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Gov't confirms Tsai trip but stays mum on US stopover
The Foreign Ministry confirmed Monday that President Tsai Ing-wen would embark next month on a tour of Taiwan's diplomatic allies in Central America, but it refused to reveal the location of transit stops likely to take place in the U.S.
 
A Taiwanese medical group signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Thursday with a hospital and non-governmental group in Nepal on working together to enhance post-disaster treatment in the Himalayan country.
 
At least 39 Taiwanese arrested in Spain telephone fraud crackdown
Thirty-nine Taiwanese nationals were among around 300 fraud suspects arrested earlier this week in Spain, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on Thursday.
 
Taiwan has signed an open skies agreement with Australia, removing previous restrictions on flights between the two countries.
 
National Security Council Secretary-General Joseph Wu recently visited Washington D.C. amid increased exchanges following a call between President Tsai Ing-wen and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, a local newspaper reported Monday.
 
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was a logical continuation of a slowly evolving process of improved U.S.-Taiwan relations, according to John Pomfret, a former China correspondent for The Washington Post.
 
An eventful evening
Ex-White House official Stephen Yates, left, speaks with New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu in New Taipei on Friday, Dec. 9.
 
In a move that could produce breakthroughs in Washington-Taipei military relations, the U.S. Senate adopted a conference report of the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that allows high-level Pentagon officials to visit Taiwan.
 
Row over referendum rules
KMT lawmakers hold signs that call for lowering the requirements of holding referendums, at the Legislative Yuan, Taipei, Friday, Dec. 9. KMT lawmakers had hoped to have the general session review revisions to the referendum law, but their colleagues from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and the opposition People First Party blocked the bid.
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A member of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's transition team called on Foreign Minister David Lee Friday and the two exchanged views on the challenges facing Taiwan.
 
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