Taiwan employs capital punishment for the first time since 2005, executing four men for "grave offences such as fatal kidnappings and murders".
U.S. ambassador to Palau John Hennessey-Niland becomes the first sitting American envoy to visit Taiwan since the U.S. cut formal ties in 1979. The visit coincided with the opening of a COVID-19 "travel bubble" between Taiwan and Palau. The highest level visit in 42 years prompted anger from China, who warned the U.S. against "crossing its red line".
Iran executes Navid Afkari, a wrestler who was convicted of killing a security guard during anti-government protests in 2018. According to media, which quoted the judiciary in Fars, the execution was carried out after insistence from the victim's family. Activists and Afkari's family claim he made a forced confession to the crime.
The Cabinet of the Solomon Islands votes to shift diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China. Taiwanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu says that, since the Solomon Islands decided to establish diplomatic relations with China, this prompts Taiwan to cut ties with the Solomon Islands".
Taiwan and China brace for the impact of Typhoon Nepartak, the first major typhoon of 2016. Thousands of people have been evacuated in Taiwan while over 35,000 military personnel have been placed on standby to help with relief efforts.