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  • First Somaliland Representative to Taiwan Arrives (2020-08-09)
    (CNA, By Chen Yun-yu and Joseph Yeh) Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Sunday welcomed Somaliland's first representative who arrived in the country Friday in preparation for the upcoming opening of the self-claimed African state's representative office in Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-08-09> 
  • Taiwan, Japan Look to Reinforce Ties During Delegation Visit (2020-08-09)
    (CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Lee Hsin-Yin) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, who led a delegation to pay tribute to late Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) Sunday, sought to reinforce ties between the two countries during a meeting at the Presidential Office that day. <Accessed 2020-08-09> 
  • Analysts Downplay Chinese Military Drills (2020-08-09)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) Taiwan security analysts on Friday downplayed the importance of military exercises China is to hold next week in the East China Sea, and ruled out a link between the drills and an upcoming visit from US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar. <Accessed 2020-08-09> 
  • Azar Leads Highest-Level US Delegation to Taiwan in Decades (2020-08-09)
    (Associated Press, By Johnson Lai) U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday in the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic relations between Washington and Taipei in 1979. <Accessed 2020-08-09> 
  • Hong Kong Media Tycoon Jimmy Lai Arrested Under National Security Law: Top Aide (2020-08-09)
    (Reuters, By Greg Torode and Marius Zaharia) Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been arrested over suspected collusion with foreign forces under the new national security law, his top aide said on Twitter, in what is the highest-profile arrest yet under the legislation. Lai, 71, has been one of the most prominent democracy activists in the Chinese-ruled city and an ardent critic of Beijing. <Accessed 2020-08-09> 
  • Petition Calls to Change Taiwan’s Status in White Paper (2020-08-09)
    (Taipei Times, By Peng Wan-hsin and William Hetherington) A petition launched last month by a Japanese researcher calling on the Japanese Ministry of Defense to redact a white paper listing Taiwan as part of China has garnered more than half of its goal of 2,500 signatures. <Accessed 2020-08-09> 
  • Taiwan Joins U.S.' Women's Economic Empowerment Initiative (2020-08-07)
    (CNA, By Chiang Chin-yeh and Ko Lin) Taiwan will help support a United States project called the 2X Women's Initiative, which is aimed at tackling the economic challenges faced by women in developing countries, Taiwan's top envoy in Washington said Thursday. <Accessed 2020-08-09> 
  • Examination Yuan at Odds with Self (2020-08-07)
    (Taipei Times, By Yang Mien-chieh and Jake Chung) Amid calls for its abolition, the Examination Yuan yesterday issued a statement urging people to respect its constitutionally ordained right to independently oversee the national examinations of civil servants — but the move drew flak from several incumbent and newly appointed members. <Accessed 2020-08-09> 
  • Ex-Japanese PM to Visit Taiwan to Pay Respects to Lee Teng-hui (2020-08-07)
    (CNA, By Yang Ming-chu and Elizabeth Hsu) Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori will fly to Taipei on Sunday with a parliamentary delegation to pay tribute to former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), who passed away on July 30 at the age of 97. <Accessed 2020-08-09> 
  • No Comment from Taiwan on Potential U.S. Sale of Advanced Drones (2020-08-07)
    (CNA, By Yen Ssu-chi, Yu Kai-hisang, and Frances Huang) Taiwan had no response Friday to a Reuters report that the United States is in negotiations to sell at least four advanced aerial drones to Taiwan, which would be the first sale of such drones to Taipei. <Accessed 2020-08-09> 
  • US Health Chief to Visit Taiwan, a COVID-19 Success Story (2020-08-07)
    (Associated Press, By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar) U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar leads a U.S. delegation departing this weekend for a three-day visit to Taiwan, where they will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen and health system leaders, and Azar will give a speech to public health graduates. <Accessed 2020-08-09> 
  • Exclusive: Taiwan in Talks to Make First Purchase of Sophisticated U.S. Drones - Sources (2020-08-06)
    (Reuters, By Mike Stone) The United States is negotiating the sale of at least four sophisticated aerial drones to Taiwan for the first time, according to six U.S. sources familiar with the negotiations, aircraft that can keep watch over huge swathes of sea and land. <Accessed 2020-08-09> 
  • Taiwanese Businessman Charged over Work with Chinese Intelligence (2020-08-05)
    (CNA, By Hsiao Po-wen and Matthew Mazzetta) Taipei District Prosecutors Office on Wednesday charged a Taiwanese businessman with violating the National Security Act, for his alleged work on behalf of Chinese intelligence, specifically arranging meetings with officials from Taiwan's government and military. <Accessed 2020-08-09> 
  • Somaliland Office to Open Soon: MOFA (2020-08-05)
    (Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. <Accessed 2020-08-09> 
  • Jittery HK Authors Seeking Safety in Taiwan (2020-08-05)
    (Taipei Times/Agence France-Presse) China’s new security legislation for Hong Kong has cast a threatening shadow over the territory’s dynamic book industry, with anxious publishers combing through back catalogues for potentially “subversive” material, and looking to Taiwan as a safe haven for printing fresh titles. <Accessed 2020-08-09>
  • Pakistan Approves Most Expensive China-Aided Project to Date (2020-08-05)
    (Reuters) Pakistan’s top economic body on Wednesday approved its costliest project to date as part of the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) agreement, giving the go-ahead for a $6.8 billion project to upgrade its railway lines, the government said. <Accessed 2020-08-09> 
  • Japanese Politicians Pay Respects to Former President Lee Teng-hui (2020-08-03)
    (CNA, By Yang Ming-chu and Emerson Lim) Several Japanese political figures paid their respects to Taiwan's former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) Monday at the nation's representative office in Tokyo, where a memorial was set up to honor the former president. <Accessed 2020-08-09> 
  • France Won’t Ratify Hong Kong’s Extradition Agreement (2020-08-03)
    (Associated Press) France has decided not to ratify an extradition agreement with Hong Kong after China’s central government in Beijing imposed a new national security law on the city. <Accessed 2020-08-09> 
  • Former Official Rejects Ma’s ‘One China’ Assertion (2020-08-03)
    (Taipei Times, By Shih Hsiao-kuang, Su Yung-yao, and William Hetherington) Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. <Accessed 2020-08-09> 
  • US Sanctions Pro-China Leader of Hong Kong, Other Officials (2020-08-08)
    (Associated Press, By Deb Riechmann and Matthew Lee) The U.S. on Friday imposed sanctions on Hong Kong officials, including the pro-China leader of the government, accusing them of cooperating with Beijing’s effort to undermine autonomy and crack down on freedom in the former British colony. <Accessed 2020-08-09> 
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