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November 2020 - Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • Taiwan reports 24 new imported cases of COVID-19 (update) CNA 30 Nov 2020 -- Twenty-four new imported cases of COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Taiwan on Monday, with the majority being from Indonesia, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday.
  • Taiwan reiterates warning to travelers with fake COVID-19 tests CNA 30 Nov 2020 -- Travelers to Taiwan who present fraudulent COVID-19 test results on arrival could face a maximum fine of NT$150,000 (US$5,266), the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reiterated Sunday.
  • More Indonesian agencies banned from sending migrants to Taiwan CNA 30 Nov 2020 -- Six more Indonesian manpower agencies were added Monday to a list of companies banned from sending migrant workers to Taiwan after a spike in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases from Indonesia in recent days.
  • Gun barrels bought for armored vehicle to arrive in September 2021 CNA 30 Nov 2020 -- Gun barrels purchased overseas to be mounted on prototypes of indigenous armored vehicles are scheduled to arrive in Taiwan in September 2021, military officials said at the Legislative Yuan on Monday.
  • Taiwan denies military plane flew too close to PLA aircraft CNA 30 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Monday denied a news report that a Taiwanese interceptor had flown dangerously close to a Chinese military plane during a recent monitoring mission.
  • PLA warplanes set new record in Taiwan Straits, sorties routine Global Times 30 Nov 2020 -- A warplane of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Monday again approached the island of Taiwan, marking the 26th day the PLA has done so in 30 days in November, and surpassing the frequency record in October, media on the island reported on Monday.
  • MOFA to launch new passport next year highlighting 'Taiwan' CNA 30 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan is set to start issuing its newly designed passport, which will more prominently feature the word "Taiwan" in English when it is launched in January, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday.
  • Taiwan office to test all staff, family members for COVID-19 CNA 29 Nov 2020 -- All remaining staff at Taiwan's representative office in the United States and their family members will undergo COVID-19 tests by Nov. 30, after nine more confirmed cases have been reported in the office in D.C. earlier this week, the office said Saturday.
  • 3 new imported cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Taiwan CNA 29 Nov 2020 -- Three Indonesian women who came to Taiwan to work have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the number of cases in the country to 651 since the pandemic began late last year, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Sunday.
  • Taiwan reports nine new imported cases of COVID-19 CNA 28 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan on Saturday confirmed nine new imported cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number in the country to 648 since the pandemic began, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan bans 2 more Indonesian agencies from sending migrants to Taiwan CNA 28 Nov 2020 -- Two more Indonesian manpower agencies were added Saturday to a list of companies banned from sending migrant workers to Taiwan, following recent days of new imported COVID-19 cases from the Southeast Asian country.
  • CECC mulls fines for travelers arriving without COVID-19 testing CNA 28 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said on Saturday that it is considering guidelines to fine those who arrive in the country without proof of a recent COVID-19 test, after such tests become mandatory in Taiwan on Dec. 1.
  • Taiwan reports 14 new imported COVID-19 cases in 1 day (update) CNA 27 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed 14 new imported cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the highest number reported in one day since April, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan bans 2 Indonesian agencies from sending migrants due to COVID-19 CNA 27 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Friday that it is temporarily banning migrant workers from two Indonesian manpower agencies from entering, after it reported 13 new imported cases of COVID-19 from the Southeast Asian country earlier that day.
  • Taiwan bans import of live birds, eggs from Belgium due to bird flu CNA 27 Nov 2020 -- Starting Friday, the importation of live birds and their eggs from Belgium is banned, the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) under the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture announced that day.
  • China firmly opposes military contacts between U.S., Taiwan People's Daily 27 Nov 2020 -- China firmly opposes any form of official exchanges and military contacts between the United States and Taiwan, a Chinese military spokesperson said on Thursday.
  • Taiwan reports 2 new imported COVID-19 cases CNA 26 Nov 2020 -- Two additional imported COVID-19 cases were reported in Taiwan on Thursday, boosting the number of total cases to 625 in the country since the pandemic broke out at the end of last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan representative office in U.S. reports 9 new COVID-19 cases CNA 26 Nov 2020 -- Nine more staff members at Taiwan's representative office in the United States tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday (U.S. time), after two cases were reported the previous day, forcing the closure of the office's consular hall, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
  • Taiwan Using its Close US Ties to Seek Elusive Economic Deals with a Major Trading Partner VOA 26 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan is taking its strong relations with the United States to a new level by pursuing economic deals that could make the export-reliant but isolated Asian island more competitive in the world.
  • Why Taiwan Killed a TV News Broadcasting License Despite Legal Freedom of Speech VOA 26 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan has revoked a television broadcasting license for a cable news channel because the openly pro-China outlet had aired inaccurate reports and ignored warnings to reform, a regulatory body said in an unusual test of the democratic island's normally free-wheeling media scene.
