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  • MOFA Thanks Brazil Congressman for Leaking China Ploy (2020-05-29)
    (Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan and Dennis Xie) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday extended its appreciation to Brazilian Deputy Paulo Eduardo Martins, who disclosed a letter from the Chinese embassy in Sao Paulo to local lawmakers demanding that they not congratulate President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on her inauguration on Wednesday last week. <Accessed 2020-05-30> 
  • Taiwan President Visits Bookshop to Show Solidarity with Hong Kongers (2020-05-29)
    (Reuters, By Yimou Lee) Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday visited a bookshop that has become a symbol of resistance to perceived Chinese encroachments on Hong Kong’s liberties, vowing to give help to the city’s citizens fleeing to the democratic island. <Accessed 2020-05-30> 
  • Taiwan's Legislature Condemns China Law, Promotes Help for Hong Kongers (2020-05-29)
    (CNA, By Flor Wang, Chen Chun-hua, and Su Lung-chi) In a rare joint statement, the major parties in Taiwan's Legislature said China's decision Thursday to enact the law was putting Hong Kong's autonomy in jeopardy, and they asked the Taiwan government to provide assistance to Hong Kong residents, in accordance with the Act Governing Relations with Hong Kong and Macau. <Accessed 2020-05-30> 
  • Attack on Taiwan an Option to Stop Independence, Top China General Says (2020-05-29)
    (Reuters, By Yew Lun Tian) Speaking at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on the 15th anniversary of the Anti-Secession Law, Li Zuocheng, chief of the Joint Staff Department and member of the Central Military Commission, left the door open to using force. The 2005 law gives the country the legal basis for military action against Taiwan if it secedes or seems about to, making the narrow Taiwan Strait a potential military flashpoint. <Accessed 2020-05-30> 
  • Presidential Office Unveils Examination Yuan Nominees (2020-05-29)
    (CNA, By Wang Cheng-chung, Wen Kuei-hsiang, and Kay Liu) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Friday submitted a list of 11 nominees to run the Examination Yuan when the streamlined version of the branch of government responsible for national exams and management of civil service personnel opens in September. <Accessed 2020-05-30> 
  • Hong Kong Unrest: Action Urged on China’s HK Security Law (2020-05-29)
    (Taipei Times, By Peng Wan-hsin and Dennis Xie) A civic group consisting of Hong Kongers in Taiwan yesterday issued a statement urging the government to provide more concrete support for Hong Kong in the face of Beijing’s imposition of a national security legislation, while urging the government to terminate preferential treatment for Hong Kong-based organizations controlled by China. <Accessed 2020-05-30> 
  • UK, US, Australia and Canada Scold China over Hong Kong Law (2020-05-28)
    (Reuters, By Guy Faulconbridge and William James) The United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and Canada criticized China on Thursday for imposing a new security law on Hong Kong that they said would breach the 1984 Sino-British agreement on the former colony and threaten its freedoms. <Accessed 2020-05-30> 
  • Hong Kong Leader Says Security Law Not a Threat to Freedoms (2020-05-26)
    (Associated Press, By Zen Soo) Hong Kong’s leader said Tuesday that national security legislation proposed by China’s legislature will not threaten the semi-autonomous territory’s civil rights, despite widespread criticism of the move as an encroachment on freedom of speech and assembly. <Accessed 2020-05-26> 
  • Transitional Justice Commission Members Confirmed in Party-Line Vote (2020-05-26)
    (CNA, By Wang Yang-yu and Fan Cheng-hsiang, and Matthew Mazzetta) The Legislative Yuan voted along party lines Tuesday to approve the nomination of eight commissioners to the Transitional Justice Commission (TJC), an "independent government agency" charged with investigating Taiwan's authoritarian past. <Accessed 2020-05-26> 
  • Taiwan Makes Donations to APEC Sub-Funds (2020-05-26)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwan donated US$700,000 to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in May to help the inter-governmental forum better handle transmittable diseases by using digital technology, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-05-26> 
  • China's Hong Kong Law Set to Bar Foreign Judges from National Security Cases: Sources (2020-05-26)
    (Reuters, By Yew Lun Tian) Beijing’s planned national security legislation for Hong Kong is set to block its foreign judges from handling national security trials, people familiar with the matter said, which would exacerbate concerns about the city’s judicial independence. <Accessed 2020-05-26> 
  • Suspending Act Bad Idea, KMT Says (2020-05-26)
    (Taipei Times, By Sherry Hsiao) Suspension of the Act Governing Relations with Hong Kong and Macau (香港澳門關係條例) would be the equivalent of cutting off Hong Kong, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-05-26> 
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