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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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