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Taiwan warns of counter measures if new Hong Kong law causes 'damage'

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:30 PM

'If the implementation of the national security law for Hong Kong were to cause any damage to our country or cause any irrational situation, we would consider counter measures,' President Tsai Ing-wen tells reporters

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the presidential office in Taipei on January 22, 2020. (Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP)

'We're next': Hong Kong security law sends chills through Taiwan

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:47 AM

'The law makes me dislike China even more,' says 18-year-old student Sylvia Chang

Students from Hong Kong and Taiwan display placards reading “Bad laws of China’s national security" during a protest outside the Hong Kong’s Taipei office on May 28, 2020. Sam Yeh / AFP

Taiwan expels 2 Chinese journalists over political shows

Jul 03, 2020 - 6:53 PM

The reporters with China Southeast TV are ordered to leave for violating regulations covering mainland journalists, says Taiwan's top China policy body

Chen Ming-tong (L), Minister of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and Katharine Chang, Chairwoman of Taiwan–Hong Kong Economic and Cultural Co-operation Council, unveil a sign during a launch ceremony of the Taiwan-Hong Kong Office for Exchange and Services in Taipei on July 1, 2020. (Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP)

Panda gifted by China gives birth to second cub in Taiwan

Jul 01, 2020 - 4:18 PM

The unnamed cub weighs 186 grams after a five-hour labor by its mother Yuan Yuan

PANDA CUB. This handout photo taken on June 28, 2020 and received on June 29, 2020 shows a newborn baby panda at the Taipei Zoo in the Taiwan capital after the yet-unnamed-cub, weighing 186 grams, was born after a five-hour labor. Photo by Handout/Taipei Zoo/AFP

Taiwan opens new office for Hong Kongers after security law

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:03 PM

The Taiwan-Hong Kong Office for Exchanges and Services in Taipei will, among other tasks, handle applications from Hong Kongers seeking to stay in Taiwan for 'political reasons'

DAY 1. Riot police deploy pepper spray at journalists as protesters gathered for a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Photo by Dale de la Rey/AFP

Taiwan's 'conservative anarchist' transgender cabinet member

Jun 26, 2020 - 2:48 PM

Audrey Tang, Taiwan's digital minister and the world's first openly transgender cabinet member says, it is the experience of living through different identities that allows her to see multiple perspectives

This photo taken on June 11, 2020 shows Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang holding up a postcard of herself during an interview at the Executive Yuan in Taipei. Taiwan's digital minister is the world's first openly transgender cabinet member and has blazed a trail ever since she quit school aged 14. Sam Yeh / AFP

Forced into self-reliance, Taiwan unveils local trainer jet

Jun 25, 2020 - 4:19 PM

'Today is a big day for the Republic of China air force and it's also an important landmark for the domestic aerospace industry,' says Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen

LOCAL MADE. Taiwan's 'Brave Eagle' Advanced Jet Trainer crosses the tarmac after its maiden flight at the Ching Chuan Kang Airbase in Taichung on June 22, 2020. Photo by Hsu Tsun-hsu/AFP

Taiwan urges Beijing to honor Hong Kong's special status

Jun 20, 2020 - 10:01 AM

'By allowing anti-democratic forces and autocrats to advance abroad, we are neglecting our own democratic values,' Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen says to the annual Copenhagen Democracy Summit.

TSAI ING-WEN. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the presidential office in Taipei on January 22, 2020. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Chinese fighters breach Taiwan defense zone for 4 consecutive days

Jun 19, 2020 - 8:32 PM

Taiwan has reported 6 incursions by Chinese jets in the last two weeks

Taiwan to open new office to assist Hongkongers

Jun 18, 2020 - 8:56 PM

Tsai's government will cover 'necessary expenses' for those who come to Taiwan because their freedom and safety are under threat, says Chen Ming-tong, chairman of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council

NEW OFFICE. Chen Ming-tong, chairman of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, speaks during a press conference in Taipei on January 22, 2019. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan pedals faster to meet global demand for bikes during pandemic

Jun 16, 2020 - 6:05 PM

Orders keep on coming for bicycle manufacturers in Taiwan

(FILES) This file picture taken on May 21, 2019 shows a worker checking an e-bike at a factory of Giant -- the world's biggest bicycle manufacturer -- in Taichung. - Deserted streets, cabin-fever and worries over COVID-19-enabling commutes in Europe and the US have sent demand for bikes into high gear - with factories in Taiwan racing to push out new machines and scrambling to find parts. (Photo by Sam YEH / AFP) / TO GO WITH Health-virus-Taiwan-Europe-US-industry-bicycle,FOCUS by Sean Chang and Amber Wang