  • CECC lists exemptions from compulsory COVID-19 tests for all arrivals CNA 25 Nov 2020 -- All arrivals to Taiwan must present a negative COVID-19 test, starting Dec. 1, with exemptions for individuals coming from countries where self-paid tests are unavailable, urgent situations and where prior approval has been given, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Wednesday.
  • Taiwan reports 5 new imported COVID-19 cases CNA 25 Nov 2020 -- Five foreign nationals from Indonesia and the Philippines who came to Taiwan to work have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the number of cases in the country to 623 since the pandemic began late last year, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.
  • Migrant worker employers warned against charging for quarantine CNA 25 Nov 2020 -- Employers of migrant workers face a maximum fine of NT$300,000 (US$10,529) if they fail to cover the cost of the 14-day compulsory quarantine their employees are required to undergo when entering Taiwan, the Ministry of Labor (MOL) said Wednesday.
  • Beijing confirms jail sentence for Taiwanese professor CNA 25 Nov 2020 -- A retired university professor who was arrested shortly after visiting China in August 2018 has been sentenced to four years in prison on national security charges, China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) said Wednesday.
  • Diehard Taiwan secessionists will be sanctioned by law: mainland spokesperson Global Times 25 Nov 2020 -- Mainland authorities have vowed to punish a handful of diehard Taiwan secessionists who keep to instigate confrontation and sabotage peace across the Straits.
  • No policy barrier for Taiwan enterprises to list in the Chinese mainland: Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council Global Times 25 Nov 2020 -- There is no policy barrier for Taiwan enterprises to list in the Chinese mainland and they will enjoy equal treatment as their mainland peers, Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said at a press briefing on Wednesday.
  • Taiwan can buy COVID-19 vaccines for 10-50% of population through COVAX CNA 24 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan can procure COVID-19 vaccines for 10-50 percent of the country's population through the COVAX allocation platform, a top Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) official said on Tuesday, although he declined to give the specific amount that Taiwan plans to buy.
  • Taiwan begins construction of first indigenous submarine CNA 24 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan's state-run shipbuilder on Tuesday marked the start of construction of the country's first indigenous submarine at a ceremony in Kaohsiung presided over by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).
  • Taiwan's new submarines 'can't make waves in Straits' Global Times 24 Nov 2020 -- Chinese mainland analysts said Tuesday the Taiwan island does not have what it takes to build advanced submarines, and even with US help, the underwater vehicles could not make waves in the Taiwan Straits, and may suffer from technical difficulties that hinder combat capabilities.
  • Taiwan-U.S. ties to continue to deepen: MOFA CNA 24 Nov 2020 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday gave its assurance that Taiwan's communication channels with the United States remain smooth and that both sides are expected to continue to deepen their bilateral relations.
  • MOFA declines to comment on reports of U.S. intelligence official visit CNA 24 Nov 2020 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday again declined to comment on reports about a visit to Taiwan by a senior U.S. military intelligence official, who apparently wrapped up a three-day visit to the country on Tuesday night.
  • Taiwan should engage in 'dual circulation' with the Chinese mainland: experts Global Times 24 Nov 2020 -- It is the best choice for China's Taiwan island to engage in the "dual circulation" of the Chinese mainland instead of developing its own "dual circulation" plan due to Taiwan's relative small economic scale and incomplete industry categories.
  • Taiwanese COVID-19 patient returns from Ghana on medical flight CNA 23 Nov 2020 -- A Taiwanese man in critical condition after contracting COVID-19 in Ghana became the nation's latest confirmed patient Monday after returning to the country aboard a medical charter flight, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said that day.
  • Transit through Taiwan Strait vital to free Indo-Pacific: officer CNA 23 Nov 2020 -- The commanding officer of the USS Barry, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, reiterated Sunday that its transit through the Taiwan Strait and presence in the South China Sea is vital to maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific.
  • Military mechanist in missing F-16 unit dies in suspected suicide CNA 23 Nov 2020 -- The chief mechanist in an Air Force unit, from which an F-16 and its pilot went missing almost a week ago, was pronounced dead at a military hospital Sunday evening after allegedly committing suicide.
  • US navy admiral visits Taiwan, deepening divide with China Press TV 23 Nov 2020 -- A senior US naval official, with responsibility for military intelligence in the Asia Pacific, has made an undercover visit to Taiwan in an apparent last-ditch effort by the outgoing administration of President Donald Trump to strengthen relations with the self-ruled island -- a move which is certain to outrage China.
  • US Navy Rear Admiral Reportedly Makes Unannounced Visit to Taiwan Sputnik 23 Nov 2020 -- According to Reuters, US Rear Admiral Michael Studeman paid an unannounced visit to Taiwan in a move that is thought be some to likely prompt criticism from Beijing. The Pentagon reportedly has declined to comment.
  • Six new imported cases of COVID-19 recorded in Taiwan CNA 22 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan reported six new imported cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the total number in the country to 617 since the pandemic began late last year, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
  • Senior U.S. intelligence official visit draws information blackout CNA 22 Nov 2020 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Sunday said it had no comment on a reported visit made by a senior U.S. military intelligence official to Taiwan.
