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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...

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As Taiwan progresses toward its goal of 20% of power generation from renewable energy sources, the shortcomings of solar and wind are becoming increasingly evident. Solar power requires vast swathes of land, a precious commodity in Taiwan, and offshore wind is costly and environmentally disruptive. Both are also intermittent, generating large amounts of power when conditions are good but at times dropping to zero. Some experts suggest that Taiwan’s concentration on solar and wind power...

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The government has issued the first vehicle license plate to be used in autonomous vehicle trials since it began to enforce the Act for Uncrewed Vehicle Technology Innovations and Experiments (無人載具科技創新實驗條例) in October last year, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said yesterday. Earlier this month, Kinwaytek Technology Co, a subsidiary of Chunghwa Telecom Co, received the nation’s first license plate for autonomous vehicle trials. Lin and several other government officials were yesterday...

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Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday approved relief measures totaling at least NT$60 billion (US$2 billion) for sectors affected by an outbreak of COVID-19 in China, including coupons that can be used at night markets and shopping districts. Relief funds would come in two forms: appropriation from existing budgets of agencies concerned with relief efforts and a planned special budget, which would have a ceiling of NT$60 billion, Executive Yuan spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka said. … If...

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The 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak is expected to drive more multinational companies to shift their production bases from China in a bid to mitigate the effects of supply chain disruption, benefiting nations like Taiwan and Vietnam, DBS Bank Ltd (星展銀行) said on Thursday. The outbreak is creating uncertainty for companies in the Chinese market and weakening their confidence in the Chinese government, ranging from governance, healthcare infrastructure, mass communication, environmental protection and other related issues,...

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SETN is reporting that when asked about changing the name of China Airlines to avoid confusion overseas, Transport Minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) replied that although the Transport Ministry is the largest shareholder in the airline, it would be better to get a consensus with the general public, then discuss the issue. Clearly Taiwan having a flagship airline with the name China Airlines is confusing, and with widespread fear over the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus...

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Taipei, Feb. 10 (CNA) Taiwan’s first domestically built rocket, the HAPITH-1, will be launched in the eastern county of Taitung on Feb. 13, the developer Taiwan Innovative Space Inc. (TiSPACE), said Monday. The rocket will be launched at 6 a.m. in the county’s Nantian Village, home to a community of the indigenous Paiwan people, and the ceremony will include a traditional Paiwan blessing, TiSPACE said. The HAPITH-1 was scheduled to be launched Dec. 27 last...

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Although the nation’s first 5G auction will not be concluded until its second phase ends on Feb. 21, the bids generated in the first phase of the auction — NT$138.08 billion (US$4.56 billion) in total — have sparked concerns about the future of the nation’s telecommunications industry and whether 5G services can be made available at an affordable price. Bids quickly surged to NT$26.77 billion when the auction began on Dec. 10 and rose rapidly,...

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Shelley Rigger, professor of political science at Davidson College, talks about the outcome of Taiwan’s elections. President Tsai Ing-wen of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party won a landslide victory over China-friendly opposition challenger Han Kuo-yu to clinch a second term in elections Saturday. Rigger speaks with Bloomberg’s Stephen Engle on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia.” (Source: Bloomberg) Watch video: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2020-01-13/how-would-tsai-s-election-win-affect-taiwan-china-relations-video?fbclid=IwAR2-aqRxLmrIyww4Y4-m3TWySE2UvyXg-ON1ADo5zN1tGVab2zD0-Wy5vR0