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Taiwan donates 5,000 COVID-19 rapid test kits to Czech Republic


Taiwanese manufacturer Excelsior Bio-System, Inc. (EBS) on Tuesday (Dec. 8) donated 5,000 coronavirus antibody rapid test kits to the Czech Republic under the witness of Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil.

Taiwan's representative to the central European nation, Ke Liang-ruey (柯良叡), on Tuesday handed over 5,000 antibody rapid test kits and 200,000 respirators to the Czech authorities during a donation ceremony. The test kits, which were developed by EBS, can deliver reliable results in 10-15 minutes and can be used to screen individuals infected up to seven days prior.


Australia thanks Taiwan for supporting its winemakers amid Chinese tariffs


The Australian Office Taipei on Thursday (Dec. 3) posted a message on Facebook expressing its gratitude to Taiwanese for supporting Australian wine producers amid newly imposed Chinese tariffs.

In a Facebook post, the Australian representative office thanked Taiwanese for their "interest and well wishes supporting Australian winemakers" and highlighted Australia's prowess in winemaking.

Tsai pledges to make Taiwan bilingual country by 2030


On Monday (Nov. 23), President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) pledged that the government would do everything in its power to achieve the goal of turning Taiwan into a bilingual country by 2030.

During the first consultation meeting of the "Bilingual Nation by 2030" policy on Monday, Tsai said the government is "sparing no effort" to turn Taiwan bilingual within 10 years, reported Taiwan Today. Tsai stressed that reaching a high degree of English proficiency is "key to raising Taiwan's profile abroad."

She added that striving to reach this goal will both "enable younger generations to better connect with the world" as well as better promote Taiwan's success battling the Wuhan coronavirus.


Taiwan legislature forms new caucus to promote ties with France


A total of 55 lawmakers from different parties formed a legislative caucus on Tuesday (Oct. 27) to promote ties with France.

Tsai Shih-ying (蔡適應) from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will be the chair of the Taiwan-France Parliamentary Amity Association. He remarked at the inaugural ceremony on Tuesday that the establishment of the Taiwan-France parliamentary friendship group is aimed at facilitating interactions among governments and civil groups of the two countries.

According to Tsai, lawmakers had originally planned to visit France this year, but the plan was postponed due to the pandemic. Tsai expressed hope that the trip will be made next year and that Taiwanese and French lawmakers will have direct exchanges.

Taiwan-US relations cause China to dial up propaganda


 As Taiwan and the U.S. drift closer, China has stepped up its propaganda online and through state media.

The propaganda, along with several military exercises over the past few months, including the test-firing of ballistic missiles and frequent buzzing of Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ), is meant to warn the U.S. that China would not back away from a military confrontation, according to The New York Times. While the chances of actual war breaking out remain small, recent military actions in the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea increase the likelihood that an intended or accidental clash could occur.


Taiwan's new France office set to open by early December


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Monday (Oct. 19) that the new representative office in France’s Aix-en-Provence is scheduled to open in early Dec.

Monday morning officials attended a Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee meeting on the current state of Taiwan-US bilateral trade negotiations.

Military delegation from Taiwan to visit Germany, Belgium


Taiwan is boosting exchanges with European countries in defense areas, with a delegation set to visit Germany and Belgium in 2021.

According to the defense budget plan for 2021, a mission comprising six officials from the nation’s military will be traveling to the two European countries on an eight-day “international security cooperation and research” tour. A total of NT$1.03 million (US$35,115) in funds was earmarked for the military exchange.


Czech Senate president to deliver speech at Taiwan's National Chengchi University


According to the itinerary, which has been made public, Vystrcil will first attend the "Taiwan-Czech Economic, Trade, and Investment Forum" at the Shangri-La Far Eastern International hotel at 10 a.m. on Monday and deliver a speech as a distinguished guest. The forum will discuss opportunities for industrial cooperation in the post-epidemic era, with Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-hua (王美花) delivering the opening speech.


Taiwan healthcare system would collapse under general coronavirus screening


General testing of all arrivals for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) will cost NT$800 million (US$27.1 million) and cause the collapse of Taiwan’s health system, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) cautioned Saturday (Aug. 22).


Taiwan’s KMT determines candidate for Kaohsiung mayoral by-election


Taiwan opposition party to nominate Kaohsiung city councilor with good, clear public image.

