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Taiwan Foreign Minister signs George H.W. Bush condolence book at AIT


Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) signed the condolence book for United States President George H.W. Bush at the American Institute in Taiwan.

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Taiwan and Japan to convene on economic and trade issues in Taipei


The Taiwan-Japan Economic and Trade Conference will be held from Thursday to Friday, Nov. 29 - 30 in Taipei, announced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

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Taiwan military working towards 169,000 active personnel goal


Taiwan's Minister of National Defense, Yen Teh-fa (嚴德發), said that the military hopes to reach its goal of 169,000 total active personnel by 2020, during a hearing at the Legislative Yuan.

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President Tsai vows Taiwan will promote Hakka culture to the world


President Tsai Ing-wen pledged to help promote Taiwanese Hakka culture to the world as she met with a delegation from the Taiwanese Hakka Federation of Asia (亞洲台灣客家聯合總會) on Oct. 29.

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Taiwan Economics Minister calls for confidence after record stock market drop


Despite the biggest one-day drop in the history of the Taiwan Stock Exchange, Economics Minister Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) called on the public to have confidence in the economy, since its fundamentals were still sound.

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Taiwan military confirms two US warships sailing through Taiwan Strait


Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed Monday evening (Oct. 22) that two U.S. warships were moving northward from Eluanbi through Taiwan Strait.

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New EU security system will not affect Taiwan's visa-free status: EETO


A new border security system scheduled to be launched in 2021 by the European Union will continue to allow visa-free entry by nationals of countries and areas that already have such status, including Taiwan, but will require completion of an easily obtained travel authorization document, the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) in Taipei said Saturday.

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Pope Francis sends greetings to Tsai, promises to pray for Taiwan: VP


Pope Francis on Sunday sent greetings to President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and pledged that he will pray for Taiwan, according to Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁).

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'Stability, adaptability, progress:' President Tsai outlines Taiwan's response to dramatic global changes


President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Wednesday her administration will respond to dramatic global changes and Chinese military and political coercion by maintaining stability, seeking adaptability, and making progress, and to build a stronger nation indispensable to the world.

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Taiwan President discusses transitional justice with former South African leader


Real reconciliation in the wake of transitional justice has still not arrived in Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) told visiting former South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk Wednesday.

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Taiwanese, South Korean and Malaysian groups plan investments in North Korea


A Chinese-Dutch businessman who heads a North Korean special economic zone was seen in Taipei wining and dining with former Kuomintang (KMT) business chief Liu Tai-ying (劉泰英) and former Taipei 101 Chairwoman Diana Chen (陳敏薰), the Apple Daily reported Tuesday.

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Indonesian envoy to Taiwan thanks government for help pledge


Indonesia's top envoy to Taiwan expressed his country's gratitude Sunday for Taiwan's offer of help following a 7.5-magnitude earthquake that hit the country's Sulawesi Island Friday, leaving hundreds of people dead

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US arms deal may signal new form of Taiwan-US military cooperation: UTBC


The US-Taiwan Business Council (UTBC) welcomed the recent deal for the U.S. military to supply US$330 million (NTD$10.02 billion) in arms to Taiwan, suggesting the deal may signify a new style of Taiwan-U.S. military coordination in a press release on Sept. 25.

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Taiwan vows closer climate, trade cooperation with Saint Kitts and Nevis


President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) pledged broader cooperation with The Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, the country's staunch ally in the Caribbean Sea, as she met with a senior official from the dual-island nation on Sept. 17.

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Times of London calls for solidarity with Taiwan


The West needs to stand together in order to defend Taiwan against bullying by China, a leading article in the Times of London said Friday.

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Taiwan's Legislative Speaker meets US House speaker, senior lawmakers


Taiwan's Legislative Speaker, Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) met with U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, as well as other senior U.S. lawmakers during his visit to the U.S. for the memorial service of U.S. Senator John McCain from Aug. 30 to Sept. 3.

