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Private land auction draft bill finalized

By Chen Wei-han

The Cabinet and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators yesterday finalized a draft bill that would allow the government to auction vacant private land in industrial parks in a bid to solve an industrial land shortage. Land is one of five industrial shortages along with electricity, water,FULL STORY

Madrid ready to revoke Catalonia’s autonomy

The Spanish government yesterday immediately rejected a threat by Catalonia’s leader to declare independence unless talks are held, calling a special Cabinet session for the weekend to activate measures to take control of the region’s semi-autonomous powers. Catalan President Carles Puigdemont’s warning came in a letterFULL STORY

South Korean professor indicted for harassment

By Jason Pan

Prosecutors yesterday indicted a South Korean assistant professor at National Chengchi University for alleged sexual harassment of his female students. The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office said there was sufficient evidence to indict the acadmic, surnamed Park, who teaches in the university’s Department of Korean Language andFULL STORY

Lawmakers pan KMT for avoiding ROC references in congratulatory CCP letter

By Shih Hsiao-kuang and Jonathan Chin

Legislators yesterday criticized the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) for avoiding references to the Republic of China (ROC) in its congratulatory letter to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ahead of its 19th National Congress. The KMT dated a letter to the CCP “October 17, 106 (2017),” withoutFULL STORY

US wants stronger India ties to counter PRC’s rise: Tillerson

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday said before a visit to India next week that the administration of US President Donald Trump wants to “dramatically deepen” cooperation with New Delhi, seeing it as a key partner in the face of negative Chinese influenceFULL STORY

‘One China’ won’t be accepted: MAC2017-10-19

By Stacy Hsu

It is difficult for Beijing’s unilaterally constructed “one China” principle to win public recognition in Taiwan, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said yesterday in response to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) reiteration of Beijing’s determination to quash any Taiwanese pro-independence forces. The council issued a statementFULL STORY

DPP says only Taiwanese can decide nation’s future2017-10-19

By Chen Wei-han

Following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) call for unification during the opening of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) 19th National Congress yesterday, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) reiterated that Taiwan is an independent, sovereign nation whose future can be decided only by its people. TheFULL STORY

Xi Jinping lays out vision for PRC’s ‘new era’2017-10-19

Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) yesterday laid out a confident vision for a more prosperous nation and its role in the world, stressing the importance of wiping out corruption and curbing industrial overcapacity, income inequality and pollution. Opening the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th National Congress, XiFULL STORY

Taipower told to review allocation of employees2017-10-19

By Lauly Li

Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) yesterday said the ministry would demand that Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電) review its employee allocation policy at the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant after the state-run firm was revealed to have more than 500 employees working at theFULL STORY

Brothers Baseball Club responds to party allegations2017-10-19

By Jason Pan

Brothers Baseball Club officials yesterday spoke with reporters in an effort to limit the damage caused by allegations that a number of their star players attended drinking parties and committed other acts of impropriety while they were training for the national team ahead of theFULL STORY

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