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Territorial Disputes: Japan warns China of worsening ties

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China’s ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua answers questions from journalists after a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at the Japanese Foreign Ministry in Tokyo yesterday.
Photo: AFP

Japan yesterday warned China that ties were “deteriorating markedly” over disputed East China Sea islets, and China’s envoy in Tokyo reiterated Beijing’s stance that the specks of land were its territory and called for talks to resolve the row.

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Tsai surprises protesting Aborigines

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President Tsai Ing-wen, right, yesterday meets Aboriginal protesters on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office Building in Taipei to listen to their opinions after she issued a formal government apology to the nation’s Aborigines on Monday.
Photo: CNA

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday unexpectedly visited a group of Aboriginal rights activists staging a protest on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office Building in Taipei, personally answering their questions and promising to help Aborigines to “be themselves.”

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Aboriginal groups put pressure on Tsai

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Aborigines from Hualien County protest at Liberty Square in Taipei yesterday.
Photo provided by The Self Help Association Demanding the Restoration of Aboriginal hunting rights

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) should make concrete promises to pass Aboriginal transitional justice legislation and protect hunting and other rights, Aboriginal activists said yesterday, as hundreds of protesters descended on Taipei, days prior to a widely anticipated official apology to Aborigines tomorrow.

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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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Newsflash

The legislature’s Procedure Committee yesterday passed a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus-proposed bill aimed at establishing a protocol to regulate transfers of power for the period between presidential elections and their inaugurations.

The proposal is now listed on Friday’s legislative agenda. In the hope that the proposed bill could be passed before the current legislative session goes into recess next Wednesday, the DPP caucus yesterday said it would demand that the bill be put directly to a second reading during Friday’s plenary session and then be put to discussion, along with a similar proposal by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lu Hsueh-chang (呂學樟).