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December 2020 - Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • Taiwan compatriots included in key groups for COVID-19 vaccination: spokesperson People's Daily 31 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan compatriots are included in priority groups to receive COVID-19 vaccines, a mainland spokesperson said Wednesday.
  • Taiwan reports two new imported COVID-19 cases from U.K., India CNA 31 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan recorded two new imported cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, from the United Kingdom and India, respectively, bringing the total number in the country to 799, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Second case of U.K. COVID-19 variant recorded in Taiwan CNA 31 Dec 2020 -- A Taiwanese student who returned from the United Kingdom recently has been confirmed as the second person identified as infected with the U.K. coronavirus variant in the country, the nation's health authorities confirmed Thursday.
  • Taiwan suspends entry of international students CNA 31 Dec 2020 -- The Ministry of Education (MOE) on Thursday issued a directive for Taiwan schools to stop accepting entry permit applications by international students, for at least one month, with immediate effect.
  • U.S. Navy destroyers transit through Taiwan Strait CNA 31 Dec 2020 -- Two U.S. Navy destroyers transited through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, the second such mission this month.
  • US 'two-warship' transit of Taiwan Straits last, desperate move by Trump admin: observer Global Times 31 Dec 2020 -- Chinese Defense Ministry firmly opposed two US Navy warships that sailed through the Taiwan Straits on Thursday, the last day of 2020. Amid incumbent US administration's desperate destructive acts, Chinese observers regarded the ministry's strong response as a warning that the Taiwan question is China's core interest and no one is allowed to challenge China over the question.
  • Chinese defense ministry opposes U.S. warships' sailing through Taiwan Strait People's Daily 31 Dec 2020 -- A Chinese military spokesperson on Thursday voiced resolute opposition to the sailing of two U.S. warships through the Taiwan Strait.
  • US flexes muscles and stirs up troubles in Taiwan Strait: defense spokesperson PLA Daily 31 Dec 2020 -- The provocative actions of the US military vessels sent erroneous signals to the "Taiwan Independence" forces and severely jeopardized peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, said Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Chinese Defense Ministry on Thursday.
  • China slams US warships' passage through Taiwan Strait Press TV 31 Dec 2020 -- China has slammed the sailing of two US warships through the strategic Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan from mainland China, calling the move a provocation.
  • Taiwanese national found guilty of working with Chinese intelligence CNA 31 Dec 2020 -- A Taiwanese businessman was found guilty of working with Chinese intelligence and handed a three-month jail sentence or payment of a fine by the Taipei District Court Thursday, though the case can still be appealed.
  • 7th Fleet Destroyers Transit Taiwan Strait US Navy 30 Dec 2020 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit Dec. 31 (local time) in accordance with international law. The ships' transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The United States military will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows.
  • Taiwan to re-impose 14-day quarantine for all business travelers CNA 30 Dec 2020 -- Starting from Jan. 1, all business travelers arriving in Taiwan, irrespective of which country they are from, will be required to undergo 14 days of quarantine rather than the shorter periods some of them currently enjoy, health authorities announced Wednesday.
  • Taiwan confirms first case of COVID-19 patient with U.K. variant CNA 30 Dec 2020 -- A Taiwanese teenager who returned from the United Kingdom on Sunday has been confirmed to be infected with a new variant of the COVID-19 virus that was detected in the U.K., the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.
  • Taiwan reports two new, asymptomatic COVID cases from Philippines CNA 30 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan has reported two new imported cases of COVID-19 infection, both migrant workers from the Philippines who have been asymptomatic since their arrivals on Dec. 15 and 16, respectively.
  • First COVID-19 vaccines to arrive in March at earliest: CECC CNA 30 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan is in the process of buying 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from foreign suppliers and expects the first delivery in March at the earliest, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said in a statement Wednesday.
  • Taiwan reports new imported COVID-19 cases from the Philippines, U.S. CNA 29 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan reported two new imported cases of COVID-19 infections, one each from the Philippines and the United States on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 795, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Chinese anti-submarine aircraft enters Taiwan's southwest ADIZ CNA 29 Dec 2020 -- A Chinese military Y-8 aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday, marking the 19th day on which such a maneuver has occurred in December, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said that day.
  • Flight crews to face stricter quarantine rules in Taiwan CNA 28 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan is tightening its quarantine rules for long-haul flight crews by lengthening the quarantine period after an EVA Air pilot infected another person earlier this month despite the protocols in place.
