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December, 9, 2016

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President says she's 'resolute' in protecting South China Sea claims
The government remains resolved to safeguarding its territorial claims in the South China Sea according to international law, President Tsai Ing-wen said Friday.
 
7 long holidays for private sector in 2017
A newly-passed labor bill has eliminated seven statutory holidays in 2017, but private sector workers will still receive seven holidays that span at least three days, according to a calendar released by the Executive Yuan's Directorate-General of Personnel Administration (人事行政總處).
 
Group urges new criteria for e-commerce listings
Taiwan Internet and E-Commerce Association Chairman Jamie Lin (林之晨) on Thursday urged the government to set up new listing criteria for e-commerce platforms to help nurture local tech startups.
 
A historic telephone call between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump last Friday was made possible by Trump's key aides, Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) said Thursday, denying a report that former U.S. senator Bob Dole and a consultancy affiliated with the senior Republican had been involved.
 
Cooler weather is expected in Taiwan from Dec. 14 under the effects of seasonal northeasterly winds, with northern Taiwan likely to see lows of 15 degrees Celsius, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Thursday.
 
The Interior Ministry (內政部) recently announced policies to accelerate urban renewal, sending construction shares on a sharp rise.
 
Lethal overdose
Tsai Kun-yi (蔡坤益), chief of the Investigation Squadron at Taipei City Police Department's Xinyi Precinct, speaks to the press on Thursday, Dec. 8, about a lethal drug overdose.
 
The Council of Agriculture (COA) said Thursday that it will promote cooperation in agriculture with four countries under the government's "New Southbound Policy."
 
Taiwan's Cabinet on Wednesday approved a draft act that was put forward by the Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) to preserve and revive endangered languages of the country's aboriginal peoples.
 
Uber could be fined NT$25 million
Uber Taiwan could be looking at a penalty of up to NT$25 million if it continues to operate without a license in the country next January, Transportation Minister Ho Chen Tan (賀陳旦) said Wednesday.
 
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