Taiwan’s chief U.S. envoy Bi-khim Hsiao speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Envoy says Taiwan learns from Ukraine war

Taiwan has learned important lessons from Ukraine’s war that would help it deter any attack by China or defend itself if invaded, the self-ruled island’s top envoy to the U.S….

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US vows to defend space with Japan, deploy mobile Marines as China worries grow

The United States said Wednesday that attacks in space would invoke its defense treaty with Japan and announced the deployment of a more agile Marine unit in its ally as alarm grows over China. Weeks…

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Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen says willing to provide necessary assistance based on humanitarian concerns to China. – AFP pic, January 1, 2023

Taiwan’s Tsai offers assistance to China over virus surge

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen extended an olive branch to Beijing on Sunday, pledging to offer assistance if needed as coronavirus cases surge in China after its abrupt lifting of pandemic restrictions. “As long as there is a need, we…

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A visitor walks by an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping shaking hands with then Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou, at the Museum of the Communist Party of China in Beijing, China September 3, 2022. REUTERS/Florence Lo/File Photo

Fearing war in Xi’s next term, Taiwan bolsters defences

Taiwan is bolstering its defences and steeling itself for the possibility of war with China as leader Xi Jinping readies to assume a third term in power and tries to…

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Vice President Kamala Harris boards Air Force 2 for travel to Japan and South Korea from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Sunday Sept. 25, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)

Ceremony and controversy await Harris during visit to Asia

Attending funerals on behalf of the United States is normally a straightforward assignment for a vice president, but Kamala Harris will confront controversy at nearly every turn as she visits…

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China willing to make effort for peaceful ‘reunification’ with Taiwan

China is willing to make the utmost effort to strive for a peaceful “reunification” with Taiwan, a Chinese government spokesperson said on Wednesday, following weeks of military manoeuvres and war games by Beijing near…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan September 15, 2022. Sputnik/Alexandr Demyanchuk/Pool via REUTERS

Putin says Xi has questions and concerns over Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said he understood that Xi Jinping had questions and concerns about the situation in Ukraine but praised China’s leader for what he said was a “balanced”…

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FILE – Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a photo at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Qingdao in eastern China’s Shandong Province on June 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Putin, Xi meet for high-stakes talks in challenge to West

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping gather with other Asian leaders in the ancient Silk Road city of Samarkand from Thursday for a regional summit touted as a challenge to Western global influence. Xi and Putin will be…

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A US-made 155mm howitzer firing during a drill at Penghu islands. (Photo by Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense / AFP)

US announces $1.1 billion arms package for Taiwan

The United States on Friday announced a new $1.1 billion package of arms to Taiwan, vowing to keep boosting the island’s defenses as tensions soar with Beijing. The sale comes…

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Hsiao Bi-khim, a lawmaker from Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party, speaks during an interview in Taipei, Taiwan October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

China sanctions seven Taiwanese ‘independence diehard’ officials

BEIJING/TAIPEI, Aug 16 (Reuters) – China on Tuesday imposed sanctions including an entry ban on seven Taiwanese officials and lawmakers it accused of being “independence diehards”, drawing condemnation from the democratically governed island. The sanctions come after U.S. House Speaker Nancy…

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Quote of the week

#QuoteoftheWeek: #China has published its first white paper on #Taiwan since Xi Jinping came to power, refusing to rule out force in its bid for unification. This follows days of…

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An Air Force pilot navigates an aircraft next to a fighter jet under the Eastern Theatre Command of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) during military exercises in the waters and airspace around Taiwan, at an undisclosed location August 9, 2022 in this handout image released on August 10, 2022. Eastern Theatre Command/Handout via REUTERS

China military ‘completes tasks’ around Taiwan, plans regular patrols

BEIJING/TAIPEI, Aug 10 (Reuters) – China’s military has “completed various tasks” around Taiwan but will conduct regular patrols, it said on Wednesday, potentially signalling an end to days of war…

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Quote of the week

#QuoteOfTheWeek: Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong warned that the tensions in the Taiwan Strait is unlikely to ease soon amid suspicion and limited engagement between the US and China….

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This screen grab made from video released by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV shows a Chinese military jet flying as part of military exercises near Taiwan on August 5, 2022. / AFP

China defends ditching U.S. talks, says Washington must bear ‘serious consequences’

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s defence ministry on Monday defended its shelving of military talks with the United States in protest against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei last week, warning that Washington…

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A TV screen shows that China’s People’s Liberation Army has begun military exercises including live firing on the waters and in the airspace surrounding the island of Taiwan, as reported by Chinese state television, in Hong Kong, China August 4, 2022. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

China fires missiles into waters off Taiwan in largest ever drills

TAIPEI, Aug 4 (Reuters) – China fired multiple missiles around Taiwan on Thursday, launching unprecedented military drills a day after a visit by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the self-ruled island that Beijing regards as its…

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Pelosi’s disastrous legacy

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi decided to stopover in Taiwan, which China viewed as a violation of its “One China” policy. It was an act of selfishness, one that grew…

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ASEAN reaffirms One China Policy

In responding to recent cross-strait developments, ASEAN’s foreign minister has called for all parties to exercise maximum restraint, refrain from provocative action and to adhere strictly to the principles contained…

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CAAT advises Thai airlines to avoid air space over and near Taiwan

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has issued an advisory to all Thai airlines to avoid air space around Taiwan, as the Chinese government has declared the airspace a…

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This handout taken and released by Taiwan’s Presidential Office on August 3, 2022 shows US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking in the Presidential Office in Taipei.

Will Pelosi launch thousands of war drones?

There is too much at stake in today’s world for China and the United States to lock horns militarily. However, Xi Jinping telling his US counterpart Joe Biden not to…

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This handout taken and released by Taiwan’s Presidential Office on August 3, 2022 shows US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi waving beside Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen at the Presidential Office in Taipei.

Chinese embassy – US Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan a threat to regional security

The Chinese Embassy in Thailand said today (Wednesday) that the visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a serious threat to regional security and will push China-US…

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US House Speaker Pelosi arrives in Taiwan, defying Beijing

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday night despite threats from Beijing of serious consequences, becoming the highest-ranking American official in 25 years to visit the self-ruled…

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A man reads the Global Times newspaper that features a front page article about U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Asia tour at a street display wall in Beijing, China, August 1, 2022. The front page headline reads: “Pelosi visits Asia in the smell of gunpowder.” REUTERS/Thomas Peter

As Pelosi begins Asia tour, China warns against visiting Taiwan

SINGAPORE, Aug 1 (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi kicked off a closely-watched Asia tour on Monday in Singapore as China warned that its military would never “sit idly by” if she were to visit Taiwan, the…

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2nd suspect in Taiwan murder investigation now in police custody in Thailand

The second suspect in the investigation into the murder of a Thai couple in Taiwan is currently in the custody of Crime Suppression Division police, after he was apprehended in…

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Thai murder suspect from Taiwan surrenders to police in Chiang Mai

The murder suspect, wanted in Taiwan for killing a Thai couple last week, surrendered to police in the northern province of Chiang Mai this morning (Friday). Accompanied by his father,…

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Police say Thai murder suspect from Taiwan offers to surrender

A Thai man, wanted by Taiwanese police in connection with the murder of a Thai couple there, has offered, through a go-between, to surrender to the Thai police. Commissioner of…

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Thai man wanted in connection with the murder of Thai couple in Taiwan

Police in Thailand are looking for a Thai man wanted by the Taiwanese police on suspicion of killing a Thai couple in Taiwan. The murders are thought to be related…

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Japan hosts Quad summit seeking unity on countering China

The leaders of Japan, India, Australia and the United States meet in Tokyo on Tuesday seeking common ground on countering China’s growing regional economic and military clout. The summit of the so-called Quad grouping takes place with…

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a joint news conference with Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida after their bilateral meeting at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan, May 23, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

In Tokyo, Biden says would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan

TOKYO, May 23 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said on Monday he would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan, in a series of critical comments about China…

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A Taiwan flag is carried by a Chinook helicopter during a rehearsal for the upcoming National Day celebration in Taipei, Taiwan October 7, 2021. REUTERS/Ann Wang/File Photo

China says Taiwan is ‘not Ukraine’ as island raises alert level

BEIJING/TAIPEI, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Taiwan is “not Ukraine” and has always been an inalienable part of China, China’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday, as Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called…

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Beijing Olympic organisers hit out at Xinjiang ‘lies’

Beijing Olympics organisers hit out at “lies” about Xinjiang on Thursday and reiterated the Chinese government’s stance on Taiwan, while also railing against “politicising” the Games.   The United States…

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A child wearing a mask holds on to the ears of a Tiger sculpture on the first day of the Lunar Year of the Tiger in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

On Lunar New Year, Chinese offer prayers at temples

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese people rang in the Lunar New Year on Tuesday despite pandemic restrictions, as small crowds gathered at temples to offer traditional prayers for the Year of…

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Kathleen Hicks (L), the first female U.S. deputy defense secretary, arrives for the first day in her new role at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., February 9 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

U.S. builds new software tool to predict actions that could draw China’s ire

HONOLULU (Reuters) – U.S. military commanders in the Pacific have built a software tool to predict how the Chinese government will react to U.S. actions in the region like military sales, U.S.-backed military activity and even congressional visits to hotspots…

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897kgs of crystal methamphetamine bound for Taiwan seized at Bangkok port

Thai customs officials seized 897 kilograms of crystal meth at Bangkok port today (Saturday). The drugs were being transported to Taiwan. Customs officials attributed the seizure to a tipoff from…

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, seen on a screen, during a meeting in Taipei, Wednesday Dec. 1, 2021. (Kyodo News via AP)

Beijing summons Japan envoy over ex-PM’s ‘erroneous’ Taiwan remarks

Beijing (AFP) – Beijing summoned the Japanese ambassador to China over former prime minister Shinzo Abe’s “extremely erroneous remarks” on Taiwan, the foreign ministry said Thursday, as tensions rise over the…

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Thailand not invited to US democracy summit

Thailand is not among the over 100 countries the Biden administration has invited to its “Summit for Democracy” next month, according to a list of participants published on Tuesday which…

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File photo. A screen shows Chinese President Xi Jinping attending a virtual meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden via video link, at a restaurant in Beijing, China November 16, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

Biden, Xi stick to their positions but turn down the heat in three-hour talk

WASHINGTON/BEIJING, Nov 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden pressed his Chinese counterpart on human rights in a video call lasting more than three hours, while Xi Jinping warned that…

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Raphael Glucksmann, leader of the opposition Parti Socialiste and Place Publique (Socialist Party and Public Place) list for the European elections, attends a rally in Lyon, France May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot

‘You are not alone’: EU Parliament delegation tells Taiwan on first official visit

TAIPEI, Nov 4 (Reuters) – The European Parliament’s first official delegation to Taiwan said on Thursday the diplomatically isolated island is not alone and called for bolder actions to strengthen…

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Thailand extends list of countries and territories, the citizens of which can enter the Kingdom without quarantine

Thailand has extended the list of “low risk” countries and territories whose citizens will be allowed to enter the kingdom without quarantine from Tomorrow (Monday), according to an announcement issued…

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CNN report on substandard gloves from Thailand may have been provided by duped American

A senior Thai police officer said today that he suspected that the recent CNN report about the export of tens of millions of used medical gloves to the United States,…

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In this photo released by the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the United Kingdom’s carrier strike group led by HMS Queen Elizabeth (R 08), and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces led by (JMSDF) Hyuga-class helicopter destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182) joined with U.S. Navy carrier strike groups led by flagships USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) sails to conduct multiple carrier strike group operations in the Philippine Sea, on Oct. 3, 2021. (Jason Tarleton/U.S. Navy via AP)

Taiwan tensions raise fears of US-China conflict in Asia

(AP) – After sending a record number of military aircraft to harass Taiwan over China’s National Day holiday, Beijing has toned down the saber rattling but tensions remain high, with…

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Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen waves during the national day celebration in Taipei, Taiwan, October 10,2021./ REUTERS

Taiwan won’t be forced to bow to China, president says

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan will keep bolstering its defences to ensure nobody can force them to accept the path China has laid down that offers neither freedom nor democracy, President Tsai Ing-wen…

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Popcat fever offers Thailand respite from worries of COVID crisis

In this time of despair, a small sense of achievement has arrived to boost Thais’ morale – winning a global online race as a team. Thailand on Sunday (August 15) managed…

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A local resident listens to medical staffs before queing up for the COVID-19 virus testing at the Wanhua District in Taipei on May 19, 2021. / AFP

Taiwan raises coronavirus alert level after spike in infections

Taiwan on Wednesday raised its coronavirus alert level, tightening social distancing measures as it battled a widening outbreak. The Level 3 alert was imposed on the entire island with entertainment…

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Medical workers prepare to perform COVID-19 rapid tests on residents, following an increasing number of locally transmitted cases in Taipei, Taiwan, May 15, 2021. REUTERS/Ann Wang

Taiwan tightens curbs after surge in domestic COVID-19 cases

Taiwan raised its coronavirus alert level on Saturday in the capital, Taipei, and the surrounding city, bringing curbs for a period of two weeks that will shut many venues and…

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Twitter spotlights Asia democracy movements with #MilkTeaAlliance emoji

Twitter has launched an emoji to spotlight the “#MilkTeaAlliance” online protest movement that has forged links between pro-democracy activists across Asia, the social media giant said Thursday. The alliance —…

