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Journalists in China face e-mail hijacking

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(CNN) -- Foreign correspondents in at least two Beijing, China, bureaus of news organizations have had their Google e-mail accounts attacked, with e-mails forwarded to a mysterious address, according to the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China.

In an advisory posted on its Web site, the organization advised members how to check if their Gmail had been compromised and urged caution when clicking on links and e-mail attachments. The advisory did not name the news organizations affected.

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Taiwanese rescuers shine in Haiti

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The first Taiwanese search and rescue squad has rescued two people since Sunday during operations in the earthquake-ravaged Caribbean nation of Haiti.

The first survivor, a French citizen, was a security guard at the UN Peacekeeping Force’s police dormitory.

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Ma mixes up nation's allies in Central America

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President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday mistakenly said he would visit Costa Rica during his trip to Central American allies planned for next week.

Taiwan severed diplomatic ties with Costa Rica in June 2007 after the Central American nation switched recognition to China.

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Capital outflows will rise after an ECFA: activists

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Labor rights activists and business leaders with experience working in China agree that signing a trade agreement between Taiwan and China would speed up capital outflow from the nation, but their opinions differ on solving Taiwan’s unemployment problem.

A proposed economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) with China “would speed up outflow of domestic capital and the exodus of businesses and it will not solve the unemployment problem,” Victims of Investment in China Association (VICA) president William Kao (高為邦) said.

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China's honeymoon over, activist says

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Both Google’s threat to withdraw from the Chinese market and the reaction of Western countries to the heavy sentence handed down to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波) may be signs that the honeymoon period between the West and China has ended, Chinese democracy activist Wang Dan (王丹) said yesterday.

Wang made the remarks at a press conference held in Taipei attended by a number of political activists voicing their support for Google and for Liu.

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KMT legislators decry ‘arrogance’

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Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators complained about the “arrogance” of the government during a gathering with President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday, singling out the National Security Council (NSC) in particular.

KMT Legislator Lo Shu-lei (羅淑蕾) told reporters after the gathering that she complained to Ma personally about the impertinence of government agencies.

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US plans formal protest to China over Google attack

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The US will issue a formal protest to the Chinese government demanding an explanation for the cyber attack on Google Inc that the company says originated from China.

“We will be issuing a formal demarche in Beijing,” likely early this week, to express US unease about the incident, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said in Washington on Friday.

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Newsflash

Legislators across party lines yesterday showed a rare display of unity in accusing the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) of violating its budgetary code by illegally using emergency government funds to help Chinese provinces with post-disaster reconstruction projects.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lo Shu-lei (羅淑蕾) said the council intended to allocate a total of NT$65.57 million (US$2 million) from the central government’s emergency fund — also known as the -“second -reserve fund” — in this year’s budget request to help residents of two Chinese provinces rebuild their homes.