Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan coastguard ‘drives away’ Chinese vessels including sand dredger

Nearly 100 civilian vessels from mainland China including sand dredgers have converged on waters close to Taiwan’s Matsu archipelago, in what observers say is the latest effort to intimidate the self-ruled island. According to Taiwan’s coastguard, the boats were seen in waters off Renai on Nangan Island on Sunday night. It said patrol ships were […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Academia Sinica predicts Taiwanese COVID-19 vaccine unavailable before mid-2021

Academia Sinica President James Liao on Wednesday (October 22) predicted that a coronavirus vaccine developed by Taiwanese researchers will not be available until at least after the first half of 2021. During a question-and-answer session at the Legislative Yuan, Liao mentioned that researchers from Academia Sinica have developed a COVID-19 rapid test system that can […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan says Hong Kong warned of ongoing danger after South China Sea flight blocked

Hong Kong air traffic controllers told Taiwan there was danger until further notice on a flight path to Taiwanese-controlled islands in the South China Sea, Taipei said on Friday, a case that has raised fears Beijing may try and blockade the islets. Tensions over the Pratas Islands, in the northern part of the contested South […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Reverend seeking to file visa application on behalf of Taiwan murder suspect snubbed by Taipei’s local office, source says

A reverend helping a Hong Kong murder suspect wanted in Taiwan went to Taipei’s representative office in the city on Wednesday to apply for a visa on his behalf, but the application was not accepted, a source has told the Post. The Anglican pastor, Peter Koon Ho-ming, acknowledged visiting the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan president to pledge strong defences as China tensions rise

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will pledge to strengthen the island’s defences and work more with regional partners on security in a major speech on Saturday, at a time when tensions with its giant neighbour China have risen dramatically. Democratic Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory, has come under increasing pressure from Beijing, which […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – 60pct of Taiwanese companies reducing footprint in China amid pandemic

Taiwanese companies in China are reducing their operations in the communist country due to the continued impact on their bottom line of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), despite Beijing’s claims that its economy has “recovered” after local cases were allegedly brought down to “zero.” A survey of 157 Taiwanese companies released by the Chinese National Federation […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan to open new Guam office on Double Ten National Day

Taiwan is preparing to launch its new representative office in Guam on October 10, the Double Ten National Day, following three years of being absent from the United States territory. The office, named the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Guam, will be housed at the International Trade centre (ITC), where other tenants include the […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Former Czech presidential candidate postpones visit to Taiwan

Former Czech presidential candidate Senator Jiri Drahos will postpone his visit to Taiwan until next spring due to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Thursday (September 24). The speaker of the Czech Senate, Milos Vystrcil, visited the nation from August 30 to September 4 as leader of a 90-member […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan to test national disaster warnings in annual drill Monday

An annual drill will be conducted Monday in Taiwan to test its public warning systems for natural disasters, according to the Ministry of the Interior. On the country’s National Disaster Prevention Day, the first test will be a nationwide earthquake drill, during which a text message will be sent to people’s mobile phones at 9:21 […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Magnitude 4.9 earthquake rocks southeast Taiwan

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake rattled southeastern Taiwan at 9:37 a.m. this morning (September 17), according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB). The epicenter of the temblor was 37.2 kilometers north-northeast of Taitung County Hall at a focal depth of 17.3 km, according to CWB data. Taiwan uses an intensity scale of 1 to 7, which […]

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