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Taiwan’s President Lai Ching-te called on China to work with the island to ensure regional stability on Sunday, following two days of Chinese war games near the island. The call for cooperation came amidst growing aggression towards Taiwan in recent days, with China undertaking two days of military drills surrounding Taiwan over the weekend. China [...]

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Nearly 80,000 demonstrators protested outside Taiwan’s parliament on Friday to voice their dissent towards controversial parliamentary reforms proposed by the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party and the Taiwan’s People’s Party (TPP). The gathering was the third and largest rally around these reforms, marking a continuation of Tuesday’s protests and coinciding with the second reading of the two [...]

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China surrounded Taiwan with navy vessels and aircraft on Thursday as part of two days of military procedures, according to state media. The area surrounded included the Taiwan Strait, the north, south and east of Taiwan Island, as well as areas around the islands of Kinmen, Matsu, Wuqiu, and Dongyin. Beijing stated that the military action [...]

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The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) demanded on Wednesday that the World Health Organization (WHO) allow journalists from around the world to cover its annual decision-making meeting, the World Health Assembly, and provide press accreditation to Taiwanese media. The call arose after two journalists from Taiwan were asked to provide Chinese passports for accreditation. Ahead [...]

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30,000 Taiwanese demonstrators surrounded the Legislative Yuan, the island’s parliament, on Tuesday protesting against the legislative majority’s attempts to enact new laws by allegedly violating procedural justice and the island’s constitution. The controversies surround two bills, the parliamentary reform and a transport network bill, with a proposed cost of nearly $62 billion, equal to the [...]

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China’s Ministry of Commerce on Monday announced sanctions against three US defense companies for selling arms to Taiwan, placing the companies on the “unreliable entities list.” According to a statement published by China’s State Council Information Office, the sanctioned companies are General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, General Dynamics Land Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. [...]

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Physical conflict broke out among lawmakers in the Taiwan Legislative Yuan, the island’s parliament, on Friday. At the time, the legislature was deliberating the controversial parliamentary reform proposed by the opposing parties, who were also the legislative majority. Five lawmakers were sent to hospital and the second reading will continue on Tuesday, May 21. To [...]

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Australia and Tuvalu released a joint statement Thursday announcing new commitments to improve security relations and remove the veto power Australia previously had over the tiny island nation’s security relations with other countries. The announcement addressed the implementation and interpretation of the Falepili Union, a bilateral treaty which was entered into on November 9, 2023 [...]

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Amnesty International published “The State of the World’s Human Rights” report Wednesday, outlining human rights concerns during 2023 in 155 countries. The report highlighted human rights concerns, which include war crimes, economic crises, climate change, repression of dissents, women and LGBTI people’s rights backslash and online incitement to racial hatred. The report first addressed violations [...]

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