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Critics cry foul as ‘Umbrella movement’ leaders jailed

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Joshua Wong, leader of Hong Kong’s “Umbrella movement,” looks on as he addresses the media before his sentencing outside the High Court in Hong Kong yesterday.
Photo: AFP

A Hong Kong appeals court yesterday jailed three leaders of the territory’s pro-democracy “Umbrella movement” for six to eight months, dealing a blow to the youth-led push for universal suffrage and prompting accusations of political interference.

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Tsai’s approval rating sinks to new low

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Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation chairman You Ying-lung presents the results of the foundation’s monthly opinion poll at a news conference held yesterday in Taipei.
Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) approval rating has dropped to below 30 percent, the lowest of her presidency, while Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has an approval rating of about 70 percent nationwide, one of the highest for any politician in the nation’s history, according to a monthly poll by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation released yesterday.

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North Korea hones Guam strike plans, mocks US president

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People yesterday walk in front of a monitor in Tokyo, Japan, showing news about North Korea.
Photo: Reuters

North Korea yesterday announced a detailed plan to send a salvo of four missiles over Japan and toward the US territory of Guam, raising the stakes in a stand-off with US President Donald Trump, who it said was “bereft of reason.”

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Japan warns over defense

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A defense white paper approved by the Japanese Cabinet on Tuesday said that Taiwan was falling behind China in modernization of weapons systems and budget allocations for defense spending.

The overall military balance was shifting in favor of China and the gap was growing wider, the paper said, adding that US arms sales to Taiwan and self-developed weapon programs might be the key to restoring the equilibrium.

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Ma is a Chinese puppet: Chinese businessman Guo

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Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui speaks during an interview in New York City on April 30.
Photo: Reuters

Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui (郭文貴) yesterday said that China had monitored the private lives of former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and his two daughters, putting pressure on Ma to submit to Beijing’s every wish, including imprisoning former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).

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Citizen judge system to be established

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The government has decided to establish a citizen judge system to ensure public participation in the judicial process after the National Congress on Judicial Reform failed to reach a decision on the issue.

A draft act for the new system is to be proposed next month.

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Time to start working on direct democracy: Ko

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Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, right, blows out the candles on a cake during a rice harvest event in Beitou District yesterday, which was also the mayor’s birthday.
Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

With the accessibility of the Internet, now is the time to transition from a representative democracy to a direct democracy, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday.

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Newsflash

A former US defense official has called for major changes in Washington’s policies toward Taiwan.

“Despite Taiwan’s great achievements in building a democratic society and robust economy, Washington still treats Taipei as a second-class global citizen,” American Enterprise Institute director of Asian Studies Dan Blumenthal said.