August 20, 2019

Fusarium wilt of banana and plantain: A threat to the regional economies and food security

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From OECS Fusarium wilt of bananas, commonly known as Panama disease, is a destructive soil borne fungus that poses a threat to the production of all banana and plantain crops. Fusarium Wilt Tropical Race 4 has reappeared and is now a priority pest threatening the region’s banana industry with serious economic, livelihood and food security […]

US State Department approves possible $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan in a move that will likely anger China

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From Business Insider The US State Department has approved the possible sale to Taiwan of M1A2T Abrams tanks, Stinger missiles and related equipment at an estimated value of $2.2 billion, the Pentagon said on Monday. China has warned the US against arms sales to the self-ruled island in order to avoid harming bilateral relations. The […]

Taiwan lands aircraft on highway as part of military drills

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AP From Manila Bulletin CHANGHUA, Taiwan — Taiwan landed war planes on a normally busy highway Tuesday to simulate a response to a Chinese attack on its airfields, part of annual drills designed to showcase the island’s military capabilities and resolve to repel an attack from across the Taiwan Strait. In this photo released by Military […]

Taiwan legalizes same-sex marriage

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Photos of celebrations in Taiwan after it became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage on Friday, becoming the first country in Asia to do so. Thousands of people filled the streets of the nation’s capital city, Taipei, to celebrate the new law. The bill, which will go into effect on […]

St. Kitts and Nevis’ PM, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, is highly decorated by Taiwan, receiving Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon

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Brief Remarks by Dr. the Hon. Timothy HarrisPrime Minister of St. Kitts and NevisOn the Occasion of Being Conferred The Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand CordonTaiwan, 16th April 2019  Your Excellency President Tsai Ing-wen; Vice President Chen Chien-jen; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. the Honourable Joseph Wu; other Ministers of Government; members of the St. […]

Taiwan doctor finds four sweat bees living inside woman’s eye

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From BBC A Taiwanese woman was found by doctors to have four small sweat bees living inside her eye, the first such incident on the island. The 28-year-old woman, identified only as Ms He, was pulling out weeds when the insects flew into her eyes. Dr Hong Chi Ting of the Fooyin University Hospital told […]

Beijing ‘won’t allow Taiwan reunification to be postponed indefinitely’

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By Minnie Chan From South China Morning Post Cai Peihui, representing self-ruled island at legislative session, also says mainland will not hesitate to ‘liberate’ Taiwan if it declares independence Another delegate, Huang Zhixian, tells panel independence-leaning parties ‘are not qualified’ to talk to Beijing about ‘one country, two systems’ Beijing will not put off reunification […]

Chinese President Xi Jinping gives army its first order of 2019: be ready for battle

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By Mimi Lau From South China Morning Post Armed forces must be ready for a ‘comprehensive military struggle from a new starting point’, leader says Central Military Commission issues new guidelines to boost morale based on greater empathy and merit-based promotions Xi’s speech was made at a meeting of top officials from the Central Military […]

Taiwan donates US$167,000 to Nevis to purchase hemodialysis machines

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From Caribbean News Now CHARLESTOWN, Nevis (NIA) — Taiwan continues to make good on its promise to assist the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) in its quest to arrest and control chronic kidney disease on the island. On Tuesday, Tom Lee, resident ambassador to St Kitts and Nevis, handed over a US$167,000 cheque to Mark Brantley, […]

‘Prepare for war’, Xi Jinping tells military region that monitors South China Sea, Taiwan

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By Kristin Huang From South China Morning Post China’s President Xi Jinping has ordered the military region responsible for monitoring the South China Sea and Taiwan to assess the situation it is facing and boost its capabilities so it can handle any emergency. The Southern Theatre Command has had to bear a “heavy military responsibility” […]