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Premier’s flood response report released

WATER-LOGGED: Last month’s flooding was worsened by high tides and because the traditional gravity drainage method did not work in low-lying regions, the report said Taipei Times Date: Sep 23, 2018 By: Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter Premier William Lai’s (賴清德) report on the…

Life expectancy in Taiwan reaches record 80.4

Radio Taiwan International Date: 2018-09-21 The average life expectancy in Taiwan reached a record 80.4 years last year. That’s according to figures released by the interior ministry on Friday. In 2017, the average life expectancy for men in Taiwan was 77.3 years, and…

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Database in Taiwan may support Google’s Chinese ‘censorship engine’

A suppressed Google memo reportedly claims ‘Dragonfly’ will provide a ‘Chinese partner’ with ‘unilateral access’ to all user data via database located in Taiwan Taiwan News Date: 2018/09/22 By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – New information has emerged concerning the proposed Google search…

Diplomacy not a ‘zero-sum’ game: MOFA

Focus Taiwan Date: 2018/09/22 By: Elaine Hou and Flor Wang Taipei, Sept. 22 (CNA) Diplomacy is not a “zero-sum” game and cementing a long-lasting and stable diplomatic relationship with the Vatican is the top priority of Taiwan, Taipei-based Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said…

Ko says no to being led around by China

UP FOR DEBATE: Freddy Lim disagreed on Facebook with the Taipei mayor’s remark that Beijing’s residency cards for Taiwanese should be treated like US green cards Taipei Times Date: Sep 23, 2018 By: Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said…

Legal revision planned to curb fake news

Radio Taiwan International Date: 2018-09-21 The government plans to revise national security laws to curb the spread of fake news. That’s according to a report on the state of the nation submitted by Premier William Lai to the legislature on Friday. The report said…

China accused of stepping up disinformation war on Taiwan

Government investigators say there has been a flood of fake news, and claim to have clear evidence that it originated with Beijing’s propaganda machine Asia Times Date: September 21, 2018 By: Asia Times Staff Beijing has mobilized its army of online trolls and demagogues to…