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August 2020 - Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • Declassified cables reveal U.S. assurances on Taiwan's defense CNA 31 Aug 2020 -- Washington's release of two declassified cables from nearly 40 years ago on its security assurances to Taiwan reflect the United States' commitment to Taiwan at a time when it is under threat from China, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Monday.
  • Military allocates budget to buy tactical UAVs, boost radar capability CNA 31 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan's military has allocated budgets to buy Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (TUAVs), underwater vehicles, and to improve its radar surveillance and camouflage capabilities in response to the increasing military threat from China, according to a defense budget proposal it submitted to lawmakers for review on Monday.
  • PLA's electronic warfare capability serious threat to Taiwan: MND CNA 31 Aug 2020 -- The buildup and deployment of advanced electronic warfare units by the People's Liberation Army along China's southeastern coast could potentially pose a serious threat to Taiwan's defenses, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said on Monday.
  • U.S. destroyer transits Taiwan Strait CNA 31 Aug 2020 -- An American destroyer sailed south through the Taiwan Strait on Monday in a "regular operation," the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Monday.
  • US intends to force China to 'fire first shot' over Taiwan Global Times 31 Aug 2020 -- A US military aircraft appeared in the skies over Taiwan on Sunday, which was suspected of taking off from a Taiwan-based airfield and flew to Japan, although the Taiwan "air force" said it was against the facts. The incident took place as the island's military claims that the Chinese mainland does not possess "enough capabilities" to launch an all-out attack on Taiwan.
  • Taiwan, Czech choose to live in democracy: Czech senate president CNA 31 Aug 2020 -- Visiting Czech Senate President Miloš Vystrčil said on Monday that the biggest feature shared by Taiwanese and Czechs is that they both choose to live in democratic and free societies.
  • Czech Senate president witnesses MOU signings in Taiwan CNA 31 Aug 2020 -- Czech Senate President Miloš Vystrčil on Monday witnessed the signing of three documents on smart industry cooperation during an economic forum, the first official activity of his six-day visit to Taiwan.
  • China summons Czech envoy, warns Czech officials of paying 'heavy price' for Taiwan visit Global Times 31 Aug 2020 -- China has summoned Czech Ambassador to China to protest over Czech senate speaker's visit to Taiwan while Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi during his ongoing visit to Europe made a rare strongly worded response to the speaker's act, sending a strong message to other European countries that playing tricks with Taiwan island will pay a heavy price.
  • Wang Yi: Anyone who challenges one-China principle will pay 'heavy price' Global Times 31 Aug 2020 -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said during his visit in Germany on Monday that anyone who challenges the one-China principle will pay a heavy price, referring to the Czech Senate speaker's Taiwan visit.
  • Positive COVID-19 case in Shanghai likely originated in U.S.: CECC CNA 30 Aug 2020 -- A Taiwanese national who recently tested positive for COVID-19 in Shanghai after arriving from Taipei was likely infected with the disease in the United States, a spokesman with the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Sunday.
  • Shanghai reports another imported COVID-19 case from Taiwan CNA 30 Aug 2020 -- Shanghai reported an imported COVID-19 case from Taiwan on Sunday, the third this month, but it has not answered Taiwan's request for further details on the case, according to Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • COVID-19 airport tests to be changed to deep-throat saliva tests CNA 30 Aug 2020 -- Travelers arriving at airports in Taiwan who have to be tested for COVID-19 will be given deep-throat saliva tests instead of throat swab tests starting Sept. 1, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Sunday.
  • China Says Czech Senate Speaker's Trip to Taiwan Breaches Sovereignty Sputnik 30 Aug 2020 -- The Chinese embassy in Prague said on Sunday it saw the trip to Taiwan by Milos Vystrcil, the speaker of the Czech parliament's upper house, as a violation of the one-China policy.
  • China's 'Coercive Diplomacy' Backfires as Czech Senate Delegation Visits Taiwan VOA 30 Aug 2020 -- In defiance of China, a delegation, led by Czech Senate President Miloš Vystrčil, Sunday arrived in Taiwan on a six-day visit – the highest-level exchange between the two countries to cement economic and cultural ties.
  • Taiwan confirms new imported case of COVID-19 CNA 29 Aug 2020 -- A Taiwanese man tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday after having returned from the Philippines two days earlier, bringing to the number of cases in Taiwan to date to 488.
  • Backed by Lockheed Martin, Taiwan Unveils Asia's First Repair Hub for F-16 Fighter Jets VOA 29 Aug 2020 -- A maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) center for Taiwan's fleet of F-16 fighter jets has officially opened on the island amid growing tensions between Taiwan and China.
  • Taiwan opens F-16 fighter jet maintenance center in Taichung CNA 28 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan on Friday opened a new F-16 fighter jet maintenance center in Taichung, the first such facility in Asia, to upgrade the nation's fleet of 142 F-16 fighters and eventually perform repairs on aircraft from other countries.
  • Defiant Taiwan president unveils F-16 hub amid tensions with China Press TV 28 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has unveiled a US-backed maintenance hub for upgraded F-16 fighters, saying she will not be "bowing and cringing" to China over the self-ruled island's "sovereignty."
  • US Sale of F-16s to Taiwan May Inflame China, But Also Keep Beijing at Bay VOA 28 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan's agreement this month to buy $8 billion worth of advanced F-16 fighter jets from the United States will prompt threats from China against the island and in turn spark more anti-China action by Washington, but eventually help keep Beijing at bay, experts say.
  • Low rates of COVID-19 exposure found in Changhua antibody study CNA 27 Aug 2020 -- A testing program for COVID-19 antibodies carried out by Changhua County has found low rates of exposure among high-risk population groups, in a significant validation of Taiwan's efforts to control the disease.
