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Taiwan deserves respect: Christensen

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American Institute in Taiwan Director Brent Christensen yesterday speaks at the opening of a two-day US-Taiwan Global Cooperation and Training Framework conference at the Grand Hyatt Taipei.
Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

The new director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) yesterday lauded Taiwan’s democratic development and its contribution to the world, which he said are deserving of the international community’s dignity and respect.

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Olympians’ group rejects name change

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Any unilateral change to the name of the Taiwanese national team for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics would only hurt Taiwan and could cost the nation its membership in the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Chinese Taipei Olympians Association said yesterday.

The association of Taiwanese Olympic medalists and former participants issued an official statement in response to a proposed referendum that would change the name of the national team from “Chinese Taipei” to “Taiwan.”

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Students prepare to sue Norway over mislabeling

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A page set up by Taiwanese students in Norway on a crowdfunding Web site is pictured yesterday.
Photo: Lu Yi-hsuan, Taipei Times

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said that the government is keeping close contact with Taiwanese students in Norway who are raising funds to sue the Norwegian government after it labeled them as being from China.

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China Youth Corps is ‘KMT affiliate’

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China Youth Corps director Ger Yeong-kuang, center, speaks at a new conference in Taipei yesterday after the Cabinet’s Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee designated the corps as an affiliate of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).
Photo: Chu Pei-hsiung, Taipei Times

The Cabinet’s Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee yesterday designated the China Youth Corps as an affiliate of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), demanding that the corps declare its assets within four months.

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Jiang’s hiring by school draws protest

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A plaque declaring National Chung Cheng University’s support for academic freedom and the actions of students who participated in the Sunflower movement is pictured yesterday on the campus in Chiayi County’s Minxiong Township.
Photo: Tseng Nai-chiang, Taipei Times

Three National Chung Cheng University alumni on Saturday launched an online petition calling on the school to fire former premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) for ordering an eviction of student protesters occupying the Executive Yuan during the Sunflower movement protests in 2014.

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TSU calls on DPP to promote proposed referendum using ‘Taiwan’ at Games

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From left, Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) women’s section director Ouyang Jui-lien, TSU Chairman Lau Yi-te and writer Neil Peng hold a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Su Fang-ho, Taipei Times

The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) yesterday called on the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to promote a referendum proposed by civic groups to rename the national sports team from “Chinese Taipei” to “Taiwan” for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which it said would be the most effective way to resist pressure from China.

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Taichung to continue Games work: Lai

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Olympic medalist Chi Cheng, second right, speaks at a rally organized by the Team Taiwan Campaign for 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Taipei’s Ximending area yesterday evening in support of Taichung’s rights to host the East Asian Youth Games next year.
Photo: CNA

Premier William Lai (賴清德) yesterday told Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) to continue infrastructure work needed for the East Asian Youth Games, despite the East Asian Olympic Committee’s (EAOC) decision to revoke Taichung’s right to host next year’s Games.

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Newsflash

The Washington Times is reporting that US intelligence agencies are on alert for unexpected Chinese military activities this weekend.

While there is no hint about the possible nature of such activities, they could be timed to coincide with the visit of White House National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon to Beijing.

According to the Washington Times, they could be part of the Chinese response to the US$5.8 billion arms package for Taiwan that was announced by the US last month.