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Taiwan joins West in Russia sanctions

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President Tsai Ing-wen gives a speech at an event in Tainan yesterday.
Photo: Hung Jui-chin, Taipei Times

Taiwan yesterday announced that it would join the US and other countries in imposing sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, but did not immediately provide details.

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Taiwan slams Russia over incursion

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Ukrainians wave Ukrainian and EU flags, and hold banners as they protest outside the Russian embassy in Kyiv yesterday after Moscow’s decision to formally recognize two Russian-backed regions of eastern Ukraine as independent.
Photo: Reuters

Taiwan condemns Russia for undermining Ukraine’s sovereignty and calls for peaceful means to resolve the dispute, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday.

Taipei “condemns Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty,” Tsai wrote on Facebook shortly after she was briefed on the latest situation in Ukraine by a National Security Council task force.

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West must support Ukraine, or fallout might involve Taiwan: UK’s Johnson

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to reporters during the Munich Security Conference in Germany on Saturday.
Photo: AFP

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday said that if Western nations failed to fulfill their promises to support Ukraine’s independence, it would have damaging consequences worldwide, including for Taiwan.

Russian troops are massed near Ukraine’s borders, and Russian President Vladimir Putin has overseen military exercises by strategic nuclear missile forces, but Russia rejects Western concerns that it is poised to invade.

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UK motion seeks to bolster Taiwan ties

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A Union flag flutters near the British Houses of Parliament in London on March 13, 2017.
Photo: AFP

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday thanked British lawmakers for passing a motion to enhance security cooperation with Taiwan and support its bid for international recognition.

Members of the British House of Commons on Thursday unanimously voted for the motion following discussions over UK-Taiwan friendship and cooperation presided over by MPs Alicia Kearns and Bob Steward — who are cochairs of the China Research Group and British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group respectively.

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Bills urge Washington ‘Taiwan Office’

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The nameplate of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington is pictured in an undated photograph.
Photo: Lu Yi-hsuan, Tapei Times

A bipartisan group of US lawmakers on Thursday proposed matching bills in the US Senate and US House of Representatives that would require the US to negotiate the renaming of Taiwan’s de facto embassy in Washington as the “Taiwan Representative Office.”

The mission is currently called the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO).

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Lai, Pelosi talk security issues, China

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Vice President William Lai, top left, US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, top right, and Representative to the US Hsiao Bi-khim hold a video conference on Friday.
Photo courtesy of the Presidential Office via CNA

Vice President William Lai (賴清德) discussed security and economic issues, as well as China, with US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a virtual meeting on Friday, Representative to the US Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) said.

The meeting lasted about 30 minutes and touched on security issues, economic affairs and shared values, Hsiao told reporters after the meeting.

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PRC targets Taiwan with new disinformation ploy

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An illustration shows computer code and a Chinese national flag on July 12, 2017.
Photo: REUTERS

China is conducting disinformation campaigns that involve more than 400 fake accounts targeting Taiwanese on social media, the Investigation Bureau said on Friday.

China is trying to infiltrate social media, Internet forums and online chatrooms that are popular among Taiwanese to subvert the public’s trust in the government, destabilize society and meddle in elections, the bureau said.

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Hundreds of protesters yesterday started a sit-in outside the legislature, fueled by mounting anger over the government’s cross-strait policies and the expected passage of a controversial trade agreement with China later this week.

Waving green Taiwanese independence flags and signs emblazoned with the slogan “the Chinese Nationalist Party [KMT] is selling out Taiwan,” a dozen organizations filled the streets around the legislature, calling on lawmakers to reflect popular opinion and protect the nation’s sovereignty.