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State Department official visits

By Stacy Hsu

A US Department of State official arrived in Taipei last night for a three-day visit, the first to arrive following the enactment of the US’ Taiwan Travel Act on Friday last week. Alex Wong (黃之瀚), deputy assistant secretary at the Bureau of East Asian andFULL STORY

Coast guard arrests human-trafficking suspects

By Jason Pan

Coast Guard Administration (CGA) officials yesterday said they have arrested 31 foreigners in a suspected human-trafficking operation that resulted in two drowning deaths. CGA units and local police cooperated in the arrest of 15 foreigners near the coastal village of Nantian (南田) in Taitung County’s DarenFULL STORY

Guosheng reactor could supply power by month’s end

By Lin Ching-hua

Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電) said it expects the No. 2 reactor at the Guosheng Nuclear Power Plant to start supplying power by the end of this month at the earliest following the Atomic Energy Council’s approval yesterday of a plan to restart the reactor. TheFULL STORY

Data firm boasts of dirty tricks to swing elections

The company at the center of the Facebook data breach boasted of using honey traps, fake news campaigns and operations with former spies to swing election campaigns around the world, a new investigation showed. Executives from Cambridge Analytica spoke to undercover reporters from Channel 4 NewsFULL STORY

Xi says Beijing ready to fight ‘bloody battle’

Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) yesterday delivered a blistering nationalist speech, warning against any attempts to split China and touting the nation’s readiness to fight “the bloody battle” to regain its rightful place in the world. Xi’s address capped an annual session of the National People’sFULL STORY

NSB expects more pressure from Xi2018-03-20

By Jonathan Chin

Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) might be emboldened to adopt a more aggressive stance against Taiwan, after recent constitutional changes that allow him an indefinite presidential term, National Security Bureau (NSB) Director-General Peng Sheng-chu (彭勝竹) said yesterday. China’s constitutional amendments signified that, after years of tryingFULL STORY

New MAC head vows to promote cross-strait peace2018-03-20

By Lin Chia-nan

Newly appointed Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chen Ming-tung (陳明通) yesterday promised to pursue “peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait” on his first day at work — the same day that China’s Taiwan Affairs Office also welcomed its new minister. The council held a ceremonyFULL STORY

US law affirms Taiwan as a country: Stanton2018-03-20

By Lu Yi-hsuan and Sherry Hsiao

The Taiwan Travel Act “atypically recognizes, albeit indirectly, that Taiwan is in fact a ‘country,’” former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) director William Stanton wrote on Sunday. “It is symbolically significant that [US] President [Donald] Trump has signed the Taiwan Travel Act rather than allowing itFULL STORY

China promotes foreign minister, picks defense chief2018-03-20

China yesterday elevated the status of its current foreign minister and selected a new defense minister as the country deals with rocky relations with the US and expands its military. The National People’s Congress endorsed the appointment of Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi (王毅)FULL STORY

Putin wins fourth term, opponents say vote rigged2018-03-20

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday faced another six years in power after a record win in the presidential election, but congratulations from abroad were largely muted after opponents accused him of rigging the vote and amid Moscow’s worsening relations with the West . Putin, who hasFULL STORY

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