Chinese fighter jets briefly enter Taiwan airspace – Taipei

Jun 09, 2020 - 3:45 PM

The incursion came as Taiwan's ministry announces the 'Han Kuang' live-fire drill would be held next month, including computer simulations and an exercise to defend against forces landing on the island

Pro-Beijing Taiwan mayor recalled in historic vote

Jun 06, 2020 - 11:01 PM

The recall vote is another blow for the opposition Kuomintang party, who favors warmer relations with mainland China

PRO-CHINA BET. Kaohsiung city mayor Han Kuo-yu (with mic) from the Kuomintang party gestures while speaking to his supporters during a campaign event in Taipei on June 1, 2019. File photo by Daniel Shih/AFP

Taiwan urges Beijing to acknowledge Tiananmen crackdown

Jun 04, 2020 - 2:47 PM

Hundreds of people, mostly students, were killed on June 4, 1989 in Tiananmen Square during the Chinese Communist Party's suppression of demonstrations calling for democratic reforms

A man wearing a face mask walks in front of Tiananmen during the 31st anniversary of the June 4, 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests, in Beijing on June 4, 2020. NOEL CELIS / AFP

Taiwan top court rules adultery no longer a crime

May 29, 2020 - 9:06 PM

Campaigners against the law say it deepened gender inequality and violated rights to privacy

Taiwan leader vows 'action plan' for Hong Kong protesters

May 27, 2020 - 9:43 PM

'The cabinet will come up with a Hong Kong humanitarian assistance action plan...to provide complete planning for Hong Kong people's residency, accommodation and care,' says Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen

'ACTION PLAN.' Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the presidential office in Taipei on January 22, 2020. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

U.S. approves sale of 18 torpedoes to Taiwan

May 21, 2020 - 11:19 AM

It's a move that could further strain Washington's already tense relationship with Beijing

China must 'coexist' with a democratic Taiwan, says Tsai

May 20, 2020 - 12:49 PM

In her speech during a deliberately stripped-down inauguration, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen says, her country and China 'have a duty to find a way to coexist over the long term '

This handout picture taken and released on May 20, 2020 by the Taiwan Presidential office shows Tsai Ing-wen (background C) being sworn in for her second term as Taiwan's President during her inauguration ceremony at the Presidential Office in Taipei. Voters handed Tsai a second term with a landslide win in January, a vocal rebuke of Beijing's ongoing campaign to isolate the island.  Handout / Taiwan Presidential Office / AFP

[ANALYSIS] 4 more years for Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

May 19, 2020 - 1:45 PM

'While global turbulence might be ahead, Taiwanese people are steadfast and ready to join hands with our Filipino friends in facing these common challenges'

WHO members delay decision on Taiwan at key meeting

May 19, 2020 - 12:29 AM

At the WHO's first-ever virtual World Health Assembly, countries unanimously agree to postpone the discussion until later in the year

DELAY. This handout photo provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 18, 2020, shows a general view of the World Health Organization assembly room with WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus delivering a speech in front of a blue backdrop at the opening of the World Health Assembly virtual meeting from the WHO headquarters in Geneva, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus. Photo by Christopher Black/World Health Organization/AFP

World Health Organization committee to discuss Taiwan exclusion

May 18, 2020 - 12:35 PM

Some 15 countries write to the director general of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, asking that the question of Taiwan's participation be added to the agenda at the World Health Assembly

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION. This handout image provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 16, 2020, shows WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attending a virtual press conference on May 16, 2020. Photo by Christopher Black/World Health Organization/AFP

Taiwan marks anniversary of Asia's first gay marriage law

May 17, 2020 - 9:50 PM

Couples post notes, photos and airline ticket stubs on 'Lennon Walls' set up near President Tsai Ing-wen's office in Taipei to appeal for more inclusiveness

Why is Taiwan excluded from the WHO?