  • U.S.-Taiwan dialogue strengthens economic links: Pompeo CNA 22 Nov 2020 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has praised the first U.S.-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership (EPP) Dialogue as the event that boosts the economic relationship of the two countries.
  • Price of government-rationed face masks to be lowered next year CNA 21 Nov 2020 -- The price of surgical face masks sold through the government's rationing program will be lowered beginning next year, the head of Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Saturday.
  • General location of missing F-16 flight data recorder confirmed CNA 21 Nov 2020 -- The general location of the flight data recorder of a missing Taiwanese F-16 fighter jet was confirmed and salvage operations will begin once weather conditions permit, Taiwan's military said Saturday.
  • U.S. warship transits through Taiwan Strait CNA 21 Nov 2020 -- The USS Barry, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Saturday, the 11th time this year that such passage has been carried out by an American warship.
  • U.S. lawmakers disappointed with exclusion of Taiwan from WHA CNA 21 Nov 2020 -- Several U.S. lawmakers across party lines on Friday expressed disappointment with Taiwan's exclusion from the annual World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Trade Organization (WHO), and they urged the WHO to allow Taipei meaningful participation in the organization's activities.
  • U.S., Taiwan to enter talks on tech cooperation CNA 21 Nov 2020 -- U.S. Under Secretary of State Keith Krach announced Friday that the United States and Taiwan will kick off talks on technology cooperation after both sides wrapped up an economic partnership dialogue that day, according to Taiwan's Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Chen Chern-chyi (陳正祺), who led a delegation to the meeting.
  • U.S.-Taiwan dialogue prioritizes cooperation in semiconductor sector CNA 21 Nov 2020 -- The first U.S.-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership (EPP) Dialogue has identified the semiconductor industry as the two countries' top priority in economic cooperation, according to Minister without Portfolio John Deng (鄧振中) on Saturday.
  • US, Taiwan Boost Economic Cooperation VOA 21 Nov 2020 -- The United States and Taiwan signed a five-year agreement Friday in Washington to create an annual U.S.-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue to increase bilateral cooperation.
  • Inaugural U.S.-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue US Dept. of State 20 Nov 2020 -- The close relationship between the United States and Taiwan is rooted in our commitment to the defense of freedom and the promotion of democratic values.
  • Taiwan could buy Oxford COVID-19 vaccine: CECC CNA 20 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan could buy the COVID-19 vaccine Oxford University is developing with British drugmaker AstraZeneca, a second vaccine showing promising results that the nation will be able to acquire through the COVAX allocation platform, a Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) official said Friday.
  • MND condemns rumors of F-16's 'defection' spread on internet CNA 20 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Friday condemned rumors believed to have originated from Chinese netizens alleging that a missing Taiwanese F-16 fighter jet and its pilot defected to China.
  • U.S.-Taiwan economic dialogue opens with signing of MOU CNA 20 Nov 2020 -- The first U.S.-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue opened in Washington, D.C. Friday with the signing of a memorandum of understanding that will lay the groundwork for deeper and more comprehensive economic cooperation ahead, according to Taiwan's representative office in the United States.
  • US to send another top official for Taiwan visit in defiance of China Press TV 20 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan and the US are in talks to set yet another visit to the self-ruled island by a senior American official, in what would be the third such a move in defiance of China this year.
  • RCEP outcasts US and Taiwan seek benefit from each other with futile economic dialogue Global Times 20 Nov 2020 -- The US and the island of Taiwan - two outcasts of the world's two major regional trade agreements, the RCEP and CPTPP - will hold a high-sounding "economic prosperity partnership dialogue" on Friday, which analysts described as a "political show" that is unlikely to achieve any substantial progress at a time when the new US administration is preparing to take over the White House in less than 70 days.
  • Taiwan to allow self-paid COVID-19 test for arriving passengers CNA 19 Nov 2020 -- All passengers arriving in Taiwan who are unable to provide a report of a negative COVID-19 test result within three days prior to boarding a plane as requested, will be allowed to pay for a test upon arrival, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said on Thursday.
  • Two new imported cases of COVID-19 recorded in Taiwan CNA 19 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan reported two new imported cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total number in the country to 609 since the pandemic began late last year, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
  • Taiwan-made UAV to enter production by 2024: vice defense minister CNA 19 Nov 2020 -- A long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Taiwan will go into production by 2024, Vice Defense Minister Chang Che-ping (張哲平) said Thursday.
  • Black box signal from missing F-16 detected off eastern Taiwan CNA 19 Nov 2020 -- A signal from the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) of a missing F-16 fighter jet was detected on Wednesday about 9 nautical miles off eastern Taiwan, Defense Minister Yen De-fa (嚴德發) confirmed Thursday.
