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Control Yuan censures NTU, ministry


Control Yuan members Kao Yung-cheng, left, and Peter Chang speak during a news conference at the Control Yuan in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

The Control Yuan yesterday issued corrective measures against the Ministry of Education and National Taiwan University (NTU), saying both were responsible for a number of procedural and regulatory flaws that led to the controversy surrounding the university’s presidential election.

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US academic urges joint US-Taiwan military drills

With US President Donald Trump signing into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, the US and Taiwan should conduct joint military exercises to counter China’s increasing pressure on Taiwan, a US academic said in an article published on Tuesday.

In the article published by the Foreign Policy Research Institute, June Teufel Dreyer, a professor of political science at the University of Miami and a senior fellow at the institute’s Asia Program, said that Beijing has adopted what might be called an “anaconda strategy” to force Taiwan to surrender.

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Referendums must be more practical

The drive for signatures for national referendums to coincide with the Nov. 24 nine-in-one elections has ramped up, with two issues standing out: three proposals against same-sex marriage and a proposal to change Taiwan’s designation from Chinese Taipei to Taiwan at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The same-sex marriage proposals represent the downside to putting so much power in the hands of the public — it gives hate groups a voice and a chance to further propagate their ideas. These anti-LGBTQ organizations have been making noise for a long time, but this actually legitimizes their cause in the eyes of the public by giving them a concrete reason and target to go out and persuade people to agree with their views.

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Taiwan deserves respect: Christensen


American Institute in Taiwan Director Brent Christensen yesterday speaks at the opening of a two-day US-Taiwan Global Cooperation and Training Framework conference at the Grand Hyatt Taipei.
Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

The new director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) yesterday lauded Taiwan’s democratic development and its contribution to the world, which he said are deserving of the international community’s dignity and respect.

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Olympians’ group rejects name change

Any unilateral change to the name of the Taiwanese national team for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics would only hurt Taiwan and could cost the nation its membership in the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Chinese Taipei Olympians Association said yesterday.

The association of Taiwanese Olympic medalists and former participants issued an official statement in response to a proposed referendum that would change the name of the national team from “Chinese Taipei” to “Taiwan.”

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Name change would foster identity

On July 24, an extraordinary meeting of the East Asian Olympic Committee, acting at China’s behest, revoked Taichung’s right to host next year’s East Asian Youth Games.

Current and past members of Taiwan’s national sports teams have been blaming the Team Taiwan Campaign for 2020 Tokyo Olympics for this setback.

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The Council of Grand Justices yesterday announced a constitutional interpretation that switching judges in former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) case was not unconstitutional, dealing a serious blow to the former president and his supporters.

The Council of Grand Justices reasoned that the method the Taipei District Court used to combine corruption and money laundering cases was in agreement with the Constitution’s protection of a defendant’s litigation rights because it was conducted according to the law and through a committee of five judges, said Hsieh Wen-ting (謝文定), spokesperson for the Judicial Yuan.