Intellasia East Asia News – China launches ‘gray-zone’ warfare to subdue Taiwan

Months after eliminating a popular challenge to its rule in Hong Kong, China is turning to an even higher-stakes target: self-governing Taiwan. The island has been bracing for conflict with China for decades, and in some respects, that battle has now begun. It’s not the final, titanic clash that Taiwan has long feared, with Chinese […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – 75pct of Taiwanese think Taiwan independent, 53pct expect US protection

According to a new survey, Taiwanese are increasingly willing to defend their country if China invades and more now believe the US will deploy troops if Taiwan is attacked. Since 2002, the annual Taiwan National Security Survey (TNSS) has assessed Taiwanese attitudes toward the China threat and the US security commitment to Taiwan, with the […]

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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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