Intellasia East Asia News – Tension haunts tiny Taiwanese isles that live in fear of war with China

Tsai Li-chu recalls being a young mother on Taiwan’s Kinmen Island, when the shelling would start around 7pm most nights, launched from the People’s Republic of China just a few miles over the sea. “I remember having to run to the shelter with the kids, carrying the baby,” says Tsai, now a retired teacher in […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – China aims to take over Taiwan in next decade: Former Australian PM

Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd said he believes Beijing is planning to take over Taiwan in the next decade. In an editorial he wrote for US magazine Newsweek on Tuesday (February 16), Rudd pointed out that Chinese general Secretary Xi Jinping is ambitiously trying to elevate himself to the level of the late communist […]

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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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