China cries foul at Taiwan donating anti-epidemic materials to Solomon Islands


China recently issued a statement condemning the Solomon Islands' Malaita Province for receiving Taiwan's donation of anti-epidemic materials last week and asking the country's local governments to avoid contacting Taiwan.

US Department of State calls for Taiwan's WHA participation


The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Organization Affairs (IO) launched a Twitter campaign on Friday (May 1) calling on Taiwan to take part in this year's World Health Assembly (WHA) which, due to COVID-19, will take the form of a three-hour video conference on May 18.

Virus Outbreak: Street incidents highlight increasing tensions in France


Unrest sparked by an incident in which a motorcyclist hit a police car in a Paris suburb has been reported across France, highlighting growing tensions caused by a strict lockdown.

In a fourth night of violence and vandalism, a primary school was on Tuesday evening partially destroyed by a fire in a northwest suburb of Paris and police in another district said that fireworks had been aimed at them.

Legislator says Chinese warplanes near Taiwan ‘not provocative’


 Retired lieutenant general and at-large legislator Wu Sz-huai (吳斯懷) of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) has come under fire for his claims that Chinese warplanes approaching Taiwan airspace are “not provocative.”

US CDC map designates China as high risk, excludes Taiwan


 In its most up-to-date information for travelers, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) listed Communist China as being at the highest level of risk of transmitting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), while Taiwan and three Southeast Asian countries have been taken off the list, which had previously suggested there were cases of community spread on the island.

Taiwan civic groups rally to commemorate 73rd anniversary of 228 Incident


More than 40 civic groups staged a march in Taipei on Saturday to mark the 73rd anniversary of the 228 Incident, calling on the public not to forget the people's uprising in February 1947 that spurred a brutal government crackdown. About 1,000 participants from some 40 civic groups gathered at the intersection of Taiyuan and Nanjing West roads at 1:30 p.m. and marched to sites in the city related to the incident.

'Facts will speak for themselves': WHO Director-General explains reasons to side with China


The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attempted to debunk accusations of China's meddling in the organization during a press conference on Wednesday (Feb. 12) before recognizing the country's endeavor to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

China sends military aircraft to circle half of Taiwan


China deployed its military aircraft on Sunday morning (Feb. 9) to the West Pacific by circling half of Taiwan, said the island nation’s Ministry of National Defense in the afternoon, adding that the authorities had responded immediately and appropriately to the Chinese military activity.

EU backs Taiwan's inclusion in WHO


As the China coronavirus spreads globally and after Canada and Japan expressed support for Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Union on Thursday (Jan. 30) also called for Taiwan's inclusion. 


AP Analysis: Taiwan vote signals growing divide with China


The landslide reelection of Taiwan’s leader underscores the population’s embrace of an identity distinct from China — a shift that the communist leaders of China refuse to accept.

Why the risk of Chinese cyber attacks could affect everyone in Taiwan


Cyber-security is one of those topics most people are vaguely aware of, but which many believe does not really affect them. But a number of recent developments have suggested that the risk of cyber attacks in Taiwan are very real, and it is not just businesses and government bodies which need to be taking steps to protect themselves, but individuals too.

Enoch Wu says Taiwan can develop without China


 Enoch Wu (吳怡農) said that Taiwanese oppose the "one country, two systems" framework and that the country can develop successfully without Communist China, at a press conference on Tuesday (Jan. 7).

Peng Ming-min: New Taiwan government should form new nation


TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Veteran Taiwan independence activist Peng Ming-min (彭明敏) called on the new government after the Jan. 11 elections to organize a “Nation-Building Conference” in order to establish a new nation.

Tsai ahead of Han, Ko, Gou in Taiwan presidential poll


TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) would beat Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), and itinerant Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) or Foxconn tycoon Terry Gou (郭台銘) in a three-way matchup for the Taiwan presidency, according the results of a poll released by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation (台灣民意基金會) on Monday (June 24).

Rally opposing Hong Kong's proposed extradition bill reaches 6000 in Taipei


TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — While another mass protest was staged on streets of Hong Kong on Sunday afternoon to call for the withdrawal of the contentious extradition bill, Taiwan-based Hong Kong students and residents, and civil groups from Taiwan rallied outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei to express their support for the demonstration.

