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Around Taiwan’s Sovereignty and China’s Hegemony
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Around Taiwan’s Sovereignty and China’s Hegemony

As the war of words between the United States and China over Taiwan escalates, the latter has vowed to “fight to the very end” to stop Taiwanese independence and warned that foreign interference is “doomed to fail”. The latest wasr of words between the two powers is stoking already soaring tensions with the US over […]

Beijing cannot use the facade of ‘one country, two systems’ to annex Taiwan: Deputy Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council
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Beijing cannot use the facade of ‘one country, two systems’ to annex Taiwan: Deputy Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council

Deputy Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council Chiu Chui-cheng has stated in a TV interview that Beijing’s “one country, two systems” framework is fake, and it is really intended to annex Taiwan. Discussing issues regarding Hong Kong and the Chinese Communist Party, he said that the 2019 Hong Kong protest was a watershed moment in […]

The ‘Pineapple’ in China’s flesh – How the tropical fruit helped Taiwan fight economic bullying by its Communist neighbour
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The ‘Pineapple’ in China’s flesh – How the tropical fruit helped Taiwan fight economic bullying by its Communist neighbour

China imposed a blanket ban on all imports of Taiwanese pineapples last week, alleging that “harmful organisms” had been found in the fruit.
President Tsai condemned China for its “ambush-like, unilateral notice that it would ban imports of Taiwan pineapples”, despite the fact that 99.79 percent of imported batches had passed inspection.
China’s move has been interpreted by observers in Taiwan as directed at the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which is frequently critical of China.
Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu launched the “Freedom Pineapple” campaign on Twitter. The aim of the online campaign was to secure orders for pineapple from farmers
Taiwanese farmers received pre-orders for 41,687 tons of pineapples from companies, e-commerce platforms, and consumers, already exceeding the annual quantity of exports to China.
With the call to take on the ban by China, Taiwanese businesses and citizens made up for the potential shortfall in sales by buying an entire year’s worth of the tropical fruit in just four days!
The U.S., Japan, and Canadian embassies in Taiwan all came on board to help promote Taiwan’s pineapples, in response to a Chinese import ban on the fruit.
While Taiwan has shown that it can stand up to economic bullying, it has also offered the olive branch to China urging it to respect its fruit inspection negotiation system.

Chinese military planes intrude into Taiwan forcing it to deploy air defense missile systems
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Chinese military planes intrude into Taiwan forcing it to deploy air defense missile systems

Reports from Taiwan say that 15 Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Sunday Jan 24. The latest intrusion by Chinese aircrafts make it the 20th intrusion this month. A report in Taiwan News says that Two People’s Liberation Army Air Force Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare planes, two SU-30 fighter jets, […]

China begins trial of 10 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists who attempted to flee to Taiwan
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China begins trial of 10 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists who attempted to flee to Taiwan

China has started the trials of 10 of the 12 Hong Kong nationals and pro-Democracy activists for attempting to flee to Taiwan by speedboat. The activists face charges of illegally crossing the border, while two face additional charges of organizing the escape attempt, according to an indictment issued in Shenzhen where the trial is taking place.

3-day visit of US Admiral to Taiwan rankles China; Vows to make a ‘legitimate’ and necessary response
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3-day visit of US Admiral to Taiwan rankles China; Vows to make a ‘legitimate’ and necessary response

The visit of Rear Admiral Michael Studeman to Taiwan, a top US admiral who heads intelligence at the U.S. military’s Indo-Pacific Command, has rankled China. Rear Admiral Studeman arrived in Taipei on Sunday. The visit would make Studeman one of the highest-ranking U.S. military officers to have visited Taiwan in recent years, says a report in the Singapore based news channel CNA.