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Trump breaks protocol with Taiwan call

Foreign Policy | Will a Trump administration foster closer ties between the United States and its ninth largest trade partner?
by Angela Lu Fulton
Posted 12/03/16, 11:28 am

TAIPEI, Taiwan—Breaking with U.S.-China protocol, President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on the phone Friday, the first time leaders from the United States and Taiwan have spoken since the two countries severed diplomatic ties in 1979.

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Thousands protest same-sex marriage bills in Taiwan

| Legislature decides to hold two public hearings before voting
by Angela Lu Fulton
Posted 11/18/16, 12:34 pm

TAIPEI, Taiwan—Thousands of demonstrators filled the streets in front of the Legislative Yuan on Thursday to protest a set of bills that would make Taiwan the first Asian government to recognize same-sex marriage. By the end of the evening, the protesters had gained a victory: The legislature decided to allow two public hearings before voting on the law.

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Witness to persecution

China | A new book by Chinese Christian Gao Zhisheng details his treatment at the hands of authorities and his hopes for a new China
by June Cheng
Posted 8/05/16, 01:00 am

TAIWAN—For more than a decade, human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng paid the price for shining light on the Chinese Communist Party’s injustices. Government agents kidnapped him multiple times, tortured him with electric shock batons, and beat him until they lost their breath. They placed him in solitary confinement for three years and taunted him: The world has forgotten you and your family thinks you’re dead.  

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