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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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China urged to release Lee Ming-che

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At a news conference in Taipei yesterday, from second left, Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong, New Power Party Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang and former Sunflower movement leaders Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting demand that China immediately release Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che.
Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

Taiwanese and Hong Kong democracy activists yesterday called for the immediate release of human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲), who has been detained incommunicado in China for two weeks.

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Taipei court says Ma not guilty of leaks

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Judge Liao Chien-yu answers reporters’ questions at the Taipei District Court yesterday after the court found former president Ma Ying-jeou not guilty of leaking official secrets.
Photo: CNA

The Taipei District Court yesterday found former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) not guilty of libel and leaking of confidential information in the first ruling on a lawsuit filed by Democratic Progressive Party caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘).

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Stanton worried about Trump-Xi meet

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From left, former deputy minister of foreign affairs Michael Kau, National Sun Yat-sen University professor Lin Wen-cheng and former American Institute in Taiwan director William Stanton, yesterday sit on a panel at a forum in Taipei hosted by the Taiwan Forever Association and the International Committee for a Democratic Taiwan.
Photo: Huang Yao-cheng, Taipei Times

US President Donald Trump’s unpredictability makes him “kind of afraid” of what might happen if Trump’s reported meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) next month in the US occurs, former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) director William Stanton said yesterday.

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Homegrown submarine plan launched

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Navy officers look on yesterday as President Tsai Ing-wen waves from the hatch of a submarine at Zuoying Military Harbor in Kaohsiung.
Photo: Chang Chung-i, Taipei Times

The nation is hoping to build its first homegrown submarines within eight years and commission them into service within a decade, the shipbuilder tasked with carrying out the program said yesterday.

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PRC missiles aimed at Taiwan: MND

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Minister of National Defense Feng Shih-kuan yesterday speaks at a question-and-answer session at the Legislative Yuan’s Foreign and National Defense Committee in Taipei.
Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

The Ministry of National Defense yesterday confirmed for the first time that China has Dong Feng-16 (DF-16) missiles aimed at Taiwan in a bid to increase military pressure on the nation.

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319 SHOOTING: Lu urges probe into ‘319 shooting,’ points at Beijing

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Former vice president Annette Lu speaks at a forum in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday called on the government to relaunch an investigation into an assassination attempt on her and former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) on March 19, 2004, adding that Beijing might have plotted the shooting to intervene in Taiwanese politics.

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Newsflash

The so-called “1992 consensus” between Taiwan and China never existed and is nothing but a lie, former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) said yesterday.

In an excerpt of an interview published by the Chinese-­language Formosa Weekly, which was founded by former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), Chen described the “one China, different interpretations consensus” President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has been insisting on as “the biggest lie in history.”