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Taiwan donates 3,000 bug zappers to ally amid outbreak of Zika virus
Taiwan has donated 3,000 bug zappers to Caribbean ally the Dominican Republic following the latter's request amid the ongoing outbreak of the Zika virus in Central and South America and the Caribbean, a Foreign Ministry official said on Thursday.
 
The Presidential Office denied Thursday that President Ma Ying-jeou's recent visit to Taiping Island in the disputed South China Sea was an intractable response to an opinion expressed late last year by a former American official, as implied in a local newspaper report.
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on Wednesday that Taiwan and Japan are still in the early stages of discussion on a proposal to restore a pre-clearance system, and that no final decision on the proposal has yet been made.
 
The government is "highly concerned" about a case Philippines has brought against China in an international court in which it argues that the land features comprising the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea are not islands, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said.
 
Taiwanese tourists traveling by air to Canada will soon have to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter the country, although they will still be able to do so visa-free.
 
AIT extends CNY wishes through song
The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) on Tuesday released an original song and music video online to extend its best wishes to the people of Taiwan on the upcoming Chinese New Year of the Monkey.
 
Dialogue with US works for Ma's Taiping visit: minister
The United States is now issuing milder rhetoric over Taiwan's stance on the South China Sea issue, proving effective bilateral communication between the R.O.C. and the U.S. over President Ma Ying-jeou's visit to a Taiwan-controlled island in the disputed seas last, Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) said on Monday.
 
The Committee on Foreign Relations in the U.S. Senate on Thursday voted unanimously in favor of a bill to allow Taiwan's participation in the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol).
 
The United Kingdom and Taiwan will soon sign an agreement that will enable the transfer of prisoners between the two sides, the UK's representative to Taiwan said Wednesday.
 
There were more than 110,000 overseas students enrolled at universities in Taiwan in 2015, accounting for 8.27 percent of all university students in the country, the Ministry of Education said Saturday.
 
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