European Commission Kow Tows to China

In a decision that places Foreign Policy on a higher level than Healthcare Policy and apparently more important to the Berlaymont than saving European lives, the European Commission has bottled its support for Taiwan to be granted observer status at the WHO this week.  Taiwan, with the strong support of the United States, had lobbied…

Emerging from Lockdown

As we move into the next stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries across Europe are beginning to ease their respective lockdowns, and this is causing challenges to all of our communities as it is an experience unprecedented in recent human history.  But there are examples of how to reopen, and reopen safely. In recent weeks,…

Global Health Security – Taiwan calls for Inclusion

By Dr. CHEN Shih-chung The threat of emerging infectious diseases to global health and the economy, trade, and tourism has never abated. Pandemics can spread rapidly around the world because of the ease of international transportation. Among the most salient examples are the Spanish flu of 1918, the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak of…

Taiwan Donates PPE to Europe

Taiwan is donating 10 million protective face masks to countries seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The masks will be divided amongst the United States, 11 European countries and 15 diplomatic allies. The US will receive 2 million; 7 million will go to European nations, including Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Czech…

Lessons from Taiwan?

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the globe and with over three billion people worldwide currently living under lockdown, many are asking the question: is there an alternative method that doesn’t entail such draconian measures? Sitting in self-isolation in my garden in Belgium, where I shall be spending at least another 3 weeks…

Respect Taiwan

After her election victory on 11 January, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said in an interview: “We are an independent country already and we call ourselves the Republic of China (Taiwan).”  She also said China needs to show Taiwan respect.  However, four days later on 15 January, the permanent mission of the People’s Republic of China to the…

Italy Asked to Excuse Taiwan from Flight Ban

Taiwan has requested the Italian authorities to excuse the island from a three-month flight ban imposed last Sunday on all flights from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan to Italy. The decision of the Italian Health Authorities is intended to halt the spread of coronavirus to Italy, and is based on advice from the WHO that…

Visit Ilha Formosa in 2020?

Are the never ending grey skies getting you down?  If so, that would be understandable but the good news is that the (near) perfect antidote to the winter gloom is available this weekend in Brussels. It comes in the shape of the city’s annual travel fair which runs from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 February,…

Politics of the Corona Virus?

Concern has been voiced about the impact on Taiwan of the coronavirus and serious questions have been asked about the country’s exclusion from taking part in international efforts to tackle the deadly disease. The virus has killed more than 210 people and more than 9,000 confirmed cases mainly in China. There have also been 9…

Taiwan Elections: China’s Belligerence Key Issue For Voters

Taiwan is on the frontline of China’s sharp power, none more so than in the run up to this weekend’s presidential elections. In order to guard against infiltration from China and to protect Taiwan’s democratic way of life, the Taiwan parliament passed the anti-infiltration act on 31 December 2019. This was with one eye on the…