Tsai seeks expanded Taiwan-US-Japan cooperation in Indo-Pacific


TAIPEI (Taiwan Today) -- President Tsai Ing-wen said June 13 that Taiwan is determined to ramp up cooperation with the U.S. and Japan in countering rising challenges to rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific.

France and Canada support Taiwan’s presence at WHA


France and Canada were the latest countries to add their voices to the rising chorus of support for Taiwan’s bid to attend the World Health Assembly, reports said Friday (May 10).

Indigenous submarine production 'the only path' for Taiwan: Tsai Ing-wen


 Indigenous submarine production is the only path for Taiwan, said President Tsai Ing-wen today (Thursday, May 9) at a submarine plant groundbreaking ceremony in Kaohsiung.

Japan for the first time openly supports Taiwan’s WHA bid


For the first time, Japan’s Foreign Minister, Taro Kono, openly supported Taiwan’s bid to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva later this month.

Foxconn tycoon now says Taiwan is part of ROC, not PRC


After saying that the "gods" were in agreement with him that "Taiwan is a part of China" on Thursday, Foxconn founder and prospective presidential Kuomintang (KMT) candidate Terry Gou (郭台銘) today fine-tuned his previous comment by saying that Taiwan is a part of the Republic of China, which is not a part of the People's Republic of China.

Taiwan to launch digital talent program with Pacific allies


Upon meeting with Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sosene Sopoaga, at the Presidential Office on Friday (April 3), President Tsai Ing-wen announced that the Taiwan government will launch a program to help Tuvalu and other Pacific ally nations foster their talent in tech industries.

Taiwan listed as 'country' on Australian Attorney-General's Dept. website


The official website of the Australian Attorney-General’s Department lists Taiwan as a “country." As reported by the Australian Chinese Daily, Taiwan is listed as a “country” in the Transparency Register on the website of Attorney-General’s Department.

World Medical Association calls on WHO to allow Taiwan's participation


As the World Health Assembly (WHA) planned for late May approaches, advocates of Taiwan’s participation are increasing calls for the World Health Organization (WHO) to reconsider its unethical treatment of Taiwan and its subservience to China’s political will.

France recognizes Taiwan is key in solving South China Sea disputes


The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the French National Assembly recently published a 77 page report on the territory disputes and rising tensions in the South China Sea.

Time is ripe for Canada to revisit relationship with Taiwan: think tank


A Canadian think thank is hosting a panel event on April 16 in Ottawa to explore issues with regards to the relationship between Taiwan and Canada, as the island country marks the 40th anniversary of the Taipei Relations Act.

Taiwan ex-Premier welcomes more presidential candidates


Former Premier William Lai (賴清德) said Tuesday (April 16) he welcomed more presidential candidates willing to shoulder responsibility, saying they would give the voters more choices.

Taiwan and US together empower region’s women


President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said on Tuesday (April 16) her administration is dedicated to improving gender equality, and she hopes the country will have more women leaders in the future.

EU confirms support for Taiwan's participation at World Health Assembly


As the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) approaches, international allies are voicing support for Taiwan’s participation despite Beijing’s influence over the leaders of the Word Health Association (WHO).

Taiwan, South Korea set to forge stronger partnership: official


A top official from South Korea expressed optimism about the relationship between Taiwan and the Northeast Asian country and looked forward to more reciprocal collaborations spanning economy, culture, and tourism in an event in Taipei on April 11.

Reporters Without Borders calls on UN to allow Taiwan coverage on UN events


Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on April 7 urged the United Nations to accredit Taiwanese journalists for covering events organized by UN organizations, including the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva in May.

Rubio says Chinese incursions will not 'scare US' into dropping commitments to Taiwan


In response to news that Chinese fighter jets crossed over the Taiwan Strait median line on Sunday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio today on Twitter said that such incursions would not 'scare U.S.' into dropping commitments to Taiwan and it is a reminder of the need to "strengthen Taiwan's ability to defend itself."

Japanese cabinet chief calls for direct Taiwan-China dialogue


In the wake of China’s repeated intrusions on Taiwan’s airspace, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has called for a direct cross-strait dialogue for the sake of maintaining peace.

Home Politics Taiwan's foreign ministry launches first VR film to promote Taiwan-US partnership


Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) released its first ever virtual reality film on Tuesday to promote the Taiwan-U.S. partnership and to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA).

