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  • 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> 
  • Hong Kong and Beijing Officials Defend Security Laws, Citing Threat of Terrorism (2020-05-25)
    (Reuters, By James Pomfret and Twinnie Siu) China’s foreign ministry office in Hong Kong and the city’s security chief on Monday defended proposed national security laws by describing some acts in mass pro-democracy protests last year as terrorism. Several government departments issued statements in defense of the proposal after the biggest protest in the city since the coronavirus lockdown on Sunday. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Tsai's Remarks About Hong Kong a Warning to Beijing: MAC (2020-05-25)
    (CNA, By Miao Zong-han and Evelyn Kao) President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) proposed suspension of Taiwan's law governing its dealings with Hong Kong if the situation in Hong Kong worsens was meant to be a warning to Beijing, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Monday. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Opposition Criticizes Tsai's Proposed Suspension of Hong Kong Act (2020-05-25)
    (CNA, By Liu Kuang-ting, Wang Yang-yu, Kou Chien-shen, and Joseph Yeh) Three opposition parties in Taiwan on Monday expressed concern about President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) proposed suspension of the law governing its dealing with Hong Kong if China passes a new security law that would undermine the territory's autonomy. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Recall Campaigners Ready for Final Kaohsiung Push (2020-05-25)
    (Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) The “Wecare Kaohsiung” coalition of civic groups behind the recall campaign against Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) is capping off their effort with three rallies in the city ahead of the recall vote on Saturday next week, starting with one last night in Cishan District (旗山). <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • China Demands US Withdraw Sanctions on Tech Suppliers (2020-05-25)
    (Associated Press, By Joe McDonald) The foreign ministry accused the Trump administration of interfering in China’s affairs by adding eight companies accused of playing roles in a crackdown in its Muslim northwestern region of Xinjiang to an export blacklist. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Taiwan Rejects Beijing's Reiteration of One China Principle (2020-05-25)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) reiterated that "only the government elected by the Taiwanese people can represent the Taiwanese people," rejecting Beijing's "One China" principle cited by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (王毅) Sunday. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Hong Kong Police Fire Tear Gas, Water Cannon at Protesters (2020-05-24)
    (Associated Press, By Zen Soo) Hong Kong police fired tear gas and a water cannon at protesters in a popular shopping district Sunday, as thousands took to the streets to march against China’s move to impose national security legislation on the city. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • CORONAVIRUS/Philippines to Join Taiwan's Clinical Trials for COVID-19 Vaccine (2020-05-24)
    (CNA, By Chen Yen-chun and Evelyn Kao) The Philippines has decided to participate in clinical trials by Taiwanese and Chinese institutions aimed at developing vaccines against COVID-19, according to a resolution issued Saturday by the Philippine government's coronavirus response team. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Virus Outbreak: China Unemployment Might Aid PLA (2020-05-24)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) Rising unemployment in China due to the COVID-19 pandemic could benefit the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) by allowing it to attract new, better educated recruits, a Taiwanese security researcher said on Friday. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Taiwan Considers Revoking Hong Kong's Special Status on Law Fears (2020-05-24)
    (Reuters, By Yimou Lee and Ben Blanchard) China’s planned national security law may prompt Taiwan to revoke the special status it extends to Hong Kong, President Tsai Ing-wen said, a move that could anger Beijing and make it harder for Hong Kongers to visit and invest. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • North Korea's Kim, in First Appearance in Weeks, Vows to Bolster Nuclear 'Deterrence' (2020-05-23)
    (Reuters, By Hyonhee Shin) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hosted a meeting to discuss the country’s nuclear capabilities, state media said on Sunday, marking his first appearance in three weeks after a previous absence sparked global speculation about his health. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Hong Kong Braces for Protests on Heels of Proposed National Security Laws (2020-05-23)
    (Reuters, By Anne Marie Roantree) Hong Kong braced on Sunday for its first protests since Beijing’s controversial plan to directly impose national security laws on the city, in what could provide a litmus test of public opposition to China’s tightening grip over the financial hub. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Court Rejects Han’s Attempt to Halt Vote (2020-05-23)
    (Taipei Times, By Jason Pan) The Taipei High Administrative Court yesterday rejected an appeal by Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) to block a recall vote against him. <Accessed 2020-05-23> 
  • Over 5,000 Hong Kongers Granted Permits to Reside in Taiwan in 2019 (2020-05-23)
    (CNA, By Wang Cheng-chung and Frances Huang) More than 5,000 people from Hong Kong were granted residence permits in Taiwan in 2019, up over 40 percent from a year earlier, at a time of concern over deteriorating democracy in the Chinese territory in the wake of a tightening grip by China, according to data released Saturday by the Ministry of the Interior. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Time Running Out on the Last US-Russia Nuclear Arms Treaty (2020-05-23)
