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Report: Taiwan Map Caused 'Overreaction' at White House Summit

Audrey Tang's video feed was abruptly cut

(Newser) - A strange thing happened during President Biden's " Summit for Democracy " last week: Video of Audrey Tang, Taiwan's digital minister, was abruptly cut off during a panel discussion and replaced with an audio-only feed after she presented a map that displayed Taiwan as a different color than...

Murder Suspect Snagged in Hotel Quarantine

Taiwan requests China extradite man

(Newser) - A murder suspect who fled from Taiwan to China may have made himself an easy target for authorities as he's now under a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine. The few travelers admitted to China must spend at least 14 days in quarantine as part of efforts to combat the spread...

China's Xi to Biden: US 'Playing With Fire' on Taiwan

Warning comes in otherwise cordial 3-hour virtual meeting

(Newser) - President Biden and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping spoke for more than three hours Monday in a virtual meeting described by both sides afterward as largely cordial. In fact, Xi greeted Biden as his "old friend" at the start, notes the AP . But the BBC highlights at least one area...

China Warns US After Biden Remarks on Taiwan

Issue 'allows no foreign intervention,' Beijing official says

(Newser) - China on Friday said there is "no room" for compromise or concessions on the issue of Taiwan, following a comment by President Biden that the US is committed to defending the island if it is attacked. In his comments at a CNN town hall, Biden said the US doesn'...

Dozens Killed in Blaze in Southern Taiwan
40 Feared Dead 
in Taiwan Blaze

40 Feared Dead in Taiwan Blaze

Fire engulfed 13-story building in Kaohsiung

(Newser) - A fire in southern Taiwan that engulfed a building overnight has killed 25 people, according to local officials Thursday who said they expected the death toll to rise further. The 13-story building caught fire around 3am Thursday, fire officials in the city of Kaohsiung said. A fire department statement said...

Xi Jinping Warns World to Butt Out of 'Taiwan Question'

Chinese leader says he hopes to keep things 'peaceful,' but that 'reunification ... must be realized'

(Newser) - Tensions have been growing of late between China and Taiwan, with an incursion last weekend of Chinese fighter jets into Taiwan's air defense zone, and Taiwan's defense chief stressing the "urgency" of the situation. On Saturday, Chinese President Xi Jinping noted he wants all remain to peaceful...

Taiwan Defense Chief: China Could Soon Mount 'Full-Scale' Invasion

Chiu Kuo-cheng says tensions are worst in 40 years

(Newser) - After a weekend incursion of Chinese fighter jets into Taiwan's air defense zone, relations between the two states are—well, not great. In fact, Taiwan's defense chief on Wednesday said that military tensions with China are the "most serious" they've been in more than four decades,...

China Buzzes Taiwan Zone With Scores of Military Aircraft

US wants an end to the flights it calls concerning and provocative

(Newser) - Scores of Chinese fighter jets have encroached on Taiwan's air defense zone in the past few days, an action threatening enough to cause the self-ruled island to scramble its own military aircraft. Taiwan reported 16 incursions on Sunday, 39 on Saturday, and 38 on Friday—the most ever, NBC...

'Social Listening' Led to Pig's Blood Pizza

It was a big hit for Pizza Hut Taiwain

(Newser) - Pizza Hut in Taiwan harnessed the power of social media to create a truly unique pizza topped with preserved eggs and a snack cake made with pig's blood. The "Cilantro Century Egg Pig's Blood Cake Pizza" was invented after the company searched social media for the most...

Repeated Slams in Judo Class Kill 7-Year-Old Boy

Taiwanese boy had been on life support since April

(Newser) - A 7-year-old Taiwanese boy has died after being repeatedly slammed by his coach and others at a judo class. It's a case seeing wide media pick-up around the world : The boy, identified only by his surname, Huang, was taken off life support on Tuesday night after being in a...

