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May 2020 - Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • Taiwan reports no new COVID-19 cases Sunday CNA 31 May 2020 -- Taiwan reported no new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus on Sunday, leaving the total number of cases at 442 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Seas around Taiwan to be center of military movements: defense analyst CNA 31 May 2020 -- The seas around Taiwan, including the Miyako Strait, the Bashi Channel, the East China Sea, the South China Sea and the Philippine Sea, are expected to become the focus of increased military movements, according to a Taiwanese defense analyst.
  • No new COVID-19 cases reported in Taiwan Saturday CNA 30 May 2020 -- No new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus were confirmed in Taiwan on Saturday, leaving the total number of cases at 442 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taipei to start lifting coronavirus restrictions from June 7 CNA 30 May 2020 -- Taipei will begin to lift its coronavirus restrictions across all venues except hospitals, traditional markets and public transport starting June 7, Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said Saturday.
  • Taiwan approves remdesivir as COVID-19 medication CNA 30 May 2020 -- Taiwan's health authorities have approved the potential new coronavirus COVID-19 medication remdesivir for treatment of the disease in the country, the Central Epidemic Command Center said Saturday.
  • Taiwan to 'closely monitor' impact of U.S. withdrawal from WHO CNA 30 May 2020 -- Taiwan officials said Saturday that they will closely watch the impact of the decision by United States' President Donald Trump to withdraw the U.S. from the World Health Organization (WHO), with Taiwan's health minister saying the move could create an opportunity for closer cooperation between the countries.
  • Taiwan authorities harbor terrorists by calling for refuge to HK rioters Global Times 30 May 2020 -- After the National People's Congress passed the national security legislation in Hong Kong, the Taiwan authority's legislative department issued a "declaration" attacking the decision, claiming to "rescue Hong Kong people" and promote relevant "legislation" and administrative measures.
  • Chinese army capable to thwart any separatist acts: senior military officer Global Times 30 May 2020 -- The people's army has the will, confidence, and capability to thwart any attempt of "#Taiwan independence," reaffirmed a senior Chinese military official at a symposium on Friday, marking the 15th anniversary of the implementation of the Anti-Secession Law.
  • Warning sent to Taiwan's secessionists PLA Daily 30 May 2020 -- The mainland sent a strong warning to Taiwan secessionist forces on Friday, reiterating that non-peaceful means could be the last resort if the possibility of peaceful reunification is completely lost.
  • Chinese Army Training Ground Has Full-Scale Model of Taiwan's Presidential Palace Sputnik 29 May 2020 -- At China's Zhurihe Combined Tactics Training Base, People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers can practice storming Taiwan's Presidential Office Building, the seat of government for the autonomous island that has long evaded Beijing's attempts to bring it under communist control.
  • Taiwan records first new case of COVID-19 in seven days CNA 29 May 2020 -- One new case of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease was reported in Taiwan on Friday, breaking a seven-day stretch of zero new confirmed infections in the country, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Self-pay COVID-19 testing now available to anyone in Taiwan CNA 29 May 2020 -- Anyone in Taiwan can obtain a self-pay test for the COVID-19 coronavirus, with effect from Friday, as the country now has adequate testing capacity, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
  • 'Enormous space' for peaceful Taiwan reunification: senior official Global Times 29 May 2020 -- The importance of China's Anti-Secession Law must be understood profoundly and Taiwan secessionists' moves must be firmly opposed to push forward the peaceful reunification of the island, a senior Chinese official said at a forum on the 15th anniversary of the enactment of the Anti-Secession Law, held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday.
  • Mainland stays open to dialogue on cross-Straits relations PLA Daily 29 May 2020 -- The central government's major principles and policies toward Taiwan have been consistent, adhering to the one-China principle and the 1992 Consensus, and resolutely opposing "Taiwan independence", Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday.
  • Taiwan's Legislature condemns China law, promotes help for Hong Kongers CNA 29 May 2020 -- Taiwan's Legislature issued a statement Friday, denouncing China's plan to enforce a national security law in Hong Kong and urging the Taiwan government to offer help to Hong Kongers.
  • Taiwan reports no new COVID-19 cases Thursday CNA 28 May 2020 -- Taiwan reported no new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus on Thursday, thus keeping the total number of those infected in the country at 441, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Research team finds key antibody against COVID-19 CNA 28 May 2020 -- A group of researchers based in Taiwan and the United Kingdom have found a key antibody against COVID-19 that could be used to develop medication for the disease, a Chang Gung University (CGU) professor said Thursday.
  • Taiwan aiming to buy coastal defense missile system from U.S.: official CNA 28 May 2020 -- Vice Defense Minister Chang Che-ping (張哲平) said Thursday that Taiwan will seek to purchase a coastal defense missile system from the United States to boost its anti-ship arsenal.
  • China to promote peaceful reunification: premier People's Daily 28 May 2020 -- China will promote the peaceful reunification of the country, Premier Li Keqiang said Thursday in response to a question related to Taiwan.
  • Taiwan records no new COVID-19 cases Wednesday CNA 27 May 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed no new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus Wednesday, leaving the total number of cases at 441 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan maintains border restrictions despite beating back COVID-19 CNA 27 May 2020 -- The border control measures implemented in Taiwan to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus will remain in place, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday, while announcing an easing of social distancing guidelines soon.
  • Rules on social distancing seating arrangements to be eased CNA 27 May 2020 -- With no domestically transmitted cases of COVID-19 reported since April 12, rules on social distancing seating arrangements in cinemas and other public venues will be relaxed from June 7, according to Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), head of the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday.
  • "Taiwan independence" attempts doomed to failure: Spokesperson of military delegation to NPC PLA Daily 27 May 2020 -- It was pointed out in this year's government work report that the major principles and policies on work related to Taiwan shall be kept, and any separatist activities seeking "Taiwan independence" be resolutely opposed and deterred. Wu Qian, spokesperson of Delegation of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) and People's Armed Police Force (PAP) to the third session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), said in an interview on Tuesday that any attempt to seek "Taiwan independence" and resist reunification with force is doomed to failure.
  • Taiwan to Offer Effective Asylum to People Fleeing Hong Kong Radio Free Asia 27 May 2020 -- Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday doubled down on offers of help for Hong Kong with effective asylum for residents fleeing an 'anti-terrorism' crackdown on the city.
