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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

Taiwan embraces cute mascots for virus prevention campaign

Feb 17, 2020 - 11:52 AM

The foreign ministry rolls out a pigeon in a face mask to announce entry restrictions on foreigners

MASCOT. This photo illustration taken on February 14, 2020 shows a man pointing to a webpage from Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Facebook account. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan records its first coronavirus death as global toll passes 1,600

Feb 16, 2020 - 11:23 PM

It is the 5th recorded death outside mainland China

Masked workers disinfect a passenger throughfare at the Taoyuan International Airport on January 22, 2020, after Taiwan on January 21 reported its first case of the new SARS-like virus from China. - Taiwan should not be blocked from international bodies such as the World Health Organization, its president said on January 22, a day after the island confirmed its first case of a SARS-like virus from China. (Photo by Chen Chi-chuan / AFP)

'Smelly blankets, no water': 25 quarantined for coronavirus in Cebu go home

Feb 15, 2020 - 11:37 PM

Because of the complaints, the Cebu provincial government allows them to go home

QUARANTINE. Passengers refused to go under quarantine when they arrived at the Mactan Cebu International Airport on Tuesday. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

PAL, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia resume flights to Taiwan after gov't lifts travel ban

Feb 15, 2020 - 12:17 AM

(UPDATED) Check the list of flights here

FLIGHTS RESUME. Flights between Manila and Taipei will now depart as scheduled after the travel ban on Taiwan was lifted. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Taiwan says China 'stalling' over repatriation flights

Feb 14, 2020 - 10:01 PM

'The Chinese side has used all kinds of reasons to stall and refused our plans and recommendations. We deeply regret this,' says Taiwan's health minister Chen Shih-chung

WUHAN. An aerial view shows residential and commercial buildings of Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on January 27, 2020, amid a deadly virus outbreak which began in the city. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Philippines lifts Taiwan travel ban

Feb 14, 2020 - 6:24 PM

(UPDATED) The travel ban, imposed due to the novel coronavirus, is lifted 'effective immediately'

BAN LIFTED. The Bureau of Quarantine monitors on the thermal scanner passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020 amid reports of the novel coronavirus outbreak. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

The politics of PH’s Taiwan travel ban

Feb 13, 2020 - 9:57 PM

As coronavirus outbreak worsens, China dictates our response

Bello wants travel ban lifted for OFWs returning to Taiwan

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:55 PM

In the meantime, the government will provide financial aid to overseas Filipino workers stranded in the Philippines due to the ban

TRAVEL BAN. Chinese nationals arriving from Guangzhou, China are seen wearing face mask at the arrival area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in Pasay City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Taiwan may cancel visa-free entry for Filipinos due to PH travel ban – MECO

Feb 13, 2020 - 12:44 AM

Malacañang says Taiwan's concerns will be relayed to President Rodrigo Duterte, though it maintains the ban is in place to quell the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus

VIRUS. Taiwan maintains it should blocked from international bodies such as the World Health Organization after the island confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Chen Chi-chuan/AFP

Taiwan expresses 'grave concern' over inclusion in PH travel ban

Feb 12, 2020 - 2:25 PM

'We urge the Philippine government to immediately correct its decision on Taiwan,' says the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

NOT CHINA. 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

Taiwan hits out at China virus travel bans

Feb 11, 2020 - 4:57 PM

Taiwan's foreign ministry says it is communicating with various governments to clarify that Taiwan 'is not part of the People's Republic of China'

NOT CHINA. 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

Cebu Pacific cancels flights to Taiwan indefinitely after DOH confirms travel ban

Feb 11, 2020 - 8:36 AM

Passengers affected by the canceled flights may avail of rebooking, refunding, and stored value options

MORE FLIGHTS CANCELED. After confirmation that Taiwan is included in the travel ban, Cebu Pacific cancels flights to and from Taipei effective February 11. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Taiwan covered by travel ban due to novel coronavirus – DOH

Feb 10, 2020 - 7:35 PM

Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo says Taiwan is included in the ban because the World Health Organization recognizes it as part of China and the Philippines has a One-China policy

RETURNING HOME. 30 Filipinos who were in Hubei Province in China have returned to the Philippines and will undergo a 14-day quarantine. Photo from DFA.

