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May 2022 - Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • Taiwan reports 80,705 new COVID-19 cases, 90 deaths CNA 31 May 2022 -- Taiwan on Tuesday recorded 80,705 new COVID-19 cases -- 80,656 domestically transmitted and 49 imported -- and 90 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan COVID-19 News Briefs: May 31 CNA 31 May 2022 -- Taiwan on Tuesday reported 80,705 new COVID-19 cases and 90 deaths, breaking the 2 million mark for total cases since the start of the pandemic, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan Pauses Air Force Training After Cadet Dies in Jet Crash Sputnik 31 May 2022 -- Taiwan halted flight training and grounded its fleet of aging AT-3 jets after a 23-year-old cadet died in a crash during a solo mission early on Tuesday, a military official told media.
  • Taiwan Air Force Academy suspends flight training following crash CNA 31 May 2022 -- Taiwan's Air Force Academy on Tuesday suspended all flight training for its cadets and grounded all of its AT-3 trainer jets after an AT-3 used by the academy crashed in Kaohsiung during a training session earlier in the day, killing its pilot.
  • Inexperience, aging plane among possible factors in AT-3 crash: ex-general CNA 31 May 2022 -- A relatively inexperienced pilot, an aging aircraft, and unstable atmospheric conditions are possible factors that may have led to Tuesday's deadly AT-3 trainer jet crash that killed the pilot, retired Air Force Lieutenant General Chang Yen-ting (張延廷) told CNA Tuesday.
  • U.S. legislative support for Taiwan's security tremendous: Duckworth CNA 31 May 2022 -- There is tremendous and bipartisan support from U.S. lawmakers for Taiwan's security, visiting United States Senator Tammy Duckworth said Tuesday.
  • US senator's trip to Taiwan 'very dangerous'; PLA sent warplanes Global Times 31 May 2022 -- China launched strong opposition on Tuesday with both diplomatic and military means in protest against US senator Tammy Duckworth's surprise visit to the island of Taiwan and talks with secessionists.
  • PLA sends 30 warplanes near Taiwan island amid US senator visit, carrier drills Global Times 31 May 2022 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly dispatched 30 warplanes to the vicinity of the island of Taiwan on Monday, the same day a US senator arrived on the island for a surprise visit, and also at the same time the US Navy was holding dual carrier drills not far away from the region.
  • Taiwan reports 60,103 new COVID-19 cases, 109 deaths CNA 30 May 2022 -- Taiwan on Monday recorded 60,103 new COVID-19 cases -- 60,042 domestically transmitted and 61 imported -- and 109 deaths, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan to maintain current mask mandate through June CNA 30 May 2022 -- Taiwan will maintain its existing mask mandate through the month of June, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Monday, but consideration is being given to adjusting the country's strict COVID-19 border restrictions.
  • Taiwan COVID-19 News Briefs: May 30 CNA 30 May 2022 -- Taiwan on Monday reported 60,103 new COVID-19 cases, down more than 16,000 from the previous day, and 109 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • 30 Chinese military aircraft enter Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 30 May 2022 -- Thirty Chinese military aircraft flew into the southwestern part of Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday, the second-highest single-day total this year, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • U.S. Senator Duckworth arrives in Taiwan for three-day visit CNA 30 May 2022 -- United States Senator Tammy Duckworth has arrived in Taiwan for a three-day visit, during which she will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and other senior government officials, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Monday.
  • Israel says no change in Taiwan policy following leaked cable CNA 30 May 2022 -- Israel's representative office in Taiwan on Monday said that instructions sent to its diplomats to refrain from meeting with their Taiwanese counterparts in official settings did not represent a change in policy.
  • Taiwan reports 76,605 new COVID-19 cases, 145 deaths CNA 29 May 2022 -- Taiwan on Sunday recorded 76,605 new COVID-19 cases and another single-day high of 145 deaths, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan COVID-19 News Briefs: May 29 CNA 29 May 2022 -- Taiwan reported 76,605 new COVID-19 cases and another single-day high of 145 deaths on Sunday, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan military to double recruitment of 'weekend warriors' next year CNA 29 May 2022 -- Taiwan's military said recently that it will start recruiting twice the annual number of special reservists next year, as part of a reform project to create a more reliable backup force for the country's regular troops, amid China's growing military threats.
  • Taiwan sees greater global support for WHA inclusion: MOFA CNA 29 May 2022 -- Taiwan received more international support this year for its inclusion in the World Health Assembly (WHA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Sunday, although a proposal by 13 countries to allow Taiwan to join as an observer failed to be put on the WHA's official agenda.
  • Taiwan reports 80,881 COVID-19 cases, 127 deaths CNA 28 May 2022 -- Taiwan recorded 80,881 new COVID-19 cases and another single-day high of 127 deaths on Saturday, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan COVID-19 News Briefs: May 28 CNA 28 May 2022 -- Taiwan reported on Saturday 80,881 new COVID-19 cases, including 80,835 domestic and 46 infected abroad, as well as 127 deaths, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan reports 94,855 new COVID-19 cases, 126 deaths CNA 27 May 2022 -- Taiwan recorded 94,855 new COVID-19 cases on Friday -- 94,808 domestic infections and 47 imported -- and a single-day high of 126 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • COVID to remain at 'high but stable plateau' for 2 weeks: health minister CNA 27 May 2022 -- Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said Friday that the COVID-19 pandemic in Taiwan has started to plateau at a high but stable level that will last a minimum of two weeks.
  • Taiwan COVID-19 News Briefs: May 27 CNA 27 May 2022 -- Taiwan on Friday reported 94,855 new COVID-19 cases -- 94,808 domestic infections and 47 imported -- and a single-day high of 126 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • China's provocation against Taiwan 'deeply destabilizing': Blinken CNA 27 May 2022 -- United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken said China's increasingly provocative rhetoric and actions against Taiwan are "deeply destabilizing" during a key China policy speech on Thursday.
  • China's military sorties near Taiwan changing status quo: premier CNA 27 May 2022 -- China is changing the status quo in the region by conducting military sorties near Taiwan, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said Friday after the People's Liberation Army (PLA) maneuvers were criticized by the United States' top diplomat a day earlier.
  • US plans to hold talks with Chinese Taipei despite China opposition Press TV 27 May 2022 -- The United States government has scheduled to hold talks with Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) officials despite China's fierce opposition to diplomatic relations between them and solemn warning against fostering ties with the self-governing island which Beijing considers as its own territory.
  • China's provocation against Taiwan 'deeply destabilizing': Blinken CNA 26 May 2022 -- United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken said China's increasingly provocative rhetoric and actions against Taiwan are "deeply destabilizing" during a key China policy speech on Thursday.
