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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Taiwan -- Ma urges cooperation between both camps
On the final day of the National Conference on Economic and Trade Affairs (經貿國是會議), President Ma Ying-jeou underscored the need for the ruling party and the opposition to work together for the sake of Taiwan's economic future.
Taiwan has strongly condemned Chinese obstruction at an academic conference in Portugal and said it has hurt cross-Taiwan Strait relations.
Taiwan -- Farglory chairman defends against bribery charges
Farglory Group Chairman Chao Teng-hsiung (趙藤雄) yesterday told local media reporters that he was forced and demanded by former Taoyuan Deputy Magistrate Yeh Shih-wen (葉世文) and college professor Tsai Jen-hui (蔡仁惠) to give the money, stressing that he did not take the initiative to bribe the two men.
National Development Council (NDC) Minister Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) yesterday said as the Taiwanese grow concerned over cross-strait trade progress, the NDC will strengthen national security risk management, publish a “cross-strait risk red book” annually and establish an evaluation system of China's influence on Taiwan's politics and economics.
Taiwan -- Protest staged in Taipei against US, Israel over Gaza conflict
Dozens of protesters took to the streets in Taipei yesterday to voice opposition to Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip that have reportedly caused over 1,000 deaths, mostly civilian, and urged the United States to stop its military assistance to Israel.
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) yesterday confirmed that the former head of Taiwan's Defense Mission in the United States had failed to pass a required polygraph test.
Taiwan -- TRA catenary severed, delaying over 10,000 passengers
A catenary wire on the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) east to west main line was reported severed yesterday, causing a mass delay to over 10,000 passengers who complained angrily to the TRA.
Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council (ASC, 飛安會) said yesterday that it has finished deciphering the two black boxes retrieved from the crash site of a TransAsia
Taiwan's agriculture sector has suffered NT$594.9 million (US$19.73 million) in losses as of 5 p.m. Monday from the battering the island took from Typhoon Matmo on July 22, according to the latest Council of Agriculture figures.
Mobile users adopting the 4G LTE service have reached 300,000 in total since wireless broadband was introduced in Taiwan about two months ago, with Taiwan's major three telecom giants each grabbing a customer base of 100,000.
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