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Taiwan in UN promotes peace: Wu

Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) has called for Taiwan’s inclusion in the UN framework to help ensure peace in the region, as the world body is slated to begin its 78th session of the general assembly on Tuesday next week.

“Together we are stronger. It is time to act on this fundamental principle, including Taiwan,” Wu wrote in an op-ed published on Saturday on the Italian news site Le Formiche.

The UN Charter, which states that international disputes should be settled peacefully, has helped maintain the rules-based international order since the end of the Cold War, he said.

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Lai’s steady hand of leadership

On his way to Paraguay, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Vice President William Lai (賴清德) stopped over in the US. After this seven-day trip, Lai’s strategy of playing safe has continued to influence the US, China and Taiwan.

The “play-safe” strategy was created together by the US and Taiwan. Its purpose was to keep China in check. Lai’s strategy has demonstrated how both countries have been well-coordinated, and that Taiwan has been keeping this promise with self-restraint. Through Lai’s trip, the US and Taiwan have established a collaboration through which mutual trust can be reinforced.

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Hou’s wrong vision for Kinmen

New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜), the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) presidential candidate, on Tuesday proposed turning Kinmen County into a hub for Chinese tourism and investments.

The county could also become a medical and healthcare hub for Chinese medical tourists, and could import electricity and natural gas from China’s Fujian Province to ensure supply, he said.

Hou also said he “respects the wishes of” some Kinmen residents who call for a referendum on a bridge linking the county with Xiamen, China.

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Little pigs, let me in

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co founder Terry Gou (郭台銘) has called on Taiwan People’s Party Chairman and presidential candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) and New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜), the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) presidential nominee, to sit down and have coffee with him.

Likening the three of them to the three little pigs of the children’s fable, their fate threatened by the “big bad wolf” — the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) candidate, Vice President William Lai (賴清德) — Gou said that unless the “anti-green alliance” can sit down and develop a concerted plan, Lai would win next year’s election.

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Newsflash

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lo Chih-cheng (羅致政) yesterday proposed a draft amendment to the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act (公職人員選舉罷免法) that would bar people who have been convicted of security breaches from running in national or local elections.

People convicted of offenses relating to organized crime, money laundering, firearms or drugs would be barred from election to civil servant positions if the amendments pass, Lo said on Monday, when the amendments were being drafted.