  • US Does Not Support Taiwan Independence But Will Continue to Expand Ties With Taipei, Blinken Says Sputnik 26 May 2022 -- Joe Biden sparked a diplomatic flap with Beijing this week by saying the US would come to Taiwan's aid militarily if the island were invaded by China. US officials quickly corrected the president, saying US policy of 'strategic ambiguity' remains unaltered. China warned the US would face "unbearable" costs if it "continues down the wrong path."
  • U.S. holds talks with Taiwan ahead of unveiling of China policy: MOFA CNA 26 May 2022 -- The United States has been in talks with Taiwan in recent weeks, as Washington prepared to unveil its strategy on China late Thursday, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
  • China firmly opposes US Congress members' visit to Taiwan: Defense Spokesperson PLA Daily 26 May 2022 -- "US Congress members' visit to Taiwan and their provocative remarks are just political shows to catch public eyeballs, which China firmly opposes," said Senior Colonel Wu Qian, spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense, at a regular press conference in Beijing on Thursday.
  • Live-fire Han Kuang exercises to go on as scheduled in July: minister CNA 26 May 2022 -- The live-fire portion of this year's annual Han Kuang military exercises will be held in July as scheduled but possibly on a smaller scale than previous editions due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) said Thursday.
  • Taiwan reports 81,907 new COVID-19 cases, 104 deaths CNA 26 May 2022 -- Taiwan recorded 81,907 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday -- 81,852 domestic infections and 55 imported -- and a single-day high of 104 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan COVID-19 News Briefs: May 26 CNA 26 May 2022 -- Taiwan on Thursday reported 81,907 new COVID-19 cases, down slightly from the day before, and 104 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • COVID-19 death rate exceeding 0.1% a warning: health minister CNA 26 May 2022 -- Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said Thursday that the COVID-19 death rate in Taiwan exceed 0.1 percent over the past two days, a figure he characterized as a warning.
  • Taiwan reports 89,389 new COVID-19 cases, 76 deaths CNA 25 May 2022 -- Taiwan recorded 89,389 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and a single-day high of 76 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan COVID-19 News Briefs: May 25 CNA 25 May 2022 -- Taiwan on Wednesday reported 89,389 new COVID-19 cases and a single-day high of 76 deaths, topping the previous high of 59 set twice earlier this month, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • PLA holds 2nd large-scale drills around Taiwan this month after Biden claims to 'defend' island Global Times 25 May 2022 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Wednesday announced a second large-scale military exercise around the island of Taiwan this month in a move analysts said is a powerful response to remarks by US President Joe Biden two days ago, in which he claimed the US would intervene militarily if the Chinese mainland were to reunify with Taiwan by force.
  • PLA conducts combat-readiness patrol and training exercises around Taiwan Island PLA Daily 25 May 2022 -- "The Eastern Theater Command (ETC) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has recently organized joint combat-readiness security patrol and real-combat training exercises involving multiple services and arms in the waters and airspace around the Taiwan Island," said Army Senior Colonel Shi Yi, spokesperson for the PLA Eastern Theater Command, in a written statement on Wednesday.
  • China says conducted military exercise around Taiwan to warn US Press TV 25 May 2022 -- China says its recent military exercise around Chinese Taipei was a "serious warning" to interactions between the United States and the self-ruled island, as tensions continue to grow between Beijing and Washington.
  • China Says Philippine Sea Drills Were 'Stern Warning' Against US Support for 'Taiwan Independence' Sputnik 25 May 2022 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has conducted a series of maritime and aerial drills in the seas surrounding Taiwan in recent weeks, including deployment of its largest-ever carrier battle group and a joint bomber patrol with the Russian Air Force.
  • Chinese Armed Forces Conduct Military Exercises Off Taiwan Sputnik 25 May 2022 -- The Chinese armed forces have organized military exercises near the island of Taiwan, with these measures taken to "warn the United States," the Eastern Theater Command of the People's Liberation Army of China said on Wednesday.
  • Washington 'Taking Lessons' From Ukraine to Turn Taiwan Into Anti-China 'Porcupine': Report Sputnik 25 May 2022 -- The People's Liberation Army conducted large-scale "joint combat readiness patrols" in the sea and air space around Taiwan on Wednesday in the wake of comments by US President Joe Biden on Monday threatening to involve the US militarily if the PRC invades the island, citing a "commitment" to Taipei. Beijing slammed the comments as unacceptable.
  • Biden's latest pledge on Taiwan not a policy change: U.S. experts CNA 25 May 2022 -- United States President Joe Biden's recent off-the-cuff vow to defend Taiwan militarily was aimed at deterring Chinese aggression against Taiwan and was consistent with U.S. policy on Taiwan, according to some American experts.
  • Japan, Czech Republic, 9 allies back Taiwan's WHA inclusion CNA 25 May 2022 -- Japan, the Czech Republic and nine of Taiwan's diplomatic allies on Tuesday voiced their support for Taiwan's inclusion in the World Health Assembly (WHA) after it was not invited to the annual conference for a sixth straight year.
  • "Taiwan independence" a dead end:Defense Spokesperson PLA Daily 25 May 2022 -- "We firmly oppose official exchanges and military ties in any form between the United States and China's Taiwan region. Seeking 'Taiwan independence' leads nowhere but to a dead end, and so does supporting 'Taiwan independence'," said Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense on Wednesday.
  • Domestic-made 'XT112' rifle to complete combat tests soon CNA 24 May 2022 -- A new assault rifle being developed by Taiwan's military is expected to finish the combat readiness testing stage in August, the last phase before entering mass production, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced Tuesday.
  • Taiwan envoy stresses self-defense after Biden comment CNA 24 May 2022 -- Taiwan's top envoy to the United States refrained Monday from directly commenting on U.S. President Joe Biden's vow to defend Taiwan militarily, instead stressing that Taiwan's primary focus is on its own ability to defend itself.
  • No change in 'strategic ambiguity' on Taiwan: US president Press TV 24 May 2022 -- US President Joe Biden has emphasized that the United States still abides by the policy of "strategic ambiguity" toward Taiwan.
  • China warns US against 'playing with fire' after Biden's Taiwan remarks Press TV 24 May 2022 -- China has warned the United States against "playing with fire" after President Joe Biden vowed to defend the self-ruled island of Taiwan militarily in the event of a Chinese attack.
  • US State Department Walks Back Biden's Unusually Strong Comments on Taiwan VOA 24 May 2022 -- U.S. President Joe Biden and the State Department said that nothing has changed in U.S. policy toward Taiwan after Biden's unusually hardline statement Monday of military support for the self-governed island prompted anger from China and gave a boost to the western Pacific island where many worry about an attack from Beijing.
  • U.S., Lithuania among 10 countries backing Taiwan's WHA inclusion CNA 24 May 2022 -- Ten countries on Monday voiced their support for Taiwan's inclusion in the World Health Assembly (WHA) during the second day of the WHA's annual meeting in Geneva after a proposal to invite it to the gathering was not put on the meeting's agenda.
