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Trump signs TAIPEI Act into law

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US President Donald Trump speaks at a coronavirus task force daily briefing at the White House in Washington on Thursday.
Photo: Reuters

US President Donald Trump on Thursday signed the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act of 2019 into law, before he talked with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) by telephone about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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US military aircraft activity near Taiwan increasing

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A map displayed on the Aircraft Spots Twitter timeline yesterday shows the path followed by a US reconnaissance aircraft southwest of Taiwan.
Image from the Aircaft Spots Twitter account

A Twitter account that tracks military aircraft movements has indicated an increase in US military activity near Taiwan, coinciding with an increase in Chinese military activity in the area.

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Commission considers validating injustice sites

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The Transitional Justice Commission is reportedly planning on validating and announcing 85 historical sites of injustice, as well as proposing legislative suggestions for preserving them.

After consulting experts and using the UN’s International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance as reference, the commission has drafted and finished revising key points in its final report on validating historical sites of injustice, which refer to places where those in power violated human rights during the authoritarian period.

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China urged to free Lee Ming-che

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Members of the Rescue Lee Ming-che Team and others hold up ribbons a news conference in Taipei yesterday calling on the public not to forget about Lee and urging the Chinese authorities to release him.
Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

Human rights groups and lawmakers yesterday demanded China immediately release imprisoned rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲), as they marked the third anniversary of his detention in Guangdong Province.

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Chinese warplanes approach Taiwan at night

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A handout photo made available by the Ministry of National Defense shows a Chinese H-6 bomber, bottom, flying over the Bashi Channel near Taiwan, as a Taiwanese F-16, top, approaches, before the Chinese aircraft returned to its base via the Miyako Strait on Feb. 10.
Photo: EPA-EFE

The air force on Monday scrambled to warn off approaching Chinese jets, the first time they were spotted near Taiwan’s air space at night, the Ministry of National Defense said.

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TAIPEI Act waits for Trump’s signature

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American Institute in Taiwan spokeswoman Amanda Mansour addresses US-Taiwan relations in a video clip released on Facebook on Tuesday.
Photo: Screen grab from American Institute in Taiwan’s video

The US Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act, designed to help Taiwan stabilize diplomatic ties, which awaits US President Donald Trump’s signature to take effect.

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Book on 228 atrocities released

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A copy of The Truth About the 228 Incident and Transitional Justice Reports is pictured at its launch at the Taipei 228 Memorial Museum yesterday.
Photo: CNA

A new book shedding light on the atrocities committed by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) during the 228 Massacre was launched by the 228 Memorial Foundation yesterday

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Former president Lee Teng-hui, right, talks to reporters in Taipei yesterday while attending an event to mark the Presbyterian Church’s 150th anniversary in Taiwan.
Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) yesterday urged President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to resign, calling him incapable, disconnected with the public and too conservative.

“Ma is incapable and shameless. He should step down as president,” Lee told reporters while attending the Presbyterian Church’s celebration of its 150th anniversary in Taiwan.