  • DPP shutting anti-secessionist TV station 'political suppression' Global Times 19 Nov 2020 -- The island of Taiwan is entering its "darkest time" for freedom of speech as media organizations, observers and ordinary people criticized Taiwan's regional authority, which decided to suspend the operation of a TV station that has an anti-secessionist stance — a move observers described on Thursday as being vindictive, dictatorial and politically motivated.
  • Taiwan to require masks at most public venues from Dec. 1 CNA 18 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan will mandate the wearing of face masks at eight types of public venues from Dec. 1, with fines of NT$3,000 (US$105.16)-NT$15,000 for non-compliance, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.
  • Taiwan records two new imported cases of COVID-19: CECC CNA 18 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan on Wednesday reported two new cases of COVID-19, both imported, bringing the total number in the country to 607 since the outbreak started late last year, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.
  • Negative COVID-19 tests compulsory for all arrivals next month CNA 18 Nov 2020 -- All people arriving in Taiwan from abroad must present a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding a plane to Taiwan, starting next month, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Wednesday.
  • Over 20,000 volunteers sign up for Taiwan COVID-19 vaccine trials CNA 18 Nov 2020 -- More than 20,000 volunteers had signed up with the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) as of Wednesday morning to participate in clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines developed by Taiwanese companies, according to the CECC.
  • Taiwan grounds fleet of US-made F-16s after jet vanishes Press TV 18 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan has grounded its F-16 fleet after one of the US-made jets vanished minutes after taking off from an air base on the east coast of the self-ruled island.
  • Taiwan Grounds F-16 Fleet After Two Accidents Amid Heightened Tensions With China Sputnik 18 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan's US-built F-16A fighter is thought to have crashed into the sea after the island's air force said on Tuesday that the jet had disappeared from radar screen two minutes after taking off from an airbase in Hualien on the east coast of the island. The incident was the second loss of an F-16 fighter jet in less than a month.
  • Pilot of missing F-16 likely suffered spatial disorientation: Air Force CNA 18 Nov 2020 -- The disappearance of an F-16 fighter from radar screens Tuesday night was mostly likely the result of spatial disorientation on the part of the pilot, Air Force Commander Hsiung Hou-chi (熊厚基) said Wednesday.
  • Taiwan, U.S. hold talks on overseas infrastructure finance CNA 18 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan and the United States held talks in Washington Tuesday on plans to jointly invest in overseas infrastructure, in the first of several meetings scheduled this week to discuss economic issues, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
  • Taiwan Affairs Office indirectly confirms blacklisting 'diehard Taiwan secessionists' Global Times 18 Nov 2020 -- The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council on Wednesday indirectly confirmed that the mainland is formulating a blacklist of "diehard Taiwan secessionists," after Hong Kong media revealed the news recently.
  • In Bid to Rely Less on US, China Firms Stockpile Taiwan Tech Hardware VOA 18 Nov 2020 -- Regional analysts say Taiwan's recent surge in exports despite a global economic downturn is most likely due to an increase in orders from Chinese tech firms that hope to depend less on the United States in the wake of trade and regulatory disputes.
  • COVID-19 vaccine may become available in Taiwan by mid-2021: CECC CNA 17 Nov 2020 -- People in Taiwan may be able to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine, developed and produced by international companies, by mid-2021, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday.
  • Man in Taiwan tests positive for COVID-19 for second time: CECC CNA 17 Nov 2020 -- Two Taiwanese men who recently returned from Southeast Asia have tested positive for COVID-19, with one of them testing positive for a second time in three months, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday.
  • F-16 disappears from radar at altitude of 6,000 feet: Air Force CNA 17 Nov 2020 -- An F-16 fighter jet which went missing over waters off eastern Taiwan Tuesday night disappeared from radar screens at an altitude of more than 6,000 feet, a Taiwanese Air Force official said during a press conference.
  • F-16 goes missing off eastern Taiwan CNA 17 Nov 2020 -- An F-16 fighter jet went missing over waters off eastern Taiwan Tuesday night, with search and recovery operations ongoing as of press time, according to the Ministry of National Defense. (MND).
  • Leaders of separatist forces 'should be blacklisted' as report says Chinese mainland to sanction Taiwan secessionists: analysts Global Times 17 Nov 2020 -- After a Hong Kong newspaper reported on Sunday that the Chinese mainland will formulate a blacklist of "stubborn Taiwan secessionists," both sides of the Taiwan Straits wondered who will make the list, as mainland experts said the blacklist should include the leaders, influential personnel of the secessionist forces, and the head of Taiwan's executive body.
  • Taiwan to offer anti-COVID help at APEC meeting CNA 16 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan's government will reiterate its willingness to contribute to global anti-COVID-19 efforts during the APEC Ministerial Meeting, a Taiwanese economic official said at a press conference on Monday.
  • Indonesian woman tests positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan CNA 16 Nov 2020 -- An Indonesian woman who recently traveled to Taiwan for work has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the number of cases in the country to 603, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday.
