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.

Friend, Are You Really Leaving the Group Chat?

Friend, Are You Really Leaving the Group Chat?

During this period of time, messages such as "I'm leaving because I disagree" have been appearing in group chats among friends or old classmates.

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This Week in Taiwan 0718-0724

This Week in Taiwan 0718-0724

July 19: It was reported that 15 people violated epidemic prevention regulations and gathered to dine at a luxury resort in Pingtung. The group included Executive Director Chen Cheng-wen of the Executive Yuan's Southern Taiwan Joint Services Center. For this, Chen on July 18 tendered his resignation, which was approved. On July 19, the Health Bureau of the Pingtung County Government imposed a fine of NT$100,000 (about US$3,570) against each of the 15 people who dined unlawfully. 

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Executive Yuan Thanks Public-Private Partnership in Procuring BioNTech Vaccines, Stresses Government Did Not Block Procurement Efforts

Executive Yuan Thanks Public-Private Partnership in Procuring BioNTech Vaccines, Stresses Government Did Not Block Procurement Efforts

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Hon Hai Technology Group (Foxconn) announced that they will each donate 5 million doses of BioNTech vaccines.

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Blocked Vaccines But Now Eager to Take Credit

Blocked Vaccines But Now Eager to Take Credit

Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn) and the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) announced that they have signed contracts with Shanghai Fosun Pharma and have completed the purchase of 5 million doses of BioNTech vaccines, which will be donated to the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW).

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Piercing the False Veil of the Tsai Administration's Three Principles on Vaccine Procurement

Piercing the False Veil of the Tsai Administration's Three Principles on Vaccine Procurement

The procurement of German BioNTech vaccines through its agent Fosun Pharmaceutical  based in Shanghai by two major Taiwanese high-tech companies has finally been completed.

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Is the Taiwan Strait Becoming A Proxy War Battleground?

Is the Taiwan Strait Becoming A Proxy War Battleground?

In its Defense annual white paper released on July 23, Japan has, for the first time, delinked Taiwan from the chapter of China and put it in the new added chapter on "U.S.-China Relationship."

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This Week in Taiwan 0711-0717

This Week in Taiwan 0711-0717

July 13: The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced without warning that the third round of vaccination preference registration will open to individuals from ages 18 to 49, including migrant workers and foreign nationals holding residence permits. As of 10:30 PM, the number of registrations reached 12 million, which is quite impressive. However, because launching the online registration was rushed, the system was out of order for several hours, causing public discontent. 

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U.S. Draws Red Line on Taiwan Independence, Stresses U.S.-China Co-Existence

U.S. Draws Red Line on Taiwan Independence, Stresses U.S.-China Co-Existence

Kurt Campbell, the U.S. National Security Council coordinator for the Indo-Pacific, indicated on July 6 that it is possible for the United States and China to co-exist peacefully, but to achieve this would be an enormous challenge.

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Is Chiou President Tsai's Ball Boy or Relief Pitcher?

Is Chiou President Tsai's Ball Boy or Relief Pitcher?

Chiou I-jen, former secretary-general of the National Security Council, recently expressed that Taiwan independence is not something the Taiwanese people can decide upon themselves, since international reality has to be considered.

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White House Rejects Taiwan Independence Yet Draws Red Line Between Hong Kong and Taiwan

White House Rejects Taiwan Independence Yet Draws Red Line Between Hong Kong and Taiwan

In remarks given to American thinktank Asia Society by video conference on July 6, Kurt Campbell, the White House coordinator for the Indo-Pacific, stated that the United States does not support Taiwan independence.

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