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- Taiwan confirms another case of Wuhan virus CNA 31 Jan 2020 -- Another case of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was confirmed in Taiwan on Friday, bringing the number of cases in the country to 10, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
- 2 Taiwanese in China confirmed to have coronavirus infection CNA 31 Jan 2020 -- Two Taiwanese nationals in China were confirmed Friday to be infected with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), according to the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan's top government agency handling cross-Taiwan Strait affairs.
- Tigerair Taiwan cancels flights to Macau amid coronavirus fear CNA 31 Jan 2020 -- Tigerair Taiwan, a subsidiary of Taiwan's China Airlines, will cancel some of its flights to Macau next month following the outbreak of a new form of coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan and its spread to other countries.
- Over 30,000 surgical masks seized in outbound postal packages CNA 31 Jan 2020 -- More than 30,000 surgical face masks found in 123 postal packages bound for overseas have been seized by authorities in a single day, the Aviation Police Bureau said Friday.
- Taiwan thanks EU for supporting its participation in the WHO CNA 31 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Friday thanked the European Union (EU) for supporting Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization (WHO), amid a growing international response to a new form of coronavirus.
- Virus fears lead DBS to raise Taiwan GDP growth forecast 'modestly' CNA 31 Jan 2020 -- Amid concerns over the spread of a new type of coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China's Hubei Province, Singapore-based DBS Group said on Friday that it upgraded its forecast of Taiwan's gross domestic product (GDP) growth for 2020 "only modestly."
- Taiwan thanks Abe, Trudeau for supporting WHO bid CNA 30 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan's foreign ministry on Thursday thanked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for supporting Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization (WHO) in light of the global health crisis represented by the outbreak of a new coronavirus in China.
- Taiwan confirms second domestic case of Wuhan coronavirus CNA 30 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan on Thursday confirmed its second domestic case of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was spread in a family setting in central Taiwan, bringing the total number of patients to nine.
- Taiwan to extend halt on all tours to China until end of February CNA 30 Jan 2020 -- The suspension of all tours to China imposed on Taiwanese travel agencies will be further extended until the end of February as cases of the novel coronavirus continue to increase, the Tourism Bureau said Thursday.
- Face masks should be prioritized for at-risk groups: vice president CNA 30 Jan 2020 -- In the wake of recent reports of face mask shortages at convenience stores in Taiwan, Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁), an epidemiologist by training, said Thursday that for the average person, wearing a surgical face mask is not entirely necessary to prevent contracting the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
- Taiwan prepares for long battle against new coronavirus CNA 30 Jan 2020 -- Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) issued instructions to relevant agencies in preparation for the long battle to contain a new form of coronavirus during a cabinet meeting Thursday, the Executive Yuan said in a press release.
- Efforts continue to secure return of Taiwanese in Hubei: MAC CNA 30 Jan 2020 -- The government will continue to explore the feasibility of using a charter flight to bring home 400 Taiwanese in the Chinese province of Hubei, which the Chinese government has placed on lockdown in an effort to contain the deadly coronavirus outbreak, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday.
- President Says Taiwan Must Join World Health Organization to Fight Coronavirus Radio Free Asia 30 Jan 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen called on Thursday for Taiwan to be allowed to join the World Health Organization (WHO), saying the democratic island is at the "front line" of the coronavirus epidemic that has seen tens of millions of people quarantined in central China.
- Government taking steps to guarantee surgical face mask supply: Premier CNA 29 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan's Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Wednesday said the government is taking measures to guarantee the domestic supply of surgical face masks, and urged the public not to hoard masks amid fears over the spread of a new form of coronavirus.
- Supply of surgical masks to return to normal soon: convenience stores CNA 29 Jan 2020 -- Convenience store chains across Taiwan assured the public Wednesday that the domestic supply of surgical face masks will become more stable once businesses return to normal on Thursday, following the end of the Lunar New Year holiday.
