prohibits Chen appearances at political events

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Former president Chen Shui-bian, left, and his son, Chen Chih-chung, stand on stage at a campaign event in Kaohsiung on Saturday last week.
Photo: Chang Chung-yi, Taipei Times

Taichung Prison yesterday announced that it has banned former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) from attending events of a political nature after he breached agreements with the prison by taking the stage at a campaign event last week.

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Taiwan an example for region: US official

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President Tsai Ing-wen, right, is accompanied by Alex Wong, deputy assistant secretary in the US Department of State’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs yesterday as she speaks at a banquet hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei.
Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

The nation’s democracy and resulting development are an example for the Indo-Pacific region, a visiting US Department of State official said yesterday as he reiterated Washington’s commitment to supporting Taiwan’s international participation and helping it defend its democracy.

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Groups march to urge action over Lee Ming-che

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A blindfolded and shackled protester yesterday takes part in a march through the streets of Taipei by a coalition of human rights groups to mark the anniversary of the abduction by Chinese authorities of Taiwanese democracy advocate Lee Ming-che.
Photo: Huang Yao-cheng, Taipei Times

A coalition of human rights groups yesterday marched on the streets of Taipei to mark the anniversary of China’s abduction of Taiwanese democracy advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲) and to urge the Taiwanese government to pressure Beijing for Lee’s release.

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Massive English-language Sunflower archive finished

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Following 15 months of preparation, the Daybreak Project, a 300,000-word English-language online interactive encyclopedia and oral history archive about the 2014 Sunflower movement, is to be officially launched on Friday.

Yesterday marked the fourth anniversary of the student-led protests in March and April 2014 against the then-Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government’s handling of a cross-strait service trade agreement.

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Newsflash

President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) approval ratings and confidence index reached new lows this month, a poll by the Chinese-­language Global Views (遠見) magazine showed yesterday.

The poll, conducted by the Global Views Survey Research Center, put Ma’s popularity at 23.2 percent, down 0.3 percentage points from last month, while his trust index dropped 1.6 percentage points from last month to 36.4 percent.