China fires missiles near Taiwan after Pelosi visit

Taiwan said China launched 11 ballistic missiles into waters around Taiwan's north-east and south-west coasts.

Japan said five Chinese missiles landed in its waters as well, calling for an "immediate stop" to the exercises.

China saw the visit, by the US house speaker Mrs Pelosi, as a challenge to its claims of sovereignty over Taiwan.

It sees Taiwan as a breakaway province that will eventually be brought under its control - by force if necessary.

China gears up for military drills after Pelosi visit to Taiwan

Ms Pelosi left on Wednesday after a brief but controversial visit to Taiwan, which China regards as a breakaway province.

In response, China announced five days of "necessary and just" military drills, which will begin on Thursday.

Taiwan said 27 Chinese warplanes had already entered its air defence zone.

On Wednesday, Taiwan's defence ministry said it had scrambled jets to warn them off.

China has said the exercises will take place in some of the world's busiest waterways and will include "long-range live ammunition shooting".

China sends 30 warplanes into Taiwan air defence zone

The incident on Monday marked the biggest incursion since January.

It came days after US President Joe Biden warned China against invading Taiwan, and on the same day as a US official visited the island to discuss security with leaders.

China has ratcheted up the frequency of its air missions in recent months, claiming they are training drills.

Such moves have angered Taiwan and increased tensions in the region.

China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province, which it can take by force if necessary.

New patrol boats due to arrive in Nauru in May

Ambassador to Taiwan Jarden Kephas received the boats on behalf of the Government of Nauru and Nauru Police Force in Taiwan on March 7.

Nauru Media News – NTV reports the police force will establish a Maritime Division under the Operations Unit and will recruit officers.

The relevant officers in the NPF and other departments will be trained to operate the patrol boats.

The boats have been named Eaimer and Tebaurua.

The patrol boats will play a major role in safeguarding Nauru’s sea especially for any illegal activities and search and rescue.


Taiwan conducts chicken and pig raising workshop in Nauru

The workshop was facilitated by the specialist officer, Pedro He of the Taiwan Technical Mission.

He taught participants about each stage of raising chickens and pigs.

“Like we could separate into suckling, weaning, growing, finishing stages in the fattening pigs. And there are three stages (brooding, growing, and laying stage) in the hens. Then, we should use different strategies to take care of them.”

Nauru President touts Taiwan's global record at UN General Assembly

In his address at the 76th session of the UNGA, Aingimea said Nauru has made significant progress in its COVID-19 vaccination effort and its overall response to the pandemic, thanks to the ongoing support of its “genuine friends Australia, India, Japan and the Republic of China (Taiwan).”

He said Taiwan is an important global partner that is ready to share its experience in responding to the pandemic and should not be sidelined in international organisations like the World Health Assembly.

Nauru chartered flight for overseas medical referrals to Taiwan

Nauru Media News NTV passengers departing Nauru included 34 patients on medical referrals, 19 family escorts and health staffs in Dr. Bill and Nurse Jane Short.

Before departure, patients and escorts were briefly informed of COVID-related regulations in Taiwan.

According to the Taiwan Embassy, the chartered flight will bring back 37 passengers from Taiwan.

It is the second plane chartered to transport patients requiring OMR to Taiwan.


Photo Nauru Media News - NTV 


Dozens killed as train crashes and derails in tunnel

The eight-carriage train reportedly hit a construction vehicle that had slipped onto the tracks at the tunnel's mouth.

Rescuers combed badly damaged carriages inside the tunnel to find survivors, some of whom smashed windows to flee.

The train, from the capital Taipei to Taitung, was carrying people travelling for a long-weekend annual holiday.

Many people may have been standing because the train was so full.

The 408 train is one of the fastest deployed on a network that is generally considered safe. It can reach speeds of 130km/h (80mph).

Taiwan donates Covid-19 rapid kit tests to Nauru

Nauru Media News – NTV reports Ambassador Dean Wang handed over the equipment and cheque to the Minister for Health, Isabella Dageago at RON Hospital.

An MOU signing was also witnessed at ceremony between the two countries to enhance Nauru's medical referral to Taichung Veteran General Hospital Taiwan.

Minister Dageago signed the MoU in the presence of the Ambassador and other officials.


Photo Nauru Media News - NTV 


Taiwan donates egg sale proceeds to Nauru Persons Disability Organisation

Ambassador Dean Wang presented the proceeds from the egg sale to the Secretary for People with Disability Riddell Akua, who thanked the Embassy and the TTM for their generous donation.

According to Mr Akua, the donation will go towards the organisation's independent advocacy.

The Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) sold eggs at its stall at the Civic Centre market day last Saturday.

Nauru Media News NTV reports many people queued up at the stall to buy the eggs which sold for $12 a tray.