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Taiwan monitoring situation in Thailand after martial law declared

Taiwan monitoring situation in Thailand after martial law declared

Taipei, May 20 (CNA) Taiwan said Tuesday it is closely monitoring the situation in Thailand after that country's military declared martial law in a bid to quell months of protests and tensions between the Thai government and opposition. "We are keeping close tabs on the situation in Thailand," said Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Anna Kao. The ministry and Taiwan's representative office in Thailand are prepared to take "response measures," she added. "The representative office immediately launched an emergency response mechanism shortly after the announcement (of martial law) was made," she said. She said that no Taiwanese nationals have been affected thus far but urged anyone visiting or residing in Thailand to be on alert. The implementation of martial law is the influential military's attempt to resolve the country's long-running political crisis and subsequent protests, which reports say have left nearly 30 people dead since November last year. The announcement came before dawn Tuesday. The military said it was meant to keep Thailand stable after months of sometimes violent political unrest, but denied it was a coup, according to media reports. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-03-02 16:31 GMT+08:00