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China blocking WHA invite, say DPP, doctors

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Democratic Progressive Party legislators in Taipei yesterday link hands as they call for Taiwan to take part unhindered in the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, at the end of this month.
Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

Lawmakers and doctors yesterday accused China of maneuvering to exclude Taiwan from this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA) and said that Taiwan should seek participation without any political preconditions.

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Trump call can be repeated: Tsai

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President Tsai Ing-wen has makeup applied during an interview with Reuters at the Presidential Office in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Reuters/Tyrone Siu

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said a direct telephone call with US President Donald Trump could take place again and urged China to step up its global responsibility to keep the peace as a large nation.

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Taiwan’s press freedom No. 1 in Asia

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Taiwan moved up six places in this year’s World Press Freedom Index, released yesterday by Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF), but this does not reflect real improvement, the report said.

The Paris-based watchdog organization said that the jump “does not reflect real improvements, but rather a global worsening of the situation in the rest of the world.”

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Taiwan making effort to attend WHA this year

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The government is making every effort to obtain an invitation to the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) session next month, despite the challenges it is facing, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said yesterday.

The WHA, the decisionmaking body of the WHO, is scheduled to hold its annual meeting in Geneva from May 22 to May 31.

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Han Kuang exercises to test F-35s for first time

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Ministry of National Defense spokesman Major General Chen Chung-chi speaks at a news conference at the ministry in Taipei yesterday about this year’s Han Kuang military exercises.
Photo: Tu Chu-min, Taipei Times

The annual Han Kuang exercises are to begin next month with live-fire, anti-landing exercises in outlying Penghu County, while the military is to simulate for the first time the combat capability of US-made F-35 jets in a cross-strait conflict scenario.

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Pair surrenders to police over Hatta statue decapitation

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The vandalized bronze statue of Japanese engineer Yoichi Hatta is covered with a tarpaulin yesterday in Tainan’s Yoichi Hatta Memorial Park.
Photo: Yang Chin-cheng, Taipei Times

China Unification Promotion Party member Lee Cheng-lung (李承龍) yesterday admitted being involved in the decapitation of a bronze statue of Japanese engineer Yoichi Hatta in Tainan on Sunday.

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KMT selling out nation: Lee Ching-yu

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Lee Ching-yu, the wife of human rights advocate Lee Ming-che, who is being detained in China, displays photographs of her husband at a news conference in Taipei on Tuesday last week.
Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

Lee Ching-yu (李淨瑜), the wife of detained human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲), said remarks by China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) substantiated an accusation that Beijing has its compradors in the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), after the office yesterday confirmed that it had commissioned a third party to “relate the relevant situation” to Lee Ching-yu and pass letters from Lee Ming-che to her and his parents, while warning other groups not to intervene in the case.

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Newsflash

Japanese Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera yesterday called on the international community to oppose China’s recently declared maritime air defense zone over the East China Sea and possibly over the disputed South China Sea.

Onodera discussed Tokyo’s concern over Beijing’s action separately with Philippine Secretary of Defense Voltaire Gazmin and Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julia Bishop.