  • Arrivals from U.K. among 8 new imported COVID-19 cases (update) CNA 28 Dec 2020 -- Three passengers who arrived in Taiwan on Sunday, on the first direct flight from the United Kingdom since stricter rules were imposed for travelers from the country, were among eight new imported COVID-19 cases reported in Taiwan on Monday, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan Assurance Act to give flexibility to U.S. arms sales: analyst CNA 28 Dec 2020 -- The Taiwan Assurance Act of 2020, included in the omnibus spending package signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday, should give the United States more flexibility in selling arms to Taiwan, a Taiwanese analyst has said.
  • Chinese military aircraft enters Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 28 Dec 2020 -- A Chinese military Y-8 RECCE tactical reconnaissance aircraft entered the southwestern part of Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday, where it stayed until Taiwanese fighter jets scrambled in response, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • Trump signs omnibus spending bill including pro-Taiwan provisions CNA 28 Dec 2020 -- United States President Donald Trump on Sunday signed a US$2.3 trillion government spending package that incorporates provisions supporting Taiwan's defense capacity and its participation in international organizations.
  • Taiwan mulls censoring books by Chinese Communist Party, PLA CNA 28 Dec 2020 -- The Ministry of Culture (MOC) may propose an amendment that would regulate publications released by the Chinese Communist Party and People's Liberation Army (PLA) before they can enter the Taiwan market.
  • CAL flight from London arrives, passengers tested, quarantined CNA 27 Dec 2020 -- A China Airlines (CAL) flight from London arrived in Taiwan Sunday evening, with all 114 passengers given a COVID-19 test shortly after they arrived.
  • Taiwan reports two new imported COVID-19 cases from Indonesia CNA 27 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan reported two new imported cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, both of which are Indonesian nationals employed to work as fishermen, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan suspends mail services to U.K. due to COVID-19 CNA 27 Dec 2020 -- Postal services to the United Kingdom will be temporarily suspended starting Monday due to the cancellation of flights by airlines as the spread of COVID-19 accelerated in that country, Taiwan's Chunghwa Post announced on Sunday.
  • Japan declares Taiwan as 'red line,' seeks Biden's backing against Chinese 'aggression' Press TV 26 Dec 2020 -- Japan's deputy defense minister has taken a tough stance against "aggressive" China, declaring Taiwan's safety a "red line" and calling on US president-elect Joe Biden to "be strong" in backing the island territory claimed by Beijing in the face of a Chinese aggression.
  • Chinese anti-submarine plane intrudes into Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 26 Dec 2020 -- A Chinese military Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Saturday, but left the area after Taiwanese fighter jets scrambled in response to the intrusion, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said that day.
  • Flight crews may need to take longer home quarantine, tests: CECC CNA 26 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan is expected to impose more stringent regulations for flight crews, which could include an extension of home quarantine from no more than five days currently to seven days, as well as having to provide a negative PCR test, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday.
  • Strict protocols in place for flight arriving from U.K. Sunday: CECC CNA 26 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan has strict COVID-19 protocols in place for the arrival on Sunday of a flight from the United Kingdom, which has recently faced a surge in cases caused by a new, highly-infectious variant of the coronavirus, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan reports three new imported COVID-19 cases CNA 26 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan reported three additional imported cases of COVID-19 infections on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 783, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan reports four new imported cases of COVID-19 CNA 25 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan recorded four new imported cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number in the country to 780, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Two Chinese military planes fly into Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 25 Dec 2020 -- A Chinese Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine patrol plane and another Y-8 surveillance plane entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Friday but left the area after Taiwan responded to their intrusion.
  • Taiwan firm donates COVID-19 rapid tests to country's allies CNA 24 Dec 2020 -- TaiDoc Technology, a Taiwanese manufacturer of health monitoring systems and devices, on Wednesday donated 300,000 rapid screening tests for COVID-19 to Taiwan's diplomatic allies.
  • All contacts of domestic COVID-19 case test negative: health minister CNA 24 Dec 2020 -- A total of 176 individuals who had contact with a newly-confirmed domestic COVID-19 case have received both nucleic acid and antibody tests and the results came back negative for the disease, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said Thursday at a press conference.
  • Contacts of local COVID-19 case test negative so far: CECC CNA 23 Dec 2020 -- The contacts of a domestic COVID-19 case reported in Taiwan on Tuesday have all tested negative for the disease so far, including four people who had symptoms, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.
