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Thursday, May 7, 2015
China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO, 國台辦) slammed the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday for its seemingly vague stance regarding Taiwan's need for independence and its current call to maintain the status quo.
The Yunlin police yesterday arrested four men for abducting a dairy farmer after the farmer refused to give the men NT$16 million when they tried blackmailing him several months ago.
 > Yunlin
Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) hit back at opponents during the party's weekly Central Standing Committee (CSC) meeting yesterday, in which he again called upon Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to clarify her cross-strait policy, saying that it was a necessary part of any responsible political party seeking election in Taiwan.
A Taiwanese businesswoman who doubled as a consultant to the Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC, 僑委會) has already resigned from her post over controversial comments made in China last week, the OCAC's deputy head said yesterday.
President Ma Ying-jeou on Wednesday urged the public to be on guard even in peacetime while inspecting ongoing computer-assisted war games in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the nation's armed forces.
Taiwan's tainted tea woes continued yesterday as test results from Da Yung's Tea (大苑子茶飲) were found to contain trace amounts of agricultural pesticides leading to inspections of twelve of the company's branch stores in Hsinchu and an immediate removal of its products from store shelves in other parts of country as well as more laboratory tests in Tainan where tea was sold.
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC, 交通部) recently published a report on transportation usage according to gender which sparked debate, as it showed the chance of female motorists being involved in traffic collisions was 3.1 percentage points more likely than for their male counterparts.
Taiwan's service exports grew at a double-digit pace in 2014 but still lagged those of Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea -- the three other members of the traditional "Four Asian Tigers" -- according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
Passports of the Republic of China (Taiwan), which now receive visa-free treatment in around 140 countries and regions, have become subject to counterfeiting by international human trafficking rings, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.
The Australian representative office in Taiwan yesterday called on Taiwanese who have been unfairly treated while working in Australia to file an official complaint to the Australian authorities.
For Taiwan's health care industry, the coming five years are critical for maximizing consulting opportunities in mainland China, an industry member said yesterday.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesman Chen Yun-peng (鄭運鵬) yesterday unveiled the party's official Instagram account, which goes by "dpp_on_line" -- implying that the DPP is taking a leaf out of Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je's (柯文哲) successful social media strategy from his mayoral campaign.
Whether Taiwan Mobile Co. belongs to the cultural and creative industries is at the discretion of the Taipei City Government, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA, 經濟部) said yesterday.
 > Taipei
Shares of Largan Precision Co. (大立光) moved lower Wednesday morning despite posting its highest monthly sales of the year in April because the strong sales had already been factored into the stock's price, dealers said.
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