Taipei defends Taiwan academic attacked by Chinese media for article Jan 14, 2022 0 0 12345 Taipei Taiwan’s government on Thursday vowed to defend an academic accused by Chinese media of breaking Hong Kong’s national security law by writing an article mainland media claim was pro-Hong Kong independence. “Our country is a sovereign state and Hong Kong’s national security law is not applicable in the society of Taiwan. Not to mention our people,” Chiu Chui-cheng, a spokesperson for Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, which handles dealings with Beijing, told a press conference. Wu Rwei-ren, a researcher at Academia Sinica-Institute of Taiwan History in Taipei, wrote the article, entitled “For an Unfinished Revolution,” in early 2020. On January 6, a Chinese state newspaper in Hong Kong, Ta Kung Pao, criticised the Hong Kong Journalists Association and the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong for awarding Wu a human rights prize for the article. Ta Kung Pao reported that Wu could face up to life imprisonment if found to have broken Hong Kong’s national security law. (Agencies) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES New daily high of Covid cases prompts closures in Philippines Jan 14, 2022 0 0 In a world first, Syrian officer indicted for war crimes in German court Jan 14, 2022 0 0 Public transport drivers block roads in Lebanon to protest economic hardship Jan 14, 2022 0 0 India logs 247,000 new coronavirus cases, sharpest daily hike so far DPA New Delhi India recorded more than 247,000 coronavirus cases on Thursday, its biggest-day single-day rise since the beginning of the pandemic, according to officials and news reports. The pandemic’s third wave in .. Botswana to sell 300 elephant trophy hunter licences DPA Gaborone Botswana plans to issue licences to hunt 294 elephants during the opening of this year’s hunting season in April. According to the national park director responsible for issuing the licences, Kabelo .. landmark leap: UN rights chief New York UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet has hailed the trial and conviction in Germany of a Syrian former intelligence officer accused of crimes against humanity. “It is a landmark leap forward in the .. Probe starts after two Israeli soldiers killed by friendly fire in Jordan Valley Tel Aviv Two Israeli officers are dead after a friendly fire incident during a security patrol adjacent to a military base in the Jordan Valley, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said on Thursday. “The officers were .. Nobel prize committee calls on Ethiopian laureate to end Tigray conflict Copenhagen The awarding institution of the Nobel Peace Prize has called on Ethiopian laureate Abiy Ahmed to put an end to the armed conflict in the Tigray region. “As prime minister and a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, ..