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China promoting unification at schools

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Teachers and students participating in the “100 schools, 1,000 students” exchange program in China’s Jiangsu Province pose in an undated photograph.
Photo: Screen grab from the Taiwan International Youth Exchange Association Web site

The government has uncovered a Chinese project aimed at promoting unification in Taiwan’s elementary and high schools to promote unification, a national security official said on condition of anonymity.

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US House includes provisions to help improve Taiwan’s defenses in budget

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US Representative Ed Royce speaks during a hearing with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Wednesday.
Photo: Bloomberg

The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed its annual defense spending bill for fiscal year 2019, which includes provisions to help strengthen Taiwan’s military capabilities.

The US$717 billion National Defense Authorization Act cleared the House 351-66.

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US defense contractor to open in Taipei

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US-based AMS Group, a provider of technology, equipment and integrated logistics support services, is to open an office in Taipei by the end of this year, senior vice president of global aftermarket Michael Perry said on Monday.

Perry made the remark at an event after a panel discussion on Taiwan-US defense industry cooperation held by the Global Taiwan Institute in Washington.

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Airlines cave to Beijing despite White House protest

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Global airlines are obeying Beijing’s demands to refer to Taiwan explicitly as a part of China, despite the White House’s call this month to stand firm against such “Orwellian nonsense.”

The Associated Press found 20 carriers, including Air Canada, British Airways and Lufthansa, that now refer to Taiwan, the self-ruled nation that Beijing considers Chinese territory, as a part of China on their global Web sites.

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Taiwan condemns WHA’s media ban

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Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lin Ching-yi wears Taiwan badges yesterday while listening in on this year’s meeting of the World Health Assembly in Geneva.
Photo: CNA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a stern protest over the WHO’s decision to deny Taiwanese news outlets access to the World Health Assembly (WHA), the annual meeting of its decisionmaking body that opened yesterday in Geneva, Switzerland, calling on the WHO to respect press freedom.

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No invite, Taiwan to tout itself on WHA sidelines

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Taiwan has again this year not been invited to the annual World Health Assembly (WHA), but it intends to have a presence on the sidelines of the event in Geneva, Switzerland, including promoting the nation’s achievements in public health and healthcare.

The International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF), a government-funded agency that runs foreign-aid programs, is on Wednesday next week to make a presentation in Geneva on Taiwan’s public health-related cooperation projects, ICDF Deputy Secretary-General Lee Pai-po (李柏浡) said on Friday.

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Ex-political prisoner says nation must face history

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Premier William Lai, left, and Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun, right, attend the unveiling ceremony of the National Human Rights Museum at Jing-mei White Terror Memorial Park in New Taipei City yesterday.
Photo: Pan Shao-tang, Taipei Times

A former political prisoner arrested during the Martial Law era praised the establishment of the National Human Rights Museum yesterday as an important milestone in the history of Taiwanese human rights, saying that an honest review of history is the best way to promote social reconciliation.

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High-school students display placards against the revision of curriculum guidelines at a demonstration in front of the education ministry in Taipei on Tuesday.
Photo: Sam Yeh, AFP

High-school students camped outside the Ministry of Education gates yesterday, rallying for the withdrawal of controversial high-school curriculum guidelines.