Intellasia East Asia News – Inclusiveness seen as key to Taiwan’s success in containing COVID-19

When the Covid-19 pandemic struck early this year, Taiwan quickly rolled out a nationwide facemask distribution system with a “mask map” that showed where they were available. But it wasn’t a smooth launch. Complaints poured in from people who had to wait in long lines and were often disappointed when vendors ran out of stock. […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan hopes for close US cooperation in call with Biden adviser

Taiwan hopes to continue its close cooperation with the United States, the island’s de facto US ambassador told Antony Blinken, a longtime confidant of President-elect Joe Biden, as Taiwan moves to shore up ties with the new administration. Claimed by China but democratically ruled, Taiwan enjoyed unprecedented support from President Donald Trump’s government, including stepped-up […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – China urges US to stop boosting ties with Taiwan

China has urged the United States to stop boosting ties with Taiwan after Washington and Taipei announced they would hold economic talks this month that Taiwan’s government described as a “major milestone” in relations. China considers the self-ruled island of Taiwan its own territory with no right to form official ties with other countries and […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – US approves sale of armed MQ-9 Reaper drones to Taiwan

The United States has agreed to sell four armed MQ-9 Reaper drones to Taiwan, the State Department announced Tuesday, helping to boost the island’s defenses as China steps up its threats. The $600 million sale aids Taiwan’s “continuing efforts to modernise its armed forces and to maintain a credible defensive capability,” the State Department said. […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan’s economy likely grew by 3.33pct in 3rd quarter due to surging exports

Due to surging exports, Taiwan’s GDP likely grew by 3.33 percent during the third quarter instead of the 2.01 percent predicted earlier, the directorate general of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said Friday (October 30). If confirmed later, the economic growth figure would be the highest of the past nine quarters, CNA reported. While the […]

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China's military rise poses the greatest foreign policy challenge to the next US President

Beijing’s program of rapid modernization has seen its military transformed into a true global power, capable of comfortably projecting its forces throughout the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. This year alone has seen China engage in deadly border clashes with Indian troops; China’s People’s Liberation Army aircraft have repeatedly buzzed Taiwanese and Japanese air defenses; and […]

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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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As rivalry with Washington heats up, Beijing commemorates 'victory' in 'war to resist US aggression'

In China, that conflict is known as the “War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea,” and is seen as a great victory, a view shared by Pyongyang, though North Korea failed to make any gains after its initial invasion of the South was rebuffed, and would likely have been defeated but for Beijing’s assistance. […]

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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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