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Schriver eyes deeper US-Taiwan ties

Randall Schriver, who has been nominated for US assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific affairs, on Thursday said he would make strengthening ties with security partners such as Taiwan a priority if his nomination is confirmed. “If confirmed, it will be a priority toFULL STORY

Robert Mugabe makes a defiant public appearance

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe yesterday attended a university graduation ceremony, making a defiant first public appearance since a military takeover that appeared to signal the end of his 37-year reign. Mugabe, 93, had been confined to house arrest after the military took over the nation, butFULL STORY

Taiwan’s batters fail to muster key hits in 1-0 defeat

By Jason Pan

Taiwan yesterday could not muster the key hits and suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to South Korea at the Tokyo Dome in Japan in the second game of the Asia Professional Baseball Championship. It was a tight affair throughout, with an early pitching duel between TaiwanFULL STORY

Scuffles break out as labor bill reviewed by legislators

By Sean Lin

The Cabinet’s draft amendment to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) yesterday proceeded to committee reviews, despite protests by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislative caucus. Scuffles broke out in the legislative chamber in Taipei early yesterday when Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators began dragging their KMTFULL STORY

China sends envoy to N Korea, Trump salutes ‘big move’

China yesterday dispatched a special envoy to North Korea, a trip hailed as a “big move” by US President Donald Trump, who has urged Beijing to pile pressure on its nuclear-armed ally. Diplomat Song Tao (宋濤) was traveling to the North on behalf of Chinese PresidentFULL STORY

Officials admit meeting with Ching Fu2017-11-17

By Su Yung-yao, Sean Lin and Jake Chung

Two government officials yesterday said they met Ching Fu Shipbuilding Co (慶富造船) president Chen Ching-nan (陳慶男) and his son, Chen Wei-chih (陳偉志), last year, but they did not press the navy to expedite a payment of NT$2.4 billion (US$79.58 million) for a minesweeper project. The visitFULL STORY

Ching Fu wanted Tuvalu loan aid2017-11-17

Ching Fu Shipbuilding Co (慶富造船) twice this year asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for help securing a loan, but the requests were rejected, a source close to the matter said yesterday. In its requests to the ministry, Ching Fu said the loan was for aFULL STORY

Cabinet is eyeing membership of CPTPP: premier2017-11-17

By Chen Wei-han

The government is to prepare for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a trade initiative to create a regional integration mechanism, the Cabinet said yesterday. On the sidelines of the APEC leaders’ summit in Vietnam on Saturday last week, 11 Asia-Pacific nations announcedFULL STORY

Mugabe refuses to quit, stalling Zimbabwe transition2017-11-17

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s refusal to publicly resign is stalling plans by the military to swiftly install a transitional government after seizing power on Wednesday, two people familiar with the situation said yesterday. The military wants Mugabe, who is under house arrest, to agree to stepFULL STORY

Court dissolves Cambodia’s main opposition party2017-11-17

The Cambodian Supreme Court yesterday dissolved the main opposition party, leaving authoritarian Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen clear to extend more than three decades in power in a general election next year. The government had asked the court to dissolve the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP),FULL STORY

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