  • MOTC steps up COVID-19 controls for public transportation CNA 23 Dec 2020 -- The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) on Wednesday announced stricter COVID-19 control measures for public transportation amid the intensifying pandemic situation worldwide and the appearance of Taiwan's first domestic case in 253 days the previous day.
  • Six new imported cases of COVID-19 reported in Taiwan (update) CNA 23 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan reported six new imported cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, three from the Philippines and three from Indonesia, bringing the total number of cases in Taiwan to 776, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan to tighten COVID-19 control regulations for flight crews CNA 23 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan will impose more stringent regulations for flight crews, by the end of the week, to close loopholes in its prevention and control measures against COVID-19, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday, after it reported a cluster infection the previous day, which was linked to a commercial airline pilot.
  • Taiwan reports COVID-19 local infection after eight months People's Daily 23 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan reported its first locally-infected COVID-19 case since April 12, the local epidemic monitoring agency said Tuesday.
  • 'Mutual reassurance' needed to avoid Taiwan Strait crisis: U.S. NGO CNA 23 Dec 2020 -- Amid ongoing tensions in the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan, China and the United States must seek out ways to clearly and peacefully signal their intentions and reduce mistrust in order to prevent conflict, a report issued Tuesday by a U.S. policy organization has argued.
  • Taiwan reports first domestic case of COVID-19 in 253 days (update) CNA 22 Dec 2020 -- A local contact of a pilot from New Zealand who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sunday has tested positive for the virus, the first domestic case reported in Taiwan since April 12, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday.
  • Arrivals from U.K. to be collectively quarantined CNA 22 Dec 2020 -- Beginning Wednesday, all arrivals from the United Kingdom as well as travelers who have visited the country in the two weeks prior to coming to Taiwan will be quarantined at designated government centers upon arrival, health authorities said Tuesday.
  • Two Chinese military planes enter Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 22 Dec 2020 -- Two Chinese military Y-8 aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday, marking the 14th time such maneuvers have occurred in December, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said that day.
  • U.S. Congress passes pro-Taiwan provisions in massive funding bill CNA 22 Dec 2020 -- The United States Congress on Monday adopted provisions to support Taiwan's defense capacity and encourage its participation in international organizations as part of a US$2.3 trillion government funding and pandemic relief package.
  • Taiwan not considering banning flights from U.K.: CECC CNA 21 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan is not considering banning flights from the United Kingdom as a preventative measure against a new coronavirus variant detected there, because the measures already in place are sufficient in preventing the spread of COVID-19, a top health official said Monday.
  • China aircraft carrier group sails through Taiwan Strait for South China Sea drills Press TV 21 Dec 2020 -- A Chinese aircraft carrier group has sailed through the Taiwan Strait on its way to routine military drills in the South China Sea, a day after a US warship transited the waterway as part of provocative movements meant to boost its military presence near Chinese territorial waters.
  • PLA chides US Navy for transits in Taiwan Straits People's Daily 21 Dec 2020 -- Frequent transits by warships from the United States Navy recently have seriously jeopardized peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits and given encouragement to separatist groups in Taiwan, a spokesman for the Chinese military said.
  • Two colleagues of Taiwanese pilot among three new COVID-19 cases CNA 20 Dec 2020 -- Two colleagues of a Taiwanese pilot who tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday and an Indonesian man were the three new COVID-19 cases reported in Taiwan on Sunday, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan monitors Chinese aircraft carrier Taiwan Strait trip: MND CNA 20 Dec 2020 -- China's first indigenous aircraft carrier, the Shandong, transited through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, prompting Taiwan to dispatch military assets to monitor the voyage, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • US actions endanger peace and stability across Taiwan Strait: Spokesperson PLA Daily 20 Dec 2020 -- "The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin sailed through the Taiwan Strait on the night of December 18. The naval and aerial forces under the Chinese PLA Eastern Theater Command have tracked and monitored the US destroyer throughout the whole process," said Air Force Senior Colonel Zhang Chunhui, spokesperson for the PLA Eastern Theater Command, in a written statement published on Saturday.
  • Taiwan deploys ships, aircraft in Taiwan Strait as China's Shandong carrier passes island Press TV 20 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan has deployed navy and air force after a Chinese aircraft carrier group led by the country's newest carrier, the Shandong, sailed through the Taiwan Strait just one day after the US sent a warship to the sensitive waterway.
