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PRC pressure stops WHA from discussing Taiwan

Despite impassioned pleas from several countries, the World Health Assembly (WHA), the highest decisionmaking body of the WHO, yesterday refused to discuss admitting Taiwan to the meeting, under pressure from China. Taiwan has been invited to attend the WHO’s main annual meeting as an observerFULL STORY

‘Taiwan is not a province’ government tells Beijing

By Chung Li-hua and William Hetherington

Taiwan is not under China’s political control, the Presidential Office said yesterday in response to China’s blocking of Taiwan from attending this year’s World Heath Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland. “Taiwan is not a province that is governed by the People’s Republic of China [PRC]. TheFULL STORY

RCEP trade-deal disagreements surface at talks

Disagreements between Asian nations over a China-backed free-trade deal surfaced at talks yesterday, raising questions over a target for concluding negotiations by the end of the year. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) would create a free-trade area of more than 3.5 billion people, bringing togetherFULL STORY

Han Kuang live-fire drills start at bases on Taiwan

The live-fire phase of the annual Han Kuang exercises began yesterday on Taiwan proper with all the branches of the armed forces working to repel a simulated Chinese attack in a test of the military’s combat and defense capabilities. The 33rd Han Kuang drills haveFULL STORY

Bomb wounds 21 at Bangkok army hospital

A small bomb yesterday struck a Bangkok military hospital and wounded 21 people — one seriously — three years to the day since the Royal Thai Army seized power in the kingdom. Thailand remains starkly divided since the coup on May 22, 2014, but dissent hasFULL STORY

Taipei hopes allies defy China ‘threats’2017-05-22

Taiwan hopes its allies stand up to China’s “coercion and threats” that have shut it out of the UN’s annual World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) told reporters on Saturday. Thousands of delegates from the WHO’s 194 members areFULL STORY

US-Taiwan ties should be reoriented: Stephen Yates2017-05-22

by Chen Wei-han

As US President Donald Trump’s administration is committed to its “America first” foreign policy, Taiwan-US relations should be reoriented toward increased business ties, defense cooperation and a high-level dialogue mechanism, Idaho Republican Party chairman Stephen Yates yesterday told a forum in Taipei organized by theFULL STORY

Chan Yung-jan, Martina Hingis take title in Rome2017-05-22

By Dave Carroll

Taiwan’s Chan Yung-jan (詹詠然) and Martina Hingis lifted a second consecutive title and their third of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome yesterday. The second seeds took two minutes short of two hours to see off the challenge of top-seeded Russian duo EkaterinaFULL STORY

APEC statement omits pledge to fight protectionism2017-05-22

Bloomberg

Asia-Pacific trade ministers issued a diluted “actions” statement after a weekend meeting in Vietnam, suggesting further pressure from the US to avoid explicit pledges to combat protectionism. The statement came after a dispute over wording, particularly whether to include language about protectionism. Instead, the APEC documentFULL STORY

Trump wraps up Saudi trip with speech2017-05-22

Reuters, RIYADH

US President Donald Trump was to call on Arab leaders to confront “Islamist extremism” during a speech yesterday that put the burden on the region to combat militant groups while urging unity among religions. “This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate humanFULL STORY

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