  • Taiwan reports 82,435 new COVID-19 cases, 42 deaths CNA 24 May 2022 -- Taiwan on Tuesday recorded 82,435 new COVID-19 cases, up by more than 16,000 after hitting a six-day low on Monday, and 42 deaths from COVID-19 complications, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan COVID-19 News Briefs: May 24 CNA 24 May 2022 -- Taiwan on Tuesday reported 82,435 new COVID-19 cases -- an increase of more than 16,000 from the six-day low on Monday -- and 42 deaths, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • COVID-19 outbreak could peak by early June: CECC CNA 24 May 2022 -- Taiwan could continue to see a stable increase of domestic COVID-19 cases before reaching a peak by early June, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday.
  • China warns 'irretrievable consequences', 'unbearable price' amid US' Taiwan remarks swings Global Times 24 May 2022 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday warned the US against playing with words on the one-China principle and irretrievable consequences for the China-US relations, stressing no forces including the US can prevent the Chinese people from reunifying the nation after US President Joe Biden's latest Taiwan gaffes which saw he first vowed readiness for military intervention to defend the island if necessary and then he and White House officials walked back his remarks.
  • DPP warned against attempt to seek "Taiwan independence" by using pandemic People's Daily 24 May 2022 -- A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Monday urged Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities to stop seeking "Taiwan independence" under the pretext of the COVID-19 pandemic and said that such attempt will only come to a dead end.
  • World Health Assembly rejects again Taiwan-related proposal People's Daily 24 May 2022 -- The World Health Assembly (WHA), the highest decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), and the General Committee of the WHA on Monday seperately decided not to include in its agenda a proposal on Taiwan's participation in the annual assembly as an observer.
  • Taiwan reports 66,283 new COVID-19 cases, 40 deaths CNA 23 May 2022 -- Taiwan recorded 66,283 new COVID-19 cases and 40 deaths Monday, when the daily number edged below 70,000 for the first time in six days, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Biden Says US Would Defend Taiwan if China Invaded VOA 23 May 2022 -- President Joe Biden said the United States would be willing to intervene to defend Taiwan if China were to invade, the latest Biden comment casting doubt on the longstanding U.S. policy of "strategic ambiguity" on the matter.
  • President Biden warns China over invasion threat, drawing parallel with Ukraine Radio Free Asia 23 May 2022 -- U.S. President Joe Biden warned on Monday that China is 'flirting with danger' with its ongoing threat to annex democratic Taiwan, saying the U.S. is "committed" to defending the island in the event of a Chinese invasion.
  • Biden reiterates U.S. will defend Taiwan if attacked by China CNA 23 May 2022 -- The United States President Joe Biden on Monday said the U.S. would defend Taiwan if the latter was attacked by China, marking his latest remarks on Taiwan's defense that appear to deviate from Washington's longstanding policy of "strategic ambiguity" on the issue.
  • Biden vows to defend Taipei, China warns not to 'underestimate resolve' Press TV 23 May 2022 -- US President Joe Biden says he would be willing to use force to militarily defend Chinese Taipei if Beijing invades the self-ruled island.
  • Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on Issues Relating to Taiwan at the 75th Session of WHA PRC MofA 23 May 2022 -- The General Committee and the Plenary Session of the 75th World Health Assembly (WHA) have respectively decided to reject the so-called proposal of "inviting Taiwan to participate in the WHA as an observer" submitted by certain countries. This demonstrates the shared international commitment to the one-China principle, an overriding trend that cannot be challenged.
  • Biden's remarks on 'intervening militarily' in Taiwan question not gaffe but signals hollowing out one-China policy Global Times 23 May 2022 -- By stating the US would intervene militarily if the Chinese mainland takes the island of Taiwan by force, the Biden administration is taking a step further to hollow out the one-China policy, and Biden's remarks had led to China's strong opposition. Analysts warned that as the US and its spearheads, especially Japan, are using the Ukraine crisis to promote a cognitive battle to help with the de facto "independence" of the island of Taiwan, their schemes would encounter a stronger response from the Chinese mainland as the mainland makes no compromise on its core interests.
  • US should remember its commitment to one-China principle: Chinese FM Global Times 23 May 2022 -- Claiming its one-China principle is different from China's, the US is only retreating from its own promises and the common ground it reached with China, with the intention of obstructing China's peaceful reunification and attempting to build Taiwan into an "unsinkable aircraft carrier," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Monday at a press briefing in response to remarks from US Department of State spokesperson Ned Price on the one-China principle.
  • WHA rejects proposal to put Taiwan's observer status on agenda CNA 23 May 2022 -- A proposal initiated by Taiwan's diplomatic allies to invite Taiwan to participate in the World Health Assembly (WHA) was not put on the WHA's agenda on Monday, meaning Taiwan will be excluded from the conference for the sixth straight year.
  • WHA rejects Taiwan's bid for 6th consecutive year as political tricks to challenge one-China principle are doomed to failure Global Times 23 May 2022 -- With no suspense, the World Health Assembly (WHA) - the decision-making body of the WHO - rejected the proposal of inviting the island of Taiwan to the WHA as an observer for the sixth consecutive year, as any ill-intentioned attempt to use the occasion to deceive the international community and play political tricks to challenge the one-China principle will end up in vain.
  • Taiwan not part of new Indo-Pacific economic initiative: White House CNA 22 May 2022 -- Taiwan has not been invited to join the Indo-Pacific economic framework (IPEF) set to be launched by the United States President Joe Biden on Monday, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday.
  • Taiwan reports 79,487 new COVID-19 cases, 53 deaths CNA 22 May 2022 -- Taiwan recorded 79,487 new COVID-19 cases and 53 deaths Sunday, with the total number of cases edging below 80,000 for the first time in five days, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan COVID-19 News Briefs: May 22 CNA 22 May 2022 -- Taiwan on Sunday reported 79,487 new COVID-19 cases, including 79,441 domestically transmitted and 46 contracted abroad, as well as 53 deaths, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan, WHA need each other: President Tsai CNA 22 May 2022 -- Both Taiwan and the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), need each other in the face of COVID-19 challenges, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said on Sunday, in response to yet another year of Taipei being left out of the WHA.
  • China's refusal for Taiwan's participation in WHA gains support People's Daily 22 May 2022 -- China's decision not to agree with the Taiwan region's participation in this year's World Health Assembly (WHA) has received broad-based support and understanding from the international community, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Saturday.