  • Adimmune starts COVID-19 vaccine trial CNA 27 Aug 2020 -- Taiwanese drug maker Adimmune Corp. on Thursday said it has started the first phase of human trials for its experimental COVID-19 vaccine this week, with Phase 2 likely to follow in November if everything goes well.
  • Tsai highlights Taiwan's COVID-19 efforts with Australia CNA 27 Aug 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Thursday highlighted cooperative efforts between Taiwan and Australia in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and called for closer economic ties between the two countries.
  • U.S. makes public photo of refueling of Taiwan's aircraft CNA 27 Aug 2020 -- Military planes between Taiwan and the United States conducted air refueling missions in U.S. airspace recently, according to a photo posted by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) on its Facebook page on Thursday.
  • Thwarting cross-Straits exchanges hurts Taiwan's development: MOFCOM Global Times 27 Aug 2020 -- Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities in the island of Taiwan have been trying to thwart exchanges and cross-Straits cooperation for some time, and that will only curb the growth of Taiwan's economy, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) spokesperson Gao Feng told reporters on Thursday, responding to whether the cross-Straits Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) will continue.
  • China opposes any official exchanges and military ties between US and Taiwan: Defense Spokesperson PLA Daily 27 Aug 2020 -- "Taiwan is an inalienable part of China, China resolutely opposes any form of "Taiwan independence" separatist actions and any form of official exchanges and military ties between the US and the Taiwan region, this stance is clear and definite," said Senior Colonel Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of National Defense, at a monthly regular press conference on Thursday.
  • Chinese Coast Guard Seizes Boat, Arrests 12 Hong Kong Protesters Radio Free Asia 27 Aug 2020 -- Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have detained more than 10 people believed to be Hong Kong activists fleeing to the democratic island of Taiwan amid a national security crackdown in their home city.
  • Mainland maritime police seize HK rioters at sea upon escaping Global Times 27 Aug 2020 -- Chinese mainland maritime police arrested more than 10 people suspected of illegally crossing the border in waters under mainland jurisdiction, among whom Hong Kong media reported was an anti-government rioter who violated the national security law for Hong Kong and was released on bail pending investigation.
  • Mainland Affairs Council urges Hong Kongers to enter Taiwan legally CNA 27 Aug 2020 -- People from Hong Kong should follow existing legal channels if they wish to move to Taiwan, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said on Thursday, following a report of Hong Kongers being caught by China's coast guard while trying to flee to the island in a speed boat.
  • Filipina tests positive for COVID-19 after leaving Taiwan CNA 26 Aug 2020 -- A woman from the Philippines tested positive for COVID-19 after leaving Taiwan recently, but has shown no symptoms of the disease so far, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.
  • Taiwan removes South Korea from COVID-19 'low-to-moderate' risk list CNA 26 Aug 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday removed South Korea from its list of countries from which business travelers can apply for shorter quarantine periods upon arrival in Taiwan, citing a recent surge in cases there over the past two weeks.
  • Taiwan, US announce joint 5G security declaration CNA 26 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan and the United States are working closely to raise awareness globally about risks related to 5G networks and will continue to work with like-minded partners to develop 5G guidelines and best practices, according to a joint declaration on 5G security released by the two countries in Taipei Wednesday.
  • Somaliland representative office in Taiwan set to open in September CNA 26 Aug 2020 -- Somaliland is set to officially open its representative office in Taiwan in early September with a staff of five, the representative of the self-declared East African state to Taiwan, Mohamed Omar Hagi Mohamoud, said Wednesday.
  • Some contacts of COVID-19-infected Taiwanese in Shanghai test negative CNA 25 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan has listed 33 people as contacts of a Taiwanese national reported in Shanghai on Sunday to have contracted COVID-19, and 14 of them have tested negative for the virus while testing is ongoing for the remainder.
  • Mass-testing for COVID-19 could strain Taiwan's health system: CECC CNA 25 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan has avoided instituting large-scale testing for COVID-19 because of the strain that a glut of false positive and false negative test results could put on the nation's health system, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) reiterated Tuesday.
  • Military police to get CM-34 armored vehicles CNA 25 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Tuesday said it is placing an additional order of 21 CM-34 "Clouded Leopard" eight-wheeled armored vehicles, to be deployed to the country's Military Police Command.
  • US deeply involved in Taiwan Island's politics, peaceful reunification unlikely: former KMT official Global Times 25 Aug 2020 -- The US has deeply involved in the island of Taiwan's politics, and the possibility of a peaceful reunification is fading, the former deputy secretary-general of the Kuomintang (KMT) Tsai Cheng-Yuan said in an exclusive interview with the Global Times.
  • Taiwan considering making foreign arrivals pay for COVID-19 test CNA 24 Aug 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday said it is mulling whether if there is a need for arriving foreign nationals to undergo a self-paid COVID-19 test after their mandatory 14-day quarantine.
  • Shanghai reports imported COVID-19 case from Taiwan CNA 24 Aug 2020 -- Shanghai recently reported an imported COVID-19 case from Taiwan but has not replied to Taiwanese requests for more information on the patient, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday.
  • Delay in COVID antibody results announcement raises questions CNA 24 Aug 2020 -- The results of a large-scale testing program for COVID-19 antibodies by National Taiwan University's (NTU) College of Public Health in collaboration with Changhua County, originally scheduled to be made public Tuesday, has been canceled, professor Chan Chang-chuan (詹長權) from the college announced Sunday.
