Taiwan says the model of “one country, two systems” imposed in Hong Kong has failed because Beijing has betrayed its promises to keep a high degree of autonomy for 50 years after the 1997 handover from British rule.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen made this known to reporters in Taipei on Tuesday.
“It’s very disappointing that China fails to keep its promises.
“The model of ‘one country, two systems’ doesn’t work,” she asserted.
Beijing used the model of “one country, two systems” to bring the former European colonies Hong Kong and Macau back under its control.
Taiwan has repeatedly rejected Beijing’s plan to apply the same model to it.
Tsai said she hoped that the Hong Kong people would keep fighting for values they’ve cherished, including freedom, democracy and human rights and noted that her self-governing democratic island has set up an action plan to offer humanitarian assistance.
“Our Taiwan-Hong Kong Services and Exchanges Office will open tomorrow (July 1) to further facilitate humanitarian aid,” she said.
In a statement, the Mainland Affairs Council, Taiwan’s top government agency on policy dealings with Beijing, said on Tuesday that the new office also included special services for Hong Kongers seeking opportunities to study, work, or invest in Taiwan.
Taiwan has had an independent government since 1949, but China considers the democratic island part of its territory.
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Vietnam to resume some flights to China, Japan, S. Korea and Taiwan
“In a government meeting on Friday, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked the Foreign Ministry and the relevant embassies to arrange the recommencement of flights to Guangzhou, Tokyo, Seoul and Taiwan,’’ reports said.
According to him, just one or two flights will be permitted each week and passengers coming to Vietnam will still need to undergo mandatory two-week quarantine.
“Priority will be given to Vietnamese nationals, investors and business experts.
“Mid-July has been suggested as a possible restart date,’’ the prime minister noted.
Kidong Park, the World Health Organisation’s representative to Vietnam, has praised the country’s response to the coronavirus crisis.
The nation’s first two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in late January.
At the beginning of February, Vietnam Airlines ceased all flights to China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, after a spike in new infections in March, all international flights were grounded.
No deaths have been reported, confirmed virus numbers have placed at 372, and no community transmissions of the virus have been reported in the last three months.
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Taiwan and Somaliland announce closer bilateral ties
Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu says Taiwan is to establish a representative office in the East African breakaway nation of Somaliland, in a breakthrough in relations between the two politically isolated nations.
Wu told a news conference in Taipei on Wednesday after the two nations had signed an agreement in February that Somaliland would also reciprocate with a representative office in Taiwan.
“However, since Somaliland is not joining the list of Taiwan’s formal diplomatic allies, the offices would not be designated as embassies.
“But Taiwan Representative Office and Somaliland Representative Office, we support Somaliland’s efforts made to pursue freedom and democracy,’’ Wu said.
He added that Taiwan had been in talks with Somaliland since 2009, and would keep working with like-minded countries with shared values.
Somaliland is a self-declared independent state of 3.9 million people.
It declared independence in 1991, however, is not recognised as a state by the international community.
Politically isolated Taiwan has just 15 formal diplomatic allies, mainly small, developing nations.
Beijing’s “One China” principle requires that other nations avoid formal diplomatic recognition of Taiwan if they want full relations with China.
Taiwan has had an independent government since 1949; however, China considers the democratic island part of its territory.
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Taiwan lifts ban on transit passengers staying less than 8 hours
On March 24, Taiwan imposed a ban on transit passengers to reduce the spread of the new Coronavirus at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
The Deputy Interior Minister Chen Tsung-yen, who doubles as Deputy Commander of Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Centre (CECC), told a news conference on Wednesday that the transit period must not exceed eight hours.
“During transit, the activities of all passengers will be closely monitored by their airlines and an exclusive space will be made available for them to order meals or duty-free products,” Tsung-yen said.
According to the CECC, Taiwan has not registered any locally transmitted infections for 73 consecutive days.
In total, Taiwan has reported 446 cases of COVID-19. Seven people have died with 435 recovery.
Tsung-yen also said that border controls would be adjusted to allow more foreigners to enter Taiwan.
From June 29, foreigners and residents of Hong Kong and Macau will be allowed to enter Taiwan for various reasons.
This, he said, excludes sightseeing and social visits.
According to CECC, residents of mainland China remain banned from entering Taiwan.
“All visiting foreigners will have to provide documents showing that they tested negative for the coronavirus up to three days before departure.
“They will have to undergo a 14-day compulsory quarantine after arrival,” he said.
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Taiwan fighter jets scramble as Chinese fighter enters airspace
Taiwan’s air force, on Tuesday said it chased away a Chinese fighter jet that briefly entered the island’s airspace.
According to a statement issued by Taiwan’s Air Force, the Chinese J-10 fighter intruded into Taiwan’s Air Defence Identification zone from the South-West early on Tuesday, prompting Taiwan’s Air Force to issue verbal warnings.
The statement added that fighter jets from Taiwan pressed the intruder back and monitored its movement until it flew off.
According to the statement, the Chinese fighter jets entered Taiwan’s airspace, on June 9 and again on June 12, respectively.
According to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence, the June 9 intrusion was on the same day when a United States C-40 Clipper military transport plane flew in Taiwan’s airspace.
Peking University’s SCS (South China Sea) Probing Initiative confirmed on social media that USAF KC-135s operated near Taiwan.
It noted that USAF KC-135s operating in the East-China Sea and South-China Sea, June 16.
