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BREAKING: #BNNVietnam Reports.

Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lê Th Thu Hng said on Friday that Viet Nam strongly opposes and demands Taiwan (China) cease conducting live-fire exercises in the waters
#Vietnam #Politics #ExternalAffairs #Taiwan #ForeignMinistry
...surrounding Ba Binh island, which is owned by Viet Nam's Trng Sa (Spratly).
In response to questions from reporters regarding Viet Nam's reaction to Taiwan's earlier announcement, Hng stated that Taiwan's action gravely violates Viet Nam's territorial sovereignty...
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JUST IN: #BNNUK Reports.

Alicia Kearns @aliciakearns, chair of the British parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee said on Friday that her delegation discussed defense cooperation with Taiwan during a visit which Beijing has condemned as "gross interference" #UK #Taiwan #Politics
Although Britain has no formal diplomatic ties with democratically governed Taiwan, it has increased its support for the island in the face of a rising military threat from China, as have other Western nations.
Following her meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen @iingwen, Alicia Kearns, chair of the British parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, told reporters that the focus of their discussions was on how to maintain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific.
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#Xi Jinping picked a new slate of top military leaders at the 20th Party Congress in October. Can this selection tell us anything about his plans for #Taiwan? In a new China Leadership Monitor article, I offer some thoughts.
Short thread (1/7)
prcleader.org
Media reports focused on appt of new Vice Chairman He Weidong (former Eastern TC cdr) as a sign of Xi focus on TW. Probably true if unsurprising, but I don’t see the new CMC as a war cabinet – hard to infer much about his intent re use of force. (2/7)
scmp.com/news/china/mil…
First reason is there is more consistency than change in the CMC’s structure & lineup. Same offices represented. Half the same people, including surprising return of 72-year old Zhang Youxia. Like the PBSC, Xi values deliberations in small groups of people he knows well. (3/7)
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“If something changes U.S. policy on the war in #Ukraine it’s not going to be pressure from Congress, it’s going to be events on the ground,” argues @OlyaOliker.
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My dispatch on #Taiwan's local election for @unherd:
"Nevertheless, as political parties in #Taiwan spend the next few months deliberating over their 2024 campaign strategies, China and the U.S. will be closely following developments." unherd.com/thepost/taiwan…
"Since local elections generally focus on domestic issues that matter to voters’ everyday lives, the growing threat from China and Taiwan’s relationship with like-minded countries are not the defining factors.
Rather, local elections test a party’s ability to nominate candidates who have enough personal charisma, a deep understanding of local dynamics, and the ability to propose the right set of policies to appeal to constituents."
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#Taïwan : comment la #Chine planifie l’invasion

Un plan obsède l’Armée populaire de libération (APL) en #Chine, sur lequel elle planche quotidiennement : « La campagne destinée à prendre Taïwan. Ce plan « hautement centralisé est mis à jour régulièrement » #geopolitics
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Mao en 1949 avait demandé à ses généraux de se préparer à une intervention militaire US auprès de #Taïwan. Auj #Pékin s’attend à ce que les « ennemis séparatistes » taïwanais lui opposent une résistance redoutable.
L’APL prévoit d’engager entre 300 000 et 1 M de soldats 2/8
Le plan comprend 3 grandes phases sur 2 semaines avant la prise de #Taipei.
Phase 1 – blocus et bombardements – précédés de cyberattaques
Phase 2 – débarquement de forces amphibies sur les îles de Kinmen et Matsu, très proches de la côte chinoise, avant l’archipel des Penghu 3/8
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🧵1/13 I'd like to make a few remarks about negotiations and future relations with #Putin's #Russia. There is a wealth of literature on the nature of States, on their "aggressiveness”. Because States are human constructs, it's natural that they emulate human behaviour, meaning...
2/13 Our propensity to expansion & #supremacy. Which is, also, the reason why we have gradually given ourselves rules of international #law that govern coexistence and contribute to the creation of the Global order. On a smaller scale, this is what takes on at a domestic level...
3/13 with Constitutions, which, as the name implies, "constitute" #States and outline the framework of society. Similarly, there is an "imprinting" mechanism with the "consuetudes", which imply, in a nutshell, the concept normalisation. And normalisation invariably involves...
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As results seem largely settled in #Taiwan's local election, here are a few thoughts: the results match the pre-vote-counting predictions pretty well, with the main opposition party @kuomintang secured a sweeping win across the island while the ruling party DPP ...
... suffered a widespread defeat by only holding onto two cities and possibly two counties in the south. This is a reflection that the KMT still maintains considerable influence at the local level, as they have proven competitive in some tight races while being dominant ...
... in their strongholds. All of their incumbents in this election are re-elected.
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More than two hours into vote count, the main opposition party @kuomintang is maintaining a lead in many of the cities and counties including Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, and Taichung. Almost all of their incumbents from the party are looking to be re-elected. #Taiwan
Meanwhile, the ruling @DPPonline is only maintaining lead in Tainan, Kaohsiung, Chiayi County and Pingtung. And in Pingtung, the race is surprisingly tight for the DPP's candidate Chou Chun-mi.
In the capital Taipei City, the KMT candidate Wayne Chiang is maintaining a considerable lead over the @DPPonline's candidate, former health minister Chen Shih-Chung.
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BREAKING: #BNNTaiwan Reports.