  • Security cooperation between Washington, Taipei a 'dark history' of interfering in China's internal affairs: FM Global Times 24 Aug 2020 -- The Chinese mainland authority on Taiwan Affairs on Monday urged the US obey the one-China principle and stop sending the wrong signals to "Taiwan independence" forces, after an American diplomat attended a commemoration of a battle near Kinmen in the 1950s, which was also known as the start of the second crisis across the Taiwan Straits.
  • US military tactics over Taiwan exposed as PLA stands ready Global Times 24 Aug 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been holding consecutive, concentrated military drills in all four major Chinese sea regions since mid-August, which is seen as a direct and strong response to the recent negative moves by Taiwan secessionists and the US, but the US military has not restrained its provocations and even bolstered its military operations around the island of Taiwan.
  • Observers: Taiwan Positioned for Role in Wealth Management and Corporate Financing VOA 24 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan is well-positioned to seize potential capital outflows triggered by the enactment of a new security law in Hong Kong and the intensifying trade frictions between the United States and China, three analysts told VOA.
  • Taipei donates personal protective equipment to San Francisco CNA 23 Aug 2020 -- The Taipei City government donated a shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE), including surgical masks, to San Francisco earlier this month to help the American sister city combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said Sunday.
  • Former Taiwan regional leader defends criticism of DPP's US-leaning policy following pledge to prevent war with mainland Global Times 23 Aug 2020 -- The former leader of Taiwan island, Ma Ying-jeou, said his Saturday criticism toward the current Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration that the latter is pushing the island toward the verge of war was spot on, after its current leader, Tsai Ying-wen, fired criticism at him for his earlier remarks.
  • US official joins Taiwan's president in marking controversial anniversary Press TV 23 Aug 2020 -- The United States' top representative in Taiwan has for the first time joined the self-ruled island's leader in a controversial ceremony commemorating the anniversary of Taiwan's last major battle with China.
  • Taiwan reports new imported case of COVID-19 CNA 22 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed one new imported case of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number in the country since the start of the pandemic to 487, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • CECC 'won't allow' local governments to do universal COVID-19 testing CNA 22 Aug 2020 -- Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said Saturday that the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), which he heads, will not allow local governments to test all arriving COVID-19 passengers without a coordinated response from the CECC.
  • 18 non-quarantine hotels in Taipei take quarantine guests: gov't CNA 22 Aug 2020 -- Eighteen non-quarantine hotels in Taipei have been found to be in violation of COVID-19 epidemic prevention rules by accommodating guests under quarantine, the Taipei City government announced Friday, demanding the hotels rectify the problem by Aug. 28.
  • All tests negative in contact tracing of two exported COVID-19 cases: CECC CNA 22 Aug 2020 -- A total of 17 people, identified as contacts of two COVID-19 patients who were recent travelers from Taiwan, have all tested negative for the disease, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday.
  • Tsai gives scathing response to ex-President Ma's warning of war CNA 22 Aug 2020 -- Former President Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) on Saturday accused the Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) administration of pushing Taiwan to the brink of war with China, drawing the ire of Tsai and her officials, who said that peace cannot be achieved by being weak on sovereignty issues.
  • Will US Make Clear-cut Commitment to Defend Taiwan From China? VOA 21 Aug 2020 -- For almost 70 years, the United States has never explicitly committed itself to the defense of Taiwan against Chinese invasion. Now, with U.S.-China relations at a historic low, worries over a Chinese assault on Taiwan are growing, and the fundamental U.S. policy may be changing.
  • COVID-19 brings Taiwan's travel income, expenses to new low in Q2 CNA 21 Aug 2020 -- Border controls resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic caused Taiwan's travel income and expenses to plunge for the second quarter of this year to a new low since the data started to be collated in 1984, according to the central bank.
  • Taiwan an 'exporter' of COVID-19 Global Times 21 Aug 2020 -- Netizens and media outlets in Taiwan who called the island an "exporter" of COVID-19 cases said the "epidemic control myth" of the island that has been boasted by the Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has turned to a broken dream, after several countries and regions have reported confirmed cases from the island.
  • Taiwan hinders Chinese mainland investment, hurts own interests Global Times 21 Aug 2020 -- The Taiwan authority is hindering Chinese mainland investment in Taiwan, prohibiting Taiwanese businesses from cooperating with mainland-related enterprises, which is hurting the interests and well-being of Taiwanese, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said on Friday.
  • Adimmune gets green light to start human trials of COVID-19 vaccine CNA 20 Aug 2020 -- An experimental COVID-19 vaccine developed by Taiwanese maker Adimmune Corp. has been given the green light to start human trials, making it the first in the country to receive approval, Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Thursday.
  • Chinese spy ship spotted near Taiwan during missile tests: source CNA 20 Aug 2020 -- A Chinese reconnaissance vessel was seen recently off the east coast of Taiwan, during a series of live-fire missile tests conducted by the Taiwan military's top research institute, a military source said Thursday.
  • Taiwan slams China, Somalia for criticism of Somaliland office CNA 20 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan's foreign ministry on Thursday responded to criticism from China and Somalia on the exchange of offices between Taiwan and Somaliland, slamming their promotion of the "one China principle" and "one Somalia principle."
  • Vietnamese infected during quarantine; 3 other COVID-19 cases closed: CECC CNA 19 Aug 2020 -- A Vietnamese migrant worker, who recently tested positive for COVID-19 in his home country after leaving Taiwan, was likely infected while he was in quarantine there, Vietnam health authorities told Taiwan on Wednesday.
