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  • Tien Chung-kwang Named as Taiwan's New Deputy Foreign Minister (2020-07-09)
    (CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Matthew Mazzetta) Career diplomat Tien Chung-kwang (田中光) has been appointed as deputy foreign minister, filling a post that was left vacant when one of the two incumbents was appointed to the National Security Council, according to a press statement released Thursday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). <Accessed 2020-07-10>
  • Reopening of Taiwan Office in Guam Not Military-Related: MOFA (2020-07-09)
    (CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Emerson Lim) Taiwan's decision to reopen its representative office in Guam was not based on military considerations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday, following analyses to the contrary by security experts. <Accessed 2020-07-10>
  • Australia Ends Hong Kong Extradition Treaty, Extends Visas (2020-07-09)
    (Associated Press, By Rod McGuirk) Australia suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and extended visas for Hong Kong residents in response to China’s imposition of a tough national security law on the semi-autonomous territory, the prime minister said Thursday. <Accessed 2020-07-10>
  • Former Legislator Yu Mei-nu Conferred National Order of Merit by France (2020-07-09)
    (CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Emerson Lim) Yu Mei-nu (尤美女), a human rights lawyer and a former legislator of Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party, was conferred the National Order of Merit (Ordre national du Mérite), with the rank of knight, by the government of France on Thursday. <Accessed 2020-07-10> 
  • U.S. Approves $620 Million Missile Upgrade Package for Taiwan (2020-07-09)
    (Reuters, By Ben Blanchard) The United States has approved a possible $620 million upgrade package for Patriot surface-to-air missiles to Taiwan, the State Department said, the latest purchase from the United States to deal with a rising threat from China. <Accessed 2020-07-10> 
  • Taiwan's Goal of Joining WHO 'Unchanged' After U.S. Withdrawal: MOFA (2020-07-09)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim and Ko Lin) Taiwan's goal of joining the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as attending its annual World Health Assembly (WHA), remains "unchanged" despite the United States' decision to withdraw from the global health body, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) reiterated on Thursday. <Accessed 2020-07-10> 
  • Undeterred by Coronavirus, China Takes Influence Campaign Online to Win Taiwan Hearts (2020-07-09)
    (Reuters, By Yimou Lee) As the coronavirus pandemic all but halts travel across the Taiwan Strait, China is taking its campaign pushing for “reunification” with Taiwan to the virtual world of live broadcasts, online conferences and video-making competitions. <Accessed 2020-07-10> 
  • Taiwan Donates 160,000 Face Masks to Canadian Missionary's Hometown (2020-07-09)
    (CNA, By Hu Yu-li and Joseph Yeh) Taiwan's MacKay Memorial Hospital and New Taipei City's Tamsui District Office have recently donated 160,000 surgical face masks to Oxford County in Canada's Ontario Province, the hometown of late Canadian missionary George Leslie MacKay, who founded the hospital in Tamsui in the late 19th century. <Accessed 2020-07-10> 
  • Groups Call on Parties to Back Name Change (2020-07-07)
    (Taipei Times, By Chen Yu-fu) An alliance of pro-Taiwan organizations yesterday issued a joint statement calling for bipartisan support in the Legislative Yuan to change the nation’s official name, along with the names of government agencies, to draw a distinction between Taiwan and China. <Accessed 2020-07-10> 
  • U.S. Withdrawal from WHO over Claims of China Influence to Take Effect July 2021: U.N. (2020-07-07)
    (Reuters, By Michelle Nichols) The United States will leave the World Health Organization (WHO) on July 6, 2021, the United Nations said on Tuesday, after receiving notification of the decision by President Donald Trump, who has accused the agency of becoming a puppet for China during the coronavirus pandemic. <Accessed 2020-07-10> 
  • Taiwan Slams Chinese Criticism of Somaliland Ties (2020-07-07)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday reemphasized that Taiwan is not part of China and has every right to pursue relations with other countries, following Beijing's criticism of the nation's establishment of ties with Somaliland. <Accessed 2020-07-10> 
  • US Hits Chinese Officials with Visa Bans over Tibet Access (2020-07-07)
    (Associated Press, By Matthew Lee) The statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not name any of those targeted nor did it give a number of those affected but said it the visa ban would be applied to Chinese government and communist party officials who are found to be “substantially involved in the formulation or execution of policies related to access for foreigners to Tibetan areas.” <Accessed 2020-07-10> 
  • Taiwan Will Counter New Rule in HK Security Law If Necessary: Tsai (2020-07-07)
    (CNA, By Wu Po-wei, Yen Su-ping, Lai Yen-hsi, Elizabeth Hsu, and Joseph Yeh) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Tuesday that if necessary, her administration will consider countermeasures to the newly implemented rules under Hong Kong's national security law, which state that authorities there can ask Taiwanese "political groups" to provide evidence in the investigation of potential violators. <Accessed 2020-07-10> 
  • Stricter Oversight of PRC Reporters Urged (2020-07-06)
