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  • Annexation Advocate unwelcome: MAC (2019-04-22)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng stated that Chinese dissident Wang Xizhe is not welcome in Taiwan due to his advocacy for a China-Taiwan unification by force. President Tsai Ing-wen has given instruction to bar Chinese nationals advocating for using military force against Taiwan from entering Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-04-22> 
  • 'One Person, One Letter' WHA Campaign Launched (2019-04-22)
    (CNA, By Chang Ming-hsuan and Emerson Lim) A private group in Taiwan, LaiPhauTe, recently launched a "one person, one letter" campaign to get Taiwanese to send letters to the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters to push for Taiwan's participation in the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA) conference. The international communities have also voiced their support for Taiwan's participation in the WHA meeting. <Accessed 2019-04-22> 
  • Taiwan Facing Unprecedented Challenges from China: Official (2019-04-22)
    (CNA, By Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao) According to Taiwan's Minister without Portfolio, Audrey Tang, Taiwan's democracy is facing unprecedented challenges from China. Tang remarked that China's increasing pressure and military threats demonstrate that China is seeking to disrupt the established peaceful status quo across the Taiwan Strait. Tang further added that the government is taking measures to deal with the dissemination of fake news in Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-04-22> 
  • British Group 'Concerned' Over Cross-Strait Tension (2019-04-22)
    (Taipei Times/CNA, LONDON) The British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group expressed its concern over two Chinese J-11 fighter jets that flew across the median line of the Taiwan Strait last month. The group remarked that this incident demonstrates that the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait is at stake. <Accessed 2019-04-22> 
  • Ministry Positive about US-Japan Security Meeting (2019-04-22)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it would closely monitor the regional situation after the US and Japan reaffirmed the US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Co-operation and Security to oppose any unilateral action toward changing the East China Sea status quo. MOFA further remarked that Taiwan would continue to work with like-minded nations to safeguard the peace, stability and prosperity in the region. <Accessed 2019-04-22> 
  • Tsai Asked Ko for Support: Report (2019-04-22)
    (Taipei Times, By Tsai Ya-hua and Lee I-chia) An anonymous source stated that president Tsai Ing-wen requested Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chen Ming-wen to ask Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je to support Tsai for her re-election bid. The source further added that Tsai asked Chen to convince Ko to run as her running mate in the 2020 presidential election. <Accessed 2019-04-22> 
  • President, Hon Hai Chairman Trade Barbs on Democracy, Economy (2019-04-22)
    (CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao) Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen and Taiwanese business tycoon Terry Guo debated on issues of democracy and economy. Tsai stated that Guo does not understand democratic values and that a responsible leader must enable the people to build better lives under a free and democratic system. Guo, on the other hand, remarked that Tsai's DPP's type of democracy is a populist democracy as more and more people are facing economic hardship. <Accessed 2019-04-22>  
  • MOFA Looking to Aftermath of U.S.-Japan Security Meeting  (2019-04-20)
    (CNA, By Elaine Hou and Frances Huang)
    Last Friday, the U.S. and Japan held the latest session of the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee in Washington, DC. At the meeting, the two countries jointly expressed opposition to any actions that alter the status quo of the South China Sea. In response, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it will closely monitor the regional situation and work with likeminded countries to support regional peace and stability. <Accessed 2019-04-22> 
  • Polling May Damage DPP Unity: Tsai  (2019-04-20)
    (Taipei Times, By Chang Yi-chen, Yang Hsin-hui, and Jonathan Chin)
    Following the postponement of the DPP presidential primary to May 22, President Tsai Ing-wen said yesterday that using public opinion polls for the primary would hurt the unity of the DPP because competition is not conducive to unity. She said the DPP needs to be united in order to win the general election because that is the only way to preserve Taiwan’s democracy. <Accessed 2019-04-22> 
  • Belize Senate Leader Visits Taiwan to Mark 30 Years of Diplomatic Ties (2019-04-22)
    (CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release that the president of the Belizean Senate, Lee Mark Chang, arrived Monday for a five-day visit, during which he will celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Belize and Taiwan’s diplomatic ties, in addition to establishing a Taiwan-Belize Parliamentary Friendship Group. Chang will also meet with President Tsai Ing-wen and attend a banquet hosted by Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. <Accessed 2019-04-22> 
  • Peace Can Only Be Guaranteed Through Defense: President  (2019-04-22)
    (CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Chung Yu-chen)
    While speaking with the commander-in-chief of the National Commander Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Vincent B.J. Lawrence, President Tsai Ing-wen emphasized the importance of defense capability. Tsai said that military affairs have been one of her top concerns since being in office because defense capability, she believes, is the only way to ensure peace. <Accessed 2019-04-22> 
  • Han Denies that He Demanded Presidential Spot (2019-04-19)
    (Taipei Times, By Wang Jung-hsiung, Chu Pei-hsiung and Johnathan Chin) At a news conference at Kaohsiung City Hall, Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu rejected the allegation that he wrote a letter to Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih demanding that Wu nominates him as KMT's presidential candidate without a primary. Han further remarked that the next Taiwanese president must ensure Taiwan's safety and the people's economic well-being. <Accessed 2019-04-20> 
  • U.S., Japan Express Sympathy over Taiwan Earthquake (2019-04-19)
    (CNA, By Elaine Hou and Chung Yu-chen) The U.S. and Japan expressed their sympathy to the victims of an earthquake that struck Taiwan on Thursday. The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) posted on Facebook stating that the U.S. hopes to support Taiwan during this difficult time. Japan's representative to Taiwan Mikio Numata remarked that Japan will pray for Taiwan's recovery from the earthquake. <Accessed 2019-04-20>  
