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Pentagon commits to Taiwan security

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The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Friday said that it would continue to build a strong partnership with Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific as part of its efforts to maintain security in the area.

In its Indo-Pacific Strategy Report, the Pentagon said that at a time when China is escalating its pressure on Taiwan, the Taipei-Washington partnership has been critical to the region and the US would continue to ensure that Taiwan has sufficient capability to defend itself.

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S Korea added to virus luggage-check list

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A person holds two packs of sausages found in the carry-on luggage of a South Korean traveler at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport yesterday before they were discarded.
Photo: Chu Pei-hsiung, Taipei Times

Customs officers yesterday started checking the carry-on luggage of travelers arriving from South Korea for pork products after North Korea reported its first outbreak of African swine fever, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said.

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More than 2,000 convictions overturned

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Vice President Chen Chien-jen, center, other officials and special guests attend a ceremony in Taipei on Jan. 30 to mark the Transitional Justice Commission’s first overturning of White Terror era political prisoners’ convictions.
Photo: Chen Yu-fu, Taipei Times

The Transitional Justice Commission yesterday overturned the guilty convictions of 2,006 political victims of the White Terror and authoritarian eras, including former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) and Presidential Office Secretary-General Chen Chu (陳菊).

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Fighter jets land, rearm on highway

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A Republic of China Air Force F-16V jet conducts an emergency takeoff and landing drill as part of the Han Kuang military exercises in Changhua County yesterday.
Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

The military yesterday displayed how its fighter jets can land, refuel and rearm on the nation’s highways for the first time in five years as part of the annual Han Kuang military exercises simulating defense against a Chinese invasion.

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China bridles at Taiwan-US security officials’ meeting

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China yesterday responded angrily as Taiwan confirmed the first meeting in more than four decades between senior Taiwanese and US security officials.

National Security Council Secretary-General David Lee (李大維) met White House National Security Adviser John Bolton earlier this month, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on Saturday.

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Taiwan's coordination body for the US renamed

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>Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu’s Twitter message is pictured in a screen grab yesterday.
Screen grab from Twitter

The Coordination Council for North American Affairs has been renamed the Taiwan Council for US Affairs, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday, hailing the move as a breakthrough in Taiwan-US relations.

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Activists demand climate action from government

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Children and environmental advocates dressed as extraterrestrial ambassadors of the universe for environmental protection participate in a climate emergency demonstration outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: George Tsorng, Taipei Times

A coalition of environmental and Aboriginal campaigners yesterday staged a climate emergency demonstration in Taipei, calling on the government to hold a national conference to propose concrete climate action.

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From left, former president Chen Shui-bian, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Pasuya Yao and Ketagalan Institute president Chin Heng-wei walk out of an apartment building in Kaohsiung yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Pasuya Yao (姚文智) yesterday said former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) has agreed to serve as supreme adviser for his Taipei mayoral election campaign.