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Taiwan to complete first domestic submarine in 2025


The construction of Taiwan’s first-ever domestic submarine should be completed by 2025 following the spending of NT$49.3 billion (US$1.6 billion) beginning next year, reports said Saturday.

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Taiwan expresses condolences over death of John McCain


Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) expressed Taiwan's sincere condolences over the death of U.S. Senator John McCain on August 25, describing him as a "determined friend."  

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The right stuff: Tsai first Taiwanese president to visit NASA


Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Sunday (Aug. 19) visited NASA, the first sitting Taiwanese president to do so, a move that surely will enrage Communist China.

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Tsai Ing-wen encourages Taiwanese expats to work hard for Taiwan


Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) encouraged Taiwanese expatriates living in the U.S. to become part of the government's reform agenda, during a speech in Houston on August 18, reported CNA. 

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Taiwan election campaign starts Thursday


The campaign for the November 24 regional and local elections officially starts on Thursday, according to the Central Election Commission (CEC).

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President Tsai invites investment by young Taiwanese in U.S.


President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Sunday urged young Taiwanese in the United States to return to Taiwan and develop their careers there. 

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Taiwan to donate US$250,000 in aid after Indonesia earthquakes


Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Wednesday that the government will donate US$250,000 (NT$7.7 million) in aid of the victims of Indonesia’s recent earthquakes that have so far claimed 226 lives.

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Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation to be launched Wednesday


The Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation (TAEF) will be formally launched Wednesday with the goal of helping to advance the government regional policy, the organizers said.

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Taiwan to host Oslo Freedom Forum human rights event: NYT


The New York-based Human Rights Foundation (HRF) has selected Taiwan to host the Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) in Taipei on Nov. 10

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Taiwan and Marshall Islands sign visa-free travel agreement


As the President of the Marshall Islands Hilda C. Heine completes her diplomatic visit to Taiwan, the governments of the two countries have announced a bilateral agreement for visa-free travel.

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Taiwan and Poland agree to increase cooperation in science and education


Taiwan and Poland have signed an agreement on collaboration in science and higher education, signaling a landmark for the two countries that will facilitate greater exchanges and cooperation in academia, said Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Marshall Islands President Heine to arrive in Taiwan Thursday: MOFA


Marshall Islands President Hilda C. Heine will arrive in Taiwan on Thursday on a one-week visit and will meet with top government officials, as the two countries seek to expand bilateral cooperation

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President Tsai invited to Paraguayan president-elect inauguration


The Paraguayan government is set to officially invite President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to attend the South American ally's presidential inauguration in August, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.

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Taiwan is an important partner of France and Europe: French Office in Taipei Director


At a ceremony in Taipei to mark France's national day on July 14, Director of the French Office in Taipei (法國在台協會), Benoît Guidée said that Taiwan is an important partner of France and Europe.

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Taiwan Foreign Minister to visit El Salvador and Belize


Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳昭燮) will leave Thursday on a five-day visit to Central American allies El Salvador and Belize, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

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Senior U.S. EPA official arrives in Taiwan


Jane Nishida, principal deputy assistant administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), arrived in Taiwan on Wednesday to promote U.S.-Taiwan cooperation, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said in a statement.

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US diplomat for Asia who studied Mandarin in Taiwan to retire


The United States State Department spokesperson, Heather Nauert, announced July 1 that the most senior U.S. diplomat for Asia, Susan Thornton, will retire from the Foreign Service this July.

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New Mexico and Taiwan sign driver's license agreement


The U.S. state of New Mexico and Taiwan have signed an agreement to mutually recognize each other's driving credentials, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced today.

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Taiwan reviews extending visa-free entry for Philippine citizens


The current visa-free entry policy for citizens of the Philippines coming to Taiwan is set to expire at the beginning of July, however the Taiwanese government is considering an extension of the policy, which has successfully increased tourism and business with the southern neighbor.

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Taiwan, US could shape inclusive digital future: Moy


Taiwan and the US could be partners in shaping an inclusive digital future for all, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Kin Moy said yesterday in Taipei at the opening of a symposium on artificial intelligence (AI).

