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2020/12/31 | TNL Staff

Taiwan Tightens Border Control After Reporting First Case of Covid-19 Variant

Taiwan's government announced foreign visitors will not be allowed to enter Taiwan from January 1, in response to the first case of the British variant of Covid-19.

2020/12/30 | Deutsche Welle

Hong Kong: 10 Defendants Face Trial Over Attempt To Flee Country

The trial of 10 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists alleged to have fled the territory for Taiwan has opened amid international pressure.

2020/12/29 | Voice of America

How American Pork Could Lead To Wider US Trade Deal With Export Powerhouse Taiwan

Taiwanese officials will lift a longstanding ban on U.S. pork imports to open talks on a free trade deal with its second biggest trading partner.

2020/12/28 | Bryan Chou

Taiwan to Regulate China’s State-Affiliated Publications After Children’s Book Controversy

Taiwan’s government plans to amend legislation to make it clear that companies must apply for approval before publishing books associated with the Chinese Communist Party and People’s Liberation Army.

2020/12/25 | Deutsche Welle

China Launches Anti-Monopoly Probe Into Alibaba

The probe comes just after an IPO into Ant Group, an Alibaba subsidiary, was halted by Beijing. China said it was cracking down on companies that it could consider monopolies.

2020/12/24 | Voice of America

Hong Kong Legislator Reflects on Pro-Democracy Struggle as He Seeks Asylum

Baggio Leung, a former Hong Kong legislator seeking asylum in the United States, feels pessimistic about Hong Kong's short-term future, but said he believes Hong Kongers will one day win their city back.

2020/12/23 | TNL Staff

US Congress Includes Taiwan Assurance Act in US$2.3 Trillion Spending Bill

The U.S. Congress has approved a US$2.3 trillion spending package, which includes the Taiwan Assurance Act.

2020/12/23 | East Asia Forum

How China’s State Serves the Party

Despite the vast and ongoing challenges through 2020 because of Covid-19, the Chinese Communist Party has never looked more dominant.

2020/12/22 | TNL Staff

Taiwan Reports First Domestic Covid-19 Case Since April

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung announced today the first domestically-acquired case of Covid-19 in Taiwan since April 12.

2020/12/22 | Voice of America

Thailand Urges Tight Virus Controls for Big Holiday Celebrations

Thai government officials are mulling over new measures to contain the spread of the pandemic in the wake of a surge in cases among migrant workers. Tourism operators are bracing for an atypical holiday season and a slow recovery ahead.

2020/12/18 | Judy Chen

Runners Gear up for the Taipei Marathon Amid Covid-19

Runners are finding solace training during a pandemic, and are humbled and excited to race on Sunday.

2020/12/17 | Bryan Chou

GOG Backtracks on Releasing ‘Devotion,’ Gamers Up in Arms

GOG announced yesterday that Devotion, first removed in February, will return to the platform, but it is no longer the case.

2020/12/17 | Bryan Chou

Taiwan’s Proposed Bills To Regulate Online Content Stir Outrage

Taiwan's government announced plans to regulate content on streaming and social media platforms. The opposition Kuomintang suggested they limit freedom of speech and introduce censorship.

2020/12/17 | Voice of America

Chinese Diplomats’ Aggressive Twitter Strategy on Display in Australia Dispute

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian's tweet might seem to gain traction, but researchers say it is a result of China's attempt “to create an illusion of popular backing.”

2020/12/16 | Deutsche Welle

Japan’s ‘Bonenkai’ Celebrations Canceled Due To Coronavirus

‘Bonenkai’ is a highly popular year-end event in Japanese work culture. But in 2020, coronavirus has forced companies to cancel these “forget the year parties.”

2020/12/15 | Voice of America

ICC Rejects Uyghur Plea for Investigation of China

Despite calls from exiled Uyghurs, International Criminal Court prosecutors say they will not investigate China’s crackdowns against the Uyghur minority.

2020/12/14 | Deutsche Welle

Indonesia: Police Arrest Top Militant Linked To Bali Bombings

Indonesian police have arrested a senior leader of the al-Qaida-linked extremist group which carried out the 2002 Bali bombings. The militant was also believed to be involved in other deadly attacks.

2020/12/11 | Bryan Chou

Cyberpunk 2077 Accused of Insulting China, but Not Banned

While some Chinese netizens lashed out at the game for not recognizing Taiwan as a part of China, few wanted it to be banned.