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Seventh Chinese jet spotted this month

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A Chinese fighter jet briefly entered the nation’s airspace at about noon yesterday, the Republic of China (ROC) Air Force said in a news release.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force Chengdu J-10 fighter was detected near the southwestern region of Taiwan’s airspace, and was immediately intercepted and escorted away following radio warnings, it said.

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Justin Huang spurns Tsai nomination

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The entrance to the Control Yuan is pictured in Taipei on Wednesday.
Photo: Hsieh Chun-lin, Taipei Times

Former Taitung County commissioner Justin Huang (黃健庭) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday declined a nomination from President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to serve as Control Yuan vice president.

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PRC planes enter nation’s ADIZ for third straight day

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The path of a US Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft crossing the Bashi Channel to the southwest of Taiwan’s air defense identification zone is shown on a flight tracker.
Photo: Screen grab from Twitter

The air force yesterday confirmed that two Chinese jets — a J-10 and a J-11 — flew into the nation’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) before being chased away by its patrolling aircraft.

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No rule against Taiwan on name cards, MOFA says

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The business cards of some Taiwanese diplomats posted overseas are pictured in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Lu Yi-hsuan, Taipei Times

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday denied media reports that it required embassies not to use “Taiwan” on staff name cards, saying the redesign of the cards has not been finalized.

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Groups call for action on Hong Kong

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A demonstrator yesterday waves a flag at a rally at Liberty Square in front of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei commemorating the first anniversary of the anti-extradition bill protests in Hong Kong.
Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

Civic groups yesterday urged the government to set up a humanitarian assistance program for Hong Kongers in need and a mechanism for those seeking political asylum.

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US senator seeks Taiwan Defense Act

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US Senator Josh Hawley speaks at a US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 12.
Photo: Reuters

US Senator Josh Hawley on Thursday introduced a draft Taiwan Defense Act, which would require the Pentagon to maintain the capability to defeat a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, while continuing to fulfill its obligations under the US’ Taiwan Relations Act (TRA).

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Taiwan can play role in post-virus era, Wu says

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu in Taipei on Tuesday takes part in a teleconference organized by the Washington-based German Marshall Fund of the United States.
Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Taiwan could play a significant part in a global restructuring of production lines and the supply chain of critical materials in the post-COVID-19 era, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said on Tuesday during a virtual discussion held by Washington-based think tank the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF).

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Newsflash

The recent hacking attacks targeting Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials and senior staff at Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) presidential campaign office could be Taiwan’s version of the Watergate scandal, a former official in charge of electronic communications for the government has said.

The DPP last week announced that the e-mail accounts of senior officials and staff at Tsai’s office had been hacked into and that confidential information had been stolen. In a press release, the party said that an investigation had traced the attacks back to IP addresses from Xinhua news agency bureaus in Beijing and Malaysia, addresses in Australia, as well as the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission (RDEC) in Taipei.