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Mass resignation as budget passed

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Premier William Lai, center left, Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan, center right, and other officials yesterday wave at reporters at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei after announcing the Cabinet’s mass resignation.
Photo: CNA

After the general budget cleared the legislative floor, Premier William Lai (賴清德) yesterday evening announced that the Cabinet is to resign en masse today.

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Six arrested over alleged secrets leaks

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Criminal Investigation Bureau official Lu Sung-hao speaks at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Police arrested six current and former employees of German chemical maker BASF SE for allegedly leaking the company’s technology to a Chinese rival, the Criminal Investigation Bureau said yesterday.

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COA circumspect as hog farms call for leftover ban

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A sniffer dog yesterday checks a passenger at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport as part of efforts to prevent African swine fever from entering Taiwan.
Photo: CNA

The Council of Agriculture (COA) yesterday said it would not ban the use of kitchen waste as pig feed, despite increasing calls from hog farmers and experts for a ban to prevent the transmission of African swine fever.

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Tsai asked not to run for re-election

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President Tsai Ing-wen, center, accompanied by Presidential Office Secretary-General Chen Chu, right, shakes hands with Taiwan Chain Stores and Franchise Association chairman Joseph Lo in a reception at the Presidential Office Building in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Senior pro-Taiwanese independence advocates yesterday in an open letter urged President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) not to seek re-election in 2020.

The letter, titled “An Open Letter to President Tsai — Please Do Not Seek Re-election,” was published by numerous newspapers and signed by Presidential Office adviser Wu Li-pei (吳澧培), former Presidential Office adviser Peng Ming-min (彭明敏), former Academia Sinica president Lee Yuan-tseh (李遠哲) and the Reverend Kao Chun-ming (高俊明).

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Tsai blasts ‘one country, two systems’

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President Tsai Ing-wen, speaking at the Presidential Office building in Taipei yesterday, responds to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech marking the 40th anniversary of China’s 1979 “Message to Compatriots in Taiwan.”
Photo: Chu Pei-hsiung, Taipei Times

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday said that Taiwan and its people would never accept a “one country, two systems” arrangement and urged China to bravely embark on the path to democracy to fully understand the minds of Taiwanese.

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Force still an option for unification: Xi

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Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the 1979 “Message to Compatriots in Taiwan” at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing yesterday.
Photo: AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) yesterday said he would not renounce the use of force against foreign forces and pro-Taiwan independence “separatists” that interfere with China’s goal of peaceful unification as he announced plans to explore using the “one country, two systems” model with Taiwan.

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Puyuma driver rejects Executive Yuan reports

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Lawyers Alex Yen, right, and Chen Hsiang-chuan, representing Puyuma Express conductor Yu Chen-chung, listen to a question from reporters during a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times

Lawyers representing Yu Chen-chung (尤振仲), conductor of Puyuma Express train No. 6432 that derailed on Oct. 21 in Yilan County, yesterday said that Yu rejected the government’s claim that his negligence caused the train to speed, which in turn caused the deadly incident.

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Newsflash

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday remained low key about an inconclusive investigation by the city into questionable expenditures for the Xinsheng Overpass reconstruction project, urging the public to wait for the result of a legal inquiry into the controversy.

Hau said his government “put its heart and soul into the probe” and would make public the results once the interviews were concluded.