Taiwan’s long-term issuer credit rating was raised to AA from AA-, while its outlook was upgraded from stable to positive by S&P Global Ratings April 22. According to a report issued by the New York-headquartered credit rating agency, the change reflects Taiwan’s strong economic resilience and governance strength. Taiwan’s export-oriented economy has benefited … Continue reading “S&P Global raises Taiwan’s credit rating to AA, outlook to positive”
L’épidémie du Covid-19 révèle une multitude de façons de réagir. À travers le monde, les solutions sont diverses et les résultats seront variés. On pourra déterminer ultérieurement quels pays ont développé des pratiques judicieuses et quels systèmes auront dysfonctionné. On pourrait d’ores et déjà s’inspirer des bons exemples et profiter de l’expérience des pays qui … Continue reading “Gestion tchèque de la crise sanitaire et « vol de masques »”
Apr 10, 2020 Picture: Low costs and proximity to Hong Kong are drawcards bringing start-ups to rural communities in southern Mainland China. Zhuhai, one of the 11 Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area cities, has actively implemented policies and measures to attract Hong Kong-based businesses, including those with overseas origins. The city has successfully drawn in … Continue reading “Entrepreneurs explore green Greater Bay Area”
Modèle de la lutte contre la pandémie de Covid-19, Taïwan n’est pourtant pas admise à l’Organisation mondiale de la santé, du fait du refus de Pékin. Taipei réitère sa demande d’en faire partie, quitte à tomber dans la polémique.
3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment in the week March 23 – March 29. Another 6.9 million (updated number) in the week March 30 – April 5. Another 6.6 million in the week April 6 – April 11 for a total of nearly 17 million in just three weeks. (And that’s just those who got … Continue reading “The Covid Rouge Drives Another 6.6 Million Into Joblessness in the US for a Total of 17 Million in 3 Weeks”
Modèle de la lutte contre la pandémie de Covid-19, Taïwan n’est pourtant pas admis à l’Organisation mondiale de la santé, du fait du refus de Pékin. Taipei réitère sa demande d’en faire partie, quitte à tomber dans la polémique.
Taiwan’s government has pledged to donate a further six million surgical masks for use as personal protective equipment by frontline medical personnel combating coronavirus in America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said April 9. According to the MOFA, one million masks will be delivered to the U.S. states most hard … Continue reading “Taiwan donates further 6M surgical masks to help combat coronavirus”
The Taiwan Model for combating coronavirus is built on a whole-of-government approach and transparent information sharing, Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu said during a special video address arranged by U.S.-based think tank Hudson Institute April 9. Swift and early action has played a vital role in the country’s success fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Wu … Continue reading “MOFA Minister Wu details Taiwan Model for disease prevention with Hudson Institute”
Tedros claimed racist slurs directed toward him had originated in Taiwan, allegations which were rejected by Taiwan’s president and its foreign ministry.
Despite being shut out of WHO, Taiwan has largely succeeded in containing the coronavirus. Even as it faces a second wave of infections, it is helping other countries—and bolstering its soft power in the process.
Food takes a special place in times of universal distress. Amid this Covid-19 pandemic, food insecurity and hunger are growing exponentially. Here in the US, the richest society on Earth where the forces of wealth and greed are aligned against poverty, there has been a run on food pantries and food banks. ( “A perfect … Continue reading “American Exceptionalism in the Face of Covid-19”
Vice President Chen Chien-jen sat down for an exclusive interview with BBC World Service’s Newsday April 8 via video link at the Presidential Office in Taipei City, in which he expounded on the Taiwan Model for combating coronavirus. Managing the COVID-19 pandemic requires swift action, Chen said, adding that measures including border control and … Continue reading “VP Chen talks Taiwan Model for combating coronavirus with BBC”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed deep regret and displeasure April 9 over the accusation by World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus that Taiwan is orchestrating personal attacks against him. Taiwan is a civilized and mature democracy, and the government has never encouraged personal attacks on Dr. Tedros or issued any racially discriminating … Continue reading “MOFA refutes WHO director-general’s false accusation”
Taipei will prioritize Southeast Asian states and India initially.
