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Hong Kong police are out of control

Former British home secretary Robert Peel, credited as the father of modern policing, in 1829 established the Metropolitan Police, the world’s first professional police force.

In a force made up of ordinary citizens, police officers nicknamed “bobbies” were expected to adhere to the “Peelian principles,” often summarized as “policing by consent.” This meant that rather than using fear on the streets of London, “bobbies” had to secure and maintain the approval, respect and affection of the public, an ethos that is still followed. The Hong Kong Police Force of old, modeled on Britain’s police force, once adhered to these principles and was considered “Asia’s finest.”

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Institute starts 10-year smart defense program

The Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology has launched a 10-year “smart national defense” program that would use artificial intelligence (AI) systems and big data analytics to improve the military’s strategic capabilities.

“Smart national defense will focus on cyberwarfare and gathering intelligence over the Internet to allow us to accurately predict the enemy’s movements,” institute director Colonel Lin Gau-joe (林高洲) said.

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Tear gas, Molotovs as chaos grips HK


A protester throws back a tear gas canister fired by police during an anti-government rally in Hong Kong yesterday.
Photo: EPA/EFE

Chaos engulfed Hong Kong’s financial heart yesterday as police fired tear gas and a water cannon at Molotov cocktail-throwing protesters, who defied a ban on rallying — and mounting threats from China — to take to the streets for a 13th straight weekend.

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Groups call for probe into professors’ language ban


Taipei City Councilor Miao Po-ya of the Social Democratic Party, right, speaks at a news conference held in Taipei yesterday by the Taiwan Association of University Professors and the Taiwan Forever Society in response to National Taiwan University professor Jerome Geaun’s remark that speaking Hoklo is similar to smoking cigarettes.
Photo: CNA

Academics and legal experts yesterday asked the Control Yuan to investigate alleged breaches of the National Languages Development Act (國家語言發展法) at National Taiwan University (NTU), after two professors instituted a rule that school meetings must be conducted in Mandarin only.

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Taipei presses Beijing for answers on Taiwanese missing after HK protest


Mainland Affairs Council Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng speaks at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Chung Li-hua, Taipei Times

Taiwan yesterday urged China to provide information on the whereabouts of a Taiwanese activist who went missing after joining pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong this month.

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HK, Taiwan and the 21st century

What constitutes the spirit of an age? What determines its zeitgeist? Should one join or oppose it? The answers to these and other questions are embedded in what is taking place in Hong Kong.

There, as the ideological battle for early 21st century zeitgeist takes shape, technology allows for immediate worldwide awareness.

In one sense, it could be called a tale of three cities: Beijing, Hong Kong and London, with each representing a different position.

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The Taiwan High Court yesterday extended former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) detention by three months on the grounds that he still represented a flight risk if he were released.

The Court yesterday afternoon conducted a hearing to decide whether to continue to detain Chen while the Supreme Court is in the process of reviewing his case.