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Time to heal the authoritarian era wounds, Tsai says

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From left, President Tsai Ing-wen, Presidential Office Secretary-General Chen Chu, Transitional Justice Commission Chairman Huang Huang-hsiung and Premier William Lai unveil the plaque of the Transitional Justice Commission at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

The Transitional Justice Commission tasked with uncovering the history of political repression during the Martial Law era was formally launched yesterday at a ceremony attended by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Premier William Lai (賴清德).

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Taiwan to invest in non-diplomatic allies: MOFA

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The nation aims to solidify and deepen bilateral and multilateral relations with countries that are close to Taiwan in values, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) says in a report to be presented at the Legislative Yuan today.

The nation will press on with the implementation of the New Southbound Policy, which aims to increase interactions with ASEAN members, South Asia, and New Zealand and Australia, as well as participation in regional economic organizations, the ministry said.

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China promoting unification at schools

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Teachers and students participating in the “100 schools, 1,000 students” exchange program in China’s Jiangsu Province pose in an undated photograph.
Photo: Screen grab from the Taiwan International Youth Exchange Association Web site

The government has uncovered a Chinese project aimed at promoting unification in Taiwan’s elementary and high schools to promote unification, a national security official said on condition of anonymity.

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US House includes provisions to help improve Taiwan’s defenses in budget

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US Representative Ed Royce speaks during a hearing with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Wednesday.
Photo: Bloomberg

The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed its annual defense spending bill for fiscal year 2019, which includes provisions to help strengthen Taiwan’s military capabilities.

The US$717 billion National Defense Authorization Act cleared the House 351-66.

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US defense contractor to open in Taipei

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US-based AMS Group, a provider of technology, equipment and integrated logistics support services, is to open an office in Taipei by the end of this year, senior vice president of global aftermarket Michael Perry said on Monday.

Perry made the remark at an event after a panel discussion on Taiwan-US defense industry cooperation held by the Global Taiwan Institute in Washington.

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Airlines cave to Beijing despite White House protest

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Global airlines are obeying Beijing’s demands to refer to Taiwan explicitly as a part of China, despite the White House’s call this month to stand firm against such “Orwellian nonsense.”

The Associated Press found 20 carriers, including Air Canada, British Airways and Lufthansa, that now refer to Taiwan, the self-ruled nation that Beijing considers Chinese territory, as a part of China on their global Web sites.

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Taiwan condemns WHA’s media ban

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Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lin Ching-yi wears Taiwan badges yesterday while listening in on this year’s meeting of the World Health Assembly in Geneva.
Photo: CNA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a stern protest over the WHO’s decision to deny Taiwanese news outlets access to the World Health Assembly (WHA), the annual meeting of its decisionmaking body that opened yesterday in Geneva, Switzerland, calling on the WHO to respect press freedom.

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A group of activists protest outside the American Institute in Taiwan in Taipei yesterday against what they see as Washington forcing Taipei to open its doors to the importation of US beef containing the leanness-enhancing drug ractopamine.
Photo: Chen Ping-hung, Taipei Times

A group of activists demonstrated at the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) yesterday to protest what they called Washington’s high-handed attitude in forcing Taiwan to open its doors to US beef containing residues of the leanness-enhancing drug ractopamine.

The protest was organized by several civic groups, including the National Alliance for Food Safety and Citizen Congress Watch.