- Taiwan confirms first domestic case of Wuhan coronavirus CNA 28 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan on Tuesday confirmed its first domestic case of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
- Two more imported cases of Wuhan coronavirus reported in Taiwan CNA 28 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported two new imported cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed imported cases in Taiwan to seven.
- Taiwan records fifth case of new coronavirus infection CNA 27 Jan 2020 -- Another Taiwanese woman who returned from the Chinese city of Wuhan has been diagnosed with the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the fifth such confirmed case in Taiwan, according to the Taiwan Centers of Disease Control (CDC) Monday.
- Taiwan records fourth case of new coronavirus infection CNA 27 Jan 2020 -- A Taiwanese woman who had recently been to the Chinese city of Wuhan was diagnosed Sunday with the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the fourth such confirmed case in Taiwan.
- Taiwan tightens restrictions on people with recent Hubei travel history CNA 26 Jan 2020 -- People arriving in Taiwan who have recently been to Hubei province in China will now be subject to compulsory home confinement for 14 days, the government announced Sunday as it continues to beef up its preventive efforts against the deadly 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
- Taiwan extends highest travel warning to Hubei over epidemic CNA 25 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control on Saturday extended its highest travel warning to China's Hubei province due to concerns over a coronavirus epidemic that originated in the provincial capital of Wuhan.
- Tours to China halted amid deadly virus outbreak CNA 25 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan's Tourism Bureau has notified travel agencies to suspend their tours to China after Beijing ordered a halt to inbound and outbound group tours amid the outbreak of a deadly respiratory virus in that country.
- Taiwan widens criteria for reporting suspected cases of coronavirus CNA 24 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan's government on Friday widened its requirements for reporting suspected cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and urged Taiwanese returning from China for the Lunar New Year to avoid visiting crowded places, as part of its preventive efforts against the deadly disease that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
- WHO officials questioned over Taiwan's exclusion from virus response CNA 24 Jan 2020 -- Officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) were questioned Thursday about Taiwan's exclusion from the organization and its global disease prevention efforts amid escalating fears over the spread of a new coronavirus that originated in China.
- Taiwan aware of Chinese fighters flying close to its territory: MND CNA 23 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said it was closely monitoring military activity by China on Thursday, when several Chinese fighter jets flew over the Bashi Channel south of Taiwan.
- Taiwan closes borders to current, former Wuhan residents CNA 23 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan tightened its border control Thursday, mandating a health declaration by all visitors from China and banning the entry of residents of the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of a deadly new coronavirus.
- Taiwan bans entry of visitors from Wuhan on coronavirus fears CNA 22 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Wednesday that visitors from Wuhan will not be permitted to enter Taiwan for the time being, as the government is seeking to prevent the spread of a deadly new coronavirus that originated in the central China city.
- President urges China to share Wuhan virus information CNA 22 Jan 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) called on China Wednesday to inform Taiwan about the spread of a deadly new coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan and said the World Health Organization (WHO) should not exclude Taiwan from the global efforts to contain the virus.
- Australia denies using Chinese spy case to influence Taiwan elections CNA 22 Jan 2020 -- The Australian representative office in Taipei said Tuesday that its government's disclosure of a case involving a self-confessed spy from China, who was seeking asylum in Canberra late last year, was not aimed at influencing Taiwan's general elections, as has been alleged.
- Taiwan raises travel alert for Wuhan over deadly coronavirus CNA 21 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) upgraded its travel alert for Wuhan Tuesday, following the report of the country's first confirmed case of a new type of coronavirus, carried by a Taiwanese woman who was recently in the central Chinese city.