However, the Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence said that its armed forces closely monitor movements both in the air and sea around the island to secure safety.
Taiwan has had an independent government since 1949, but Beijing considers the self-governing democracy part of its territory.
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China slams United States military plane flying over Taiwan
Media reports said a United States military C-40A transport aircraft flew over Taiwan on Tuesday.
Zhu Fenglian, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said the over flight undermined China’s sovereignty, security and development interests and breached international law and basic norms guiding international relations.
“We deplore and firmly oppose the act,’’ Zhu said.
Zhu condemned the collusion of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) with external forces and expressed the mainland’s resolve, will and ability to resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests.
She, however, warned the DPP not to misjudge the situation and urged it to immediately stop the wrong doings.
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Taiwan donates 100,000 medical masks Nigeria
Amb. Vincent Yang, the Representative of Taiwan in Nigeria, on Tuesday donated another consignment of 100,000 medical masks to Nigeria.
”We know that a strong defence against the virus can only be achieved globally through joint effort,” he said.
According to him, Taiwan has only reported 443 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the outbreak of the virus.
Yang said that Taiwan had been able to contain the spread of the virus due to her regulations and strict border control measures, adding that the country never introduced stay-at-home orders.
He disclosed that Taiwan had since April donated over 20 million medical masks and medical equipment to United States Europe and other countries.
Prof. Chris Bode, Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, who received the consignment on behalf of the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, thanked the Taiwanese government.
”On behalf of the Federal Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, we must thank the Taiwanese government for this gesture.
”We have received the masks for the Minister of Health, and we would let him know that. We must thank you for your support,” he said.
Taiwan rights groups urge support for Hong Kong protesters
However, Beijing’s recent plans to impose national security laws in Hong Kong sparked new concerns, as the legislation is understood to present a threat to Hong Kong’s autonomy under the framework in place since the territory was handed over from London to Beijing in 1997.
Lai Chung-chiang, from the civic group the Economic Democracy Union told a news conference the Taiwan government should revise existing regulations to ensure the rights of Hong Kongers seeking asylum in Taiwan.
Groups including the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, Judicial Reform Foundation and Hong Kong Outlanders backed the call.
Wu Jieh-min, a China expert at the research facility Academia Sinica in Taipei, echoed the call for Taiwan to adjust its immigration stance for Hong Kongers, and aim to “attract talent in the arts and sciences as well as in finance,” in an article in United States journal The Diplomat.
Taiwan’s government, which has condemned Beijing for endorsing the national security legislation, is expected to release details on Thursday about a previously announced humanitarian action plan to assist Hong Kongers.
Taiwan has had an independent government since 1949; however Beijing considers the island part of its territory.
Taiwan donates 50,000 medical masks to NCDC
”This first phase of masks are intended to meet the urgent need of masks by frontline medical personel and other relevant groups in the spirit of ‘ Taiwan can help and Taiwan is helping,” he said.
Yang said that Taiwan had so far been able to contain the transmission of the virus and minimise its effects on people and their daily activities.
The representative said that the country had through transparency and honesty, implemented preventive measures through a democratic model of excellence in fighting the virus.
”Having recorded enviable success in the containment of COVID-19, the Island nation has been reaching out to friendly countries to share her successes in the fight against the pandemic.
”Taiwan has been donating over 16 million medical masks and other medical supplies to the U.S., Europe and allies,” he said.
Yang expressed Taiwan’s readiness to cooperate with other countries in containing the spread of COVID-19 globally, adding that no country could fight against the pandemic alone.
Babatunde also assured the envoy that with the government’s and centre’s ongoing efforts, Nigeria would soon record great success in containing the virus.
She said that it was imperative for the centre and the Taiwan envoy in Nigeria to develop a synergy for information sharing and exchanges in the near future.
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Taiwan decriminalises adultery in human rights milestone
The court revoked Article 239 of Taiwan’s Criminal Code, which stipulated that a“ married person who commits adultery with another shall be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than one year; the other party to the adultery shall be subject to the same punishment.”
Hsu Tzong-li, president of the Judicial Yuan, the judicial branch of Taiwan’s government, said the law had been nullified because it seriously undermined personal sexual autonomy and privacy.
“After the decriminalisation of adultery, people can rely on the Civil Code to protect family and marriage,’’ Judicial Yuan Secretary-General Lin Hui-huang told a news conference in Taipei.
The court also nullified an article in the criminal code stating that in an adultery case, the withdrawal of a complaint against a spouse shall not be considered to be a withdrawal against the other adulterer.
Friday’s ruling was handed down several weeks after oral arguments, which saw the Ministry of Justice cite a number of surveys showing that 70 per cent of the population opposes the decriminalisation of adultery.
Kuan Hsiao-wei, an associate professor of law at National Taipei University, called Friday’s ruling a “milestone in the history of sexual rights and human rights in Taiwan.”
She said that the adultery law had been implemented in a gendered way, with women roughly 20 per cent more likely to be convicted than men, even though men commit adultery more often.
The criminal adultery law was deemed constitutional in a 2002 ruling .
The Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights said Taiwan had become more inclusive during that time in respecting personal freedom and sexual autonomy.
Tseng Hsien-ying, president of the Coalition for the Happiness of Our Next Generation, said that the ruling would harm the institution of marriage, state-run Central News Agency reported.
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