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Few mentions of Taiwan in annual speech by Chinese premier: scholars - Focus Taiwan

Few mentions of Taiwan in annual speech by Chinese premier: scholars - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.Taipei, May 22 (CNA) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (李克強) made scant mention of Taiwan in an important annual speech Friday, reflecting China's focus on its economy as it juggles a trade war with the United States and the ongoing impact of COVID-19, according to scholars of cross-strait relations.On Friday morning, Li delivered the government's work report -- a speech often compared to the U.S. state of the union address -- at the opening of China's annual parliamentary meeting, the National People's...

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Taiwan introduces bilingual chatbot to provide COVID-19 updates - Focus Taiwan

Taiwan introduces bilingual chatbot to provide COVID-19 updates - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.Taipei, May 22 (CNA) Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Friday introduced a bilingual chatbot that will allow local residents and foreign nationals to ask questions about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in Chinese and English.With the application, "Google Assistant," for smartphones or smart speakers, users can activate the system by speaking or typing the phrase "Ok Google," according to a statement released Friday by the Central Epidemic Command Center.To begin asking questions, users need...

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Taiwan the first to open pro baseball games to fans in 2020 - Focus Taiwan

Taiwan the first to open pro baseball games to fans in 2020 - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.Taipei, May 8 (CNA) Taiwan's professional baseball league has become the first in the world to play before spectators, admitting up to 1,000 fans to each of its two scheduled games Friday evening.In addition to the fans allowed in to each game, over 100 domestic and international media workers were on hand to see the Fubon Guardians host the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions at Xinzhuang Baseball Stadium, and the CTBC Brothers host the Rakuten Monkeys at Taichung's Intercontinental Baseball Stadium.The Chinese...

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Taiwan to boost pay for frontline healthcare workers amid COVID-19 - Focus Taiwan

Taiwan to boost pay for frontline healthcare workers amid COVID-19 - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.Taipei, May 9 (CNA) Hospital healthcare staff involved in the treatment of COVID-19 coronavirus patients will receive a pay increase in recognition of their hard work and commitment, the Central Epidemic Command Center said Saturday.At a daily press briefing, Shih Chung-liang (石崇良), director-general of the health ministry's Department of Medical Affairs, said hospital personnel who attend to quarantined, suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients will be paid an additional amount of up to NT$10,000 (US$335)...

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Vice premier shares 'Taiwan model' with senior U.S. health official - Focus Taiwan

Vice premier shares 'Taiwan model' with senior U.S. health official - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.Washington D.C., May 8 (CNA) The "Taiwan model" for fighting COVID-19 can be successfully adopted by democracies around the world, Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) told United States Deputy Health Secretary Eric Hargan on Friday.The two spoke at a virtual forum hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a U.S. think tank, with the China affairs scholar Bonnie Glaser serving as the moderator.The discussion followed on talks between the two countries' health ministers last month,...

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Taiwan donates rice cookers, canned food to the Vatican - Focus Taiwan

Taiwan donates rice cookers, canned food to the Vatican - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.Vatican City, April 27 (CNA) Taiwan on Monday donated three rice cookers and canned food products to the Holy See in response to Pope Francis' call to help those in Vatican City affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.In a ceremony, Taiwan's ambassador to the Vatican Matthew Lee (李世明) donated 1,440 cans of tuna and another 1,440 cans of pineapple to Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, currently the Apostolic Almoner, or papal almsgiver, in charge of the Office of Papal Charities.Among the rice cookers, one of them was a...

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Taiwan citizens can now donate masks to countries in need - Focus Taiwan

Taiwan citizens can now donate masks to countries in need - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.Taipei, April 27 (CNA) The government platforms for the online purchase of surgical face masks now have a function that allows Taiwanese to donate their quota of surgical face masks to other countries that are in short supply, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said Monday.People in Taiwan who have not purchased their nine masks per fortnight under the government's rationing system can access a function either on the website of the National Health Insurance Administration's (NHIA) mobile app or its...

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Taiwan confirms 22 new COVID-19 cases, 21 of them Navy members - Focus Taiwan

Taiwan confirms 22 new COVID-19 cases, 21 of them Navy members - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.(click  for the updated story)Taipei, April 19 (CNA) Taiwan confirmed 22 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, 21 of which involved members of the Navy serving on a fleet that sailed to Taiwan's Pacific ally Palau, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).The latest confirmed cases brought the country's total confirmed cases to 420, the CECC said.The CECC announced a day earlier that three members aboard a naval supply vessel, part of the Navy's three-ship "Fleet of Friendship," had tested positive...

