COA offers NT$200 vouchers to people who buy NT$600 worth of China-banned products
The Council of Agriculture has announced a NT$60 million voucher program to promote consumption of goods slapped with an import ban in China. Members of the public are eligible to win a NT$200 voucher after spending at least NT$600 on any of six affected products, such as pomelos and groupers. A total of 300,000 vouchers will be handed out at a raffle on Oct. 5.
There’s just a few weeks until the Mid-Autumn Festival and its family cookouts. This year, the Council of Agriculture wants pomelos and groupers to be the star of the show, as these products are among thousands that been banned for import in China. The council has launched a new voucher program. Shoppers who buy NT$600 of pomelo, grouper, beltfish, Japanese horse mackerel, fourfinger threadfin or tilapia can enter a raffle for agricultural vouchers worth NT$200.
Council of Agriculture
We can launch it in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is just around the corner. We encourage consumers to use these vouchers to purchase high-quality Taiwanese agricultural and fisheries products. More importantly, consumer action can allow for these excellent pomelos and fish to be consumed domestically.
The voucher program has a budget of NT$60 million. The raffle will be held on Oct. 5, with 300,000 vouchers on offer. They can be spent at more than 3,500 shops around Taiwan. The COA hopes that the program can boost sales and keep agricultural prices from plummeting.
Council of Agriculture
The vouchers are just one of the policies to stimulate domestic sales. We think that, thanks to the Mid-Autumn Festival, consumers will purchase pomelos, and the five kinds of fish we mentioned. That should make farm prices even better than before, offsetting the impact from the fact that they can’t be exported to China.
The COA minister said that public satisfaction with last year’s agricultural vouchers stood at 97%. The program had increased consumers by 60% and attracted more than 5 million people to travel to farming and fishing villages. The council hopes the new program will have a similar effect, to support local farmers and fishers.
China says it will normalize military drills east of the median line of the Taiwan Strait
The military says it has gleaned valuable information from China’s most recent drills near Taiwan, which will inform future defense plans. The military also resolutely rejected Chinese claims that there is no median line in the Taiwan Strait. That’s in contrast to Chinese state media, which has said that drills east of the median line will likely be normalized. Taiwan’s military says it is actively training for all contingencies and is ready to respond.
Equipped with AIM-120 and AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, F-16V fighter jets join Di Hua frigates off the east coast. The contingent is closely monitoring Chinese PLA vessels conducting drills near Taiwan’s waters. On Tuesday, the Army has scheduled anti-landing exercises at Pingtung County’s Checheng Township.
China has just concluded drills near Taiwan’s waters, and Taiwan’s military is practicing to counter any future contingencies. China is already planning more drills to take place from August 8 to Sept. 8 in the Bohai Sea next to North Korea, and is currently holding drills in the southern part of the Yellow Sea next to South Korea until Aug. 16. China state media says the PLA may normalize drills east of the median line of the Taiwan Strait.
China Central Television news broadcast
As you can see from these six demarcated areas, there is no so-called median line in the Taiwan Strait. Experts say there is a chance that the PLA Navy will normalize exercises east of the so-called median line.
Ministry of National Defense
The median line has been there for the past half-century, since the 1950s. It’s a tacit line between the two sides of the strait. Although it isn’t recognized by any international laws, it is a fact that the line exists. These six exclusion zones that China announced for these most recent drills all fall to the east of that median line. This shrinking of our space for our own drills, and the impact on international flights, is quite significant.
Asked why it didn’t warn the public when China launched a Dongfeng ballistic missile over Taiwan’s airspace, the military said it had determined there was no need after it understood the missile’s trajectory and prepared intercept measures.
Following the missile launch China took the opportunity to spread propaganda about the exercises. It said it had made 10 breakthroughs including “approaching Taiwan’s coast, overlooking Taiwan’s coastline and mountain range, firing a conventional missile over Taiwan, destroying the fantasy of a median line in the Taiwan Strait, and setting up a shooting range on the east side of Taiwan.” However, in the process of firing the missile, China also gave Taiwan valuable strategic deployment and intelligence information.
Ministry of National Defense
These 10 breakthroughs that China describes are very enlightening for our military. The locations and scenarios of China’s exercises will definitely be included in our own future defense exercises.
Ministry of National Defense
China’s cognitive warfare campaign against us was already evident before these exercises. In terms of the content of that propaganda, it can be divided into three categories: creating hype around China’s plans for a military invasion of Taiwan, attacking the character of the government, and destroying public and military morale.
