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Hi, @icao, remember how you blocked people mentioning #Taiwan concerning #COVID19 ? And how you still refuse to give Taiwan the Observer Status though it's in the region of the outbreak?
we'll PROTEST next Saturday, the 22nd of February in front of @icao 2:30pm-5pm

A THREAD 1/9
- Considering that @icao demonstrated unacceptable behaviour on Twitter by blocking users mentioning #Taiwan, suppressing their freedom of expression,
- Considering that, according @ACIWorld, @taoyuanairport is the 11th busiest airport by international passenger traffic

2/9
- Considering that @icao assists in the coordination of the international response to the Novel Coronavirus (#COVID19) outbreak through the ICAO Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in Civil Aviation (CAPSCA)

3/9
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Following recent signs of continuous warming relationship between #China and the Vatican, the highest level meeting between both sides happened on the sideline of the Munich Security Conference, further paving ways for formal ties to be formed ... mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/id…
... further down the road. #Taiwan has been actively trying to highlight its commitment to defending religious freedom in Asia through active participation in international level events, yet the Vatican might choose to overlook the importance of that.
On top of that, #China has a long history of oppressing its religious community, including the Catholics and many in the community criticized the deal that the Vatican struck with Beijing in 2018. Beijing’s campaign to “sinicize” all religions doesn’t seem to bother @Pontifex.
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The 2019 Novel #Coronavirus, or the #WuhanCoronavirus, has spread from #China to over a dozen countries, including the United States, France, and Japan.

Check back for updates. (Thread👇) theepochtimes.com/coronavirus-li…
Air Canada Announces It Is Suspending China Flights

Effective Jan. 30, @AirCanada is suspending all direct flights to #Beijing and #Shanghai until Feb. 29, the airlines said in a statement. aircanada.mediaroom.com/2020-01-29-Air…
@AirCanada New Zealand Charters Plane to Evacuate Citizens from Wuhan

@WinstonPeters, #NewZealand’s foreign minister, announced that the government has agreed with national carrier Air New Zealand to arrange a chartered flight to #Wuhan to evacuate citizens, according to local media.
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This is the UN briefing room Inner City Press is banned from for 573rd day by corrupt UNSC @AntonioGuterres - Inner City Press has submitted 10 questions to @UN_Spokesperson @StephDujarric, who answers nothing on #LuandaLeaks #Coronavirus, #Cameroon #Nepal - thread
@antonioguterres @UN_Spokesperson @StephDujarric @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @silas_atefor @AdamShawNY @SaraCarterDC @kristina_wong @allimadi With China-purchased UN Sec-Gen @AntonioGuterres still silent on #Coronavirus in China, his spox @StephDujarric just read out a bland statement about WHO Tedros. Guterres who bans Press to conceal UN bribes by CEFC China Energy, is corrupt innercitypress.com/ungate1pazpint…
@antonioguterres @UN_Spokesperson @StephDujarric @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @silas_atefor @AdamShawNY @SaraCarterDC @kristina_wong @allimadi Even after throwing investigative Inner City Press out of the UN, SG @AntonioGuterres can't handle softball questions. He canceled press conference on Jan 20, then now on Jan 28 (afraid of being overshadowed by Trump's Middle East plan). #pathetic
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🇨🇳 #China (1) | The question is no longer if, but how hard, the #coronavirus will damage Chinese economy (and its trading partners) in 1Q20.
🇨🇳 #China (2) | A blockage of 16 cities (~50 million people) coupled with the extension of the Lunar New Year holiday and prohibition for Cos to return to work soon implies that 1Q will fall below 6% for the first time since QoQ figures are recorded.
🇨🇳 #China (3) | The impact will probably broaden from retail sales, tourism/transportation...

