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.

After Ractopamine Pork, Radioactive Food Also Coming to Taiwan

After Ractopamine Pork, Radioactive Food Also Coming to Taiwan

While the controversy of lifting import restrictions on pork containing ractopamine has not been resolved, the timing to lift the ban on food from Japan's Fukushima has become the focal point recently.

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Honorable to Block TV, Ban Children's Book, and Inspect Water Meters?

Honorable to Block TV, Ban Children's Book, and Inspect Water Meters?

A picture book for children, Waiting for Dad to Come Home, depicting a child who misses his father, a doctor saving people and cannot return home during the pandemic, was banned in Taiwan.

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The Blind Spots in DPP Foreign Policy

The Blind Spots in DPP Foreign Policy

In the spring of 2008, Taiwan had a close call with disaster.

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This Week in Taiwan 1129-1205

This Week in Taiwan 1129-1205

November 30: The number of additional external coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on this day spiked to 24, including 20 Indonesian migrant workers. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, who heads the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), announced that effective December 4, Taiwan will suspend Indonesian workers from entering Taiwan for two weeks, affecting about 1,350. To date, of 107 confirmed cases which involve foreign migrant workers, Indonesian workers account for 83. 

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Opposition to "Ractopamine Pork" Turns Legislature into Chaos

Opposition to "Ractopamine Pork" Turns Legislature into Chaos

As Taiwan's import restrictions on United States pork containing ractopamine are expected to be lifted "as scheduled" on January 1, 2021, ruling and opposition party legislators fought all out in the chambers of the Legislative Yuan.

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Amid Protest, Premier Su Finally Addresses Legislative Yuan

Amid Protest, Premier Su Finally Addresses Legislative Yuan

Under the protection of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators, Premier Su Tseng-chang of the Executive Yuan has finally completed his policy report at the Legislative Yuan—in a mess of raw pork viscera.

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The U.S.-China-Taiwan Triangular Relationship Under Biden

The U.S.-China-Taiwan Triangular Relationship Under Biden

The first wave of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's cabinet announcement includes Antony Blinken for secretary of state and Jake Sullivan for national security advisor, both being longtime advisors to Biden.

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This Week in Taiwan 1122-1128

This Week in Taiwan 1122-1128

November 24: The opening ceremony for the "Haichang Plan" to produce submarines domestically was held at the Kaohsiung plant of Taiwan's ship-building CSBC Corporation. President Tsai Ing-wen presided over the ceremony and announced that domestic production of submarines has reached the building stage. A prototype submarine is expected to be handed over in 2025. 

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Darkest Day for Taiwan's Free Press: NCC Denies CtiTV News License Renewal

Darkest Day for Taiwan's Free Press: NCC Denies CtiTV News License Renewal

On November 18, the National Communications Commission (NCC) announced that it has denied the application by Chung Tien Television (CtiTV) News channel for license renewal.

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NCC Revocation of CtiTV News License Confirms Previous Rumors, Sounds Death Bell for Free Speech

NCC Revocation of CtiTV News License Confirms Previous Rumors, Sounds Death Bell for Free Speech

The National Communications Commission (NCC) in Taiwan ruled against the license renewal of the Chung Tien Television (CtiTV) News, and the outcome indeed confirmed the rumors of the leaked confidential documents from the Presidential Office and also sounded the death knell for Taiwan's freedom of speech.

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