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China cites coronavirus on packaging, despite doubts abroad

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say parcels mailed from overseas may have spread the omicron variant of the coronavirus in Beijing and elsewhere, despite doubts among overseas health experts that t...

Taiwan bans frozen sugar apples from China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan has extended a ban on the import of fresh sugar apples from China to cover the fruit in frozen form, reports said Tuesday (Jan. 18). China slapped a ban on pinea...

NCKU puts on exhibition of its role in history of Taiwan's former capital

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A combined exhibition of works by National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) faculty and students that offers a glimpse into the school’s history and its role in urban de...

China tops forecasts with 8.1% growth in 2021 but headwinds loom

BEIJING, Jan 17 (Reuters) - China's economy rebounded in 2021 with its best growth in a decade, helped by robust exports, but there are signs that momentum is slowing on weakening consumption and ...

Chinese cities on high COVID-19 alert as peak Lunar New Year travel season starts

BEIJING, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Several Chinese cities went on high COVID-19 alert as the Lunar New Year holiday travel season started on Monday, requiring travellers to report their trips days before the...

Cherry blossoms blooming in mountainous park in south Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Around 80% of the approximately 2,000 cherry blossom trees at a park in Kaohsiung’s Taoyuan District are blooming. The Taoyuan District Office kicked off a month-...

City of Beijing reports first local Omicron case -state media

The Chinese capital Beijing on Saturday reported its first locally transmitted infection of the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, according to state media, just weeks ahead of its stag...

Taiwan launches COVID vaccine booster campaign

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – During the early hours of the latest COVID-19 vaccine booster campaign, at least 430,000 people registered for a third shot, reports said Saturday (Jan. 15). From the r...

Taipei’s Dihua Street Lunar New Year market favors pedestrians

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The annual Lunar New Year market on Taipei’s Dihua Street opened Saturday (Jan. 15), with only pedestrians allowed on weekend afternoons and no free food sampling du...

Taiwan imposes 3 years in prison for buying forged COVID test results and causing infection

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Individuals who disregard COVID-19 regulations and infect others could face three years in prison or a maximum fine of NT$500,000 (US$18,000), reports said Saturday (Jan. ...

Taiwan to start importing Pfizer COVID-19 antiviral pills by March

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The first batch of 10,000 COVID-19 oral antiviral pills made by Pfizer will arrive in Taiwan by March, reports said Saturday (Jan. 15). Taiwan and Pfizer signed a contr...

Taiwan confirms 6 new local COVID cases

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan confirmed six local infections and a single-day record of 72 imported COVID-19 cases Saturday (Jan. 15), but no new deaths, leaving the death tally at 851, accordin...

Up to 30% of all bookings canceled at Taiwan's tourist hubs as Omicron fears grip population

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As cases of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant continue to spread throughout the country, a wave of booking cancellations has hit hotels in Taiwan’s Xiaoliuqiu and Ken...

Taiwan president, vice president prepare to receive COVID booster shots

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Vice President Lai Ching-te (賴清德) will receive their third COVID-19 shots Saturday (Jan. 15) morning, according to an announcement by the ...

Hong Kong suspends transit flights from most of the world due to COVID-19

Hong Kong will suspend for a month transit flights from around 150 countries and territories considered high risk because of the coronavirus, deepening the global financial hub's isolation. The...