  • Taiwan to provide assistance to Hong Kongers: Tsai CNA 27 May 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Wednesday that she and Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) have decided the government will launch a program to provide assistance to Hong Kong people arriving in Taiwan.
  • Taiwan Navy cluster originated in Taiwan, not Palau: CECC CNA 26 May 2020 -- The source of a cluster infection of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on board a Taiwanese Navy ship in March originated in Taiwan rather than Palau, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday.
  • Taiwan Vows to Boost Support For Hong Kong Protest Movement Radio Free Asia 26 May 2020 -- Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen has warned that she could suspend trading privileges accorded to Hong Kong if Beijing imposes a draconian national security law on the city.
  • Taiwan records no new COVID-19 cases Monday CNA 25 May 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed no new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus Monday, leaving the total number of cases at 441 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan likely to lift ban on mask exports on June 1 CNA 25 May 2020 -- Taiwan is planning to lift a ban on surgical mask exports on June 1, but the decision will not be finalized until later this week, according to an official with the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan rejects Beijing's reiteration of One China principle CNA 25 May 2020 -- Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) reiterated that "only the government elected by the Taiwanese people can represent the Taiwanese people," rejecting Beijing's "One China" principle cited by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (王毅) Sunday.
  • Separatists frightened by national security legislation: experts Global Times 25 May 2020 -- Hong Kong separatists, rioters and illegal protesters are now abandoned by those foreign forces that have long backed them, particularly during the turmoil last year, because their value in stirring up troubles in Hong Kong is decreasing since the mainland started the national security legislation, said analysts, as the Taiwan regional leader vowed to revoke the special status the island extends to the Hong Kong special administrative region (HKSAR).
  • Tsai's remarks about Hong Kong a warning to Beijing: MAC CNA 25 May 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) proposed suspension of Taiwan's law governing its dealings with Hong Kong if the situation in Hong Kong worsens was meant to be a warning to Beijing, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Monday.
  • Opposition criticizes Tsai's proposed suspension of Hong Kong act CNA 25 May 2020 -- Three opposition parties in Taiwan on Monday expressed concern about President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) proposed suspension of the law governing its dealing with Hong Kong if China passes a new security law that would undermine the territory's autonomy.
  • No new COVID-19 cases recorded in Taiwan Sunday CNA 24 May 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed no new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus on Sunday, keeping the total at 441 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan reports no new COVID-19 cases Saturday CNA 23 May 2020 -- Taiwan reported no new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, maintaining the total number of confirmed cases at 441, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan relaxes rules on self-paid COVID-19 tests CNA 23 May 2020 -- Taiwan has relaxed its rules on self-paid tests for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a time when infections have shown signs of easing in the country, leaving its testing capacity adequate, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday.
  • NIA beefs up screenings on entries by Chinese associated with CPC CNA 24 May 2020 -- Taiwan's National Immigration Agency (NIA) has strengthened its screening of entry permit applications by Chinese nationals affiliated with the Communist Party of China (CPC) over the past year to make sure they do not visit for the purposes of political propaganda, the agency said Sunday.
  • US should not underestimate Chinese people's determination for reunification: Wang Yi Global Times 24 May 2020 -- The Taiwan question is China's internal affair and the US should recognize its high sensitivity and abide by the one-China principle and three joint communiqués, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday.
  • Chinese military urges US to immediately stop arms sales to Taiwan PLA Daily 24 May 2020 -- The Chinese military expressed strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition on Sunday to the US selling Taiwan $180 million of equipment including torpedoes, and strongly urged the US side to immediately stop arms sales to Taiwan and stop military ties with Taiwan.
  • Taiwan separatists panic as mainland drops 'peaceful' in reunification narrative Global Times 23 May 2020 -- Taiwan separatists and foreign forces that attempt to meddle in the reunification of China are becoming panicked and nervous as the Chinese mainland changes slightly the wording regarding the approach to reunification in the Friday's government work report by omitting the word "peaceful" ahead of "reunification," analysts said.
  • No new COVID-19 cases in Taiwan Friday CNA 22 May 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed no new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus on Wednesday, keeping the total at 441 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan's COVID-19 vaccine could begin human trials this fall: VP CNA 22 May 2020 -- A vaccine Taiwan's National Health Research Institutes (NHRI) is developing for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will enter human trials as early as this autumn, Vice President Lai Ching-te (賴清德) disclosed Friday.
  • Few mentions of Taiwan in annual speech by Chinese premier: scholars CNA 22 May 2020 -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (李克強) made scant mention of Taiwan in an important annual speech Friday, reflecting China's focus on its economy as it juggles a trade war with the United States and the ongoing impact of COVID-19, according to scholars of cross-strait relations.
  • Government, opposition condemn China plans for new HK security laws CNA 22 May 2020 -- Taiwan's government and leading opposition party spoke out Friday against plans by the Chinese government to enact new national security laws in Hong Kong.
  • China warns DPP for 'baseless accusations' at HK national security law Global Times 22 May 2020 -- China warned Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to stop baseless accusations and slandering the newly proposed national security law in Hong Kong, and warned secessionists on the island of Taiwan and Hong Kong against colluding.
  • Taiwan confirms first new case of COVID-19 in two weeks CNA 21 May 2020 -- One new case of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease was reported in Taiwan on Thursday, breaking a 13-day stretch of zero new confirmed infections in the country, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • 'Page in history turned' on '1992 consensus' issue: MAC minister CNA 21 May 2020 -- "A page in history has already been turned" on the issue of the so-called "1992 consensus" in relation to cross- Taiwan Strait affairs, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) said Thursday.
  • Strong public support for new constitution: pro-independence group CNA 21 May 2020 -- There is strong support in Taiwan for the establishment of a new constitution, according to a pro-Taiwan independence group which cited the results of a survey it carried out.
  • Minister vows no fewer diplomatic allies in Tsai's second term CNA 21 May 2020 -- Minister of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) vowed Thursday to keep Taiwan's current diplomatic allies intact, one day after President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) commenced her second term and amid a threat from China's state-run mouthpiece to leave Taiwan with no formal allies.
  • U.S. announces possible sale of advanced heavy torpedoes to Taiwan CNA 21 May 2020 -- The United States announced Wednesday a latest round of arms sales to Taiwan, including the possible sale of 18 advanced MK-48 Mod 6AT heavyweight torpedoes to the country.