  • Taiwan reports 84,639 new COVID-19 cases, 59 deaths CNA 21 May 2022 -- Taiwan recorded 84,639 new COVID-19 cases and 59 deaths Saturday, the fourth consecutive day it has recorded more than 80,000 cases in a single day, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan COVID-19 News Briefs: May 21 CNA 21 May 2022 -- Taiwan on Saturday reported 84,639 new COVID-19 cases, including 84,587 domestic and 52 imported, as well as 59 deaths, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Foreign missions issue joint statement supporting Taiwan's WHA bid CNA 21 May 2022 -- Five foreign missions in Taiwan, including the American Institute in Taiwan and the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, issued a joint statement Saturday backing Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer.
  • U.S., South Korea reaffirm importance of peace in Taiwan Strait CNA 21 May 2022 -- A joint statement issued after a summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol on Saturday referred to the "importance of preserving peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait."
  • Taiwan top trade negotiator holds in-person talk with U.S. counterpart CNA 21 May 2022 -- Taiwan's top trade negotiator John Deng (鄧振中) met with United States Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai in Bangkok on Friday to discuss trade and investment issues, paving the way for what both sides described as concrete plans to boost bilateral economic ties.
  • Observe One-China principle: FM comments on Taiwan authorities' failure to be invited to WHA Global Times 21 May 2022 -- The One-China principle is the shared belief of the international community and is the trend of the times, the Chinese foreign ministry said after the local Taiwan authorities expressed "pity" for not being invited to the World Health Assembly (WHA).
  • Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Remarks on International Community's Wide Support for China's Position on Taiwan-related Issues at WHA PRC MofA 21 May 2022
  • Taiwan reports 85,761 new COVID-19 cases, 49 deaths CNA 20 May 2022 -- Taiwan recorded 85,761 new COVID-19 cases and 49 deaths Friday, down slightly from the 90,378 new COVID-19 infections and 59 deaths from the disease reported a day earlier, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan COVID-19 News Brief: May 20 CNA 20 May 2022 -- Taiwan reported 85,761 new COVID-19 cases Friday -- 85,720 domestically transmitted and 41 contracted abroad -- and 49 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • US Refusing Weapons Sales to Taiwan 'Outside Their Definition of Asymmetric Defense', Reports Say Sputnik 20 May 2022 -- US defense leaders have warned that comparing Ukraine and Taiwan is a mistake, but in practice, Washington is pressuring Taipei to adopt an asymmetric warfare policy modeled on its support for Ukraine since Russia's special operation began there in February.
  • U.S. official responds to China after warning on Taiwan CNA 20 May 2022 -- United States National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has urged China to dial down actions the U.S. thinks have caused tensions across the Taiwan Strait, in response to a reported warning issued by a Chinese official over U.S. support for Taiwan.
  • Bundestag passes resolution to support Taiwan's WHA bid CNA 20 May 2022 -- The German federal parliament Bundestag adopted a resolution on Thursday to call on the German government to advocate for Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization's (WHO) activities and its decision-making body World Health Assembly (WHA).
  • Legislature passes bill on economic espionage CNA 20 May 2022 -- The Legislature on Friday passed a law amendment to prohibit the theft of Taiwan's core technologies for use by hostile external forces and to allow a maximum 12-year prison sentence for violators.
  • Taiwan's accumulated number of local COVID-19 cases exceeds 1 mln People's Daily 20 May 2022 -- The total number of locally transmitted COVID-19 cases recorded in Taiwan has exceeded 1 million, the island's disease monitoring agency said on Thursday.
  • Taiwan's daily COVID-19 cases top 90,000; total number exceeds 1 million CNA 19 May 2022 -- Taiwan recorded 90,378 new COVID-19 infections and 59 deaths from the disease on Thursday, topping 90,000 daily cases for the first time and bringing the total number of domestic cases to over 1 million since the start of the pandemic, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • COVID-19 outbreak in 'mass spread' stage, to peak in late May: MOHW CNA 19 May 2022 -- Taiwan's COVID-19 outbreak has entered the "mass community spread" stage and is likely to reach a peak number of infections in late May, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW).
  • Taiwan COVID-19 News Brief: May 19 CNA 19 May 2022 -- Taiwan reported 90,378 new COVID-19 cases and 59 deaths on Thursday, while also surpassing 1 million total cases since the start of the pandemic, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan to install UAV defense systems at 45 military bases nationwide CNA 19 May 2022 -- Taiwan's military on Thursday approved a project to install indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) defense systems at 45 bases across the country, to neutralize hostile drone incursions, if necessary, according to a military source.
  • 7 Chinese military aircraft enter Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 19 May 2022 -- Seven Chinese military aircraft flew into the southwest corner of Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Thursday, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • 52 U.S. senators urge Biden to include Taiwan in IPEF CNA 19 May 2022 -- A bipartisan group of 52 U.S. senators co-signed a letter to United States President Joe Biden on Wednesday campaigning for Taiwan's inclusion in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), amid concerns that Taiwan would be left out of the framework.
  • Taiwan expresses 'deep regret' over no WHA invitation CNA 19 May 2022 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) expressed "deep regret and dissatisfaction" on Thursday that Taiwan had yet to receive an invitation to the 75th World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), which is set to take place in Geneva this year in three days.
  • Taiwan's voice needs to be heard internationally: Canadian PM Trudeau CNA 19 May 2022 -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the House of Commons Wednesday that his government's longstanding position was to ensure Taiwan's voice was heard in multilateral forums.
  • China slams US for advocating Taipei's participation in WHO assembly Press TV 19 May 2022 -- The Chinese government has strongly rejected the US call for the World Health Organization (WHO) to invite Chinese Taipei to its annual assembly, reiterating its sovereignty over the self-ruled island.
  • Top diplomat Yang Jiechi warns the US against playing 'Taiwan card,' vows China's firm actions to safeguard sovereignty in phone talk with Sullivan Global Times 19 May 2022 -- China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi held a phone conversation on Wednesday with US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan upon request in which he warned the US against playing the "Taiwan card" and vowed that China will take firm actions to safeguard its sovereignty and security interests and the US can count on China to keep its promise.
  • Taiwan's daily COVID-19 cases top 80,000 for first time CNA 18 May 2022 -- Taiwan recorded 85,356 new COVID-19 infections and 41 deaths from the disease on Wednesday, topping 80,000 daily cases for the first time, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan COVID-19 News Brief: May 18 CNA 18 May 2022 -- Taiwan reported 85,356 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday -- 85,310 domestically transmitted and 46 contracted abroad -- and 41 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Arms purchases determined by needs, not dealers: Taiwan military CNA 18 May 2022 -- Taiwan's decisions on acquiring weapons from the United States will not be influenced by individual arms dealers, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Wednesday after U.S. business groups objected to a U.S. official's comment on arms sales to Taiwan.
  • U.S. official voices support for Taiwan ahead of WHO summit CNA 18 May 2022 -- A United States official on Tuesday reiterated U.S. support for Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization's (WHO) annual summit as he said Taiwan would offer "considerable resources" conducive to discussions at the event which will begin this Sunday.
