China sends record 28 military flights into Taiwan ADIZ in one day: a response to G7 summit statement?

The People’s Republic of China made 28 military aircraft incursions into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) today, June 15, a record number that follows an ‘unprecedented’ communique from the Group of Seven that highlighted the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait just two days ago. The G7 communique issued June 13 reiterated the importance of maintaining a free and open Indo Pacific, and mentioning Taiwan for the first time in the group’s history, stated “We underscore

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Fisheries chairman dead after being stung by fire ants in New Taipei City

The chairman of the Tamsui Fisheries Association of New Taipei City died after suffering suspected anaphylactic shock following an attack by red fire ants, Saturday, June 12. Zheng Kangzhong (鄭康忠), 48, was stung by the ants while on duty inspecting a road planning project at the Xiaguzi Fishing Port adjacent to the Port of Taipei, Saturday. Zheng suffered from itching and swelling after returning home, and was sent to the hospital after his symptoms worsened. Zheng was given first aid

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Man survives fall from 23rd floor in Taichung City

A man remained conscious after falling from the 23rd floor of a building and crashing through the roof of a neighbor’s shed this morning, June 14. Taichung City Fire Department received an emergency call at around 7:00 am from a resident who reported that a stranger had crashed through the roof of his backyard shed, and required an ambulance. Firefighter paramedics responding to the report found a man named Hsu, conscious and with a suspected broken limb. Hsu told the

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Man rescued after getting stuck hanging upside down from 4th floor window

A man in Keelung City was rescued by firefighters after his foot got stuck in a fourth floor apartment’s window bars, leaving him dangling precariously late last night, June 12. Mr Wang, who is said to be in his 50s, and was reported to be very drunk, first drew the attention of police after neighbors reported a disturbance on the roof of a five storey residential building in Xinfeng Street at around 11:00 pm. Police found that Mr Wang was

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Postman forks out NT$30,000 for his own gas mask for protection against COVID-19

Not satisfied with the protective capacity of a mere surgical mask, a postman spent NT$30,000 (US$1,085) to purchase a gas mask to protect himself and others against COVID-19, according to reports in China Times, and ET Today. The Chunghwa Post employee, who is unnamed in reports, but referred to by the pseudonym “Mr Postman,” drew the praises of thousands of readers after his story was posted to a Facebook breaking news group. The author of the Facebook post said that

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Woman spotted in Taichung City walking around without a mask or PPE

A woman in Taichung City caused tongues to wag, and sent the local media into a frenzy yesterday, after she was spotted walking around without wearing a surgical mask. The woman was seen near the Zhonghua Road Night Market, June 11, at around noon. Not only was the woman not wearing a surgical mask, but she was not wearing any kind of personal protective equipment (PPE) at all. Carrying only a large, black handbag, and donning a pair of slippers,

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China incensed after Japan’s Prime Minister, opposition leader call Taiwan ‘a country’

China expressed “strong dissatisfaction with erroneous remarks” in response to statements made in Japan’s parliamentary body yesterday referring to Taiwan as a country, according to Beijing Daily. Both the Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihide Suga, and the leader of the opposition, Yukio Edano, made comments using the word “country” when referring to Taiwan in the Japanese Diet yesterday, Wednesday, June 9. Prime Minister Suga, speaking about epidemic prevention efforts in overseas countries cited the examples of Australia, New Zealand, and

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Coal conveyor on fire at Taichung Power Plant

A fire that consumed around one hundred meters of a coal conveyor belt at the Taichung Power Plant this morning is now under control and power supplies will not be affected according to state power supplier Taipower today, Thursday, June 10. According to reports, the conveyor belt began to emit smoke and flames shortly after 7:00 am. A total of 11 fire fighting appliances and 24 personnel were dispatched from the onsite fire station, and four other surrounding stations. The

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Cops raid family funeral and issue fines after neighbors inform of illegal gathering

Police in Nantou County raided a funeral and issued fines to eleven family members, Saturday, June 5, after neighbors informed the police of an illegal gathering. Chen Zhiwen, deputy sub-director of the Puli Police Station said that police had received a report Saturday that “twenty to thirty” people had gathered in Guoxing Township, against epidemic alert Level 3 mandates that limit gatherings to a maximum of five people indoors, and 10 people outdoors. Police rushed to the scene to find

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Taitung County councillor goes naked in support of vaccines for medics

A Taitung County Councillor has come under criticism after uploading pictures of himself naked but for a surgical mask and a piece of A4 paper covering his private parts with a message “support doctors and nurses, want vaccines, come on!” According to reports, Gu Zhicheng (古志成), of the Koumintang Party(KMT/Chinese Nationalist Party), uploaded the picture to a private Line group. However, a member of the group leaked the picture to Facebook, where it has been subject to wide condemnation. Gu

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Lamborghini driver crashes, flees, and sends a woman to act as fall guy

The driver of a Lamborghini Huracan fled the scene of an accident on an expressway in New Taipei City, and sent a woman to pretend she was the driver this morning, June 7. Police and firefighters received reports of a crashed sports car on the Banqiao Minsheng Road exit of Provincial Highway 64 shortly after 4:00 am to find an abandoned Lamborghini Huracan V10 Coupe that had crashed into a traffic divider. The front of the car was damaged, and

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