  • CECC defends probe of local health bureau that found COVID-19 case CNA 19 Aug 2020 -- Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), on Wednesday defended his decision to launch an investigation into the Changhua County Health Bureau, saying it was not clear why the bureau had tested an asymptomatic teenager for COVID-19 after his recent return from the United States.
  • Foreign students below tertiary level now allowed to enter Taiwan: MOE CNA 19 Aug 2020 -- New and current international students enrolled in elementary and secondary schools in Taiwan will be allowed to enter the country with immediate effect, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said Wednesday, as Taiwan further eased its border restrictions.
  • CECC looking into 3 COVID-19 cases that Taiwan may have exported CNA 19 Aug 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) was unable to offer much insight Wednesday into three COVID-19 cases detected in nearby countries that may have originated in Taiwan, but said it was checking their contacts in Taiwan.
  • U.S. identifies warship that sailed through Taiwan Strait CNA 19 Aug 2020 -- A U.S. warship that recently sailed through the Taiwan Strait has been identified as the USS Mustin, a destroyer, according to a Facebook post by the U.S. Seventh Fleet on Wednesday.
  • PLA sends stern warning to US warship for transit in Taiwan Straits Global Times 19 Aug 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command said Wednesday it sent naval and air forces to track and monitor the movements of the USS Mustin destroyer as it sailed through the Taiwan Straits on Tuesday and warned the US against making frequent negative moves on the Taiwan question.
  • US move seriously undermines peace in Taiwan Strait: Spokesman PLA Daily 19 Aug 2020 -- The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin sailed through the Taiwan Strait on August 18, which was tracked and monitored by the naval and aerial forces under the Chinese PLA Eastern Theater Command (ETC) for the entire course, said Senior Colonel Zhang Chunhui, spokesman for the PLA ETC , in a written statement published on Wednesday.
  • Taiwan to Ban Chinese Media Apps Over Security Concerns Radio Free Asia 19 Aug 2020 -- Authorities in Taiwan are set to fully ban Chinese streaming platforms iQiyi and Tencent from operating on the democratic island, removing a final loophole that had routed their content via Hong Kong-listed partner companies.
  • Taiwan reports new COVID-19 case, updates status of Malaysian case CNA 18 Aug 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday reported a new case of COVID-19 imported from the Philippines and provided updates regarding the test results of contacts of a Malaysian man who was confirmed to have the disease after he had already left Taiwan.
  • Yunlin man breaks home quarantine, caught at local karaoke club CNA 18 Aug 2020 -- A man in Yunlin County was caught over the weekend for violating his home quarantine restriction after returning from a recent trip abroad, the county's Police Bureau said on Tuesday.
  • Name of Taiwan's office in Somaliland significant: MOFA CNA 18 Aug 2020 -- The newly opened Taiwan Representative Office in Somaliland is the only overseas office using the term "Taiwan," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday, describing it as a significant achievement diplomatically.
  • Taiwan island sets up office in Somaliland, shows desperate separatist attempts: FM Global Times 18 Aug 2020 -- China opposes the establishment of official institutions or official exchanges between the island of Taiwan and Somaliland, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said, after Taiwan set up a representative office in the self-claimed state in Africa.
  • President Tsai makes pitch for Taiwan-U.S. trade agreement CNA 18 Aug 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Tuesday that a bilateral trade agreement (BTA) between Taiwan and the United States would be mutually beneficial and would help to strengthen their existing trade and business exchanges.
  • CECC disputes Malaysia's claim of imported COVID-19 case from Taiwan CNA 17 Aug 2020 -- A Malaysian man who recently tested positive for COVID-19 after returning home from Taiwan most likely did not contract the virus in Taiwan, as claimed by the health ministry in his country, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday.
  • Adimmune's COVID-19 vaccine could soon enter clinical trial CNA 17 Aug 2020 -- An experimental COVID-19 vaccine developed by Taiwanese maker Adimmune Corp. has been given conditional approval to enter human trials, according to Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday.
  • Taiwan opens representative office in Somaliland CNA 17 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan has formally opened a representative office in Somaliland, a self-declared East African state, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) confirmed Monday.
  • No injuries reported in Taoyuan military warehouse blaze CNA 16 Aug 2020 -- A fire broke out at a military warehouse in northern Taoyuan City Sunday, but no fatalities or injuries were reported, the military said that day.
  • Two new imported COVID-19 cases recorded in Taiwan CNA 16 Aug 2020 -- Two people who returned to Taiwan recently have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the country since the start of the pandemic to 484, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Sunday.
  • Testing, quarantine for arrivals from Philippines gives security: MECO CNA 16 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan's recent universal testing and centralized quarantine measures for all arrivals from the Philippines to curb the spread of COVID-19 gives the Filipino community in Taiwan a sense of security, a leading official from the Philippine representative office in Taipei said Sunday.
  • Taiwan donates surgical face masks to Argentina CNA 16 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan has donated 20,000 surgical face masks to Argentina that will be distributed to the nation's medical centers located in areas worst-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwan's representative to Argentina Hsieh Chun-teh (謝俊得) said on Saturday.
  • Mainland, not US, to decide time of national reunification Global Times 16 Aug 2020 -- The Chinese mainland will not let the US decide when and how to reunify the island of Taiwan, and as the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has an overwhelming advantage in the region, reunifying Taiwan by force is not urgent as long as the separatist authority on the island and Washington do not cross the red line, said mainland experts on Sunday in response to a sensational projection by a US Navy think tank that the mainland could launch an attack on Taiwan in January, 2021.
  • CECC seeking info on man diagnosed with COVID-19 after leaving Taiwan CNA 15 Aug 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday said it was seeking additional information on a man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 in Malaysia Friday after arriving from Taiwan earlier this month.