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Taiwan, US to share defense research


Taipei and Washington have signed an agreement to share information on scientific research that would allow representatives of Taiwan’s research institutions.

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Trump, Kim shake hands to open momentous summit


With a handshake, President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un kicked off a momentous summit Tuesday

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Taiwan tech firms to showcase innovations at MWC


A group of Taiwanese high-tech firms will showcase their innovations at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, scheduled to kick off in Barcelona, Spain Monday.

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New Taiwan central bank governor named


Yang Chin-long (楊金龍), the current deputy governor of Taiwan's central bank, has been named by President Tsai-Ing wen (蔡英文) as the new governor of the bank, Executive Yuan spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) announced Thursday.  

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President Tsai calls on Taiwanese businesses in China to invest in the island


At a Lunar New Year’s event for Taiwanese business people who invested in China, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) called on them to invest in Taiwan.

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'Taiwan 2020' campaign submits call for referendum to Central Election Commission


The campaigners for a referendum to do away with the designation of “Chinese Taipei” for the 2020 Summer Olympics on Feb. 5 officially submitted 4,488 copies of their petition letters with signatures, to the Central Election Commission.

If the referendum is held and the vote is affirmative, then the Taiwanese government would be expected to negotiate with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and to persuade them to accept athletes from Taiwan competing under the Taiwanese flag and the designation of “Taiwan.”

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China criticizes Washington for nuclear adversary claims in Pentagon document


China yesterday criticized a US government report that cast Beijing as a potential nuclear adversary and called on Washington to reduce its own much larger arsenal and join in promoting regional stability.A Chinese Ministry of National Defense statement said China’s nuclear arsenal is the “minimum level” required for security.

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Taiwan signs two cooperation pacts with Caribbean allies


A police cooperation agreement was signed with Saint Lucia to enhance personnel training and exchange of intelligence, said the spokesman, adding that it will strengthen the ability of the two countries to combat cross-border crime.

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China will collapse in 2031: retired Taiwan diplomat


A century of authoritarianism with rising nationalism and an emphasis on central control will eventually lead to a power struggle for the succession which will destroy China, former Taiwan News editor-in-chief Rex Wang (王世榕) writes in his book “China Will Collapse in 2031.”

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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen praises robust Taiwan-US relations


President Tsai Ing-wen said Jan. 30 that Taiwan-U.S. relations are going from strength to strength based on a mutual commitment to promoting peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific.

The nation’s strategic significance is highlighted by the Taiwan-U.S.-Japan Trilateral Security Dialogue staged last month in Taipei City, Tsai said. This forum underscored that maintaining stability is the shared responsibility of all regional stakeholders and Taiwan will fully meet its obligations in this regard, she added.

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Taiwan mounts live-fire drills to test defences against invasion


Taiwanese troops staged live-fire exercises simulating an invasions of the island on Tuesday [January 30th], as mainland China steps up pressure on Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and a row over airline routes escalates.

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Chinese researchers clone macaques


Chinese scientists have cloned monkeys using the same technique that produced Dolly the sheep two decades ago, breaking a technical barrier that could open the door to copying humans.

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Taiwan's flag mysteriously disappears from official U.S. websites


The official Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) webpage, which introduces the U.S.-Taiwan trade relations, as well as a United States Department Bureau of Consular Affairs' webpage, have removed the image of the Taiwan's flag on Taiwan-related webpages for unknown reasons as of Jan. 24.  

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Chinese pressure would only stengthen Taiwan unity: president


President Tsai Ying-wen said, in an interview with SET TV broadcast on Monday, January 22nd, that if China continues to pressure Taiwan it would only strengthen the unity of the people of Taiwan. She has also reminded that the past experiences have proved that Taiwan, by making unnecessary compromises, would not get more goodwill from China.  

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China customs destroys Taiwanese products for not having 'Taiwan Area' label


China has started to destroy imported Taiwanese products that do not have newly required 'Taiwan Area' label.

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