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Taiwan court upholds ex-captain's sentence in French frigate case

A Taiwanese court Wednesday rejected an appeal by a former navy captain who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for corruption in a controversial deal to buy French frigates two decades ago. The supreme court upheld a ruling in which Kuo Li-heng was sentenced to jail and fined Tw$200 million ($6.67 million) for accepting $17 million in bribes to facilitate the arms sale in 1991.

Washington agrees to help Taiwan build attack submarines

The United States has agreed to help Taiwan build attack submarines, as the island has spent nearly a decade waiting to acquire them from abroad, the Taiwanese defense chief said Monday. Minister of National Defense Yen Ming told a legislative committee that the United States "is willing to help us build the submarines together." Yen also said Taiwan will continue to push the United States to sell eight submarines to Taiwan and to acquire submarines from other countries.

Taiwan's Ma hopes for summit with China

Taiwan's president said Wednesday he hopes to hold a historic summit with China's leader, but acknowledged that conditions are not yet right, amid domestic opposition to his pro-Beijing policies. President Ma Ying-jeou said the November gathering in Beijing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum -- one of the few international groups in which Taiwan is a member -- would be an ideal time for him to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping as the setting would "greatly minimize the sensitivity."

Taiwan anti-China protest exposes island's nationalist divide

By Michael Gold TAIPEI (Reuters) - A chaotic sit-in to protest against a trade deal with China has shut down Taiwan's parliament and exposed deep divisions over the island's identity after seven decades of living apart from its vast, undemocratic rival across the strait.

Philippine coastguards charged with Taiwan fisherman murder

Eight Filipino coastguards have been charged with the murder of a Taiwanese fisherman who was shot dead last year sparking economic sanctions against the Philippines, authorities said Friday. Coastguard patrol officers opened fire last May at a Taiwanese boat sailing close to the northern Philippine coast but in waters also claimed by Taiwan, killing 65-year-old fisherman Hung Shih-cheng. The killing sparked angry protests in Taiwan and Taipei responded with sanctions, but lifted them after the Philippine government issued an official apology.

Taiwan police use water cannon to retake government HQ

Taiwan riot police unleashed water cannon Monday to dislodge hundreds of demonstrators who had stormed government headquarters in violent scenes that dramatically escalated a days-old protest against a trade pact with China. After nearly a week-long occupation of Taiwan's parliament, the protesters late Sunday also infiltrated the Executive Yuan where the cabinet is located, pulling down barbed-wire barricades outside and using ladders to break into offices on the second floor.

Taiwan police use water cannon to retake government HQ

Taiwan riot police unleashed water cannon Monday to dislodge hundreds of demonstrators who had stormed government headquarters in violent scenes that dramatically escalated a days-old protest against a trade pact with China. After nearly a week-long occupation of Taiwan's parliament, the protesters late Sunday also infiltrated the Executive Yuan where the cabinet offices are located, pulling down barbed-wire barricades outside and using ladders to break into offices on the second floor.

Taiwan leader says protest-hit China trade pact vital for economy

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said on Sunday that the island needed to pass a contentious trade pact with China for the sake of its economy, and called on protesters who have occupied parliament in protest to respect democracy and leave. Parliamentary approval of the pact would pave the way for greater economic integration between the two former geopolitical foes, by opening 80 of China's service sectors to Taiwan and 64 Taiwan sectors to China.

Taiwan protesters dig in over China trade bill

By Michael Gold TAIPEI (Reuters) - Thousands of young people in Taiwan waved banners and shouted slogans on Friday, marking the third day of their occupation of parliament to protest against a trade pact with China they fear could further swell Beijing's economic influence. Parliamentary approval of the pact would pave the way for greater economic integration between the two former geopolitical foes, by opening 80 of China's service sectors to Taiwan and 64 Taiwan sectors to China.

Taiwan protesters call for surrounding of ruling party offices

Student protesters occupying Taiwan's legislature to stop the government from ratifying a contentious trade pact with China on Friday called on the public to surround the ruling party's offices after their ultimatum was ignored. The protesters say the deal will damage Taiwan's economy and leave it vulnerable to political pressure from China, allegations rejected by the Kuomintang party.
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