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A leaked map shows #China plans to invade Southern #Taiwan after taking the islands of Kinmen and Penghu

taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3861097
A photo surfaced Sunday (Jan. 19) on Weibo showing People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers sitting next to a map of Taiwan that appears to indicate a southerly route for China's invasion of Taiwan, first going through Kinmen and Penghu, before landing troops in southern Taiwan.
Two accounts on Weibo released a photo of PLA soldiers seated with their backs turned to a massive topographical model of southern Taiwan. The model is covered in black marks, appearing to show key strategic locations the PLA plans to seize during an invasion.
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My #TaiwanElection reflection - 11 hours into my work day, this is finally a moment that I can slow down and reflect on what has happened to me and my dear #Taiwan over the last 12 hours. We witnessed yet another history, one that no one saw it coming 14 months ago.
November, 2018 was a tough moment for me, with democracy facing fresh new challenges and marriage equality experiencing serious setback. That was the moment when I had doubt UN #Taiwan’s democracy, because everything I believed in suddenly looks seriously endangered.
I think my own pessimism pushed me away from covering #Taiwan politics for a while, simply because I wasn't sure if I could live through another political metldown on my own part.
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1/ Congratulations to #Taiwan’s new President #TsaiIngWen @iingwen and also #DPP @DPPonline under her lead! 👏🏻#Taiwan2020 #TaiwanElection
2/ Also glad to know many young politicians can successfully take seats in the legislature, such as #DPP’s Lai Pin-yu, Hong Shen-hang, #TSP’s Chen Bo-wei, and Independent @FreddyLim. Unfortunately, it is really pity that @enoch_tw can't make it this time.
3/ Today is the day for the majority of #Taiwaneses to choose their fate, to safeguard their democracy and freedoms, and most importantly, to say no to #CCP's authoritarian invasion. People of #Taiwan also show the world their defiance of #Beijing’s lie of #onecountrytwosystems.
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(1/n) THREAD: Setting the stage for the #TaiwanElection—happening right now!

By the #s: The big race is between Tsai Ing-wen (bottom bar) & Han Kuo-yu (middle bar)

Red: Unify w/ #China
Green: Independence
Light grey: Status Quo
Dark grey: Depends
Black: Don‘t Know

Source later
(2/n) For #Taiwan2020 the most important issue people are voting on is how #Taiwan is to relate to mainland #China.

The top bar in this graph is overall sentiment of the Taiwanese people. As you can see, the vast, vast majority favor either Status Quo or Independence from China
(3/n) You can also see that the positions of the two presidential candidates are *dramatically* different.