  • US Approves Sale of Heavy Torpedoes to Taiwan As Tensions With Beijing Escalate Sputnik 21 May 2020 -- As relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China (PRC) begins to strain amid the trade war and the coronavirus pandemic, Washington is looking towards closer ties with Taiwan, which remains in dispute with Beijing over its claim to national sovereignty.
  • US torpedo sales to Taiwan island 'useless' against Chinese mainland military: expert Global Times 21 May 2020 -- The US latest plan to sell arms to the island of Taiwan of 18 torpedoes is overpriced and cannot make any difference in a potential military conflict between the island and the Chinese mainland, and sent a wrong signal to Taiwan secessionists on the day of regional leader Tsai Ing-wen's inaugural speech, mainland military experts said on Thursday.
  • China voices strong opposition to U.S. arms sales to Taiwan People's Daily 21 May 2020 -- China firmly opposes U.S. arms sales to China's Taiwan region, Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, said Thursday.
  • China's reunification cannot be stopped by any force: spokesperson People's Daily 21 May 2020 -- National reunification is critical to the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and cannot be stopped by anyone or any force, a mainland spokesperson said Wednesday.
  • 'There is Only One China': Beijing Blasts Pompeo for His Congratulatory Praise of Tsai Ing Wen Sputnik 21 May 2020 -- Following recent comments about Taiwanese President Tsai Ing Wen's inauguration, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed its "strong indignation and condemnation" at what it considers "a gross interference in China's internal affairs."
  • US Pledges Support to Taiwan, Amid Deepening China Tensions VOA 20 May 2020 -- The United States said its strong and bipartisan support for Taiwan's democracy "comports with" the U.S.-China agreements and is "the right solution to maximize the stability" of the Taiwan Strait.
  • No new COVID-19 cases in Taiwan for 13th straight day CNA 20 May 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed no new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus for the 13th consecutive day on Wednesday, keeping the total at 440 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan to revise quarantine rules for business travelers CNA 20 May 2020 -- Taiwan is planning to reduce the quarantine period for visitors arriving on short-term business trips, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday, as it reported no new COVID-19 cases in the country for the 13th straight day.
  • Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) - MK 48 Mod 6 Advanced Technology (AT) Heavy Weight Torpedo (HWT) DSCA 20 May 2020 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to TECRO of eighteen (18) MK-48 Mod6 Advanced Technology (AT) Heavy Weight Torpedoes (HWT) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $180 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
  • Taiwan President Says Island Won't Accept Rule by Beijing Radio Free Asia 20 May 2020 -- Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen set the scene for her second term in office on Wednesday with a vow that the democratic island would never accept rule by the Chinese Communist Party, signaling instead a cautious move towards constitutional reform.
  • Taiwan President Vows to Bolster Defense as China Steps up Military Threats VOA 20 May 2020 -- Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen vowed Wednesday to step up defense following a series of bigger-than-normal threats by her government's longtime rival China.
  • President Tsai sworn in, commences her second term CNA 20 May 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took her oath of office at the Presidential Office on Wednesday and formally commenced her second four-year term as the president of the Republic of China, Taiwan's formal name.
  • Full text of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's second-term inaugural address CNA 20 May 2020 -- The following is the full text of President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) inaugural address to start her second term, as released by the Presidential Office Wednesday:
  • Praising people's resilience, Tsai pledges to meet COVID-19 challenges CNA 20 May 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Wednesday praised the unity and resilience of Taiwan's people in dealing with COVID-19 and pledged strong responses to the future challenges the global pandemic has created for the world economy.
  • Tsai maintains stance on China in inaugural address CNA 20 May 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) offered little new on relations with China in her inaugural address Wednesday, saying she was willing to engage in dialogue with China but would not allow the downgrading of Taiwan.
  • US to increasingly highlight Taiwan's national identity: analysts CNA 20 May 2020 -- The United States is expected to help Taiwan highlight its national identity more actively during President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) second four-year term but "dramatic breakthroughs" are unlikely, political analysts in Taiwan said Wednesday.
  • National reunification cannot be stopped by any force: spokesperson People's Daily 20 May 2020 -- National reunification is critical to the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and cannot be stopped by anyone or any force, a mainland spokesperson said Wednesday.
  • Chinese defense ministry denounces US congratulation on Taiwan leader's inauguration PLA Daily 20 May 2020 -- The Ministry of National Defense(MND) of the People's Republic of China issued a written statement to express strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's congratulating Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen on her inauguration on Wednesday.
  • Cross-Straits ties likely to see 'a decoupling future' as Tsai enters 2nd term Global Times 20 May 2020 -- The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council has responded to the "inauguration speech" made by the separatist Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairperson Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday, saying that the mainland wants to create broad space for peaceful reunification but will leave no space for any act of separatism.
  • China to watch proposed constitutional amendment committee: scholar CNA 20 May 2020 -- The Chinese authorities will closely follow President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) proposal Wednesday to create a constitutional amendment committee, given its potential to alter Taiwan's national status, according to a prominent scholar of cross-Taiwan Strait affairs.
  • No mutual trust across Taiwan Strait: China scholars CNA 20 May 2020 -- Commenting on Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) inaugural speech Wednesday, Chinese scholars said there still is a lack of mutual trust between Taiwan and China.
  • KMT seeks assurances on proposed constitutional amendment committee CNA 20 May 2020 -- The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) called on President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) Wednesday to guarantee that a constitutional amendment committee she proposed in her inaugural address will not be used to pursue changes to Taiwan's national status or cross-strait relations.
  • KMT not good at being in opposition, still finding its way: chairman CNA 20 May 2020 -- The newly elected chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) said the party is still learning how to be an opposition party, "an unfamiliar role" for an organization that has spent most of the past 70 years in a position of power in Taiwan.
  • New NSC chief positive to U.S.-Taiwan security cooperation: expert CNA 20 May 2020 -- The appointment of Wellington Koo (顧立雄), a U.S.-educated business lawyer, as the new director-general of Taiwan's National Security Council (NSC), could strengthen Taiwan's security cooperation with the U.S., a security analyst said Tuesday.
  • Tsai resumes chairmanship of DPP CNA 20 May 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took up leadership of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) again on Wednesday, after her inauguration earlier in the day for a second four-year presidential term.
