AFP: China’s Taiwan drills accompanied by wave of misinformation

AFP: China’s Taiwan drills accompanied by wave of misinformation. “China raged against a visit to Taipei by United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, sending warships, missiles and jets into the waters and skies around its self-ruled neighbour. At the same time pro-China posts flooded social media with false and misleading claims about Pelosi and her Taiwanese hosts. Many were posts sharing old military footage alongside claims they showed real military drills, mainly by China.”

Radio Taiwan International: This year’s Han Kuang Exercise will take lessons from Ukraine War

Radio Taiwan International: This year’s Han Kuang Exercise will take lessons from Ukraine War. “The annual Han Kuang Exercise simulates Taiwan’s armed forces repelling an attack from China. The exercise includes both simulated computer war games and live-fire drills…. Major General Lin Wen-huang says Taiwan will take what it has learned from observing the War in Ukraine. The armed forces will use those lessons to bolster the country’s defenses against asymmetric, psychological, and information warfare during this year’s Han Kuang Exercise.”

The National Interest: Ukraine Can Show Taiwan How to Win a Cyberwar With China

The National Interest: Ukraine Can Show Taiwan How to Win a Cyberwar With China. “Prior to the invasion, many had warned that China was closely watching the events in Ukraine and, if Russia invaded, may be prompted to attack Taiwan. Given many Russian military failures, observers pointed out the challenges that China could face if and when it decides to attack Taiwan. While the Ukrainian case study shows that cyberwarfare is not to be paralleled with traditional kinetic warfare, it is worth asking whether Taiwan will face similar attempts to sabotage and disrupt its infrastructure and services.”

Focus Taiwan: Traditional herbal formula lauded as effective treatment for COVID-19

Focus Taiwan: Traditional herbal formula lauded as effective treatment for COVID-19. “Taipei, April 22 (CNA) A traditional herbal formula developed in Taiwan, known as Taiwan Chingguan Yihau (NRICM101), can be considered to be an effective treatment for COVID-19 patients, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) doctors said Friday. Huang Yi-chia (黃怡嘉), a TCM doctor from Tri-Service General Hospital, said her hospital has prescribed NRICM101 to more than 200 COVID-19 patients since it obtained emergency use authorization in Taiwan in May 2020.”

Radio Free Asia: How Russia’s disinformation on Ukraine is spreading to democratic Taiwan, via China

Radio Free Asia: How Russia’s disinformation on Ukraine is spreading to democratic Taiwan, via China. “Russian and Chinese disinformation about Ukraine, which is ideologically linked to ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) propaganda on Taiwan, is breaking through into online discourse on the democratic island, a fact-checking organization based there has said.”

Tapei Times: Control Yuan to investigate mass data loss at PTS

Tapei Times: Control Yuan to investigate mass data loss at PTS . “Two Control Yuan members are to investigate the deletion of about 424,000 news clips at Public Television Service (PTS), in an incident that exposed cybersecurity issues at government agencies. PTS on Tuesday said that a contractor on Feb. 8 mistakenly deleted news clips produced between 2017 and January from its digital archive. Although more than 320,000 clips were recovered by Friday last week, nearly 80,000 were lost, the network said.”

BBC: How Taiwan used simple tech to help contain Covid-19

BBC: How Taiwan used simple tech to help contain Covid-19. “G0v, pronounced ‘gov zero’: a largely anonymous collective of tech workers – designers, programmers, activists – has been key in originating ideas. The collective is best known for bi-monthly hackathons and ‘forking’ – a concept taken from programing, where existing open source software is redesigned into a new product.”

The Future of History: How New Tools Tap Into Diverse Perspectives on the Past (North Carolina State University)

North Carolina State University: The Future of History: How New Tools Tap Into Diverse Perspectives on the Past. “Bodies and Structures 2.0, which I [David Ambaras] co-direct with Kate McDonald, is a way to do multivocal spatial histories of modern East Asia and the worlds of which it has been a part. It consists of 17 individually authored modules, which examine a diverse range of topics, such as histories of disease and vaccination; narcotics trafficking; colonialism; migration; and urban life. These modules feature cutting-edge research on Japan (including Okinawa), Taiwan, China, Vietnam and Mongolia. On top of this, the site uses tags, annotations, links, and visualizations to connect and cut across the modules, giving contributors and users the opportunity to think comparatively about space, place and power.”

Radio Free Asia: Archive Find Could Hurt China’s ‘Historic’ Claim to Paracel Islands

Radio Free Asia: Archive Find Could Hurt China’s ‘Historic’ Claim to Paracel Islands. “A rare find in the British National Archives may provide another piece of evidence discrediting China’s claim of historic rights to the disputed Paracel archipelago in the South China Sea. After months of scouring the archives, British journalist-turned-scholar Bill Hayton came across a semi-official document indicating that until the late Qing Dynasty, Chinese authorities still didn’t consider the Paracel Islands part of China’s territory.”

Covid: Taiwan rolls out homegrown vaccine amid criticism (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Taiwan rolls out homegrown vaccine amid criticism. “Taiwan has begun administering its first domestically developed Covid-19 vaccine, amid criticism that its approval was rushed. The island’s health ministry authorised emergency use of the Medigen vaccine last month although clinical trials are yet to be completed. Taiwan’s vaccination efforts have been hampered by delivery delays and hesitancy amongst its population.”

BNN Bloomberg: Google and Facebook’s New Cable to Link Japan and Southeast Asia

BNN Bloomberg: Google and Facebook’s New Cable to Link Japan and Southeast Asia. “Dubbed Apricot, the infrastructure project will link Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Guam, the Philippines and Indonesia and help serve growing demand for broadband access and 5G wireless connectivity, Facebook said. In March, the company announced two new transpacific subsea cables connecting Singapore to the U.S. west coast, Bifrost and Echo, with Google participating in the latter.”

Taipei Times: New Web site sheds light on cultural history

Taipei Times: New Web site sheds light on cultural history. “The Taiwan Cultural Memory Bank… curates people’s recollections and historic documentation in words, images, artifacts, audiovisual assets and other media to reconstruct Taiwan’s historical eras, the ministry said in a statement, adding that the memories are collected and introduced to the world on the Web site.” The site is in Chinese but translates okay for the most part, except for a couple of places where Chinese writing is part of a graphic and not translated.

Washington Post: In a few days, more people in Trump’s orbit tested positive for coronavirus than in all of Taiwan

Washington Post: In a few days, more people in Trump’s orbit tested positive for coronavirus than in all of Taiwan. “In President Trump’s personal orbit, the coronavirus case count continues to creep upward. More than a dozen White House officials have recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus, including some who are among the at least nine guests and two journalists who tested positive after they attended Amy Coney Barrett’s Sept. 26 Supreme Court nomination event in the Rose Garden.”