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US seeks to avert quick, cheap invasion

The US aims to “ensure that it is not easy or cost-free” for China to use military aggression against Taiwan, a senior US defense official told a seminar in Washington on Thursday.

China is unlikely to attempt a rash invasion of Taiwan in 2027 — a goal assumed by some analysts — but the US would continue to strengthen its regional deterrence in the Indo-Pacific region to ensure that China is aware that such an attempt would be very costly, US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Ely Ratner said.


Draft to bar convicts from elected office

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.

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The results of a poll released by the Taiwan Thinktank yesterday showed that 89 percent of Taiwanese regard Taiwan as their homeland, while 5.7 percent say that China is their homeland.

The poll was commissioned by the think tank and conducted nationwide by Master Survey and Research Co on Wednesday and Thursday. The company questioned 1,089 people aged 20 and above and the poll has a margin of error of 3 percent.

In answer to the question: “Where are you from?” 69 percent of respondents replied that they are from Taiwan, while 24 percent said they are from the Republic of China (ROC).