Chinese military aircraft cross into Taiwan airspace – Taipei

Feb 10, 2020 - 5:34 PM

Taiwan's defense ministry says a Chinese H-6 bomber and accompanying aircraft briefly crossed over a 'median line' in the Taiwan Strait

SCRAMBLING JETS. This handout photo taken and released on February 10, 2020 by Taiwan's Defence Ministry shows a Taiwanese F-16 fighter jet flying next to a Chinese H-6 bomber (top) in Taiwan's airspace. Handout photo by Taiwan's Defense Ministry/AFP

Pompeo urges U.S. governors to resist China pressure on Taiwan

Feb 09, 2020 - 9:23 AM

'Don't make separate individual deals and agreements with China that undermine our national policy,' says United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

WARNING. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cautions against dealing with China. File photo by Pavel Golovkin/AFP

China hits out at Taiwan VP's visit to White House

Feb 07, 2020 - 10:37 AM

The White House meeting angers Beijing, which sees self-ruled Taiwan as part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary

VEEP. Taiwan Vice President William Lai in a file photo taken April 17, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(9th UPDATE) Here are the countries that have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

PROTECTION. A woman holds a child wearing a facemask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Virus exposes Beijing campaign to isolate Taiwan on global bodies

Jan 22, 2020 - 6:29 PM

Modern Taiwan has been a de facto sovereign nation for the last 7 decades and has emerged as one of Asia's most progressive democracies but is quarantined on the world stage

TAIWAN. Masked passengers arrive at the Sungshan Airport in Taipei on January 22, 2020. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan reports first case of new SARS-like virus

Jan 21, 2020 - 7:59 PM

The patient is a Taiwanese woman in her fifties, living in Wuhan, who returned to Taiwan with symptoms including fever, coughing, and a sore throat.

SCREENING FOR SICKNESS. This picture taken on January 13, 2020 shows Taiwan's Center for Disease Control (CDC) personnel using thermal scanners to screen passengers arriving on a flight from China's Wuhan province, where a SARS-like virus was discovered and has since spread, at the Taoyuan International Airport. Photo by Chen Chi-chuan/AFP

Taiwan 'already independent,' president warns China

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:59 AM

Beijing regards Taiwan as its own territory and has vowed to one day seize it, by force if necessary – especially if it declares independence

LEADER. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (C) smiles at a rally with supporters outside her campaign headquarters in Taipei on January 11, 2020. (Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP)

China says Taiwan separatists will 'stink for eternity'

Jan 14, 2020 - 3:41 PM

Newly-elected president Tsai Ing-wen draws the ire of Beijing for refusing to acknowledge that Taiwan is part of 'one China'

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (C) smiles at a rally with supporters outside her campaign headquarters in Taipei on January 11, 2020. President Tsai Ing-wen declared victory in Taiwan's election on January 11 as votes were being counted after an election battle dominated by the democratic island's fraught relationship with China.  Sam Yeh / AFP

Rappler Talk: J Michael Cole on future of Taiwan after 2020 elections

Jan 13, 2020 - 9:30 AM

On Monday, January 13, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Dañguilan Vitug speaks to scholar J Michael Cole on what the results mean to the future of Taiwan and what the immediate issues the president-elect will face

Tsai Ing-wen claims victory in Taiwan presidential race

Jan 11, 2020 - 10:14 PM

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen leads by more than 2.6 million votes against opposition candidate Han Kuo-yu, who has conceded the race

VICTORY. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen declares victory against the Taiwanese opposition in the January 2020 election. Photo Sam Yeh/AFP

Tsai leads count in Taiwan election dominated by China fears

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:30 AM

(5th UPDATE) The vote will reverberate far beyond Taiwan's borders, with the two main candidates laying out very different visions for its future – in particular how close the self-ruled island should tack to China

ELECTIONS. Local residents line up to vote at a polling station set up at an elementary school in Chunghe district, New Taipei City, on January 11, 2020. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan rivals in final election push as China's shadow looms

Jan 10, 2020 - 2:51 PM

Some 19 million people are eligible to vote on Saturday to choose between two leaders with very different visions for Taiwan's future – in particular how close the self-ruled island should tack to its giant neighbor

CLOSE FIGHT. This combination of file photos shows Taiwan's President and 2020 presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (left) and her main competitor Han Kuo-yu. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

PH, Taiwan accepting applications for science graduate courses for 2020

Jan 06, 2020 - 4:44 PM

The deadline for submissions of MECO-TECO SSP applications is on January 15, 2020