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Wife of Singaporean PM apologizes to Taiwan's president - Focus Taiwan

Wife of Singaporean PM apologizes to Taiwan's president - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.Taipei, April 16 (CNA) Ho Ching (何晶), the wife of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (李顯龍), apologized to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Thursday for sharing a video on Facebook that criticized her political party.In a a day earlier, Ho wrote of meeting with a Singaporean mother whose son suffered from serious tinnitus -- a loud, persistent ringing in his ear -- and was able to recover after undergoing treatment in Taiwan."Taiwan was a life saver for the son," Ho said, adding, "So for this...

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WHO praises Taiwan on COVID-19, but no change on participation issue - Focus Taiwan

WHO praises Taiwan on COVID-19, but no change on participation issue - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.Brussels, April 17 (CNA) An official of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday openly praised Taiwan for its handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak but reiterated the agency's position on Taiwan's participation."The health authorities in Taiwan and Taiwan's CDC deserve praise. They've mounted a very good public health response in Taiwan and you can see that in numbers," Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme, said in a press conference at WHO headquarters in...

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Taiwan reports no new COVID-19 cases for second time this week: CECC - Focus Taiwan

Taiwan reports no new COVID-19 cases for second time this week: CECC - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.Taipei, April 16 (CNA) Taiwan, for the second time this week, reported no new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, thus keeping the total number of those infected in the country at 395, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Thursday.The last time Taiwan confirmed zero cases was two days earlier.To date, 340 of Taiwan's 395 cases have been classified as imported, while the other 55 are believed to be local infections, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC, told reporters at...

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PPE supplies reach Taiwan, U.S. under bilateral arrangement - Focus Taiwan

PPE supplies reach Taiwan, U.S. under bilateral arrangement - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.Taipei, April 16 (CNA) The first batch of personal protective equipment (PPE) that Taiwan and the United States agreed to supply to each other under a bilateral cooperation arrangement has been delivered, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday.At a press conference, Vincent Yao (姚金祥), chief of MOFA's Department of North American Affairs, said Taiwan has received materials for the manufacture of 150,000 medical protective suits, which is half the total volume pledged by the U.S. under...

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Taiwanese mask production units in high demand amid COVID-19 pandemic - Focus Taiwan

Taiwanese mask production units in high demand amid COVID-19 pandemic - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.Taipei, April 16 (CNA) Numerous countries have ordered surgical face mask production units from Taiwanese manufacturers, after technicians in Taiwan successfully assembled 92 machines in record time to help boost the country's mask output amid the COVID-19 pandemic.According to Precision Machinery Research & Development Center CEO Lai Yung-hsiang (賴永祥), more than 20 countries have either sought to purchase mask production units from Taiwan, or asked for advice in ramping up their own mask output.Chang...

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Taiwan preparing for M1A2T tanks with help from U.S.: army - Focus Taiwan

Taiwan preparing for M1A2T tanks with help from U.S.: army - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.Taipei, April 15 (CNA) Taiwan has begun to prepare to train personnel and set up training facilities for the 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks the United States is to deliver to Taiwan from 2023 to 2026, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Wednesday.According to an Army report presented during a legislative session Wednesday, it began preparing early this year for the eventual arrival of the tanks, including training seed instructors, setting up training grounds and bunkers, and purchasing...

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Mask donation from Taiwan reaches United Kingdom - Focus Taiwan

Mask donation from Taiwan reaches United Kingdom - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.London, April 13 (CNA) Face masks donated by Taiwan arrived in the United Kingdom on Monday, where they will be transferred to the National Healthcare Service (NHS) for distribution to front-line medical personnel, according to Taiwan's U.K. representative office.The donation is part of a campaign announced on April 1 to give 10 million face masks to international partners, 7 million of which were allocated to 11 European countries, including the U.K., to help them cope with the new coronavirus disease...

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Crowdfunded 'Taiwan can help' ad published in New York Times - Focus Taiwan

Crowdfunded 'Taiwan can help' ad published in New York Times - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.Taipei, April 14 (CNA) The New York Times on Tuesday published an advertisement funded by over 26,000 donors in a fundraising campaign with the aim of showing the world that Taiwan can help in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.The full-page advertisement, initiated by a Taiwanese Youtuber and an award-winning designer, begins with the question "WHO can help?" followed by the answer: "Taiwan."The bottom of the ad reads: "In a time of isolation, we choose solidarity. You are not alone....

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Taiwan records no new COVID-19 cases, total kept at 393 - Focus Taiwan

Taiwan records no new COVID-19 cases, total kept at 393 - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.Taipei, April 14 (CNA) Taiwan recorded no new cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for the first time in 36 days on Tuesday, keeping the total at 393 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC)."For the first time since March 9, I am happy to say that we recorded no new cases. The pandemic has not stopped so we shouldn't let our guard down, but this is still something to be happy about," said Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also...

