World Taiwan lawmakers brawl as opposition party protests government’s handling of COVID pandemic
Successful deterrence: Why AUKUS is good news for Taiwan
Australia's description of Taiwan last week as a "critical partner" marks a significant shift in language, one that will not have gone unnoticed in Beijing.In the joint statement from Australian and US defence and foreign ministers, Taiwan is described - for the first time - as "a leading democracy and a critical partner for both countries". This follows the Prime Minister's commitment to co-ordinate action with other liberal democracies in the region.
Chaos broke out inTuesday after opposition lawmakers rushed the podium during an important policy address to protests how the government handled the pandemic.
The opposition lawmakers — members of the Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang — broke through a protective barrier formed by members of the ruling Democratic Progress Party, as they shouted for the speaker's resignation.
The chamber's head, Su Tseng-Chang, was opening his annual address on the government's performance with a focus on national security and the economy.
In the ensuing melee, which was captured on video, a few lawmakers were shoved to the ground, others poured out bottles of water onto their opponents, and Su was unable to give his speech.
All This Could Happen Again
America is running out of time to prepare for the next pandemic.Instead, after a quiet spring, President Joe Biden all but declared victory against SARS-CoV-2. The CDC ended indoor masking for vaccinated people, pitting two of the most effective interventions against each other. As cases fell, Abbott Laboratories, which makes a rapid COVID-19 test, discarded inventory, canceled contracts, and laid off workers, The New York Times reported. Florida and Georgia scaled back on reporting COVID-19 data, according to Kaiser Health News. Models failed to predict Delta’s early arrival. The variant then ripped through the U.S.
The Nationalist Party has criticized the ruling administration over its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Legislators on Tuesday waved signs which called recently shortened quarantine requirements for pilots a "big breach."
Taiwan faced a large coronavirus outbreak in May and June this year, in which more than 800 people died. Many had suspected the outbreak had come from pilots returning home who only had to do three-day quarantines. The original source of the May outbreak hasn't been officially confirmed.
Last November, another fist-fight broke out inside parliament after Nationalist Party members brought pig guts into the chamber and threw them to protest Taiwan's removal of a ban on American pork products.
President Tsai Ing-wen’s administration had lifted a longstanding ban on imports of U.S pork a few months prior, in a move seen as one of the first steps toward possibly negotiating a bilateral trade agreement with the United States.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Taiwan says tension with China is the worst it's been in 40 years .
Taiwan’s defense minister said Wednesday that military tensions with China are at their worst in more than 40 years, just days after a record number of Chinese military planes entered Taiwan's air defense zone.Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng told a parliamentary committee that he has never seen the security situation with China this "serious" in his more than 40 years of service, first reported Reuters.