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Xi's remarks chart course for cross-Strait relations: Taiwan affairs official - Xinhua
The remarks made by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Friday have charted the course for relations across the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan affairs official Liu Jieyi said Saturday. Xi revealed the main and general trend of development of cross-Strait relations, and made clear the direction, path, tasks, and goals for advancing the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and the process toward the peaceful reunification of China, said Liu, head of the Taiwan Work Office of the CPC Central Committee.
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Xi Jinping meets with Taiwan delegation led by Lien Chan - Xinhua
Noting that the right path should be upheld, Xi urged people of the two sides to have stronger faith and show solidarity, particularly under the current situation. The 1992 Consensus should be upheld and "Taiwan independence" should be opposed, he said. "We will never allow any attempts of 'Taiwan independence' to succeed. Such attempts are doomed to fail," Xi said, urging people from the two sides to firmly oppose and deter activities of "Taiwan independence" with concrete action.
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Taiwan braces for Chinese meddling ahead of election | Financial Times $$
The Democratic Progressive party was probing how hackers breached the party’s website on July 3, a party official said. The source of the hack has not been announced but investigators believed it came from China, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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U.S. warships pass through Taiwan Strait amid China tensions - Reuters
"Two U.S. Navy ships conducted a routine transit through the international waters of the Taiwan Strait on July 7-8 (local time)," Captain Charlie Brown, a spokesman for U.S. Pacific Fleet, told Reuters in a statement. "U.S. Navy Ships transit between the South China Sea and East China Sea via the Taiwan Strait and have done so for many years," Brown said. U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the destroyers Mustin and Benfold carried out the passage.
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Air India kowtows to Beijing, lists Taiwan as ‘Chinese Taipei’ | Taiwan News
Air India has kowtowed to Beijing and listed Taiwan as "Chinese Taipei" after China demanded Air India, along with 33 other airlines describe Taiwan as part of China, or face punitive action two months ago. "Taipei, Taoyuan International Airport, TPE, Chinese Taipei" is now how Air India lists Taoyuan airport.
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‘Fake news’ Chinese journalist is refused entry by Taiwan | AFP
It said the decision was due to multiple incidents in which Ye Qinglin, from Southeast Television in Fujian province, breached rules governing mainland media in Taiwan. The rules state that mainland press should stick to a pre-approved plan and follow the principles of fair and objective reporting.
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US names career diplomat Brent Christensen as unofficial envoy to Taiwan | South China Morning Post
Brent Christensen, who has nearly three decades of diplomatic experience and is well versed in Taiwan and mainland affairs, will succeed Kin Moy as director of the American Institute in Taiwan, Washington’s de facto embassy in the absence of official ties with the island. “The AIT is pleased to announce the selection of Mr William Brent Christensen as the new director of its Taipei office, succeeding Mr Kin Moy beginning summer 2018,” the AIT said in a statement on Wednesday.
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Taiwan's Tsai on brave women, #MeToo and self-confidence - AFP
In an exclusive interview with AFP, Tsai, 61, described the difficulties she faced in countering "traditional" attitudes among voters and party members who did not believe she was up to the job because of her gender...
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Mainland winning hearts and minds in Taiwan - China Daily
Really? // A recent survey found that nearly 49 percent of people in Taiwan have a favorable opinion toward the mainland, while about 44 percent have a negative opinion. This is the first time favorable opinions have surpassed negative ones, according to a poll released by the Taiwan Public Opinion Foundation on Sunday.
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Nice Democracy You’ve Got There. Be a Shame If Something Happened to It. – Foreign Policy
Secret societies, criminal organizations, and triads have existed for centuries in China, but most were chased out after the victory of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the 1949 civil war. Triads continued to flourish in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan — where many fled alongside Chiang Kai-shek’s defeated Nationalists. But while the CCP drove them out of the mainland, the party has found them a very useful tool to disrupt and frustrate opponents in societies such as Taiwan and Hong Kong, where resistance to the party runs high.
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Taiwan, US to share defense research - Taipei Times
Taipei and Washington have signed an agreement to share information on scientific research that would allow representatives of Taiwan’s research institutions, including the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology and the Ministry of National Defense’s Armaments Bureau, to visit national defense research institutions and laboratories in the US next year, an unnamed senior military official said yesterday.
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Beijing looks for clues on US-Taiwan ties as Washington set to name new ‘ambassador’ to Taipei | South China Morning Post
While Kin Moy, the incumbent director of the American Institute of Taiwan (AIT), is set to step down in the coming weeks after almost three years in charge, the office has yet to announce who will succeed him. A dedication ceremony for the mission’s new office in Taipei’s Neihu district was held last week.
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