  • US should abide by one-China principle, not unilateral documents on Taiwan island: FM Global Times 16 Nov 2020 -- The one-China principle is the basis of China-US diplomatic relations, and the US should abide by it and the three China-US joint communiqués, cease official and military contact with the island of Taiwan, as well as other words and actions that disrupt the peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
  • Taiwan faces Asia-Pacific isolation after RCEP exclusion Global Times 16 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan-based politicians and pundits believe that failure to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world's biggest free trade agreement, will deal a heavy blow to the already sluggish economy of the island of Taiwan, a result experts pointed out will further isolate the pro-secessionist Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and help accelerate the reunification process.
  • WHO Again Under Scrutiny for China Influence VOA 16 Nov 2020 -- Last week the World Health Organization hosted its annual summit known as the World Health Assembly to outline new policies and priorities, but a controversy involving Taiwan ended up also drawing renewed attention on how Beijing's politics continue to influence the WHO.
  • Norwegian Supreme Court rejects appeal in Taiwanese nationality suit CNA 16 Nov 2020 -- The Supreme Court of Norway recently rejected an appeal made by a group of Taiwanese living in the country after losing a lawsuit earlier this year in a lower court that accused the Norwegian government of improperly changing the nationality on their residency permits from "Taiwanese"to "Chinese."
  • Taiwan records two new imported cases of COVID-19 CNA 15 Nov 2020 -- Two new imported cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Taiwan on Sunday, bringing the total number in the country to 602 since the outbreak began at the end of last year, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
  • Taiwan representative to U.S. speaks with Biden adviser CNA 15 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan's de facto ambassador to the United States Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) said on Saturday that she has spoken with Antony Blinken, a senior advisor to President-elect Joe Biden.
  • Two Chinese aircraft enter Taiwan's ADIZ Sunday CNA 15 Nov 2020 -- A Chinese Y-8 anti-submarine military aircraft and another Y-8 surveillance plane flew into Taiwan's southwestern air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Sunday, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • MAC slams China's reported plan to identify 'independence advocates' CNA 15 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Sunday that a reported effort by China to draft a list of "stubborn Taiwan independence advocates" was an attempt to "sow division" that has damaged cross-strait peace.
  • Chinese mainland to blacklist Taiwan secessionists; 'Tsai Ing-wen could be listed' Global Times 15 Nov 2020 -- Chinese mainland authorities in charge of Taiwan affairs will blacklist a group of "stubborn Taiwan secessionists," the Hong Kong-based newspaper Ta Kung Pao reported on Sunday, citing "authoritative sources."
  • Taiwan island's new missile useless against Chinese mainland: experts Global Times 15 Nov 2020 -- The air-launched cruise missiles made in the island of Taiwan that reportedly are able to strike key military facilities along the coast of the Chinese mainland cannot reach their intended targets, Chinese mainland experts said on Sunday, after the military on the island recently test-fired one in a move analysts warned is a dangerous act of resisting reunification by force.
  • Taiwan's COVID-19 cases hit 600 with confirmation of 3 new ones CNA 14 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan on Saturday confirmed three new imported cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number in the country to 600 since the pandemic began, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan's Air Force chief test flies F-5 fighter after deadly crash CNA 14 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan's Air Force conducted a test flight of one of its F-5 fighter jets on Saturday, after completing major checkups of its fleet, following a deadly crash more than two weeks ago, according to Taiwan's military news service.
  • U.S. takes no position on Taiwan sovereignty: State Department CNA 14 Nov 2020 -- The U.S. State Department said Saturday that the United States takes no position on the issue of Taiwan sovereignty, after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was criticized by Beijing as "meddling in China's internal affairs" with his comment that "Taiwan has not been a part of China."
  • Eight new imported COVID-19 cases recorded in Taiwan CNA 13 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan recorded eight new imported cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number in the country to 597 since the outbreak began at the end of last year, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
  • Taiwan thanks Pompeo for support, recognition of Taiwan's democracy CNA 13 Nov 2020 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Friday expressed thanks to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his supportive remarks regarding Taiwan and Taiwan's democracy, and reiterated the fact that the Republic of China (Taiwan) is a sovereign and independent country.
  • Pompeo's last-ditch provocation on Taiwan question leaves Biden a mess to fix: experts Global Times 13 Nov 2020 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, at the last moment of his term, has once again provoked China by saying that "Taiwan has not been a part of China," which is against the US' official stance and the foundation for China and the US in establishing their formal diplomatic ties, but Chinese experts said such a trick is unlikely to affect the policymaking of the new administration.
  • China warns US of 'resolute counterattack' over Pompeo's Taiwan remarks Press TV 13 Nov 2020 -- China has warned of "resolute counterattack" measures, if the United States undermines Beijing's core interests, amid a major escalation of tensions over Washington's recent arms sales to Taiwan.
  • China Hits Out at Pompeo Over Comments on Taiwan Radio Free Asia 13 Nov 2020 -- China hit out on Friday at comments from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said the democratic island of Taiwan wasn't a part of China, vowing to strike back at any attempts to harm its interests, while Taipei welcomed the top American diplomat's support.
