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Taiwan inaugurates first domestically made crane vessel

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A man operates a water cannon at the launch of Taiwan’s first crane vessel, the Green Jade, at CSBC Corp, Taiwan’s shipyard in Kaohsiung yesterday.
Photo: Hung Chen-hung, Taipei Times

Taiwan yesterday held a launching ceremony for its first domestically produced crane vessel, the Green Jade, to be used for offshore wind farm projects, with Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) saying it was a milestone in the nation’s push for green energy.

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Indigenous status rule not constitutional, court says

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The Constitutional Court in Taipei on Friday deliberates on the constitutionality of Article 4, Paragraph 2 of the Status Act for Indigenous Peoples.
Photo: Chang Wen-chuan, Taipei Times

A legal provision that grants indigenous status to people with only one indigenous parent based strictly on their name has been declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court.

The court took aim at Article 4, Paragraph 2 of the Status Act for Indigenous Peoples (原住民身分法), which states: “Children of intermarriages between indigenous peoples and non-indigenous peoples taking the surname of the indigenous father or mother, or using the indigenous peoples traditional name shall acquire indigenous peoples status.”

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HK working to block Taiwan in WTO: US report

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The logo of the WTO on its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, is pictured on June 2, 2020.
Photo: Reuters

The Hong Kong government has been working with China to block Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the WTO, the US Department of State said in a report published on Thursday.

Even as the Chinese government took new measures to erode democracy in Hong Kong, representatives of the territory acted on behalf of Beijing to advance its objectives in the international arena, the report said.

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US lawmakers call to include Taiwan in IPEF

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Taiwan and US flags are pictured on a table for a meeting between then-US representative Ed Royce and then-legislative speaker Su Jia-chyuan in Taipei on March 27, 2018.
Photo: Tyrone Siu, Reuters

Two hundred US lawmakers in a letter on Wednesday called for Taiwan’s participation in the planned Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), touting the nation’s economic importance and the signal of support it would send to counter Chinese intimidation.

The letter, drafted by the four cochairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus and addressed to US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai (戴琪), said that Taiwan should be “at the front of the line” to join the framework.

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Major changes to US ties not necessary: ex-envoy

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Former American Institute in Taiwan director William Stanton speaks at an event in Taipei on Saturday.
Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

Practical measures of support for Taiwan by the US government are more important than diplomatic recognition of the country, former director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) William Stanton said on Saturday at a forum in Taipei.

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Lithuania applies to open Taiwan office

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A plaque hangs on a door at the Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania in Vilnius on Nov. 18 last year.
Photo: EPA-EFE

An application from Lithuania to open a representative office in Taiwan has been received, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

The ministry expressed its sincere welcome to Lithuania for opening an office in Taiwan and would assist as necessary, it said.

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English-language military drills held

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The fifth legion of the army’s Aviation and Special Forces Command undergoes casualty care training at the Kengzihkou shooting range in Hsinchu County yesterday.
Photo: CNA

The army’s Aviation and Special Forces Command conducted training yesterday in which all orders were delivered in English.

The training — held in Hsinchu County’s Kengzihkou (坑子口) area — featured simulations of troops ambushing enemy soldiers, including vehicles passing through the ambush zone.

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A student leader, front center, declares the breakdown of negotiations with Minister of Education Wu Se-hwa, center back, yesterday in Taipei.
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Talks between student activists and Minister of Education Wu Se-hwa (吳思華) broke down yesterday, after Wu refused to agree to withdraw controversial adjustments to high-school curriculum guidelines and step down.