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Taiwan an example for region: US official

President Tsai Ing-wen, right, is accompanied by Alex Wong, deputy assistant secretary in the US Department of State’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs yesterday as she speaks at a banquet hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei.
Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

The nation’s democracy and resulting development are an example for the Indo-Pacific region, a visiting US Department of State official said yesterday as he reiterated Washington’s commitment to supporting Taiwan’s international participation and helping it defend its democracy.


Taiwan in need of US-like security clearances

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, on Feb. 28 lost his “top secret/sensitive compartmented information-level” security clearance.

The US has a rigorous security clearance system that applies to all personnel with important duties related to national security — not only government personnel, but also those working in major defense-related private companies, such as those dealing with aerospace and sensitive technology.


Groups march to urge action over Lee Ming-che

A blindfolded and shackled protester yesterday takes part in a march through the streets of Taipei by a coalition of human rights groups to mark the anniversary of the abduction by Chinese authorities of Taiwanese democracy advocate Lee Ming-che.
Photo: Huang Yao-cheng, Taipei Times

A coalition of human rights groups yesterday marched on the streets of Taipei to mark the anniversary of China’s abduction of Taiwanese democracy advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲) and to urge the Taiwanese government to pressure Beijing for Lee’s release.


Massive English-language Sunflower archive finished

Following 15 months of preparation, the Daybreak Project, a 300,000-word English-language online interactive encyclopedia and oral history archive about the 2014 Sunflower movement, is to be officially launched on Friday.

Yesterday marked the fourth anniversary of the student-led protests in March and April 2014 against the then-Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government’s handling of a cross-strait service trade agreement.


Seeing Taiwan as a global ‘tugboat’

As space and time continue to be more rapidly traversed, our perception and paradigmatic vision of the world shrinks in kind. This pressures citizens of all nations to continually rethink the issues that their imagined communities face in the new world order being established and what leadership they want to bring about.

Change is inevitable, but when it is the result of a major global paradigm shift and changing perception, it forces new questions: How does an individual nation relate to the newly developing paradigm? And, as economic forces often drive paradigm shifts, can these nations find a positive, proactive course in such development?


Control Yuan member starts probe into Ma

Former president Ma Ying-jeou, center right, attends the opening ceremony of an exhibition by the Chinese Culture University Department of Advertising’s graduating class at Shin Kong Mituskoshi Department Store’s A11 branch in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

Control Yuan member Chen Shih-meng (陳師孟) yesterday launched an investigation of former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) for alleged abuse of power and interference in the judiciary over his administration’s probe of a prosecutor who indicted Ma on corruption charges when he was Taipei mayor.

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In its annual report released yesterday, the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission made a series of recommendations aimed at boosting the Washington-Taipei relationship and pushing the administration of US President Barack Obama to take stronger action on trade issues with China.

The commission recommends that the US Congress direct the Pentagon to “address the issue” of Taiwan’s air defense capabilities, to include a detailed assessment of Taiwan’s needs vis-a-vis China’s growing military air and missile capabilities.