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Free Aung San Suu Kyi, Obama tells Myanmar PM

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US President Barack Obama used a landmark encounter with the prime minister of military-run Myanmar yesterday to demand freedom for detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.

“I reaffirmed the policy that I put forward yesterday in Tokyo with regard to Burma,” Obama told reporters, using the former name of the country that has kept Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for most of the past two decades.

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US president urged to protect Taiwan

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As US President Barack Obama launched his four-nation tour of Asia this week he received two strong pleas to protect Taiwan’s interests. One came from four members of Congress and the other from 16 Taiwanese-American organizations acting in concert.

The congressional letter, signed by members of Congress Shelley Berkley, Gerald Connolly, Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Phil Gingrey, urged Obama to keep Taiwan’s security uppermost in his mind when meeting Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤).

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Lai urges justice ministry to investigate Wu Den-yih

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Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator William Lai (賴清德) yesterday asked Minister of Justice Wang Ching-feng (王清峰) to launch a probe into whether Premier Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) has tried to influence next month’s Nantou County commissioner election through illegal means.

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Obama leaves on debut Asia trip, first stop Japan

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US President Barack Obama left on his debut presidential tour of Asia yesterday, seeking to revive the US' prestige as a regional power, on a trip much heavier on symbolism than diplomatic substance.

Obama will take a precious week out of his bid to enact an ambitious domestic agenda to show the region and a rising China that Washington is no longer distracted by crises elsewhere.

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Lu calls for new investigation into 319 shooting

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Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday welcomed the Control Yuan's report on the attack on her and then-president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) on the eve of the presidential election on March 19, 2004, but urged the government watchdog to produce more concrete evidence before it dismisses the investigation conducted by the Tainan Public Prosecutor's Office.

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Taipei needs to expand its trade targets: US study

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A new US study on Taiwan’s economy cautions that gains from current trade and investment talks with China may be limited and that Taipei needs to concentrate on internal economic restructuring and the cultivation “of new and dynamic foreign relationships beyond the straits.”

Written by Derek Scissors, a research fellow in Asia Economic Policy at the Heritage Foundation, the study says Taiwan should reform corporate taxation and the “sheltered” domestic service sector.

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Chen denies flying money overseas

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Former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) office yesterday issued a statement denying allegations that Chen had taken advantage of his overseas trips to transport cash abroad.

The statement came in response to a story published by the Chinese-language China Times yesterday that quoted Palauan President Johnson Toribiong as saying that an unidentified wire of NT$1.4 billion (US$40 million) was routed through Palau’s Pacific Savings Bank in 2005 to the US and other countries.

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Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, left, and President Ma Ying-jeou attend a ceremeony commemorating the victims of the 228 Incident in the 228 Peace Memorial Park in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

The painful history of the 228 Incident — and the torment and grief that families of its victims still feel — were brought into sharp focus yesterday by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) when he delivered an emotional speech at the government’s memorial ceremony, after which it appeared that he refused to shake hands with President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九).