May 16, 2020 - 3:38 PM

'No one should be treated as an orphan in the health network that the World Health Assembly should look after,' says Taiwan Vice President Chen Chien-jen, a US-trained epidemiologist


Taiwan chip giant TSMC to build $12 billion U.S. plant

May 15, 2020 - 12:57 PM

Construction for the TSMC facility in Arizona is set to start in 2021, with production of 5-nanometer chips beginning in 2024

France bats away China anger over Taiwan arms deal

May 13, 2020 - 5:38 PM

'Faced with the COVID-19 crisis, all our attention and all our efforts should be focused on the fight against the pandemic,' says the French foreign ministry

NAVY. File photo of Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-Wen waving at guests from the deck of the 'Ming Chuan' frigate. Photo by Chris Stowers/AFP

[OPINION] OFWs and immigrants as milking cows

May 11, 2020 - 2:37 PM

'The disabled Philippine economy largely depends upon OFW and immigrant remittances.... Thus, there’s no reason to treat these 'modern-day heroes' with insensitivity and overtaxation.

U.S. demands WHO invite Taiwan to meeting

May 07, 2020 - 9:11 AM

Taiwan has become a model for its swift response to the coronavirus outbreak, with just 6 deaths despite its close proximity and economic ties with China

FLAG. File photo of the Taiwanese flag. Photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

Lessons from Taiwan on tackling the coronavirus pandemic

May 06, 2020 - 5:41 PM

Let's discuss some of Taiwan's approaches towards fighting the coronavirus

Linn Ordidor, caregiver: Sorry, not sorry

May 01, 2020 - 10:00 AM

She got into trouble with Philippine authorities for stating her political opinions, and would have been deported if Taiwan didn’t vouch for her. Still, the spirited OFW says she’d do it all over again for love of country.

LINN ORDIDOR. Filipina caregiver Linn Ordidor has been working in Taiwan for almost 3 years. Photo from Linn Ordidor

Rappler Talk: Taiwan OFW Linn Ordidor on free speech and dodging deportation

Apr 30, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Caregiver Linn Ordidor made headlines when the Philippine government pushed to have her deported from Taiwan for having criticized President Rodrigo Duterte. She tells Rappler why she thinks being outspoken is worth the risk.

Rappler Talk: Taiwan's Ambassador Peiyung Hsu on fighting the coronavirus

Apr 29, 2020 - 3:44 PM

On Wednesday, April 29, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to Ambassador Michael Peiyung Hsu to discuss how Taiwan contained the coronavirus and what the Philippines can learn from its handling of the pandemic

Taiwan rejects deportation of OFW critical of Duterte

Apr 28, 2020 - 2:51 PM

News reports from Taiwan quote its foreign ministry as saying that foreign workers enjoy freedom of speech and 'citizen treatment'

PANDEMIC. People wearing protective face masks walk past a cat-shaped lantern during the lunar lanterns festival following the Lunar New Year in Taipei on February 8, 2020. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

DOLE asks Taiwan to deport OFW with Facebook posts criticizing Duterte

Apr 25, 2020 - 8:02 PM

The Philippine government wants Taiwan to deport a Filipina caregiver for her ‘nasty and malevolent’ posts about the President

TAIWAN. The Taiwan National Museum in Taipei. File photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

Hong Kong dissident reopens bookshop in Taiwan, defying Beijing

Apr 25, 2020 - 3:58 PM

Lam Wing-kee is 1 of 5 booksellers from Causeway Bay Books publishing salacious titles about China's leaders. Lam vanished and then resurfaced in custody on the mainland in 2015.

UNBOWED. Lam Wing-kee, a bookseller from Hong Kong who in 2015 was detained in China for allegedly bringing banned books into the mainland, waves to the press during the launch of the 'Causeway Bay Books' bookstore in Taipei on April 25, 2020. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan president apologizes for virus infections on navy ship

Apr 22, 2020 - 11:35 PM

'I am the Commander-in-Chief, the military's business is my business and my responsibility,' says President Tsai Ing-wen

APOLOGY. In this file photo, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the presidential office in Taipei on January 22, 2020. Flle photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan director Doze Niu convicted for sexual assault of crew member

Apr 15, 2020 - 2:03 PM

'Monga' director Doze Niu is sentenced to 4 years in prison for sexually assaulting a female crew member working on a film he was making in 2018

U.S. criticizes WHO for ignoring Taiwan virus warnings

Apr 10, 2020 - 9:58 AM

The World Health Organization is accused of failing to follow a lead from Taiwan which warned of human-to-human transmission for the coronavirus

HEALTH EMERGENCY. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gives a press conference on the situation regarding the COVID-19 at Geneva's WHO headquarters. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Taiwan demands apology from WHO chief over virus 'slander'

Apr 09, 2020 - 2:04 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Tsai Ing-wen invites WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to visit Taiwan and learn from its handling of the epidemic, challenging him to 'resist pressure from China'

