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  • Hong Kong Charges 47 Democracy Supporters With Violating Security Law (2021-02-28)
    (New York Times, By Austin Ramzy and Tiffany May) The Hong Kong authorities charged dozens of pro-democracy figures on Sunday with violating the Chinese territory’s harsh new national security law, the latest blow to the dwindling hopes for democracy in the former British colony. 
  • Biden’s C.I.A. Pick Warns of China and Russia at Amicable Confirmation Hearing (2021-02-24)
    (New York Times, By Julian E. Barnes) The nominee, William J. Burns, argued that China was an adversarial power and the intelligence community’s greatest geopolitical challenge. He called for investing more resources and personnel as well as technological innovation. 
  • ‘Patriots’ Only: Beijing Plans Overhaul of Hong Kong’s Elections (2021-02-23)
    (New York Times, By Keith Bradsher, Vivian Wang and Austin Ramzy) The planned overhaul reinforces the Communist Party’s resolve to quash the few remaining vestiges of political dissent after the antigovernment protests that roiled the territory in 2019. It also builds on a national security law for the city that Beijing enacted last summer, giving the authorities sweeping powers to target dissent. 
  • Lithuania Mulling Expanded Links with Taiwan: Report (2021-03-03)
    (CNA, By Chung Yu-chen, Lin Yu-li, and Emerson Lim) Lithuania is considering leaving the Beijing-initiated "17+1 forum" and building its links with Taiwan, according to a news report in the Baltic country. 
  • Taiwan Stages Live-Fire Drill on Island in South China Sea (2021-03-01)
    (CNA, By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh) The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) was scheduled to hold a round of live-fire exercises on the Taiwan-held Pratas (Dongsha) Islands in the South China Sea on Monday amid rising tensions in the region. 
  • Pro-Democracy Activists Brought to Court in Hong Kong (2021-03-01)
    (Associated Press) Hong Kong police on Monday brought 47 pro-democracy activists to court on charges of conspiracy to commit subversion under the national security law imposed on the city by Beijing last year. The cases represent the largest mass charge against the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s opposition camp since the law came into effect last June. 
  • China Says Taiwan Pineapple Ban Not About Politics as War of Words Escalates (2021-03-01)
    (Reuters) China on Monday denied accusations by Taiwan that a ban on pineapples from the island was about politics, saying it was purely a matter of biosecurity, in an escalating war of words that has added to existing tensions. 
  • China Counters Uighur Criticism with Explicit Attacks on Women Witnesses (2021-03-01)
    (Reuters, By Cate Cadell) As allegations of human rights violations in Xinjiang mount, with a growing number of Western lawmakers accusing China of genocide, Beijing is focusing on discrediting the female Uighur witnesses behind recent reports of abuse. 
  • Myanmar's U.N. Ambassador Vows to Fight After Junta Fired Him (2021-02-27)
    (Reuters, By Michelle Nichols) Myanmar’s United Nations envoy in New York vowed to fight on Saturday after the junta fired him for urging countries to use “any means necessary” to reverse a Feb. 1 coup that ousted the nation’s elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. 
  • AIT Director to Join Tip-Off of ‘Sports Diplomacy’ Events (2021-02-27)
    (Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Brent Christensen is to participate in the ceremonial tip-off at a basketball game in Hsinchu today, as the institute begins a celebration of “sports diplomacy.” 
  • Dozens of Leading Hong Kong Democrats Brace for National Security Charges to be Laid (2021-02-27)
    (Reuters, By Jessie Pang and James Pomfret) Several dozen Hong Kong democrats are due to report to local police stations across the city on Sunday, with some expecting to be charged with breaches of national security as a crackdown on the democratic opposition intensifies. 
  • Myanmar Police Launch Most Extensive Crackdown; Hundreds Arrested (2021-02-26)
    (Reuters) Police in Myanmar launched their most sweeping crackdown in three weeks of nationwide protests against military rule on Saturday, arresting hundreds of people and shooting and wounding at least one person. 
  • Second U.S. Warship Transits Taiwan Strait under Biden Administration (2021-02-25)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim and Matt Yu) A U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer transited through the Taiwan Strait in a routine operation on Wednesday, the second by a U.S. battleship since President Joe Biden assumed office in January. 
  • Biden’s Trade Pick Vows to Work More Closely with Allies (2021-02-25)
    (Associated Press, By Paul Wiseman) President Joe Biden’s pick to be the top U.S. trade envoy promised to work with America’s allies to combat China’s aggressive trade policies, indicating a break from the Trump administration’s go-it-alone approach. 
  • Marchers in Taipei Commemorate 228 Incident (2021-02-21)
    (CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Emerson Lim) The 228 Incident was an anti-authoritarianism uprising in Taiwan that led to a bloody crackdown by the then-Kuomintang government that began on Feb. 28, 1947. The number of Taiwanese people killed in the ensuing government suppression is estimated to be anything between 5,000 and 28,000. 
  • India, China Complete Troop Pullout from Lake Area (2021-02-21)
    (Reuters, By Sanjeev Miglani) Indian and Chinese troops have completed a pullout from a lake area on their disputed border in the western Himalayas, setting the scene for disengagement at other friction points, the two countries said on Sunday. 
  • South China Sea: PLA Stages Live-Fire Missile Drill, US Navy on Paracels Patrol (2021-02-28)
    (SCMP, By Catherine Wong) The Chinese military’s Southern Theatre Command conducted a live-fire drill to test its response to repeated missile attacks in a “far sea”, state broadcaster CCTV reported on Saturday without saying when or where the exercise took place.
  • Bloody Crackdown on Civil Uprising 74 Years Ago Remembered in Kaohsiung (2021-02-28)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim) Government officials, led by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), on Sunday attended an event commemorating the 74th anniversary of the 228 Incident, a civil uprising that led to a bloody government crackdown.
  • Forbidden Fruit: Taiwan Urges People to Eat More Pineapples After China Ban (2021-02-26)
    (Reuters) Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called on people to eat more pineapples to help farmers on Friday, saying Taiwan had been “ambushed” by a ban on the fruit by neighbouring long-time rival China.
  • Outside Forces Waging Cognitive Warfare Against Taiwan: Premier Su (2021-02-26)
    (CNA, By Mat Yu, Wang Yang-yu and Emerson Lim) Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said Friday that the recent news reports of the Taiwan government spying on foreign envoys and opposition figures were part of a "cognitive warfare" effort by outside forces.
  • Czech Republic, Slovakia Eye Tech Ties With Taiwan (2021-02-26)
    (Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) The Czech Republic and Slovakia have expressed interest in boosting technological ties with Taiwan, as mutual visits have increased after Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil led a delegation to visit Taiwan in August last year.
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