  • Taiwan as an Observer in the World Health Assembly US Dept. of State 18 May 2022 -- "Today's unprecedented health threats demand close international cooperation. The World Health Assembly (WHA) is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), and its annual meeting is an opportunity to drive cooperation towards ending the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and advancing global health and global health security."
  • Senior diplomats warn US, Japan over Taiwan question before QUAD summit Global Times 18 May 2022 -- Chinese senior diplomats on Wednesday stressed China's position and sent firm warnings on US and Japan's negative moves against China, following reports that Japan and the US were set to affirm boosting cooperation over the Taiwan question and compare it to the Ukraine crisis in a joint statement of an upcoming bilateral summit.
  • Taiwan reports 65,833 new COVID-19 cases, 38 deaths CNA 17 May 2022 -- Taiwan recorded over 60,000 new COVID-19 cases for the sixth straight day on Tuesday, reporting 65,833 new infections and 38 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan COVID-19 News Brief: May 17 CNA 17 May 2022 -- Taiwan reported 65,833 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday -- 65,794 domestically transmitted and 39 contracted abroad -- and 38 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan confirms COVID-19 outbreak hits second warship in a week CNA 17 May 2022 -- Taiwan's Navy confirmed Tuesday that a second warship has been hit by a COVID-19 outbreak within a week but insisted that the outbreak would not affect the vessel's combat readiness.
  • Taiwan Navy ship grounded after a crew member tests positive for COVID-19 Radio Free Asia 17 May 2022 -- A Taiwanese warship has been grounded after a crew member tested positive for coronavirus, the second vessel to be hit by an outbreak of Covid-19 within just two days, Taiwan's Navy has confirmed.
  • Taiwan thanks allies for proposal about WHA participation CNA 17 May 2022 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday expressed its gratitude to 13 diplomatic allies for lobbying the World Health Organization (WHO) in favor of Taiwan's inclusion in the 75th World Health Assembly (WHA).
  • US Strongly Advocates for Taiwan to Regain WHO Status VOA 17 May 2022 -- The United States said it strongly advocates for Taiwan to regain its observer status in the World Health Assembly (WHA) the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), leading into its annual meeting May 22-28 in Geneva.
  • California church shooter in Taiwan 'peaceful reunification' group linked to Beijing Radio Free Asia 17 May 2022 -- California church killer David Chou has close ties to a Taiwan 'peaceful reunification' group linked to the ruling Chinese Communist Party's United Front Work Department, a body that has been designated a representative of a foreign government by the U.S. government, according to a report on its founding ceremony.
  • China rejects U.S. bill to help Taiwan regain WHO observer status People's Daily 17 May 2022 -- China rejects and deplores it that the United States should insist on signing the bill, which will help Taiwan regain observer status in the World Health Organization (WHO), into law, a foreign ministry spokesperson said on Monday, urging the U.S. to handle Taiwan-related issues prudently and properly.
  • Taiwan reports 61,754 new COVID-19 cases, 29 deaths CNA 16 May 2022 -- Taiwan recorded over 60,000 daily COVID-19 cases for the fifth straight day on Monday, reporting 61,754 new infections and 29 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan receives first shipment of Pfizer-BNT vaccines for children CNA 16 May 2022 -- The first shipment of a 2.2 million-dose order of Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT) COVID-19 vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds arrived in Taiwan early Monday, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan COVID-19 News Briefs: May 16 CNA 16 May 2022 -- Taiwan reported 61,754 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, including 61,697 domestic and 57 infected abroad, as well as 29 deaths, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan Navy confirms multiple COVID-19 cases on warship CNA 16 May 2022 -- Taiwan's Navy said Monday it had ordered one of its warships to return to base and everyone on board to get tested for COVID-19, as several crew members had obtained positive rapid antigen test results.
  • Taiwan records over 411,000 COVID-19 cases in a week People's Daily 16 May 2022 -- More than 411,000 COVID-19 cases were newly reported in Taiwan between Monday and Sunday, according to statistics released by the island's disease monitoring agency.
  • Taiwan changes computerized war games to map-based simulation, shows 'lack of confidence, self-deception' Global Times 16 May 2022 -- Taiwan authorities kicked off their annual Han Kuang military exercise on Monday. However, while attempting to attract attention with scenarios drawn from the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the first phase of the war games, an "all-out defense" computer simulation, will surprisingly be changed this year into a map-based one, a less accurate and objective format without a final outcome, which experts said reflects a lack of confidence of the Taiwan military and is self-deceiving.
  • Some Taiwanese Youtubers on CCP payroll: intelligence chief CNA 16 May 2022 -- Taiwan's top intelligence chief on Monday said that some local internet celebrities were being paid by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to conduct "cognitive warfare" campaigns in Taiwan and help Beijing spread propaganda in the country.
  • Taiwan reports 68,769 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths CNA 15 May 2022 -- Taiwan saw over 60,000 daily COVID-19 cases for the fourth straight day on Sunday as it reported 68,769 new cases and 19 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Tabletop wargames to be launched Monday: Taiwan military CNA 15 May 2022 -- Taiwan's annual major military exercises this year begin Monday with a five-day tabletop wargames phase to simulate the military's defense tactics against possible Chinese invasion scenarios, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • Taiwan thanks G7 for second straight year of support CNA 15 May 2022 -- Taiwan's government on Sunday expressed its gratitude to the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations over the latter's communique that stressed the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and offered support for Taiwan's meaningful participation at the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA).
  • Taiwan reports 64,041 new COVID-19 cases, 40 deaths CNA 14 May 2022 -- Taiwan's single-day COVID-19 cases surpassed 60,000 for the third straight day on Saturday, as the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported 64,041 new cases and 40 deaths from the disease.
  • Taiwan to roll out second COVID-19 booster from Monday: CECC CNA 14 May 2022 -- Older people and certain immunocompromised individuals aged 18 and over will be authorized to receive a second booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Biden signs bill to help Taiwan regain WHA observer status CNA 14 May 2022 -- U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday signed a bill into law to help Taiwan regain observer status at the World Health Assembly (WHA), demonstrating Washington's strong support for Taiwan.
  • Taiwan reports 65,011 new COVID-19 cases, 41 deaths CNA 13 May 2022 -- Taiwan saw its single-day COVID-19 cases surpass 60,000 for the second straight day on Friday, with the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reporting 65,011 new cases and 41 deaths from the disease.
  • Taiwan COVID-19 News Brief: May 13 CNA 13 May 2022 -- Taiwan reported 65,011 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday -- 64,972 domestically transmitted and 39 imported -- and 41 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • China builds simulated Taiwan port, ship to test missiles: military analyst CNA 13 May 2022 -- China appears to have built mockups of a port in northeastern Taiwan and a military vessel docked there, with the aim of using them as targets to test its ballistic missiles, a retired Taiwan Navy officer said Friday.