    (Associated Press, By Deb Riechmann) Time is running out on an arms control treaty that, if it’s allowed to expire, will leave the world with no legal restrictions on U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons for the first time in nearly half a century. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Ties with Nicaragua, Paraguay Remain Strong: MOFA (2020-05-22)
    (Taipei Times/CNA, By Dennis Xie) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday reassured the public regarding the nation’s ties with Nicaragua and Paraguay amid concerns of souring relations as the two countries’ presidents did not send congratulatory videos for President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) inauguration. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Global Support for Taiwan at Record High: Former U.S. Official (2020-05-22)
    (CNA, By Flor Wang and Chiang Chin-yeh) Randall G. Schriver, a former United States assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs, said Thursday that Taiwan has won huge global support because of its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, despite China's suppression. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Page Has Turned on ‘1992 Consensus’: MAC (2020-05-22)
    (Taipei Times/CNA) “A page in history has already been turned” on the issue of the so-called “1992 consensus” in cross-strait relations, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) said yesterday at a legislative committee meeting, when commenting on China’s response to President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) inaugural address the previous day. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Pompeo: China Measure a ‘Death Knell’ for Hong Kong Autonomy (2020-05-22)
    (Associated Press, By Eric Tucker) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday condemned China’s effort to take over national security legislation in Hong Kong, calling it “a death knell for the high degree of autonomy” that Beijing had promised the territory. Pompeo called for Beijing to reconsider the move and warned of an unspecified U.S. response if it proceeds. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Hong Kong Opposition Slams China National Security Law Move (2020-05-22)
    (Associated Press, By Zen Soo) Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers sharply criticized China’s move to take over long-stalled efforts to enact national security legislation in the semi-autonomous territory, saying it goes against the “one country, two systems” framework under which Beijing promised the city freedoms not found on the mainland. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Few Mentions of Taiwan in Annual Speech by Chinese Premier: Scholars (2020-05-22)
    (CNA, By Lai Yen-hsi and Matthew Mazzetta) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (李克強) made scant mention of Taiwan in an important annual speech Friday, reflecting China's focus on its economy as it juggles a trade war with the United States and the ongoing impact of COVID-19, according to scholars of cross-strait relations. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Minister Vows No Fewer Diplomatic Allies in Tsai's Second Term (2020-05-21)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim) Minister of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) vowed Thursday to keep Taiwan's current diplomatic allies intact, one day after President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) commenced her second term and amid a threat from China's state-run mouthpiece to leave Taiwan with no formal allies. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Presidential Inauguration: Groups Lament Cross-Strait ‘Status Quo’ (2020-05-21)
    (Taipei Times, By Wu Su-wei and William Hetherington) Pro-independence political parties yesterday lamented Tsai’s adhering to the “status quo” and the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (台灣地區與大陸地區人民關係條例) in her second inaugural address. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Czech Senate Supports Leader's Proposed Visit to Taiwan (2020-05-21)
    (CNA, By Lin Yu-li and Joseph Yeh) The Senate of the Czech Republic passed a resolution on Wednesday that criticizes Chinese interference in in Czech's internal affairs while supporting a possible visit by its new Senate leader to Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Presidential Inauguration: KMT Monitoring Tsai’s Promises in Her Address (2020-05-21)
    (Taipei Times, By Sherry Hsiao) The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) will continue to supervise President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration in its role as the opposition party, KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) said yesterday, after Tsai was sworn in for a second term in Taipei. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Strong Public Support for New Constitution: Pro-independence Group (2020-05-21)
    (CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Chiang Yi-ching) There is strong support in Taiwan for the establishment of a new constitution, according to a pro-Taiwan independence group which cited the results of a survey it carried out. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • U.S. to Sell Taiwan $180 Million of Torpedoes, Angering China (2020-05-20)
    (Reuters, By Ben Blanchard) The U.S government has notified Congress of a possible sale of advanced torpedoes to Taiwan worth around $180 million, further souring already tense ties between Washington and Beijing, which claims Taiwan as Chinese territory. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Full Text of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's Second-Term Inaugural Address (2020-05-20)