    (Taipei Times, By Peng Wan-hsin and William Hetherington) Chinese reporters are agents of the Chinese Communist Party, and the government should institute stricter regulations covering those posted to Taiwan, a Taiwan Thinktank consultant said on Saturday. <Accessed 2020-07-07> 
  • Beijing Needs to Accept Complete ‘Consensus’: Ma (2020-07-06)
    (Taipei Times, By Sherry Hsiao) Former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday called on critics of the so-called “1992 consensus” to propose a feasible alternative, and urged Beijing to accept the “complete” version of the “consensus” if it is to advocate it. <Accessed 2020-07-07>
  • CORONAVIRUS/U.K. Includes Taiwan Among its Safe Travel Corridors (2020-07-04)
    (CNA, By Tai Ya-chen and Emerson Lim) Taiwan has been included by the United Kingdom in its safe travel corridors from which travelers to England will no longer need to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival beginning July 10, according to a notice posted on the U.K.'s government portal. <Accessed 2020-07-07> 
  • Chinese Military Aircraft Enters Taiwan's ADIZ (2020-07-04)
    (CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Ko Lin) A Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Saturday, before being chased off by Taiwanese patrol planes, according to the Air Force Command Headquarters. <Accessed 2020-07-07> 
  • KMT Speaks Out Against Security Legislation for HK (2020-07-02)
    (Taipei Times, By Sherry Hsiao) Passage of the Hong Kong national security legislation by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee is regrettable, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) said in a statement yesterday. <Accessed 2020-07-07> 
  • Air Force Conducts Live Bomb Exercise off Hualien’s Coast (2020-07-02)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) The air force yesterday deployed a fleet of F-16 fighters, carrying live MK-84 bombs from Hualien Jiashan Air Base as part of a drill simulating attacking enemy ships seeking to reach the shore. <Accessed 2020-07-07> 
  • Taiwan Stages Drill Simulating Response to an Invasion by China (2020-07-02)
    (CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) A large-scale anti-landing drill simulating Taiwan's response to a Chinese invasion was staged in central Taichung City on Thursday, in a live-fire rehearsal ahead of the annual Han Kuang military exercises. <Accessed 2020-07-07> 
  • Outflanked by China in Africa, Taiwan Eyes Unrecognised Somaliland (2020-07-01)
    (Reuters, By Ben Blanchard) Taiwan and Somalia’s breakaway region of Somaliland will establish representative offices in each other’s capitals, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said on Wednesday, a step guaranteed to anger Beijing. <Accessed 2020-07-07> 
  • Public Warned of Risks in Visiting Hong Kong (2020-07-01)
    (Taipei Times/Reuters) The government yesterday warned the public about the risk of visiting Hong Kong after the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress passed national security legislation for the territory, while President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said she was disappointed about the law. <Accessed 2020-07-07> 
  • Chinese Coast Guard an Auxiliary Navy: Researcher (2020-06-29)
    (Taipei Times, By Chung Li-hua and Jake Chung) China’s recent amendment to its Law on the People’s Armed Police Force has, in effect, made the Chinese Coast Guard an auxiliary navy, and should be a warning to neighboring countries to the east and south of China, a Taiwanese researcher said in an article published by the Institute for National Defense and Security Research. <Accessed 2020-07-07> 
  • Legislative Friendship Groups for Latin America and Africa Formed (2020-06-29)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim) Two legislative friendship groups aimed at building relations between Taiwanese legislators and those in Latin America and Africa were established on Monday. <Accessed 2020-07-07>
  • DPP Retakes Legislative Yuan from KMT Following Scuffles (2020-06-29)
    (CNA, By Kuo Chien-shen, Chen Chun-hua, and Joseph Yeh) Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers retook the legislative chamber at around noon Monday, following scuffles with opposition Kuomintang (KMT) members who were protesting the DPP's nominee for Control Yuan president. <Accessed 2020-07-07> 
  • U.S. Starts Paring Back Hong Kong's Special Status due to Security Law (2020-06-29)
    (Reuters, By David Brunnstrom) The United States began eliminating Hong Kong’s special status under U.S. law on Monday, halting defense exports and restricting the territory’s access to high technology products as China prepares new Hong Kong security legislation. <Accessed 2020-07-07> 
  • President Announces Measures to Strengthen Military Reserves (2020-06-29)
    (CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced measures Monday to make Taiwan's military reserve force a more reliable backup for the regular forces in protecting the country amid increased military movements around Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-07-07> 
  • China to Impose Visa Restrictions on U.S. Individuals over Hong Kong (2020-06-29)
    (Reuters, By Cate Cadell and Se Young Lee) Beijing said on Monday it will impose visa restrictions on U.S. individuals with “egregious conduct” on Hong Kong-related issues, mirroring U.S. sanctions against unnamed Chinese officials deemed responsible for curbing freedoms in the city. <Accessed 2020-07-07> 
  • U.S. Warplanes Spotted Flying over Waters near Taiwan (2020-06-29)
    (CNA, By Matt Yu and Ko Lin) Several American warplanes were observed flying over the Bashi Channel near Taiwan at separate times on Monday, according to posts by several aircraft tracking accounts on Twitter. <Accessed 2020-07-07>
