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Beijing takes retaliatory tariff action

China yesterday announced that it would take retaliatory tariff action against US$60 billion of US goods, sharply escalating the trade war as US President Donald Trump’s administration considers imposing duties on virtually all Chinese imports. China’s retaliatory tariffs, ranging from 5 to 10 percent on moreFULL STORY

Gasoline leak polluted water supply: EPA

By Lin Chia-nan

A leak at a CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC, 台灣中油) gasoline station on Green Island (綠島) has polluted the nearby groundwater supply, where the benzene concentration soared to 294 times the allowable limit, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said yesterday. The station on Aug. 10 notified CPCFULL STORY

NPP to push for referendum on constitutional changes

By Ann Maxon

The New Power Party (NPP) yesterday said it would push for amendments to the Referendum Act (公民投票法) to allow the public to vote on changing the Constitution and national territory, which it said are “the most important issues the public should be able to decideFULL STORY

Russia threatens Israel after plane downed in Syria

Russia yesterday said it might respond to “hostile” actions by Israel after one of its military reconnaissance planes was downed mistakenly by Syrian forces fighting off an attack by Israeli warplanes. The spike in tensions came a day after Russia called off a campaign against theFULL STORY

Fashion guru Maezawa books first SpaceX moon flight

SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space transportation company, on Monday named its first private passenger on a voyage around the moon as Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, the founder and chief executive of online fashion retailer Zozo. Maezawa, 42, said he plans to invite six to eight artists, architects,FULL STORY

NSA changes mulled to limit fake news2018-09-18

By Chen Yu-fu and Sherry Hsiao

The government is planning to amend the National Security Act (NSA, 國家安全法) to stop the spread of false information on the Internet, government sources said yesterday. The nation’s biggest online bulletin board system, Professional Technology Temple (PTT), has been infiltrated by Chinese ghostwriters and fake accounts,FULL STORY

Those with PRC cards must be regulated: poll2018-09-18

By Ann Maxon

About 60 percent of respondents in a poll said that holders of new Chinese residency cards should report to and be regulated by the government, the Cross-Strait Policy Association said yesterday. The poll showed that 59.6 percent of respondents would support a requirement that cardholders reportFULL STORY

Four military officers to attend British veteran’s funeral2018-09-18

Four military officers are to attend the funeral of a British veteran to drape the Republic of China (ROC) national flag over his coffin, as the man wished, to honor his rescue by the Nationalist Army in what was then Burma during World War II,FULL STORY

Accuser willing to talk to US Congress about Kavanaugh2018-09-18

The woman accusing US Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her is willing to tell her story in public to a Senate panel considering his nomination to the Supreme Court, her lawyer said yesterday. Kavanaugh had been on a smooth confirmation track, but the new allegationsFULL STORY

China complains to Sweden over tourists’ treatment2018-09-18

China yesterday urged Sweden to respond to its complaints about the alleged mistreatment of a Chinese family removed by police from a hotel in Stockholm. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese embassy in Stockholm have asked Sweden to investigate the case, butFULL STORY

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