“I don’t need therapy, I just need to go to Taiwan” a big hit in online sales, so legislator features his own mug

A series of products featuring the words “I don’t need therapy, I just need to go to Taiwan” has generated a viral level of sales on online shopping sites recently, so a Taiwanese legislator had a mug designed with the addition “Taiwan support frontline health heroes.” With much of the world gripped in fear, and locked down with restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a design company in the United States launched a coffee mug featuring the words “I don’t

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Three family members dead after residential fire in Kaohsiung City

Three members of a family died after a fire in a four storey residential building in Kaohsiung City in the early hours of the morning today, January 15. The Kaohsiung City fire department responded to reports of a fire in Fengshan District at 4:44 am. Twenty-eight vehicles and 62 personnel were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, firefighters found a 33-year-old woman named Wu, holding a one-year-old infant, on a balcony on the third floor calling for help. Firefighters raised

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Declassified US Indo-Pacific security framework document shows commitment to defense of Taiwan

The surprise declassification of the U.S. Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific has revealed that the current US national defense policy for the Asia-Pacific region includes a commitment to developing a defense strategy capable of denying China air and sea dominance inside the “first island chain,” and “defending the first-island-chain nations, including Taiwan.” The previously classified “secret” and “not for foreign nationals” document was developed in 2017, and has guided the Trump administration since 2018. The document was officially declassified last

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Taiwanese long-liner with missing crew under tow and expected to be boarded tomorrow

A Taiwanese fishing vessel that has been drifting at sea with no sign of crew after being spotted by a search and rescue aircraft January 2, is now under tow, and expected to be able to be boarded once it reaches calmer waters tomorrow. See previous stories: Missing Taiwan fishing boat spotted near Midway, no sign of crew Mystery deepens over Taiwanese ghost ship adrift in Pacific Ocean After being approached by Taiwanese fishing vessel Lian Horng No. 67, who

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US guided-missile submarine, F-35B stealth fighters currently deployed in Western Pacific

The Ohio-class nuclear-powered submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) arrived in Guam January 4, to conduct surveillance, training, and other critical missions in the US 7th Fleet area of operations, according to information published by the US Navy’s Submarine Force Pacific, yesterday, January 11. The US military rarely discloses the location or movements of its nuclear submarine fleet, and the information released is being interpreted as a message of deterrence, according to Taiwan media outlets, including China Times, and Liberty Times.

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Mystery deepens over Taiwanese ghost ship adrift in Pacific Ocean

The fate of the crew of a Taiwanese long-liner adrift in the Pacific Ocean is still unknown, after a fishing vessel approached the boat today, and failed to make contact with the crew, despite photographic evidence that suggests someone may still be onboard. The Port of Su’ao based long-liner fishing boat Yong Yu Sing No.18 was reported missing January 1, and was spotted by a fixed wing aircraft dispatched from Honolulu January 2, adrift more than 600 nautical miles northeast

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Chinese PLA commander who refused CCP order to attack student protestors dead at 85

A Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) major-general who spent the last decades of his life under house arrest after facing court-martial and a five-year prison sentence for refusing an order to crush student protestors in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989, died January 8, 2021, according to reports coming out of Hong Kong. Xu Qinxian was commander of the PLA’s 38th Group Army when he was ordered to mobilize his troops to Beijing to enforce a martial law order against demonstrators,

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Vice President experiences volunteer work at animal shelter: urges people to adopt, not buy pets

Vice President William Lai (賴清德) spent time working as a volunteer at a Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TSPCA) shelter for homeless dogs in Ruifang District, New Taipei City this morning, January 10. After experiencing various aspects of volunteer work, VP Lai called on the public to adopt pets, rather than purchasing them, and to help homeless pets find a warm and loving home. Because the shelter is located in a relatively remote mountain area, it

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Legislator slams WHO for acting as thugs for CCP after international radiologist group ordered to list Taiwan members under “Taiwan, China”

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Wang Ting-yu said that the World Health Organization (WHO) has turned into a political thug helping China oppress Taiwan, after an international radiologist society was pressured to list Taiwan members as belonging to “Taiwan, China.” The International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT) responded to the demand by changing “Taiwan” to “Chinese Taipei” on their website. A letter sent by the ISRRT to the Taiwan Society of Radiological Technologists (TWSRT), and the Taiwan Association

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Made in China baby lotion allegedly contains hormones that produces “Michelin babies”

A baby lotion manufactured and sold in China has been pulled from shelves in that country, after allegations that it contained hormones that caused a five-month-old baby to balloon in weight, grow hair on its forehead, and suffer developmental setbacks, according to Chinese language news sources, including Apple Daily. The story came to light after popular Chinese science blogger, Daddy Wei published a video on the Chinese social network Weibo, January 7. According to reports, the parents of a five-month-old

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Details of fatal ultralight crash emerge as investigation begins

Further details about a fatal plane crash in Pingtung County yesterday have emerged as an investigation by Taiwan’s Transportation Safety Investigation Committee began today, January 8. See previous story: Light aircraft reported missing found crashed in Pingtung County: 2 dead The aircraft was identified as a CTLS ultralight belonging to the AeroJones Aero Club, with the serial number AJ-2199. The aircraft took off from the Saijia Airfield in Sandimen Township, Pingtung County at around 2:20 pm with a planned flight

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