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US Marines to guard AIT, CNN says

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The American Institute in Taiwan’s new compound is pictured in Taipei’s Neihu District on June 12.
Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

The US Department of State has requested that US Marines be sent to Taiwan to guard the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), according to a CNN report published online yesterday, citing two US officials.

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China ‘infringed on press freedom,’ Joseph Wu says

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu speaks at a news conference in Taipei held by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy on Monday.
Photo: Lin Cheng-kung, Taipei Times

Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) yesterday criticized China for lodging a protest against Japan’s Sankei Shimbun after it published an interview with him, saying that Beijing infringed on the press freedom of the two Asian democracies.

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‘One China’ is Xi’s fake news campaign, Wu says

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Taiwan Foundation for Democracy president Hsu Szu-chien addresses the East Asia Democracy Forum on the theme of “preventing democratic backsliding” at the Grand Hyatt Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times

Beijing’s “one China” principle is part of the Chinese government’s disinformation campaign directed at harming Taiwan, Open Culture Foundation deputy executive Wu Ming-hsuan (吳銘軒) said yesterday.

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Taiwan said to be asked to join US relief drill

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The US Navy has invited Taiwan to participate in the Pacific Partnership humanitarian relief training mission in the Solomon Islands in August, a senior defense official said on condition of anonymity.

Washington has been working toward giving Taiwan a greater role in the Pacific Partnership long before the US Senate began mulling hospital ship visits to Taiwan, although those efforts have received little publicity, the official said.

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Foreign representatives conclude Penghu outing

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Penghu County Commissioner Chen Kuang-fu, left, shakes hands with a member of a group of 32 foreign ambassadors and representatives to Taiwan visiting the county on Friday.
Photo: CNA

A group of foreign ambassadors and representatives to Taiwan and their family members yesterday completed a two-day trip to Penghu arranged by Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) to promote the nation’s tourism and deepen foreigners’ understanding of Taiwan.

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NDF used to help China infiltrate firms, NPP says

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New Power Party Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang shows a chart during a news conference in Taipei yesterday during which the party alleged that the National Development Fund might have been used to help Chinese state-owned companies infiltrate Taiwanese businesses.
Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

The National Development Fund (NDF) might have been used to help Chinese state-owned companies infiltrate Taiwanese businesses, the New Power Party (NPP) said yesterday.

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League received millions for boat races: lawmaker

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The National Women’s League received NT$3.58 million (US$119,325) in funding over the decade to 2016 for an annual dragon boat race held in Washington, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lai Jui-lung (賴瑞隆) said.

The league each year applied to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Overseas Community Affairs Council for funding for the event, despite having tens of billions of New Taiwan dollars in assets, Lai said.

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A screen grab from cable TV provider Taiwan Broadband Communications yesterday shows no signal from the Formosa News channel with an announcement that it has temporarily been unable to obtain broadcast authorization from the channel.
Photo: CNA

Formosa TV (FTV, 民視) has accused Hon Hai Group (鴻海集團) chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) of politically motivated censorship of the media after Taiwan Broadband Communications (TBC, 台灣寬頻通訊) cut access to FTV-owned channels yesterday morning.