Su chides ministry over NPA row

’DISMAYED’: Premier Su Tseng-chang said the interior minister should have spoken to him if he was dissatisfied with the NPA head,…

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WHO’s Senior Advisor Had an Astonishing Response When Asked About Taiwan

Town Hall Date: Mar 28, 2020 By: Beth Baumann The World Health Organization (WHO) has come under fire over its handling of the Wuhan coronavirus and, in particular, for spreading Chinese propaganda. WHO has parroted the Chinese regime's various talking points. Back in January, the organization shared a tweet citing Chinese health official's who claimed there was no evidence the virus transmitted through human-to-human contact. We now know that is a blatant lie.  Preliminary…

Couple left Taiwan without paying coronavirus quarantine fine

Three late payers have been slapped with exit ban Taiwan News Date: 2020/03/28 By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A couple from Taichung left the country without paying fines of NT$150,000 (US$4,970) each for violating coronavirus quarantine regulations, reports said Saturday (March 28). When the deadline for paying the fines had passed, the authorities looked up their financial and immigration details and found that they had already left…

Taiwan confirms 16 new cases of COVID-19, bringing total to 283

Focus Taiwan Date: 13/28/20200 By: William Yen Taipei, March 28 (CNA) Sixteen new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus were confirmed in Taiwan Saturday, bringing the total to 283 since the pandemic began, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said. All of the new patients — nine females and seven males — are Taiwanese, said Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC. Of the 16 new cases, 14 were imported,…

Su chides ministry over NPA row

’DISMAYED’: Premier Su Tseng-chang said the interior minister should have spoken to him if he was dissatisfied with the NPA head, instead of reporting him to prosecutors Taipei Times Date: Mar 29, 2020 By: Chien Li-chung and Sean Lin / Staff reporters Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday said that the public is likely unimpressed with Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) on Friday asking prosecutors to investigate National Police Agency (NPA) Director-General Chen…

Tsai thanks medical workers for fighting COVID-19

Radio Taiwan International Date: 27 March, 2020 By: Shirley Lin President Tsai Ing-wen has praised a group of hospital workers for their work to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. While meeting with the group Friday, Tsai commended the hospital workers for their sacrifices, giving up time with their families and giving up leave time to do their part. Tsai said that she has seen their hard work to protect the health and safety of Taiwan’s people. …

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National Immigration Agency sanctions Air New Zealand for error

Radio Taiwan International Date: 27 March, 2020 By: Leslie Liao  The National Immigration Agency has sanctioned Air New Zealand for an error that left three passengers stranded in Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport. Taiwan is barring entry to foreign visitors as part of its efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. It has…

China rejects US act on Taiwan and warns about countermeasures

Prensa Latina Date: March 27, 2020  Beijing, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) China strongly rejected the approval of the so-called Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act, and demanded its revocation after it warned about countermeasures. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang told a news conference that this action by…

Taiwanese man arrested for avoiding military duty

Kaohsiung resident sentenced to five months after staying overseas for 13 years Taiwan News Date: 2020/03/27 By: Ching-Tse Cheng, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwanese man, surnamed Kim (金), has been sentenced to five months on Friday (March 27) for attempting to outrun his mandatory military service…

TAIPEI Act a loud message of U.S. support for Taiwan: congressman

Focus Taiwan Date: 03/27/2020 By: Stacy Hsu and Elizabeth Hsu Washington, March 26 (CNA) American Congressman John Curtis said the United States' legislation of a bill aimed at shoring up Taiwan's international presence sends a "loud message" of support in the hope that more countries will recognize Taiwan's importance. The…

KMT amendments reach committee review phase

YOUTHFUL APPROACH: Johnny Chiang called on the DPP to form a constitutional reform committee, saying that young people should speak up for their own rights Taipei Times Date: Mar 28, 2020 By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter A proposal by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus to amend the Constitution to lower…

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Trump signs TAIPEI Act into law

Radio Taiwan International Date: 27 March, 2020 By: John Van Trieste US President Donald Trump has signed the TAIPEI Act into law. The act had earlier passed both houses of the US Congress unanimously. The act is designed to help Taiwan keep its diplomatic allies in the face of Chinese pressure. Since 2016, eight allies have broken off ties with Taiwan…

China angry as US bolsters Taiwan

9 News Date: Mar 27, 2020 By: AAP US President Donald Trump has signed into law an act that requires increased US support for Taiwan internationally, prompting a denunciation by China, which said it would strike back if the law was implemented. China claims democratic and separately ruled Taiwan as its own territory, and regularly describes Taiwan as the most…

Taiwan doctor urges total lockdown to avoid collapse of medical system

Medical experts worry country’s hospitals will be overwhelmed should cases soar Taiwan News Date: 2020/03/27 By: Huang Tzu-ti, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Medical experts in Taiwan are raising the alarm over how strained the country's resources will be in the event of a larger spike in coronavirus cases, with some suggesting the country should order a…

AIT partners with local group to combat COVID-19 disinformation

Focus Taiwan Date: 03/27/2020 By: Chen Yun-yu and Matthew Mazzetta Taipei, March 27 (CNA) The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced Friday that it is partnering with the non-profit Taiwan FactCheck Center on a series of Facebook posts to combat disinformation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative, called "COVID-19: Just the Facts," provides the de facto American embassy's response to…

Discipline in KMT is critical: Chiang

Taipei Times Date: Mar 28, 2020 By: Shih Hsiao-kuang and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer Party discipline is a make-or-break factor to rehabilitating the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) public image, KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) said yesterday. Chiang made the remark in a Hit FM radio interview on the party’s relationship with the media, characterizing his efforts…