  • Taiwan reports 65,446 new COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths CNA 12 May 2022 -- Taiwan's single-day COVID-19 cases exceeded 60,000 for the first time on Thursday, with 65,446 new cases and 17 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan condemns Hong Kong after arrests of activists CNA 12 May 2022 -- Taiwan condemned the Hong Kong government on Thursday for its "suppression of human rights and freedom," following the arrests of Hong Kong cardinal Joseph Zen (陳日君), Cantopop star Denise Ho (何韻詩), and other democracy activists by Hong Kong police on the previous day.
  • Taiwan reports 57,216 new COVID-19 cases, eight deaths CNA 11 May 2022 -- Taiwan saw its single-day COVID-19 cases surpass 50,000 for the second straight day on Wednesday, with the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reporting 57,216 new cases and eight deaths from the disease.
  • US presses Taiwan to buy weapons more suited to deter a Chinese invasion Press TV 11 May 2022 -- The United States is pressing Taiwan to order American-made weapons that it believes will better repel an invasion by China, rather than expensive equipment that are fine for peacetime operations.
  • US warship sails through Taiwan Strait after China drills Radio Free Asia 11 May 2022 -- A U.S. warship has sailed through the Taiwan Strait, the second such transit in two weeks and only two days after a large Chinese military live-fire exercise, signaling increased tension in the strait.
  • Chinese Modern Attack Chopper Reportedly Flew Into Taiwan Air Zone for First Time Sputnik 11 May 2022 -- Crossing the median line is reportedly not a typical occurrence, with the latest such incident involving People's Liberation Army aircraft occurring on September 19, 2020, according to the War Zone. The event, which featured a mix of J-16, J-10, and J-11 fighters, took place during US Under Secretary of State Keith Krach's visit to Taiwan.
  • Chinese threat to Taiwan 'critical' from now to 2030: U.S. official CNA 11 May 2022 -- The threat posed by China to Taiwan between now and 2030 is "critical," Avril Haines, the United States director of national intelligence, said Tuesday while testifying on worldwide threats at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
  • China urges US to stop eroding one-China principle after State Department revisions Global Times 11 May 2022 -- Some people on the island of Taiwan are hyping the US' latest revisions to Taiwan-related statements in an attempt to conspire with external forces to seek "Taiwan independence," which cannot change the fact that Taiwan region is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory, officials from the Chinese mainland said.
  • Chinese military slams US warship's transit through Taiwan Strait PLA Daily 11 May 2022 -- "The US has been frequently carrying out provocative acts to send wrong signals to the "Taiwan independence" separatist forces, deliberately stoking tensions across the Taiwan Strait. China is firmly opposed to this," said Senior Colonel Shi Yi, spokesperson for the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), in a written statement on May 10.
  • China tracks, warns US warship as it transits Taiwan Strait amid tensions Press TV 11 May 2022 -- The Chinese military says it tracked and warned a US warship that had sailed through the strategic Taiwan Strait in a second such move in two weeks.
  • Taiwan to pledge US$1.5 million donation at second COVID-19 Summit CNA 11 May 2022 -- Former Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) will again represent Taiwan at the second annual Global COVID-19 Summit later this week and pledge a donation of US$1.5 million donation for global vaccine coverage, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday.
  • U.S. warship sails through Taiwan Strait for 2nd time in two weeks CNA 11 May 2022 -- A United States warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday to show Washington's "commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific," the 7th Fleet under the U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement.
  • PLA shadows US cruiser through Taiwan Straits, vows to counter provocations Global Times 11 May 2022 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command on Tuesday shadowed a US Navy cruiser when it made a provocative transit through the Taiwan Straits.
  • Fact sheet updates do not reflect change in Taiwan policy: U.S. CNA 11 May 2022 -- A United States official on Tuesday said the recent updates of a fact sheet on Taiwan-U.S. relations did not indicate a change in the U.S.' Taiwan policy and simply reflected its "rock-solid" relationship with Taiwan.
  • Taiwan reports 50,828 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths CNA 10 May 2022 -- Taiwan's single-day COVID-19 cases exceeded 50,000 for the first time on Tuesday, as it recorded 50,828 new cases and 12 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan to add isolation wards to treat rising COVID-19 cases CNA 10 May 2022 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday it would soon begin requiring small- and medium-sized hospitals to open dedicated isolation wards for those with COVID-19.
  • Taiwan begins three days of missile tests in the south CNA 10 May 2022 -- Taiwan's state military research institute began test-firing missiles from a military base in Pingtung County early Tuesday, kicking off three days of missile tests.
  • Taiwan Strait status quo a top issue in Europe-U.S. talks: American official CNA 10 May 2022 -- There has been an "unprecedented" level of dialogue recently between the United States and European countries on Indo-Pacific issues, including discussions about the "critical" importance of maintaining the status quo in the Taiwan Strait, White House Indo-Pacific policy coordinator Kurt Campbell said Monday.
  • U.S. cuts 'does not support independence' line from Taiwan fact sheet CNA 10 May 2022 -- A fact sheet on Taiwan-U.S. relations posted on the United States Department of State website recently removed previous statements saying that Washington acknowledged Beijing's "one China" position and did not support Taiwanese independence.
  • China censures US for changing Taiwan wording Press TV 10 May 2022 -- China's Foreign Ministry has strongly denounced the United States for changing the wording about Chinese Taipei, saying desperate attempts for "political manipulation" will not succeed in changing the status quo of the sensitive Taiwan Strait.
  • Beijing Accuses US of Trying to 'Write Off' One China Principle With Taiwan Relations Website Change Sputnik 10 May 2022 -- The US has used Russia's special operation in Ukraine to spread fears in Taiwan of an imminent Chinese invasion, encouraging Taipei to buy even more US weapons after penning one deal after another in recent years, totaling several billion dollars. The autonomous island figures centrally in the US' anti-China strategy.
  • Taiwan reports 40,304 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths CNA 09 May 2022 -- Taiwan's single-day COVID-19 cases exceeded 40,000 for the third consecutive day on Monday, with 40,304 new cases and 12 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan receives 1.85 million Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine doses CNA 09 May 2022 -- Taiwan received all of the 1.85 million Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses for people 12 years and older it had ordered this year on Monday, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
  • Taiwan invited to second virtual Global COVID-19 Summit: FM CNA 09 May 2022 -- Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Monday said that Taiwan has been invited to attend an upcoming Global COVID-19 Summit organized by the United States.
  • China confirms having conducted military drills near Taiwan CNA 09 May 2022 -- The Chinese military confirmed on Monday it had conducted live-fire drills in waters and airspace off Taiwan's eastern and southwestern coasts from May 6-8 to test and upgrade its joint combat capabilities.
