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Legislature passes amendments

By Chen Wei-han

The legislature yesterday passed a set of controversial amendments to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法), which would cancel seven national holidays and implement one “flexible rest day” as a supporting measure to the 40-hour workweek policy, ending a months-long legislative struggle. The amendments stipulate thatFULL STORY

Holiday measure will cost NT$18bn: business leaders

By Crystal Hsu and Lisa Wang

Industry leaders yesterday voiced strong objections to a bill introduced by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to settle a dispute on a proposed reduction in the number of national holidays, saying it would create significant additional personnel costs for firms in multiple sectors. “We firmly opposeFULL STORY

Tsai-Trump call ‘a start’ to productive ties: Yates

By Stacy Hsu

A former US official visiting Taiwan yesterday denied that he played a role in facilitating a historic telephone call between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and US president-elect Donald Trump, but lauded it as a good start to a productive relationship between Taipei and Washington. StephenFULL STORY

China urges US to block Tsai transit

China yesterday called on the US not to let President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) transit there when she visits Guatemala next month, days after US president-elect Donald Trump irked Beijing by speaking to Tsai in a break with decades of precedent. Her call with Trump on FridayFULL STORY

Surrendered KMT firms will not be state-run: Cabinet

By Lo Tien-bin

Central Investment Co (中央投資公司) and its spinoff Hsinyutai Co (欣裕台) — two holding companies that the Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee last month identified as affiliates of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) — would not be run as state-run firms after the KMT hands themFULL STORY

Beijing must abide by its laws: DPP2016-12-06

The Democratic Progressive Party (DDP) yesterday called on China to abide by its laws to protect the interests of Taiwanese businesses based there. The comments came after Taiwanese seafood restaurant chain Hai Pa Wang (海霸王) was fined in China for mislabeling items such as fishFULL STORY

Beijing silent after latest Trump taunts on Twitter2016-12-06

China was silent yesterday after US president-elect Donald Trump’s latest Twitter tirade, with analysts suggesting Beijing was scrambling to work out what the outburst could mean for relations with Washington. Reaction from both government and official media was unusually subdued after the real-estate tycoon lashed outFULL STORY

China likely to conduct regular military flights near Okinawa: deputy minister2016-12-06

By Chen Wei-han

China is likely to conduct more flights over the Miyako Strait between Japan’s Miyako Islands on a regular basis following a flyover of the strategic waterway last month, the Ministry of National Defense said yesterday. Six Chinese military aircraft flew over the strait as partFULL STORY

Renzi prepares to resign after referendum failure2016-12-06

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi yesterday prepared to hand in his resignation after suffering a ruinous referendum defeat cheered by populist leaders, but sparking fresh jitters in Europe. “My experience of government finishes here,” a downcast Renzi said after acknowledging a nearly 60 to 40 percentFULL STORY

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says he is to resign2016-12-06

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key yesterday announced his shock resignation, saying he was never a career politician and it was the right time to go after eight years in the job. The former Merrill Lynch currency trader called it “the hardest decision I’ve everFULL STORY

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