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China promoting unification at schools

By Chung Li-hua

The government has uncovered a Chinese project aimed at promoting unification in Taiwan’s elementary and high schools to promote unification, a national security official said on condition of anonymity. A total of 259 teachers and students from 18 schools in China’s Jiangsu Province last week visitedFULL STORY

US warships sail near islands in South China Sea

Two US Navy warships yesterday sailed near South China Sea islands claimed by China, two US officials told reporters, in a move likely to anger Beijing as US President Donald Trump seeks its continued cooperation on North Korea. The operation was the latest attempt to counterFULL STORY

Haitian president to arrive in Taipei today

Haitian President Jovenel Moise is today to arrive in Taiwan for a five-day state visit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday. Moise and his 30-member delegation are to be welcomed by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) with a military ceremony in front of theFULL STORY

China urges Eswatini to switch recognition to Beijing

China on Saturday stepped up its pressure on Taiwan by urging Taipei’s sole remaining African ally, Eswatini, to align with Beijing, Burkina Faso re-established ties with Beijing. Burkina Faso on Thursday announced that it was severing ties with Taiwan, and the Ministry of Foreign AffairsFULL STORY

Temperatures set records nationwide, ‘plum rains’ delayed

By Shelley Shan

The mercury reached 38.2°C in Taipei yesterday, the highest May temperature recorded by the weather observation station in the city since its establishment in 1892, the Central Weather Bureau said. The previous record was set in 1991, when the mercury hit 37.7°C. Yesterday’s record temperature wasFULL STORY

US senator in Taiwan to lend support2018-05-27

By Aaron Tu, Yao Chieh-hsiu and Jake Chung

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday evening met with US Senator Cory Gardner, who at the last minute added Taipei to his official tour of Asia to lend support to Taiwan amid China’s intensifying suppression of the nation’s international space. Less than a month after the DominicanFULL STORY

Tsai announces US$1m donation to fight Ebola2018-05-27

Taiwan is to donate US$1 million to the WHO to fight the Ebola virus, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday, even though the nation was excluded from the annual meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decisionmaking body of the WHO. Despite its exclusionFULL STORY

Eighteen airlines bow to Beijing2018-05-27

The Civil Aviation Administration of China on Friday said that 18 of the 44 airlines it had contacted have changed how they refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau on their Web sites by the 30-day deadline it set. The agency last month sent letters toFULL STORY

Ireland to end abortion ban, polls show2018-05-27

Reuters, DUBLIN

Ireland is set to liberalize some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws after exit polls suggested a landslide vote for change in what was until recently one of Europe’s most socially conservative nations. As the vote count began yesterday morning, a spokesman for an anti-abortionFULL STORY

Trump ‘playing games’ as Moon, Kim meet again2018-05-27

“Everybody plays games,” US President Donald Trump said on Friday, suggesting that the potentially historic North Korean summit he had suddenly called off might be getting back on track, as South Korean President Moon Jae-in yesterday met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to discussFULL STORY

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