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Taiwan on Thursday expressed hopes of signing a marine patrol cooperation agreement with Indonesia to prevent a repeat of the recent shooting incident in which Indonesian patrol vessels opened fire on Taiwanese fishing vessels in the country's exclusive economic zones (EEZs) in the South China Sea.
 
Starting March 15, Taiwanese passport holders will be expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization or eTA to visit Canada, the Canadian representative office in Taipei said on Wednesday.
 
President-elect Tsai Ing-wen has tapped Stanley Kao (高碩泰), Taiwan's representative to Italy, as the new government's representative to the U.S., according to the Chinese-language United Daily News.
 
President Ma Ying-jeou told President-elect Tsai Ing-wen during their meeting Wednesday that his government has never worked with mainland China on the issue concerning Taiping Island in South China Sea, while Tsai stressed no change in her party's stance.
 
MOFA calls on Tokyo not to misuse military after new law
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official on Tuesday expressed respect for Japan's right to defend itself but urged Tokyo not to "misuse" its military forces for the purpose of invasion as a new Japanese security law took effect earlier in the same day, enabling its troops to fight overseas for the first time since World War II.
 
Kurt Tong, principal deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, contacted President-elect Tsai Ing-wen Tuesday, but he declined to disclose what they discussed during their meeting.
 
Taipei Metro rules impress, surprise foreign visitors, residents on MRT
The Taipei subway system, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has impressed many foreign visitors and residents with its cleanliness and services for people who do not speak Chinese but also surprised them with some of its guidelines.
 
Kurt Tong, principal deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, will visit the R.O.C. from March 28-30, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Friday.
 
R.O.C. passport holders can now obtain visa waivers, landing visas or e-visas to 164 countries and territories after three more countries recently granted Taiwan such privileges, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday.
 
'Security checks' on foreigners amid IS threat
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said on Thursday that the government has a process involving multiple security checks before approving visas for Indonesian workers. MOFA's statement was released following a recent warning issued by a senior Indonesian official who said that some Indonesian migrant workers could have been recruited by Islamic State (IS).
 
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