President Tsai Ing-wen praised the enhanced border control measures undertaken at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport April 7 during a visit to the country’s largest global transport hub, adding that the government is leaving no stone unturned in its efforts to prevent further imported cases of COVID-19. Measures including the use of infrared thermography to … Continue reading “President Tsai praises enhanced border controls at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport”
A call for help by a Taiwan-based Italian priest in combating the coronavirus outbreak in his home country has been met by an overwhelming display of generosity from the public. More than 20,000 donations worth over NT$120 million (US$3.98 million) were made after Rev. Giuseppe Didone, an 80-year-old member of the Catholic Order of … Continue reading “NT$120M donated by Taiwan public to help combat coronavirus in Italy”
Apr 07, 2020 Picture: The second part integrates research results from the NCKU AI Innovation Research Center and the Capstone Plan into the capacity of NCKU smart healthcare to automate medical records. Traditional pen-and-paper inputting of data or orally inquiring of the patient’s medical history both increase the infection risk of medical personnel due to … Continue reading “NCKU Introduces Smart Healthcare, Raises Efficiency of Clinical Inspection of the Novel Coronavirus”
The contrasts between China and Taiwan are becoming more apparent during this pandemic.
Image Source: Georges Scott – L’Illustration & RMN – Public Domain Government leaders everywhere are calling for their people to wage war against the coronavirus outbreak, recalling past victories in an effort to boost public morale. In Britain, politicians cite the Second World War as a suitable example of determined and successful resistance to a … Continue reading “The Chaotic Government Response to COVID-19 Resembles the Failures of 1914”
President Tsai Ing-wen praised the Taiwan Model for combating coronavirus April 6, while committing the government to further cooperation with the international community in the months to come. A set of measures adopted soon after the virus was discovered in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year have been key to the country’s … Continue reading “Tsai praises Taiwan Model for managing COVID-19”
New guidelines have been unveiled by the Central Epidemic Command Center designed to combat any potential spread of coronavirus in Taiwan, spotlighting the government’s continued commitment to maintaining public health and economic prosperity. Effective April 3, hospital visitations are not allowed except for in exceptional circumstances such as when needing to attend diagnostic assessments … Continue reading “CECC unveils new guidelines for combating coronavirus”
Apr 06, 2020 TAIPEI, Taiwan — CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), a pioneer in AI and facial recognition technologies, announced its FaceMe® AI facial recognition engine has achieved prominent ranking on the NIST FRVT 1:1 (Facial Recognition Vender Test), known as the foremost authority on facial recognition precision within the industry and around the world. With FaceMe®’s … Continue reading “CyberLink FaceMe® AI Facial Recognition Earns 99.7% Accuracy Rate, High Ranking on Industry-Leading NIST Leaderboard”
Taiwan is living proof that control of an emerging virus can be achieved through science, technology, and democratic governance.