  • Taiwan sees new COVID-19 case imported from Philippines CNA 15 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan on Saturday recorded one new case of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 482 since the pandemic began, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • F-16 fighter jet deal deemed another US provocation amid rising Taiwan Straits tensions Global Times 15 Aug 2020 -- The island of Taiwan has formally signed an agreement with US arms firm Lockheed Martin to buy 66 F-16V fighter jets, reports said on Saturday, further raising tensions in the Taiwan Straits, and coming just two days after the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) announced large-scale drills in response to US provocations and Taiwan secessionist activities.
  • Taiwan sings deal to purchase US F-16 fighter jets amid tensions with China Press TV 15 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan has signed a 62-billion-dollar deal to purchase F-16 fighter jets from the United States - the biggest arms pact between Washington and Taipei which is expected to increase tensions with China.
  • U.S. condemns Chinese military exercises in Taiwan Strait CNA 15 Aug 2020 -- The United States State Department on Friday said it "strongly objects" to China's attempts to "coerce" Taiwan, one day after the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) announced that it had recently conducted military exercises in the Taiwan Strait.
  • Hong Kongers granted residency in Taiwan jump 116% CNA 15 Aug 2020 -- The number of Hong Kong residents awarded residency in Taiwan during the first six months of this year totaled 3,161, up 116 percent from the same period of 2019, according to the latest immigration statistics.
  • Taiwan will never yield to Chinese provocation: MAC CNA 14 Aug 2020 -- Following a statement by China's People's Liberation Army on military exercises in the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan's government said Thursday it will never yield to provocations by Beijing.
  • Hong Kong's Plight Casts Shadow Over Taiwan's Diplomatic Coups VOA 14 Aug 2020 -- China's crackdown on democratic freedoms in Hong Kong has generated strong reactions in Taiwan, where senior officials are mourning Hong Kong's losses even as they revel in a rare surge of diplomatic attention themselves.
  • Public health experts debate universal COVID-19 testing CNA 13 Aug 2020 -- Public health experts on Wednesday offered differing views on whether Taiwan should test all incoming arrivals for COVID-19, at a press conference held by National Taiwan University (NTU) as part of a broader effort to engage with the public on the issue.
  • Public warned against buying masks falsely advertised as made in Taiwan CNA 13 Aug 2020 -- A pharmaceutical association in Taipei said Thursday that people should be on the alert against false labeling of surgical masks sold in some online stores, which are advertising the products as made in Taiwan.
  • PLA holds consecutive, realistic drills in Taiwan Straits in response to secessionist moves Global Times 13 Aug 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command recently systematically sent troops from multiple military branches into multiple directions and organized consecutive, realistic drills in the Taiwan Straits and its northern and southern ends, the command announced on Thursday.
  • PLA's 'unprecedented drills' in Taiwan Straits for deterrence, actual combat: observers Global Times 13 Aug 2020 -- The Chinese mainland openly warned Taiwan secessionists by conducting massive military drills in the Taiwan Straits on Thursday. Chinese experts said this is a clear and unprecedented deterrence toward secessionists of the island as well as the US, as the Trump administration has increased its links with the Taiwan secessionist authority, and the possibility of peaceful reunification is decreasing sharply.
  • PLA's Eastern Theater Command conducts exercises in Taiwan Straits PLA Daily 13 Aug 2020 -- The People's Liberation Army's Eastern Theater Command has recently carried out combat exercises in the Taiwan Straits and surrounding waters to verify and boost its interservice joint operation capability, a military spokesman said.
  • Taiwan's potential deployment of US-made missiles, mines easy to counter: experts Global Times 13 Aug 2020 -- The island of Taiwan is reportedly in discussions with the US over the purchase of cruise missiles and sea mines, and claimed they will potentially be deployed as coastal defense and amphibious landing deterrence. The intention to purchase these weapons only emphasized Taiwan's outdated war concepts and military technologies, and their potential deployment can be easily countered by the People's Liberation Army (PLA), Chinese mainland experts said on Thursday.
  • China says military drills near Taiwan were 'necessary' to defend sovereignty Press TV 13 Aug 2020 -- China's military says recent military drills near Taiwan were "necessary action" to safeguard Chinese sovereignty and territorial integrity.
  • Taiwan to seek closer security ties, trade agreement with U.S.: Tsai CNA 13 Aug 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said on Wednesday that Taiwan will continue to work closely with the United States during her second term, with the focus on establishing a constructive security relationship, beginning negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) and strengthening engagement with other like-minded democracies.
  • China opposes U.S-Taiwan official interactions under any pretext: FM People's Daily 13 Aug 2020 -- Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Wednesday said China firmly opposed any official interactions between the United States and Taiwan under any pretext.
  • Taiwan Indicts Three Parliamentary Aides For Spying For China Radio Free Asia 13 Aug 2020 -- Prosecutors in Taiwan on Thursday indicted three former legislative aides for trying to access President Tsai Ing-wen's medical records for China's state security police.
  • Former legislative aides indicted over espionage for China CNA 13 Aug 2020 -- Three former legislative aides were indicted Thursday on suspicion of involvement in developing a spy network in Taiwan for Chinese intelligence.
  • Ex-legislative aides indicted for espionage released on bail CNA 13 Aug 2020 -- Two of three former legislative aides charged with spying and developing a spy network in Taiwan for China were released on bail Thursday, hours after their indictment earlier the same day.
  • Taiwan reports new COVID-19 case, reclassifies Vietnam disease risk CNA 12 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday reported a new imported case of COVID-19 from the Philippines, and reclassified Vietnam as a country that is at low-to-moderate risk for the disease.
