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Taiwanese identity reaches record high

By Abraham Gerber

The percentage of people identifying themselves as “Taiwanese” has reached a record high, according to a poll released yesterday by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation. More than 80 percent of respondents self-identified as Taiwanese, compared with 8.1 percent who identified themselves as Chinese and 7.6 percentFULL STORY

Minister defends use of ‘Chinese Taipei’ in speech

By Alison Hsiao

Minister of Health and Welfare Lin Tzou-yien (林奏延) yesterday said the speech he delivered at the World Health Assembly (WHA) — which sparked controversy because it did not mention “Taiwan” — was “discussed as a team” and had an “adjusted impromptu section based on whatFULL STORY

Nuclear power rotation plan mulled

By Lauly Li

Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電) yesterday said that it is planning to start a rotational operation scheme at the Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s Shimen District (石門) in November at the earliest in a bid to cope with the problem of decreasingFULL STORY

Government cuts GDP forecast again

By Crystal Hsu

For the second time this year, the government yesterday cut its forecast for GDP growth, issuing a 1.06 percent prediction after it projected 1.47 percent in February as the global economy slows, boding ill for exports and private investment. The downward revision came even though theFULL STORY

President Obama mourns dead on visit to Hiroshima

US President Barack Obama yesterday became the first incumbent US leader to visit Hiroshima, site of the world’s first wartime atomic bombing, in a gesture that Washington and Tokyo hope will showcase their alliance and reinvigorate efforts to rid the world of nuclear arms. Even beforeFULL STORY

SPIL agrees to unusual link with ASE2016-05-27

By Lisa Wang

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc (ASE, 日月光半導體) yesterday clinched its acquisition of Siliconware Precision Industries Co (SPIL, 矽品精密) in an usual way, as SPIL agreed to a proposal to become a subsidiary of a new industrial holding company to be owned by ASE. The announcement ends aFULL STORY

FDA says pesticide residue found in 10 oatmeal items2016-05-27

By Lee I-chia

A random inspection by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this month found 10 of 36 oatmeal products tested contained pesticide residues exceeding legal levels, including Quaker Oats products, the agency said yesterday. The 10 were found to have glyphosate (pesticide) residue levels between 0.1FULL STORY

No rules against Asia Cement’s mining: MOEA2016-05-27

By Lauly Li

The government does not have regulations to prohibit Asia Cement Corp (亞洲水泥) from mining in Hualien County, including its 25 hectares of quarry within the boundaries of Taroko National Park, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said yesterday. The ministry’s remarks came after Environmental Protection AdministrationFULL STORY

Need for message on South, East China seas: G72016-05-27

G7 leaders yesterday agreed on the need to send a strong message on maritime claims in the western Pacific, where an increasingly assertive China is locked in territorial disputes with Japan and several Southeast Asian nations. The agreement prompted a sharp rejoinder from China, which isFULL STORY

Clinton e-mail setup broke federal rules: inspector2016-05-27

Then-US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton and her team ignored clear guidance from the US Department of State that her e-mail setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers, a department audit has found. Her aides twice brushed aside concerns,FULL STORY

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