And as you'll learn if you watch this remarkable election primer with Lev Nachman @lnachman32, the political reality is also a lot more nuanced.
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It's #TaiwanElection day here in #Taiwan, the last bastion of democracy in the Chinese speaking world. Long queues since 8am at the voting stations in #taipei
Hearing a lot of "韩国瑜" at this voting station in #Taipei #TaiwanElection
Looks like the polling station I was at isn't a representative enough sample. Thanks goodness.
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1/5 This is my fourth presidential election in #Taiwan and it is, by far, the worst. Nobody is talking policy because one side doesn't have a policy and doesn't want the rest of us to be discussing that subject. Instead, the environment is awash in disinformation.
2/5 Day after day after day, we are subjected to reams of sheer fabrication, most of it coming from one side (I need not spell out which side that is). And disinformation has worked its disastrous magic: the two camps are split, living in isolation from each other.
3/5 Corrections and facts, in response to disinformation, are in turn — if seen at all — treated as "fake news" or paid-for, by the other side.
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Qassem Soleimani was killed in an air strike by the #US in #Baghdad. Equivalent to Jiang Zemin in #China, Soleimani was a dominant figure in the military, politics and oil industry of #Iran. Most of his family reside in #HongKong, #Shanghai and #Beijing.
#China’s Bank of Kunlun was established by Soleimani family in collaboration with the #CCP. The actual #Chinese main shareholders are Jiang Zemin, Wang Qishan, Meng Jianzhu (and Zhou Yongkang before jailed). Its asset has increased from $17 billion to $28 billion.
#Bank of Kunlun is a tool of #Iran’s Soleimani, Khamenei and the #CCP kleptocrats to launder money and evade the #US sanctions @robert_spalding @MischaEDM @WarrenPlatts @geoff_p_wade @DanRDimicco @Jkylebass @BenKTallmadge @IndoPac_Info @BoycottHegemony
klb.cn/eklbank/921141…
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Documents in possession of @GreatGameIndia reveal an insidious conspiracy to smuggle #biometric data collected under Pilot Project initiated under #NationalPopulationRegister to #Taiwan posing threat of identity theft & threat to India's #NationalSecurity.
greatgameindia.com/national-popul…
In connection with the creation of National Population Register, Department of Information Technology (DIT) setup various Information and Communication Technology enabled Common Service Centers (CSC) in different parts of the country for capturing biometric and demographic data.
During Pilot Project in 7 states, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa, #Smartmatic collected biometric and demographic data of approx 2 lakh Indians which was stored in machines used for data collection – the PARmobiles.
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Edinburgh Place is full for the #HK rally in solidarity w #Uighurs . In our nearly 800 protests since 6/9, this is only the 3rd to stand for others. There was a small 1 at CUHK for Uighur uni pres rumored sentenced to death & 1 for Catalunya.
Great to see the #EastTurkestan & #Tibet flags flying at the #HK solidarity rally for #Uighurs. Our fate is tied to theirs. We all have to fight together for our freedom & our rights.
Free #IlhamTohti , Free All Political Prisoners at #HK rally for #Uighurs . Ilham just received EU parliament’s #SakharovPrize this week. He’s serving life in prison in China on the entirely false charge of ‘separatism’. His daughter @JewherIlham accepted the award on his behalf.
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Given the way @AndrewYang has been read as '外省人' both by prominent Asian-Americans (see: ) & Taiwanese dissatisfied w/the way he switches btw a TWese- & Chinese-Am identity, thought I'd share what I've learned about his heritage. Spoiler, he's 本省人 1/
外省人/waishengren = ppl who fled to Taiwan after KMT defeat in the Chinese Civil War in 49. 本省人 = ppl of Han ethnicity already living in TW. Americans of 外省人 descent are product of 2x migration & many do identify as Chinese-Am b/c their families spent little time in TW 2/
Andrew Yang's father 楊界雄 Kei-Hsiung Yang, a prof at National Chiao Tung Uni, was born in Yunlin County in Taiwan (worldjournal.com/5534429/articl…). Given his educational history (tw.linkedin.com/in/kei-h-yang-…) he was almost certainly born before '49, making him 本省人
h/t to @jamestwotree
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1-“This article is unique as it kills two "#China loving birds" with one stone ... #Kissinger & #Paulson ..”..“Paulson,like Kissinger,continues 2 ignore the multidimensional nature of China’s undeclared #coldwar against the United States and the West.... thehill.com/opinion/intern…
2...4 example,US Senate panel recently criticized US science agencies 4 failing 2 respond 2 the threat posed by #China’s talent-recruitment programs.#Beijing’s involvement has allowed China 2 divert US gov’t funds & private-sector technology 2 advance its military&economic goals.
3..”Lenin & Stalin had their“useful idiots”in the West.#Mao Zedong,&successors up 2 &including Xi Jinping,have what might be called their useful ‘geniuses’.-What distinguishes #Trump administration from its predecessors is the recognition that decades of US engagement with China-
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The UK govn is set to award #Huawei access to it’s 5G network. This will be a mistake of epic proportions and is based on a complete inability to understand what Huawei is and the motivation of the CCP.

My piece in @foreignpolicy today:

foreignpolicy.com/2019/11/04/joh…

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The UK govn claims Huawei is ahead in 5G tech than any other company and it would be limited to only the nonessential parts of UK comms.

The fundamental problem with Huawei is that it is not a regular company as we understand them. EVERYTHING it does goes back to Beijing

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ALL Chinese companies MUST defer to govn narratives (see ##Taiwan and Tibet)— and if the West hadn’t understood that dynamic, look at what is happening in #Xinjiang.

But the recent #NBA scandal in US should have been a serious wake up call for things to come

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Honored to publish @WarOnTheRocks!

