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Shooting not a case of mistaken identity, Lien says

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Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Central Committee member Sean Lien (連勝文) yesterday challenged prosecutors’ claims that the suspect in his shooting had targeted another person, but mistakenly shot him in the face.

The Banciao District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday announced it was indicting suspect Lin Cheng-wei (林正偉) — also known as “Horse Face” (馬面) — on manslaughter, attempted murder and other charges because he allegedly planned to shoot then-KMT city councilor candidate for New Taipei City (新北市) Chen Hung-yuan (陳鴻源) on the eve of the Nov. 27 special municipality elections because of a land dispute with Chen’s family.

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Obama meets Hu, reaffirms TRA

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US President Barack Obama voiced hope on Wednesday for a further easing of tensions across the Taiwan Strait as he reaffirmed his commitment to the “one China” policy and to the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), a law passed by the US Congress in 1979 that requires the US to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself.

Welcoming Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) for a state visit, Obama praised a major trade pact sealed last year between China and Taiwan.

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Chen taken to hospital in handcuffs

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Friends and family of former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) were furious after learning that Chen had to wear handcuffs and ankle cuffs while undergoing medical checkups yesterday, saying that while this might be standard procedure, such measures were unnecessary and humiliating.

Jack Chen (陳嘉爵), who recently took over as director of the former president’s office, said Chen Shui-bian was kept bound while undergoing blood tests and receiving treatment for headaches and chest pains.

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High Court upholds not guilty verdict for Chen

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The Taiwan High Court yesterday acquitted former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) in an embezzlement case involving US$330,000 in secret diplomatic funds.

The Taipei District Court in June last year found Chen not guilty in the embezzlement case and the Taiwan High Court yesterday maintained the lower court’s ruling.

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Tsai Ing-wen needn’t apologize: Lee

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Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) yesterday said Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) did not need to apologize for the controversy caused by her pension savings account that provides an 18 percent preferential interest rate.

Lee said reform of the system must be fair and just and the focus must be on the system, rather than on individuals collecting the dividends.

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China’s Hu upbeat, resists US pressure on currency

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Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) urged an end to a “zero sum” Cold War relationship with the US and proposed new cooperation, but resisted US arguments about why China should let its currency strengthen.

Indeed, in a sign that the future of the US currency continues to concern the most senior levels of the Chinese government, he said the US dollar-based international currency system is a “product of the past.”

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US downplays Taiwan before Hu visit

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The US will try to keep Taiwan as far down the agenda as possible during Chinese President Hu Jintao’s (胡錦濤) three-day state visit to Washington this week.

During a lengthy White House briefing on the visit, US National Security Adviser Tom Donilon detailed the main topics to be covered during all of Hu’s talks with US President Barack Obama and never once mentioned Taiwan.

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Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday called for a “Taiwan consensus” and the establishment of a mechanism for the nation’s policy on China and peaceful exchanges across the Taiwan Strait.

In a press conference to publicize her cross-strait policies, the DPP presidential candidate denied the existence of the so-called “1992 consensus” and said that if she were elected president, the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) signed with China last year would be reviewed by the legislature and adjusted if necessary.