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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Siberian Student Climbs Tree for Internet Signal to Attend Remote Classes – The Moscow Times

Alexei may have the coolest Zoom background in the world, but he’d rather not have to climb a tree for it. Alexei Dudoladov goes by “Omskiy Kolkhoznik” (Farmer from Omsk) on TikTok, where his videos of village life have racked up millions of views and likes in a year. But because his remote Siberian village […]

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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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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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