  • China says it held new military drills near Taiwan amid tensions with US Press TV 09 May 2022 -- China conducted a fresh round of military maneuvers near Chinese Taipei last week to test and upgrade its joint combat capabilities, the country's armed forces said on Monday.
  • China steps up drills around Taiwan, Japan scrambles jets due to airspace intrusion Radio Free Asia 09 May 2022 -- The Chinese military conducted live-fire drills around Taiwan over the weekend, its official website said Monday, while Japan reported scrambling fighter jets because of a suspected intrusion of its airspace over the East China Sea.
  • Chinese Navy Stretches Sea Legs, Encircles Taiwan With Carrier Group, Warships and Jets: Report Sputnik 09 May 2022 -- US-China tensions over Taiwan have escalated steadily in recent years, particularly after President Biden announced last year that Washington would step to the island's defence in case of a Chinese invasion. Beijing sees Taiwan as an integral part of China, and has slammed both "separatist" politicians on the island and the US for its meddling.
  • PLA organizes drills in seas and airspace near Taiwan Island PLA Daily 09 May 2022 -- The naval, air and conventional missile forces of the Chinese PLA Eastern Theater Command held drills in seas and airspace to the east and southwest of Taiwan Island from May 6 to 8, in a bid to test and improve the joint operations capability of multiple services and arms.
  • Taiwan reports 44,361 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths CNA 08 May 2022 -- Taiwan saw its single-day COVID-19 case numbers surpass 40,000 for the second straight day on Sunday, with 44,361 new cases and 12 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • PLA encircles Taiwan island with carrier drills amid US, Japanese provocations Global Times 08 May 2022 -- Starting a routine, realistic combat training mission in the West Pacific about a week ago, the Liaoning aircraft carrier group of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has reportedly been practicing intensively over the past few days in the Philippine Sea to the east of the island of Taiwan and south of Japan, a location that experts said is a vital place to stop potential external interference in event of a reunification-by-force operation in the Taiwan Straits.
  • Taiwan reports 46,536 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths CNA 07 May 2022 -- Taiwan's single-day COVID-19 case number exceeded 40,000 for the first time on Saturday, as it recorded 46,536 new cases and 11 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan receives 8th shipment of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this year CNA 07 May 2022 -- Taiwan took delivery of 1,250,900 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday, the eighth shipment this year from the company, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Quarantine cut to 7 days for mild, asymptomatic COVID-19 cases: CECC CNA 07 May 2022 -- From Sunday, the quarantine period for COVID-19-infected individuals with mild or no symptoms in Taiwan will be cut down to seven days from a first positive test or the onset of symptoms, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Saturday.
  • Taiwan relaxes COVID-19 prevention rules for schools CNA 07 May 2022 -- Schools at the secondary and tertiary level in Taiwan will no longer be at risk of complete closure because of COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said Saturday.
  • Taiwan rolls back quarantine rules for contacts of COVID-19 patients CNA 07 May 2022 -- People in Taiwan who are identified as contacts of a COVID-19 patient will no longer be required to observe strict quarantine rules, unless they live in the same quarters as the infected person, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday.
  • Taiwan will work with Japan to maintain regional peace: Tsai CNA 07 May 2022 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Friday said that she believed Taiwan and Japan would continue their efforts to maintain peace in the Indo-Pacific region, during a virtual meeting with a visiting delegation from the Youth Division of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
  • Taiwan to send health officials to Geneva despite exclusion from WHA CNA 07 May 2022 -- Deputy Health Minister Lee Li-feng (李麗芬) and other government officials will travel to Geneva later this month during the 75th World Health Assembly (WHA), even though Taiwan has not been invited to attend, her ministry said Saturday.
  • Taiwan reports 36,213 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths CNA 06 May 2022 -- Taiwan on Friday reported 36,213 new COVID-19 cases, a single-day high, and 10 deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • 18 Chinese military aircraft enter Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 06 May 2022 -- Eighteen Chinese military aircraft flew into the southwestern and southeastern parts of Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Friday.
  • Japan alarmed by China's ADIZ sorties: Japanese lawmaker CNA 06 May 2022 -- Japan is concerned by the sorties of Chinese People's Liberation Army planes near Taiwan, Japanese House Representative Norikazu Suzuki told a press conference in Taipei on Friday.
  • Taiwan authorities abandon US anti-sub helicopters sale due to 'high price,' sparking speculation over discord and divergence Global Times 06 May 2022 -- About a week after US cancelled its first arms deal to Taiwan authorities under the Biden administration, the island announced to abandon the plan to buy anti-submarine warfare helicopter from the US as "the price is too high." The seemingly-surprising snub attracted observer speculation that the secessionists Democratic Progressive Party is somehow at odds with Biden administration due to the divergence in interests.
  • Taiwan abandons plans to buy 'costly' US anti-submarine helicopters Press TV 06 May 2022 -- Taiwan has abandoned plans to purchase advanced anti-submarine helicopters from the United States, saying the price is too high.
  • Taiwan announces sanctions against Belarus over invasion of Ukraine CNA 06 May 2022 -- Taiwan announced on Friday a ban on exports of high-tech products to Belarus for its role in Russia's invasion of Ukraine, with immediate effect, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
  • MH-60R chopper purchase likely to be canceled due to price CNA 05 May 2022 -- A proposal to buy 12 MH-60R anti-submarine warfare helicopters from the United States will likely be canceled due to the high price of the choppers, Taiwan's Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) said at a legislative session on Thursday.
  • High cost likely to derail Taiwan purchase of US helicopters Radio Free Asia 05 May 2022 -- Days after Taiwan confirmed its plan to acquire American-made howitzers has been delayed because of the war in Ukraine, the island's military is facing another snag in acquiring the U.S. defense equipment - this time because of cost.
  • Taiwan reports 30,106 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths CNA 05 May 2022 -- Taiwan saw its single-day COVID-19 case number surpass 30,000 for the first time on Thursday after reporting 30,106 new cases and five deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Over 2.63 million Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses to arrive in Taiwan CNA 05 May 2022 -- Taiwan is expected to receive two batches of over 2.63 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine next week, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Thursday.
  • Rapid test positives to be counted as confirmed COVID cases from May 12 CNA 05 May 2022 -- Beginning May 12, those in home isolation who return a positive COVID-19 rapid antigen test result will be counted as confirmed infections, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced at Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) briefing Thursday.
  • 'Hidden' COVID cases to spike if daily infections hit 150,000: Chen CNA 05 May 2022 -- Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said Thursday that if Taiwan's daily confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to 130,000 or 150,000, the number of cases going undetected would be likely to increase "significantly."
  • Taiwan reports 30,035 new local COVID-19 cases, five new deaths People's Daily 05 May 2022 -- Taiwan on Wednesday recorded 30,035 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases and five new deaths from the disease, the island's disease monitoring agency announced Thursday.
