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US senators urge election meddling probe

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Supporters of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Kaohsiung mayoral candidate Han Kuo-yu cheer and wave flags as they watch a ballot count display at the KMT’s Kaohsiung office on Nov. 24. Han won the election.
Photo: CNA

Six US senators have asked US government agencies to help Taiwan investigate China’s alleged meddling in its elections and take action to prevent Beijing from interfering in elections in democracies worldwide.

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NGOs urged to avoid ‘Chinese Taipei’

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A man holds up a scarf at a rally in Kaohsiung on April 7.
Photo: EPA-EFE / DAVID CHANG

Groups participating in international events should avoid using the name “Chinese Taipei,” which could be twisted to mean that Taipei is a part of China, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

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Host of amendments to combat fake news proposed

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From left, Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-yung, Minister Without Portfolio Lo Ping-cheng, Executive Yuan spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka, Minister Without Portfolio Audrey Tang and Deputy Minister of Education Fan Sun-lu attend a news conference at the Executive Yuan in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

The Executive Yuan yesterday introduced amendments aimed at curbing the spread of disinformation, which proposed punishments for people who disrupt social order or threaten another person’s safety through false information.

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Taiwan 10th-freest nation: think tank

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Taiwan is the 10th-freest country in the world, according to The Human Freedom Index 2018 released yesterday by Canadian think tank the Fraser Institute, while China sits near the bottom at 135th.

Taiwan allows the greatest personal freedom in East Asia, having received the highest score in the category in the region, the institute said in a report.

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HUAWEI WOES: Minister vows removal of tech

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Minister Without Portfolio Wu Tze-cheng, who chairs the Public Construction Commission, speaks at a meeting of the Legislative Yuan’s Transportation Committee in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

Any equipment made by Huawei Technologies Co (華為) or ZTE Corp (中興) is to be quickly eliminated after a review of past government procurement cases, Minister Without Portfolio Wu Tze-cheng (吳澤成), who chairs the Public Construction Commission, said yesterday.

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KMT seeks to eliminate transitional justice purse

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The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislative caucus yesterday issued a notice in a bid to eliminate the budget for the Transitional Justice Commission at a review tomorrow.

“The alleged breach of neutrality seen in the incident involving [former commission chairman] Chang Tien-chin (張天欽) exposed the commission’s positioning as an ‘Eastern Depot,’” the notice said, referring to a Ming Dynasty-era secret police and spy agency.

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President denies that Lai is set to quit next month

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President Tsai Ing-wen speaks at a news conference in a hallway of the Presidential Office in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday dismissed speculation that Premier William Lai (賴清德) would step down next month, saying that she believes that they would remain “close associates.”

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Newsflash


Concentric Patriotism Association head Zhou Qinjun presses the bell at the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office on March 10, 2015.
Photo: Chen Wei-tse, Taipei Times

A 25-minute investigative documentary aired by Qatar-based al-Jazeera TV has shed some light on how pro-unification groups operate in Taiwan, including by reportedly paying people to attend events and asking the police for the names of independence advocates.