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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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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...

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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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The outbreak of a new illness caused by a coronavirus—one that threatens a global pandemic, although the World Health Organization (WHO) has yet to declare it a “global emergency”—is drawing attention to Taiwan’s continuing exclusion, at China’s insistence, from the WHO and other international organizations. When the WHO once again failed to issue Taipei an invitation to the annual World Health Assembly in May 2019, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu described the decision as “morally wrong.” In...

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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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TAIPEI (Reuters) – Three U.S. Air Force planes, including two B-52 bombers, flew near Taiwan on Wednesday, the island’s defense ministry said, after Taiwan’s air force scrambled earlier in the week to intercept Chinese jets. … Speaking in Singapore, a senior U.S. State Department official, Clarke Cooper, referred to the Chinese flights and told CNBC it was “completely inappropriate of China to take such an aggressive act.” “That aggressive act is not just a reflection...

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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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Michael Turton (麥哲恩) is back from vacation, and he and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) bring a wide-ranging show. The government responds well to the Wuhan coronavirus, a few comments on the KMT chair race and the Han recall campaign looks like it will have enough signatures to trigger a recall election by Feb 16. The New Taipei City government is making it harder for the government to decommission the Chinshan Nuclear Plant. The information...

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Michael Turton (麥哲恩) is back from vacation, and he and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) bring a wide-ranging show. The government responds well to the Wuhan coronavirus, a few comments on the KMT chair race and the Han recall campaign looks like it will have enough signatures to trigger a recall election by Feb 16. The New Taipei City government is making it harder for the government to decommission the Chinshan Nuclear Plant. The information...