- Taiwan confirms 1st Wuhan coronavirus case CNA 21 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan on Tuesday reported its first confirmed case of a new type of coronavirus, carried by a Taiwanese woman who was recently in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
- Premier urges public not to panic after 1st Wuhan virus case confirmed CNA 21 Jan 2020 -- Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Tuesday urged the public to remain calm and not panic after Taiwan reported the first confirmed case of a new type of coronavirus earlier in the day, carried by a Taiwanese woman who was recently in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
- Tsai could consider meeting with Xi on equal basis CNA 21 Jan 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Monday she could consider meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) as long as the two met on an equal footing.
- Political party associated with Chen Shui-bian disbanded CNA 20 Jan 2020 -- The Taiwan Action Party Alliance (TAPA), a party established in August 2019 that had former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) as its spiritual leader, announced its disbanding on Monday.
- Taiwan not part of China as claimed by Myanmar, Beijing: MOFA CNA 19 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan's foreign ministry on Sunday pushed back against a joint statement between Beijing and Myanmar that said Taiwan was undisputedly part of China's territory.
- U.S. Senate's Taiwan Caucus congratulates Tsai on reelection CNA 18 Jan 2020 -- Members of the Taiwan Caucus in the United States Senate on Friday sent a congratulatory letter to President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on her reelection to a second term in the Jan. 11 presidential election.
- US warship sails Taiwan Strait after new China trade pact, Taiwan election Press TV 17 Jan 2020 -- The US Navy has declared transit of another one of its warships through the Taiwan Strait, even after a new US-China trade pact and the re-election of Taiwan's anti-China president, in a move likely to irk Beijing.
- China Closely Monitoring US Navy Ship That Sailed in Taiwan Strait After Trade Deal Sputnik 17 Jan 2020 -- Earlier in the week, US President Donald Trump met with Chinese Vice Premier Liu to sign the Phase One Trade deal, the first step to ending a trade war between the two economic superpowers.
- Adhering to 1992 Consensus unshakable foundation for peaceful, stable cross-Strait ties: spokesman Global Times 16 Jan 2020 -- Adhering to the 1992 Consensus that embodies the one-China principle is the unshakable foundation for the peaceful and stable development of relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, a mainland spokesperson said Wednesday.
- 'Reunification by force' sentiment provoked by DPP: spokesperson Global Times 16 Jan 2020 -- The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Taiwan secessionist forces have provoked a growing sentiment in the Chinese mainland to reunify the island of Taiwan by military force, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council said on Wednesday.
- President Tsai appoints new Chief of the General Staff CNA 15 Jan 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) appointed Commander of the Republic of China (ROC) Navy Admiral Huang Shu-kuang (黃曙光) to the post of Chief of the General Staff Wednesday.
- Taiwan's 52 Black Hawk helicopters resume operations CNA 15 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan's 52 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters have resumed operations after being grounded following a Black Hawk helicopter crash in northern Taiwan on Jan. 2, the military said Wednesday.
- China's response to Tsai's cross-strait proposals impractical: MAC CNA 15 Jan 2020 -- Taipei said Wednesday that China's reaffirmation of the "1992 consensus" earlier in the day in response to President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) proposal for positive cross-strait interactions was not in keeping with the democratic wishes of the Taiwan people.
- Taiwanese say Beijing should hold dialogue with DPP: poll CNA 15 Jan 2020 -- A majority of Taiwanese think that Beijing should again hold a dialogue with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after its victory in the Jan. 11 presidential and legislative elections, according to the results of a survey released Wednesday.
- China reaffirms '1992 consensus' after Tsai's re-election CNA 15 Jan 2020 -- China on Wednesday officially responded to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) proposal for positive cross-strait interactions after her re-election, by reaffirming its adherence to the "1992 consensus."
- Chinese mainland's policy toward Taiwan clear, consistent Global Times 15 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan regional elections results cannot change the fact that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson with Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council said at a press conference on Wednesday.
- Tsai claims Taiwan independent in serious escalation with China Press TV 15 Jan 2020 -- Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has raised the ante in her policy of brinksmanship, saying China must accept that Taiwan is already independent.