  • No new COVID-19 cases in Taiwan for 12 consecutive days CNA 19 May 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed no new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus for the 12th consecutive day on Tuesday, keeping the total at 440 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan's Inauguration of President Tsai Ing-wen US Dept. of State 19 May 2020
  • Taiwan's Tsai to Tread Cautiously on Cross-Strait Relations at Inauguration: Experts VOA 19 May 2020 -- Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen is set to be sworn in on Wednesday for her second term. Analysts say she is expected to "put down the markers" on Taiwanese sovereignty but not cross China's red lines in her inaugural speech.
  • Minor Cabinet reshuffle announced ahead of Tsai's new term CNA 19 May 2020 -- The Executive Yuan on Tuesday announced a new Cabinet with only minor changes to the original ministerial lineup, one day before President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) starts her second four-year term in office.
  • President to focus on cross-strait issues, institutional reforms: aide CNA 19 May 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) is expected to stress peace, parity, democracy and dialogue as the keys to cross-Taiwan Strait relations in her second-term inaugural address Wednesday, while firmly rejecting the "one country, two systems" model espoused by China.
  • President Tsai protests Taiwan's exclusion from WHA CNA 19 May 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Tuesday expressed a "solemn protest" against the World Health Organization's refusal to invite Taiwan this year to join the annual meeting of its decision-making body.
  • U.S. health secretary supports Taiwan at WHA CNA 19 May 2020 -- A top American official on Monday pushed for Taiwan's inclusion in the World Health Assembly (WHA) after it was not invited to the annual meeting of the World Health Organization's decision-making body for a fourth straight year.
  • Taiwan pro-separatist groups mocked for counting on 'crippled' US Global Times 19 May 2020 -- The attempt to push for proposals related to Taiwan at the World Health Assembly by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the island has once again failed. After the WHA announced it would not discuss the proposal, netizens from the Chinese mainland and the island of Taiwan mocked pro-separatist forces in Taiwan for "betting on the wrong horse" as the US has been "crippled by its own failure to control the COVID-19 domestically" and most member states of the WHO stuck to the one-China principle.
  • Taiwan proposal meets major setback at WHA, 'will never work' Global Times 19 May 2020 -- The US' attempt to get Taiwan a position at the ongoing World Health Assembly was met with a setback as the WHA has announced that it will not discuss the proposal on "inviting Taiwan to join WHA as an observer".
  • Taiwan reports no new COVID-19 cases for 11th day CNA 18 May 2020 -- Taiwan saw another day of no new confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 398 of the total 440 people that contracted the conoravirus during the ongoing pandemic having already been discharged, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday.
  • Taipei to reopen more public venues from next week CNA 18 May 2020 -- Taipei will begin May 25 to reopen more public venues after their temporary closures due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Deputy Mayor Huang Shan-shan (黃珊珊) announced Monday.
  • Discussion of Taiwan's status in WHA to be pushed until end of year CNA 18 May 2020 -- Discussion on the issue of Taiwan's status in the World Health Assembly (WHA) will be postponed to later in the year when the WHA resumes, the president of this year's assembly, Keva Lorraine Bain, said on Monday.
  • Taiwan expresses dissatisfaction over exclusion from WHA CNA 18 May 2020 -- Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) has expressed dissatisfaction that Taiwan was not invited to attend the virtual World Health Assembly (WHA) that began Monday despite significant support worldwide.
  • 8 countries call for Taiwan's WHA participation CNA 18 May 2020 -- Eight countries friendly to Taiwan have called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to grant observer status to Taiwan at the World Health Assembly (WHA), the WHO's decision-making body, given Taiwan's success in containing COVID-19.
  • Taiwan Protests Lack of Invitation to World Health Assembly Radio Free Asia 18 May 2020 -- The democratic government of Taiwan on Monday expressed "dissatisfaction, protest and regret" at the lack of an invitation from the World Health Organization (WHO) to take part in its annual World Health Assembly (WHA) amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Taiwan's Exclusion From the World Health Assembly US Dept. of State 18 May 2020 -- "The United States condemns Taiwan's exclusion from the World Health Assembly. At a time when the world continues to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, we need multilateral institutions to deliver on their stated missions and to serve the interests of all member states, not to play politics while lives are at stake."
  • US Condemns WHO for Excluding Taiwan VOA 18 May 2020 -- The United States is strongly condemning Taiwan's exclusion from the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Taiwan's infamous 'dollar diplomacy' fails to buy friends or respect: experts Global Times 18 May 2020 -- The attempt of Taiwan authority to buy recognition from international community with masks amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, like its traditional means of pleasing its "allies" with huge amounts of money, has brought the island nothing but embarrassment.
  • Taiwan separatist lobby try hijacking US policy Global Times 18 May 2020 -- Since the US identified China as its major strategic competitor, separatists of Taiwan island have been taking advantage of the widening rifts to influence US foreign policy. The Taiwan lobby aims to shake the foundation of the China-US relationship and has renewed sway among US politicians in the White House and Congress.
  • No new COVID-19 cases in Taiwan for 10th straight day CNA 17 May 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed no new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus for the 10th consecutive day on Sunday, keeping the total at 440 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan advised to work with major economies after COVID-19 CNA 17 May 2020 -- Taiwan must seize the opportunity to work with major economies seeking to relocate global supply chains outside of China amid the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic scholars suggested as President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) begins her second term on May 20.
  • Taiwan records no new COVID-19 cases for 9th straight day CNA 16 May 2020 -- Taiwan reported no new COVID-19 cases for the ninth consecutive day on Saturday, keeping the number of those infected at 440, of whom 389 have so far recovered, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan holds virtual forum with 13 countries on COVID-19 CNA 16 May 2020 -- Taiwan on late Friday held a virtual forum with 13 like-minded countries including the United States, Japan and Canada to discuss COVID-19 prevention and control strategies.
  • Foreign, defense ministers to keep posts in new Cabinet CNA 16 May 2020 -- Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) and Defense Minister Yen De-fa (嚴德發) will retain their posts when President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) second-term Cabinet takes office on May 20, Cabinet aides said Saturday.
  • CIB investigating alleged cyberattack on Presidential Office CNA 16 May 2020 -- Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) is investigating an alleged cyberattack on the Presidential Office, after some members of the country's media on Friday received what the Office said were altered documents pertaining to two April meetings between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌).
