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  • Taiwan Protests Against Japan's Name Change for Diaoyutai Area (2020-06-22)
    (CNA, By Liu Kuang-ting, Wang Chao-yu and Joseph Yeh) Taiwan on Monday protested against Japan's decision to change the name of an administrative area that covers the Diaoyutai Islands, saying it was an infringement on Taiwan's territorial claim to the islands. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 
  • Taiwanese Lack Confidence in Economic Future: Survey (2020-06-22)
    (CNA, By Flor Wang and Liu Kuan-ting) Taiwan's people lack confidence in the country's economy and do not believe its rich-poor gap can be effectively reduced in the future, according to the results of a survey released Monday. <Accesed 2020-06-30> 
  • Taiwan Redeploys Soldiers to South China Sea for Training: Source (2020-06-22)
    (CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) Taiwanese marines have been temporarily deployed to the Pratas Islands (東沙島) in the South China Sea amid reports the Chinese military plans to conduct drills in the area in August, a defense official confirmed Monday. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 
  • KMT Illegally Acquired Land: Assets Committee (2020-06-26)
    (Taipei Times, By Chen Yu-fu and Dennis Xie) The Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee said that its initial investigation found that the plots of land housing multiple Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) service centers across the nation were illegally acquired during the Martial Law era. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 
  • Virus Outbreak: Taiwanese Stranded in Turkey Returning Home (2020-06-24)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) The first group of Taiwanese returning home from Turkey since Ankara lifted its two-month ban on international flights on June 11 were expected to arrive last night. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 
  • Foreign Investment has Risen 40%, Ministry Says (2020-06-24)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) Foreign investment in the first quarter increased 40 percent and local procurement by foreign companies surged 109 percent year-on-year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 
  • The Executive Yuan Names Shen Jong-Chin as Vice Premier (2020-06-20)
    (Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) The Executive Yuan yesterday announced the appointment of Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) as vice premier and Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-hua (王美花) to head the ministry. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 
  • Official Touts Middle East Humanitarian Aid Efforts (2020-06-30)
    (Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan and William Hetherington) Taiwan’s commitment to developing countries is demonstrated by the nation’s humanitarian aid efforts in the Middle East, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said on Sunday. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 
  • Parliamentary Friendship Associations Set Up (2020-06-30)
    (Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan and Dennis Xie) The Legislative Yuan has established friendship associations with lawmakers in Latin America and Africa as part of the nation’s efforts to bolster ties with diplomatic allies and nations friendly to Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 
  • Navy Plans Live-Fire Torpedo Drill on Wednesday: Source (2020-06-30)
    (CNA, By Matt Yu and Ko Lin) The Taiwanese Navy's submarines plan to carry out a live-fire torpedo drill for the first time in 13 years off the coast of southeastern Taiwan on Wednesday, a military source said Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 
  • Canada to Strengthen Innovation Sector Connections with Taiwan: Envoy (2020-06-30)
    (CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Emerson Lim) Canada will work to strengthen its connections with Taiwan in the innovation sector in 2020 and 2021 despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Jordan Reeves, executive director of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 
  • U.S. Military Aircraft Flies Near Taiwan for 10th Day (2020-06-30)
    (CNA, By Flor Wang and Matt Yu) A United States warplane flew over waters near Taiwan on Tuesday, the 10th consecutive day American military aircraft have been active in the area at a time when China forced through a highly controversial security law for Hong Kong. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 
  • Beijing's Move Shows 'One Country, Two Systems' Not Feasible: Tsai (2020-06-30)
    (CNA, By Yeh Su-ping, Jiang Ming-yan and Joseph Yeh) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Tuesday expressed dismay over China's passage of a national security law for Hong Kong, saying Beijing has broken its pledge to Hong Kong to let it maintain a high degree of autonomy for at least 50 years. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 
  • Supreme Court Rejects Final Spying Case Appeal (2020-06-23)
    (Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) The Supreme Court yesterday rejected an appeal by a Kaohsiung businessman surnamed Tu, who is headed to prison after being found guilty in an earlier ruling of breaches of the National Security Act (國家安全法). Kaohsiung prosecutors accused Tu of developing a spy network for China, recruiting military personnel and bribing them to obtain government information. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 
  • Despite Bolton’s Book, Premier Says US Ties Strong (2020-06-23)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) Taiwan and the US have maintained good ties over the years, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said, adding that the relationship has improved significantly under the leadership of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), from the sale of advanced weapons to the passage of Taiwan-friendly bills by the US Congress and mutual visits by high-ranking officials. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 
  • Independence Support Spikes: Survey (2020-06-23)