Taiwan NCC chairwoman tenders resignation over handling of fake news


National Communications Commission (NCC, 國家通訊傳播委員會) Chairwoman Nicole Chan (詹婷怡) tendered her resignation after criticism of its handling of ‘fake news.’

President Tsai thanks visiting Prague mayor for support of Taiwan


President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Saturday thanked visiting Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib for his staunch support of Taiwan and said she hoped the relations between the two sides would continue to grow and strengthen.

Taiwan is main target of China's disinformation campaign: RSF


The Paris-based global watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Monday (March 26) released a report detailing China's strategy of controlling information abroad, with Taiwan listed as the main target of China's disinformation operation, and mentioning the influence of Want Want China Times Media Group and the death of Taiwan’s representative in Osaka.

Taiwan president to address Heritage Foundation via live broadcast in Hawaii


Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), who is visiting the island’s Pacific allies, will deliver an address for the Heritage Foundation through a video broadcast at 3 p.m. on Wednesday (March 27, EST) during a transit stop in Hawaii.

US warships pass through Taiwan Strait for third time this year


 Despite complaints from Beijing, two U.S. naval warships passed through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday (March 24), continuing pattern of increased activity in the strategic waterway.

Taiwan's President Tsai meets US ambassador in Palau


Two scholars believe that the presence of Amy J. Hyatt, the United States ambassador to Palau, at a banquet hosted by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Saturday reflected growing ties between Taiwan and the U.S.

EU offers UK Brexit extension options, initially to April 12


The European Council on Thursday offered the UK two different Brexit extension options. The UK has been seeking an extension on the Article 50 exit process to allow for an orderly exit.

Swedish envoy seeking Taiwanese investment in Sweden


Sweden's new representative to Taiwan Håkan Jevrell pledged Monday to increase his country's profile in Taiwan to encourage more Taiwanese investment and vice versa, as he sees great potential for the two sides to cooperate in various areas.

Taiwan President to set off on 3-nation Pacific tour


President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will set out on a three-nation Pacific tour Thursday afternoon after registering for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) presidential primaries.

Paris joins Hong Kong and Singapore as world's most expensive city


Singapore is one of the world's three most expensive cities for the sixth year running, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit's 2019 Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, released on Tuesday. The southeast Asian city-state shares the tag of the most costly place to live along with Hong Kong and Paris. When the prices of more than 150 items were compared in 133 cities around the world, the French capital moved up one place in the rankings compared to last year.

Tsai Ing-wen to re-register as Taiwan presidential candidate prior to diplomatic trip


Just hours after the former premier William Lai (賴清德) announced he would enter the 2020 presidential race, President Tsai Ing-wen confirmed she will register for re-election prior to embarking on an official visit to allies in the Pacific Islands on March 21.

Foxconn, Kaohsiung sign technology promotion MOU


Kaohsiung, March 17 (CNA) Terry Gou (郭台銘), chairman of manufacturing giant Foxconn Technology Group, and Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Sunday to promote the development of the city's smart technology.

Breaking News: William Lai officially registers bid for Taiwan presidency


Former premier William Lai has officially registered to run for president in 2020.

Taipei mayor departs to promote city-to-city exchanges in U.S.


Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) left Saturday for the United States to promote city-to-city exchanges, during which time he is also expected to give a speech at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Singapore bans operation of all Boeing 373 MAX aircraft after Ethiopian Airlines crash


Following the deadly Ethiopia Airlines crash on March 10, which resulted in the deaths of 157 people, Singapore’s government has ordered the suspension of all 737 MAX aircraft at the country’s airports.

President Tsai lays out guidelines against 'one country, two systems'


Taipei, March 11 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Monday laid out several guidelines to help the government counter the so-called "one country, two systems" formula which China has proposed for unifying with Taiwan.

US Congressmen congratulate Taiwan on 40th anniversary of TRA


Ten members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have recorded a special video message in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act.

Japan and U.S. want to talk security with Taiwan, but concerns about leaks: Taiwan envoy


Japan and the United States are willing to engage in a security dialogue with Taiwan, but they are concerned that the content of the talks might be leaked to China, Taiwan’s envoy to Japan Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) said Tuesday.

Taiwan to recruit youth ambassadors for exchanges in Pacific, Southeast Asian nations


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is looking for Taiwanese young people with backgrounds in public health, science, and agriculture to join an ambassador program that will take them to Taiwan’s Pacific allies or to the New Southbound Policy partner countries for a 10-day cultural exchange.

