Victims, gunman in California church shooting were all Taiwanese

The victims and the gunman involved in a shooting incident at an Orange County, California church that left one man dead and 5 people injured were all Taiwanese, according to reports in Taiwan’s Chinese language media. According to United Daily News, deputy director of Taiwan’s representative office (TECO) Los Angeles, Richard Lin, told Taiwan’s Central News Agency in a phone interview that police received a report of a shooting at the Geneva Presbyterian Church at 1:26 pm Sunday, May 15.

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Chinese city officials rescind order to cull COVID patients’ pets after public outrage

Municipal health authorities in a city in Hebei Province, China said that they have rescinded an order to cull the pets of people who test positive for COVID-19, after a copy of the order went viral on social media, sparking outrage among citizens. China’s Sina.com reported that the document titled “Urgent Notice on Rapidly Carrying Out the Work of Culling of Domestic Animals of Positive Patients” was issued by the “Epidemic Prevention and Control Leading Group Office” in Anci District,

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Taiwanese man will volunteer helping refugees after application to fight for Ukraine rejected

A Taiwanese man said that he plans to do humanitarian work helping Ukrainian refugees in Poland after being informed that his application to join the International Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine had been rejected. Wang Ruiti (王芮緹) went to Finland to apply to join the Ukrainian Foreign Volunteer Army recently. While waiting for his application, Wang traveled to Lithuania by boat and bicycle. After arriving in Lithuania, Wang inquired about his application at the Ukrainian Embassy, but was informed

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Beijing’s big bucks billboards display chilling effect on free speech in Australia

Australian Senate candidate Drew Pavlou claims that Australian billboard advertising companies have refused to display his ad campaign out of fear of retaliation by the Chinese government, and that Beijing-funded billboard ads went up instead. Pavlou’s ad was designed to protest against the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics being held in a country with serious human rights issues, and depicted works by Chinese dissident artist Badiucao. Bishopp Outdoor Advertising had agreed to place the ad for $3,000. But yesterday, a representative

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Afghanistan crisis bodes badly for Taiwan says former US President

Former United States President Donald J. Trump predicted that bad things will happen to Taiwan after the calamity of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Trump spoke of the implications for Taiwan in an interview with Fox News commentator Sean Hannity, Tuesday, August 17. “I think bad things will happen in respect to Taiwan because they [China] don’t respect our leadership and they no longer respect our country,” he said. “And that’s a really bad thing. China does not respect us any longer,” Trump said. Trump said that China’s

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How the west enables a tyrannical regime in China: a Uyghur exile speaks freely in Taiwan

“China has successfully managed to use its market and its people as a hostage to blackmail the world,” Wu’er Kaixi, an ethnic Uyghur activist who took part in the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, said at a Snowball Community event recently hosted in Taipei. “One of the reasons the Chinese regime has been able to play that game is that the world let them,” Wu’er Kaixi said, adding that this was the message he has been repeating for the last

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Icelandic pensioner blacklisted by Chinese government unfazed by China anger

The government of the People’s Republic of China has blacklisted an individual from Iceland, after the island nation joined the European Union in sanctioning Chinese officials over human rights abuses in Xinjiang Province, international news agencies are reporting, and the individual has been identified as a retired lawyer who wrote “negative” articles about the communist regime, according to the Icelandic press. “Beijing has sanctioned an individual from Iceland”, China’s embassy in Reykjavik announced, Friday, April 16, after Iceland joined the

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China orders more military training for high school students to strengthen “national defense”

The Communist Party of China today ordered military training for high school students to be increased to a minimum of 56 class hours from August 1, 2021, with the goal of “strengthening the building of the national defense reserve force.” The National Defense Mobilization Department of the Central Military Commission of the People’s Republic of China, and the Ministry of Education released the “Syllabus for Military Training for High School Students,” today, April 13. The syllabus will be implemented from

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Art works featuring Batman and Winnie the Pooh censored from Australian university art gallery upon Chinese complaints

Three art works among an exhibition featuring images from dozens of countries were withdrawn from an art gallery on the campus of the Australian National University after Chinese students complained about “racial discrimination” and “humiliation of China.” Three works by artist Luke Cornish featuring Chinese currency bearing the altered images of Mao Zedong and Xi Jinping were removed from the exhibition following the complaints. The exhibition “Don’t Shoot the Messenger” by Luke Cornish, running from March 12 to April 15

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Taiwanese factory in Myanmar caught up in anti-China protest

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Taiwanese enterprises in Myanmar to hang up the national flag and signs in Burmese to avoid being misidentified as Chinese after a Taiwanese shoe factory was caught up in protests last night, March 14. Ten Taiwanese staff were trapped in the Tsang Yih Company’s shoe factory in the Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone in Yangon while a nearby Chinese-owned factory burned. Protestors anger turned toward Chinese enterprises, as China is viewed as being supportive of

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Orwellian vibe: China’s Foreign Minister takes to the big screen to lord it over the little people

China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi took to the big screen, rather than the usual podium to speak to the media, yesterday, in a scene reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984. The 3:00 pm press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing was held “in line with COVID-19 containment measures,” according to official speak. China’s Foreign Minister appeared larger-than-life on multiple screens at the venue, spookily akin to Orwell’s fictional character “Big Brother.” The biggest highlight

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