- KMT chairman resigns amid heated calls for party reform CNA 15 Jan 2020 -- Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) resigned Wednesday effective immediately, amid heated protests outside the headquarters by younger party members calling for reform following the party's crushing defeat in the Jan. 11 elections.
- President reassures public after Anti-infiltration Act takes effect CNA 15 Jan 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Wednesday attempted to reassure the public that the Anti-infiltration Act will not affect nationals who conduct legal exchanges with Chinese counterparts, after officially promulgating the act into law earlier in the day.
- 2020 ELECTIONS / Hong Kong protests a key factor in election results: scholars CNA 14 Jan 2020 -- The Hong Kong protests were a key factor impacting the results of the recent presidential and legislative elections in Taiwan, local scholars have said.
- Prague, Taipei Sign Sister-City Deal as Shanghai Cuts Ties in Response Radio Free Asia 14 Jan 2020 -- The mayor of the Czech capital has signed a sister-city agreement with Taiwan's capital Taipei, rejecting China as "an unreliable partner" in the wake of President Tsai Ing-wen's election victory at the weekend.
- Separatists will remain notorious in history: Chinese FM PLA Daily 14 Jan 2020 -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters here on Monday during his visit to Africa that the governments and leaders of the African countries he visited clearly stated that they adhere to the one-China principle and clearly pointed out that Taiwan is an integral part of China.
- Young KMT members urge party to review position on China policy CNA 13 Jan 2020 -- The heavy defeat suffered by the Kuomintang (KMT) in Saturday's presidential and legislative elections has sparked calls for internal reforms and a review of its stance on relations with China from its younger members.
- Premier Su Tseng-chang to stay in post CNA 13 Jan 2020 -- Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) will continue to serve as the country's premier after President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) asked him to remain in the post earlier in the day, a Presidential Office spokesman said Monday.
- China likely to increase pressure against Taiwan: analysts CNA 13 Jan 2020 -- China is likely to increase its pressure on Taiwan on many fronts as a result of Saturday's presidential and legislative elections, foreign and local analysts who observed the polls said at a workshop Sunday afternoon.
- Cross-Straits situation needs pragmatism Global Times 13 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan regional leader Tsai Ing-wen won by a landslide in the island's regional leadership elections, and her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) took more than half of the "legislative" seats. We should interpret Taiwan's public opinion objectively to make sure our overall understanding of the Taiwan society is accurate.
- China slams US, other states for congratulating Tawain's Tsai on election win Press TV 13 Jan 2020 -- Beijing has slammed the United States and other states for breaching the 'One China' policy by offering congratulations to President Tsai Ing-wen of self-ruled Taiwan on her re-election.
- Chinese Official Says Taiwan Election Brings '10,000-Year Stink' of Separatism Radio Free Asia 13 Jan 2020 -- After Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen swept to a landslide victory in Saturday's general elections, China said on Monday that the democratic island's "separatists" would "leave a 10,000-year stink."
- China Relations Stumble after Beijing Skeptic Wins Reelection in Taiwan VOA 13 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan's ever-testy relations with China stumbled again after a Beijing skeptic was reelected to the presidency and her party grabbed a legislative majority Saturday, but analysts and officials in Taipei say this dip won't go as deep as others.
- China urges countries to abide by one-China principle after Taiwan leadership election People's Daily 13 Jan 2020 -- China opposes any forms of official ties between Taiwan and countries that have diplomatic relations with China, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Sunday, urging countries to abide by the one-China principle.
- 2020 ELECTIONS / China asked to respect Taiwan's election results CNA 12 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan's top government agency handling cross-strait affairs, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), on Saturday called on Beijing to respect Taiwan's election results and return to the right path of benevolent interactions between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.
- 2020 ELECTIONS / International community congratulates Tsai on re-election CNA 12 Jan 2020 -- The United States and members of the international community on Saturday congratulated President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on her re-election in Taiwan's 2020 presidential election.
