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Taiwan legislators receive IPAC invites

Taiwan has been invited to join the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), highlighting its key role in resisting Beijing, and that democratic countries want Taipei to join their alliance, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Fan Yun (范雲) said yesterday.

Founded in 2020, IPAC consists of 250 legislators from 30 countries across five continents, who are working to reform how democratic nations approach China.

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Vote for Wu and let Wang serve

The legislative by-election in Taipei’s third electoral district takes place today. Enoch Wu (吳怡農) is the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) candidate, while Taipei City Councilor Wang Hung-wei (王鴻薇) is contesting the seat for the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).

Wu was born in the US, obtained a degree in economics from Yale University and was an executive director for investment banking company Goldman Sachs, earning an eight-figure salary.

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Taiwan must tackle military spy issue

Former Taiwan Solidarity Union legislator Lo Chih-ming (羅志明) and retired navy major general Hsia Fu-hsiang (夏復翔) were on Thursday released on bail after they were questioned by prosecutors in relation to alleged spying for China. The case is concerning due to their high profile. Hsia previously commanded a destroyer and was deputy director of the Navy Command Headquarters’ Political Warfare Department. The two had access to sensitive information and have contacts in positions of influence.

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Europe could do more to ’deter attack’ on Taiwan

European countries could help deter a Chinese attack on Taiwan by conducting military exercises with Taipei and joining the US in imposing sanctions against China, former NATO secretary-general and former Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in Taipei yesterday.

“The most important supplier of weapons and military assistance to Taiwan will be the US. However, to prevent a possible Chinese attack against Taiwan, European countries could assist in different ways,” Rasmussen said.

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Newsflash


Control Yuan member Chen Shih-meng, right, and former Taipei Awakening Foundation director-general Yang Fang-wan speak during an interview in Taipei on Jan. 29.
Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

The Control Yuan is to investigate a skit staged by prosecutors in 2009 satirizing former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), a performance that has raised doubts about the credibility of the nation’s judicial system, Control Yuan member Chen Shih-meng (陳師孟) said yesterday.