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Ministry distorted ECFA study: DPP

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The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday accused the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) of tampering with an impact assessment report on signing an economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) with China, saying the ministry had deflated potential job losses that could follow the trade deal's implementation.

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No mention of Taiwan situation in Obama speech

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US President Barack Obama delivered his first major policy speech on China without mentioning Taiwan or even mildly challenging Beijing on its human rights record.

Addressing the opening session of a two-day “Strategic and Economic Dialogue,” he described the meeting as “an essential step forward in advancing a positive, constructive and comprehensive relationship between our countries.”

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Chen speaks at end of corruption trial

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Supporters of former president Chen Shui-bian perform a skit to protest against his continued detention yesterday outside the Taipei District Court, where Chen appeared in the final stage of his trial on corruption charges.
PHOTO: CHIEN JUNG-FONG, TAIPEI TIMES

Former president Chen Shui-bian last night began to make a statement at the end of his trial on money laundering and corruption charges at the Taipei District Court.

As of press time, Chen was still addressing the court.

After asking whether there was a time limit, the former president began to speak for the first time in weeks, almost entirely in Hoklo.

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Wu cracks jokes on last trial day

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Former first lady Wu Shu-jen cracked jokes in court yesterday during her last appearance before a verdict is to be announced in September.

Presiding Judge Tsai Shou-hsun scheduled yesterday’s court date to hear closing arguments from Wu, her lawyers and the prosecution.

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World Games end in spectacular style

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The Kaohsiung World Games arena is bathed in light during yesterday’s closing ceremony.
PHOTO: CHANG CHUNG-YI, TAIPEI TIMES

Kaohsiung rounded off a successful World Games yesterday evening with a carnival-like closing ceremony that brought down the curtain on 10 days of exciting sporting competition.

The ceremony got underway at 7.30pm with spectators creating a sparkling “river of stars,” as the lights were dimmed before the 40,000-strong crowd simultaneously switched on LEDs.

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Envoy exposes roots of Tibetan anger

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Ethnic inequality, discrimination and cultural extinction fueled by the Chinese government — more than any other human rights issues — are at the root of Tibetans’ and Uighurs’ resentment toward Chinese rule, speakers said at a forum in Taipei on human rights conditions in Tibet and Xinjiang yesterday.

“People around the world often condemn the Chinese government for human rights abuses in Tibet, but we Tibetans do not care so much whether we live well in Tibet,” envoy of the Tibetan government-in-exile Dawa Tsering told the forum, which was organized by the Taiwan New Century Foundation.

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Taiwan strikes more gold in Kaohsiung

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Taiwan’s Huang Hao-yun lies knocked out on the mat after winning the karate gold at the Kaohsiung World Games yesterday.
PHOTO: CHANG CHUNG-YI, TAIPEI TIMES

Taiwan got back on the medal trail yesterday in dramatic fashion on the penultimate day of action with three gold medals at the World Games in Kaohsiung.

The golds came in karate (one) and powerlifting (two), while Taiwanese athletes also picked up one bronze each in Karate and women’s nine ball pool.

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The alleged illegality of the National Security Council (NSC) secretary-general sitting in on meetings of the National Police Agency (NPA) and Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau suggests that the nation is in need of a new Republic of China constitution, civic organizations said yesterday.

NSC Secretary-General King Pu-tsung (金溥聰) came under fire from legislators across party lines when he visited the police agency on Wednesday and the Investigation Bureau on Friday.