Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan reports 6 imported coronavirus cases from Indonesia, US, France

Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command centre (CECC) on Wednesday (December 2) announced that six new cases of Wuhan coronavirus have been imported from Indonesia, the US, and France. During his weekly press conference Wednesday afternoon, minister of Health and Welfare and CECC head Chen Shih-chung announced six imported coronavirus cases, raising the total number of confirmed […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Devil horns meet sutras in Taiwan’s Buddhist death metal band

The gig began with a nun chanting on stage but suddenly erupted into a wall of noise unleashed by distorted guitars and screamed sutrasthe unique sound of Taiwan’s first Buddhist death metal band. The island has a vibrant metal scene but few outfits are quite as eye-catching as “Dharma”. The band aims to deliver enlightenment […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan expanding submarine fleet as China threat grows

Taiwan began construction on a fleet of indigenous submarines on Tuesday, the latest move by the out-gunned island to bolster its defences against increasingly bellicose threats from Beijing. Democratic Taiwan lives under the constant threat of invasion by communist China, which views the self-ruled island as part of its territory and has vowed to one […]

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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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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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