Taiwan’s military acted professionally and in accordance with international standards in response to China’s most recent drills. The worldwide community now has a clear understanding of China as the aggressor in the Taiwan Strait.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines prime minister visits for 12th time
President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday received the prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines at the Presidential Office. PM Ralph Gonsalves was greeted with a military salute ceremony, and referred to by Tsai as a close friend of Taiwan. In his address, Gonsalves criticized China’s recent actions, and praised Tsai as the leader of an exceptional country.
A 19-gun salute greets President Tsai Ing-wen and Ralph Gonsalves, the prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The two leaders walk on the red carpet and inspect the troops. It’s not the first time that Gonsalves visits Taiwan. But his presence in Taiwan amid China’s recent escalation of tensions in the Taiwan Strait is especially significant.
Prime Minister Gonsalves is a close and dear friend of Taiwan. This is his 12th visit to Taiwan and his 11th in his capacity as prime minister, clearly demonstrating the importance that he attaches to diplomatic relations between our countries. In particular, Prime Minister Gonsalves has expressed in recent days that the Chinese military drills would not prevent him from visiting friends in Taiwan. These statements have deeply touched us.
Prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
I give thanks for the strength of this remarkable woman, the president of this exceptional country.
Gonsalves’ visit to Taiwan coincided with Father’s Day in Taiwan, Aug. 8. Earlier in the day, President Tsai had posed on social media, thanking all of the fathers in Taiwan defending the island for their loved ones. Tsai said that many soldiers in the military are also fathers. She said she deeply respected them, for being at their posts working for their country’s defense on this special day. At the Presidential Office, Gonsalves once again voiced support for Taiwan.
Prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Accordingly as all in our hemisphere, in the western hemisphere. We do not like it and we do not support it when any powerful neighbor seeks to intimidate us and bully us. Wherever there are differences, we must settle them peacefully in a civilized manner.
It is Gonsalves’ 12th visit to Taiwan, and his 11th time as prime minister. It’s his first time visiting Taiwan after getting reelected for a fifth consecutive term in November 2020.
PLA says combat training will continue after Chinese media announces end to military drills
Sunday marked Day 4 of China’s live-fire military exercises near Taiwan’s waters and airspace. Taiwan, in response, kept a close eye on the PLA’s movements and deployed its own Hsiung Feng II anti-ship missiles and PAC-3 MIM-104 Patriot missiles. Let’s hear from the defense ministry.
Voice of Sun Li-fang
Defense ministry spokesperson
This morning we continued to detect fleets of Chinese aircraft, warships and unmanned aircraft in joint sea and air exercises around Taiwan’s waters, simulating attacks on Taiwan proper and our ships at sea. We also detected unmanned aircraft that penetrated our outlying islands’ airspace. Our joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system has been used to closely monitor the enemy’s movements, and aircraft and ships were dispatched to respond accordingly.
At noon, Sunday, China’s official media outlet released a statement, saying that the military exercises around Taiwan have come to a close. However, just an hour later, China’s Eastern Theater Command announced that joint combat training exercises would continue to be carried out around Taiwan.
President Tsai thanks Taiwan’s diplomats for speaking out for Taiwan in their respective
As China continued its military exercises around Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen took to Facebook to convey her thanks to Taiwan’s diplomats around the world. Some 27 envoys stationed in various countries have spoken out via local media to proclaim Taiwan’s position and its resolve to defend its sovereignty, democracy and freedom.
On Saturday evening, President Tsai Ing-wen made a Facebook post thanking Taiwan’s diplomats in different countries around the world for speaking up for Taiwan in the international community and highlighting Taiwan’s resolve to defend its sovereignty, democracy and freedom.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
You can tell that this is typical expansionism of an authoritarian state. The international community, particularly those countries in this area, need to watch out for what China has been trying to do.
In an interview with the BBC, foreign minister Joseph Wu said China’s ongoing military exercises near Taiwan are yet another manifestation of China’s expansionist ambition.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Taiwan is not going to be the last piece in the Chinese dream of expansionism.
Speaking to CBS News in the U.S., Taiwan’s Representative Hsiao Bi-khim said what’s happening across the Taiwan Strait is similar to school bullying.
Representative to US
You don’t say, “You don’t go to school”. You’ll try to find a way to deal with the bully, and that’s exactly what Taiwan is doing, working on making our society stronger and more resilient, fortifying our defenses.
Francois Wu, Taiwan’s Representative to France, appeared on as many as five local TV news channels. One even referred to him as Taiwan’s ambassador.
Do you think one day mainland China will attack Taiwan?
Representative to France
I think if this day ever came, it would be the end of the world. So again, we will have to work together.
In the Facebook post, the president quoted foreign minister Wu as well as five envoys.
