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December, 9, 2016

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Former Foreign Minister Tien Hung-mao (田弘茂) will head the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), a presidential spokesman said Wednesday, ending months of speculation over the leadership of the semi-official body in charge of handling ties with Beijing.
China's military has the capability to seize Taiwan's offshore islands and is looking to complete deployments by 2020 to ready its troops for cross-strait war at any time, according to the Ministry of National Defense.
A local travel agency catering to mainland Chinese tourists closed without notice Wednesday -- the first of such firms to go under since the new government took office.
No reply from China to city forum invite
None of the five Chinese cities invited to an international forum organized by Kaohsiung have provided a response on whether they will attend the event, the city's Deputy Mayor Hsu Li-ming said Wednesday.
New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) hosted a lunch with Shanghai delegation leader Sha Hailin (沙海林) Wednesday in Banqiao, on the heels of an official exchange in Taipei.
Ko calls for mutual understanding across strait
Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) called for mutual understanding between Taiwan and mainland China at a cross-strait forum that drew scattered protests in Taipei on Tuesday.
On the other side
Former Kuomintang party spokesman Yang Wei-chung (楊偉中) speaks at an interview at Pop Radio on Tuesday, Aug. 23.
Taipei Deputy Mayor Teng Chia-ji (鄧家基) said Tuesday at the opening of the annual Taipei-Shanghai forum that his city keeps pace with international standards of public order and has a vibrant democratic system.
Protesters congregate outside Shanghai-Taipei forum
Dozens of pro-independence supporters gathered today to protest Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je's attendance at a cross-strait cities forum with Shanghai delegation leader Sha Hailin.
Protesters greet Shanghai delegation
Cheers but mostly jeers greeted a visiting Shanghai delegation that took part in a cross-strait cities forum in Taipei Monday.
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