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 – 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 – 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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Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan firms up AstraZeneca COVID vaccine, finds new UK variant

Taiwan has agreed to buy almost 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including 10 million from AstraZeneca Plc, the government said on Wednesday, adding that it had confirmed the island’s first case of the new British variant of the disease. Taiwan has kept the pandemic well under control in the community thanks to early and […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan responsible for its isolation

In early April, Taiwan donated batches of masks to several Western countries to help them in their fight to keep the COVID-19 pandemic under control. The first batches consisted of a total of 10 million masks. China Airlines was charged with transporting the donated masks and, of course, had the name China Airlines emblazoned on […]

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