Local polls are being held in Taiwan on Saturday. Through this, President Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) wants to send a message to the world about the island of Taiwan's determination to defend its democracy.
This election is being held for the selection of city mayors, county chiefs and local councillors. #Taiwan #Taipei #Politics #elections
Those who get elected and win in these elections do not have any consequential and direct say on China's policy. Domestic issues like the COVID-19 pandemic response and crime are some of the major factors.
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JUST IN: #BNNTaiwan Reports.

Taiwan's local elections began on Saturday, with President Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) framing the event as a message to the world about the island's determination to defend its democracy in the face of China's rising bellicosity. #Taiwan #Politics
The elections for mayors, county chiefs, and local councillors are ostensibly about domestic issues like the COVID-19 pandemic and crime, but those elected will have no direct influence over China policy.
Tsai, on the other hand, has reframed the election as more than just a local vote, claiming that the world is watching how Taiwan defends its democracy amid military tensions with China, which claims the island as its territory.
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Compilation of world leaders congratulating @anwaribrahim on his appointment as 🇲🇾 Malaysia's 10th Prime Minister. #pm10malaysia #AnwarIbrahim

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*This thread excludes wishes from foreign missions, embassies, and world bodies.
The first to congratulate, President of the Republic of #Indonesia @jokowi 🇮🇩

President Jokowi called @anwaribrahim via phone and later tweeted his congratulation wishes.

President @RTErdogan of #Turkiye 🇹🇷 called moments before @anwaribrahim starts his press conference. Anwar Ibrahim puts the call on speaker in front of the press.

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As millions of voters in #Taiwan head to the polls for the local election tomorrow, I think it’s important to once again, stress that the important implication of the election will be pushing forward the possible front runners for the 2024 presidential election...
..., reflecting the influence of each political party, especially smaller third parties, at the local level, and whether Taiwan’s democracy is ready to further lower the voting age down to 18.
What the election will NOT be about is #China, Taiwanese people’s views on the government’s cross-Strait policies or the threat from #China. It will likely prove that the ruling party’s decision to keep highlighting the “Resist China, Defend Taiwan” slogan doesn’t ...
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why you should visit #Taiwan during the #TaiwanElection a thread - 1
candidates running around Taipei with cute balloons 🎈-2
you'll see an increasing number of candidates telling you they are "capable" (could also translate by "can do stuff" but it sounds bad in English). They respond to the common complain that politicians are lazy, that the bureaucracy is slowing done everything. - 3
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#Taiwan is trying to arrange a second meeting with the United States under the Taiwan-U.S. 21st Century Trade Initiative, with the goal of signing several "interim agreements" by the end of the year.”