  • Bill introduced to fast-track U.S. arms sales to Taiwan CNA 04 May 2022 -- United States Senator Marco Rubio introduced a bill on Tuesday aimed at fast-tracking the transfer of American weapon systems to Taiwan and strengthening joint military training to make sure Taiwan can defend itself in case of a Chinese invasion.
  • Taiwan reports 28,487 new COVID-19 cases, five deaths CNA 04 May 2022 -- Taiwan on Wednesday reported 28,487 new COVID-19 cases, a single-day high, and five deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan records first death of someone in their 20s from COVID-19 CNA 04 May 2022 -- A woman in her 20s with no known underlying medical conditions died of COVID-19 this week despite being vaccinated with a booster, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) Wednesday.
  • Taiwan may soon count rapid test positives as confirmed COVID-19 cases CNA 04 May 2022 -- Taiwan may soon begin counting people in home quarantine who test positive for COVID-19 with rapid antigen tests as confirmed cases, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said Wednesday.
  • 11 COVID-19 outpatient clinics now operating in Taipei CNA 04 May 2022 -- The Taipei City government said Wednesday it has opened 11 COVID-19 outpatient clinics offering PCR testing and other services to people who have already tested positive using a COVID-19 rapid test.
  • Taiwan on front line of Chinese disinformation, cyberattacks: Blinken CNA 04 May 2022 -- Taiwan is on the front line of Chinese disinformation and cyberattacks, which is why the U.S. is partnering with it to build greater resilience against Beijing's disinformation efforts, United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday.
  • PLA's Y-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft resumes patrols around Taiwan island Global Times 04 May 2022 -- A Y-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly conducted a maritime patrol mission near the island of Taiwan on Tuesday, two months since this type of aircraft last appeared in the region, amid speculation that an aircraft of this type had an accident in March.
  • Taiwan reports 23,139 new COVID-19 cases, five deaths CNA 03 May 2022 -- Taiwan saw its single-day COVID-19 case number exceed 20,000 for the first time on Tuesday, reporting 23,139 new cases and five deaths from the disease, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan receives 6th shipment of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this year CNA 03 May 2022 -- Taiwan took delivery of 1,106,100 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, the sixth shipment this year from the company, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said.
  • Taiwan to shorten quarantine for arriving travelers from 10 to 7 days CNA 03 May 2022 -- The quarantine requirement for arriving travelers will be reduced from 10 days to seven, starting May 9, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday, as Taiwan opts to live with COVID-19.
  • Opposition parties urge government to boost COVID-19 testing capacity CNA 03 May 2022 -- Opposition parties on Tuesday urged the government to boost COVID-19 testing capacity to improve the efficacy of disease control as Taiwan experiences a surge in domestic cases.
  • Japan, Taiwan militaries on alert as China flotilla heads to Pacific Radio Free Asia 03 May 2022 -- The Japanese and Taiwanese militaries have been put on alert after a Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy flotilla led by the Liaoning aircraft carrier was spotted sailing from the East China Sea towards the Pacific Ocean.
  • Liaoning aircraft carrier group starts routine, realistic combat training in West Pacific Global Times 03 May 2022 -- The Liaoning aircraft carrier group recently started a routine, realistic combat training mission in the West Pacific, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy announced on Tuesday, after the powerful flotilla was reportedly spotted entering the West Pacific via the Miyako Strait on Monday.
  • PLAN aircraft carrier battle group trains in west Pacific PLA Daily 03 May 2022 -- Recently, a Chinese naval aircraft carrier battle group headed by the aircraft carrier Liaoning conducted open-sea combat training in the waters of the western Pacific Ocean, according to Senior Captain Gao Xiucheng, the spokesperson for the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).
  • Chinese aircraft carrier battle group enters Pacific: Japan military CNA 03 May 2022 -- Taiwan's military on Tuesday said it had a clear grasp of the activities of nearby Chinese forces a day after Japan's Self-Defense Force said China's Navy had recently deployed an aircraft carrier battle group into the Pacific Ocean.
  • Carrier Duel: Chinese, American Battle Groups Drill Near Each Other East of Taiwan Sputnik 03 May 2022 -- Large formations of both Chinese and American naval warships are conducting drills separately at the same time in the Philippine Sea. The competing shows of force come as Washington has ramped up its support for Taiwan and is searching for excuses to sanction Beijing in connection with Russia's special operation in Ukraine.
  • Taiwan faces 'risk of delayed delivery' for US-made Stinger missiles Press TV 03 May 2022 -- Taiwan's defense ministry says the delivery of US-made shoulder-fired Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to the island may be delayed due to limited US production and its high demand in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
  • DPP lawmakers still seeking consensus on HK, Macau residency plan CNA 03 May 2022 -- Lawmakers from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) are still negotiating over a stalled plan to ease permanent residency requirements for professionals from Hong Kong and Macau, one of the party's legislative leaders said Tuesday.
  • Taiwan reports 17,858 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths CNA 02 May 2022 -- Taiwan on Monday reported 17,858 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths from the disease, the fifth consecutive day the single-day total exceeded 10,000 cases, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • U.S. offers alternative to Taiwan after howitzer production line delay CNA 02 May 2022 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Monday that it was recently notified by the United States that the M109A6 "Paladin" self-propelled howitzers purchased by Taiwan will not be delivered on time due to inadequate production capacity.
  • Delivery of US Howitzers to Taiwan delayed due to Ukraine crisis Radio Free Asia 02 May 2022 -- An arms contract between the United States and Taiwan is facing severe delays due to "crowded production lines" caused by the war in Ukraine, prompting Taipei to look for alternatives, the island's Ministry of National Defense has confirmed.
  • US howitzer sale to Taiwan 'halted,' but mainland should remain alert over 'advanced alternatives' Global Times 02 May 2022 -- The first deal approved by the Biden administration to sell $750 million worth of arms to Taiwan, including 40 155mm M109A6 medium self-propelled howitzers, has been halted by the US, Taiwan's defense authority said.
  • Taiwan Forced to Go Howitzer-Free as US Military-Industrial Complex Pumps Out Guns for Kiev: Reports Sputnik 02 May 2022 -- On Saturday, the Chinese Embassy in Washington asked the Biden administration to halt the supply of weapons to Taiwan, warning that the People's Republic reserves the right to respond to such provocative behaviour. Beijing considers Taiwan an integral part of China destined for eventual peaceful reunification with the mainland.
  • Taiwan reports 17,085 new COVID-19 cases, three deaths CNA 01 May 2022 -- Taiwan reported 17,085 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths from the disease on Sunday, the fourth consecutive day the single-day total exceeded 10,000 cases, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Taiwan's COVID wave to peak in second half of May: health minister CNA 01 May 2022 -- COVID-19 infections in Taiwan could peak in the second half of May, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) Sunday, as single-day case totals continued to rise.



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