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Refugee act would help define nation

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Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) on Thursday said that the government had received asylum applications from at least 200 Hong Kongers as Beijing seeks to ram through a national security bill for the territory.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has said that there is no need to introduce refugee legislation to offer Hong Kongers asylum, while Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) has said the Act Governing Relations With Hong Kong and Macau (香港澳門關係條例) does not need to be amended to deal with such requests.

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MND to purchase US missile system

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Deputy Minister of National Defense Chang Che-ping speaks at a meeting of the legislature’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) yesterday confirmed media reports that it plans to purchase coastal defense cruise missile (CDCM) systems from the US, saying that they could be delivered by 2023, should Washington agree to sell.

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Cabinet to prepare HK action plan: Tsai

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President Tsai Ing-wen talks to reporters before a meeting of the Democratic Progressive Party Central Executive Committee in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Tu Chien-jung, Taipei Times

The Executive Yuan is to prepare an action plan to provide humanitarian assistance to Hong Kongers, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday, as Beijing seeks to push through a national security law for Hong Kong.

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Virus Outbreak: Taiwan thanks Japan for help with evacuation

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Representative to Russia Keng Chung-yung, left, thanks Japan Airlines Russian branch general manager Takeshi Kodama, second left, at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow yesterday for flying a group of Taiwanese to Tokyo on a charter flight.
Photo courtesy of the Representative Office in Moscow

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday thanked Japan for allowing 94 Taiwanese on a chartered plane evacuating others stranded in Russia, where COVID-19 cases are rising and many international flights have been canceled.

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Hong Kong protests roar back

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A pro-democracy protester faces riot police in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong yesterday.
Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong protesters yesterday battled with riot police in busy downtown areas, showing their opposition toward China’s dramatic move to crack down on dissent in the biggest demonstration since the coronavirus swept through the territory in January.

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Taiwan united in condemning HK law

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends the opening session of the National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing yesterday.
Photo: AFP

The government and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday both spoke out against plans by the Chinese government to enact a national security law in Hong Kong.

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US unveils possible torpedo sale

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South Korean participants of the Indo-Pacific Landpower Conference on Wednesday watch screens showing participants from other nations, including Taiwan.
Photo: screen grab from Facebook

Just hours after President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) inauguration on Wednesday, the US Department of State’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced in Washington the possible sale of 18 MK-48 Heavy Weight Torpedoes to Taiwan.

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Police in China’s restive Xinjiang region have launched a fresh manhunt aimed at capturing fugitives wanted in connection with deadly ethnic violence in July this year, state media said yesterday.

The regional public security bureau’s “Strike Hard and Rectify” campaign, which began on Sunday, will run until the end of the year, the Xinjiang Daily reported.