Make #China Great Again: #Xi’s Truly #GrandStrategy

bit.ly/XiGrandStrategy

PRC strategy has broadly-defined arc that US should address w/ strategy of “#CompetitiveCoexistence” to safeguard interests sustainably amid increasing assertiveness.
@WarOnTheRocks With the grandest & most strategic vision of any great power, Xi & his Party have staked their persistence in power on the proposition that they alone can make China great again, in part by achieving hierarchically prioritized national security interests.

warontherocks.com/2019/10/make-c…
@WarOnTheRocks Realizing this “#ChinaDream,” as #Xi defines it, by 2049 or even earlier requires subordinating #HongKong to Beijing’s unchallenged control, incorporating #Taiwan formally into the PRC, and realizing a variety of disputed #NearSeas sovereignty claims.

warontherocks.com/2019/10/make-c…
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#Taiwan builds lethal fleet of kamikaze drones - Taiwan is counting on drones to counter #China’s expanding advantage in ships, planes & troops - The main target is the S-400 air defense system asiatimes.com/2019/10/articl…
The twin-propeller Fire Cardinal drone is around four feet long, has a six-foot wingspan and weighs around 15 pounds. It includes an electro-optical and infrared sensor and selects its target using an “intelligent object-detection system.”
It’s roughly the same size as the US Army’s hand-launched Puma surveillance drone. The propeller-driven Puma can range as far as 10 miles at an altitude of 500 feet and a maximum speed of around 50 mph.
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#Taiwan: Legislators concerned Taiwan's reservists not ready for war - 60% of Taiwan's military reserve force not trained in 8 years - It's time to wake up before it's too late taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3795960
The approximately 2.3 million reserve soldiers in Taiwan, 60 percent (450,000) have not received any formal training in the eight years since they were discharged. Although Taiwan has a relatively high number of soldiers in reserve, they might not be combat ready.
According to a Budget Center report, there were 770,000 people eligible for refresher training as of August, but only 300,000 had been called back. Many discharged reservists have already lost their combat skills and could not realistically contribute to the national defense.
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#Taiwan: “This is a friendship that is incredibly important. This is a military relationship that is incredibly important. This is an economic relationship that is incredibly important,” said Senator @TedCruz about the #US relationship with #Taiwan 👍theepochtimes.com/us-senator-ted…
Taiwan celebrated its National Day on Oct. 10 and among the dignitaries and guests who came to the island for the festivities was U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who reaffirmed the strong relationship between the island and the United States.
Cruz explained that his visit to Taiwan was part of his Indo-Pacific tour, which took him to Hawaii & Japan before his arrival in Taipei. In Hawaii, Cruz was briefed by the US Indo-Pacific Command about military threats in the region, particularly about China’s military build-up.
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Another #Canadian warship passes through #Taiwan Strait 👍💪🇨🇦💪👍 focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/2019…
Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) and the Canadian representative office in Taipei confirmed Tuesday that a Canadian warship recently sailed through the Taiwan Strait, a rare passage by a non-American military vessel.
The MND did not provide any additional information on the transit through the waterway that separates Taiwan and China, except to say that Taiwan's military was fully aware of the situation and that it was done under Canada's freedom of navigation.
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Thread: #Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen says #US arms deals help ‘aggressively promote’ indigenous defence industry 👍🇹🇼👍 scmp.com/news/china/mil…
On Taiwan’s armed forces day, Tsai says homegrown submarine and jet trainer programmes are not just about sloganeering - US expects Taipei’s defence budget to grow ‘commensurate with the threats’ it faces
She said purchases of M1A2 Abrams tanks and multirole F-16V fighter aircraft from the US were proof that “our determination to defend ourselves [has] also won support from international society”.
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With revolution unfolding in #HongKong it is also crucial to tell #Taiwan's story fairly and from the perspective of its own people & history. Hoping @eosnos & @NewYorker will consider that Xi does not want to reunify TW but conquer it, not heal a rift but colonize a free country
If only we'd look further, the #HKProtests make clear the PRC's colonial impulses in Tibet, Xinjiang, & #Taiwan. CCP imperialism is intersectional; our analyses must be too. It is insufficient to reject the CCP gaze when it comes to HK but adopt it for these other places.
Link to original piece: newyorker.com/magazine/2019/…
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