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No military exercise held on Saturday

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Minister of National Defense Feng Shih-kuan attends a meeting at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei on Nov. 17.
Photo: CNA

The Ministry of National Defense yesterday denied that it launched a multi-branch exercise on Saturday in response to Chinese military aircraft circling the international airspace around Taiwan.

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Chinese aircraft fly around Taiwan

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In this Sept. 25 photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese People`s Liberation Army Air Force Su-30 fighter, right, flies along with a H-6K bomber as they take part in a drill near the East China Sea.
Photo: (Shao Jing/Xinhua via AP)

Chinese military aircraft yesterday flew over the East China Sea to the south of Japan’s Okinawa Island and circled the international airspace surrounding Taiwan before passing over the Bashi Channel to return to China, officials from the Ministry of National Defense said.

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Tensions heat up between DPP, NPP

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New Power Party Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang, right, and caucus convener Hsu Yung-ming, second right, react to the passing of controversial amendments to the Labor Standards Act at a news conference in Taipei on Tuesday.
Photo: CNA

Tensions appear to have intensified between Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and New Power Party (NPP) legislators after a DPP caucus official reportedly called for a review of the parties’ relationship following disputes over amendments to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) that were passed on Tuesday.

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Groundbreaking Call: Tsai, Trump talk of defense, economics

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President Tsai Ing-wen, center, is flanked by National Security Council Secretary-General Joseph Wu, left, and Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee as she speaks to US president-elect Donald Trump over the telephone in the Presidential Office in Taipei on Friday evening.
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President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and US president-elect Donald Trump spoke over the telephone on issues relating to improving the economy and strengthening national defense, the Presidential Office said yesterday.

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KMT confirms ex-Chinese official for post

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The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Thursday confirmed that it is to hire a consultant who was a Chinese official tasked with pursuing the nation’s unification with China.

KMT Central Policy Committee director Alex Tsai (蔡正元) said that former deputy general secretary of China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) Wang Xiaobing (王小兵) will be hired as a consultant for the party’s Sun Yat-sen Memorial Library Foundation.

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Ma questioned over confidence breach

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A protester yesterday wears a mask of former president Ma Ying-jeou’s face at a rally outside the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office to urge prosecutors to take Ma into custody.
Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

Former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was summoned for questioning by the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday on charges of breaching confidentiality laws.

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Tsai’s approval rating hits new low

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At a news conference in Taipei yesterday Taiwan Opinion Poll Foundation president You Ying-lung presents the results of a survey on public opinion on the government’s performance during its first six months in office.
Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) approval rating has sunk to 41.4 percent, according to the latest poll by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation, lower than her disapproval rating for the first time in the foundation’s polls, suggesting a leadership crisis.

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A protester holds a placard outside police barricades as workers put back a sign reading ‘‘Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall’’ at the landmark in Taipei yesterday.
PHOTO: NICKY LOH, REUTERS

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government yesterday restored dictator Chiang Kai-shek’s name to National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall in Taipei, reversing a move two years ago by the then-­Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration to remove relics of authoritarianism.

The replacement of the plaque began at about 8:10am after some 300 police officers secured the hall with barricades overnight and put up an official document stating that the hall would be closed for 24 hours for “official business.”