CORONAVIRUS. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a daily press briefing on the new coronavirus dubbed COVID-19, at the WHO headquaters on March 2, 2020 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Taiwanese gov't bans Zoom use for official business

Apr 08, 2020 - 3:07 PM

Taiwan says the services and apps of Google and Microsoft, meanwhile, are acceptable for government use

Taiwan donates 15,000 masks to PH frontliners in coronavirus outbreak

Apr 03, 2020 - 10:29 PM

Some 5,000 masks go to the Department of Health while another 10,000 go to the Philippine General Hospital

FRONT LINE. Health workers are separated by a plastic shield from patients as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Scholarship deadline for MS in global agri tech and genomic science set on April 3

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:39 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The scholarship is open to Filipinos and nationals of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam

Taiwan says U.S. media expelled from China are welcome

Mar 28, 2020 - 6:32 PM

'I'd like to welcome you to be stationed in Taiwan – a country that is a beacon of freedom and democracy,' Taipei's foreign minister tells journalists expelled from China

EXPELLED. In this file photo New York Times Beijing bureau chief Steven Lee Myers (center) speaks with other journalists after the daily Foreign Ministry briefing in Beijing on March 18, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

U.S. warship sails through Taiwan Strait during virus spat

Mar 26, 2020 - 2:30 PM

A US Pacific Fleet tweet confirms the USS McCampbell, a guided missile destroyer, transited the strait

FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION. A view of the deck of the USS McCampbell, a guided missile destroyer of the US Pacific Fleet, as it sails through the Taiwan Strait March 26, 2020. Photo from Twitter of US Pacific Fleet

Taiwan angered by China military drills during virus outbreak

Mar 25, 2020 - 5:14 PM

'As the world grapples with the severity of the COVID19 pandemic, China's military maneuvers around Taiwan have continued unabated," tweets Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen

This handout picture taken and released by Taiwan’s Military News Agency (MNA) on March 24, 2020 shows a US-made F-16 fighter taking off during a drill at the Hualien Air Force Base in eastern Taiwan. Military tensions have risen between Taiwan and China despite the global coronavirus pandemic after Beijing conducted a series of military drills near the island. Handout / Taiwan’s Military News Agency (MNA) / AFP

Taiwan quarantine skipper handed hefty fine for clubbing

Mar 23, 2020 - 4:35 PM

The unnamed man, who was supposed to be doing 14-days mandatory self-isolation at home after returning from Southeast Asia, was caught partying in Taipei during a routine police check at a nightclub on March 22

Dairy-free option: YiFang has Brown Sugar Pearl Soy Milk drink

Mar 12, 2020 - 5:25 PM

The Taiwanese beverage chain also lets you upgrade select tea lattes and brown sugar drinks to soy milk!

Taiwan inmates join coronavirus fight with mask factory

Mar 11, 2020 - 2:23 PM

Correctional facilities across Taiwan are taking part in the new scheme to manufacture cloth face masks and face mask protectors to supply their staff and the public

A mask-clad inmates poses with completed masks at a sewing workroom at the Taipei Prison in Taoyuan City, northern Taiwan on March 10, 2020. More than 4,000 people have died and over 110,000 have been infected worldwide, with the majority in China, though daily infections are now growing at a much faster pace abroad.

3 foreigners from Taiwan, Japan, Australia catch coronavirus after travel from PH

Mar 06, 2020 - 2:28 PM

But the Department of Health and the World Health Organization say the travel history of 2 of the positive cases indicate they may have contracted the coronavirus outside the Philippines

OUTBREAK SCARE. People buy protective masks at a medical supplies store in Manila on January 31, 2020. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

New Taiwan coronavirus case had travel history to PH

Mar 06, 2020 - 12:36 AM

'Related investigation suggested it is an imported case linked to the Philippines,' says Taiwan's Center for Disease Control

TRAVELERS. Passengers board international flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in Pasay City on February 29, as COVID-19 cases rise around the world. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Taiwan accuses mainland Chinese trolls of sowing virus panic

Feb 27, 2020 - 4:05 PM

'We suspect that mainland Chinese Internet trolls are making up and spreading the false messages based on the content and the phrases,' says Taiwan's Investigation Bureau

This photo taken on February 23, 2020 shows Taiwan flags hung along a street in the Chinatown district in Yokohama. Japan has more than 130 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus and four have died. Three of those deaths were passengers who had been on the cruise ship Diamond Princess, quarantined off in Yokohama, where the number of infections is now at 630. Philip FONG / AFP