  • Mired in uproar and panic, Taiwan's DPP a clown in their self-directed political soap opera: experts Global Times 16 May 2020 -- Mainland analysts warned Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities on the island of Taiwan not to step any further of declaring independence amid the pandemic, as both the mainland's deterrence and US' purported sincerity are rattling the island's ruling party.
  • Circular issued clarifying policy on Taiwan-funded enterprises People's Daily 16 May 2020 -- A circular about promoting the development of Taiwan-funded enterprises and projects in the mainland was jointly issued by 10 central departments on Friday, including the National Development and Reform Commission and the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office.
  • Classroom Incident Deepens Tensions Between China, Taiwan VOA 16 May 2020 -- Independence-minded Taiwan residents and politicians are in an uproar after officials at a university forced a professor to apologize to his class for saying he is from the ROC (Republic of China), using Taiwan's official name.
  • No new COVID-19 cases in Taiwan for 8 straight days CNA 15 May 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed no new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus for the eighth consecutive day on Friday, keeping the total at 440 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan proposes plan to loosen travel, transportation restrictions CNA 15 May 2020 -- The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) on Friday detailed a plan to loosen travel and transportation restrictions as Taiwan appears to have controlled the spread of COVID-19.
  • KMT chairman urges Beijing to end threat of taking Taiwan by force CNA 15 May 2020 -- Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Chiang Chi-chen (江啟臣) on Friday called on China to stop threatening Taiwan with force and President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to better manage relations with Beijing.
  • Taiwan urges WHO to consider humanity, human rights CNA 15 May 2020 -- Taiwan's health minister on Friday urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to consider the factors of humanity and human rights in protecting world health, as he admitted the chances of Taiwan attending the international health body's annual assembly this year are slim.
  • Chinese FM slams Taiwan DPP for colluding with US to seek WHA attendance Global Times 15 May 2020 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday slammed the island of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for colluding with some countries to seek attendance as an observer at the World Health Assembly (WHA), saying it was politicizing a health problem to serve a secessionist agenda that will never succeed.
  • China firmly opposes Taiwan-related proposal to WHO by some countries People's Daily 15 May 2020 -- China on Thursday expressed firm opposition to a so-called proposal by a few countries to invite Taiwan as an observer in the upcoming session of the World Health Assembly (WHA), a foreign ministry spokesperson said Thursday.
  • Chinese mainland unveils measures supporting Taiwan-funded enterprises, projects amid epidemic People's Daily 15 May 2020 -- The Chinese mainland on Friday issued a circular requiring coordinated efforts to support the development of Taiwan-funded enterprises and advance Taiwan-funded projects amid the coronavirus epidemic.
  • Briefing On Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation's Intent to Invest $12 Billion In the U.S. and on the CCP's Ability to Undermine U.S. Export Controls US Dept. of State 15 May 2020
  • TSMC investment will strengthen U.S. national security: Pompeo CNA 15 May 2020 -- United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.'s (TSMC's) plan to build an advanced semiconductor fab foundry in Arizona is expected to strengthen U.S. national security.
  • Presidential office denies Tsai involved in TSMC's U.S. plan CNA 15 May 2020 -- The Presidential Office has denied that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) played a role in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.'s (TSMC's) decision to build an advanced wafer plant in the United States, but said Tsai welcomed the plan.
  • Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturer to Spend $12Bln to Build Factory in US Sputnik 15 May 2020 -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) on Friday announced it would spend $12 billion to open a semiconductor factory in the United States.
  • Taiwanese Chip Company to Build $12 Billion Arizona Plant VOA 15 May 2020 -- A Taiwan-based company is planning a $12 billion semiconductor factory in the U.S. state of Arizona.
  • The United States Welcomes Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation's Intent to Invest $12 Billion to Bolster U.S. National Security and Economic Prosperity US Dept. of State 14 May 2020 -- On May 14, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) announced that it intends to invest $12 billion in the State of Arizona, starting in 2021, to develop the most state-of-the-art five nanometer semiconductor fabrication foundry in the world. The TSMC deal is a game changer for the U.S. semiconductor industry that will bolster American national security and our economic prosperity.
  • Taiwan records no new COVID-19 cases, tally remains at 440 CNA 14 May 2020 -- Taiwan reported no new COVID-19 cases for seven days on Thursday, keeping the number of those infected at 440, 383 of whom have so far recovered, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan, Australia to team up on COVID-19 drug study CNA 14 May 2020 -- Taiwanese and Australian university researchers will work together on developing new drugs with potential efficacy against various viruses, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) said Thursday.
  • US Warship Sails Through Waterway Separating China and Taiwan VOA 14 May 2020 -- A U.S. Navy warship sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait on Wednesday.
  • US Warship Sails Through Taiwan Strait Before Separatist President's Inauguration Sputnik 14 May 2020 -- The US Navy has announced one of its destroyers transited the Taiwan Strait, separating autonomous Taiwan from mainland China - the sixth such transit this year. This one, however, comes amid media reports of Chinese plans to seize islands controlled by Taipei, and a week before Taiwanese President Tsai Ing Wen is sworn in for a second term.
  • U.S. warship transits Taiwan Strait; sixth this year CNA 14 May 2020 -- A U.S. warship has been transiting the Taiwan Strait since Wednesday on routine operations, according to Taiwan's defense ministry and the United States' Pacific Fleet on Thursday.
  • US Navy destroyer 'sails through Taiwan Strait' Press TV 14 May 2020 -- The US Navy says one of its guided-missile destroyers has sailed through the strategic Taiwan Strait, a provocative move likely to anger China.
  • Cabinet resigns en masse ahead of reshuffle CNA 14 May 2020 -- Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) announced a mass Cabinet resignation on Thursday, paving the way for a partial government reshuffle after the May 20 inauguration of President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) second tenure.
  • Proposal for Taiwan to attend WHA aims to disturb assembly: FM Global Times 14 May 2020 -- China strongly opposes some countries' proposals to allow Taiwan island to attend this year's World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer, as such proposals aim to disturb WHA procedures and damage international cooperation against the COVID-19 pandemic, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson stressed on Thursday.