After Enduring China's Wrath, John Cena Is Sorry

He'd referred to Taiwan as a country in an interview

(Newser) - "Taiwan is the first country to watch Fast and Furious 9," John Cena told a Taiwanese broadcaster this month. In doing so, he unleashed the wrath of China, which has threatened to annex the self-governed island it views as its own territory. Cena sought to rectify that on...

Taiwan Fights Worst Outbreak Since Pandemic Began

Country went almost a year without recording a locally transmitted case

(Newser) - Taiwan, long considered a success story, reported 312 new confirmed cases on Friday as part of its worst outbreak since the beginning of the pandemic. Health Minister Chen Shih-chung says most of the cases have a clear source, but 72 of the new ones were not apparently linked to the...

Couple Weds 4 Times, Divorces 3 Times, in 37 Days

Taiwan newlyweds accused of trying to milk nation's policy for paid marriage leave

(Newser) - A couple in Taiwan stayed quite busy during the early days of the pandemic, getting married four times and filing for three divorces between April 6 and May 12 of last year. The reason, according to public records from the groom's employer, a Taipei bank: The newlyweds were trying...

China Sends 25 Warplanes Into Taiwan's Airspace

Meanwhile, Taiwan launches amphibious transport ship

(Newser) - Taiwan launched an amphibious transport ship Tuesday that's the first from its new naval shipbuilding program begun as China escalates its threats to use military force to annex the island it claims is its territory, the AP reports. President Tsai Ing-wen presided over the launching ceremony at a shipyard...

Truck Operator in Devastating Train Crash Speaks Out

And more on the Taiwan tragedy

(Newser) - As authorities investigate whether it was indeed a failure to set the parking brake that caused an unmanned crane truck to slide down a hill in Taiwan, where a train hit it , the operator of the truck is speaking out. "I am deeply remorseful and want to express my...

Nobody Set Truck's Parking Brake, and Tragedy Ensues

Death toll in Taiwan train crash grows to 51

(Newser) - The cause of the deadliest rail tragedy in decades in Taiwan appears to be distressingly simple. Somebody parked a construction vehicle but neglected to engage the parking brake, say government officials, per the AP . The truck rolled downhill and came to rest at the mouth of a railroad tunnel, where...

Truck Rolled Down Hill, Landed on Train Tracks. 48 Are Dead

At least 100 hurt in Taiwan's deadliest rail disaster

(Newser) - A train partially derailed in eastern Taiwan on Friday after being hit by an unmanned vehicle that had rolled down a hill, killing 48 people. With the train still partly in a tunnel, survivors climbed out of windows and walked along the train's roof to reach safety after the...

Taiwan Asks People to Stop Changing Names to 'Salmon'

Dozens of people have altered their monikers to take advantage of restaurant's sushi promotion

(Newser) - A restaurant chain promotion has led to what local media is calling "salmon chaos" in Taiwan, where people are now changing their names to get free or discounted sushi. The Central News Agency reports that the two-day offering from Sushiro entitles anyone whose name includes the Chinese characters for...

Country Sees First COVID Transmission in 8 Months

Contact tracing is underway in Taiwan

(Newser) - For 253 days, Taiwan avoided any local transmission of COVID-19. But that impressive streak came to an end Tuesday with news that a woman in her 30s had tested positive after close contact with a pilot who’d flown to the US. The pilot, a New Zealand man in his...

He Broke Quarantine for 8 Seconds. Now, a $3.5K Fine
He Broke Quarantine for
8 Seconds. Now, a $3.5K Fine
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He Broke Quarantine for 8 Seconds. Now, a $3.5K Fine

Taiwan isn't messing around when it comes to this safety protocol

(Newser) - Taiwan has had only about 700 cases and only seven deaths from the coronavirus, per Johns Hopkins University , and it intends to keep it that way. That's why the island nation is so strict with its quarantine protocols, as one man recently found out. The Filipino migrant worker was...

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