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No to new communique: Taipei

By Jonathan Chin

The government has told Washington that Taipei would oppose the signing of a fourth joint communique between the US and China, Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee (李大維) said during a legislative session yesterday. The ministry has conveyed its opinion that “any development in that directionFULL STORY

Last P-3C plane said arriving in July

By Lo Tien-bin and Jonathan Chin

The last of Taiwan’s order of 12 Lockheed P-3C Orion aircraft is expected to be delivered in July, a Ministry of National Defense official said. The US-made aircraft is to be unveiled at a ceremony that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) is expected to attend, the officialFULL STORY

William Perry in Taipei to meet officials

Former US secretary of defense William Perry and a group of several US academics arrived in Taipei yesterday to begin a four-day visit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, adding that Perry will deliver a speech titled “My Journey at the Nuclear Brink.” Perry now directorFULL STORY

Lawmakers plea for infrastructure

By Shelley Shan

Lawmakers were keen to propose transportation projects on behalf of the counties they represent at a Transportation Committee meeting at the legislature yesterday, ahead of the unveiling of a major infrastructure program. The Cabinet is today scheduled to reveal the details of its “Forward-Looking Infrastructure DevelopmentFULL STORY

KMT-sponsored poll finds most against government moves on Chiang Kai-shek

By Alison Hsiao

The majority of Taiwanese are against the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government’s decisions to remove souvenirs bearing Chiang Kai-shek’s (蔣介石) likeness from stores at the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, to close the memorial on the anniversary of the 228 Incident or to removeFULL STORY

DPP legislators call for swift fix to scrap-tire buildup

By Lee I-chia

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators yesterday urged the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) to quickly come up with a way to dispose of scrap tires nationwide, as the weather is getting warmer and they can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Vehicles are now required to have tireFULL STORY

Arthur Yo pans Taipei mayor on Dome

By Sean Lin

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) should not use the Taipei Dome construction project as a bargaining chip for his re-election, Songshan Tobacco Factory Tree Protection Union convener Arthur Yo (游藝) said yesterday, also accusing the project’s developer of employing two-faced tactics. Yo, a longtime opponentFULL STORY

TSU demands ‘Taiwan’ used at 2020 Olympics

By Jason Pan

The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) yesterday demanded that the government use “Taiwan” instead of “Chinese Taipei” during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and called on recently installed Sports Administration Director-General Lin Te-fu (林德福) to resign over his refusal to make the change. TSU officials andFULL STORY

Two BCC networks must go off the air: NCC

By Shelley Shan

The Broadcasting Corp of China (BCC) must terminate its Formosa Network and Music Network broadcasts next month after the Supreme Administrative Court denied the company’s motion to prevent the National Communications Commission (NCC) from acquiring the frequencies used to air the two networks, the commissionFULL STORY

Iris Travel ‘indifferent’ toward dead bus driver’s family after compensation ruling

By Sean Lin

Family members of tour bus driver Kang Yu-hsun (康育薰) yesterday condemned Iris Travel Service Co owner Chou Pi-tsang (周比蒼) for treating them with indifference after the Ministry of Labor said that the agency should pay Kang’s family NT$2.43 million (US$79,664) in compensation. Investigation results releasedFULL STORY

NHIA says the patient referral system a success

By Lee I-chia

The National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) said the success rate of patient referral through the newly launched online patient referral system has increased to 67 percent, with Far Eastern Memorial Hospital (FEMH) having accepted the most patients among medical centers in Taipei and New TaipeiFULL STORY

Changing restrictions on trucks may cut emissions

By Shelley Shan

The government should allow large cargo trucks to drive on national freeways and major roads at the speed limit and during off-peak hours to curb carbon emissions, an Institute of Transportation study released on Tuesday said. Institute transportation and planning division deputy director Wendy Yang (楊幼文)FULL STORY

Once-banned books now on display in Taichung

By Su Meng-chuan and Jonathan Chin

The Taichung Civil Affairs Bureau on Monday opened a special exhibition of 300 best-sellers that were banned by the former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government. The exhibition at the Taichung Literature Museum is as part of the city’s human rights and culture festival, and features booksFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

SOCIETY Gender gap decreasing Taiwan ranked 38th in the world in gender equality in a Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics’ (DGBAS) report released on Tuesday, higher than Singapore, China, Japan and South Korea. Taiwan’s gender gap index was 0.729 last year, an improvement of 0.005FULL STORY

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