  • Taiwan Dispute Spotlights Political Challenges Ahead of WHO Meeting VOA 14 May 2020 -- Next week the World Health Organization holds its annual meeting, where the U.S. will press for Taiwan to be included, despite China's objections.
  • Taiwan records no new COVID-19 case for sixth straight day CNA 13 May 2020 -- Taiwan did not report any new cases of COVID-19 for a sixth consecutive day on Wednesday, keeping the total at 440 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • China warns France not to harm bilateral ties by selling weapons to Taiwan Press TV 13 May 2020 -- China has warned France not to sell weapons to the self-ruled island of Taiwan, saying such a move would harm bilateral ties.
  • Taiwan's diplomatic allies call for review of its exclusion from WHA CNA 13 May 2020 -- With the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) five days away, 14 of Taiwan's diplomatic allies have put forth a proposal for the issue of Taiwan's exclusion to be put on the agenda.
  • Beijing panned by U.S. for harm done in keeping Taiwan out of WHO CNA 13 May 2020 -- China's influence and pressure on the World Health Organization (WHO) to exclude Taiwan has "undermined global health" amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a U.S. report released Tuesday has argued.
  • Poll: Majority of Taiwanese Support Closer Ties With US Over China VOA 13 May 2020 -- The majority of Taiwanese citizens reject mainland China and hold positive views of the United States, a U.S. poll indicates.
  • Rumored PLA drills plan on Dongsha Islands sparks fear in Taiwan Global Times 13 May 2020 -- Japanese media on Tuesday claimed in a report that the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) will hold military drills for a "takeover of Dongsha Islands occupied by Taiwan" in August, resulting in heated discussions on the island of Taiwan.
  • No new COVID-19 cases in Taiwan for five straight days CNA 12 May 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed no new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus for the fifth consecutive day on Tuesday, keeping the total at 440 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • US bill won't help Taiwan attend WHA Global Times 13 May 2020 -- The reason why China firmly prohibits separatist Taiwan authority from participating in the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer is due to the fact such authority has abandoned the one-China principle, and no matter how the US politicians and their allies exploit the issue to encourage Taiwan separatism, the only consequence that may ensue is the mainland considering ending this senseless game by solving the Taiwan question once and for all via non-peaceful means.
  • U.S. Senate passes bill to help Taiwan regain WHA observer status CNA 12 May 2020 -- The United States Senate on Monday passed a bill that asks Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to come up with a strategy to help Taiwan regain observer status at the World Health Assembly (WHA) to be held later this month.
  • Taiwan decries WHO's statement of 'no mandate' for invitation CNA 12 May 2020 -- Taiwan on Tuesday took issue with a statement by the World Health Organization (WHO) the previous day, which said that it had "no mandate" from its members to invite Taiwan to the annual meeting of its decision-making body this year.
  • WHO chief 'has no mandate' to invite Taiwan to World Health Assembly Press TV 12 May 2020 -- The World Health Organization (WHO)'s chief has "no mandate" to invite self-ruled Taiwan to participate in this month's World Health Assembly (WHA), the body's lawyer has announced, amid the differing viewpoints of member states about the matter.
  • Beijing 'Deplores and Opposes' New Zealand's Move to Back Taiwanese Membership of WHO Sputnik 12 May 2020 -- Wellington joined the United States, Australia and Canada in backing Taiwan's bid to join the World Health Organization (WHO) as an observer, with the People's Republic calling the move a violation of the One-China policy which has governed relations between Beijing and many Western nations for decades.
  • Taiwanese have more positive view of U.S. than China: survey CNA 12 May 2020 -- People in Taiwan rate the United States more positively than China, by more than 30 percentage points, a survey released by the nonpartisan American think tank Pew Research Center on Tuesday showed.
  • COVID-19 takes another life in Taiwan but no new infections CNA 11 May 2020 -- A seventh person has died of COVID-19 in Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Monday, but no new cases of the disease were reported.
  • WHO-China MOU a hurdle to Taiwan's WHA participation: FM CNA 11 May 2020 -- Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Monday cited a secret memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between China and the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2005 as directly impacting the country's participation at the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) and in related WHO events.
  • WHO Lawyer Rules Out Inviting Taiwan to World Health Assembly Amid Divide Among Members Sputnik 11 May 2020 -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief has no mandate to invite Taiwan to join this month's key summit, the World Health Assembly, given a divide over the matter among member states, who have the last word on who attends meetings as observers, the agency's principal legal officer said on Monday.
  • Japan voices support for Taiwan's attendance as WHA observer CNA 11 May 2020 -- Japan on Monday voiced support for Taiwan's inclusion in the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • China urges New Zealand to discard illusions and stop wrong commentary on Taiwan island-related issues Global Times 11 May 2020 -- China urged New Zealand to strictly abide by the one-China principle, and immediately stop wrong commentary and misdeeds on Taiwan island-related issues, so as not to damage China-New Zealand relations, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday.
  • No new COVID-19 cases in Taiwan for 3 straight days CNA 10 May 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed no new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus for the third consecutive day on Sunday, keeping the total at 440 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Face masks for children under 4 to be available next week: CECC CNA 10 May 2020 -- The government will begin supplying face masks for children under the age of four, starting next week, via its online ordering system and at convenience stores, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Sunday.
  • "Taiwan independence" secessionists' recent attempts are extremely dangerous: spokesperson People's Daily 10 May 2020 -- A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Saturday issued a stern warning to "Taiwan independence" secessionists against their recent attempts to challenge the mainland's bottom line.
  • Taiwan reports no new COVID-19 cases for 2 consecutive days CNA 09 May 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed no new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus for the second consecutive day on Saturday, keeping the total at 440 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Hostess clubs, ballrooms to remain shut amid COVID-19: city officials CNA 09 May 2020 -- The six special municipalities in Taiwan on Saturday decided not to allow hostess clubs and ballrooms to reopen, although the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has lifted the order conditionally as Taiwan's COVID-19 coronavirus cases continue to slow.
  • U.S. lawmakers urge world leaders to back Taiwan's participation in WHO CNA 09 May 2020 -- Leaders of the United States congressional foreign affairs committees sent a letter to 55 countries Thursday, urging them to support Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Taiwan reports no new COVID-19 cases Friday; total remains 440 CNA 08 May 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed no new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, keeping the total at 440 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Chinese military Y-8 transporter expelled from Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 08 May 2020 -- A Chinese military Y-8 transport aircraft entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) while flying over waters southwest of the country Friday, shortly before being chased away by Taiwanese fighter jets, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said.
