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Hundreds help mark Su Beng’s 100th birthday

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Taiwanese independence pioneer Su Beng, left, speaks after President Tsai Ing-wen read a birthday card she wrote to him at a celebration of his 100th birthday on Ketagalan Boulevard in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

Hundreds of people yesterday joined an early celebration in Taipei for Taiwanese independence pioneer Su Beng’s (史明) 100th birthday, while Su urged President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to ensure that Taiwanese could become the master of their own nation.

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Legal expert urges investigation of Ma

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Minister of National Defense Feng Shih-kuan talks to reporters at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday before reporting to a task force reviewing procurement of minesweepers from Ching Fu Shipbuilding Co.
Photo: CNA

A legal expert yesterday demanded that the judiciary fully investigate alleged influence peddling, financial improprieties and profiteering by former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) in connection with the Taipei Dome project and a Ministry of National Defense initiative to domestically produce warships.

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Senate reminds Trump of vital Taiwan-US ties

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Thirty-eight US Senators in a letter on Tuesday urged US President Donald Trump to be mindful of Washington’s vital partnership with Taipei in his upcoming trip to China and meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平).

The letter, spearheaded by Senate Taiwan Caucus chairs James Inhofe and Robert Menendez, was signed by 38 US senators across party lines, which is more than one-third of the 100 senate seats.

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Beijing to increase pressure on Taiwan, MAC says

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Mainland Affairs Council Minister Katharine Chang speaks at a forum on cross-strait relations following the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th National Congress in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Chu Pei-hsiung, Taipei Times

Beijing is to exert more pressure on Taiwan by stepping up its dual strategy of draining the nation of its workforce while coercing Taiwan by diplomatic means, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Katharine Chang (張小月) said yesterday during a forum discussing cross-strait relations following the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th National Congress.

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NPP wants badges to be banned from campuses

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A military instructor’s badge featuring the white sun on a blue sky symbol associated with the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) is pictured yesterday.
Photo: Chen Yu-fu, Taipei Times

New Power Party (NPP) Legislator Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) yesterday panned the nation’s campus military instructors for wearing badges bearing the symbol of the China Youth Corps (CYC) and the Chinese National Party (KMT).

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Legislators say 19 employed by China

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National Security Bureau Director-General Peng Sheng-chu, left, speaks at a meeting at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday as Mainland Affairs Council Deputy Minister Lin Cheng-yi looks on.
Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

A total of 19 Taiwanese hold official posts in China’s military, government or political parties, while another 112 Taiwanese hold sideline jobs in those Chinese agencies, but the government has punished only two people, government agencies said yesterday.

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Former VP Lu challenges Cairo Declaration validity

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Former vice president Annette Lu talks to the media in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday questioned Taiwan’s retrocession, challenging the validity of the Cairo Declaration, and warned of Beijing’s “soft unification” strategy, while calling President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) cross-strait policy evasive.

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Newsflash

Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) yesterday said Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) did not need to apologize for the controversy caused by her pension savings account that provides an 18 percent preferential interest rate.

Lee said reform of the system must be fair and just and the focus must be on the system, rather than on individuals collecting the dividends.