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Internet users slam Kadeer visa denial

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The government’s decision to block exiled Uighur rights activist Rebiya Kadeer’s visit in December sparked an outcry among Internet users, with many condemning the decision.

“What an ‘honor’ for Taiwan that such shameful news has spread throughout the world so quickly,” a member of the online social networking system Plurk called “E23” said early yesterday morning when replying to a post by fellow Plurker Lavendersea that linked to reports published by several foreign media outlets on the government’s refusal of Kadeer’s intended visit.

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Government prevents visit by Kadeer

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The government yesterday decided to deny World Uyghur Congress president Rebiya Kadeer entry to Taiwan on the grounds that her visit would harm the national interest.

Minister of the Interior Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) said on the legislative floor yesterday afternoon that the government would not allow Kadeer to visit Taiwan if she applied for a visa.

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High Court keeps Chen behind bars

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The Taiwan High Court yesterday ruled to keep former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) behind bars for another three months, on the grounds that he might flee the country if released.

At 8:45pm last night, an hour later than scheduled, Presiding Judge Teng Chen-chiu (鄧振球) announced the appeals court’s decision to extend Chen’s detention because he was suspected of committing serious crimes and, as a former president, he has more channels to flee the country than an ordinary citizen.

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PRC again fails in Australian resources bid

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China’s efforts to gain a greater stake in Australia’s resource industry suffered a new setback yesterday when a Chinese miner dropped a US$400 million bid for a controlling stake in an Australian rare earths miner.

Earlier yesterday, the Australian defense department rejected a separate Chinese investment in an outback mining venture, saying it threatened national security.

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Ball now in Ma's court on visit by Kadeer

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A spokesman for Rebiya Kadeer yesterday confirmed that the exiled Uighur leader had accepted an invitation to visit Taiwan, adding that the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) holds the key to whether the visit will materialize.

Kadeer is more than happy to participate in the Kaohsiung Film Festival and speak to the Taiwanese public, Nury Turkel, president of the Uyghur American Association, told reporters in Washington.

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Young people mobilize against casinos

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A group of young people from Penghu County yesterday urged other residents of the archipelago working in Taiwan proper to return home and vote against gambling in an upcoming referendum on allowing corporations to establish casinos in Penghu.

At a press conference in Taipei, Liu Yu-ming (劉昱明), a student at National Taiwan University’s Graduate Institute of Law, warned that Penghu’s image and reputation as a natural paradise could be tarnished if residents voted “yes” in the referendum.

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Chen charged over diplomatic funds

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Prosecutors yesterday issued another wave of indictments against former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), charging him and four others with embezzlement in a case involving classified diplomatic projects.

The Supreme Prosecutors' Office's Special Investigation Panel (SIP), in charge of probing the former president's corruption and money laundering cases, said it had completed its investigations.

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Newsflash

The government will not pursue UN membership and will instead continue to push for the nation’s meaningful participation at UN-related agencies, Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee (李大維) said yesterday.

“With regard to the UN issue, the government will undoubtedly continue our meaningful participation [at UN-related organizations], but will not promote Taiwanese membership in the global body,” Lee said.