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DPP caucus calls for ban on China streaming media


Democratic Progressive Party legislators Yeh Yi-jin, left, and Cheng Yun-peng display information about video streaming services by Tencent Holdings and Youku Tudou at a news conference at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday called on regulators to block Chinese media corporations from establishing a foothold in Taiwan, after the Chinese-language Liberty Times (sister newspaper of the Taipei Times) reported that Tencent Holdings (騰訊) and Youku Tudou (優酷) plan to start offering local video streaming services in May.

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NTU professor illegal member of Chinese board: legislator


A composite image released yesterday by New Power Party Legislator Huang Kuo-chang shows a photograph of National Taiwan University finance professor Lee Tsun-siou together with a table, indicating Lee’s directorship of Shanghai-based China International Fund Management Co Ltd.
Photo courtesy of Huang Kuo-chang’s legislative office

National Taiwan University (NTU) finance professor Lee Tsun-siou (李存修) engaged in illegal part-time work by sitting on the board of directors of China International Fund Management (上投摩根基金管理), an investment fund company wholly controlled by the Shanghai Municipal Government, New Power Party (NPP) Legislator Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) claimed yesterday.

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Visiting US ambassador calls on China to release Taiwanese activist

A visiting US official responsible for religious freedom yesterday urged the Chinese government to release jailed Taiwanese democracy activist Lee Ming-che (李明哲), who is serving a five-year prison term in China on charges of subversion of state power.

US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, who is visiting Taiwan for a regional religious freedom forum, the first of its kind, made the call during a news briefing in Taipei after a meeting with Lee’s wife, Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜).

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Tsai must reach out to Dalai Lama

Taiwan’s democratization has often been touted as a model for other countries. While the compliment is uplifting and fitting recognition of the blood, sweat and tears shed by local democracy pioneers, there is more that Taiwan should and could do than being a mere example. Rather than passively standing tall for others to look up to as a model of democracy, Taiwan should take the initiative and offer a helping hand to those who still struggle for freedom and face grave human rights violations, particularly at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.

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Tibetan uprising: Groups call for Dalai Lama visit


The Dalai Lama, center, arrives at a Long Life offering prayer at the main Buddhist temple of Tsuglagkhang, near the town of Dharamsala, India, on Feb. 27.
Photo: EPA-EFE

Tibetan advocates yesterday joined New Power Party (NPP) Legislator Freddy Lim (林昶佐) in launching a petition to invite the Dalai Lama to visit Taiwan this year, and urged civic organizations, religious groups and the public to help make it happen.

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US’ Ted Yoho plugs WHA role


US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar speaks during healthcare pricing roundtable in the White House in Washington on Jan. 23.
Photo: Bloomberg

US Representative Ted Yoho on Friday sent a letter to US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, urging him to visit Taiwan next month to attend an international workshop on public health and advocate for Taiwan’s participation in the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA).

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A demonstrator holds up a burning Chinese flag in protest against the cross-strait talks being held at the Windsor Hotel in Taichung yesterday. Negotiators from China and Taiwan met for the fourth round of trade talks and signed three pacts.
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Taipei and Beijing yesterday signed three agreements and agreed to place the economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) on the agenda at the next round of cross-strait talks next year.

The deals signed yesterday — on the fishing industry, quality checks of agricultural products, and standardizing inspections and certification — bring to 12 the number of pacts inked by the two sides since President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) assumed power in Taiwan in May last year.