  • New quarantine rule on arrivals from Philippines takes effect CNA 12 Aug 2020 -- Three passengers arriving from the Philippines were sent to an official quarantine area Wednesday, the first day Taiwan carried out a new rule requiring all arrivals from the country to be put in government quarantine facilities.
  • Trump praises Taiwan's COVID-19 response, but has no plans to visit CNA 12 Aug 2020 -- United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised Taiwan's handling of COVID-19 but responded in the negative when asked if he was considering a presidential visit to country before the end of the year.
  • COVID-19 testing should be stepped up at Taiwan's borders: expert CNA 12 Aug 2020 -- A Taiwan public health expert on Wednesday said the country will see a rise in the number of imported COVID-19 cases as countries around the world struggle to contain the disease, and he suggested changing how arrivals from overseas are handled.
  • Azar discusses Taiwanese protective gear investment in U.S. CNA 12 Aug 2020 -- United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar on Wednesday said he discussed with Taiwan the possibility of Taiwanese healthcare supply manufacturers investing in the U.S. to bolster its productive capability in such products.
  • 'Those who play with fire will get burnt:' China warns US against Taiwan ties Press TV 12 Aug 2020 -- China has warned the United States against any official ties with Taiwan, as a high-level US official visits the self-ruled island.
  • Taiwan Plans to Shift Medical Supply Chain Away from China VOA 11 Aug 2020 -- The United States and Taiwan are making a public show of strengthening ties this week, signing a memorandum of understanding to improve cooperation in public health as part of a high-level U.S. visit to the island.
  • China's anger over Azar's Taiwan visit reflects 'weakness': Pompeo CNA 11 Aug 2020 -- United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday said the mere fact China can get so worked up over an American official's visit to Taiwan only goes to reflect its "weakness."
  • Azar backs Taiwan's participation in global health forums CNA 11 Aug 2020 -- United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar reiterated U.S. support for Taiwan's inclusion in international health forums in a meeting with Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Tuesday.
  • U.S. health secretary lauds Lee Teng-hui for role in march to democracy CNA 11 Aug 2020 -- United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar on Tuesday praised Taiwan's former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) as a great man in the global march to democracy.
  • Taiwan official attacks China during US health secretary's provocative visit Press TV 11 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan's foreign minister says China seeks to turn the self-ruled island into "the next Hong Kong," amid a provocative visit by a high-level US official to the region.
  • Taiwan Air Force 'Drove Out' Chinese Fighter Jets From Its Airspace, Defence Ministry Says Sputnik 10 Aug 2020 -- The incident took place the day after US Health Secretary Alex Azar arrived on the island. Azar has become the highest-ranking American official to visit Taiwan since the United States cut official ties with the island in 1979.
  • Taiwan condemns Hong Kong arrests of media tycoon, democracy activists CNA 10 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan on Monday condemned the arrest of seven democracy activists in Hong Kong, including Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai (黎智英), founder of media group Next Digital, on suspicion of violating the city's new security law.
  • US Health Secretary Hails Taiwan's Response to COVID-19 VOA 10 Aug 2020 -- U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar praised Taiwan's response to the novel coronavirus pandemic as an example of the island's "transparent, democratic nature."
  • Chinese fighter jets briefly cross median line in the Taiwan Strait CNA 10 Aug 2020 -- Two Chinese warplanes briefly crossed the Taiwan Strait median line Monday morning into the Taiwan half of the waterway, according to Air Force Headquarters.
  • Presidential Office condemns Beijing for Chinese jet intrusion CNA 10 Aug 2020 -- The Presidential Office on Monday condemned Beijing for its latest provocative military act targeting Taipei after two Chinese warplanes briefly crossed the Taiwan Strait median line earlier in the day.
  • PLA fighter jets cross 'middle line' of Taiwan Straits an hour before US official's meeting with Tsai Ing-wen Global Times 10 Aug 2020 -- Fighter jets from Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force reportedly crossed the "middle line" of the Taiwan Straits at around 9 am Monday morning, an hour before top US health official met with Taiwan regional leader Tsai Ing-wen.
  • China lodges solemn representations with US over Azar's Taiwan visit: Chinese FM Global Times 10 Aug 2020 -- China has always been firmly opposed to official exchanges between the US and the island of Taiwan and has lodged solemn representations with the US side on the relevant situation, said the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday in response to the US health secretary Alex Azar 's visit to Taiwan.
  • Azar-Tsai meeting symbolic, 'meant to provoke Beijing' Global Times 10 Aug 2020 -- US health secretary Alex Azar and Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen's meeting on Monday carry more symbolic weight than actual substance and was simply a manifest of Washington's political agenda of using the island to provoke Beijing, Chinese analysts commented.
  • U.S., Taiwan sign first-ever MOU on health cooperation CNA 10 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan and the United States signed their first memorandum of understanding (MOU) on health cooperation on Monday to expand cooperation on global health security, infectious disease control and vaccine development.
  • U.S. to discuss WHO alternatives with Taiwan: U.S. health official CNA 10 Aug 2020 -- The United States will talk with Taiwan and other global partners about "appropriate vehicles" to continue U.S. support for global public health after it officially withdraws from the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Monday.
  • U.S. health secretary, President Tsai hold historic meeting CNA 10 Aug 2020 -- United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar met with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Monday, in the highest-level official meeting between the two countries since 1979, when the U.S. switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing.
  • US health chief conveys Trump's message of support to Taiwan amid tensions with China Press TV 10 Aug 2020 -- The US health secretary - the most senior official to travel to Taiwan in four decades - has conveyed President Donald Trump's message of "strong support" to the self-ruled island's leader, Tsai Ing-wen, during a visit sharply condemned by mainland China.
