President Tsai Ing-wen: Taiwanese want to maintain self-rule

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen warned Taiwanese officials not to enter into any secret dialogue with China in a New Year's speech. (AFP)
Updated 01 January 2019
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President Tsai Ing-wen: Taiwanese want to maintain self-rule

  • People of the island want to maintain self-rule despite recent electoral gains by the Beijing-friendly opposition party
  • Beijing could woo China-friendly election victors ahead of the next presidential election in 2020

TAIPEI: Taiwan's leader said Tuesday the people of the island want to maintain self-rule despite recent electoral gains by the Beijing-friendly opposition party.
Taiwanese officials should not enter into any secret dialogue with China, President Tsai Ing-wen warned in a New Year's speech.
The opposition Nationalist Party won 15 of 22 major seats in local elections last month, reversing the advantage held by Tsai's Democratic Progressive Party. She has resigned as party head.
Beijing could woo China-friendly election victors ahead of the next presidential election in 2020. China claims Taiwan as its own territory and has sought to isolate Tsai over her refusal to endorse the "one China" principle that designates Taiwan as a part of China.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to speak about Taiwan on Wednesday at a gathering in Beijing to mark the 40th anniversary of a statement issued by China to open talks with the government in Taipei.


UN says Taliban captives in Afghanistan subjected to abuse

Updated 26 May 2019
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UN says Taliban captives in Afghanistan subjected to abuse

  • The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan says it interviewed 13 detainees from a group of 53 recently rescued from the Taliban
  • They were mainly members of the Afghan forces but also civilians and government officials captured by the Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan: The UN says Taliban captives in Afghanistan have been subjected to abuse, ill-treatment and actions that may amount to torture.
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan says it interviewed 13 detainees from a group of 53 recently rescued from the Taliban. They were mainly members of the Afghan forces but also civilians and government officials captured by the Taliban.
The group was freed on April 25 when Afghan troops raided a Taliban-run detention facility in the Khas Uruzgan district in southern Uruzgan province.
The UNAMA statement, released on Sunday, says most of the captives were held since 2018, with three since 2016. It says they were kept in poor conditions and subjected to forced labor. The statement cites the detainees as saying that the Taliban killed some of their captives.