  • Beijing Warns of Response After Pompeo Rejects Chinese Sovereignty Over Taiwan Sputnik 13 Nov 2020 -- The United States has moved closer to Taiwan in recent months. Top US officials have pledged to ramp up economic and military ties as well as heightened their rhetoric in support of the breakaway province.
  • Hong Kong Crackdown Sparks 'Fundamental Change' in US Taiwan Policy: Trump Adviser Radio Free Asia 13 Nov 2020 -- The United States is reassessing its policy towards the democratic island of Taiwan in the wake of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s crackdown on peaceful dissent in Hong Kong, according to Miles Yu, head of the team advising U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on China. Speaking to RFA as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the island isn't a part of China, Yu explained why he thinks that Trump's policy will continue to garner broad support in Washington:
  • Five Indonesian women test positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan CNA 12 Nov 2020 -- Five Indonesian women who recently traveled to Taiwan to work have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 589, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Chinese aircraft enters Taiwan's ADIZ for 9th time in November CNA 12 Nov 2020 -- A Chinese Y-8 anti-submarine warfare plane flew into Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Thursday morning -- the ninth such intrusion this month and the 39th since mid-September, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • 90% of Taiwanese oppose Chinese military threats: MAC poll CNA 12 Nov 2020 -- More than 90 percent of Taiwanese oppose China's military threats against the country while nearly 80 percent believe maintaining cross-strait peace is the responsibility of both sides, according to a poll released Thursday by the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), the nation's top China policymaking body.
  • PLA actions "stern response" to DPP's attempts to seek "Taiwan independence": spokesperson People's Daily 12 Nov 2020 -- A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Wednesday urged pro-independence secessionists in Taiwan not to make provocative attempts that could lead to historic blunders with catastrophic consequences.
  • Taiwan-Australia 'travel bubble' possible: Australian envoy CNA 11 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan is one of the nations with which Australia is considering setting up a "travel bubble," Australian representative to Taipei Gary Cowan said Wednesday, reaffirming his government's plan to open the national borders to countries in Asia that are deemed as low risk for COVID-19.
  • CECC recruiting 20,000 volunteers for COVID-19 vaccine trials CNA 11 Nov 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday announced that it is recruiting at least 20,000 volunteers to participate in clinical trials of locally developed COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Taiwan reports four new imported cases of COVID-19 CNA 11 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan on Wednesday confirmed four new imported cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 584 since the pandemic began, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan approves first 'economic bubble' visit CNA 11 Nov 2020 -- Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) confirmed Wednesday that the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has given the green light to an "economic bubble" visit, the first of its kind in Taiwan since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
  • South Korea removed from COVID-19 'low-to-moderate' risk list CNA 11 Nov 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 local cases there.
  • China calls on US to halt expansion of ties with Taiwan Press TV 11 Nov 2020 -- China has called on the United States to halt its expansion of ties with Taiwan, after Washington and Taipei declared they would hold economic talks later this month.
  • Beijing Calls on US to Stop Elevating Ties With Taiwan Sputnik 11 Nov 2020 -- Last week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry warned that Beijing would deliver a "proper and necessary response" after Washington had approved the potential sale of four MQ-9B Reaper drones and associated hardware to Taiwan.
  • Biden Expected to Uphold Staunch US-Taiwan Ties But Not Like Trump VOA 11 Nov 2020 -- Taiwanese officials and analysts expect U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to sustain most of the heightened political support that President Donald Trump's administration has offered the Asian island, but with less taunting of Taiwan's increasingly powerful rival China.
  • DPP returning to right track key to improving cross-Straits ties: Taiwan Affairs Office Global Times 11 Nov 2020 -- Cross-Straits ties will only be improved when the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) returns to the right track of the 1992 Consensus and stops provoking the Chinese mainland by seeking "independence," said the spokesperson of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, when asked to comment on whether the US election result will affect cross-Straits relations.
  • Taiwan could buy Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine through COVAX: CECC CNA 10 Nov 2020 -- There is "a possibility" that Taiwan will be able to purchase Pfizer and BioNTech SE's (BNT's) promising COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX allocation plan, a Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) official said Tuesday.
  • Two Indonesian women test positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan CNA 10 Nov 2020 -- Two Indonesian women who recently traveled to Taiwan to work have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the number of cases in the country to 580, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday.
  • Chinese anti-submarine plane enters Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 10 Nov 2020 -- A Chinese military Y-8 anti-submarine plane entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday morning, the 37th such maneuver since mid-September, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • U.S. ambassador, lawmakers call for Taiwan's WHA inclusion CNA 10 Nov 2020 -- The United States mission to the United Nations in Geneva and American lawmakers called for Taiwan to be included in the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) that began Monday without the participation of Taiwan.
