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December, 10, 2016

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TSMC chairman and Giant Group boss turn down presidential adviser posts
Two corporate heavyweights have backed out of accepting a request to act as senior policy advisers to President Tsai Ing-wen.
 
Government exhibition showcases indigenous peoples' startup success
The Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) Friday opened an exhibition in Taipei celebrating the achievements of startups launched by indigenous people in their local communities.
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Tsai says 'resolute' on S. China Sea territorial claim
The government will be "resolute" in safeguarding its territorial claims in the South China Sea, President Tsai Ing-wen said Friday.
 
Tonlin Department Store Co. to lay off over 100 staff at Taoyuan branch
Tonlin Department Store Co. (統領百貨), one of Taiwan's oldest department store operators, said Friday that its Taoyuan branch is planning to cut its workforce by laying off more than 100 workers.
 
Police on Friday questioned two men after the death of a 21-year-old woman in Taipei.
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In a move that could produce breakthroughs in Washington-Taipei military relations, the U.S. Senate adopted a conference report of the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that allows high-level Pentagon officials to visit Taiwan.
 
Fubon Financial Holding Co. (富邦金) on Friday announced that its net income for the first 11 months of the year -- around NT$45.98 billion -- topped other local financial holding companies in overall profits and earnings per share.
 
Two civic groups announced Friday that they will travel to Japan Dec. 12 to meet people and groups there to learn about the radiation-contamination situation there and the measures being taken to deal with it.
 
Row over referendum rules
KMT lawmakers hold signs that call for lowering the requirements of holding referendums, at the Legislative Yuan, Taipei, Friday, Dec. 9. KMT lawmakers had hoped to have the general session review revisions to the referendum law, but their colleagues from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and the opposition People First Party blocked the bid.
 
Christmas market by China Airlines
China Airlines employees, left, wave to visitors to a Christmas fair organized by their company at Taipei's Huashan Creative Park Friday, Dec. 9. The fair features European-style booths selling food and other items from Holland, Austria, Austria, Italy and Germany. The fair runs till Dec. 11.
 
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