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Bilingual policy needs ironing out

On Monday, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) hosted the first consultation to discuss Taiwan’s “2030 Bilingual Country” policy. The policy will need careful coordination and clearer articulation of its basic premise: It is by no means certain that it is well conceived, possible or even desirable.

What happened to Taiwan being a multilingual nation, home to users of Chinese, Hoklo (commonly known as Taiwanese), Hakka and various Aboriginal languages, supposedly protected by the Development of National Languages Act (國家語言發展法)?

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US admiral’s visit to Taiwan confirmed


A US-registered executive jet bearing tail number 375 is parked on the apron at Taipei International Airport yesterday.
Photo: CNA

A two-star US Navy admiral overseeing US military intelligence in the Asia-Pacific region has made an unannounced visit to Taiwan, two sources told Reuters on Sunday.

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RCEP not to have a strong impact

After more than eight years of talks, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was signed on Nov. 15, combining the individual free-trade agreements signed between ASEAN member states on the one hand, and China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand on the other.

Under the leadership of ASEAN and China, most observers did not expect the RCEP to provide a high degree of openness, and the announced agreement lives up to these expectations, containing few surprises.

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Taiwan and US sign MOU for annual economic talks


Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu speaks during a news conference at the Executive Yuan in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

Taiwan and the US signed a five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish annual economic talks, which could be extended another five years, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said yesterday.

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Details not finalized on US official’s visit


US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler speaks during a news conference at the US Department of Justice in Washington on Sept. 14.
Photo: AP

Details have not yet been finalized regarding a planned visit by US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator (EPA) Andrew Wheeler next month, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

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Mike Pompeo, Taiwan and China

In a recent interview with commentator Hugh Hewitt, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dropped a bomb. It was simple, direct and succinct, and it was one that has been long overdue.

When Hewitt asked him about Taiwan, Pompeo wasted no words.

He stressed how important it is “to get the language right.”

Then, with no further comment, he went on to say: “Taiwan has not been a part of China.”

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Supporters of former president Chen Shui-bian hold placards as they protest outside Taipei District Court yesterday.
PHOTO: PATRICK LIN, AFP

The Taipei District Court ruled yesterday to extend former president Chen Shui-bian’s  incarceration at the Taipei Detention Center for two more months.

“The court ruled to extend [Chen’s] detention by two months starting from July 26,” Taipei District Court spokesperson Huang Chun-ming said.

The court cited several of the reasons used in its previous detention rulings — the concern that Chen would collude with witnesses, destroy evidence or try to abscond, and because he has been charged with serious crimes that could bring him a prison term of seven years or more.