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Beijing's attitude a major risk factor in the future: NDC minister-designate
National Development Council (NDC, 國發會) Minister-designate and Economics professor at National Taiwan University (NTU, 台大) Chen Tain-jy (陳添枝) yesterday said not understanding Beijing's attitude would lead to a higher risk for Taiwan in the future, according to local media.
 
The Taipei City Council Public Works Committee (台北市議會工務委員會) stated on Thursday that its assessment of the safety of the unfinished Taipei Dome's structure would commence next week.
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Taiwan's High Court passed former President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) motion to suspend his participation in future court hearings into corruption charges over his alleged misuse of state funds, and his involvement in a Nangang corruption case on Thursday.
 
Taiwan's President-elect Tsai Ing-wen has been included in Time magazine's 2016 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, which was released Thursday.
 
Taiwan recorded the highest temperature in April in the southeastern county of Taitung, which saw 34.9 degrees Celsius Thursday afternoon, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
 
In response to a mounting worldwide threat of terrorism, Taiwan will carry out stricter passport and boarding pass checks at the boarding gates for international flights with effect from May 1, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said Thursday.
 
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Thursday said it is amending a loophole on reservists' call-up obligations after it found that many reservists choose to engage in overseas trips to avoid being called up.
 
Alex Tsai (蔡正元), director of the Kuomintang (KMT) Central Policy Committee (CPC) and former legislator, met with Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) on Thursday morning, seeking to restore party loyalty in the KMT.
 
A new initiative to promote Taiwan's tourism industry kicked off in the United States with the premiere of a television show that features scenic attractions and food in Taiwan.
 
INTERVIEW: Let the people be the judge, says outgoing Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou
The reputed Ma Ying-jeou wit appears halfway in the interview. Asked how he feels about being more popular in mainland China - its netizens last week swooned over a story of how the Taiwanese President has eaten the same NT$50 (US$1.50) bian dang (bento box) of humble fare at work every day for eight years - than in his home of Taiwan, Ma deftly deflected the question with a quip: "That's because their bian dang is not as good as ours."
 
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