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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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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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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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The Philippine government yesterday decided to remove Taiwan from a temporary travel ban, its second reversal this month amid an outbreak of COVID-19 in China and the shadow of Beijing’s influence. “The [Philippine presidential] palace confirms that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease has resolved to lift the travel restrictions imposed upon Taiwan, effective immediately,” Philippine presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a statement relayed by the Manila Economic and...

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When, in late 2018, Zdenek Hrib was named the new mayor of Prague, few predicted that he would refashion Czech politics, and certainly not over the rather trivial issue of who is the capital city’s international sister city. As a politician from the anti-establishment Pirate Party, the third largest in the Czech Republic, Hrib had long been critical of China’s human rights record. After he became mayor, Tibetan flags flew across the capital, while he...

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A petition to recall Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) has garnered 270,639 signatures since it began on Jan. 29, bolstering confidence that a goal of 300,000 would be met this weekend before the documents are submitted to the Kaohsiung Election Commission, petition organizers said yesterday. The New Power Party alone submitted more than 10,000 signatures on Thursday, said petition organizing group WeCare Kaohsiung, which, along with the Taiwan Statebuilding Party, this week continued the signature...

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Hopefully, the US would recognize Taiwan and establish formal diplomatic ties with the nation, Legislative Speaker Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃) said yesterday at a meeting with American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Brent Christensen. … Thanking the US for the support it has lent Taiwan to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Yu called on the US to support the nation’s participation at the WHO and to sign a bilateral free-trade agreement. The nation has long...