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Taichung to continue Games work: Lai

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Olympic medalist Chi Cheng, second right, speaks at a rally organized by the Team Taiwan Campaign for 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Taipei’s Ximending area yesterday evening in support of Taichung’s rights to host the East Asian Youth Games next year.
Photo: CNA

Premier William Lai (賴清德) yesterday told Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) to continue infrastructure work needed for the East Asian Youth Games, despite the East Asian Olympic Committee’s (EAOC) decision to revoke Taichung’s right to host next year’s Games.

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AIT to get US Marine security guards

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The US national flag flies over the American Institute in Taiwan compound in Taipei’s Neihu District during the building’s dedication on June 12.
Photo: CNA

The US is to station Marine security guards at the American Institute in Taiwan’s (AIT) new complex in Taipei’s Neihu District (內湖), which is to begin operations in September, sources familiar with the matter said.

The mission of Marine security guards is different from that of other US Marines, whose primary mission is combat, the sources said.

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More senators blast PRC pressure

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A dozen more US senators on Thursday criticized Beijing’s demand that 44 international airlines label Taiwan as part of China on their Web sites and warned that there were more offensives to come.

Following other international airlines, three leading US carriers — American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines — on Tuesday conformed with China’s request ahead of a Wednesday deadline by leaving only “Taipei” and “TPE” on their destination lists and removing “Taiwan.”

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Taichung to appeal Games’ cancelation

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Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung, second right, speaks to reporters in Taichung yesterday.
Photo: Ou Su-mei, Taipei Times

Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) yesterday said that the city would soon submit a petition to the East Asian Olympic Committee (EAOC) over its decision to revoke Taichung’s right to host the first East Asian Youth Games next year.

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Taichung loses right to host Games

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Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung holds a news conference at Taichung City Hall yesterday concerning the East Asian Olympic Committee’s decision to revoke Taichung’s right to host August next year’s East Asian Youth Games.
Photo: CNA

The East Asian Olympic Committee yesterday announced that it has revoked Taichung’s right to host the first East Asian Youth Games due to “political factors” after the city had already spent nearly NT$677 million (US$22.04 million) on preparations for the event.

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Kuan Chung-ming vows not to waver

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Members of the Southern California National Taiwan University Alumni Association opposed to the association’s decision to invite Academia Sinica member Kuan Chung-ming hold a news conference in Los Angeles on Saturday to announce the founding of a rival association.
Photo: CNA

Academia Sinica academician and NTU president-elect Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) yesterday reiterated that he will not back down from what he called a fight for National Taiwan University’s (NTU) autonomy against government intervention, in a speech at an annual gala held by the Southern California National Taiwan University Alumni Association in Los Angeles.

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Progressive coalition eyes council seats

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The Social Welfare State Front, a coalition of the Social Democratic Party, Taiwan Radical Wings and the Green Party Taiwan, holds a news conference in Taipei yesterday announcing its aim to win seats in Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Tainan and Kaohsiung in the Nov. 24 local elections.
Photo courtesy of the Social Welfare State Front

The Social Welfare State Front, a coalition of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Taiwan Radical Wings and the Green Party Taiwan, yesterday said it aims to win at least three councilor seats each in Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Tainan and Kaohsiung in the Nov. 24 elections, and to establish united party caucuses in the cities.

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Japanese nationalists wave Japan’s national flag yesterday in front of a lighthouse on a disputed island group known as the Diaoyutai Islands in Chinese and the Senkaku Islands in Japanese.
Photo: AFP

Nationalists raised Japanese flags on an island at the heart of a corrosive territorial row with China yesterday, in a move likely to further inflame tensions with Beijing.

About a dozen members of the right-wing group Gambare Nippon (“Hang In There, Japan”) swam ashore, an Agence France-Presse (AFP) journalist witnessed, from a 20-boat flotilla carrying activists and lawmakers.