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Two US lawmakers introduce bill on recognizing Taiwan

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday thanked two US lawmakers for proposing a resolution urging their country to scrap its “one China” policy and recognize Taiwan as an independent nation.

The concurrent resolution was introduced by US representatives Tom Tiffany and Scott Perry, both Republicans.

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US’ Biden plans supply-chain review

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US President Joe Biden holds up a semiconductor before signing an executive order in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday.
Photo: Bloomberg

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday ordered a review of US supply chains, seeking to end the country’s reliance on China and other adversaries for crucial goods.

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More than 200 march in Taipei in memory of 228

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Participants hold a banner and signs at a march in Taipei yesterday to commemorate the 228 Incident.
Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

More than 200 people yesterday marched in Taipei ahead of the 74th anniversary of the 228 Incident.

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Stymied vaccine deal linked to China

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Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung speaks during a radio interview in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Taiwan was close to signing a contract to secure 5 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s BNT162b2 COVID-19 vaccine last year, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said yesterday, but the deal was halted at the last minute, with some speculating that it was due to Chinese interference.

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US bill ties WHO funding to Taiwan stance

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WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on July 3 last year.
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Two US senators on Tuesday introduced a WHO accountability bill, seeking to withhold US funding until the organization reforms its leadership and accepts Taiwan as a member state.

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TSMC to set up wholly owned subsidiary in Japan

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The logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co is pictured at its headquarters in Hsinchu on Jan. 18.
Photo: Ann Wang, Reuters

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co’s (TSMC, 台積電) board of directors has approved a plan to invest up to ¥18.6 billion (US$177.7 million) to set up a fully owned subsidiary in Japan to expand its 3D semiconductor material research, the company said yesterday.

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Independent Kaohsiung councilor survives recall

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Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Hsu Chih-chieh, left, hands a tissue to independent Kaohsiung City Councilor Huang Jie, center, as the result of a failed recall vote against her was announced in Kaohsiung yesterday.
Photo: Lee Hui-chou, Taipei Times

Independent Kaohsiung City Councilor Huang Jie (黃捷) yesterday weathered a recall vote to retain her councilor seat in Fongshan District (鳳山).

Kaohsiung City Election Commission data showed that 65,391 people voted against recalling her, while 55,261 voted in favor.

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A sign outside the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington is pictured on Nov. 25.
Photo: Lu Yi-hsuan, Taipei Times

A joint letter by 78 US lawmakers calls on the US government to change the name of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in Washington to the “Taiwan Representative Office” and start talks toward a free-trade agreement.