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China shifts cognitive warfare tactics: study

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An illustration shows chess pieces displayed in front of the flags of Taiwan, right, and China on Jan. 25.
Photo: Reuters

China has changed tactics in its cognitive warfare campaign against Taiwan, now favoring divisive negative stories about Taiwanese society, rather than positive stories about China, an Academia Sinica researcher wrote in a recently published paper.


Japan delegation says support resolute

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Former Japanese ministers of defense Shigeru Ishiba, left, and Yasukazu Hamada attend a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Support for Taiwan in the Japanese Diet is bipartisan and would remain unchanged after the assassination of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, a visiting delegation of Japanese lawmakers told a news conference in Taipei yesterday.


US military making plans should Pelosi visit Taipei

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US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi talks with reporters at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday last week.
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US officials said they have little fear that China would attack US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plane if she flies to Taiwan.

However, Pelosi would be entering one of the world’s hottest spots, where a mishap, misstep or misunderstanding could endanger her safety, so the Pentagon is developing plans for any contingency.


Russia’s war altered Xi’s plans: Mattis

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President Tsai Ing-wen addresses the Ketagalan Forum in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Liao Chen-hui, Taipei Times

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has affected the timing and strategy of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) plan to take Taiwan by force, former US secretary of defense Jim Mattis told a forum in Taipei yesterday, where experts from around the world stressed the importance of like-minded democracies standing together in the face of rising authoritarianism.


Japan defense paper highlights Taiwan

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A page from a Japanese government defense white paper released yesterday explains enhanced defense deployment near Taiwan.
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Japan’s latest defense white paper highlights Taiwan’s defense measures, as well as Tokyo’s and the international community’s concerns over stability in the Taiwan Strait.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s Cabinet yesterday approved the 500-page report — the second published under Japanese Minister of Defense Nobuo Kishi that gives substantial attention to the Taiwan issue.


US strategic clarity required, Esper says

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President Tsai Ing-wen, second left, listens to former US secretary of defense Mark Esper, left, at a meeting at the Presidential Office in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Wang Yu-ching / EPA-EFE

The US should move from strategic ambiguity to strategic clarity on cross-strait affairs and re-examine its “one China” policy, former US secretary of defense Mark Esper told President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday, adding that Taiwan must demonstrate its seriousness in defending itself by increasing its defense spending.


You says Prague ‘Mecca of democracy’

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Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil, left, presents a book to Legislative Speaker You Si-kun at a news conference in Prague yesterday.
Photo: AFP

Legislative Speaker You Si-kun (游錫堃) yesterday hailed the Czech Republic as a “Mecca of democracy” upon arrival in Prague, where Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil greeted the visiting Taiwanese delegation.

A cross-party delegation of lawmakers arrived at Vaclav Havel Airport in Prague at 9am on a Turkish Airlines flight.


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A Briton said to have serious mental health problems was executed in China yesterday for drug smuggling despite last-minute pleas for clemency, a move condemned by London, rights groups and his family.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he was “appalled and disappointed” by the execution of Akmal Shaikh, a 53-year-old father of three, who supporters say had bipolar disorder. His family expressed their grief and asked for privacy.