ISSUE 118                                                                            November 25, 2021
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Biden: U.S. Does Not Encourage Taiwan Independence
President Joe Biden stated that the United States does not encourage Taiwan independence. Rather, the U.S. hopes that Taiwan fully complies with the requirements of the Taiwan Relations Act.
(Photo from: China Times)
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Two Versions in One Day: Biden Clarifies Non-Support for Taiwan Independence

United Daily News, November 18, 2021


At the first virtual meeting between President Joe Biden of the United States and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Mr. Xi warned Taiwan and the United States not to play with fire. President Biden reiterated that the United States opposes unilateral change of the status quo or behavior which would undermine peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. On November 16, President Biden told the media that the United States is not going to change its policy at all. The United States does not encourage independence. Rather, the United States is encouraging Taiwan to do exactly what the Taiwan Relations Act requires.

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Featured Editorial
According to a commentator, after the virtual summit between Mr. Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the United States clearly stated that it does not support Taiwan independence, so the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen should adjust its national security strategy.
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How the Biden-Xi Meeting Hurt Taiwan’s Autonomy

China Times, November 19, 2021


The Taiwan issue fermented after the online summit between President Joe Biden of the United States and Chinese President Xi Jinping. President Biden twice clarified America’s position, and for Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), it was just like taking a sauna. President Biden first said “Taiwan is independent, it makes its own decision,” and this made DPP overjoyed. Then, President Biden changed his words and claimed that the United States has not changed its Taiwan policy, does not encourage Taiwan independence, and encourages Taiwan to abide by the Taiwan Relations Act. The United States does not change its position of not supporting Taiwan independence, now even further dismisses its relations with Taiwan independence, its subtext is Taiwan should be self-responsible.

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Featured Opinion
According to a commentator, the Chinese Communist Party recently passed a third "historical resolution" showing that Xi intends to use Mao Zedong's power model to promote Deng Xiaoping's government structure.
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Communist China is Still “Crossing the River by Feeling the Stones”

By Huang Nian

United Daily News, November 24, 2021


After the meeting between President Joe Biden of the United States and Chinse President Xi Jinping on November 16, China’s official press agency, Xinhua News, released “Resolution of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee on the Major Achievements and Historical Experience of the Party over the Past Century.” This document contains 36,000 words and is the third “historical resolution” of the Chinse Communist Party.

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This Week in Taiwan
The Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania was formally established and put into operation. This is the first representative office in Europe to use the name "Taiwanese."
(Photo from: Žygimantas Pavilionis' Facebook)
November 15: The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) stated that people who have received two doses of Medigen vaccines but who need to travel to the United States may mix and match with internationally certified AstraZeneca, Moderna, or BioNtech vaccines. Mayor Ko Wen-je of Taipei criticized bluntly that receiving the Medigen vaccine is for nothing, and subsequently receiving foreign vaccines is called "re-inoculation," since Medigen is not accepted internationally, not "mix-and-match." 
November 15: National Taiwan University (NTU) held a celebration for its 93rd anniversary. During the event, President Kuan Chung-min discussed recent investigations by the Ministry of Education on the Tsinghua Strait Research Institute at National Tsing Hua University, arguing that cross-strait exchanges and cooperation should be encouraged and should not be dismissed simply because the government does not like it. Academic exchanges should not be subject to political intervention, Kuan said. 
Author Pai Hsien-yung, who was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by National Taiwan University, indicated that universities are a place where diverse views contend. If prestigious universities around the world met investigation by the government, they would not let the investigators enter the school. 
November 18: The Air Force upgraded existing 141 F-16A/B aircraft to F-16V BLK20. The first F-16V combat team formation ceremony was held at the Chiayi Air Force Base on November 18. The ceremony was presided by President Tsai Ing-wen and attended by Director Sandra Oudkirk of the American Institute in Taiwan. 
According to Chief of Staff Huang Chih-wei of the Air Force, Taiwan's air fighter military strength ranks among the top 15 in the world. However, observers are worried that current expenditures of more than NT$430 billion (about US$15.4 billion) may have to be increased in the future, and the lack of pilot manpower also presents challenges. 
November 19: The Legislative Yuan passed the Stalking and Harassment Prevention Act on the third reading on November 19, criminalizing eight kinds of sex or gender-related behaviors which frighten and affect the daily lives of victims, including staring, requesting dates, and harassing online. The maximum sentence is five years, and preventive detention may be imposed on those who exhibit repeated risky behavior.
November 19: The 14th round of COVID-19 vaccine mix-and-match was open for registration on November 19, and more than 180,000 people registered. More people chose to receive the Moderna vaccine than BioNTech. 
NTU Hospital announced the clinical trial results of mix-and-match combinations on the same day. The neutralizing antibody titer concentration produced by mixing AstraZeneca with Moderna is greater than that produced by two AstraZeneca doses, while the antibody concentration was greater at an interval of eight weeks than four weeks. Research also found that mixing AstraZeneca with Moderna has efficacy as high as 100 percent against the Delta variant. 
November 20: In an exclusive interview with Swiss media, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu indicated that cross-strait relations has never been so tense as it is now, and Taiwan should be prepared for the worst case. Minister Wu stated that no matter whether war breaks out tomorrow, next week, or 10 years from now, the government and people will resolutely defend Taiwan. Legislator Wu Shih-huai of the Kuomintang (KMT) called upon President Tsai Ing-wen, who also serves as chairwoman of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), to promise publicly that she would never declare Taiwan independence. This would immediately ease tensions in the Taiwan Strait. 
November 20: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the "Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania" was official established and put into operation. This is the first representative office in Europe which uses the name "Taiwanese." 
Former Vice President Chen Chien-jen was invited by Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to attend a luncheon on November 20 held in the capital Vilnius, where Chen delivered a speech entitled "Taiwan as a Litmus Case for Democracy."
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