  • Tsai asks Su to remain premier for second presidential term CNA 08 May 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced Friday that incumbent Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) will continue to lead the Cabinet after the inaugural ceremony for her second term on May 20.
  • Taiwan reports 1 new imported case of COVID-19; total now at 440 CNA 07 May 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed one new imported case of the COVID-19 coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the total to 440 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan mulling new rules for return of citizens with COVID-19 CNA 07 May 2020 -- Taiwan is considering changing its current entry regulations for its citizens who contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus abroad, making it mandatory for them to meet certain health criteria, the Central Epidemic Commend Center (CECC) said Thursday.
  • Doctors inhibit key COVID-19 complication with blood purification CNA 07 May 2020 -- State-run Taoyuan General Hospital said Thursday it successfully used blood purification techniques to treat a patient suffering from complications of COVID-19, though a government expert cautioned more research is needed to determine the overall efficacy of the treatment.
  • 10-minute COVID-19 antibody test kit developed in Taiwan CNA 07 May 2020 -- A rapid antibody test kit for COVID-19 developed by a local biomedical company that can deliver results in just 10 minutes has passed clinical trials and is ready for mass production, a company official said Thursday.
  • U.S. secretary of state urges WHO chief to invite Taiwan to WHA CNA 07 May 2020 -- United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called on the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) to invite Taiwan to this year's World Health Assembly (WHA), saying it is within a WHO director-general's power to do so.
  • Cyberattacks on Democratic Taiwan Set to Rise Ahead of President's Inauguration Radio Free Asia 07 May 2020 -- Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen approaches her second inauguration later this month amid malware attacks on two of the island's major petrochemical companies that are believed to have come from China.
  • Taiwan confirms 1 new imported case of COVID-19; total at 439 CNA 06 May 2020 -- One new imported case of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was confirmed in Taiwan on Wednesday, bringing the total to 439 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • COVID-19 vaccine candidate shows promising results in early testing CNA 06 May 2020 -- Taiwan's Adimmune Corporation said Wednesday that it has developed a COVID-19 vaccine candidate that has shown promising results in tests on lab rodents, and that it plans to begin human trials in the second half of this year.
  • Taiwanese stranded in China's Hubei free to return CNA 06 May 2020 -- Taiwanese nationals still stranded in the Chinese province of Hubei due to COVID-19-related travel restrictions will be free to return home on commercial flights from Friday, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.
  • Army helicopter makes 'hard landing' during drill; pilots safe CNA 06 May 2020 -- An Army helicopter sustained minor damage during a "hard landing" at a military base in Taiwan on Wednesday, but the two pilots were uninjured, according to Taiwan's Army Aviation and Special Forces Command (AASFC).
  • US Rallies Support to Back Taiwan's WHO Bid VOA 06 May 2020 -- The United States is rallying support to back Taiwan's observer status in the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), leading into its annual meeting May 17-21.
  • Five diplomatic allies prod WHO to review Taiwan's status CNA 06 May 2020 -- Five of Taiwan's diplomatic allies have put forth a proposal for the issue of Taiwan's exclusion from the World Health Organization (WHO) to be put on the agenda for discussion by its decision-making body later this month.
  • Taiwan security officials link cyberattacks to Tsai inauguration CNA 06 May 2020 -- Security officials suspect that recent cyberattacks on petrochemical companies in Taiwan could be linked to President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) second-term inauguration on May 20, but did not offer specifics Wednesday to support their claim.
  • Taiwan reports no new COVID-19 cases Tuesday; total remains 438 CNA 05 May 2020 -- Taiwan reported no new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, with the total number of confirmed cases remaining at 438, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan to donate 7 million more masks to countries worldwide CNA 05 May 2020 -- Taiwan will start a third round of mask donations soon, giving more than 7 million surgical face masks to countries around the world to help with their response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.
  • Nine of 129 returnees from Delhi tested for abnormal symptoms CNA 05 May 2020 -- Nine of the 129 passengers who returned to Taiwan early Tuesday after being stranded in India and Bangladesh because of the COVID-19 outbreak have been tested for the disease after reporting possible symptoms, immigration officials said.
  • Taiwan accuses WHO of being 'irresponsible' on Taiwan issue CNA 05 May 2020 -- Taiwan's health minister on Tuesday accused the World Health Organization (WHO) of being "irresponsible" in the face of requests from some of its members and Taipei to allow Taiwan to attend this year's World Health Assembly (WHA).
  • Two WHO members propose to discuss Taiwan WHA participation: WHO CNA 05 May 2020 -- Two World Health Organization (WHO) members have proposed to discuss Taiwan's participation in this year's World Health Assembly (WHA), a WHO officer said Monday, though he did not specify which two members they were.
  • US bid to bring Taiwan to WHO table 'will backfire' Global Times 05 May 2020 -- Trying desperately to distract public attention from its botched coronavirus response, Washington is excessively provoking China on the Taiwan question by helping the island's separatist authority to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA). But analysts said the attempt could backfire and Washington's tricks to pick a diplomatic fight could irresponsibly paralyze WHO in the pandemic.
  • WHO reiterates PRC's status as only one legitimate representative of China within UN system People's Daily 05 May 2020 -- The People's Republic of China (PRC) is the only one legitimate representative of China within the UN system, an official from the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.
  • Taiwan confirms 1 new case of COVID-19; total at 437 CNA 04 May 2020 -- One new case of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was confirmed in Taiwan on Monday, bringing the total to 437 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • One more person tests positive in Navy Panshi cluster CNA 04 May 2020 -- A new case of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) resulting from a cluster infection on board a naval ship was confirmed by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday evening, raising the total number infections in Taiwan to 438.
  • 367 Navy sailors test negative for COVID-19, released from quarantine CNA 04 May 2020 -- A group of 367 Navy sailors, who were on a flotilla that had a recent outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus, were released from quarantine Monday after testing negative for the virus.
  • Taiwan takes part in PACAF teleconference on COVID-19 response CNA 04 May 2020 -- Taiwan was among 19 countries that participated in a video conference on the response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, which was held last week by the United States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF).