  • Taipei Deploys Navy, Air Force Following Passage of Chinese Carrier Through Taiwan Strait Sputnik 20 Dec 2020 -- Beijing previously slammed the US for sending one of its destroyers through the strait, which serves as a buffer between mainland China and Taiwan, an island that Beijing considers to be an inalienable part of its territory.
  • Taiwan reports four new imported cases of COVID-19 CNA 19 Dec 2020 -- Four additional imported COVID-19 cases were reported in Taiwan on Saturday, boosting the number of total cases to 763 in the country since the pandemic hit Taiwan in early 2020, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • U.S. warship USS Mustin transits through Taiwan Strait CNA 19 Dec 2020 -- The USS Mustin, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Saturday, the 12th this year that such passage has been carried out by an American warship.
  • China's military tails, monitors US warship in Taiwan Strait Press TV 19 Dec 2020 -- China says its military has tailed and monitored a US warship through the Taiwan Strait, warning the United States against jeopardizing peace and stability in the sensitive waterway.
  • Taiwan records two new COVID-19 cases CNA 18 Dec 2020 -- Two people who returned to Taiwan from the United States have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country since the start of the pandemic to 759, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Friday.
  • President Tsai attends ceremony for new Black Hawk rescue helicopters CNA 18 Dec 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took part in a ceremony in Kaohsiung Friday to mark the National Airborne Service Corps' (NASC) recent receipt of six new UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, which will be put into service next July as rescue aircraft.
  • Congress members urge U.S. to allow name change for Taiwan office CNA 18 Dec 2020 -- Members of the United States Congress on Thursday sent a joint letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, urging the U.S. government to allow Taiwan to change the name of its office in Washington to the "Taiwan Representative Office."
  • China to deny entry if Taiwan COVID-19 report mentions 'Wuhan virus' CNA 18 Dec 2020 -- Travelers arriving in China from Taiwan will be denied entry if they provide a nucleic acid report misnamed "Wuhan virus" instead of the name officially designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as "coronavirus disease 2019," or COVID-19 in abbreviated form.
  • Taiwan airlines to ban travelers' use of 'Wuhan pneumonia' in nucleic acid testing certificates Global Times 18 Dec 2020 -- Two Taiwan-based airline companies have confirmed that all Taiwan passengers to the Chinese mainland should use the right name for the pandemic in the nucleic acid testing certificate - COVID-19 rather than "Wuhan pneumonia," a hostile expression that is used by some pro-secession media outlets in Taiwan.
  • Peru permits phase II trials of Taiwan-developed COVID-19 drug CNA 17 Dec 2020 -- Antroquinonol (Hocena), an anti-cancer and anti-hyperlipidemia drug developed by a Taiwanese firm as a potential medicine to treat COVID-19, was approved by Peru's authorities to begin phase II trials, according to its developer.
  • Taiwan health officials question COVID-19 antibody study CNA 17 Dec 2020 -- The results of a study that estimates 0.05 percent of adults in Taiwan have COVID-19 antibodies was questioned by Taiwanese health officials on Wednesday, on the grounds that the people enrolled in the study might not accurately represent Taiwan's population.
  • "Peaceful reunification and one country, two systems" the best way to achieve national reunification: Spokesperson PLA Daily 17 Dec 2020 -- "Peaceful reunification and one country, two systems" is the best way to achieve national reunification, and most in the fundamental interests of the Chinese nation, including Taiwan compatriots, said Zhu Fenglian, spokesperson of the Taiwan Affairs Office of China's State Council on a regular press conference on December 16.
  • Taiwan reports 7 new imported COVID-19 cases CNA 16 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan reported seven new imported COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 749 since the pandemic broke out at the beginning of this year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan to indefinitely suspend entry of Indonesian migrant workers CNA 16 Dec 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday said Taiwan will suspend entry of Indonesian migrant workers into the country indefinitely, as Indonesia has been unable to improve the accuracy of its COVID-19 test results.
  • Four members of Russian ballet troupe among 7 new COVID-19 cases CNA 16 Dec 2020 -- Four members of a Russian ballet company that is scheduled to perform in Taiwan over the next two weeks were among the seven new imported cases of COVID-19 reported in the country Wednesday, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
  • Navy plans to build three more missile corvettes by 2023 CNA 16 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan's Navy has decided to build three more of the upgraded version of its Tuo Chiang-class missile corvette by 2023 amid a growing military threat from Beijing.
