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  1. Chen's hopes of release dashed again amid fresh allegations

    Posted Jul 14th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian's hopes of being released from detention have been dashed - for the third time - amid fresh allegations that he embezzled US$300,000 worth of petty cash during his stint as the island's leader. Taipei District Court decided yesterday to hold him for two more months, from July 26. 'It's possible ...

  2. Plea bargaining by Chen relatives turned down

    Posted Aug 05th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwanese prosecutors have turned down requests for a plea bargain by the son and three other relatives of former president Chen Shui-bian. The refusal yesterday dashed the hopes of the ex-leader's son, Chen Chih-chung, daughter-in-law Huang Jui-ching, brother-in-law Wu Ching-mao and sister-in-law Chen Chun-ying of winning a pardon or lighter ...

  3. Security chief flayed over Ma office intruder

    Posted Jul 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwanese legislators are demanding the resignation of the island's security chief after a lapse at the Presidential Office last month in which a woman sneaked past guards and wandered inside the building for half an hour before being stopped. The incident was a huge embarrassment for the authorities. President Ma Ying-jeou's spokesman, Wang ...

  4. US' new man in Taipei had two stints in Beijing

    Posted Jul 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei The United States has named an experienced career diplomat as its unofficial ambassador to Taiwan, amid improving ties with the island. William Stanton, the No2 US diplomat in South Korea who has twice been stationed on the mainland, will replace Stephen Young as director of the American Institute in Taiwan. In an announcement yesterday, the institute, which ...

  5. Chen, wife indicted on new graft charges

    Posted May 06th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwanese prosecutors have levelled new corruption charges against ex-president Chen Shui-bian and his wife, Wu Shu-chen. The indictments yesterday dealt a fresh blow to the former leader, who has been detained since December on charges of embezzlement, accepting bribes and money-laundering. 'Former president Chen and his spouse, Wu Shu-chen, ...

  6. Taiwan softens its defence policy in new sign of warming ties

    Posted Mar 17th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwan would drop the terms 'active defence' and 'pre-emptive strike' from its defence policy, the island's military said yesterday in yet another sign of fast-improving cross-strait relations. 'Pre-emptive strike' and 'active defence' - meaning Taiwan would attack key mainland military bases first if armed ...

  7. Taiwanese alarmed at increase

    Posted Mar 05th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung Taiwan's military sector expressed concern over the growth in the mainland's defence spending, saying it would increase the cross-strait imbalance. 'The [14.9] per cent budget growth is relatively large in the face of a global downturn that has also affected the mainland,' Taiwan's Defence Ministry said. It said the international ...

  8. Taiwanese groups seek boycott of Jackie Chan film in 'freedom' row

    Posted Apr 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei and Fanny W. Y. Fung Several Taiwanese groups have launched a campaign to boycott Jackie Chan's new movie, saying the freedom-loving island would not welcome him. In Hong Kong, the number of complaints to the Tourism Board against Chan's ambassador role also jumped to 121 yesterday, up from 17 on Monday. His remarks that Chinese needed ...

  9. Taiwan's justice chief sees HK as role model

    Posted Feb 18th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwan hopes to emulate Hong Kong in fighting corruption and improve an image tarnished by a massive corruption case centred on the island's former leader, Chen Shui-bian, according to Justice Minister Wang Ching-feng. 'In terms of success in fighting corruption, Hong Kong is always mentioned,' Ms Wang said. 'So is Singapore. I hope ...

  10. Liaison officers take industrial action

    Posted Oct 31st 2009, 12:00am by Ng Kang Chung

    ... Liaison officers at the Home Affairs Department will restrict their work roles in an industrial action beginning tomorrow to protest against a workload which, they say, is too heavy. About 400 officers will stop providing administrative support at the dep ...




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