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The Presidential Office's selection of People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong to serve as Taiwan's special envoy to APEC Peru 2016 was reportedly vetoed by the mainland Chinese government, according to multiple reports on Wednesday.
 
U.S. President Barack Obama, who is visiting Laos for the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, mentioned Taiwan as an example of a flourishing Asian democracy during an address on the sidelines of the summit Tuesday.
 
Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan expressed hope that Taiwan and France can cooperate in the areas of renewable energy and innovative technology, to develop a mutually beneficial partner relationship.
 
Panel urges action over S. China Sea ruling
Experts urged the Tsai administration to set up a task force to address the recent South China Sea tribunal ruling, as they sought to clarify misunderstandings over the issue that they said were spread by the government and local media.
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National Taiwan University (NTU) jumped two spots to reach 68th in the latest world university rankings released by a British education network Monday.
 
Taiwanese drug dealers and Japanese gangsters jointly smuggled amphetamine worth more than NT$3.8 billion between Japan and Taiwan, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB, 刑事局) said Monday, after uncovering 173-kilograms of amphetamine in Japan's Kanagawa Prefecture.
 
Republic of China Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) said Sunday that his government will continue to strengthen its rapport with the Holy See, describing the relationship between the two countries as "an alliance of love and core values."
 
More than 100 Taiwan-friendly Japanese councilors expressed their support Sunday for Taiwan's participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and other international organizations and welcomed Taiwan's contributions to such bodies.
 
Ministry of Labor (MOL, 勞動部) statistics have revealed that the number of foreign workers in Taiwan increased by 15,000 in the first half of this year -- the lowest increase in seven years.
 
Taiwan relaxes visa rules for 3 ASEAN countries
Visa requirements for travelers from three ASEAN member states were relaxed Thursday as part of the "New Southbound Policy" led pivot toward the region.
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