  • Taiwan military launches new corvette, 'target of PLA aircraft' Global Times 16 Dec 2020 -- The island of Taiwan launched its first heavily armed Tuo Chiang-class corvette on Tuesday, with Taiwan media calling it an "aircraft carrier killer," but Chinese mainland military experts said on Wednesday that the corvette's threat to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is limited and will only become a target of PLA aircraft.
  • U.S. permits sale of key component for Taiwan indigenous submarine project CNA 16 Dec 2020 -- The United States has officially approved an export permit for a key component to Taiwan needed for the ongoing building of the nation's first indigenous submarine, a senior military official said Wednesday.
  • Four Chinese military planes enter Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 16 Dec 2020 -- Four Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Wednesday, the most planes to engage in such maneuvers on any day in December, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • National reunification law? Mainland Taiwan Affairs Office says secessionism will be resolutely smashed Global Times 16 Dec 2020 -- The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council said on Wednesday that the Chinese mainland will take all necessary measures to resolutely smash any secessionism attempts and safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, in response to a question on whether the mainland will introduce a national reunification law.
  • Taiwan confirms two new imported COVID-19 cases CNA 15 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan recorded two new imported cases of COVID-19 -- two migrant workers from the Philippines and Indonesia, respectively -- on Tuesday, bringing the total number of local cases to 742 since the pandemic began, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Navy launches new missile corvette, takes delivery of minelayer CNA 15 Dec 2020 -- The Navy on Tuesday held a launch ceremony for an upgraded version of its Tuo Chiang-class missile corvette and took delivery of a rapid mine-laying vessel, in what President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) described as an important development in the government's indigenous ship-building program.
  • Two Chinese military planes enter Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 15 Dec 2020 -- Two Chinese military Y-8 aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday, marking the 10th day on which such maneuvers have occurred in December, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • U.S. diplomat voices support for Taiwan in human rights speech CNA 15 Dec 2020 -- U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft on Monday called for comprehensive reforms to the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC), criticizing the body for empowering China while denying a voice to those, including Taiwan, it mistreats.
  • Four new imported cases of COVID-19 reported in Taiwan CNA 14 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan recorded four new imported cases of COVID-19 on Monday, two from the Philippines and two from Indonesia, bringing the total number of cases to 740 since the epidemic began, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan proposes certified COVID-19 tests for Indonesian workers CNA 14 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan has proposed that migrant workers from Indonesia provide reports of COVID-19 nucleic acid tests conducted by government-certified institutions as a condition for resuming the entry of migrant workers from the Southeast Asian country, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said Monday.
  • Taiwan adds three new imported COVID-19 cases, all from Indonesia CNA 13 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan confirmed three new imported cases of COVID-19 infections on Sunday, all from Indonesia, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 736, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • All tests negative in contact tracing of puzzling COVID-19 case: CECC CNA 12 Dec 2020 -- A total of 35 people, identified as contacts of a Taiwanese businessman who fell ill with COVID-19 nearly two weeks after returning from China, have all tested negative for the disease, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday.
  • 3-year-old boy among Taiwan's 8 new imported COVID-19 cases CNA 12 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan recorded its youngest COVID-19 patient on Saturday, when a 3-year-old was confirmed as one of eight new imported cases, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • U.S. defense bill with pro-Taiwan provisions approved by Senate CNA 12 Dec 2020 -- The United States Senate on Friday adopted provisions supporting continued arms sales to Taiwan and establishing an initiative to bolster the U.S. military's presence in the Asia Pacific region, as part of an annual defense policy bill.
  • Taiwan's govt says it has solved its 1st cyber national security case CNA 12 Dec 2020 -- The Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Justice said on Friday it has cracked down on a cyber misinformation dissemination case which had claimed Taiwan was planning to intervene in the domestic politics in Thailand, thus solving the country's first cyber national security case.
  • Chinese anti-submarine plane enters Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 12 Dec 2020 -- A Chinese military Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Saturday, in the ninth such incursion this month, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • One new imported case of COVID-19 reported in Taiwan CNA 11 Dec 2020 -- A Taiwanese woman who is a long-term resident of the United States and returned to visit family was the only new COVID-19 patient confirmed in Taiwan on Friday, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Singapore to relax border controls for visitors from Taiwan CNA 11 Dec 2020 -- From Dec. 18, visitors from Taiwan to Singapore will be exempt from quarantine as long as they are given a COVID-19 test upon arrival and the result comes back negative, Singapore's aviation authority said Friday.