Foreign minister Joseph Wu called on Taiwan’s friends to stand firm in their support for Taiwan and not to send the wrong message to China, thus making authoritarian states even more provocative. Representative to the U.S. Hsiao Bi-khim said Taiwan will do all it can to deescalate the situation, but Taiwan will not give up on its freedom. Representative to Japan Frank Hsieh said the more coercive China is, the more concerned the world will be for Taiwan, and that he believes more and more people around the world will understand Taiwan’s predicament and come to Taiwan’s support. Representative to France Francois Wu said if Taiwan were to be annexed by China, that would mean there would only be authoritarianism left in the Chinese-speaking world and that democracies would have created for themselves an enemy who always causes trouble. Representative to Germany Shieh Jhy-wey said if free and democratic Taiwan were to come under the control of authoritarian and dictatorial China, then China would use the semiconductor supply chain to coerce the free world. Representative to the European Union and Belgium Tsai Ming-yen said Taiwan must strengthen its ties with likeminded partners and together, defend the rules-based international order.
The President thanked all 27 envoys who rallied for Taiwan via foreign and international media. She stated that she hoped Taiwan’s expats, no matter where they are in the world, would unite and speak out for democratic Taiwan.
Premier Su tells China not to show off military muscles and hinder regional peace
Foreign enemies are at our doorsteps. Those are the words Premier Su Tseng-chang used when attending the groundbreaking ceremony of Nanzih Industrial Park in Kaohsiung, where TSMC will begin building its wafer fab later this year. The premier used the occasion to call on China not to show off its military muscles and undermine regional peace. He also tried to boost the morale of the people, saying that Taiwan will never bow under pressure, but will insist on freedom and democracy.
The groundbreaking ceremony of Kaohsiung’s Nanzih Industrial Park was attended by premier Su Tseng-chang, economics minister Wang Mei-hua and Kaohsiung mayor Chen Chi-mai. They were here to witness the historic moment that marks an industrial transformation of the southern port city.
TSMC vice president Wang Ying-lang attended the ceremony on behalf of his company, which is slated to move into sector three of the industrial park. As Kaohsiung revels in its welcome for the semiconductor giant, Taiwan has come under the threat of China’s military exercises and drones penetrating Kinmen’s airspace. Premier Su used the occasion to send a message to China and boost the morale of the people.
We call on the Chinese government not to rely on its military strength to show off its muscles everywhere and hinder regional peace. Under the leadership of President Tsai, our military has obtained all the information, and we are putting up the best defense. As President Tsai said, we will never bow under pressure, but we insist on freedom and democracy.
As for the cyberattacks some public and private organizations’ websites came under in recent days, the Cabinet has issued a directive that Chinese-made IT products are prohibited in all government agencies.
Foreign enemies are right in front of us. They use all kinds of misinformation to undermine our unity and morale. We must come up with ways to respond. I hope everyone from both the public and private sectors will work together.
When the enemy is at your doorsteps, a leader is compelled to maintain internal stability and resist external aggression. Premier Su has attempted to do just that.
Taiwan’s military readies coastal missile systems as PLA crosses Taiwan Strait median line
Cross-strait tensions continue escalating as China enters Day 2 of its unprecedented military drills surrounding Taiwan. The Ministry of National Defense says Chinese military ships and planes crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan scrambled its own military jets in response, while its warships monitored the situation with their radars. In a rarely-seen announcement, the ministry even said that coastal missile deployments had been activated. Analysts say Taiwan wants to send China a signal that it is not a pushover.
with a payload. And not just on the west coast. Over at a Hualien base on the east coast, F-16V jets carrying bombs also scrambled and flew northward. In the South in Pingtung’s Hengchun Airport, Apache attack helicopters and drones remained on standby.
Kaohsiung is closest to the military exercises, being less than 20 kilometers away from a drill area. At the naval port in Kaohsiung’s Zuoying, vessels were readied for backup. Although large warships are moored, their radars have been turned on and they are ready for combat. On Day 2 of China’s drills near Taiwan, the atmosphere remains tense.
Voice of Sun Li-fang
As of noon, several groups of Chinese military aircraft and warships conducting exercises around the Taiwan Strait crossed the strait’s median line. Our military used various surveillance and reconnaissance mechanisms to closely monitor the enemy’s movements. Warnings were broadcast immediately and aerial reconnaissance units were deployed. Warships and coast based missile systems were at ready.
The Ministry of National Defense emphasized that early warning detection and intensive surveillance systems were on full alert in the sea and air. It also made a rarely-seen announcement that coastal deployments of missiles were also prepared for action.