Taiwan's military chief killed in chopper crash

Jan 02, 2020 - 1:46 PM

(5th UPDATE) The chief of the general staff, Shen Yi-ming, is among 8 senior officers – including 3 major generals – who died when their Black Hawk helicopter smashed into mountains near Taipei

Taiwan passes law against China influence ahead of vote

Dec 31, 2019 - 6:23 PM

(UPDATED) The law bans "hostile" foreign forces from activities such as campaigning, lobbying, making political donations, disrupting social order or spreading disinformation related to elections

'ANTI-INFILTRATION.' The law comes as allegations swirl over Chinese spying and influence campaigns ahead of the elections. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

In search of the perfect cabbage and pork slab in Taiwan

Dec 23, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Well, I went to the twin national museums instead

THE CABBAGE. The jadeite cabbage and the pork slab. Photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

U.S. calls on China not to interfere in Taiwan election

Dec 13, 2019 - 7:23 AM

The top US diplomat for Asia says that tensions between Beijing and Taipei have historically risen whenever Taiwan goes to the polls

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (2nd L) and former premier William Lai (R) display a certificate after registering as presidential and vice presidential candidates for the upcoming election at the Central Elections Committee in Taipei on November 19, 2019. - Taiwan will elect a new president and parliament on January 11. (Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP)

Huawei cancels new phone launch in Taiwan after China row

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:25 AM

The cancellations come after Taiwan last month suspended sales of 3 Huawei models that listed the self-ruled, democratic island as 'Taiwan, China' for timezones and contacts

HUAWEI WOES. Visitors walk past the booth of Huawei promoting its P30 Pro smartphone at the international electronics and innovation fair IFA in Berlin on September 6, 2019. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Protests send Hong Kongers to Taiwan in search of new lives

Dec 02, 2019 - 2:06 PM

'In Taiwan, freedom of speech is in the present tense. People can elect the president and lawmakers – rights that Hong Kongers don't have and I don't see any chance of ever having,' says a Hong Kong resident who moved to Kaohsiung

REFUGEES. This picture taken on November 13, 2019 shows Chow Chung-ming,41, a former computer programmer in Hong Kong and his wife So Kit-sum 48 working at their coffee shop in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

China overtakes U.S. in number of diplomatic missions

Nov 27, 2019 - 1:47 PM

Beijing's diplomatic footprint continues to grow, with new missions popping up in 'Burkina Faso, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, the Gambia, and Sao Tome and Principe – all former diplomatic friends of Taipei'

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China says defector to Australia is 'unemployed' fugitive

Nov 23, 2019 - 9:43 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The defector, Wang 'William' Liqiang, says he was involved in infiltration operations in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Australia

This photo taken on September 15, 2019 shows people singing a patriotic song during an event in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province, to celebrate the 70th year of the founding of the People's Republic of China. STR / AFP

U.S. 'concerned' China is seeking to sway Taiwan polls

Nov 22, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Brent Christensen, director of the American Institute in Taiwan, says Washington views any efforts to determine Taiwan's future by other than peaceful means as 'a threat to peace and security in the Western Pacific'

CONCERN ABOUT TAIWAN POLLS. Residents queue outside a polling station at an elementary school to vote in local elections in Taipei on November 24, 2018. File photo by Chris Stowers/AFP

China confirms aircraft carrier sailed through Taiwan Strait

Nov 18, 2019 - 1:33 PM

The carrier crossed the Taiwan Strait on Sunday before entering the South China Sea for 'scientific research tests and routine training,' navy spokesman Cheng Dewei says on an official social media account

TYPE 001A. In this file photo taken on May 13, 2018, China's first domestically manufactured aircraft carrier, known only as 'Type 001A,' leaves port in the northeastern city of Dalian. Photo by AFP

Taiwan halts sales of 3 Huawei phones in wording row

Nov 14, 2019 - 3:17 PM

The Huawei P30, P30 pro, and Nova 5T models list 'Taiwan, China' under its timezones and contacts. How Taiwan is described is a hugely sensitive political issue.

HUAWEI P30. Three of Huawei's latest phones figure in a dispute. image from Huawei.

