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EU lawmakers arrive on first visit

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Premier Su Tseng-chang, seventh right, meets members of a 13-person delegation from the European Parliament in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Lee Hsin-fang, Taipei Times

The European Parliament’s first delegation to Taiwan arrived yesterday in the nation for discussions on fighting disinformation, with delegation members scheduled to meet President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) today.

The 13-person delegation is visiting Taiwan on a three-day trip, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

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Wang Ye sent off to heaven in Pingtung King Boat burning

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Spectators watch as a King Boat is prepared to be burned on a beach in Pingtung County’s Donggang Township at the end of the Wang Ye Worshiping Ceremony yesterday.
Photo: CNA

The Wang Ye Worshiping Ceremony in Pingtung County culminated early yesterday with the burning of a purpose-built King Boat on a beach in Donggang Township (東港), signifying the deity being sent off.

The festival — held once every three years with the aim to prevent the spread of plagues — is one of the biggest Wang Ye festivals in Taiwan and dates back 300 years.

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Invite Taiwan to summit: US’ Scott

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US Senator Rick Scott speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday.
Photo: AFP

US Senator Rick Scott on Wednesday urged the White House to “quickly and publicly” invite Taiwan to its Summit for Democracy in December as a show of its commitment to freedom and to its deserving partner.

With the summit about one month away, the Republican senator emphasized the urgency of inviting “one of our most valued and strategic partners in the Asia-Pacific [region].”

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US bans China Telecom over security threat

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A China Telecom logo is pictured on a booth at the China International Fair for Trade in Services in Beijing on Sept. 5. last year.
Photo: AP

The US on Tuesday banned China Telecom Corp (中國電信) from operating in the country, citing “significant” national security concerns.

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ordered China Telecom Americas Corp to discontinue its services within 60 days, ending nearly 20 years of operations in the US.

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Taiwan, US discuss UN participation

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The UN headquarters is pictured during the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Sept. 19, 2017.
Photo: AFP

Taiwan and the US on Friday held a high-level meeting on expanding Taiwan’s participation at the UN and other international organizations so that it could join efforts to tackle global challenges.

The virtual meeting, attended by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US Department of State, focused on helping Taiwan participate meaningfully at the UN.

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US to defend Taiwan in attack: Biden

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US President Joe Biden speaks during a CNN-hosted town hall meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, on Thursday.
Photo: Reuters
The US would come to Taiwan’s defense and has a commitment to defend the nation China claims as its own, US President Joe Biden said on Thursday, although the White House later said there was no change in policy toward Taiwan.

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UN must not bow to PRC on Resolution 2758: MOFA

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A UN flag flies over the main entrance of the UN’s Palais des Nations building in Geneva, Switzerland, on Sept. 29.
Photo: AFP

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday urged the UN not to yield to China, stressing that UN Resolution 2758 does not say that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) can represent Taiwan.

The ministry issued the remarks as Monday next week marks the 50th anniversary of the resolution, which gave the Repulic of China’s seat in the UN to the PRC.

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A protester yesterday wears a mask of former president Ma Ying-jeou’s face at a rally outside the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office to urge prosecutors to take Ma into custody.
Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

Former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was summoned for questioning by the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday on charges of breaching confidentiality laws.