  • Taiwan Individual and International Business Organizations Charged with Criminal Conspiracy to Violate Iranian Sanctions US Dept. of Justice 10 Nov 2020 -- Chin Hua Huang, 42, a resident of Taiwan, was charged in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia with participating in a criminal conspiracy to violate U.S. export laws and sanctions against Iran. Also charged was Taiwan business organization DES International Co., Ltd. (DES Int'l) and Brunei business organization Soltech Industry Co., Ltd. (Soltech).
  • Taiwan records one new imported case of COVID-19 CNA 09 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan recorded one new case of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total number in the country to 578 since the pandemic began at the end of last year, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
  • Annual project for U.S. Marines to train Taiwanese troops goes ahead CNA 09 Nov 2020 -- A group of U.S. Marine Corps instructors are visiting Taiwan as part of an annual project to help train Taiwanese troops to beef up their combat preparedness, a military source told CNA Monday.
  • U.S. election results will not alter China's stance on Taiwan: MAC CNA 09 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Monday that China is likely to continue to advance its goal of unification with Taiwan, using military intimidation tactics, despite a pending change of government in the United States.
  • President Tsai decries Taiwan's exclusion from WHO CNA 09 Nov 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Monday reiterated Taiwan's hope to be included in the World Health Organization (WHO) at a time when the organization is resuming its annual assembly.
  • Taiwan's exclusion from World Health Assembly regrettable: MOFA CNA 09 Nov 2020 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Sunday it was regrettable that Taiwan had again been excluded from the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) in disregard of the health of the country's 23 million people.
  • Taiwan in awkward position to befriend Biden as DPP leaned toward Trump during election Global Times 09 Nov 2020 -- After gambling on Donald Trump in the US presidential election, the island of Taiwan and its Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), whose members have been openly rooting for Trump and bashing Joe Biden on social media, found themselves in an embarrassing situation to congratulate the reported president-elect and became anxious as it may not have the same "support" from the US as in the past four years, analysts said.
  • Four new imported cases of COVID-19 recorded in Taiwan CNA 08 Nov 2020 -- Four new imported cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Taiwan on Sunday, bringing the total number in the country to 577 since the outbreak began at the end of last year, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
  • Taiwan congratulates Biden on winning election CNA 08 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) tweeted her congratulations to Joe Biden on Sunday morning, after many American media outlets projected the Democrat has won the presidency of the United States.
  • Taiwan-U.S. relations will flourish under Biden: premier CNA 08 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan's Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Sunday congratulated Joe Biden on winning the U.S. presidential election, saying Taiwan-U.S. relations will flourish under his administration.
  • KMT leader congratulates Biden, Harris on winning election CNA 08 Nov 2020 -- Johnny Chiang (江啟臣), chairman of Taiwan's main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party, congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Sunday for winning the U.S. presidential election.
  • Biden will take different approach to China than Trump: scholars CNA 08 Nov 2020 -- Two Taiwanese scholars on Sunday said that United States President-elect Joe Biden is likely to take a different approach to China and Taiwan than incumbent Donald Trump, though it is too early to know the specifics.
  • U.S. support for Taiwan will not change under Biden: Chinese scholar CNA 08 Nov 2020 -- There will not be much change in how the United States supports Taiwan diplomatically and through arm sales in the next four years, even though Joe Biden has beat incumbent Donald Trump to win the presidential election, a Chinese scholar said on Sunday.
  • Former president calls for Tsai-Xi meeting, return to '1992 consensus' CNA 07 Nov 2020 -- On the fifth anniversary of his meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平), former Republic of China (Taiwan) President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) on Saturday called for a return to the "1992 consensus," and said he would support a meeting between Xi and President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) if it would put the sides on a path to cross-strait peace.
  • Taiwan records four new imported case of COVID-19 CNA 06 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed four new imported cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number in the country to 573 since the outbreak began at the end of last year, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
  • US Speeds Arms Sales for Taiwan as Island Revamps China Strategy VOA 06 Nov 2020 -- U.S. officials are speeding arms sales to Taiwan this year as the Asian island revamps its defense strategy against old, and more powerful, foe China, and experts on both sides say Washington is extra keen to show support.
  • Conflict in Taiwan Strait unlikely despite U.S. uncertainty: experts CNA 06 Nov 2020 -- A military conflict in the Taiwan Strait is unlikely despite a possible period of uncertainty if legal challenges are mounted in the United States presidential election, analysts in Taiwan said Friday.
  • Taiwanese student tests positive for COVID-19 on return from Czech CNA 05 Nov 2020 -- A Taiwanese woman in her 20s who recently returned from the Czech Republic has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to 569, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Thursday.
  • Drone sale will help U.S.-Taiwan wartime information-sharing: expert CNA 05 Nov 2020 -- A proposed maritime drone sale approved by the U.S. Tuesday will pave the way for Taiwan and the U.S. to engage in intelligence-sharing during wartime, a local military expert said Thursday.
  • Chinese defense ministry opposes planned U.S. drone sale to Taiwan People's Daily 05 Nov 2020 -- A Chinese military spokesperson Wednesday firmly opposed and strongly condemned the plan approved by the U.S. State Department to sell aerial drones to Taiwan.