- Tsai urged to be more pragmatic Global Times 12 Jan 2020 -- After Taiwan's incumbent regional leader Tsai Ing-wen swept a landslide victory in the island's regional elections on Saturday, senior officials from the UK and the US sent out congratulations with an intention of continuously playing "Taiwan card" in containing the Chinese mainland. However, Chinese mainland officials and analysts reiterated that any separatist attempts are doomed to fail.
- China opposes certain countries' congratulatory messages on Taiwan regional elections: FM Global Times 12 Jan 2020 -- China on Sunday expressed strong opposition to senior officials from countries having diplomatic ties with China who sent congratulations to re-elected Tsai Ing-wen. Taiwan elections are a sub-national affair in China, and the move by those officials violates the one-China principle, Chinese foreign ministry said.
- Beijing says Taiwan still part of 'one China' Press TV 12 Jan 2020 -- China says its policy regarding Taiwan will not change, following the reelection of anti-China Tsai Ing-wen as the self-ruled island's president for a second time.
- China can maintain one-China principle Global Times 12 Jan 2020 -- Some senior diplomats of Western countries, including the US and the UK, congratulated Taiwan regional leader Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party on their victory in the island's regional leadership and legislative elections.
- Hundreds in Hong Kong Cheer Taiwan Pro-Democrats' Election Win VOA 12 Jan 2020 -- Hundreds of people rallied in Hong Kong Sunday in support of the Chinese territory's pro-democracy movement.
- 2020 ELECTIONS / Election win shows Taiwanese cherish democratic values: Tsai CNA 12 Jan 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secured a comfortable win in Saturday's presidential election, a victory that she said was indicative of the value the people place on democracy.
- 2020 ELECTIONS / Taiwan People's Party emerges as country's third party CNA 12 Jan 2020 -- The Taiwan People's Party (TPP), established by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) last August, has emerged as the country's third largest party after Saturday's legislative elections.
- 2020 ELECTIONS / KMT's Han Kuo-yu stresses unity in concession speech CNA 12 Jan 2020 -- Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), the presidential candidate of the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT), called for unity and stressed the value of Taiwan's democratic system after conceding defeat Saturday night.
- 2020 ELECTIONS / Young candidates, underdogs prevail in several legislative races CNA 12 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan's legislative elections saw several young politicians prevail in high-profile races, and some candidates claimed victory independent of the country's political mainstream dominated by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Kuomintang (KMT).
- China urges int'l community to continue adhering to one-China principle Global Times 12 Jan 2020 -- The foreign ministry on Sunday urged the international community to continue abiding by the one-China principle after the Taiwan leadership election.
- Chinese mainland's policy toward Taiwan clear, consistent: spokesperson Global Times 12 Jan 2020 -- Chinese mainland's policy toward Taiwan is clear and consistent, a spokesperson said Saturday.
- 2020 ELECTIONS / President Tsai wins second term with huge victory CNA 11 Jan 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has been elected to a second four-year term after defeating her main competitor, Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) of the Kuomintang (KMT), by a wide margin.
- 2020 ELECTIONS / Full text of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's acceptance speech CNA 11 Jan 2020
- 2020 ELECTIONS / DPP retains legislative majority, KMT gains seats CNA 11 Jan 2020 -- The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Saturday maintained its majority in the Legislature, giving it a clear path to maintaining complete control of the government for the next four years.
- 2China-hostile Incumbent Wins Re-election in Taiwan, Vows to Pursue Talks VOA 11 Jan 2020 -- Taiwanese voters re-elected incumbent Tsai Ing-wen on Saturday by a landslide, renewing her mandate to keep holding off the island's long-time military rival, China, after a year of fast-changing threats.
- Taiwan's Tsai Sweeps to Landslide Victory in Presidential Election Radio Free Asia 11 Jan 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen swept to a landslide victory in Taiwan's presidential elections on Saturday after she vowed to defend the island's way of life against threats, infiltration and saber-rattling by China.
- Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen Announces Victory in Presidential Vote Sputnik 11 Jan 2020 -- On Saturday, citizens of the Republic of China headed to the polls to cast their votes for a new president and vice president of Taiwan.
- 2020 ELECTIONS / KMT chairman announces resignation after election defeat CNA 11 Jan 2020 -- Main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) announced Saturday that he will resign en masse with other top-ranking executive party members next week because of the crushing defeat the party suffered in both the presidential and legislative elections.
- Mainland experts urge expediting reunification after Tsai's win Global Times 11 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan's incumbent regional leader Tsai Ing-wen swept a landslide victory in Taiwan's regional elections on Saturday, defeating her primary opponent Han Kuo-yu by gaining more than 8 million votes. Analysts from the Chinese mainland forecast more obstacles in cross-Straits relations following Tsai's reelection, urging more active preparations for reunification.
- Tsai and DPP must curb radical tendency Global Times 11 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan's regional leadership and legislative elections were held on Saturday. Situation showed the current leader Tsai Ing-wen realized the reelection after winning more than half of the votes. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is also set to win more than half of the legislative seats. Kuomintang chairman Wu Den-yih has announced his resignation.
- Taiwan's President Tsai wins 2nd term in office Press TV 11 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen has declared her victory in Saturday's election, where voters allowed the self-ruled island's first female leader to assume power for a second term.
- On Taiwan's Election US Dept. of State 11 Jan 2020 -- "The United States congratulates Dr. Tsai Ing-wen on her re-election in Taiwan's presidential election."
- President Tsai Wraps up Election Campaign With Clarion Call to Taiwan's Youth Radio Free Asia 10 Jan 2020 -- On the eve of crucial elections that could set the course for Taiwan's future, incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen issued a rallying call to voters to turn out in support of their hard-won freedoms, after months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
- How China, and the Law, Jumped in as Taiwan's Presidential Campaign Shifted to Social Media VOA 10 Jan 2020 -- About 97% of internet users in Taiwan use Facebook. The island also has Asia's second highest smartphone penetration after South Korea. Given these statistics, the first announced by Facebook in 2018 and the other by a market research firm, it made sense that a lot of campaigning for tomorrow's presidential election would jump from the streets to the internet.
- Taiwan's KMT, Chinese 'Businessman' Tried to Frame Taiwan's Ruling Party: Report Radio Free Asia 09 Jan 2020 -- Allegations have been reported in an Australian newspaper of apparent dirty tricks by Beijing, in cahoots with Taiwan's pro-China opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party, ahead of the presidential election on Saturday.
- Anti-infiltration Act won't impede cross-Strait interactions: MAC CNA 08 Jan 2020 -- The controversial Anti-infiltration Act, which criminalizes activities in Taiwan backed by hostile forces such as China, will not impede normal interactions across the Taiwan Strait, the head of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Wednesday.
- Taiwan prepares for regional elections Global Times 08 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan residents will head to the polls for the 2020 Taiwan elections on Saturday amid accusations of the mainland meddling and the influence of Hong Kong's social unrest.
- Taiwan's General Election Overshadowed by China Threat, Hong Kong Protests Radio Free Asia 08 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan is gearing up for a general election at the weekend that will see more than 19 million voters respond to growing fears of Chinese influence and interference in the democratic island in the wake of months of mass protests and police violence in Hong Kong.
- Fears of Becoming a New Hong Kong Steer Taiwan Presidential Election VOA 08 Jan 2020 -- Taiwanese voters will pick a president Saturday, setting the course for how to handle political and military rival China amid fears that Taiwan could be taken by the Communist government or become another protest-wracked Hong Kong.
