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On April 9, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines’s La Soufrière volcano began a series of explosive eruptions. Since then, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has been covered in thick layers of dangerous volcanic ash and over 20,000 people have been evacuated. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has a population of around 110 thousand. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimated in mid-April that the financial impact of the crisis would be approximately US$554 million and warned of a humanitarian crisis. Ambassador Andrea Bowman, the Ambassador of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in Taiwan launches a volcano relief drive in Taiwan calling for the public in Taiwan to help.
The US State Department announced on April 9th a new policy to encourage engagement between Taiwanese and US officials and in mid-April, President Tsai met a senior delegation led by US Senator Dodd and sent by US President Joe Biden. In mid-April, US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga made a joint statement after the summit referring to the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and it was the first reference to Taiwan jointly made again by the US and Japanese leaders since 1969. Will there be a repeat of Truman containment policy? Let’s hear from Prof.Edward I-hsin Chen, a professor emeritus of Tamkang University at the Department of Diplomacy and International Relations.
The Biden administration has planned to ease restrictions on diplomatic exchanges between Taiwan and the UU and Prof.Edward I-hsin Chen, a professor emeritus of Tamkang University at the Department of Diplomacy and International Relations said it is the second largest change in the area of diplomatic relations between Taiwan and the US since 1994. In 1994 changes made include the title of CCNAA (Coordination Council of North American Affairs) to TECRO (Taiwan Economic and Cultural Representative Office) and Taiwanese officials could pay a visit to federal buildings to discuss important issues. Prof. Chen said the move shows the US is taking side with Taiwan and warns China not take any coercive action.
Summer Chen Hui-min, Editor in chief of Taiwan Fact Check Center said Taiwan Fact Check Center has helped organize some workshops to help teachers with media literacy. As young children and teenagers today rely on the mobile phone, instead of telling them what disinformation is all about, Summer Chen said you might as well just get them involved with the misinformation debunking work.
In June of 2020, last year, Taiwan Fact Check Center won a global checking award for debunking a video that falsely claimed vote rigging in the elections in Taiwan. The debunking process only took 15 minutes, but Summer Chen Hui-min, Editor in chief of Taiwan Fact Check Center said that is not the normal case, it normally takes half a day or one to three days to debunk misinformation, and sometimes it even takes up two to three weeks. Some misinformation has been described as a zombie rumor as you can't kill it and it keeps coming back, Summer Chen said when this happens, they make good use of the LINE chatbot to answer questions raised by the public. LINE is Taiwan’s most popular messaging app and Taiwan is the first country to work with LINE.