Taiwan Headlines, Jan. 17

SpaceX will launch two Taiwan-made satellites, the Flying Squirrel and the Yushan, into orbit on Jan. 21.

The Directorate-General of Highways (DGH) has stated that alterations to a vehicle that the KMT had made were illegal.
The party unveiled the truck featuring a pig’s face to promote its referendum drive opposing imports of pork containing traces of ractopamine.
The ears and snout attached to the exterior of the truck are clearly illegal alterations according to Article 16 the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act, according to the DGH.

Residents in Taoyuan’s Zhongli District (中壢) voted to recall DPP Taoyuan City Councilor Wang Hao-yu (王浩宇).
I’ll discuss this more in the next Taiwan Report News Brief

Taiwan on Saturday reported one new domestic COVID-19 case, a nurse working in the same hospital in northern Taiwan with a doctor who was diagnosed earlier this week.

Foreign nationals who entered Taiwan on or before March 21 last year and have been unable to return home because of the pandemic can get a further 30-day extension of stay.

The Japanese government has tightened its border restrictions, temporarily banning the entry of visitors from all countries, including Taiwan, due to the pandemic.

Taiwan Navy’s training mission will not include port calls in the country’s formal diplomatic partners this year as the pandemic shows no sign of easing.

The Journalist, a 34-year-old Chinese language weekly political magazine, has announced that its last print edition will appear on Feb. 4.
The magazine will continue to publish content online.
They basically once re-wrote a piece I wrote that ran in Storm Media two months earlier as their cover story.

Partially state-owned Chunghwa Telecom, the biggest telecom service provider, on reported that net profit last year increased 1.9 percent following the debut of 5G services, its first annual growth since 2015.

Taiwanese crowdfunding campaigns successfully raised more than NT$2.5 billion in 2020.
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Last year’s tax revenue target was missed by 1.7 percent, the first time in eight years the government had missed its target.

In an unusual move, the central bank has repeatedly called on the public and exporters to refrain from selling US dollars, but instead unite to help stabilize the New Taiwan dollar.
The nation’s top monetary policymaker early this week issued the pleas on Facebook.

The Indonesian government has decided to defer the implementation of a new policy that mandates employers of Indonesian workers must pay part of placement costs rather than workers.
It was scheduled to take effect Jan. 15, but is now delayed to July.
Due to the pandemic, no Indonesians are being allowed in.

The New York-based Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has listed a possible conflict between the United States and China over Taiwan as a top-tier concern for the first time in its annual Preventive Priorities Survey.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Thursday held a videoconference with the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Craft, whose trip to Taiwan was cancelled at the last minute as the State Department nixed all overseas trips.
Craft Tweeted “I made clear to President Tsai that the U.S. stands with Taiwan and always will, as friends and partners, standing shoulder to shoulder as pillars of democracy.”
Craft was also spotted entering the General Assembly Hall of the UN with a Formosan black bear doll poking out of her purse.

Taiwan’s representative to Switzerland met with his U.S counterpart on Thursday.
This is the second Taiwanese diplomat to meet a U.S. official after the U.S. ended its restrictions on official contacts with Taiwan on Jan. 9.

A majority of the Danish parliament, not including the government, has proposed that Taiwan should be allowed to return to the WHO.
The Chinese embassy objected.

Image courtesy of the KMT FB page

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