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Taiwan will push Japan to address fishing rights issues near a Japan-claimed atoll in the Pacific Ocean at an upcoming bilateral dialogue on maritime affairs cooperation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on Friday.
 
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) reiterated Taiwan's stance of not accepting a recent ruling on the South China Sea in an interview with the Washington Post, calling for a peaceful resolution of the disputes.
 
MOFA urges VWP applicants to use official site
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Thursday urged Taiwanese travelers planning to visit the United States on its visa-free program to make their application beforehand on the official U.S. government website to avoid being charged more than the standard application fee.
 
Youth ambassadors to embark on three-week trips
Taiwan's youth ambassadors will visit the nation's diplomatic allies and friendly countries for a stay of up to three weeks starting next month to showcase Taiwan's soft power internationally, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official announced on Thursday.
 
The 2016 platform of the Republican Party of the United States showed positive signs in supporting and maintaining the security of Taiwan, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Deputy Secretary-general Lee Chun-yee said Wednesday.
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) downgraded a travel alert for Turkey Wednesday after an attempted military coup there was quelled.
 
A team of Taiwanese high-school students will attend the International Olympiad in Linguistics (IOL) competition in India later this month, as the first group that Taiwan has sent to the contest.
 
Cabinet urges S. China Sea negotiations
The government stressed the need for multilateral negotiations in the South China Sea on Tuesday, one day before separate groups of lawmakers and fishermen were scheduled to travel to Taiwan-controlled Taiping Island.
 
War of words
In response to remarks made by former Premier Sean Chen that "the housing tax can only be scrapped instead of being increased," Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊), center, in the company of Pingtung County Magistrate Pan Meng-an, left, said that Chen giving his opinion at the moment amounted to firing belated shots, given that he failed to issue his viewpoint when still in office.
 
Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) on Saturday extolled Taiwanese enterprises as the government's overseas strategic partners and the key pillars behind Taiwan's economic development, stressing that riding on the concerted efforts by Taiwanese businesses and the government, Taiwan's "New Southbound Policy" will surely prove a big success.
 
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