  • Highest-level U.S. official since 1979 arrives in Taiwan CNA 09 Aug 2020 -- United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday afternoon, the highest ranking U.S. cabinet official to visit the nation since 1979, when the two countries severed diplomatic ties.
  • US health chief arrives in Taiwan amid Washington-Beijing tensions Press TV 09 Aug 2020 -- US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar has arrived in Taiwan amid mounting tensions between Washington and Beijing.
  • US Health and Human Services Secretary Visits Taiwan VOA 09 Aug 2020 -- U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar arrived in Taiwan Sunday, leading a U.S. delegation for a three-day visit during which he will meet President Tsai Ing-wen.
  • No community outbreak despite positive antibodies in Changhua: CECC CNA 09 Aug 2020 -- Despite the emergence of positive cases in an ongoing mass testing program for COVID-19 antibodies in Changhua County, no community outbreak has been seen, the Central Epidemic Command Center said Sunday.
  • Arrivals from Philippines to be collectively quarantined CNA 09 Aug 2020 -- All travelers arriving from the Philippines will be quarantined at official quarantine locations starting Wednesday, due to the rising number of imported COVID-19 cases from the country, including a new case on Sunday, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Positive cases found in mass local COVID-19 antibody test: experts CNA 09 Aug 2020 -- An ongoing mass testing program for COVID-19 antibodies in Changhua County has seen positive cases, suggesting there have been previous infections in the central Taiwan county, experts said Saturday.
  • U.S. health secretary to follow quarantine rules during Taiwan visit CNA 09 Aug 2020 -- United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar will present two negative test results for COVID-19 upon his arrival in Taiwan scheduled for Sunday afternoon, according to a U.S. health department spokesman.
  • U.S. lists Taiwan as very low-risk destination for COVID-19 CNA 07 Aug 2020 -- The United States on Thursday lifted an advisory that had warned its citizens against all international travel, and it placed Taiwan on a list of 13 destinations where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is "very low."
  • No comment from Taiwan on potential sale of advanced drones CNA 07 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan had no response Friday to a Reuters report that the United States is in negotiations to sell at least four advanced aerial drones to Taiwan, which would be the first sale of such drones to Taipei.
  • Reported US drone sale to Taiwan a political stunt: experts Global Times 07 Aug 2020 -- China on Friday sharply criticized a reported plan by the US to sell military drones to the island of Taiwan, saying that the move seriously undermines China's sovereignty and security interests. Mainland experts noted that the potential sale is more of a political stun that has little military value.
  • US Arms Sales to Taiwan Violate One China Principle, Beijing Says on Reports of Possible Drone Deal Sputnik 07 Aug 2020 -- Beijing's statement comes in response to reports suggesting that Washington is looking to surreptitiously sell four SeaGuardian surveillance drones to the breakaway province.
  • Taiwan Deploys F-16s With Live Anti-Ship Missiles Amid China's Rumored Island Invasion Drills Sputnik 07 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan's Republic of China Air Force launched two multirole F-16 fighters fitted with anti-ship missiles from Hualien Air Force Base this week following reports that forces from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) would be holding drills simulating the capture of the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands, which Beijing calls the Dongsha Islands.
  • Taiwan analysts play down China military drills CNA 07 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan security analysts on Friday played down the importance of a military exercise to be staged by China in the East China Sea, and ruled out a link between the drills and an upcoming visit by a U.S. official to Taiwan.
  • 'Everyone Should Update Their Understanding of China': Taiwanese Diplomat Radio Free Asia 07 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan's newly appointed representative to its trade and economic office in the United States, Hsiao Bi-khim, has said she will go to bat for the democratic island as a "battle cat" to counter China's aggressive, "wolf warrior" style of diplomacy.
  • Taiwan authorities tracing contacts of Taiwanese COVID-19 patient in HK CNA 06 Aug 2020 -- Health authorities in Taiwan are trying to identify all the persons who may have come in contact with a Taiwanese woman who tested positive for COVID-19 a few days ago, after her arrival in Hong Kong, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Thursday.
  • Man tests positive for COVID-19 after contact with positive returnees CNA 06 Aug 2020 -- A new imported case of COVID-19 was recorded in Taiwan Thursday after a man who returned to the country last month on the same flight as two people already confirmed as having the coronavirus, tested positive, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
  • Masks made mandatory again on Taipei MRT CNA 06 Aug 2020 -- Passengers using Taipei's mass rapid transit (MRT) system are required to wear masks for the duration of their trip with immediate effect, regardless of whether they can maintain social distancing, Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (Taipei Metro) said Thursday.
  • U.S. health secretary to arrive in Taiwan Sunday; no quarantine planned CNA 06 Aug 2020 -- United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar is scheduled to arrive in Taiwan Sunday on an official visit, and he and his delegation will not be required to go into quarantine once they test negative for the COVID-19 coronavirus, Taiwan government officials said Thursday.
  • China vows countermeasures against the wrongful actions of the US on the Taiwan question Global Times 06 Aug 2020 -- China firmly opposes any official interactions between the US and Taiwan island and will take strong and resolute countermeasures against the wrong actions of the US, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.
  • China lodges solemn representations to U.S. over health secretary's planned Taiwan visit People's Daily 06 Aug 2020 -- China has lodged solemn representations to the United States regarding the scheduled visit of U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to Taiwan, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Wednesday.
