A couple of weeks before the start of the 2019-20 NBA regular season, the league finds itself involved in a controversy with China stemming from a ”now-deleted” tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.
Taiwan lost another ally in one week as Kiribati cut ties after Solomon Islands. This leaves Taiwan with four allies in the Pacific region, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Palau and Tuvalu.
The Solomon Islands’ government has voted to sever its longstanding ties with Taiwan and take up diplomatic relations with Beijing, which leaves Taiwan with 16 allies left.
Taiwan’s president Tsai accused China of engaging in “dollar diplomacy” in the region in order to undermine Taiwan.
Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee Hon. Peter Kenilorea Jr (FRC) says, “I am concerned because we are not marching to our own beat on this matter. We are in fact marching to China’s beat. We are being dictated by China already – even before we switch.”
Pro-democracy protesters were attacked by what opposition politicians suspected were gang members wearing white t-shirts.
Hong Kong police were criticized over failure to stop the attacks. Instead of responding to calls from the demonstrators to take action against gangster assaults, the police retreated into police stations and let gangsters off easy. No one was arrested.
It sure will maintain as a trending topic in Taiwan till 2020 January – who are you voting for?
The populist mayor, Han Kou-yu, was picked to run against President Tsai Ing-wen. Han, the mayor of southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, beats Terry Kou, Taiwan’s richest man, the founder of the world’s largest iPhone assembler Foxconn in the KMT primary.
Last month, there was a rally against pro-China Taiwanese media held in Taipei. People called on the government to take action against pro-Beijing media in Taiwan.
The rally intends to influence the country’s legislature to introduce and pass relevant bills. The co-host of the rally, the New Power Party legislator, Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌), also called on the National Communications Commission (NCC) to take effective action.
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Taiwan’s legislature approved Asia’s first same-sex marriage law. Tens of thousands of demonstrators filled the rainy streets of Taipei.
Taiwan’s Trump? Foxconn’s Terry Gou Wants to ‘Make Taiwan Great Again’
Terry Gou, the man behind the success of technology giant Foxconn and Taiwan’s most famous businessman, announced last week his intention to run for president by seeking the Kuomintang (KMT) nomination, saying the sea goddess Mazu had told him in a dream to seek the nation’s top office.
A major fire has partially destroyed the Notre Dame in Paris.
The fire ravaged the cathedral’s roof and caused its spire to collapse. French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild it within five years.
Taiwan’s ghastly treatment of South and Southeast Asian migrant workers and students has spent time in the news this week. Amid stories of alleged work scams targeting Filipino graduate students, a policy stating that migrant detainees must pay for their own food, and more horror stories from Taiwan’s deep sea fishing industry, one item has raised the most eyebrows: Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) has come under fire for using a racist term to refer to Filipinos, apparently questioning whether society will accept “Marias” becoming teachers.