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The Cabinet said Monday that a Facebook comment by Minister Without Portfolio Chang Ching-sen (張景森) describing Chinese visitors as Taiwan's most needed friends was his personal view and did not represent the stance of the Taiwan government.
 
The United States reiterated its longstanding commitment to Taiwan, following President Obama's meeting with Xi Jinping in China, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on Sunday.
 
Describing visitors from China as "Taiwan's most-needed friends," a senior official urged netizens here Sunday to recognize the difference between Chinese people and their government, and warned that if a majority of Chinese develop antipathy toward Taiwan, "that would be a real danger."
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Education Minister Pan Wen-chung (潘文忠) said Friday that mainland Chinese students should not have their learning opportunities in Taiwan undermined by political factors.
 
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.
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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.
 
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