  • Taiwan's annual war game to test reservist mobilization CNA 04 May 2020 -- The 2020 edition of Taiwan's annual war games, the Han Kuang exercises (漢光演習), will test its ability to mobilize reserve forces at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the militaries of many countries, Taiwan's defense chief said Monday.
  • Taiwan's intelligence head grilled over Kim Jong-un health remark CNA 04 May 2020 -- Taiwan's intelligence chief has defended his widely cited assessment last Thursday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was sick a day before the dictator made an appearance at a May Day celebration.
  • Taiwan reports no new COVID-19 cases Sunday; total remains 432 CNA 03 May 2020 -- Taiwan reported no new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, with the total number of confirmed cases remaining at 432, after three new cases the previous day ended six consecutive days of zero new infections in the country, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Four more test positive in Navy Panshi cluster CNA 03 May 2020 -- Four military personnel from a COVID-19 infection cluster on board the Navy's Panshi Fast Combat Support Ship tested positive on Sunday, as a result of which the ship's crew will remain in quarantine, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Over 700 naval personnel complete COVID-19 quarantine CNA 03 May 2020 -- Over 700 navy personnel quarantined because of a cluster COVID-19 coronavirus infection on board a naval ship, could be released Monday morning pending final test results, according to Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan military vessels to be equipped with COVID-19 tests CNA 03 May 2020 -- Taiwan's military vessels will soon be equipped with quick Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests, a method for rapidly diagnosing COVID-19, to prevent cluster spreading of the coronavirus, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said Sunday.
  • New Taipei to re-open public venues CNA 03 May 2020 -- New Taipei City will start to gradually re-open shuttered public venues from Monday after a 45-day shutdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease, Mayor Hou Yu-ih (侯友宜) announced Sunday.
  • Taiwan confirms 3 new cases of COVID-19; total at 432 CNA 02 May 2020 -- Three new cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were confirmed in Taiwan on Saturday, bringing the total to 432 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Face masks prevent COVID-19 from spreading: CECC official CNA 02 May 2020 -- Taiwan's relatively low COVID-19 transmission rate can be attributed to the fact that a majority of people in the country wear face masks in public, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) advisor Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said on Saturday.
  • COVID-19 transmission highest within a week of symptom onset: study CNA 02 May 2020 -- The viral transmission of COVID-19 has been found to be highest within a week of the onset of symptoms, according to a medical study authored by a Taiwanese research team published by the American Medical Association Friday.
  • Taiwan sent letter to WHO, has yet to receive reply: health ministry CNA 03 May 2020 -- Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) recently sent a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) asking to participate in the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA), but has yet to receive a reply, an MOHW official said Sunday.
  • Taiwan thanks global supporters, blasts China over WHO remarks CNA 03 May 2020 -- Taiwan's representative office in Geneva on Saturday expressed gratitude to countries that have voiced support for its participation in World Health Organization (WHO) events, following a statement by China reiterating its long-held stance that Taiwan is part of its territory.
  • China should not squash Taiwan's aspirations to play global role: KMT CNA 03 May 2020 -- Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang (KMT) has called for policymakers in Beijing not to ignore the aspirations of Taiwanese people to participate in the international community because of political disagreements.
  • Taiwan reduced dependence on China long before pandemic: economists CNA 03 May 2020 -- Taiwanese businesses had already started to reduce their dependence on China before the ongoing COVID-19 conoravirus pandemic, because of trade friction and growing uncertainty about the future of globalization, economists said.
  • U.S. launches online campaign urging Taiwan's inclusion in WHA CNA 02 May 2020 -- The United States State Department on Friday launched a "Tweet for Taiwan" campaign calling for Taiwan's inclusion in the World Health Assembly (WHA), drawing supportive responses from figures across the U.S. government.
  • WHO internal power play key to Taiwan's WHA bid: observers CNA 02 May 2020 -- Despite open support from like-minded countries, especially the United States, whether Taiwan is invited to participate in this year's World Health Assembly (WHA) will depend on a power play within the World Health Organization (WHO), Taiwanese observers said.
  • China firmly opposes US support for Taiwan's participation in UN Global Times 02 May 2020 -- The US UN mission has gravely interfered with China's internal affairs by openly supporting Taiwan's participation in the United Nations, said a spokesperson of the permanent mission of China to the UN.
  • No new COVID-19 cases for 6th day, but masks still required CNA 01 May 2020 -- Taiwan did not record any new COVID-19 cases for a sixth consecutive day Friday, but the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) still advised that people wear masks when visiting crowded places over the Labor Day long weekend.
  • Taiwan places export ban on hand sanitizers, disinfectants CNA 01 May 2020 -- Taiwan has placed a temporary export ban on 75 percent alcohol hand sanitizers and disinfectants, effective Friday, a day after the temporary ban on face mask exports was extended, according to the Bureau of Foreign Trade.
  • Taiwan, Vatican team up to provide facial masks to Africa CNA 01 May 2020 -- In a spirit of collaboration, the Holy See will donate 100,000 surgical face masks provided by Taiwan to certain African countries to help them combat the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Taiwan's ambassador to the Vatican Matthew Lee (李世明) said Friday.
  • CECC loosens restrictions on visits to nursing homes CNA 01 May 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday loosened restrictions on visits to nursing homes as Taiwan recorded its sixth consecutive day of zero new COVID-19 coronavirus infections.
  • U.S. seeking to help Taiwan regain WHO observer status: report CNA 01 May 2020 -- The United States is reportedly seeking the support of key allies to restore Taiwan's observer status at the World Health Organization (WHO) amid an intensified confrontation with China at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic as the U.S. 2020 presidential election approaches.
  • Little movement expected in near-term cross-strait ties: report CNA 01 May 2020 -- Neither a breakthrough in relations nor an increase in tensions across the Taiwan Strait are likely at the moment as Taiwan and China focus on the COVID-19 epidemic and the economic impact of the disease, a report by an American group has argued.
  • Change in Netherlands' office name in Taiwan is "playing with fire," poses risk to ties with Chinese mainland: experts Global Times 01 May 2020 -- The Netherlands took down a video clip in which it changed the trade and investment in Taiwan to the Netherlands office Taipei a day after the video was released. Chinese experts warned that the country's move is "playing with fire" and poses a risk to ties with the Chi-nese mainland.



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