China’s Xi vows ‘reunification’ with Taiwan, but holds off threatening force

Reuters 10/10/2021

BEIJING  –  Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed on Saturday to achieve “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan, and did not directly mention the use of force after a week of tensions with the Chinese-claimed island that sparked international concern.…

Why are we bullied?

Richard Heydarian - @inquirerdotnet 06/15/2021

A few years back, when Dutertismo was still a novel ideology and hopes ran high for transformative politics, I stumbled upon an interesting comment on one of my interviews. It was posted by an overseas Filipino worker…

Taiwan train derails, scores feared dead, injured

Reuters 04/02/2021

TAIPEI — A train derailed in a tunnel in eastern Taiwan on Friday after apparently hitting a truck, with at least 36 people feared dead and more than 72 injured, as rescuers struggled to reach crushed carriages, the government…

Forbidden fruit: Taiwan urges people to eat more pineapples after China ban

Reuters 02/28/2021

TAIPEI — Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called on people to eat more pineapples to help farmers on Friday, saying Taiwan had been “ambushed” by a ban on the fruit by neighboring long-time rival China which claims the…

3-year-old girl safe after being lofted by kite in Taiwan

AP 08/31/2020

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A 3-year-old girl in Taiwan was reported safe after becoming caught in the strings of a kite and lifted several meters into the air. The unidentified girl was taking part in a kite festival…

David and Goliath: China and Taiwan’s military mismatch

Agence France Presse 08/10/2020

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Few geopolitical contests are as mismatched as China and Taiwan. One is an authoritarian regional superpower of 1.4 billion people that boasts the world’s largest standing army and spends more on its military than…

Taiwan airlines offer sight-seeing flights during pandemic

Agence France Presse 08/08/2020

Faced with the coronavirus collapse in travelers, Taiwanese airlines have begun offering sight-seeing “flights to nowhere” on their passenger jets — including flight attendant lessons for children. At the headquarters of Taiwan’s China Airlines in Taoyuan on…

Taiwan’s visa-free entry for Filipinos extended until July 2021

Gabriel Pabico Lalu - INQUIRER.net 07/23/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos can continue to enjoy traveling to Taiwan without a visa—at least after the pandemic subsides—as its Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) extended the visa-free entry for selected nations until July 2021. According to…

Palace ‘respects’ Taiwan’s refusal to expel OFW

Philippine Daily Inquirer 04/30/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang “respects Taiwan’s decision” not to deport a Filipino caregiver for criticizing the Duterte administration’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. “Deportation is really a decision to be made by Taiwan authorities … in the…

DOLE wants Taiwan to deport OFW for anti-Duterte comments

Bong Lozada - INQUIRER.net 04/26/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is seeking the deportation of an overseas Filipino worker in Taiwan for alleged cyber libel. DOLE, in a statement released Saturday, accused a certain Elanel Egot Ordidor,…

AirAsia ‘gradually’ resumes flights to, from Cebu and Taiwan

Morexette Marie B. Erram 02/17/2020

  CEBU CITY, Philippines – AirAsia Philippines, one of the country’s budget carrier, has announced that it is resuming its flights between the Philippines and Taiwan. In a statement issued on February 17, AirAsia said they would…

Gwen: Non-Cebuano PUMs won’t be quarantined; they will be sent to hometowns outside Cebu

Futch Anthony Inso 02/15/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia will no longer accept persons under monitoring (PUMs), who have a travel history from China and will arrive in the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) if they are not residents…

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