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Pair surrenders to police over Hatta statue decapitation

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The vandalized bronze statue of Japanese engineer Yoichi Hatta is covered with a tarpaulin yesterday in Tainan’s Yoichi Hatta Memorial Park.
Photo: Yang Chin-cheng, Taipei Times

China Unification Promotion Party member Lee Cheng-lung (李承龍) yesterday admitted being involved in the decapitation of a bronze statue of Japanese engineer Yoichi Hatta in Tainan on Sunday.

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KMT selling out nation: Lee Ching-yu

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Lee Ching-yu, the wife of human rights advocate Lee Ming-che, who is being detained in China, displays photographs of her husband at a news conference in Taipei on Tuesday last week.
Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

Lee Ching-yu (李淨瑜), the wife of detained human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲), said remarks by China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) substantiated an accusation that Beijing has its compradors in the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), after the office yesterday confirmed that it had commissioned a third party to “relate the relevant situation” to Lee Ching-yu and pass letters from Lee Ming-che to her and his parents, while warning other groups not to intervene in the case.

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Beijing blocks advocate’s wife

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Lee Ching-yu, wife of detained human rights advocate Lee Ming-che, yesterday tries to board her flight to China at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
Photo: EPA

Lee Ching-yu (李淨瑜), wife of detained human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲), was yesterday prevented from boarding a plane to Beijing to search for her husband after her “Taiwan compatriot travel document” was canceled by the Chinese government.

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US Navy dispatches strike group to Korean Peninsula

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The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson sails in the Pacific Ocean on Jan. 30.
PHOTO: REUTERS

The US Navy on Saturday said it had sent a carrier-led strike group to the Korean Peninsula in a show of force against North Korea’s “reckless” nuclear weapons program.

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Watchdog RSF to open first Asia office in Taipei

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International press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Thursday said that it is to open its first Asia office in Taiwan, after the Paris-based organization rejected Hong Kong over concerns that China poses the “biggest threat” to press freedom.

Taiwan last year ranked 51st in the organization’s World Press Freedom Index, while Hong Kong was 69th and China 176th.

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‘One China’ principle is pure surrealism

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Imagine what would happen if Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Central Standing Committee member Sean Lien (連勝文) invited you for a cup of tea in his apartment in The Palace in Taipei. Now imagine that, instead of standing on ceremony like a normal guest, you insisted that the meeting could only go ahead if he agreed that the luxury apartment actually belonged to you. No matter how much of a gentleman Lien may be, he would probably raise his middle finger and tell you in no uncertain terms to get lost.

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Taiwan to be briefed on Trump-Xi talks

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This combination photograph shows US President Donald Trump, left, in Washington on Tuesday last week, and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Feb. 22 in Beijing.
Photo: AP

The US has agreed to brief Taiwan before and after US President Donald Trump’s meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) in Florida on Thursday and Friday, a national security official said yesterday.

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Newsflash

A survey released on the eve of the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) official telephone poll to pick its candidate for next year’s presidential election showed that its frontrunners had a very good chance of beating President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) — but not necessarily each other.

The Chinese-language Apple Daily survey showed Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), who took a leave of absence as DPP chairpedson to concentrate on the primaries, has a slight advantage over former premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) as the polls open, although both would win over Ma by double-digit figures.