The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics closed, ending the 17-day event. Host country China ranked third in the medal table with nine gold medals, four silver, and two bronze, behind Norway and Germany. The United States ranked fourth with eight gold medals. However, the Chinese Taipei Olympic delegation representing Taiwan was unable to win any medal.
According to media reports, Mike Pompeo, former secretary of state under President Donald Trump, will visit Taiwan for four days from March 2 to March 5. He will meet President Tsai Ing-wen and Vice President William Lai to exchange perspectives on U.S.-Taiwan relations, regional security, and other issues. Pompeo will also deliver a speech at the invitation of the Prospect Foundation.
Premier Su Tseng-chang announced that the plan for expanding the metro between Keelung and Taipei was finalized. The first phase of the Nangang to Badu section will cover a total distance of 16.05 kilometers (about 9.97 miles) and add 13 stations, and 77 percent of the NT$42.5 billion (about US$1.5 billion) cost will be covered by the central government. Construction is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2023 and begin operating in April 2032.
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that from March 1 to March 31, epidemic prevention measures in Taiwan will be moderately relaxed, including exempting wearing masks in certain areas and allowing eating and drinking on trains. Starting March 7, travelers entering Taiwan will complete a 10-day quarantine, followed by seven days of self-health management, during which each person will test for the coronavirus (COVID-19) seven times. One may quarantine at home if he meets the requirement of one person per household.
The Executive Yuan passed a draft regulation to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act. Fines will be raised from NT$3,600 (about US$128) to NT$6,000 (about US$213) if a vehicle does not yield to let a pedestrian past first.
The current version of the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act stipulates that if a driver refuses or fails to take a breathalyzer test, the police may send him to a doctor for a mandatory blood test. The Constitutional Court rendered its first judgment under the Constitutional Court Procedure Act, ruling that forced blood tests are unconstitutional. The competent authority should amend the law within two years.
美國海軍驅逐艦「芮爾夫強生號」（USS Ralph Johnson，DDG-114） 26日由南至北穿越台灣海峽，並打開AIS （船舶自動辨識系統）信號，被認為是俄烏戰爭中美方刻意傳達挺台立場。我國防部證實，稱國軍全程掌握周邊海空域動態，狀況均正常。
The United States Navy destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114) crossed the Taiwan Strait from south to north and turned on the automatic identification system (AIS) signal. The move is considered to be the United States deliberately conveying its pro-Taiwan stance amid the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war.
The Ministry of National Defense confirmed that the Armed Forces had closely monitored the surrounding sea and airspace throughout the process, and the circumstances remain normal.
At the same time, the media reported that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has recently continued to launch high-altitude balloons over the northern and central parts of Taiwan. At least four batches have been launched so far. The MND stated that the balloons are probably for meteorological research, but it will continue to closely monitor the circumstances.
After Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Western countries led by the U.S. have imposed new set of sanctions against Russia. Deputy National Security Advisor Daleep Singh of the United States mentioned Taiwan on February 24 when he announced the U.S. and many allies including Taiwan and Japan are working together to unveil exports restrictions to deny Russia to sensitive, cutting-edge technology, primarily targeting Russia’s defense, aerospace, and maritime sectors, which will curb Russia’s access to advance semiconductors and other foundational technologies.