American Citizens for Taiwan: Be Vigilant: China Will Pit The Local Against The Center

… 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 […]

AFP: Pompeo urges US governors to resist China pressure on Taiwan

Washington (AFP) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday urged US governors to resist Chinese pressure to shun Taiwan as he warned that Beijing was increasingly taking its diplomatic battle to the local level. In an address to state leaders gathered in Washington, Pompeo said that President Donald Trump’s administration would step up communication […]

Politico: Pompeo to governors: China is watching you

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a stark message for the governors gathered in Washington this weekend: The Chinese government is watching them, and other state government officials, more closely than they think. Pompeo told some 44 governors at the National Governors Association winter meeting that they are being individually analyzed by at least one […]

Focus Taiwan: Eswatini’s ties with Taiwan firm despite pressure from China: MOFA

… MOFA wishes to express its “sincere appreciation and highest respect” to Eswatini for standing up to China’s efforts at suppression, she said, adding that Beijing was “rudely interfering in the economic activities of another country.” In an undated statement reportedly issued by the Chinese embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, Beijing served notice that visa […]

Inews: The WHO’s refusal to share coronavirus information with Taiwan is a huge mistake

There are some basic rules for dictatorships. First, they always lie. Second, they always kill people. And third, if they say they aren’t killing people, they’re lying. The obvious, traditional targets for secret police and assassins are those felt to be a threat to the regime: dissidents, rivals and journalists. … This pattern repeats the world […]