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Tsai, HK lawmakers slam Han meeting

By Stacy Hsu

A meeting between Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) and the head of China’s liaison office in Hong Kong has incurred criticism from President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), who said it could give the impression that Beijing’s “one country, two systems” model might be applicable to Taiwan.FULL STORY

China changing ‘status quo,’ US official warns

China has been “busy” changing the “status quo” across the Taiwan Strait through moves including imposing military threats against Taiwan, poaching the nation’s diplomatic allies and raising pressure to cut its international space, a US Department of State official said on Friday. The primary desire ofFULL STORY

China Airlines to add a flight to Palau: Tsai

China Airlines (中華航空), one of Taiwan’s major carriers, is to offer an additional direct flight to Palau from June 1, bringing the total number of weekly flights to four, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) told Palauan President Tommy Remengesau on Friday. Tsai, who is in Palau onFULL STORY

IADB cancels China meeting over Venezuelan envoy

The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) on Friday called off next week’s meeting of its 48 member countries in China after Beijing refused to allow a representative of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to attend, two sources with knowledge of the matter said. The decision was madeFULL STORY

US-backed Syrian force claims victory over Islamic State

US-backed forces in Syria yesterday announced that they have liberated the last area held by the Islamic State group in the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz, declaring victory over the extremist group and the end of its self-declared caliphate. “Baghouz is free and the military victoryFULL STORY

Trump aides support F-16 sale: sources2019-03-23

The administration of US President Donald Trump has given tacit approval to Taiwan’s request to buy more than 60 F-16 Fighting Falcons, people familiar with the matter said. Trump’s advisers encouraged Taiwan to submit a formal request for the jets, built by Lockheed Martin, which itFULL STORY

No ‘understanding,’ no invitation: WHO2019-03-23

By Stacy Hsu

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday reiterated its commitment to securing observer status for Taiwan at the annual World Health Assembly (WHA), after a WHO spokesman said that an invitation would not be issued this year without a “cross-strait understanding.” Asked by the Chinese-language AppleFULL STORY

Tsai’s layover standard practice: US2019-03-23

President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) transit through the US after her visit to three of Taiwan’s Pacific allies is standard practice, the US Department of State said on Thursday. “President Tsai’s transit through the United States is based on long-standing US practice, and is consistent with theFULL STORY

Beijing launches probe of factory blast that killed 472019-03-23

Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) yesterday ordered local governments to prevent any more industrial disasters after a chemical plant blast left 47 people dead, injured hundreds and flattened an industrial park in the latest such catastrophe to hit the country. The explosion late on Thursday inFULL STORY

Vietnam protests to Beijing over fishing boat chase, sinking2019-03-23

Vietnam has lodged an official protest with China following the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat that was being chased by a Chinese maritime surveillance vessel in the disputed South China Sea, Hanoi said late on Thursday. Vietnam and China have long been embroiled in aFULL STORY

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