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

Trump Announces Sanctions as China Tightens Grip on Hong Kong

The tensions between the United States and China heightened again after the China's National People’s Congress approved the decision to enact the National Security Law for Hong Kong on May 28.

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Beijing Omits 1992 Consensus on Taiwan, Proposes National Security Legislation on Hong Kong

The Two Sessions currently being held in Beijing, namely the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), recently dropped a bombshell related to national security issues on Hong Kong.

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TSMC to Build $12 Billion Plant in Arizona As U.S.-China Rivalry Escalates

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) said yesterday that it is planning to start construction of a 5-nanometer semiconductor fabrication foundry in Arizona next year, with monthly installed capacity of 20,000 wafers to begin in 2021.

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DPP Legislators Propose to Remove Unification Clauses Governing Cross-Strait Policy

Before the second-term inauguration of President Tsai Ing-wen on May 20, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Tsai Yi-yu, who is friendly to and considered part of President Tsai’s faction within the DPP, proposed draft amendments to the Additional Articles of the Constitution and Act Governing Cross-Strait Relations.

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2014 Sunflower Protesters Found Guilty, Overturning Previous Ruling

Six years ago, Sunflower Student Movement protesters invaded and occupied the Executive Yuan. Wei Yang, leader of the Black Island Nation Youth Front activist group, along with six individuals, were prosecuted for incitement.

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Questions of Responsibility over Taiwan Navy Ship Outbreak

The Panshih ship of the Goodwill Fleet of the Republic of China Navy returned to Taiwan after over a month of embarking a goodwill voyage overseas.

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Trump Blames WHO, Praises Taiwan

In Taiwan, zero confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases for three days in seven days were good news for every one last week.

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WHO Director-General and Taiwan Exchange Accusations

Director-General Tedros Adhanom of the World Health Organization (WHO) has called out Taiwan for continuously attacking him, claiming that he has been a victim of racial discrimination.

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The Policies and Politics Behind Face Masks

To contain community transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, who heads the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), announced on April 3 that all passengers on public transportation are required to wear a mask, and those who refuse to wear one will face a fine up to NT$15,000 (about US$496).

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As Pandemic Takes Toll on Tourism Industry, Taiwan Announces Additional Subsidies

As a remedy to rescue tourism-related industries which have suffered from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the government launched on March 26 additional subsidies totaling NT$7 billion (about US$231 million) in subsidies for 140,000 people in the businesses of tourism, hotel, hostel, homestay, travel, amusement and so on.

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