    (Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) Support for Taiwanese independence has spiked and most people do not fear that China would launch a military attack against the nation, the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation said at a news conference yesterday, citing a poll it conducted. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 
  • Beijing Outbreak Not Sourced in Taiwan: CECC (2020-06-21)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) A recent COVID-19 cluster outbreak in Beijing did not originate in Taiwan, despite its genetic similarity to a strain here, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 
  • Army Special Forces Conducting 15-Day Training in Northern Taiwan (2020-06-21)
    (CNA, By Matt Yu and Kay Liu) An Army special forces division is undergoing a 15-day training program that comprises a 350-kilometer march and is scheduled to conclude on Monday. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 
  • Government Plans to Make Taiwan Bilingual by 2030: President (2020-06-21)
    (CNA, By Yeh Su-ping, Ku Chuan, and Joseph Yeh) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Sunday that her administration will lay out plans to make the country bilingual by 2030 so that younger Taiwanese will be able to communicate directly with the English-speaking community to increase international awareness of the country. <Accessed 2020-06-30> 
  • KMT Lawmakers Occupy Legislature, Protest Control Yuan Head Nomination (2020-06-28)
    (CNA, By Liu Kuan-ting, Justin Su, Wen Kuei-hsiang and Evelyn Kao) Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) caucus members occupied the legislative speaker's podium Sunday ahead of a general discussion set for the next day at the Legislative Yuan, calling on President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to withdraw the nomination of former Presidential Office Secretary-General Chen Chu (陳菊) to head the Control Yuan. <Accessed 2020-06-29> 
  • U.S. Anti-Sub Aircraft Spotted Near Taiwan for Eighth Consecutive Day (2020-06-28)
    (CNA, By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim) An American P-8A maritime patrol aircraft was spotted Sunday operating over the Bashi Channel, a strategic water way connecting the South China Sea to the Pacific Ocean, according to Chinese think tank South China Sea Probing Initiative (SCSPI). <Accessed 2020-06-29> 
  • Ban Chinese Political Shows: Lawmaker (2020-06-28)
    (Taipei Times, By Chung Li-hua) Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chiu Chih-wei (邱志偉) yesterday called on the government to ban Chinese media in Taiwan from producing political shows, saying they degrade the nation and some Taiwanese politicians reportedly tout Beijing’s propaganda through the programs. <Accessed 2020-06-29> 
  • EU Excludes Taiwan from Safe Nations List (2020-06-28)
    (Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) The EU’s list of safe nations to which it would reopen borders next week does not include Taiwan, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said the list has not been finalized and some EU countries have highlighted the importance of “reciprocity.” <Accessed 2020-06-29> 
  • Another Chinese Military Plane Spotted Entering Taiwan's ADIZ (2020-06-26)
    (CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Ko Lin) Another Chinese military aircraft has been spotted entering Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Friday, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND). <Accessed 2020-06-29> 
  • US Steps Up Activity in South China Sea (2020-06-26)
    (Taipei Times, By Lo Tien-pin and Jake Chung) Three US Air Force reconnaissance aircraft — one P-8A Poseidon, one RC-135 and one C-17A Globemaster III — were yesterday observed heading toward the South China Sea and the Bashi Channel, after five US military planes had been sighted in the area a day earlier. <Accessed 2020-06-29> 
  • President Tsai Welcomes Planned Visit by Czech Senate Leader (2020-06-24)
    (CNA, By Wen Kuei-hsiang, Lin Yu-li and Evelyn Kao) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Wednesday that she welcomed the plan by Miloš Vystrčil, president of the Czech Republic's Senate, to visit Taiwan later this year and wished to thank him for standing up for Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-06-29> 
  • Tsai Urges Against 'Unilateral Actions' in Diaotuyais Dispute (2020-06-24)
    (CNA, By Wei Kuei-hsiang, Wang Cheng-chung, Chen Yun-yu, Shen Ru-feng and Joseph Yeh) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Wednesday urged all parties involved in the territorial dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea to avoid taking "unilateral actions" that could escalate regional tensions. <Accessed 2020-06-29> 
  • No Comment on Bolton Book, Ministry Says (2020-06-24)
    (Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday declined to comment after former White House national security adviser John Bolton questioned US President Donald Trump’s commitment to Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-06-29> 
  • DPP Lawmakers Praise US Defense Act (2020-06-22)
    (Taipei Times, By Wu Su-wei and William Hetherington) Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators yesterday lauded the US’ National Defense Authorization Act for the next fiscal year, which includes an initiative analysts believe would bolster Taiwan’s defenses against China. <Accessed 2020-06-29> 
  • U.S. Lawmakers Introduce Taiwan Fellowship Act (2020-06-27)
    (CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Frances Huang) U.S. lawmakers have introduced the Taiwan Fellowship Act to help U.S. federal government officials gain a better understanding about Taiwan, said Democratic Senator Edward Markey, one of the lawmakers proposing the act, on Friday. <Accessed 2020-06-29>
  • ASEAN Takes Position vs China’s Vast Historical Sea Claims (2020-06-27)
    (Associated Press, By Jim Gomez) Southeast Asian leaders said a 1982 U.N. oceans treaty should be the basis of sovereign rights and entitlements in the South China Sea, in one of their strongest remarks opposing China’s claim to virtually the entire disputed waters on historical grounds. <Accessed 2020-06-29> 
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