Members of the Rhode Island Army National Guard prepare to process patients at the sample collection site at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus in Warwick, R.I., on April 1, 2020. Photo: Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images The coronavirus pandemic now ravaging the United States should lead every American to … Continue reading “Coronavirus Is Exposing How Foreign Crusades Bled America’s Domestic Resources Dry”
Taiwan and the U.S. held a virtual forum on potential partnerships to combat coronavirus and how to expand Taiwan’s international participation March 31, spotlighting both sides’ interest in working together to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. Organized by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Health and Welfare alongside Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in … Continue reading “Taiwan, US hold virtual forum on combating coronavirus”
Comme le rappelait récemment le sinologue Stéphane Corcuff, la diplomatie tonitruante de Pékin en matière d’« assistance » aux pays touchés par le Covid-19 est une application claire du stratagème « faire du bruit à l’est et frapper à l’ouest », issu du recueil datant de la Chine classique des 36 Stratagèmes. En ce sens, Taïwan, gros caillou dans la chaussure … Continue reading “Faire du bruit à l’est et frapper à l’ouest : Taïwan aux avant-postes des stratégies chinoises”
The station calls it a move to “shoot the messenger” Screen capture from the Pulse via RTHK’s Youtube channel. The Hong Kong government’s Commerce and Economic Development Bureau released a statement on April 2, 2020 accusing the city’s public broadcaster, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) of breaching the “One China” policy. The statement, signed by … Continue reading “Hong Kong government censures public broadcaster for raising question on Taiwan’s WHO membership status”
The masks will go to the U.S. and EU countries, along with Taiwan’s 15 diplomatic allies. Future mask donations will target South and Southeast Asian nations.
With the world focused on COVID-19, Trump signed the TAIPEI Act into law.
Si Michel Foucault avait survécu au fléau du sida et avait résisté jusqu’à l’invention de la trithérapie, il aurait aujourd’hui 93 ans : aurait-il accepté de bon gré d’être enfermé dans son appartement de la rue Vaugirard ? Le premier philosophe de l’histoire à mourir des complications générées par le virus de l’immunodéficience acquise nous a laissé … Continue reading “Apprendre du virus”
Taiwan, despite being just 100 miles from mainland China with regular flights to and from Wuhan, has successfully staved off the worst of the coronavirus pandemic. The country has so far seen five deaths and just under 350 confirmed cases, and most schools and businesses remain open. How did Taiwan do it? “Aggressive action,” says … Continue reading “How Taiwan Contained COVID-19: Early Action, Technology & Millions of Face Masks”
In the Philippines, authoritarian President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he’s ordered soldiers to shoot to kill residents if they resist a strict lockdown on the island of Luzon. His order came after residents of Manila’s Quezon City shanty town staged a protest, saying they’ve gone hungry without food promised when the lockdown began more than … Continue reading “As Virus Spreads in Philippines, So Does Authoritarianism: Duterte Threatens Violence Amid Lockdown”
Photograph Source: Dmitry Djouce – CC BY 2.0 The COVID-19 pandemic has laid waste to the notions of American Exceptionalism (other than perhaps an exceptional level of infection) and the unsustainable practice from the last couple of decades that reality is essentially what you force it to be. It’s the magical thinking that if you … Continue reading “The Highly Contagious Idea”
The global coronavirus crisis started in November 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan and quickly spread throughout China, Asia, Europe and the world. While the pandemic is continuing to gain ground and take lives, Chinese authorities are working to rewrite the history of the virus, grooming the elements of language and positioning themselves in … Continue reading “Debate: How Beijing is trying to save face in the global fight against Covid-19”
Lessons from Taiwan, Canada, South Korea, Georgia, and Iceland show that the coronavirus can be stopped.
