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Group to keep pressing for constitutional reform

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Taiwan New Constitution Foundation chairman Koo Kwang-ming, front row center, foundation director Michelle Wang, front row right, and other members attend a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: George Tsorng, Taipei Times

The Taiwan New Constitution Foundation yesterday said it would call for constitutional interpretations and is considering submitting other referendum proposals, following the rejection on Friday of its two referendum proposals on constitutional reform.


Taiwan must ‘fortify’ against attack: US

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US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien speaks during a news conference on Aug. 13 at the White House in Washington. Photo: AFP

A top White House official on Friday urged Taiwan to build up its military capabilities to protect against a possible invasion by China, saying that Beijing would have that ability in 10 to 15 years.


US advances three weapons sales: sources

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Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Zhao Lijian speaks at a news conference in Beijing in an undated photograph.
Photo: AFP

The White House is moving forward with three sales of advanced weaponry to Taiwan, sending in recent days a notification of the deals to the US Congress for approval, five sources familiar with the situation said on Monday.


US warns China against Taiwan attack

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US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien speaks at the White House in Washington on Sept. 4.
Photo: Reuters

US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien on Wednesday warned China against any attempt to take Taiwan by force, saying amphibious landings were notoriously difficult and there was a lot of ambiguity about how the US would respond.


Su vows probe of universities’ cross-strait ties

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Premier Su Tseng-chang, center, speaks during a question-and-answer session at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday, flanked by Minister of Finance Su Jain-rong, left, Minister of Environmental Protection Chang Tzi-chin, second right, and National Communications Commission Chairman Chen Yaw-shyang, right.
Photo: CNA

The government would investigate claims that no university has ever been punished for signing letters affirming Beijing’s “one China” principle, and handle infractions appropriately, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said yesterday.


Russian journalist dies after setting herself on fire

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Koza.Press editor-in-chief Irina Slavina poses for a photograph in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, on Oct. 1 last year. She died on Friday, after setting herself on fire outside regional police headquarters.
Photo: AP

The editor of a Russian independent news site died on Friday after setting herself on fire following a police raid in a probe targeting an opposition group, her Web site said.


Minister touts Taiwan-US collaboration

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From left, Minister of Finance Su Jain-rong, National Development Council Minister Kung Ming-hsin, American Institute in Taiwan Director Brent Christensen and Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu attend a news conference on Taiwan-US infrastructure cooperation in Asia and Latin America in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

Taiwan and the US are to collaborate on infrastructure funding in Asia and Latin America, which would boost Taiwan’s clout in the international community, Minister of Finance Su Jain-rong (蘇建榮) said yesterday.


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Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Su Tseng-chang, left, gestures while walking along a sidewalk yesterday outside the National Diet Building in Tokyo, Japan, where he is visiting to discuss bilateral relations and Asia-Pacific security and stability.
Photo: Lee Hsin-fang, Taipei Times

Taiwan-Japan relations could be strengthened to promote regional stability because both countries share the values of democracy, freedom and human rights, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said in Tokyo yesterday.

“The DPP hopes that Taiwan and Japan can strengthen their bilateral partnership as members of a democratic alliance, which would make the Asia-Pacific a region of security, stability and prosperity by promoting dialogue and closer engagement,” Su said on the second day of his five-day visit to Japan.