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5,000 Chinese spies in Taiwan: source

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Government offices lack credible information security and are vulnerable to Chinese espionage, an official in the national security establishment said.

Taiwan’s national security authorities estimate that about 5,000 agents are collecting state secrets in Taiwan on behalf of the Chinese government, and the nation’s civilian administration is no less vulnerable or compromised than its military, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Naming 228 perpetrator to be discreet

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Supporters of Taiwanese independence hold a banner reading “World-class murderer” in front of Taipei’s Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall yesterday during the 70th anniversary of the 228 Incident.
Photo: AFP

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday pledged to clarify the attribution of responsibility for the 228 Incident in the most discreet manner possible, adding that she hoped future anniversaries of the tragic event could be marked by national unity.

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228 Incident book launch disrupted by violent protest

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Historian Chen Yi-shen (陳儀深) yesterday unveiled a new book on the 228 Incident ahead of today’s 228 Peace Memorial Day, but the media conference was disrupted by a violent protest.

Chen introduced his latest book, The Sky Is Still Dark: Truth, Commemoration and Responsibility of the 228 Incident (天猶未光:二二八事件的真相、紀念與究責), an anthology of his research on people’s experiences, and the legal and political ramifications of the massacre.

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All 228 Incident documents declassified

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People walk past Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei on Saturday.
Photo: CNA

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday announced the declassification of all historical records relating to the 228 Incident, saying that the measure is critical to establishing the truth and expediting transitional justice.

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DPP eyes Chiang Kai-shek hall facelift

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The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei is pictured yesterday.
Photo: Huang Yao-cheng, Taipei Times

The Ministry of Culture yesterday said it is working on a bill to reinvent the Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) Memorial Hall, which, if passed, would see the Taipei landmark renamed and most, if not all, of the authoritarian symbols associated with Chiang removed.

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Festival to feature 228 Incident rally

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A statue of Chiang Kai-shek next to Taichung’s Dali District Office sprayed with red paint and wearing a sign accusing Chiang of being responsible for the 228 Incident is pictured yesterday.
Photo: Chen Chien-chih, Taipei Times

The Gongsheng Music Festival, an annual event started by a group of young Taiwanese in 2013, this year is to feature a march marking the 70th anniversary of the 228 Incident.

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Tsai vows to investigate 228 Incident

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President Tsai Ing-wen yesterday poses for a picture with the relative of a 228 Incident victim at the Presidential Office in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday said that the government would take the lead in investigating the 228 Incident and find those accountable for the tragic chapter in the nation’s history.

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Newsflash

US lawmakers hailed the Dalai Lama as a global inspiration as they welcomed him on Thursday at the Capitol, urging US President Barack Obama to defy China and also meet the exiled Tibetan leader.

Members of the US House of Representatives briefly put aside a rancorous debate on taming the US debt to receive the Dalai Lama, a rare figure embraced by both sides of the US political spectrum.

US House Speaker John Boehner, the third highest-ranking US official under the Constitution, said lawmakers spoke to the Dalai Lama about “our shared values not just in Tibet and China, but in the Middle East as well.”