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Taiwan to participate in US Navy drill

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Taiwanese military observers will participate in a US Navy marine patrol exercise in March next year with unprecedented levels of access, a military official said yesterday, calling it “actual participation.”

The US military has previously only permitted observers to see the details of its anti-submarine tactics and technology during the exercise, the official said on condition of anonymity.

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MAC hires lawyer for Lee Ching-yu

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The government has hired a lawyer for Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜), the wife of Taiwanese human rights activist Lee Ming-che (李明哲), who is being held in China on charges of subversion, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said yesterday.

The council would try to obtain permission from the Chinese government for the MAC-hired lawyer, as well as Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) personnel and private individuals to accompany Lee Ching-yu, he said.

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Lee Ming-che to stand trial, wife says

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Lee Ching-yu, wife of Taiwanese human rights activist Lee Ming-che who is detained in China, speaks at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲), who has been detained in China since March, is to stand trial soon, his wife, Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜), said yesterday, adding that she is traveling to China to see him.

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Tsai sets policy goals for new Cabinet

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Outgoing Premier Lin Chuan, left, sits next to Tainan Mayor William Lai, who is to take over as premier on Friday,at the Presidential Office in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday announced the appointment of a new premier and outlined seven major policy goals for the new Cabinet, including the 5+2 Transformation Plan.

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World criticizes N Korean nuclear test

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A man watches a TV news report about North Korea’s nuclear test at an electronics shop in Seoul, South Korea, yesterday.
Photo: Reuters

North Korea’s biggest nuclear test to date was condemned around the world yesterday, with US President Donald Trump saying “appeasement” would not work as the authorities in Pyongyang “only understand one thing.”

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Group condemns detention by military police at Universiade closing ceremony

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From Ethnos to Nation member Chen Yu-chang, right, holds up a banner bearing the word “Taiwan” at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Huang Yao-cheng, Taipei Times

Members of the pro-Taiwanese independence group From Ethnos to Nation (FETN, 蠻番島嶼社) yesterday said their right to freedom of expression was violated by law enforcement officials when one of their members was roughed up and arrested for displaying a banner bearing the word “Taiwan” at the Taipei Summer Universiade’s closing ceremony on Wednesday

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Taiwan needs to prepare for Chinese aggression: academic

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China will not make concessions even if Taiwan takes a non-provocative attitude toward it, National Chung Cheng University College of Social Sciences dean Soong Hseik-wen (宋學文) said on Saturday, adding that Taiwan should bolster its national defense, technology, economic and trade abilities to withstand Beijing’s attempts at bringing Taiwan into its fold, an academic told a forum on Saturday.

Soong made the remarks at an academic conference held by the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan.

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Newsflash

The White House is standing tough on US President Barack Obama’s plans to meet the Dalai Lama, firmly rejecting Chinese pressure to snub him as rows escalate between Washington and Beijing.

The Chinese government reacted yesterday to the plans by saying it “resolutely opposes” the Dalai Lama’s visit to the US and any of his meetings with US leaders.