OhBear dismayed at CCTV's reference to Taiwan's Yangminshan


On its Twitter feed on Friday (March 1), Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), used the mascot OhBear to mock China's state-run CCTV for describing Yangmingshan National Park as being in "southeast China."

AIT to mark 40 years of Taiwan Relations Act with April 15 reception


The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) will mark the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act with a reception at its Taipei offices on April 15, but a list of the prominent guests has not been announced yet.

Tsai calls for renewed Japan-Taiwan security dialogue in Japanese media interview


On March 2, the Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun published an exclusive front page interview with the President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).

Taiwan, Philippines agree to improve Davao port management


Taipei and Manila has agreed to share information on fishery inspection, improve management of Davao port and the environment for Taiwanese fishing vessels to unload their catches.

Jakarta's first MRT built with help from Taiwanese companies


The Indonesian capital of Jakarta's first Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line will officially become operational at the end of March, thanks in part to Taiwanese companies, reported CNA.

Robots likely to patrol Taiwan's prisons in future: Deputy Minister of Justice


Deputy Minister of Justice Chen Ming-tang (陳明堂) said Monday Taiwan’s prisons are likely to see robotic patrol systems in the future, CNA reports.

CSBC Chairman: Taiwan's indigenous submarine to be ready by Jan. 2024


The Chairman of Taiwan’s CSBC Shipbuilding Corporation, Cheng Wen-Lon (鄭文隆), speaking at an industry conference on Feb. 25 said that the completion of Taiwan’s first indigenous submarine may come sooner than previously anticipated.

Taiwan intent on improving anti-money laundering score


Taiwan is hoping to earn an improved score when an evaluation team from the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) returns for a four-day follow-up onsite review in March, according to a Ministry of Justice official.

Taiwan Cabinet releases momentous bill to legalize same-sex marriage


Taiwan's Cabinet on Wednesday (Feb. 20) put forth a draft bill which will act as the legal basis for same-sex marriages, while not changing the civil code, as was demanded by a recent referendum, reported CNA.

Taiwan President Tsai confirms re-election bid for 2020: CNN


In an interview with CNN today (Feb. 19), Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen confirmed that she will run for re-election, despite a call by some senior voices to step aside and mounting pressure from Beijing.

Premier Su won't sign independence referendum as 'Taiwan is already independent'


Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said Tuesday during a Legislative Yuan question time that he would not sign a public referendum on Taiwan’s independence, because "Taiwan is already independent."

3 MEPs granted medal of diplomacy to recognize promotion of Taiwan-EU ties


Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) conferred the Friendship Medal of Diplomacy to three members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on Monday.

European Parliament Taiwan Friendship Group visits Taiwan


Werner Langen, chairman of the European Parliament Taiwan Friendship Group (TFG), and his delegation arrived in Taiwan for a six-day visit.

Taiwan ranked 24th for global connectivity


Taiwan is the world's 24th most connected country, according to the latest edition of the DHL Global Connectedness Index (GCI), a detailed analysis of globalization, measured by international flows of trade, capital, information and people.

Taiwan’s Academia Historica head tapped as new National Palace Museum Director


Taiwan’s National Palace Museum will be headed by Academia Historica President, Wu Mi-cha (吳密察), while Deputy Chairperson of the Ocean Affairs Council, Lee Chung-wei (李仲威), will be promoted to chairperson of the Ocean Affairs Council, the Executive Yuan announced Wednesday.

Taiwan flag flown at Melbourne’s New year parade


On Sunday, Australian coastal city Melbourne held its annual Lunar New Year parade to cap off a week’s worth of festive celebrations.

Taiwan Representative office in Germany shares 'year of the Pig' spirit with local politicians


The Taiwan Representative Office in Munich, Germany treated some local politicians to some special Taiwanese-style foods over the Lunar New Year Holidays.

US senators sign letter calling for Taiwan president to speak at Congress


A group of U.S. senators on Thursday issued a joint letter to House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, calling on her to invite Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress.

Taiwan donation of US$500,000 to humanitarian organization announced during anti-ISIS conference


It was announced Wednesday that Taiwan has donated US$500,000 to an NGO fighting sexual violence and supporting reconstruction efforts in a part of the world devastated by ISIS terrorism.

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