China holding third Taiwanese man on security grounds – state media

Nov 13, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Shih Cheng-ping is being investigated 'for suspected activities endangering national security' the state-run People's Daily says

Facebook steps up monitoring for Taiwan elections

Nov 07, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Taiwan says it's facing growing interference from China as its January elections loom


200,000 march in Taiwan's first pride parade since legalizing gay marriage

Oct 27, 2019 - 8:41 AM

The island has long hosted the region's largest pride marches but this year Taiwan's LGBT community and their supporters had an extra reason to celebrate

PRIDE. Participants jump in a pose while taking part in the annual gay pride parade in Taipei on October 26, 2019. Thousands including members of the LGBT community on October 26 took part in the first gay pride parade held after Taiwan earlier this year legalized same-sex marriages, the culmination of a three-decade fight for equality. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Murder suspect whose case was catalyst for Hong Kong protests released

Oct 23, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Hong Konger Chan Tong-kai is wanted in Taiwan for the 2018 murder of his pregnant girlfriend Poon Hiu-wing. He apologizes to the victim's family and the city as he leaves the maximum security prison.

CHAN TONG-KAI. Chan Tong-kai, wanted in Taiwan for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend during a holiday in 2018, walks out the Pik Uk Prison in Hong Kong on October 23, 2019, after serving a short jail sentence for stealing his girlfriend's possessions. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Beijing says no one can stop Taiwan 'reunification'

Oct 21, 2019 - 2:40 PM

China will not stop its efforts towards 'realizing the complete reunification of the motherland,' Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe says at the Xiangshan Forum in Beijing

ASSERTING REUNIFICATION. China's Defense Minister Wei Fenghe addresses the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue summit in Singapore on June 2, 2019. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Murderer who triggered Hong Kong protests will go to Taiwan – pastor

Oct 18, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Police have rejected an application for a large rally on Sunday, October 20, saying they fear hardcore protesters would hijack it and turn violent

UMBRELLA MOVEMENT. Protesters gather at a main road near the central government offices in the Admiralty area in Hong Kong on September 28, 2019, on the fifth anniversary of the "Umbrella Movement." Photo by Mohd Rasfan

Attempts to split China risk 'smashed' bodies – Xi Jinping

Oct 14, 2019 - 12:21 PM

'Anyone who attempts to split any region from China will perish, with their bodies smashed and bones ground to powder,' Xi Jinping says, according to China's foreign ministry

XI'S WARNING. China's President Xi Jinping (C) waves on his arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport as he bids farewell, wrapping up his two-day visit to Nepal, in Kathmandu on October 13, 2019. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Catch 'em all: Tens of thousands join Taiwan 'Pokemon Go' safari

Oct 03, 2019 - 5:14 PM

The four-day Pokemon Go Safari Zone in New Taipei City is expected to attract up to half a million fans of the cute fighting creatures

TAIWAN'S POKEMON SAFARI. Visitors pose with Pokemon character Pikachu during the opening day of the Pokemon Go Safari Zone at the New Taipei Metropolitan Park in New Taipei City on October 3, 2019. Photo by Daniel Shih/AFP

Body of missing Filipino fisherman found in Taiwan

Oct 03, 2019 - 2:52 PM

Romulo Escalicas Jr is the third Filipino fisherman killed in the bridge collapse in Taiwan's east coast

BRIDGE COLLAPSE. Rescue personnel look on at a bridge after it collapsed in the Nanfangao fish harbor in Suao township on October 1, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

At least 2 Filipinos killed in Taiwan bridge collapse

Oct 02, 2019 - 12:36 PM

(UPDATED) One Filipino fisherman remains missing, says the Department of Labor and Employment

BRIDGE COLLAPSE. A fishing boat is pictured after it was crushed when a bridge collapsed in the Nanfangao fish harbour in Suao township on October 1, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

5 bodies found, 1 still missing after Taiwan bridge collapse

Oct 02, 2019 - 12:33 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippines' labor ministry confirms that two of its nationals were killed while one remained missing and 5 others were injured in the incident

BRIDGE COLLAPSE. Rescue personnel look on at a bridge after it collapsed in the Nanfangao fish harbor in Suao township on October 1, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

5 Filipinos injured in Taiwan bridge collapse

Oct 01, 2019 - 6:43 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says the Filipino workers are being treated at the Poai Hospital and Rong Min Hospital for minor injuries

BRIDGE COLLAPSE. A fishing boat is pictured after it was crushed when a bridge collapsed in the Nanfangao fish harbour in Suao township on October 1, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP