Eswatini king recovers from COVID, thanks Taiwan for sending drug

King Mswati III says Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen sent antiviral medication, which he did not name, to help him recover. The king of eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, has said he recovered from COVID-19 and thanked Taiwan’s president for sending antiviral medication to help him. The small southern African country, an absolute monarchy, is Taiwan’s […]

Taiwan deploys missiles after Chinese jets ‘enter its air zone’

Taiwan’s air force issued ‘radio warnings’ and activated missiles after Chinese jets flew into its air defence zone. Taiwan’s air force has activated its missile system after eight Chinese fighter jets flew into the southwestern part of its air defence identification zone, in an uptick in tensions as Taipei announced a new defence minister and […]

Avoiding the ‘Two-Faced Blade Demon’ as the Year of the Ox looms

Inside the underground mall adjacent to Taipei’s renowned Lungshan Temple, a chubby white bird pecks at a box of orange and red envelopes under the watchful gaze of his owner Chin-yuan Chang. He picks at one, and then another and finally decides on an orange envelope, which he pulls out with his small beak. Chang […]

Taiwan: Ties with US strong amid threats from China

KABUL: Militants shot dead four government employees in central Kabul Tuesday in the latest rush-hour violence to rock the Afghan capital.The city has seen near-daily attacks during the busy morning commute, targeting prominent Afghans including politicians, journalists, activists, judges, and religious scholars.Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz told reporters that gunmen opened fire on a vehicle […]

Taiwan hits out at Chinese ‘bullying’ after Guyana U-turn

Taipei was supposed to open a representative office in the South American country, but the move triggered anger in Beijing. Taiwan has blamed Chinese “bullying” for Guyana’s decision to revoke a deal for the island to open a representative office in the South American country, saying it had tried without success to get Guyana to […]

First US warship transits Taiwan Strait since Biden inauguration

A missile destroyer conducts a routine transit through the waterway between mainland China and Taiwan. A US warship has sailed through the Taiwan Strait, the United States navy said, in the first such voyage since the inauguration of President Joe Biden. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer on Thursday conducted a routine transit through the waterway […]

China warns Taiwan independence ‘means war’

Beijing says its army taking action to respond to provocation and foreign interference amid a rise in military activity. China toughened its language towards Taiwan on Thursday, warning after recent stepped-up military activities near the island that “independence means war” and that their armed forces were taking action to respond to provocation and foreign interference. […]

Taiwan air force flexes muscles after latest Chinese incursion

Self-ruled island is beefing up its military as China becomes increasingly assertive. Armed and ready to go, Taiwan air force jets screamed into the sky on Tuesday in a drill to simulate a war scenario, showing its fleet’s battle readiness after dozens of Chinese warplanes flew into the island’s air defence zone over the weekend. Taiwan, claimed […]

China to conduct South China Sea military exercises

Drills to take place the same week that China complained about a US aircraft carrier group sailing through the waters. China said on Tuesday it will conduct military exercises in the South China Sea this week, just days after complaining that a US aircraft carrier group had sailed through the disputed waters. A notice issued […]

China Sends Warplanes to Taiwan Strait in a Show of Force to Biden

HONG KONG — China sent warplanes into the Taiwan Strait over the weekend, a show of force to the Biden administration that signals Beijing’s plans to maintain pressure on Taiwan even as it calls for a reset with the United States. Taiwan’s military said that four Chinese fighter jets, eight bombers and one anti-submarine aircraft […]

US support for Taiwan ‘rock-solid’ after China sends warplanes

The United States reaffirmed its support for Taiwan after eight Chinese bomber planes and four fighter jets entered the island’s air defence identification zone. The US Department of State said on Saturday it “notes with concern the pattern of [China’s] ongoing attempts to intimidate its neighbours, including Taiwan”. “We urge Beijing to cease its military, […]

Taiwan reports large incursion by China’s air force

Taipei says Chinese combat aircraft, including nuclear-capable H-6K bombers and four J-16 fighter jets, entered its airspace. Nuclear-capable Chinese bombers and fighter jets entered the southwestern corner of Taiwan’s air defence identification zone on Saturday and Taiwan’s air force deployed missiles to “monitor” the large-scale incursion. Taiwan’s air force warned away the Chinese aircraft, the […]

COVID ‘could have been contained’: Ex-Taiwan health minister

The coronavirus pandemic could have been contained if the authorities in Wuhan had notified the World Health Organization earlier and allowed an expert team to investigate in December 2019, according to Dr Chen Chien-jen, Taiwan’s former vice-president and health minister who made his name during the SARS [Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome] outbreak nearly 20 years […]

More event cancellations in Taiwan after rare COVID outbreak

Island moves to stamp out spread after cluster of cases emerges at hospital in Taoyuan. Taiwan has cancelled or postponed more large-scale events after a rare outbreak of domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases connected to a hospital, where the military has been sent to help with disinfection. Taiwan, which has kept the pandemic under control thanks […]

Taiwan stages military drills as China sanctions US officials

Taiwanese troops using tanks, mortars and small arms have staged a drill aimed at repelling an attack from China, which has increased its threats to reclaim the island and stepped up its own displays of military might. “No matter what is happening around the Taiwan Strait, our determination to guard our homeland will never change,” […]

US unveils plans to counter China’s rise in Asia

In a new document, the US says it wants to counter China’s ‘predatory economic practices’, ‘accelerate India’s rise’ and help Taiwan ensure its ‘freedom from coercion’. The Trump administration declassified its strategy to ensure continued dominance over China, which focuses on accelerating India’s rise as a counterweight to Beijing and the ability to defend Taiwan […]

US calls off UN envoy’s Taiwan visit to focus on Biden transition

Taiwan says it ‘respects’ US decision, but analysts say island might be quietly relieved. A trip by Kelly Craft, the US Ambassador to the United Nations to Taiwan this week was cancelled suddenly on Wednesday after the Trump Administration called off all official engagements as part of its transition efforts to help US President-elect Joe […]

Martial-law era casts long shadow over Taiwan’s military

Taipei, Taiwan – At Jing-Mei White Terror Memorial Park, a one-time military school-turned-detention centre, visitors can walk around the buildings where some of Taiwan’s most prominent political prisoners were held, interrogated and tried during 38 years of martial law. The museum takes visitors through detention facilities, a replica court and exhibits featuring testimony from former […]

‘Big thing’: Taiwan welcomes US move on official interactions

Joseph Wu says US move to relax decades-long restrictions boost to island, which China claims as its own. Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said on Monday that relations with the United States had been elevated to a global partnership after the US moved to lift decades-long restrictions on diplomatic interactions and prepared to send its […]

Pompeo removes restrictions on diplomatic contacts with Taiwan

JAKARTA: Indonesian rescuers pulled out body parts, pieces of clothing and scraps of metal from the Java Sea early Sunday morning, a day after a Boeing 737-500 with 62 people onboard crashed shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, officials said.Officials were hopeful they were honing in on the wreckage of Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 after sonar […]

Pompeo lifts curbs on official US contacts with Taiwan

The announcement comes before a planned trip to Taiwan by the US ambassador to the UN that has drawn anger from China. The United States will end its decades-old restrictions on official contacts with Taiwan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced, a move in the final days of President Donald Trump’s administration that is […]

‘A cudgel against Beijing’: US ambassador to UN to visit Taiwan

It began with a surprise phone call and will end with a surprise trip, but the Trump Administration’s close relationship with Taiwan will reach a finale next week when Kelly Craft, the US ambassador to the United Nations, arrives in Taipei just days before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo […]

Beijing threatens ‘heavy price’ if US envoy travels to Taiwan

Author:  AFP article author:  AFP ID:  1610088647646057700 Fri, 2021-01-08 06:46 UNITED NATIONS: China on Thursday warned the United States would pay a “heavy price” if its United Nations Ambassador Kelly Craft made good on plans to travel to Taiwan next week. Democratic and self-ruled Taiwan lives under the constant threat of invasion by authoritarian China, […]

‘Purgatory of the Orient’: World reacts to Hong Kong mass arrests

Hong Kong police have arrested more than 50 leading democratic activists on suspicion of violating a controversial security law, prompting alarm and condemnation in the city and beyond. Wednesday’s swoop marked the biggest crackdown since Beijing imposed the law last year. It was linked to an unofficial, independently organised vote in July 2020 to select […]