  • Somaliland Appoints First Envoy to Taiwan (2020-07-05)
    (CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Emerson Lim) The self-declared African state of Somaliland has appointed senior diplomat Mohamed Omar Hagi Mohamoud as its first representative to Taiwan, according to a post on social media by Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Saturday. <Accessed 2020-07-06> 
  • Thousands Celebrate U.S. Independence Day at Baseball Game in Tainan (2020-07-05)
    (CNA, By Chang Jong-hsiang, Emerson Lim, Yang Chi-fang, and William Yen) Over 5,000 people packed a stadium in Tainan on Saturday to watch a pro baseball game and celebrate the United States' July 4 Independence Day. The event, dubbed America Day: Home Run!, was hosted by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the Tainan City government, and Uni-President Lions team. <Accessed 2020-07-06> 
  • KMT Institute Resumes Party Training Sessions (2020-07-05)
    (Taipei Times, By Shih Hsiao-kuang) The Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) Institute of Revolutionary Practice yesterday resumed its training sessions after a 20-year hiatus, with institute director Lo Chih-chiang (羅智強) saying the party should do more to connect with young people. <Accessed 2020-07-06> 
  • China Names Head of New National Security Office in Hong Kong (2020-07-03)
    (Reuters, By Yew Lun Tian) Beijing has appointed an official who became prominent during a clampdown on protests in a Chinese village as director of its new national security office in Hong Kong, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Friday. <Accessed 2020-07-06> 
  • Taiwan to Reopen Office in Guam: MOFA (2020-07-03)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwan has decided to re-establish its representative office in Guam almost three years after closing it following consultations with the United States, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Friday. <Accessed 2020-07-06> 
  • Taiwan Expels Two Chinese Reporters for 'Violations' (2020-07-03)
    (CNA, By Chiu Chun-chin, Lai Yen-hsi, and Kay Liu) According to the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), the two reporters, who arrived in Taiwan in December, had violated regulations regarding Chinese reporters' work in Taiwan because they had hosted televised studio programs, and were not simply working as journalists. <Accessed 2020-07-06> 
  • Canada Suspends Its Extradition Treaty with Hong Kong, Eyes Immigration Boost (2020-07-03)
    (Reuters, By David Ljunggren) Canada is suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in the wake of new Chinese national security legislation and could boost immigration from the former British colony, top officials said on Friday. <Accessed 2020-07-06>
  • U.S. Should Grant Full Diplomatic Recognition to Taiwan: Bolton (2020-07-03)
    (CNA, By Ozzy Yin and Ko Lin) John Bolton, a former national security adviser to United States President Donald Trump, reiterated Thursday that the U.S. should exert "asymmetric" pressure on China, such as by giving full diplomatic recognition to Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-07-06> 
  • Philippines Warns China of ‘Severest Response’ Over Drills (2020-07-03)
    (Associated Press, By Jim Gomez) The Philippine foreign secretary warned China on Friday of “the severest response” if ongoing Chinese military exercises in the disputed South China Sea spill over into Philippine territory. <Accessed 2020-07-06>
  • U.S. House Rep Introduces Taiwan Defense Bill Amid Military Tensions (2020-07-03)
    (CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Emerson Lim) United States Representative Mike Gallagher introduced the House version of the Taiwan Defense Act (TDA) on Wednesday amid Beijing's increased military activities around Taiwan, according to a press release issued by the congressman's office. <Accessed 2020-07-06> 
  • Taiwan Representative to Somaliland Named (2020-07-03)
    (CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Emerson Lim) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) confirmed on Friday that Lou Chen-hwa (羅震華), currently a counselor at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Saudi Arabia, will head the Taiwan Representative Office in Somaliland. <Accessed 2020-07-06>
  • Taiwan Helps Belize with Flood Early Warning System (2020-07-01)
    (Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) Taiwan has helped its diplomatic ally Belize develop an early warning system for floods to boost its resilience against natural disasters, the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-07-06>
  • Taiwan Opens Hong Kong Migration Office in Rebuke to Beijing (2020-07-01)
    (Associated Press) Taiwan on Wednesday opened an office to facilitate migration from Hong Kong following China’s passage of a national security law for the former British colony seen as sharply restricting political opposition and freedom of speech. <Accessed 2020-07-06> 
  • Navy Holds Live-Fire Bombing Drill Off Eastern Taiwan (2020-07-01)
    (CNA, By Matt You and Evelyn Kao) A fleet of F-16 fighter jets, carrying live MK-84 general purpose bombs, departed from Hualien Jiashan Air Base on Wednesday in a drill that simulated bombing enemy ships. <Accessed 2020-07-06>
  • China Demands Info from 4 Media Companies in Response to US (2020-07-01)
    (Associated Press) China has demanded staff and business information from four U.S. media companies including The Associated Press in what it called a necessary response to similar demands by Washington on Chinese state-controlled news outlets. <Accessed 2020-07-06>
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