The military has readied both aerial defense and anti-ship coastal missile systems: the Patriot, Sky Bow and Hsiung Feng. They have a fast mobility, meaning they have higher chances of surviving an attack and can be easily maneuvered to counter enemy ships. The military is not willing to take any risks, with Chinese units crossing the median line of the Taiwan Strait. The Army and Navy are on high alert, not only to reassure the public, but also let China know that Taiwan is a force to be reckoned with.
China fires 11 Dongfeng ballistic missiles to areas near Taiwan
Taiwan’s defense ministry confirmed on Friday that China fired 11 of its Dongfeng ballistic missiles to maritime areas near Taiwan between 1:56 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday. The missiles landed in waters north, east and south of Taiwan. Several short-range missiles were also fired at the median line of the Taiwan Strait. According to Japan’s defense ministry, four of the missiles flew over Taiwan proper, but Taiwan’s defense officials say they did not pose any danger to Taiwan.
Defense ministry spokesperson
Our military uses various early warning and surveillance mechanisms to have a complete understanding of any launches. Taiwan also activated all related defense systems and strengthened its combat readiness.
If the missiles are above the Karman line, which is at an altitude of 100 kilometers, they do not meet the requirements for the military to issue an air raid alert. But the Ministry of National Defense should have informed us about what happened within a reasonable timeframe after the PLA declared the drills to be over. We shouldn’t have to wait for them to hold a press conference after Japan’s defense ministry announced the fact.
Retired Air Force official
The Ministry of National Defense should release information on the missiles. What time they overflew Taiwan, and at what altitude, as well as the distance. They should let everyone know. They should also say that as the missiles passed over Taiwan, they did not enter Taiwan’s airspace, which is why no air raid alert was issued.
The ministry says that the missiles were flying at altitudes that did not meet the threshold for issuing air raid alerts. Officials say the military’s monitoring systems tracked their flight path closely and estimated a landing in the seas east of Taiwan, posing no risk to Taiwan proper.
Taiwan will not take provocative actions, but will also not back down: Tsai
President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday evening gave an address to the nation to allay concerns over China’s military drills in Taiwan’s vicinity. Tsai said that Taiwan would be rational and not take provocative actions, but also not back down. On Friday, Premier Su Tseng-chang condemned China’s actions and went as far as to say that it was an evil neighbor at Taiwan’s doorstep. He called on democracies around the world to come together against authoritarianism.##
The Chinese State Media outlet People’s Daily shows footage from military drills held on Thursday. There’s guided missile launches, and clips of soldiers training onboard an aircraft carrier. The music and tone of the video shows international backlash has not affected China in the slightest.
Today, China initiated live-fire military exercises in areas around Taiwan. This type of continued, deliberately heightened military threat, especially the dangerous launch of missiles into some of the busiest transportation corridors in the world, is irresponsible, both to Taiwan and to the entire international community. Air and maritime transportation safety, as well as the normal functioning of international trade, are all coming under unprecedented threat. We solemnly call upon China to act with reason and exercise restraint.
Our evil neighbor is flexing its muscle on our doorstep. Only if democracies cooperate together can authoritarian regimes be prevented from acting recklessly.
The Presidential Office and the Executive Yuan denounced China’s actions. And it’s not just military provocation but also cyberattacks.
I also want to say to my fellow citizens that, over the next few days, China most likely will conduct intensive information warfare operations to cause psychological unrest among our people through disinformation campaigns. Our national security agencies are monitoring the situation, and are communicating closely with other government agencies. We are rational and will not act to provoke. But we will absolutely not back down.
President Tsai said Taiwan would not back down. She and the premier were conspicuously absent from public events on Thursday. Though some reports emerged that the two could be hiding in a high-security facility, in reality Tsai had canceled all her activities to remain at the Presidential Office, while the National Security Council communicated with Taiwan’s allies, such as the U.S. and Japan.
Our nation’s armed forces are already heightening their readiness, and are closely following in real time all military developments in surrounding areas. I would like to thank all our soldiers.
President Tsai is working to allay public concerns amid high tensions in the Taiwan Strait.
Chinese national flag occupies Kaohsiung city website as cyberattacks continue
In addition to missile threats, Taiwan has also been the target of an unusually large volume of cyberattacks since the visit of Speaker Pelosi. The targets of the cyberattacks include the official webpages of the Presidential Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of National Defense, all of which have went offline temporarily due to the attacks. Even at a local level, a website under Kaohsiung’s Environmental Protection Bureau was hacked to display China’s national flag. Meanwhile, the National Police Agency’s online services were paralyzed for almost two hours.
Chinese hacker group APT 27 has claimed authorship for some of the attacks, releasing a video on social media declaring cyberwarfare on Taiwan government websites and infrastructure. Some Chinese internet users say that other groups that could be taking part in the attacks include members of a nationalist Chinese hacker group known as the "Honker Union."