- Tsai lists 3 assurances to stabilize military after chopper crash CNA 03 Jan 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) presented "three assurances" to boost military morale at a national defense meeting held Friday, one day after a deadly helicopter crash in which eight military officers died, including Chief of the General Staff Shen Yi-ming (沈一鳴).
- Taiwan military helicopter down, eight killed People's Daily 02 Jan 2020 -- A military helicopter with 13 people on board was forced to land in a mountainous area of northern Taiwan Thursday morning with eight passengers killed and five rescued, the local authorities said.
- Taiwan Military Chief, Seven Colleagues Killed in Chopper Crash Radio Free Asia 02 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan's main political parties suspended election campaigning just days ahead of general elections on Jan. 11 after a top military chief charged with organizing a defense against possible invasion from China died in a helicopter crash.
- Confirmed: Taiwanese Top Military Official Killed in Helicopter Crash Sputnik 02 Jan 2020 -- A Blackhawk military helicopter with 13 people on board crashed on Thursday in the mountains outside the city of Taipei.
- Taiwan's Uniformed Military Chief Killed in Helicopter Crash VOA 02 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan's top military officer was among eight people killed Thursday when their helicopter crashed in a mountainous area outside the capital, Taipei.
- Taiwan's senior military officer confirmed dead in helicopter crash: reports Global Times 02 Jan 2020 -- A Taiwan military Black Hawk helicopter carrying 13 people including three senior military officers crashed in a mountainous area in northern Taiwan on Thursday, killing eight people including the island's "Chief of the General Staff" Shen Yi-ming.
- Chief of general staff among eight killed in military chopper crash CNA 02 Jan 2020 -- The ROC military's Chief of General Staff Shen Yi-ming (沈一鳴) was among eight confirmed dead after a military chopper crashed in New Taipei Thursday, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a statement.
- 52 Black Hawk helicopters grounded after fatal crash CNA 02 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan has grounded 52 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters after the nation's chief of general staff and seven other officers were killed when a military Black Hawk helicopter crashed in a mountainous region in the north of the country Thursday.
- Eight dead, five rescued in UH-60M Black Hawk crash CNA 02 Jan 2020 -- Five people were rescued and eight were confirmed dead aboard a military UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter that came down in New Taipei's mountainous Wulai District Thursday, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
- Presidential candidates halt campaigns after military chopper crash CNA 02 Jan 2020 -- The three candidates running for president in Taiwan's Jan. 11 election announced Thursday they would temporarily suspend their campaigns, after eight armed forces members, including Chief of the General Staff Shen Yi-ming (沈一鳴), were killed in a helicopter crash earlier that day.
- Taiwan incident might bring uncertainty to regional election Global Times 02 Jan 2020 -- The crash of a US-made Taiwan military helicopter on Thursday killed three senior officers including the "chief of the general staff" of the island's defense forces.
- Full text of President Tsai's New Year's Day speech CNA 01 Jan 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) delivered her 2020 New Year's address Wednesday in the Presidential Office reception hall.
- President defends Anti-infiltration Act in New Year's Day speech CNA 01 Jan 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) used her 2020 New Year's Day speech Wednesday to defend her decision to ram through legislation a day earlier that criminalizes political activities backed by China.
- Taiwan rejects China's offer to unify with mainland under Hong Kong model Press TV 01 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen has rejected China's offer to use the "one country, two systems" model in order to unify the self-ruled island with mainland China, claiming that that political arrangement has failed in Hong Kong.
- President Tsai Ing-wen Calls on Beijing to Treat Taiwan as a Sovereign State Radio Free Asia 01 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday that the democratic island would only deal with China on an equal footing, and would continue to insist on its freedom, democracy and sovereignty in the face of a growing threat from Beijing.
- Taiwan's Anti-Infiltration Bill Sends Relations with China to New Low VOA 01 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan parliament's passage of a bill Tuesday banning infiltration by political rival China dealt a new blow to relations that have already sparked military threats and diplomatic tug-of-wars in the past four years.
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