  • Japanese engineer diagnosed with COVID-19 after working in Taiwan CNA 05 Aug 2020 -- A Japanese engineer who had worked in northern Taiwan for just over a month has tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to Japan on Aug. 1, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.
  • Cities again mandate mask-wearing in indoor spaces as virus resurges CNA 05 Aug 2020 -- Four Taiwan cities -- Taipei, New Taipei, Tainan and Taichung-- have reintroduced mandatory mask-wearing in certain indoor places, after several foreign nationals returning to their home countries from Taiwan tested positive for COVID-19, sparking fears of a resurgence of local infections.
  • US Health Secretary to Visit Taiwan in First Top-Level Visit For Years Radio Free Asia 05 Aug 2020 -- U.S. health secretary Alex Azar is to make the first cabinet-level visit of a U.S. official to Taiwan in six years, as Washington vows to take more steps to boost the democratic island, which China has threatened to invade.
  • US Health Secretary to Visit Taiwan, Prompting Angry Response from China VOA 05 Aug 2020 -- U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar will visit Taiwan "in the coming days," a move that has angered China, which considers the self-ruled island a part of the Chinese mainland.
  • U.S. plans first Cabinet-level visit to Taiwan in 6 years (update) CNA 05 Aug 2020 -- Alex Azar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will visit Taiwan in the coming days, the first trip to Taiwan by a Cabinet-level U.S. official in six years, the department said Tuesday.
  • U.S. health secretary to meet Tsai on visit to Taiwan: MOFA CNA 05 Aug 2020 -- United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on an upcoming visit to the country, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
  • Azar's Taiwan visit intensifies provocation Global Times 05 Aug 2020 -- The US health secretary's scheduled visit to the island of Taiwan in a few days, which marks the highest level visit by a US official in more than four decades, shows that Washington is likely to send more officials from sensitive departments, such as foreign affairs and defense, to visit the island, Chinese mainland experts said.
  • China urges US to halt official contact with Taiwan island Global Times 05 Aug 2020 -- China firmly opposes official exchanges between the US and Taiwan island, and has lodged solemn representations with the US side in Beijing and Washington, the Chinese foreign ministry said, while urging the US not to send wrong signals to Taiwan secessionists.
  • In affront to China, US announces highest-level visit to Taiwan in decades Press TV 05 Aug 2020 -- The United States says Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar will travel to Taiwan in the coming days, marking the highest-level visit to the self-ruled island in decades, amid escalatory posturing toward China.
  • Taiwanese businessman charged over work with Chinese intelligence CNA 05 Aug 2020 -- Taipei District Prosecutors Office on Wednesday charged a Taiwanese businessman with violating the National Security Act, for his alleged work on behalf of Chinese intelligence, specifically arranging meetings with officials from Taiwan's government and military.
  • Taiwan records new COVID-19 case from the Philippines CNA 04 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan on Tuesday recorded one new case of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 476 since the pandemic began, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan Navy launches first locally-built rapid mine-laying vessel CNA 04 Aug 2020 -- The Navy on Tuesday held a launch ceremony for Taiwan's first domestically-built rapid mine-laying ship as well as a keel-laying ceremony for the second of four minelayers that are part of the government's indigenous ship-building project.
  • Over 100 additional people tested over COVID-19 case CNA 03 Aug 2020 -- Over 100 additional people have been identified and tested after possibly coming into contact with a Belgian national confirmed to be positive for the COVID-19 new coronavirus, the Central Epidemic Command Center said Monday.
  • Taiwan says remdesivir doses sufficient as U.S. buys up supply CNA 03 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan has a sufficient stock of the promising COVID-19 drug remdesivir and has found an alternative to the drug if needed, CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said Monday.
  • Taiwan mum on Somaliland's possible recognition of Taiwan CNA 03 Aug 2020 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Monday declined to comment on a report by the Somaliland Chronicle that the self-declared East African state is preparing to recognize Taiwan.
  • Why US Lawmakers Introduce Bill After Bill to Help Taiwan VOA 03 Aug 2020 -- American lawmakers have introduced a flurry of bills in the past two years to improve Taiwan's defenses and raise its international exposure as legislators backed by President Donald Trump step up resistance against China, an old rival of Taipei, analysts say.
  • Taiwan sees new COVID-19 case while following-up on mystery case CNA 02 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan health authorities reported one new COVID-19 case Sunday, while continuing to test those who may have come into contact with a Belgian national to learn more about how he ended up testing positive for the disease.
  • Mask rationing program to be in effect until year's end: CECC CNA 02 Aug 2020 -- The government's face mask rationing program will stay in effect until at least the end of this year to ensure equitable distribution of masks in Taiwan, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said Sunday.
  • Beijing's security law for Hong Kong spares no one: activist CNA 02 Aug 2020 -- Beijing's security law for Hong Kong spares no one, Samuel Chu (朱牧民), the first non-Chinese citizen reportedly wanted by the special administrative region's police under that law, warned Saturday.
  • Wanted Hong Kong activist-in-exile vows to continue push for democracy CNA 02 Aug 2020 -- Hong Kong activist-in-exile Ray Wong (黃台仰) believes he and five others have been put on a Hong Kong wanted list for violating the national security law to deter overseas Hongkongers from building groups that promote democracy there.
  • Taiwan reports 7 new COVID-19 cases, one case still a mystery (update) CNA 01 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan on Saturday confirmed seven new COVID-19 infections, including one puzzling case that the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said may actually date back to four months ago.
  • Taiwan establishes National Human Rights Commission CNA 01 Aug 2020 -- The establishment of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Saturday is a milestone for Taiwan as it aims to bring local laws and practices more in line with global standards, said President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).



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