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  • US to Block Cotton from China Region Targeted in Crackdown (2021-01-13)
    (Associated Press, By Ben Fox) The U.S. government announced Wednesday that it will halt imports of cotton and tomatoes from the Uighur region of China in its most sweeping action yet to pressure the Communist Party over its campaign against ethnic minorities. 
  • Trade Deal Still Key, Ministry Says After US Comment (2021-01-13)
    (Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) Striving for a bilateral trade agreement with the US remains key to the government’s diplomatic work, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday, after outgoing US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer said that trade disputes with Taiwan have not been resolved. 
  • Huawei Patent Mentions Use of Uighur-Spotting Tech (2021-01-13)
    (BBC, By Leo Kelion) A Huawei patent has been brought to light for a system that identifies people who appear to be of Uighur origin among images of pedestrians. The filing is one of several of its kind involving leading Chinese technology companies, discovered by a US research company and shared with BBC News. 
  • Navy Cancels Port Visits to Allies Over COVID-19 Concerns (2021-01-12)
    (CNA, By Matt Yu and Chung Yu-chen) Taiwan Navy's midshipmen crusing training mission will not include port calls in the country's diplomatic allies this year as the COVID-19 pandemic shows no sign of easing, a military source said Tuesday.
  • Three Chinese Military Planes Enter Taiwan's ADIZ (2021-01-12)
    (CNA, By Matt Yu and Chung Yu-chen) Three Chinese military aircraft entered the southwest corner of Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • Citing Biden Transition, U.S. Cancels U.N. Envoy's Trip to Taiwan (2021-01-12)
    (Reuters, By Michelle Nichols, Humeyra Pamuk) A cancellation of all travel by the U.S. State Department this week includes a planned visit to Taiwan by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft, a State Department spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
  • China’s New Rules Could Hit U.S. Firms and Send a Message to Biden (2021-01-09)
    (New York Times, By Amy Qin) China fired back at the Trump administration on Saturday with new rules that would punish global companies for complying with Washington’s tightening restrictions on doing business with Chinese companies. 
  • Air Force Command Receives Upgraded Hsiung Feng-2E Missile System (2021-01-11)
    (CNA, By Matt Yu and Ko Lin) A small batch of upgraded Hsiung Feng-2E surface-to-surface cruise missiles, which Taiwan hopes will give it a stronger deterrent against China's military threat, has been delivered for use by an active Air Force unit, a military source said Monday. 
  • U.S. Eases Restrictions on Officials’ Dealings With Taiwan (2021-01-09)
    (WSJ, By William Mauldin) The U.S. on Saturday eased restrictions governing diplomats’ and other officials’ dealings with Taiwan officials, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. 
  • Biden Committed to Strong, Principled Support for Taiwan (2021-01-10)
    (CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Joseph Yeh) An official with United States President-elect Joe Biden's transition team said Saturday that Biden believes American support for Taiwan must remain "strong, principled, and bipartisan," and he will work to ensure that.
  • Chinese Early Warning Aircraft Intrudes into Taiwan’s ADIZ (2021-01-08)
    (Taiwan News, By Eric Chang) A Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Thursday (Jan. 7), marking the sixth intrusion this month.
  • Taiwan to Extend Defensive Perimeter to 300-500 Km by 2025: Think Tank (2021-01-10)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwan is expected to effectively extend its defensive perimeter to 300-500 kilometers by 2025, when its first indigenous submarine and longer-range missiles from the United States are expected to be in service, according to a government-funded think tank.
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        • Gen. Vance Falls for Grand Strategy to Confront China and Russia (2021-01-11)
          (Globe and Mail, By Robert Fife) At this time, Gen. Vance said, there is no indication China will invade Taiwan, even though the People’s Liberation Army has stepped up cyberattacks and used its warplanes and navy to harass the self-governing island of 24 million almost on a daily basis. But he said the West needs to put plans in place to make sure Beijing understands that there will be consequences if it uses force against Taiwan. 
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