Taipei Times: Virus Fears: Canada and Japan endorse WHO bid

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday thanked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for their support of Taiwan’s bid to join the WHO as the number of confirmed 2019 novel coronavirus cases in the nation increased to nine. “Particularly, I want to thank the US, Canada, Japan and other countries for […]

Reuters: Taiwan repeats virus help offer to China, says wants its people home

… After Taiwan vice president-elect William Lai offered China help on Sunday, President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday repeated that offer and extended her sympathies to China, whose government has refused to have anything to do with her, believing she wants to push for the island’s formal independence. “Based on humanitarian considerations, we express our concern […]

Taipei Times: Johnny Chiang registers for KMT election

… Representing the KMT’s younger faction, Chiang was the first to take the application and pay the required NT$2 million (US$66,057) fee, while former KMT vice chairman Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), seen as Chiang’s main opponent, is expected to pick up a form today. If the KMT wants to become the ruling party again, it should […]

Podcast: Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 台灣時事 01-28-2020 Episode 30

This week Michael Turton (麥哲恩) is on vacation (but still is with us this week with a new article on Report.tw), so Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) is joined by Scott Ellinger (陳鷹), former US military and AIT official. Dragonslayer Jessica Drun took on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the World Health Organization over […]

Video: Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 台灣時事 01-28-2020 Episode 30

This week Michael Turton (麥哲恩) is on vacation (but still is with us this week with a new article on Report.tw), so Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) is joined by Scott Ellinger (陳鷹), former US military and AIT official. Dragonslayer Jessica Drun took on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the World Health Organization over […]

Ketagalan Media: Opportunities and Challenges for US-Taiwan Relations

… How times have changed. Assessments of China’s military threat to Taiwan today are far direr. In its 2013 National Defense Report, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense argued that China “plans to build comprehensive capabilities for using military force against Taiwan by 2020.” Four years later, in its Quadrennial Defense Review, MND reported, “the PLA now possesses […]

Taipei Times: DPP likely to name Yu Shyi-kun new legislative speaker

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus is scheduled to hold a preparatory meeting for the new legislative session today, when DPP legislators are likely to nominate DPP legislator-at-large-elect Yu Shyi-kun as legislative speaker. Yu, who served as premier from 2002 to 2005, reportedly met with DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) before the Lunar New […]

Taipei Times: US House committee blasts ICAO over Taiwan issue

The US House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs on Monday denounced the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for blocking Twitter accounts that criticized the organization’s continued exclusion of Taiwan during a global public health crisis. “The United Nation’s @icao plays a valuable role in ensuring aviation security. But silencing voices that oppose ICAO’s exclusion […]

Taiwan News: China refuses Taiwan’s requests to evacuate citizens from Wuhan

… Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) have requested that Taiwanese trapped in Wuhan, the center of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, be allowed to return home via charter flights, the report said. However, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) has refused the requests, according to the chinatimes.com report. TAO Spokesman Ma Xiaoguang […]