  • Coast guard takes delivery of new missile corvette, patrol boat CNA 11 Dec 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Friday touted Taiwan's indigenous ship program as the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) took delivery of a new missile corvette and a patrol vessel during a ceremony in Kaohsiung.
  • Court overrules CTiTV appeal; CTi News on cable TV to close down CNA 11 Dec 2020 -- Chung Tien Television (CTiTV) will have to close down its cable news channel from midnight Friday upon the expiration of its six-year broadcast license, following a decision by the Supreme Administrative Court to overrule an appeal by the company.
  • Taiwan confirms four new imported COVID-19 cases CNA 10 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan reported four new imported cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, one from Indonesia and three from the Philippines, bringing the total number in the country to 724, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Federal Jury Convicts Illinois Man for Bombing the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center US Dept. of Justice 10 Dec 2020 -- Yesterday, a federal jury returned a guilty verdict against Micheal Hari, 49, for his role in the bombing of the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, on Aug. 5, 2017.
  • Chinese Defense Ministry Denounces Potential $280 Million US Military Sale to Taiwan Sputnik 10 Dec 2020 -- After news of yet another potential weapons sale from the United States to Taiwan, China's Defense Ministry warned the US the move could only further damage relations between Washington and Beijing.
  • Chinese electronic warfare aircraft enters Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 10 Dec 2020 -- A Chinese Y-8 electronic warfare plane entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Thursday morning -- the eighth such intrusion this month, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • President Tsai speaks on Taiwan's democracy at U.S. think tank event CNA 10 Dec 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said in a pre-recorded speech delivered Thursday morning (Taipei time) at a virtual event hosted by a Washington-based think tank that Taiwan is determined to safeguard its freedom despite China's efforts to block Taiwan's participation in international organizations.
  • Taiwan records two new imported cases of COVID-19 CNA 09 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan recorded two new imported cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, one from Myanmar and one from Indonesia, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 720, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Six fined for failing to provide COVID-19 test proof on arrival: CECC CNA 09 Dec 2020 -- A total of six Taiwanese citizens have each been fined NT$10,000 (US$351) after they failed to present proof of a recent COVID-19 test upon arrival in Taiwan as required by a new policy implemented on Dec. 1, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said on Wednesday.
  • Australia reclassified as low COVID-19 risk country CNA 09 Dec 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday changed Australia's classification from a low-to-moderate risk country to a low-risk country, allowing business travelers from the region to shorten the period of time they must remain in quarantine upon arrival in Taiwan.
  • Three people injured in explosion at military arsenal plant in Kaohsiung CNA 09 Dec 2020 -- Three people sustained extensive burns in an explosion Wednesday at a military weapons factory in Kaohsiung, which appeared to have been caused by the ignition of raw materials, the city government said.
  • U.S. House passes defense bill with provisions supporting Taiwan CNA 09 Dec 2020 -- The United States House of Representatives on Tuesday passed an annual defense policy bill, which contained sections supporting continued arms sales to Taiwan and establishing an initiative to bolster the U.S. military's presence in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Chinese defense ministry firmly opposes U.S. arms sale to Taiwan People's Daily 09 Dec 2020 -- A Chinese military spokesperson on Tuesday voiced firm opposition to the U.S. sale of military communications systems to Taiwan.
  • Chinese defense ministry denounces $280 million US arms sales to Taiwan PLA Daily 09 Dec 2020 -- “China firmly opposes US arms sales to Taiwan and urges the US to immediately cancel the projects of selling weapons to Taiwan,” said Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang, spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Tuesday night, when commenting on the sale of about $280 million worth of military communications equipment to Taiwan region approved by the US State Department on December 7.
  • Taiwan authority ‘persecutes mainlanders, pro-reunification activists’ Global Times 09 Dec 2020 -- The local authority of Taipei, in the island of Taiwan, has investigated a Chinese mainland woman, who is the head of a pro-reunification female NGO on the island, with the excuse of "threatening national security."
