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DPP can win the Aboriginal vote

During a meeting of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Central Standing Committee on Oct. 14, there was a discussion about why independent Legislator May Chin (高金素梅) has been re-elected so many times, with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) asking why Chin enjoys such unwavering support.

Being one-eighth ethnic Paiwan, Tsai might be wondering why the DPP has not won more Aboriginal votes in general and local elections during her presidency than it did in the past.

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Military needs Taiwanese identity

In her inaugural address in May, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced three major areas of reform for the military: asymmetric warfare capabilities, the reservist mobilization system and the management structures.

However, the most pressing area of reform is to engender a sense of Taiwanese consciousness in soldiers, sailors and pilots. The concept of “ethnically Chinese Taiwanese” needs to be gradually built up during recruits’ education and training.

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DPP seeks to demote Sun Yat-sen at oath ceremonies


Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-mai on Aug. 24 leads the city government in his administration’s swearing-in ceremony.
Photo: Chang Chung-yi, Taipei Times

Three amendments proposed by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers, which would abolish government tributes to Republic of China (ROC) founder Sun Yat-sen (孫中山), on Friday passed their first reading at the Legislative Yuan, where they are expected to spark controversy among Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers, who have proposed their own amendments.

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Leasing Pratas Islands to the US

On Thursday last week, a military-chartered supply flight operated by Uni Air from Kaohsiung to the Pratas Islands (Dongsha Islands, 東沙群島) in the South China Sea was forced to turn back on its way to the disputed islands.

The incident has been interpreted as Hong Kong interrupting regular flight plans by not issuing a notice in accordance with international protocols.

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Arms sale sent for final pass at US Congress


A handout provided yesterday by Military News Agency shows army mechanics working on a military plane at an undisclosed base in Taiwan on Oct. 8.
Photo: EPA-EFE

The US Department of State on Wednesday approved US$1.8 billion in new arms for Taiwan and submitted the package to the US Congress for a final review in a move aimed at improving Taiwan’s self-defense capabilities against a long-threatened invasion by China.

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KMT downfall a must for Taiwan

In a Facebook post on Wednesday last week, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei City Councilor Hsu Chiao-hsin (徐巧芯) wrote: “The KMT must fall for Taiwan to improve.’ Allow me to ask the question again: Is this really true?”

It matters not how many times Hsu asks the question, my answer will always be the same: “Yes, the KMT must be toppled for Taiwan to improve.”

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Minister of National Defense Feng Shih-kuan yesterday speaks at a question-and-answer session at the Legislative Yuan’s Foreign and National Defense Committee in Taipei.
Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

The Ministry of National Defense yesterday confirmed for the first time that China has Dong Feng-16 (DF-16) missiles aimed at Taiwan in a bid to increase military pressure on the nation.