Taiwan recall vote stirs acrimony, brings new problems for KMT

TAIPEI (Reuters) – A recall vote for a high-profile mayor is stirring political acrimony in Taiwan, with accusations of voter intimidation and official interference, and could bring new problems for the main opposition party, already reeling from losing January elections. The Kuomintang (KMT) soundly lost the presidential and parliamentary polls. Since then, under a youthful new leader, Johnny Chiang, it

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Generation next: How the young are changing Taiwan's politics

The generation that grew up in a democratic Taiwan are determined to promote and defend the island’s freedoms. Taipei, Taiwan – Independent theatre producer Lin Chihyu, 29, originally planned to travel to Vietnam with her maternal grandfather to attend a friend’s wedding ceremony before Taiwan held general elections in January.  But five days before the poll she changed her mind and

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Taiwan doubles down on virus criticism as China denounces 'disgusting' behavior

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan doubled down on its criticism of China’s handling of the coronavirus crisis on Wednesday, saying the Communist Party cared more about power than its own people, while Beijing described Taipei’s allegations of a cover-up as slander. The epidemic has deepened enmity between Taiwan and China, which regards the democratic island as its sacred territory, to be

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Taiwan offers virus help to China but tightens visitor rules

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan’s vice president-elect on Sunday offered help to rival China to fight the new coronavirus outbreak, as authorities in the island further tightened restrictions on visitors from China to prevent its spread. Taiwan has close economic and cultural links with China and has so far reported four cases of the virus, which started in the central Chinese

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China's Hubei province confirms 15 more deaths due to coronavirus

(Reuters) – China reported 15 more deaths and 180 new cases of coronavirus, according to a statement from the health department of Hubei province, as the outbreak escalates. The outbreak that began in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, has prompted China to ramp up measures to contain the virus including suspending public transport in 10 cities, shutting temples over the

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Taiwan fights fake news and ‘Chinese cyber armies’

Taipei: Taiwan is ramping up efforts ahead of a January 11 election to combat fake news and disinformation that the government says China is bombarding the island with to undermine its democracy. But the island's main opposition party, the Kuomintang, which favours close ties with China, is crying foul, accusing the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of running its own

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Hearts 'linked as one' as Taiwan welcomes tiny Nauru amid China tussle

TAIPEI (Reuters) – The president of the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru promised on Friday to always stand beside Taiwan as their hearts are “linked as one”, as he visited Taipei amid a growing tussle for influence in the region between Beijing and Washington. While the Pacific states are small developing nations, they lie in highly strategic waters dominated

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