focustaiwan.tw/business/20221…
The proposed meeting was discussed last week with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai at the APEC summit in Thailand, but details such as the time and place have not yet been decided, said Deng, Taiwan's chief trade negotiator, at a news conference in Taipei.
Deng, who was part of the Taiwan delegation to the APEC summit, said he and Tai were both satisfied with the outcome of the first physical meeting held under the Taiwan-U.S. 21st Century Trade Initiative in New York earlier this month, ...
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Anyone banking on #ZeroCovid being wound back in #China soon, allowing the Chinese economy to bounce back, restoring supply chain reliability here in the near future… don’t. It’s going to take a looong time for China to ease #ZeroCovid.
The government in #China doesn’t seem to know exactly how to escape from the #ZeroCovid corner it’s painted itself into. This will be a long, drawn-out, process of trial and error easing, restricting, easing, restricting.
The huge, renewed, vaccination drive which would be needed before opening #China up hasn’t even started. Approving more effective international vaccines would help. Preparing medical facilities for a big influx of #Covid patients would also have to happen.
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In #Taiwan sind #Kinder schützenswerte #Risikogruppen-Taiwan hat schließlich von #SARS gelernt, aus: "Regeln für die selbstinitiierte Prävention -
"Gibt es sonst noch etwas, was ich beachten sollte?
4.engen Kontakt mit Risikopersonen, wie älteren Menschen oder KINDERN, vermeiden"
Ich habe #beruflich mit Menschen zu tun, bei denen ein erhöhtes Risiko einer schweren Erkrankung besteht. Wie sollte ich sie während meiner selbst #initiierten #Präventionsphase schützen?
A9: Sie sollten es vermeiden, mit #Hochrisikopersonen zu arbeiten (einschließlich älterer Menschen ab #65 Jahren, #KINDERN bis 6 Jahren, #immungeschwächten Personen und Personen mit schwachem Immunsystem).
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Taiwan's parliament has the highest ratio of female to male lawmakers in Asia. The upcoming local elections in #Taiwan are set to continue this trend, but many female politicians still have to contend with sexism and harassment. My latest: dw.com/en/taiwan-elec…
Voters in Taiwan head to the polls on November 26 to elect a wide range of public officials, including mayors, county magistrates, and city council members.
The local polls, being held in Taiwan's 22 cities and counties, are seen as a test of support for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) before presidential and parliamentary elections set for 2024. They also feature the highest number of female candidates in 30 years.
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We are seeing more frequent references to the potential for Chinese action to seize Taiwan from current and former government and military leaders. It appears the clock may be running down on deterring a conflict over Taiwan. 1/23 🧵
smh.com.au/world/asia/rud…
2/ Recently, former Australian PM Kevin Rudd described how the next five years will shape the long-term stability of the Indo-Pacific region & determine the success of U.S. efforts to deter China from taking military action against Taiwan.
3/ In June, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida warned that the Russian invasion of #Ukraine could be repeated in #Taiwan by China in the absence of unified deterrence by the U.S. and its allies. business-standard.com/article/intern…
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"Germany's foreign ministry wants to take a tougher line on #China and push companies to reduce their dependence on Beijing, while also promoting EU efforts to negotiate an investment agreement with #Taiwan." politico.eu/article/german…
"A 61-page-long draft copy of the upcoming German China Strategy, which is planned to be adopted early next year, warns that the Chinese leadership "is willing and capable" to employ its market "as leverage" to extract concessions from other countries.
The document also criticizes "massive human rights violations" in China's autonomous regions of Tibet and Xinjiang, which is home to the Uyghur Muslim minority."
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Scholars and lawmakers in #Taiwan suggested on Tuesday that the government consider reinstating military trials during peacetime or amending laws to better deter military espionage after an Army colonel was indicted Tuesday for working for #China. focustaiwan.tw/politics/20221…
At present, Taiwan's Military Trial Act only applies to active military personnel who commit crimes under the Criminal Code of the Armed Forces during wartime.
Su Tzu-yun (蘇紫雲), a research fellow at the Taiwan government-funded Institute for National Defense and Security Research (INDSR), said military espionage poses a serious threat to national security ...
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At peace and war, China’s #cyber activities alter its target’s actions with threats to punish unwanted behaviors and apply pressure to coerce. Insikt Group® analyzes the 2 elements of #weishe theory in its application against Taiwan and more. 1/5 Read: bit.ly/3VjLQd1 Image
In weishe, coercion comprises two distinct theories of action to change the behavior of a target: #Deterrence and #Compellence. Deterrence uses the threat of punishment to prevent undesirable actions, and compellence wields punishment to motivate desirable behavior. 2/5
An instance of cyber coercion might be the #defacement attack on public TV screens in #Taiwan in response to the Taiwan visit of the US Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi in August 2022. 3/5 Image
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JUST IN: #BNNTaiwan Reports.

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said on Wednesday that Taiwan is seeing less Chinese interference ahead of its local elections, possibly due to China's own domestic problems and its efforts to improve its international image. #Taiwan #Politics
Taiwan has accused China, which claims the democratically governed island as its own territory, of repeatedly attempting to sway election results, whether through online disinformation campaigns or overt military threats.
Wu told reporters ahead of Saturday's elections for mayors and councillors in Taiwan that China was always a factor when Taiwan voted, but that Beijing was interfering less this time.
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JUST IN: #BNNTaiwan Reports.

Taiwanese prosecutors announced on Tuesday that they had charged a senior military officer with corruption and endangering national security after alleging that he accepted bribes from a Chinese agent to act as a spy. #Taiwan #Crime
Taiwan has long fought what it claims is a sustained espionage campaign by Beijing to undermine Taiwan's armed forces and sow discord among its ranks.
The prosecutor's office in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, said that they were seeking a 12-year sentence for an army colonel who had received T$560,000 ($17,975.80) in bribes from a Chinese agent who was also a retired Taiwanese officer over the previous four years.
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