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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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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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Taipei, Feb. 13 (CNA) Taiwan has been invited to join the newly formed International Religious Freedom Alliance as an observer, alongside the United States and 26 other countries that have full membership, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday. The invitation was issued by Sam Brownback, United States Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, in recognition of Taiwan’s strong interest in participating in the U.S. State Department’s efforts to promote religious freedom around...

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For the past two years, the Taiwanese government has worked hard to be a part of the State Department’s efforts to promote religious freedom around the world. But when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the inauguration of the International Religious Freedom Alliance last week in Washington, Taiwan was intentionally excluded from being part of the 27-country group. “Defending the right of all people to live their lives according to their conscience is one of...

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Taiwan did not need China’s permission to join a WHO expert forum, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday, blasting China for politicizing a public health issue to shift global attention away from its failure to contain an outbreak of COVID-19. The WHO on Tuesday convened a two-day forum in Geneva, Switzerland, on critical research and development of vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics, among other innovations. While the Centers for Disease Control on Monday said...

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The looming 2020 U.S. presidential election will no doubt spark debate about the electoral college yet again, and the delayed and contested results from the Iowa caucus, the first test in the Democratic primary process, have already brought outrage. With that background in mind, the United States could learn a valuable lesson about improving democratic participation and voting processes from Taiwan. At 4:30 p.m. on January 11, 2020, a polling station in a first-floor classroom...

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… Despite an internal public health crisis, Beijing seemed to have realized that it effectively has just held thousands of foreign nationals hostage as it locked down Wuhan, the province of Hubei and beyond. Countries with which China is interested in maintaining friendly relations were able to evacuate their citizens easily. Washington, which paused its pummeling of the Chinese economy after signing a phase-one trade deal with Beijing on January 15th, was able to get...

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… Unfortunately, Taiwan is excluded from WHO participation. So long as Taiwan is absent from the WHO, not only is the healthcare of the Taiwanese people at risk, but the world’s medical community suffers from the loss of a great asset. Taiwan has the best health care system in the world, according to the 2019 edition of the CEOWORLD magazine Health Care Index. Taiwan’s single-payer compulsory health insurance system and novel electronic health record system awe and...