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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 publicly supporting Taiwan’s bid to join the WHO, as well as other international friends who have recently voiced support for...

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… 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 and condolences to the people affected by the Wuhan pneumonia epidemic in China. Wherever we can, we are willing to...

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… 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 adopt reforms and respond quickly to shifts in public opinion, Chiang told a news conference in Taipei. The party must...

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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 not providing crucial information to Taiwan due to pressure from China and gets banned from ICAO on Twitter (as was...

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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 not providing crucial information to Taiwan due to pressure from China and gets banned from ICAO on Twitter (as was...

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… 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 the capability to impose a blockade on Taiwan and conduct multi-dimensional operations to seize our offshore islands.” The 2019 National...

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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 Year holiday … Local Chinese-language media have reported that Deputy Legislative Speaker Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) is likely to stay in...

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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 of Taiwan goes against their stated principles of fairness, inclusion, and transparency,” the committee said in a Twitter post. The...

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The UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has been blocking users who raise the issue of Taiwan on Twitter. Jessica Drun, who works for a US think tank, found she had been blocked on Saturday after she tweeted about the need for Taiwan’s inclusion in UN bodies in light of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. … Her original tweet called upon the UN to recognise the country: “Want to drive the point home that two orgs,...

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… 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 (馬曉光) issued a news release on Tuesday afternoon, stating that China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) received...