    (CNA) The following is the full text of President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) inaugural address to start her second term, as released by the Presidential Office Wednesday. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • President Tsai Sworn In, Commences Her Second Term (2020-05-20)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took her oath of office at the Presidential Office on Wednesday and formally commenced her second four-year term as the president of the Republic of China, Taiwan's formal name. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Holdovers Means New Cabinet Looks Much Like Old One (2020-05-20)
    (Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) The new Cabinet lineup announced by the Executive Yuan yesterday features many familiar faces from Premier Su Tseng-chang’s (蘇貞昌) Cabinet that resigned on Thursday last week. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Tsai Resumes Chairmanship of DPP (2020-05-20)
    (CNA, By Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took up leadership of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) again on Wednesday, after her inauguration earlier in the day for a second four-year presidential term. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • 92 Foreign Dignitaries Congratulate President Tsai Via Video (2020-05-20)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim) A total of 92 foreign dignitaries, including officials with the United States government, have congratulated President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on her inauguration for her second term through video messages, Taiwan's foreign ministry said Wednesday. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • No Mutual Trust Across Taiwan Strait: China Scholars (2020-05-20)
    (CNA, By Miu Tsau-han and Frances Huang) Commenting on Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) inaugural speech Wednesday, Chinese scholars said there still is a lack of mutual trust between Taiwan and China. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Taiwan President Rejects Beijing Rule; China Says 'Reunification' Inevitable (2020-05-19)
    (Reuters, By Yimou Lee and Ben Blanchard) Taiwan cannot accept becoming part of China under its “one country, two systems” offer of autonomy, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday, strongly rejecting China’s sovereignty claims and likely setting the stage for an ever worsening of ties. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • President Tsai Protests Taiwan's Exclusion From WHA (2020-05-19)
    (CNA, By William Yen) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Tuesday expressed a "solemn protest" against the World Health Organization's refusal to invite Taiwan this year to join the annual meeting of its decision-making body. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Taiwan Tells U.S. It is Complying with North Korea Sanctions (2020-05-19)
    (Reuters, By Ben Blanchard) Taiwan is complying with international sanctions against North Korea, a senior Taiwanese security official told the United States’ deputy representative for North Korea on Tuesday, having previously been called out for breaking them. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • U.S. Praises Taiwan's Coronavirus Response, Hails 'Shared Vision' (2020-05-19)
    (Reuters, By Lisa Lambert) U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday congratulated Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-Wen on her re-election, praised the country’s coronavirus response and called it a reliable partner, in a statement that sharply contrasted with recent U.S. criticism of China, which claims Taiwan as a province. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • Presidential Office Names Its New Secretary-General (2020-05-19)
    (Taipei Times, By Su Yung-yao, Chen Yu-fu, and Dennis Xie) Former legislative speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) is to become the Presidential Office secretary-general when President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) begins her second term tomorrow, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • 14 Countries Voice Support for Taiwan's WHA Participation: MOFA (2020-05-19)
    (CNA, By Emerson Lim) A total of 14 countries directly expressed support for Taiwan's bid to participate in the World Health Assembly (WHA) as it opened its two-day virtual session Monday after Taiwan was excluded from the proceedings. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • China Touts 11 New ‘Incentives’ (2020-05-17)
    (Taipei Times, By Chung Li-hua) The Chinese government on Friday unveiled 11 measures to help Taiwanese businesses operating in China combat COVID-19 and resume production. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • TMUH Team Helps Eswatini Combat COVID-19 Outbreak (2020-05-17)
    (Taipei Times, By Wu Liang-yi and Dennis Xie) A medical team from Taipei Medical University Hospital (TMUH) has begun a one-month aid project in Eswatini, which has reported more than 100 cases of COVID-19, hospital superintendent Chen Ray-jade (陳瑞杰) said on Tuesday. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • China Warns US of ‘All Necessary Measures’ Over Huawei Rules (2020-05-17)
    (Associated Press) China’s commerce ministry says it will take “all necessary measures” in response to new U.S. restrictions on Chinese tech giant Huawei’s ability to use American technology, calling the measures an abuse of state power and a violation of market principles. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
  • ‘New York Times’ and Others Apply to Station in Taiwan (2020-05-17)
    (Taipei Times, By Lin Chia-nan) Seven more foreign news outlets have applied to open bureaus in Taiwan this year, including the New York Times, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday, following China’s expulsion of US journalists in March. <Accessed 2020-05-25> 
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