• Human Rights Commission Launched (2020-08-02)
    (Taiwan News, By Sean Lin) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday said that she hopes the National Human Rights Commission, launched yesterday, would make a “unique contribution” to the international community by passing on the nation’s experience with promoting human rights. <Accessed 2020-08-02> 
  • Taiwan's Secretary-General to President Resigns Amid Bribery Linked to Family (2020-08-02)
    (Taiwan News, By Sylvia Teng) Secretary-General to the President Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) tendered his resignation on Sunday (August 2) as his nephew Su Chen-ching (蘇震清), a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator, faces charges of corruption. <Accessed 2020-08-02> 
  • Taiwan Thanks U.S., Australia for Their Support of Regional Role (2020-07-29)
    (CNA, By Stacy Hsu and Elizabeth Hsu) Taiwan on Wednesday thanked the governments of the United States and Australia for their joint statement reaffirming Taiwan's important role in the Indo-Pacific region and their intent to maintain strong unofficial ties with Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-08-02> 
  • Representative Meets US Official at State Department (2020-07-29)
    (Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) Representative to the US Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) on Monday met with US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell at the US Department of State in Washington, and pledged to enhance bilateral ties. <Accessed 2020-08-02> 
  • Vatican Allegedly Hacked by China Ahead of Key Talks (2020-07-29)
    (Associated Press) The Vatican and the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong have been the targets of alleged Chinese state-backed hackers ahead of talks on renewal of a landmark 2018 deal that helped thaw diplomatic relations between the Vatican and China, according to a monitoring group. <Accessed 2020-08-02> 
  • U.S. Says Will Help Japan Monitor 'Unprecedented' Chinese Incursion Around Disputed East China Sea Islands (2020-07-29)
    (Reuters, By Tim Kelly) The U.S. military will help Japan monitor “unprecedented” Chinese incursions around East China Sea islands controlled by Tokyo but claimed by Beijing as Chinese boats prepare to begin fishing in nearby waters, the commander of U.S. Forces Japan said on Wednesday. <Accessed 2020-08-02> 
  • White House Issues Statement on Death of Lee Teng-hui (Update) (2020-08-01)
    (CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh, Huang Ya-shih, and Matthew Mazzetta) The White House on Friday offered its condolences on the passing of Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), praising the former Taiwanese president, who died Thursday at the age of 97, for leading the country's transition into a "free, prosperous and open society." <Accessed 2020-08-01>
  • Chen Chu Sworn In as Control Yuan President (2020-08-01)
    (CNA, By Chen Chun-hua, Wang Cheng-chung, and Matthew Mazzetta) Former Presidential Office Secretary-General Chen Chu (陳菊) was sworn in Saturday as president of the Control Yuan, following a weeks-long legislative battle over her nomination. <Accessed 2020-08-01> 
  • China Condemns Germany’s Hong Kong Extradition Suspension (2020-08-01)
    (Associated Press) China has condemned Germany’s decision to suspend its extradition agreement with Hong Kong, accusing Berlin of a “serious breach of international law.” Germany’s foreign minister announced the suspension Friday following the disqualification of 12 pro-democracy candidates from legislative elections and a subsequent decision to postpone the elections. <Accessed 2020-08-01> 
  • Taiwanese Pay Respects to Former President Lee Teng-hui (2020-08-01)
    (Associated Press) Taiwan’s leaders and its people were paying their respects Saturday to former President Lee Teng-hui, who died this week at age 97 after bringing full democracy to Taiwan and incurring the wrath of China in the process. <Accessed 2020-08-01> 
  • Taiwan Establishes National Human Rights Commission (2020-08-01)
    (CNA, By Wang Cheng-chung, Chen Chun-hua, and Ko Lin) The establishment of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Saturday is a milestone for Taiwan as it aims to bring local laws and practices more in line with global standards, said President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文). <Accessed 2020-08-01> 
  • Kaohsiung Mayoral Candidates Pledge to Improve City's Infrastructure (2020-08-01)
    (CNA, By Lee Hsin-Yin) All three candidates in the upcoming mayoral by-election in Kaohsiung vowed Saturday to push for quality infrastructure despite a relatively tight budget during their only televised policy presentation before the Aug. 15 vote. <Accessed 2020-08-01> 
  • Hong Kong Delays Election Citing Pandemic, But Democracy Camp Sceptical (2020-07-31)
    (Reuters, By Yanni Chow and Carol Mang) Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Friday postponed a Sept. 6 election to the Chinese-ruled city’s legislature by a year because of a rise in coronavirus cases, dealing a blow to the pro-democracy opposition which had hoped to make huge gains. <Accessed 2020-08-01> 
  • 8 Aboard Chinese Boat Arrested for Dredging Sea Sand Off Penghu (2020-07-31)
    (CNA, By Liu Chien-pang and Ko Lin) The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) on Friday said it has arrested eight Chinese crew members aboard a mainland-registered vessel that was caught illegally dredging sea sand in waters around the Penghu archipelago. <Accessed 2020-08-01> 
  • International Community Praises Lee Teng-hui (Update) (2020-07-31)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim) The international community on Thursday mourned the passing of Taiwan's former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), who succumbed to multiple organ failure at the age of 97, lauding him for his role in leading Taiwan onto the path of democracy. <Accessed 2020-08-01> 
  • Kaohsiung Policy Debate to Air (2020-07-31)
    (Taipei Times/CNA, By Jake Chung) The only policy debate among Kaohsiung mayoral by-election candidates is to take place tomorrow afternoon and it is to be shown live on TV and the Internet. <Accessed 2020-08-01> 
  • US Hits China Anew for Rights Abuses in Western Xinjiang (2020-07-31)
    (Associated Press, By Matthew Lee) The Trump administration took new aim at China on Friday by imposing sanctions on a major paramilitary organization in the country’s western Xinjiang region and its commander for alleged human rights abuses against ethnic and religious minorities. <Accessed 2020-08-01> 
  • KMT's Zeng Confirmed as New Kaohsiung City Council Speaker (2020-07-31)
    (CNA, By Chen Chao-fu and Ko Lin) Zeng Li-yan (曾麗燕) of the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) was confirmed Friday as the new Kaohsiung City Council speaker, replacing Hsu Kun-yuan (許崑源) who died after falling to his death in early June. <Accessed 2020-08-01> 
  • 'Two-State' Theory Considered Lee Teng-hui's Main Political Legacy (2020-07-31)
    (CNA, By Lin Ke-lun, Lin Yu-li, and Lee Hsin-Yin) The "two-state" theory proposed by former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) in 1999, which characterized the Republic of China (Taiwan) and China as two different jurisdictions, is considered one of his major political legacies as it emphasized Taiwan's national identity. <Accessed 2020-08-01> 
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