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Renewed call to pardon Chen Shui-bian rejected

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Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu, center, yesterday speaks to the media after visiting former president Chen Shui-bian with vice president-elect Chen Chien-jen in Kaohsiung.
Photo: Chang Chung-i, Taipei Times

The Presidential Office has rejected a renewed call from local governments to pardon former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), saying there are still ongoing criminal cases involving Chen.

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‘Overstaying Chinese might be spies’

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Former Taiwan Solidarity Union legislator Hsu Chung-hsin (許忠信) said he has concerns over the intentions of Chinese who go missing after entering Taiwan on the pretext of traveling or undergoing medical procedures, saying they could be on intelligence-gathering missions.

According to statistics compiled by the National Immigration Agency (NIA), there are 146 Chinese who are unaccounted for, entering Taiwan for tourism or to undergo medical procedures.

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Upgrade ties with Taiwan: former US defense official

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A former US defense official has called for major changes in Washington’s policies toward Taiwan.

“Despite Taiwan’s great achievements in building a democratic society and robust economy, Washington still treats Taipei as a second-class global citizen,” American Enterprise Institute director of Asian Studies Dan Blumenthal said.

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Ministry denies passport claim

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Department of North American Affairs Deputy Director-General Yao Chin-hsiang, right, speaks during a question-and-answer session at the legislature in Taipei yesterday as Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin, second left, looks on.
Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday refuted a Taiwanese woman’s claims that her passport was temporarily confiscated by the Taipei Representative Office in the UK on Wednesday for covering the national emblem on her passport with a sticker.

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Japan opens radar station 150km from Diaoyutai Islands

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Members of Japan Self-Defense Forces hold an opening ceremony for a new military base on the island of Yonaguni in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.
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Japan yesterday switched on a radar station in the East China Sea, giving it a permanent intelligence-gathering post close to Taiwan and a group of islands disputed by Japan and China, drawing an angry response from Beijing.

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Proposal to limit ex-presidents’ travel

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Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lo Chih-cheng speaks in Taipei on Monday last week.
Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators have proposed amendments to the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (臺灣地區與大陸地區人民關係條例) to require former presidents and vice presidents to obtain official approval from the sitting president prior to visiting China.

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Chinese spies targeting tech firms: NSB

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National Security Bureau Director-General Yang Kuo-chiang answers questions from lawmakers yesterday at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei.
Photo: CNA

The nation’s high-tech sector is under serious threat of industrial espionage as Chinese intelligence operatives target local companies for infiltration and collection of proprietary information, National Security Bureau (NSB) Director-General Yang Kuo-chiang (楊國強) told legislators yesterday.

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Former vice president Annette Lu, first right, accompanied by Democratic Progressive Party city councilors, speaks at a press conference in Taipei yesterday in which she launched a petition for a nuclear referendum to oppose the government’s own proposed referendum.
Photo: Wang Min-wei, Taipei Times

As part of ongoing opposition to the government’s nuclear policy Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday launched a petition in Taipei for a nuclear referendum to decide whether fuel rods should be inserted into the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s (新北市) Gongliao District (貢寮).

Lu, joined by several Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei City councilors, said the Taipei City Council passed a regulation on civil referendums in Taipei, and she expected to collect 15,000 signatures in the city for her proposed referendum to be approved.