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Defense, foreign ministries criticize China after second day of PLA drills

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Office of Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Intelligence Deputy Chief Yang Ching gives a briefing at the Ministry of National Defense in Taipei last night.
Photo: Chu Pei-hsiung, Taipei Times

The Ministry of National Defense yesterday criticized the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for holding a joint naval-air exercise 90 nautical miles (166km) off the coast of Taiwan, as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the global community to squarely face up to the threat posed by China.

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Virus Outbreak: New mask imprints to certify origin

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Taiwanese-made masks are pictured on March 30.
Photo: CNA

“Surgical” masks made in Taiwan must bear the imprints “MD” and “Made in Taiwan” by the end of this month, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday, as it reported another imported case of COVID-19, a Taiwanese woman who returned from France.

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Customs seizes thousands of falsely labeled masks

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Central Epidemic Command Center supply division head Tsai Shou-chuan, left, speaks as Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang listens at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday confirmed that more than 830,000 nonmedical-grade masks were seized at customs for being falsely labeled as being made in Taiwan.

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Passport redesign highlights ‘Taiwan’

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From left, Cabinet spokesman Ting Yi-ming, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu and Bureau of Consular Affairs Director-General Phoebe Yeh speak in front of a display of a new passport design at the Executive Yuan in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

The Executive Yuan yesterday unveiled a redesigned cover for the Republic of China (ROC) passport, which highlights the English word “Taiwan,” prompting criticism from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), which said that reducing the size of the ROC text would not help enhance the nation’s international status.

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‘I am Taiwanese’: Czech Senate head

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Czech senate president Milos Vystrcil, left, receives a certificate for an award before delivering a speech at the main chamber of the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: REUTERS

Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil yesterday said that he is “Taiwanese,” as Taiwan and the Czech Republic share the common goal of defending democratic values.

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China not ready for full assault: report

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Rockets are launched from a Thunderbolt-2000 multiple-launch rocket system in a live-fire exercise during the annual Han Kuang exercises in May last year. The domestically produced platform is designed to attack disembarking amphibious landing forces.
Photo courtesy of Military News Agency

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) does not yet have the military capability to wage an all-out war against Taiwan, given the demanding geological environment of the Taiwan Strait, a Ministry of National Defense report said.

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US leaders back Taipei move to allow imports

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Department of North American Affairs Director-General Douglas Hsu comments on the government’s decision to ease restrictions on US beef and pork imports at a news briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Seventy-four public and private-sector leaders in the US have voiced support for Taipei’s move to ease restrictions on US beef and pork imports, but no concrete steps have yet been taken toward a bilateral trade agreement (BTA), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

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Newsflash

Swedish Member of Parliament Hampus Hagman is pushing for changing the name of the nation’s trade office in Taipei to signal improved relations with “Asia’s perhaps foremost democracy.”

Hagman on Wednesday last week proposed renaming the Swedish Trade and Invest Council to “Sweden’s Office in Taipei,” following similar changes by other nations.

The Swedish Trade and Invest Council, part of Business Sweden, is owned by the Swedish government and Swedish industry.