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Gov't, industry at odds over economic policy
A breakfast meeting between Premier Lin Chuan and industry leaders on Monday revealed differences in the direction of government efforts to push economic policies that encourage innovative industries.
President Tsai Ing-wen Monday gave the green light for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus to incorporate mainland Chinese students studying in Taiwan into the national health care system.
President's ratings slide seen slowing in October
The decline in President Tsai Ing-wen's popularity appears to have slowed, with poll results released Monday showing an approval rating of 44 percent -- down less than 1 percentage point from the previous month after slipping 25.9 percentage points since May.
Freed Taiwan sailor to return via Guangzhou
The Taiwanese sailor released after being held captive by Somali pirates for over four years will take a flight from the Kenyan capital Nairobi to Guangzhou, before returning to Taiwan, announced China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) on Monday.
New AIT Chairman James Moriarty arrives in Taiwan
New American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty has arrived in the country on his first trip since being appointed, the AIT announced Monday.
Amid lawmakers' criticism, Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) on Monday walked back on an announcement that his ministry intended to open a new defense technology department next year to boost indigenous defense technology capabilities.
Lawmakers on Monday proposed draft amendments to the Civil Code that would grant marriage equality to same-sex couples.
The Atomic Energy Council (AEC) on Monday said that despite growing concerns over electricity shortages in the coming years, there was a "near-zero likelihood" that the suspended nuclear reactor at the No.1 Nuclear Power Station in New Taipei City would be restarted.
Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said Monday that the government has been taking measures to improve Taiwan's economy, such as by creating more investment opportunities, improving the nation's competitiveness, increasing investment in infrastructure construction, strengthening cooperation between the industrial and academic sectors, and recruiting talent.
The Kuomintang's (KMT) application to unfreeze its financial assets hit a snag on Monday as the Cabinet-level Ill-Gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee (IGPASC) questioned the legality of the funds in one of its bank accounts.
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