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Trump aides support F-16 sale: sources

The administration of US President Donald Trump has given tacit approval to Taiwan’s request to buy more than 60 F-16 Fighting Falcons, people familiar with the matter said. Trump’s advisers encouraged Taiwan to submit a formal request for the jets, built by Lockheed Martin, which itFULL STORY

No ‘understanding,’ no invitation: WHO

By Stacy Hsu

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday reiterated its commitment to securing observer status for Taiwan at the annual World Health Assembly (WHA), after a WHO spokesman said that an invitation would not be issued this year without a “cross-strait understanding.” Asked by the Chinese-language AppleFULL STORY

Tsai’s layover standard practice: US

President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) transit through the US after her visit to three of Taiwan’s Pacific allies is standard practice, the US Department of State said on Thursday. “President Tsai’s transit through the United States is based on long-standing US practice, and is consistent with theFULL STORY

Beijing launches probe of factory blast that killed 47

Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) yesterday ordered local governments to prevent any more industrial disasters after a chemical plant blast left 47 people dead, injured hundreds and flattened an industrial park in the latest such catastrophe to hit the country. The explosion late on Thursday inFULL STORY

Vietnam protests to Beijing over fishing boat chase, sinking

Vietnam has lodged an official protest with China following the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat that was being chased by a Chinese maritime surveillance vessel in the disputed South China Sea, Hanoi said late on Thursday. Vietnam and China have long been embroiled in aFULL STORY

Tsai enters DPP primary race2019-03-22

By Yang Chun-hui and Sherry Hsiao

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday registered as a candidate in the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) presidential primary, saying that Taiwan and the party need her. Tsai said that she is seeking re-election because she believes the DPP and Taiwan need her, not “despite Beijing’s opposition,” asFULL STORY

KMT candidates blast primary ‘indecision’2019-03-22

By Chen Yun, Lin Liang-sheng and Jake Chung

Two Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential hopefuls yesterday called on the party to make a decision about how to handle its primary to choose a candidate for next year’s election. KMT Legislator Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), who served as legislative speaker for 17 years, said that theFULL STORY

President Tsai vows to help Taiwan ‘shine’2019-03-22

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday before departing on a state visit said that she would do everything in her power to ensure that Taiwan stays on the right path and shines on the world stage. Tsai made the comment at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport before embarkingFULL STORY

NZ bans ‘military-style’ guns, valid immediately2019-03-22

Assault rifles and military-style semi-automatics have been banned in New Zealand after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced sweeping and immediate changes to gun laws following the Christchurch mosque shootings. “I absolutely believe there will be a common view amongst New Zealanders, those who use guns forFULL STORY

EU leaders discuss shield against Chinese influence2019-03-22

The EU yesterday was to weigh a more defensive strategy on China, signaling a possible end to the unfettered access Chinese business has enjoyed in Europe, but which Beijing has failed to reciprocate. Caught between a US-Chinese rivalry, EU leaders were to try to find aFULL STORY

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