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Taiwan developing military-use powered suit for production in 2023 - Focus Taiwan

Taiwan developing military-use powered suit for production in 2023 - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.Taipei, April 13 (CNA) Taiwan's military is planning to spend millions of dollars to design and build its own military-use powered exoskeleton suit that is expected to begin production in 2023, according to the Defense Ministry's budget proposal for fiscal year 2020.The ministry's Armaments Bureau has allocated NT$250 million (US$8.3 million) in 2020 for use in developing a powered exoskeleton system, a mechanized wearable system that gives users greater strength and endurance when performing physical...

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Ethiopian doctor who trained in Taiwan 'perplexed' by Tedros' comments - Focus Taiwan

Ethiopian doctor who trained in Taiwan 'perplexed' by Tedros' comments - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.Taipei, April 11 (CNA) Following recent remarks by World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus that Taiwan had instigated "racist" attacks against him, an Ethiopian doctor who had months of training in Taipei told CNA that accusation did not match his personal experience in Taiwan.Wondwossen Mengistie Ayele, a 31-year-old doctor from Hawassa, Ethiopia, said in a recent interview that during his period of training at Taiwan International Healthcare Training Center (TIHTC)...

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Taiwan reveals email, blasts WHO for possible 'dereliction of duty' - Focus Taiwan

Taiwan reveals email, blasts WHO for possible 'dereliction of duty' - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.Taipei, April 11 (CNA) Following the World Health Organization's (WHO's) rejection of Taiwan's claims that it had warned the global health body that the novel coronavirus may be transmitted from human to human, Taiwan's government on Saturday revealed the contents of the disputed Dec. 31 email, blasting the WHO for possible "dereliction of duty." Faced with repeated requests by reporters to see the email, Taiwan's Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) held up a placard printout of the contents of Taiwan's...

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Taiwanese donate NT$120 million to fight COVID-19 in Italy - Focus Taiwan

Taiwanese donate NT$120 million to fight COVID-19 in Italy - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.Taipei, April 7 (CNA) A Taiwanese fundraiser to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy closed Tuesday after raising NT$120 million (US$3.97 million) in a period of six days, according to its organizer.Father Giuseppe Didone (呂若瑟) issued a public letter on April 1 asking for donations to be made to the fundraising center of Camilian Saint Mary's Hospital Luodong for the purchase of emergency provisions including surgical face masks and protective gowns for medical personnel in Italy.Though the fundraiser was...

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Taiwan details aid to Ethiopia in wake of WHO head criticism - Focus Taiwan

Taiwan details aid to Ethiopia in wake of WHO head criticism - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.Taipei, April 9 (CNA) Following accusations by the World Health Organization (WHO) chief that Taiwan has been behind racially abusive attacks made against him over the past three months amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwan's government responded Thursday by detailing its aid to Ethiopia.In addition to a stern complaint from President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) earlier the same day, the MOFA-affiliated International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) said Taiwan has...

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Taiwanese team finds key antibodies in COVID-19 patients - Focus Taiwan

Taiwanese team finds key antibodies in COVID-19 patients - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.Taipei, April 7 (CNA) A Taiwanese research team has produced 25 human monoclonal antibodies based on antibody gene segments from three patients infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus.Huang Kuan-ying (黃冠穎), a resident physician at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital who led the research team, told the press Tuesday that the achievement could facilitate the development of not only rapid screening kits but also medication that targets the virus.Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) are immune system proteins that are...

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Taiwan gives 400,000 masks to U.S. under cooperation arrangement - Focus Taiwan

Taiwan gives 400,000 masks to U.S. under cooperation arrangement - Focus Taiwan

To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.Taipei, April 9 (CNA) A batch of 400,000 surgical face masks was handed over to the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) on Wednesday, the first part of Taiwan's pledged donation of 100,000 masks per week, under a joint effort with the U.S. to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday.Under the arrangement, the two countries agreed to assist each other with medical equipment and supplies, including 100,000 medical face masks from Taiwan per week and raw material...

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Taiwan reports first imported case of Zika infection for 2020 - Focus Taiwan

Taiwan reports first imported case of Zika infection for 2020 - Focus Taiwan

Taipei, Feb. 25 (CNA) A Taiwanese man who recently returned from Thailand has been confirmed to have the Zika virus, which is the first imported infection this year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.The man, in his 40s from northern Taiwan, returned home Jan. 30 from a six-day holiday in Thailand, CDC physician Lin Yung-ching (林詠青) said.In the period Feb. 6-11, the man visited the hospital several times, complaining of a sore throat, rash, and body pain, and the doctors suspected he had dengue or Chikungunya fever, but he tested negative for both diseases, Lin said.It was...

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