  • Taiwan reports first COVID-19 case from China in 10 months CNA 08 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan recorded two new imported cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, including the first case coming in from China since February, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • US plans latest arms sale to Taiwan, 'PLA will be ready' Global Times 08 Dec 2020 -- The US is planning the sale of a battlefield communications system to Taiwan island, marking the sixth US arms sale to the island this year, as the Taiwan authorities claimed on Tuesday such exchanges have become "routine."
  • Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) - Field Information Communications System (FICS) DSCA 07 Dec 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 a Field Information Communications System (FICS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $280 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
  • More arms procurements from U.S. in pipeline for 2021: MND CNA 07 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan has two defense procurement deals with the United States in the pipeline for 2021, worth approximately US$8 billion, Vice Defense Minister Chang Che-ping (張哲平) said Monday during a legislative hearing.
  • Taipei court rejects CTiTV's effort to prevent closure of news channel CNA 07 Dec 2020 -- The Taipei High Administrative Court on Monday rejected a request by CTiTV for an injunction to prevent the shutdown of its CTi News channel when its six-year broadcast license expires on Dec. 11.
  • Total COVID-19 cases in Taiwan pass 700 with 22 migrant workers positive CNA 06 Dec 2020 -- A total of 22 migrant workers, including 20 from Indonesia and two from the Philippines, tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 716, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Two Indonesians with COVID-19 who stayed in same dorm ruled imported cases CNA 06 Dec 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Sunday that two Indonesian migrant workers who stayed in the same dormitory in Taiwan after completing quarantine, and who both have tested positive for COVID-19, are imported cases rather than domestic ones.
  • Indonesian migrant worker confirmed COVID-19 case Saturday night CNA 06 Dec 2020 -- A female migrant worker from Indonesia who had stayed in the same dormitory in Taoyuan with 47 other migrant workers, tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday night, prompting the health authorities to put all the dorm tenants under quarantine, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan reports 22 new imported cases of COVID-19 CNA 06 Dec 2020 -- Twenty-two new imported cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Taiwan on Sunday, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan F-16 upgrade remains on schedule: Air Force CNA 06 Dec 2020 -- The goal of upgrading 22 of Taiwan's more than 140 F-16 A/B jet fighters to F-16Vs in 2020 remains achievable, according to a recent report by Taiwan's Air Force.
  • Observers Say Beijing's Planned Blacklist of Taiwan Secessionists Could Backfire VOA 06 Dec 2020 -- Beijing has confirmed that it is drafting a list of pro-independence advocates in Taiwan, a move that some observers say reveals the Chinese government's intention to criminalize what it calls "Taiwan secessionists" after an anti-secession example had been set recently in Hong Kong.
  • Chinese anti-submarine plane enters Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 06 Dec 2020 -- A Chinese military Y-8 anti-submarine plane entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Sunday afternoon, the fifth day on which such incursions have occurred in December, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • PLA anti-submarine warfare aircraft conducts depth charge attack drills, seen as deterrent to Taiwan secessionists Global Times 06 Dec 2020 -- In a rare report shared with media, an anti-submarine warfare aircraft of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) was shown dropping a new type of depth charge in a recent training exercise, demonstrating its capability to not only detect, but also launch attacks on submarines, analysts said on Sunday.
  • Military pressure essential for reunification with Taiwan: experts Global Times 06 Dec 2020 -- As the tension between the Chinese mainland and the island of Taiwan grows and some foreign media even predicted that the US could make more provocations to escalate the matter, experts from the two sides of the Taiwan Straits said that reunification between the mainland and the island of Taiwan will not be realized without military pressure.
  • Taiwan reports 3 new imported COVID-19 cases CNA 05 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan on Saturday reported three additional imported COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 693 since the pandemic broke out at the end of last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Two Chinese military planes enter Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 05 Dec 2020 -- Two Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) warplanes entered Taiwan's southwest Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Saturday, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said that day.
  • Peaceful reunification with Taiwan unlikely without pressure: experts Global Times 05 Dec 2020 -- Peaceful reunification of Taiwan island without the mainland applying pressure is unlikely, but China will never miss an opportunity to solve the Taiwan question peacefully, experts from both sides of the Taiwan Straits told the Global Times' annual forum.
  • Possibility of peaceful reunification with Taiwan is diminishing: experts Global Times 05 Dec 2020 -- Experts from the two sides of Taiwan Straits say reunification between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan will not be realized without pressure, and even peaceful reunification won't be realized without military pressure.
