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  1. Annette Lu guard fired

    Posted Dec 27th 2007, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei A senior bodyguard of Taiwan's vice-president, Annette Lu Hsiu-lien, has been caught taking photos of a female colleague using the washroom. Lieutenant Colonel Chang Wen-pin, 42, who had been the vice-president's chief bodyguard since 2000, was immediately sacked, Lee Nan-yang, spokesman for the Presidential Office, said yesterday. Colonel ...

  2. KMT urges boycott of referendums, including its own

    Posted Jan 01st 2008, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwan's main opposition Kuomintang has called on voters to boycott two referendums to be held alongside this month's legislative elections, including one that the KMT initiated. 'We have made a painful decision today and appeal to our voters to refuse to receive the referendum voting papers,' KMT chairman Wu Poh-hsiung said ...

  3. Taiwan sends officials to Malawi amid reports of switch in ties

    Posted Dec 25th 2007, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwan is racing against time to save its four-decade-old relationship with Malawi, which is reportedly considering switching diplomatic recognition to the mainland. Although the Malawian ambassador to Taipei, Thengo Maloya, maintained yesterday there would be no change in bilateral ties, Taiwan has been on high alert and has sent two senior officials ...

  4. Taiwan joins rush to establish Gulf fund

    Posted Dec 28th 2007, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwan is planning to set up a sovereign fund to invest in the Gulf region before it is too late. The sovereign fund, which will combine government and private-sector money of about NT$2 billion (HK$479.4 million), initially would set sights on oil and other energy investments in Gulf countries, economic officials said yesterday. 'It is necessary ...

  5. Chen's 2000 pledges

    Posted Dec 12th 2007, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung The 'Four Noes and One Not' pledge was made by Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian during his inaugural speech in 2000 to assure the US he would not do certain things that could lead to formal independence. The Four Noes were no declaration of Taiwan independence, no change of national title, no push for the inclusion of the 'state-to-state' ...

  6. Door lock failed after takeoff, China Airlines says

    Posted Dec 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung A door apparently malfunctioned on a China Airlines jet soon after takeoff, causing panic among passengers and forcing it to return to Taipei's international airport. The airline apologised yesterday for the incident this month, and said it had asked planemaker Boeing to investigate. The Boeing 747 bound for Los Angeles was 1,000 metres off the ground when ...

  7. Taiwan braces for US warning on UN poll

    Posted Dec 21st 2007, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung Taiwan is bracing for another stern warning from the United States against the island's plan to hold a controversial referendum on joining the United Nations in the name of 'Taiwan'. This time the warning is expected to be issued by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, according to Taiwanese media reports quoting unnamed sources from ...

  8. High Court clears KMT candidate of corruption

    Posted Dec 29th 2007, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwan's High Court has upheld a district court's ruling that the opposition Kuomintang's presidential candidate, Ma Ying-jeou, is not guilty of corruption, removing the major hurdle for him to stand in March's presidential poll. The court's verdict yesterday should give the mainland-conciliatory party's candidate a freer hand ...

  9. Fukuda joins opposition to Taiwan's referendum

    Posted Dec 29th 2007, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Kristine Kwok in Beijing and Lawrence Chung in Taipei Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda and mainland leaders held high-level talks amid much fanfare yesterday, with Beijing finally securing clear opposition from its neighbour to Taiwan's push for a referendum on joining the United Nations. 'We fully understand China's position that the Taiwan issue relates ...

  10. Presidential candidate calls March poll a vote on Taiwanese identity

    Posted Dec 18th 2007, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung Taiwanese presidential candidate Frank Hsieh Chang-ting has called the March presidential election a vote on whether to identify with the island or with the mainland. In a lecture in Tokyo during his visit to Japan yesterday, the standard-bearer of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) attacked his opposition Kuomintang opponent, Ma Ying-jeou, questioning ...




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