Taiwan Weekly is a newsletter released every week by Fair Winds Foundation, Association of Foreign Relations and Taipei Forum that provides coverage and perspectives into the latest developments in Taiwan.

NCC's Draft Legislation Criticized for Cyber-Censorship, Clamping Free Speech

NCC's Draft Legislation Criticized for Cyber-Censorship, Clamping Free Speech

To combat fake news on the Internet, the National Communication Committee (NCC) announced on June 29 the draft of "Digital Intermediary Services Act", the very first law that censors online services.

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With Forthcoming Elections, NCC's Blatant Plot to Regulate Online Platforms

With Forthcoming Elections, NCC's Blatant Plot to Regulate Online Platforms

The National Communications Commission (NCC) passed a draft “Digital Intermediary Services Act” yesterday, which will likely put all designated online platform service providers that account for more than 10 percent of the market, including Dcard, Facebook, YouTube and other well-known platform operators, under the scope of management.

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With All Three Promises Bounced, Tsai Administration Has Only Glib Tongue Now

With All Three Promises Bounced, Tsai Administration Has Only Glib Tongue Now

After deferring electricity price increases eight times in four years, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced Monday that it would raise the electricity prices an average 8.4 percent while the electricity price for industrial use raised as high as 15 percent, invoking outcries amid the industry.

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This Week in Taiwan 0626-0702

This Week in Taiwan 0626-0702

June 26: The Tenyun II unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology completed nearly 11 hours of testing on June 26. It flew around Taiwan's airspace, and the voyage covered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ). The UAV is confirmed to have medium and long-range flight and surveillance capabilities, signifying mature integration of hardware and software. It is a major achievement of Taiwan's drone technology.

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NT$14 Billion Cake:Rapid Test Kit EUA Yields Amazing Profits Make You Rich?

NT$14 Billion Cake:Rapid Test Kit EUA Yields Amazing Profits Make You Rich?

Since the local pandemic from April, scandals like the Gordon case and Daxin fraudulent rapid test kits have become common.

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U.S. Military Aircraft Passes through Taiwan Strait, Closely Watched by China

U.S. Military Aircraft Passes through Taiwan Strait, Closely Watched by China

When a U.S. P-8A patrol and reconnaissance aircraft passed through the Taiwan Strait on June 24, mainland China’s air and ground troops followed closely throughout the entire process, strongly challenging each other over the Taiwan Strait.

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Former U.S. Official Identifies Most Precarious Three Months in the Taiwan Strait

Former U.S. Official Identifies Most Precarious Three Months in the Taiwan Strait

In October 1995, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) announced it would conduct missile exercises in the Taiwan Strait.

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This Week in Taiwan 0619-0627

This Week in Taiwan 0619-0627

June 19: The winners of the 5th Tang Prize for biotechnology and medicine in 2022 were announced, and three scientists shared the NT$50 million (about US$1.6 million) prize. They successfully developed the application of mRNA technology in biomedicine, and their breakthrough research made possible mRNA vaccines, which became powerful weapons in combating the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

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Dispute Among U.S., China, and Taiwan:Is the Taiwan Strait International Waters?

Dispute Among U.S., China, and Taiwan:Is the Taiwan Strait International Waters?

According to a Bloomberg News report on June 13, when they met with their American counterparts in recent months, Chinese officials repeatedly claimed that Taiwan Strait is not international waters, raising concerns in the administration of President Joe Biden.

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Is the Verbal Sparring between the United States, China and Taiwan No More Than Routine Rhetoric?

Is the Verbal Sparring between the United States, China and Taiwan No More Than Routine Rhetoric?

"This is an act of declaring war that totally flouts the principle of peace in international relations."

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