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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.


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.


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.


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.
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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.


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.
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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.


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.


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.

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.