Taiwanese man attending board game competition in China arrested and accused of Taiwan independence separatist activities

A Taiwanese man attending a board game competition in Wenzhou, China, has been arrested for being a “Taiwanese Separatist” as China attempts to strangle the democratic nation with a range of punitive economic sanctions, and a military exercise simulating the communist government’s ability to enforce a blockade of the island, cutting it off from the outside world. According to Chinese state media, the National Security Agency of Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province arrested Yang Zhiyuan (楊智淵) Wednesday, and detained him on

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Pelosi plane takes a big detour to avoid South China Sea, Chinese coast

A US Air Force jet carrying US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi flew in a large arc over Indonesia before turning north and flying over the Philippine Sea, completely avoiding flying over the South China Sea today, three days after China’s leading propagandist warned that the Chinese military could shoot the plane down. In a now-banned tweet, Hu Xijin, former editor-in-chief of the Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece Global Times, wrote, “If US fighter jets escort Pelosi’s plane into Taiwan,

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Korean Airliner makes emergency landing at Taoyuan Airport

A South Korean passenger aircraft carrying 117 passengers and 10 crew made an emergency landing at Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan after detecting an engine-related problem during a flight from Singapore to Incheon International Airport today, August 2. The T’way Air Airbus A330-300 flight TW172 departed Singapore’s Changi Airport at 3:30 am local time Tuesday. “It was not that there was a serious problem with the plane, but that the flight crew detected an engine abnormality and made the decision

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China issues ban on Taiwanese food imports, TAIEX slumps ahead of Pelosi visit

China slapped a ban on more than 100 Taiwanese food manufacturers late last night, affecting potentially up to around 3,000 products, ahead of the expected visit of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi later today, August 2. The General Administration of Customs of China made a surprise announcement late last night shortly after it became apparent that Pelosi would visit Taiwan, despite the country not being mentioned on the official itinerary of her Asian tour. Chinese customs authorities  cited

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Chinese warships appear off Taiwan’s east coast ahead of Pelosi visit

A Chinese missile destroyer and a missile frigate were detected 45 nautical miles southeast of Taiwan’s Orchid Island this morning, as tensions rise ahead of speculation that US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi will arrive later today and meet with Taiwan’s parliamentary body tomorrow. A visit by Pelosi, second-in-line to the American Presidency would mark the highest level visit of an American official since then House Speaker Newt Gingrich visited Taiwan in 1997. While Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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15 passengers slightly injured after tour bus crash on freeway

Fifteen people were injured, none seriously, after a bus driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed on National Highway 3 in Taoyuan City today, Monday, August 1. Taoyuan City Fire Department said that it received reports about a tour bus crashing and flipping onto its side in the southbound lanes of the Daxi Section of the freeway at 12:20 pm. TCFD dispatched five firetrucks, five ambulances, and 20 personnel to the scene of the accident. Fire fighters assisted the

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Train driver dies after being hit by freight train while crossing the tracks

A train driver about to start his shift died after he was hit and run over by a freight train while he was crossing the tracks at Yilan Station yesterday, Wednesday evening, July 27. Liberty Times reported that the 51-year-old freight train driver, named Wu was crossing the tracks from Platform 2 to reach his train No.7,557 when he was hit by freight train No.7,556 as it entered the station at 8:33 pm. Firefighters said that Wu was obviously dead

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6 injured after car crashes into sidewalk arcade in New Taipei City

six people were taken to hospital, fortunately none with life-threatening injuries, after a car veered onto the sidewalk after being hit by a taxi making an illegal left turn in Luzhou District, New Taipei City yesterday, July 3. According to the police report and video footage of the incident, the taxi driven by a 47-year-old man, named Zhang, made an illegal left turn on Sanmin Road and hit the front fender of a white SUV at around 10:30 pm. The

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8-year-old boy develops myocarditis after second COVID shot

An eight-year old boy was diagnosed with myocarditis two days after receiving the second dose of a COVID vaccine, and his condition may have been triggered by the vaccine, Taiwan’s Public Service Television (PTS) news reported yesterday, June 24. The second-grader in Kaohsiung City was administered the second dose of the Moderna shot on June 17, and developed a fever and chest pain on June 19. Doctors at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital diagnosed the boy as suffering from myocarditis and

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Kaohsiung City in first place for electric bus deployment

Kaohsiung City has the the largest proportion of electric buses in its public bus fleet accounting for 19.5% of the total, according to a Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) press release today, June 24. The Kaohsiung City Government assisted bus operators to obtain subsidies from the national government in order to reduce sources of mobile pollution. There are currently 195 electric buses plying routes in the city. At 19.5% of the overall bus fleet, Kaohsiung City won first place

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Drunk driver hits and kills road worker, attempts to leave the scene of the accident

A road construction worker died after being hit by a drunk driver in New Taipei City in the early hours of this morning, and his fellow workers used their construction vehicles to block the way after the offending driver attempted to drive away from the scene of the accident. According to reports, at around 2:00 am a 29-year-old woman driving a BMW convertible from Taipei City to Tamsui District hit a 54-year-old traffic controller, named Fang, who was directing traffic

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