Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan’s handling of pandemic proves to be a foreign talent draw

The number of recipients of Taiwan’s employment gold card, a special work and residency permit for highly skilled foreign talent, took a big jump in 2020, reflecting Taiwan’s attractiveness as a safe haven amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. That year, a total of 1,399 foreign nationals received the card that serves as a work permit, […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – China’s latest weapon against Taiwan: the sand dredger

ON BOARD THE TAIWAN COAST GUARD SHIP PP-10062, East China Sea Taiwanese coast guard commander Lin Chie-ming is on the frontline of a new type of warfare that China is waging against Taiwan. China’s weapon? Sand. On a chilly morning in late January, Lin, clad in an orange uniform, stood on the rolling deck of […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan sanitation worker finds red envelope containing NT$284,000 in recycled clothing

While sorting through clothes donated for recycling, a resource recovery officer found NT$283,930 (US$10,140) stuffed in red envelopes and returned the money to the owners. On January 25, Huang Chi-lung, a 28-year-old member of the Taichung Nantung District Environmental Protection Bureau Cleanup Team, was sorting through used clothes at the bureau’s collection site when he […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan reports 2 Covid cases imported from Germany, US

Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command centre (CECC) on Thursday (January 28) confirmed two new imported cases of the Wuhan coronavirus. On Thursday, health minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung announced two new imported coronavirus cases, raising the total number of cases in Taiwan to 895. The latest infections include two Taiwanese men who recently returned from […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – China-Taiwan tensions rise days into Biden presidency

Chinese air force planes including 12 fighter jets entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone for a second day on Sunday, Taiwan said, as tensions rise near the island just days into US President Joe Biden’s new administration. China views democratically ruled Taiwan as its own territory, and has in the past few months increased military […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Vaccines become latest frontline in China’s campaign to win hearts of Taiwanese

Beijing is touting a state programme that gives Taiwanese in China priority for COVID-19 vaccines, prompting concern within Taiwan’s government which sees it as the latest Chinese tool to win over the island’s population. China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, is making the free-of-charge offer at a time when the democratic island has […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan reports one new COVID-19 case-an Indonesian worker

Taiwan reported a new imported case of COVID-19 on Friday involving an Indonesian national who arrived in the country last month to go to work on a fishing boat, according to the Central Epidemic Command centre (CECC). The Indonesian, in his 20s, arrived in Taiwan on December 31 with a negative test report upon arrival, […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan says it respects decision to cancel US visit

Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday it “understood and respected” a decision by the US State Department to cancel a visit to the island by the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Craft. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs regrets that the US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft cannot lead a delegation to […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – China opposes planned Taiwan visit by US UN ambassador: Chinese mission

“China strongly urges the United States to stop its crazy provocation, stop creating new difficulties for China-US relations and the two countries’ cooperation in the United Nations, and stop going further on the wrong path,” said a spokesperson of China’s Permanent Mission to the UN. A spokesperson of China’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan officials vow to crack down on pork-related price gouging

Taiwanese government officials on Saturday vowed to deal firmly with anyone caught artificially inflating the price of pork, following reports that vendors were raising prices amid concerns about a new policy allowing imports of the meat containing traces of the livestock drug ractopamine. The comments from national and local officials came after a photo circulated […]

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