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Taiwanese identity reaches record high

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Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation chairman You Ying-lung, second right, speaks in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: George Tsorng, Taipei Times

The percentage of people identifying themselves as “Taiwanese” has reached a record high, according to a poll released yesterday by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation.


‘Chinese Taipei’ oppressive, Lim says

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Taiwan’s delegation to the World Health Assembly (WHA) did not experience any unfriendly behavior from China’s delegation, but Taiwan’s participation under the name of “Chinese Taipei” is the result of Chinese oppression, New Power Party (NPP) Legislator Freddy Lim (林昶佐) said yesterday.

Lim, who is a member of Taiwan’s delegation in Geneva, told a news conference in Taipei via video conference that China’s delegation did not act unfriendly to Taiwan’s or mention Taiwan in its speech, which was focused on China’s public health issues.


Cabinet drops charges against students

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The Executive Yuan yesterday announced it was dropping all charges against students who stormed its compound in Taipei in 2014 on the grounds that the filing of the lawsuits were prompted by political considerations in the first place.

At a news conference yesterday morning, Executive Yuan spokesman Tung Chen-yuan (童振源) said Premier Lin Chuan (林全) has ordered the withdrawal of all charges of criminal offenses that are indictable only upon complaint against 126 students who occupied the Executive Yuan in March 2014.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 May 2016 07:30 ) Read more...

Guideline changes to be undone

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Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung speaks at his first ministerial news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: George Tsorng, Taipei Times

The Ministry of Education is to take swift action to abolish contentious social studies and Chinese literature curriculum guideline changes passed in 2014, in accordance with a resolution passed by the legislature and approved by the Executive Yuan, Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung (潘文忠) said yesterday.


DPP revises parade plan after criticism

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Protesters yesterday hold a news conference on Ketagalan Boulevard in Taipei to speak against the incoming government’s decision to showcase slogans from past social movements as part of the performance at president-elect Tsai Ing-wen’s inauguration today.
Photo: CNA

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday said it would remove a controversial section of the parade to celebrate the presidential inauguration today, following criticism from social groups.


Students get say in curriculum reviews

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Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Huang Kuo-shu holds up a placard in the legislature in Taipei yesterday following the passage of the Senior High School Education Act. The placard says that the act consigns non-transparent negotiations on the curriculum guidelines to history.
Photo: Huang Yao-cheng, Taipei Times

The legislature yesterday passed amendments to the Senior High School Education Act (高級中等教育法) to overhaul the review process for the curriculum guidelines, which sparked protests against lack of transparency last year.


Efforts to condemn WHO letter fail

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Members of the New Power Party legislative caucus yesterday convene a meeting at the legislature to call for a united cross-party response to the WHO invitation letter.
Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

Efforts to pass a legislative resolution condemning the citation of the “one China” principle in a WHO invitation letter stalled yesterday after cross-caucus negotiations broke down because of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) opposition.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 May 2016 08:19 ) Read more...

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Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen, left, and DPP Secretary-General Joseph Wu yesterday unveil their party’s new defence policy at a press conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: George Tsorng, Taipei Times

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday unveiled an ambitious national policy for Taiwan’s national defense industry, which the party said would help decrease Taiwan’s reliance on foreign arms exports and generate NT$400 billion (US$12.17 billion) in direct and secondary benefits.