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Nearly 90 percent of public identify with Taiwan: poll

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Taiwan New Constitution Foundation chairman Koo Kwang-ming holds a placard at a news conference in Taipei yesterday, saying that the country should participate in the 2024 Paris Olympics in the name of “Taiwan,” not “Chinese Taipei.”
Photo: Chen Yu-fu, Taipei Times

Nearly 90 percent of the public identify themselves as Taiwanese and about two-thirds said they are willing to fight for the country in case of war, a survey released yesterday by the Taiwan New Constitution Foundation showed.

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No more Chinese gadgets for government: source

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Surveillance cameras hang on a post in front of Hikvision Digital Technology’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China, on May 28, 2019.
Photo: Bloomberg

Government agencies are to be banned from using any Chinese electronics from the end of this year, rather than have a “blacklist” of products that must be continually updated, a source within the Executive Yuan said on Saturday.

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Formal ties with US would lift Taiwan’s status: You

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Legislative Speaker You Si-kun, right, talks during an online interview with media personality Frances Huang in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Chung Li-hua, Taipei Times

Taiwan’s status would be normalized if the US resumed diplomatic ties with Taiwan, Legislative Speaker You Si-kun (游錫堃) said yesterday, adding that the issue of Taiwan’s identity has been gaining attention worldwide.

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First local vaccine batches ready: FDA

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Syringes of Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corp’s MVC COVID-19 vaccine are pictured in an undated photograph.
Photo courtesy of the Food and Drug Administration

The inspection of the first four batches of the domestic COVID-19 vaccine has been completed and the doses are ready to be rolled out, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said yesterday.

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US bill to fund ‘honest’ Taiwan maps

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US Representative Steve Chabot speaks at a subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 24.
Photo: AFP

The US House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a foreign assistance spending bill with an amendment forbidding that funds be used to create, procure or display maps depicting Taiwan as part of the People’s Republic of China.

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Tsai books Medigen shot, despite wait

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Examinees wearing masks have their temperatures taken in Taipei yesterday as they arrive for the Advanced Subjects Test for university entrance.
Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday said that she would get inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Taiwan-based Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corp (高端疫苗).

Tsai wrote on Facebook that she had registered for her first vaccine dose using the national online COVID-19 vaccination booking system, which allows people to indicate their preferred vaccine brand and to make an appointment when the shot becomes available.

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War could ‘lead to US recognition’

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Legislative Speaker You Si-kun, left, speaks to former president Chen Shui-bian during a radio show hosted by Chen in Kaohsiung yesterday.
Photo courtesy of You Si-kun’s office

The US might recognize Taiwan if war breaks out in the Taiwan Strait, Legislative Speaker You Si-kun (游錫堃) said yesterday while discussing politics with former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).

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Despite heavy rains yesterday, protesters show their support for former president Chen Shui-bian outside the Taiwan High Court as the court started to hear his appeal against his graft conviction.
PHOTO: CHANG CHIA-MING, TAIPEI TIMES

The Taiwan High Court yesterday began to hear the appeal by former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), who insisted his life term for graft was “illegal” and argued the evidence used to convict him was insufficient.

Chen was sentenced to life in prison by a district court last month for embezzling state funds, laundering money, accepting bribes and forgery. His wife, Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍), also received life imprisonment on graft convictions.