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Canadian Conservative Party lawmakers on Sunday challenged the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) over its exclusion of Taiwan. Canadian Member of Parliament Michael Cooper reiterated in a Tweet that Taiwan is a sovereign state and challenged the ICAO’s characterization of the nation as a “province of China.” “#ICAO this characterization is wrong. #Taiwan is NOT a province of China. TAIWAN is TAIWAN. Democratic & sovereign,” Cooper wrote. In a session of parliament on Jan. 29,...

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TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan urged the World Health Organization on Tuesday not to be “kidnapped” by China, as more countries put travel curbs on its citizens because the health agency groups the island’s coronavirus cases with China in the battle on the outbreak. Taiwan has reported just 22 cases, versus China’s figure of more than 72,400, but the self-ruled island shares the agency’s classification of China as “very high risk”, since the WHO considers Taiwan...

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… What is more surprising, however, is that many Taiwanese themselves do not sufficiently appreciate their own country. Taiwanese often ask me with a puzzled look, why I live in Taiwan. Over time, I have come to believe this reflects both a native modesty, but also perhaps a misperception of Taiwan’s place in the world, a lack of knowledge of the extraordinary accomplishments of their own country, and to some extent therefore a lack of...

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A think tank affiliated with the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Friday held an advisory meeting on cross-strait discourse, at which some people said that the party should take a “constructive localization route” that prioritizes Taiwan and its people. Participants said that the KMT should end its “comprador culture” and rediscover its role as a platform for cross-strait communication, the National Policy Foundation said in a statement. The KMT cares considerably about the democratization of...

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As threats of military aggression from China grow, the island nation of Taiwan needs a credible military deterrent more than ever. But Taiwan’s military is in a crisis it can barely admit exists. Even as the military refits itself with flashy U.S. arms purchases, such as M1 Abrams tanks and F-16V fighter jets, its front-line units are hollowed out, and the entire reserve system is so dysfunctional that few experts or serving military personnel believe...

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… The deals with Kaohsiung were only part of Beijing’s efforts — it also wooed Nantou and Hualien, local governments run by non-ruling party politicians. The purpose of these policies, generally trade and tourism sweeteners, is to build support for Beijing in local areas, and to create centers of resistance and evasion towards Taiwan’s central government China policy. Beijing has not reserved this policy for Taiwan alone. In fact, it is a strategy that it...

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Washington, Feb. 13 (CNA) United States Senator Ted Cruz introduced Thursday a bill that would allow Taiwanese diplomats and military people to display Taiwan’s flag and wear their uniform while in the U.S. on official business. The new bill, titled the Taiwan Symbols of Sovereignty (Taiwan SOS) Act, was submitted to ease the U.S.’s ban against displaying “symbols of Taiwan’s sovereignty,” according to a statement on the senator’s website. “This reverses the Obama administration policy,...

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Taipei, Feb. 14 (CNA) Dozens of friends and family members of Taiwanese citizens stuck in the coronavirus epicenter of Wuhan in China’s Hubei Province rallied in downtown Taipei Friday to urge the Taiwan government to help their loved ones to get home. Over 50 people carried placards and signs outside the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) that read “I want to come home” to show the desire of Taiwanese in Wuhan to leave the city, which...

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Taiwan has a frequently acrimonious relationship with the government of China, but the country’s response to the novel coronavirus outbreak has almost entirely steered clear of the discrimination toward Chinese nationals seen in countries throughout the world. Taiwan’s government has also shied away from politicizing the virus, focusing mainly on a successful domestic containment strategy and calling on the international community to back its inclusion in the World Health Organization (WHO). A Taiwanese presence at...