  • Tsai Touts Her Presidential Credentials in Interview (2019-04-19)
    (CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang, Elaine Hou, and Chung Yu-chen) During an interview with GreenPeace Broadcasting Station, president Tsai Ing-wen remarked that Taiwan's leader should have diplomatic skills to garner support from the international community in facing China's aggression. Tsai further added that Taiwan needs a strong defense capacity to deal with China peacefully. According to Tsai, next year's presidential election will show whether the people wishes to preserve an independent and sovereign Taiwan or seek unification with China. <Accessed 2019-04-20> 
  • KMT Leaving Window Open for Han Kuo-yu Despite Hon Hai Boss's Bid (2019-04-19)
    (CNA, By Yu Hsiang, Cheng Chi-fong and Elizabeth Hsu) Despite many supporters of the Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu urging the Kuomintang (KMT) to directly "draft" Han as the party's presidential candidate, the KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih stated that the party will hold a presidential primary now that Hon Hai's boss Terry Guo has announced his presidential bid. Wu also stated that the party cannot force Han to join the primary if he is unwilling to. <Accessed 2019-04-20> 
  • Taiwan to Tighten Screening of HK, Macao Reporters (2019-04-18)
    (CNA, By Miao Zong-han and Emerson Lim)
    Following several cases of reporters from Hong Kong and Macao illegally conducting media work while on tourist visas, the Mainland Affairs Council has announced that it will tighten the screening process and permit and visa process for certain media workers from Hong Kong and Macao. MAC deputy minister Chiu Chui-cheng said that Taiwan respects the freedom of press but that media activities should not be conducted under false guises. <Accessed 2019-04-18> 
  • AIT Reiterates U.S.’ Neutrality after Gou Announces Presidential Bid (2019-04-18)
    (CNA, By Joseph Yeh)
    In response to Terry Gou’s official announcement that he is competing in the KMT presidential primary, the American Institute in Taiwan Chairman James Moriarty reiterated the U.S.’ neutrality in Taiwan’s 2020 presidential election. Moriarty insisted the U.S. would respect whoever the Taiwanese people chose and believe that Taiwan and the U.S. share key values and interests, regardless of administration. <Accessed 2019-04-18> 
  • U.S.' New Arms Sales will Boost Taiwan Combat Capabilities: Tsai (2019-04-17)
    (CNA, By Yeh Su-ping, Yang Sz-ruei, Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) At a visit to Magong Air Base in Penghu, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that arms sales by the U.S. will help boost Taiwan's military capabilities. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Defense Security Cooperation Agency issued a statement stating that the State Department has approved a possible US$500 million arms deal with Taiwan that includes pilot training program and logistics support for F-16 aircraft. (Accessed 2019-04-18> 
  • Bills on Cross-Strait Deals Flawed: Union (2019-04-17)
    (Taipei Times, By Ann Maxon) The Economic Democracy Union remarked that the proposed bills by both the ruling and opposition parties to monitor cross-strait agreements are seriously flawed. Union convener Lai Chung-chiang explained that none of the proposed bills guarantee legislative oversight, public participation, transparency or a preliminary impact evaluation for cross-strait deals signed before their actual enactment. <Accessed 2019-04-18> 
  • China's Insistence on Force 'Destabilizes Ties' (2019-04-17)
    (Taipei Times, By Stacy Hsu) During a keynote speech at the Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue, former U.S. House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan remarked that China's persistence on using force against Taiwan is the most destabilizing factor of cross-strait relations. Ryan also stated that the international community is watching whether China treats Taiwan with the respect that it deserves as this will further show whether China can take on the leadership role globally. <Accessed 2019-04-18> 
  • Arms Sale in Line with Taiwan Relations Act: U.S. (2019-04-17)
    (CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Flor Wang) The U.S. Department of State has confirmed its approval for a US$500 million arms sale to Taiwan. The State Department explained that the arms deal is in line with the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and the United States' support for Taiwan's self-defense capabilities, particularly in light of China's increasing aggression toward Taiwan. <Accessed 2019-04-18> 
  • Saint Kitts Prime Minister in Taipei to Improve Ties (2019-04-17)
    (Taipei Times, By Su Yung-yao and Jake Chung) Saint Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Timothy Harris is in Taipei to discuss measures to strengthen bilateral ties between both nations. Besides praising Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen for her "extraordinary leadership", Harris also stated that his country continues to support Taiwan's participation at international events. <Accessed 2019-04-18> 
  • Taiwan Should Get Invite to Interpol Assembly: MOFA (2019-04-17)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesman Andrew Lee remarked that Taiwan should be invited to participate in the International Criminal Police Organization's (Interpol) general assembly in Chile in October. Lee explained that since Taiwan does not belong to China, Taiwan should not be represented by China on the international stage. <Accessed 2019-04-18>
  • Terry Gou Touts Willingness to Run in KMT Presidential Primary (2019-04-17)
    (CNA, By Yu Hsiang, Liang Pei-chi, Wang Hong-kuo and Evelyn Kao) Taiwanese tycoon Terry Guo, chairman of Hon Hai Precision Industry Company, announced that he is willing to take part in the Kuomintang (KMT) primary. Meanwhile, the KMT has to resolve Guo's eligibility to participate in the KMT primary due to his lapsed party membership, as Guo did not re-register in 2000. <Accessed 2019-04-18>
  • Bills on Oversight of Cross-Strait Agreements Pass Committee Stage (2019-04-17)
    (CNA, By Chen Chun-hua and Emerson Lim) On Wednesday, the Legislature's Internal Administration Committee passed a few versions of a bill that seeks to monitor cross-strait agreements. However, there was no consensus on the title or other aspects of the proposed bill. The bill will allow the Taiwanese public to participate and monitor cross-strait agreements. <Accessed 2019-04-18> 
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