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At least 100 arrested in crackdown: CIB

By Jason Pan, Huang Chieh and Jake Chung

The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) and police have arrested at least 100 suspected gangsters in a nationwide crackdown, with the bureau touting the result as “boding well” for public security and curtailing criminal elements’ involvement in vote-buying, violence and social disturbances in the run-up toFULL STORY

Referendum notes to be allowed in voting booths

By Lee Hsin-fang and Jake Chung

Voters can take notes about referendums into the voting booths as long as they cannot not be mistaken for the actual ballot, the Central Election Commission said yesterday. The agency made the announcement in response to public complaints that the text on the referendum ballots isFULL STORY

More Taiwanese are now studying in US, AIT says

By Stacy Hsu

The number of Taiwanese enrolled at US colleges and universities last academic year reached 22,454, the third consecutive increase, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said yesterday. The figure was a 4.4 percent increase from the 2016-2017 academic year, the AIT said, citing statistics from thisFULL STORY

US lawmakers urge stronger response to Beijing’s crackdown on Uighurs

US lawmakers yesterday were to introduce legislation urging a stronger response to China’s crackdown on minority Muslims, including possible sanctions against a senior official, a move China decried as hypocrisy. The legislation would ask US President Donald Trump to condemn China’s actions in Xinjiang, call forFULL STORY

German officials sound China alarm before 5G auctions

Senior German officials are planning a last-ditch drive to convince the government to consider excluding Chinese firms such as Huawei Technologies Co (華為) from building the nation’s 5G infrastructure amid concerns that this could compromise national security. The behind-the-scenes push in Berlin, which comes after decisionsFULL STORY

China-backed Asia trade deal delayed2018-11-14

Asian nations have given up hopes of completing a 16-nation trade bloc this year, with Chinese and Australian officials now looking to finalize the deal next year. Singapore, which is chairing 10-member ASEAN this year, had pushed for a substantial conclusion to the agreement this year.FULL STORY

Government to increase cybersecurity investment2018-11-14

By Su Yung-yao

Given the great challenges in information and communications security that Taiwan faces, the government is to invest more resources on improving related infrastructure and training security experts to strengthen national security, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday. Tsai made the remarks at the Presidential Office BuildingFULL STORY

Cabinet wants National Palace Museum to remain open throughout renovations2018-11-14

By Sean Lin

The Executive Yuan wants the National Palace Museum in Taipei to be kept open during a proposed renovation from 2020 to 2023, spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka said yesterday. The remark came after the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislative caucus earlier in the day said the Democratic ProgressiveFULL STORY

Palauan head offers joint tourism bid2018-11-14

By Stacy Hsu

Palauan President Tommy Remengesau yesterday expressed the hope that Taiwan and Palau could promote joint tourism packages — boosting tourist numbers that have declined due to Chinese pressure — as he lauded 19 years of a “productive and helpful” friendship between the two nations. Remengesau, whoFULL STORY

Beijing wants code on South China Sea done in three years2018-11-14

A rule book to settle disputes in the hotly contested South China Sea should be finished in three years, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (李克強) said yesterday, insisting that China does not seek “hegemony or expansion.” Li’s comments appeared to be the first clear time frame forFULL STORY

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