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Latest stories in Taiwan
The latest headline news stories in Taiwan are that China’s military has prepared to hold large military exercises. It is preparing to conduct live-fire drills in and around Taiwan.
These exercises are expected to begin Thursday and run through Sunday. They will cover six zones around Taiwan, and include long-range weapons and conventional missiles.
Taiwan’s defence ministry says it has stepped up its alertness level. It said it has been monitoring Chinese naval vessels and their warplanes.
Beijing has warned it will take countermeasures. Some Chinese warships have sailed near the unofficial dividing line, while other Chinese airplanes have flown over the median dividing line.
A strong earthquake has hit much of Taiwan. It has knocked off a three-story building. As well, a passenger train has been stranded on the tracks.
In addition, China has banned several types of fishery products and liquors. Additionally, the Ministry of Commerce has announced it will stop exporting natural sand to Taiwan.
China also imposed a fresh ban on citrus fruit and some fish imports. However, the Ministry of Commerce says this is based on laws relating to such imports.
According to reports, the People’s Liberation Army, the official military newspaper of China, has published an article saying that the United States is “undermining the ‘one China principle’ and undermining ‘one nation'”. Moreover, they have published a “strike drill” in response to the recent visit of US House speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.
Featured stories in Taiwan
Taiwan is an island separated by the Taiwan Strait from mainland China. The Chinese government has viewed it as a renegade province since 1949. During this time, Beijing has been trying to burnish its image in Taiwan’s media.
Recently, a Reuters investigation found evidence that Chinese authorities had paid Taiwan’s media groups to produce stories. Two Taiwanese state security agency officials said Chinese infiltration of Taiwan’s media was a threat to the island’s security.
Reuters interviewed 10 reporters. They said they had been involved in stories commissioned by the Chinese government in 2017-2018. Most of the stories were not about sensitive topics such as human rights or terrorism. Reuters did not publish the names of the media groups involved.
These stories are part of China’s ongoing attempt to “reunify” Taiwan with mainland China. According to John Rigger, a Brown Professor of Political Science, Beijing is trying to make assimilation of Taiwan seem like a fait accompli.
Taiwan’s civic tech community has emerged as a leader in combating disinformation. The group uses tools such as social media, podcasts, and video content to engage citizens with their government.
In September, NDI hosted a workshop on media literacy. During the workshop, NDI supported the institutional capacity of Taiwan’s political parties and connected Taiwan’s leaders with counterparts throughout the region.
Trending stories in Taiwan
Taiwan, officially the Republic of China (Taiwan) is an island state in East Asia. As the name suggests, it is not part of the United Nations. But it does share a long territorial sea with the PRC and neighbouring states Japan, the Philippines and the United States. It is a democratic republic that has a thriving economy.
In recent years, China has ramped up military pressure on Taiwan. The Pentagon has issued several warnings of possible supply chain disruptions, but it hasn’t gone so far as to close the Taiwan Strait entirely. Nevertheless, the Chinese government has recommitted itself to smashing any plots to overthrow its country.
However, the Chinese military has not been shy about sending planes and ships to the island. China’s armed forces have held large military exercises in recent months, and Taiwan has responded by sending its own military in the opposite direction.
A Taiwanese official said that China has launched the largest naval fleet since the war with Taiwan in 1949. The Chinese government has reportedly reacted with anger to a US House of Representatives provision that allows the US Navy to transit the Taiwan Strait. And Taiwan has reacted with caution to a Chinese push for a semiconductor industry blitzkrieg.
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has made an impressive feat of modernisation, enabling it to play an assertive role in the Taiwan Strait and the wider Indo-Pacific region.