  • Pro-Taiwan cross-party consensus in U.S., no matter who wins: Tsai CNA 05 Nov 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) assured the Taiwanese public on Thursday that U.S.-Taiwan relations will continue to flourish no matter who wins the U.S. presidential election, as supporting Taiwan is a cross-party consensus there.
  • Taiwan revises COVID-19 protocols for arrivals from Philippines CNA 04 Nov 2020 -- Travelers arriving in Taiwan from the Philippines will no longer be required to quarantine in a designated facility, with effect from next week, as the pace of the pandemic has slowed in that country, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.
  • Taiwanese woman back from Poland tests positive for COVID-19 CNA 04 Nov 2020 -- One Taiwanese woman who recently returned from Poland has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in Taiwan to 568, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.
  • Maritime drones to boost Taiwan's surveillance capabilities CNA 04 Nov 2020 -- A proposed maritime drone sale approved by the U.S. Tuesday will boost the Taiwan military's surveillance capabilities and serve as evidence of increased mutual trust between Washington and Taipei, local military experts said Wednesday.
  • Taiwan's defense chief links Beijing's incursions to ADIZ plan CNA 04 Nov 2020 -- The frequent incursions of Chinese military planes into Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) could be part of China's plans to set up an ADIZ in the South China Sea, according to Taiwan's defense chief.
  • Chinese military firmly opposes US arms sales to Taiwan: Spokesperson PLA Daily 04 Nov 2020 -- The Chinese military has voiced strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to US approval of selling MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to Taiwan.
  • US administration approves drones deal with Taiwan Press TV 04 Nov 2020 -- The United States administration has approved the sale of advanced drones to Taiwan, in yet another attempt to boost the self-ruled island against mainland China.
  • Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) - MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft DSCA 03 Nov 2020 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) of four (4) Weapons-Ready MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $600 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
  • Four students in Taiwan test positive for COVID-19 CNA 03 Nov 2020 -- Three Taiwanese students who recently returned from abroad and a Philippine student in Taiwan have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to 567, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday.
  • Confusion around failure of deal to import possible COVID-19 vaccine CNA 03 Nov 2020 -- A Taiwanese biotechnology company that said last month it had been authorized by a German company to sell a prospective COVID-19 vaccine announced on Tuesday that it had failed to negotiate a distribution agreement with Taiwan's government, but the two sides offered conflicting explanations as to the reasons why.
  • Chinese anti-submarine plane enters Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 03 Nov 2020 -- A Chinese military Y-8 anti-submarine plane entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday morning, the 33rd day on which such incursions have occurred since mid-September, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • Washington mulls another arms sale to Taiwan, PLA flies fighter jets to Straits Global Times 03 Nov 2020 -- The US on Monday was reportedly edging near the approval of yet another arms sale, sophisticated aerial drones this time, to the island of Taiwan, while the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on the same day sent fighter jets to the Taiwan Straits for the first time since mid-September.
  • New 5-year plan to tackle external interference in HK and Taiwan Global Times 03 Nov 2020 -- The proposal of China's new five-year plan stressed high alert to outside interference in Hong Kong and Macao affairs, and vowed to resolutely contain those activities in Taiwan to safeguard national sovereignty and stability.
  • Five foreign nationals test positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan CNA 02 Nov 2020 -- Five foreign nationals from India, Indonesia and the Philippines, who came to Taiwan for work, have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the number of cases in Taiwan to 563, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday.
  • Taiwan decommissions WWII Navy tugboat after 76 years in service CNA 02 Nov 2020 -- A Navy ocean tug named Da Han (大漢艦), which had been in service in the United States and Taiwan for a total of 76 years, was decommissioned Sunday at a naval base in Kaohsiung.
  • PLA warplanes make 8 incursions into Taiwan's ADIZ Monday CNA 02 Nov 2020 -- Aircraft from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Monday on eight separate occasions, the 32nd day such incursions have occurred since mid-September, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • China could use U.S. election uncertainty to target Taiwan: FM CNA 02 Nov 2020 -- China could take advantage of uncertainties caused by the U.S. presidential election to increase military pressure on Taiwan, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) warned on Monday.
  • Taiwan reports 3 new imported COVID-19 cases CNA 01 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed three new imported cases of COVID-19 Sunday, two of them from Indonesia and one from the United States, bringing the total number in the country to 558, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Chinese warplane again enters Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 01 Nov 2020 -- A Chinese military Y-8 aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Sunday, the 31st Chinese intrusion since Sept. 16, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • PLA warplanes conduct sorties in Taiwan Straits on 25 days in October Global Times 01 Nov 2020 -- Amid recent US arms sales to the island of Taiwan, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly sent warplanes to the Taiwan Straits on at least 25 days out of the total of 31 days in October, setting a new record for frequency this year, and leading Chinese mainland military analysts to say on Sunday that the PLA's patrol and drill operations in the region have become completely routine and the PLA is in full grasp of the situation.



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