In less than a decade, whistleblowers like the NSA’s Edward Snowden and Cambridge Analytica’s Christopher Wylie helped spur a global sea change in the public’s attitude toward privacy and global data dragnets. We may now be in the midst of another seismic moment in the history of digital privacy: Mass surveillance methods could save lives … Continue reading “Privacy Experts Say Responsible Coronavirus Surveillance Is Possible”
When the coronavirus began to spread, Mongolia took sensible precautions. It halted border crossings from China, with which it shares a 2,877-mile border. Mongolia also imposed travel bans on people from South Korea and Japan, the other epicenters of the pandemic at the time. Yet the virus nonetheless found its way to Mongolia, where the first … Continue reading “Coronavirus Started in China, but Europe Became the Hub for Its Global Spread”
While much of the world swiftly moved to lock down crucial medical supplies used to treat the coronavirus, the U.S. dithered, maintaining business as normal and allowing large shipments of American-made respirators and ventilators to be sold to foreign buyers. The foreign shipments, detailed in dozens of government records, show exports to other hot spots … Continue reading “Key Medical Supplies Were Shipped From U.S. Manufacturers to Foreign Buyers, Records Show”
Taiwan is helping seven allies in the Caribbean, Central and South America combat coronavirus through sharing the country’s front-line experiences, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs March 31. A team from Chi Mei Medical Center in the southern city of Tainan led by Dr. Lin Hung-jung, chief medical deputy superintendent, held a videoconference … Continue reading “Taiwan helps Caribbean, Central, South America allies combat coronavirus”
Four decisions expanding the scope and impact of the free trade agreement between Taiwan and Central American ally Guatemala took effect April 1, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The decisions comprise elimination of tariffs on bicycle and motorcycle exports from Taiwan, as well as agricultural imports from Guatemala such as bushes, coffee … Continue reading “4 Taiwan-Guatemala FTA decisions take effect”
New measures aimed at combating coronavirus first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan last year were unveiled April 1 by the Central Epidemic Command Center and Ministry of Transportation and Communications. Chen Shih-chung, head of the CECC and minister of health and welfare, said social distancing is suggested at 1.5 meter indoors and … Continue reading “New coronavirus-combating measures unveiled by CECC, MOTC”
“We know we can get this under control,” says Dr Anthony Costello, a former Director at the World Health Organization (WHO) where he headed up maternal, child and adolescent health. “The problem is that Europe has been too slow to act compared with Asia; and America is now facing a huge crisis.” Costello, who is … Continue reading “Former WHO Director: 8-Week Suppression Strategy Could Stop US COVID Crisis in Its Tracks”
China has turned its back on American journalists. That’s an opportunity for Taiwan to shine.
Taiwan’s defense procurement strategy makes a lot more sense when viewed through the lens of the U.S. factor.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the World Health Organization to clarify misrepresentations made in a March 29 statement regarding Taiwan’s role combating COVID-19. Although the WHO correctly recognized the efficacy of Taiwan’s disease control measures and acknowledged its contributions, the MOFA said the world body failed to present the full facts. … Continue reading “MOFA calls for WHO to clarify remarks on Taiwan”
Taiwan and Australia have agreed to exchange materials used in the manufacture of items critical to combating the global outbreak of coronavirus first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. Under an arrangement announced March 30 by the Ministries of Foreign and Economic Affairs, Taiwan will make available for purchase at … Continue reading “Taiwan, Australia join forces on combating coronavirus”
A list of Taiwan patents for drugs undergoing clinical trials that might be effective against COVID-19 was published by the Intellectual Property Office under the Ministry of Economic Affairs March 12, spotlighting efforts to provide transparent information regarding potential treatments. The patent status released by the IPO includes protections on drugs’ composition, ingredients, usages … Continue reading “MOEA publishes list of Taiwan patents for potential COVID-19 treatments”
Mar 30, 2020 Picture: SHANGHAI, March 30, 2020 — At the beginning of 2020, the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 has caught people off guard and disrupted everyone’s life. Under this sudden difficulty, flower industry also suffers a serious loss among all industries. However, people don’t finch but start mutual self-help actions to find ways … Continue reading “Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai 2021 will start booking in late March”
A charter flight carrying 153 Taiwan nationals and their family members from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where they have been stranded since the new coronavirus was first discovered late last year, touched down March 29 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. All passengers underwent health screening on arrival, with none found displaying symptoms associated … Continue reading “Wuhan charter flight returns carrying 153 Taiwan nationals, family members”
Partnership project agreements paving the way for Taiwan’s expanded participation in global cooperation and humanitarian assistance were inked between the Department of NGO International Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and five nongovernmental organizations March 27 in Taipei City. Signed by department Director General Ming-chi Scott Lai, the pacts are with The Garden … Continue reading “MOFA inks 5 NGO partnership project agreements”