  • CECC mulls harsher punishments for flight crew who break quarantine CNA 04 Dec 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Thursday it is considering introducing stiffer penalties for flight crew members who contravene COVID-19 prevention regulations after it was found that five flight attendants recently broke quarantine in Taiwan.
  • Taiwan confirms 4 new imported cases of COVID-19 CNA 04 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan on Friday confirmed four new imported cases of COVID-19, including three involving people who recently arrived from the United States, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Three Chinese military planes enter Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 04 Dec 2020 -- Three Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) warplanes entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Friday, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said that day.
  • Taiwan to implement special visa, investment rules for Hong Kongers CNA 04 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan will introduce a special set of immigration and other rules for people from Hong Kong who wish to enter for the purposes of study, work or investment, the nation's top China policymaking body said Thursday, after three pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong were sentenced to prison the previous day.
  • One new imported case of COVID-19 reported in Taiwan CNA 03 Dec 2020 -- A Taiwanese woman who works in the United States and returned home recently to visit family was the only new COVID-19 patient confirmed in Taiwan on Thursday, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan could administer COVID-19 vaccine by Q2 of 2021: minister CNA 03 Dec 2020 -- People in Taiwan may be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by the second quarter of 2021, slightly earlier than previously anticipated, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said Thursday.
  • 18 F-16A/B jet fighter upgrades completed CNA 03 Dec 2020 -- Eighteen 16A/B jet fighters belonging to Taiwan's Air Force had been upgraded in the first 11 months of the year, under a joint Taiwan-United States program to help Taiwan boost its air defense capabilities and meet the needs of advanced warfare, the military said on Thursday.
  • CECC announces new exemptions, fines to compulsory COVID-19 test rule CNA 02 Dec 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday announced new categories of travelers that are exempt from a new rule that requires all arrivals to present proof of a recent COVID-19 test, as well as details of the amount of fines for those who violate the rule.
  • Taiwan records six new imported cases of COVID-19 CNA 02 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan recorded six new imported cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, five of whom had proof of a negative COVID-19 test result issued within three days of their flight, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Hong Kong removed from COVID-19 'low-to-moderate' risk list CNA 02 Dec 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday removed Hong Kong from its list of countries and regions from which business travelers can apply for shorter quarantine periods upon arrival in Taiwan, citing a recent surge in cases there.
  • Taiwan likely to acquire two key submarine technologies next month CNA 02 Dec 2020 -- The head of the military's top research unit said Wednesday that Taiwan is likely to acquire two key components next month as part of its ongoing construction of the nation's first indigenous submarine.
  • Military to visit Israel in 2021 to learn about its reserve system CNA 02 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan's military will send a delegation to Israel next year to learn about that country's reserve force system as it prepares to overhaul its own reserve forces, a senior defense official said Wednesday.
  • U.S. commission proposes raising status of AIT director CNA 02 Dec 2020 -- A commission created by the United States Congress to monitor security and trade issues between the U.S. and China has recommended that the director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) be nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate, in effect treating it as an ambassadorial nomination.
  • Prison sentence against HK activists regrettable: Taiwan government CNA 02 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan's government said Wednesday it is regrettable that three pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong were sentenced to prison in a court ruling that was damaging to freedom, stability and prosperity in the special administrative region of China.
  • Taiwan backs Australian wine campaign in stand against China CNA 02 Dec 2020 -- Taiwanese diplomats and officials are taking part in a global campaign to purchase Australian wines as the country stands against intense pressure from China, which has imposed heavy taxes on Australian wine as Sino-Australia tension has intensified.
  • Four new imported COVID-19 cases reported in Taiwan CNA 01 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan recorded four new imported cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, including a Taiwanese national who violated Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) protocols to return, according to the CECC.
  • Trips of 3 days or less exempt from new COVID-19 testing rule: CECC CNA 01 Dec 2020 -- Travelers who return to Taiwan within three days of their departure will be exempt from a new rule requiring international arrivals to present proof of a recent COVID-19 test, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has announced.
  • PLA warplane enters Taiwan's ADIZ for fourth consecutive day CNA 01 Dec 2020 -- An Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Tuesday morning, marking the fourth straight day of such incursions, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • China urges U.S. to stop arms sales to Taiwan: spokesperson People's Daily 01 Dec 2020 -- China on Monday reiterated its firm opposition to U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, urging the United States to handle Taiwan-related issues prudently and properly and avoid "treading further down the wrong and dangerous path."



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