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Taiwan tourists line up for Covid-19 coronavirus tests at Taoyuan International Airport near Taipei on April 1, 2021, before heading to Palau as part of a travel bubble plan. (Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP)

Diplomatic allies Taiwan and Palau begin coronavirus travel bubble

Taiwan and Palau launched a rare holiday travel bubble on Thursday as the two diplomatic allies try to kickstart their battered tourist industries after successfully keeping infections at bay. Around…

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This US Navy photo shows the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) on June 3, 2020 in the Philippine Sea. – Following an extended visit to Guam in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Theodore Roosevelt completed carrier qualifications June 2, 2020 and is in Guam for resupply during a deployment to the Indo-Pacific. (Photo by Will BENNETT / Navy Office of Information / AFP)

US warships conduct exercises in South China Sea

A US aircraft carrier group sailed into the South China Sea on a so-called “freedom of navigation” exercise, the first routine operation in the region under new President Joe Biden….

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Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen./ AFP

Keep calm, Taiwan says after first local COVID-19 case in eight months

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called on people on Wednesday to keep calm after the island confirmed its first locally transmitted case of COVID-19 since April 12, as the government announced…

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China to impose sanctions on U.S. firms over Taiwan arms sales

China will impose sanctions on Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defense, Raytheon and other U.S. companies it says are involved in Washington’s arms sales to Taiwan, a foreign ministry spokesman said. Zhao…

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Five Thai freighter crewmen missing in the sea off Taiwan

Two Thai crew members of a freighter were injured and five others are missing after their vessel capsized in rough seas off Gao Song town in Taiwan on Friday night….

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May 20, 2020, file photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech after her inauguration ceremony at a government guest house in Taipei, Taiwan. U.S. Undersecretary of State Keith Krach is due to meet Tsai and other senior officials, the island’s foreign ministry said Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Krach is the highest-level official from the State Department to visit the island in decades. Keith is due to arrive in Taiwan on Thursday afternoon to begin a three-day visit that has already drawn a warning from China.

U.S. envoy leading second recent high-level visit to Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A senior U.S. State Department official is due to arrive in Taiwan on Thursday for a three-day visit that has already drawn a warning from China….

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Family members of 12 Hong Kong activists, detained as they reportedly sailed to Taiwan for political asylum, sought to publicise their plight at a news conference on Saturday [Tyrone Siu/Reuters]

Hong Kong says will not interfere with Chinese law enforcement arrest of 12 residents at sea

Hong Kong’s government stood fast in its refusal to interfere with the arrest of 12 residents seeking to flee to Taiwan by sea, despite pleas from families for assistance, saying…

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Taiwan to change passport, fed up with confusion with China

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Fed up with being confused for China amid the coronavirus pandemic and Beijing’s stepped-up efforts to assert sovereignty, Taiwan said on Wednesday it would redesign its passport…

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Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu speaks during a news conference in Taipei, Taiwan, August 11, 2020.

Taiwan tells visiting U.S. official China seeks to turn it into next Hong Kong

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan faces an increasingly difficult position as China pressures the democratic island to accept conditions that would turn it into the next Hong Kong, its top diplomat…

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China says US cabinet visit to Taiwan ‘endangering peace’

China said Wednesday a visit by a top US cabinet member to Taiwan was endangering peace and stability in the region, with relations between the two powers at historic lows….

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Taiwan rejects permits for 2 Hong Kong officials as visa row escalates

HONG KONG/TAIPEI (Reuters) The Hong Kong government said on Tuesday that Taiwan had rejected the visas of two of its officials, underscoring rising bilateral tensions after Taipei criticised a security…

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In this photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, center, walks ahead of Vice-President Lai Ching-te, left of her, as they attend an inauguration ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Tsai was inaugurated for a second term amid increasing pressure from China on the self-governing island democracy it claims as its own territory. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP)

Taiwan President Tsai calls for stability in China relations

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen called for stability in relations with China in her inaugural address Wednesday but said she would not accept Beijing’s political terms that would “downgrade Taiwan and…

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In this image made from video, emergency teams work at the crash site of a military helicopter in the mountains of Yilan, north eastern Taiwan, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. The defense ministry has confirmed Taiwan’s top military officer Gen. Shen Yi-ming and others were killed in a crash of an air force helicopter. (Yilan Fire Bureau via AP)

Taiwan grounds Black Hawks after crash killed top personnel

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan grounded its fleet of Black Hawk helicopters after a crash killed the island’s top military officer and other prominent personnel. The official Central News Agency…

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Shane Lin (L) and Marc Yuan kiss before signing their marriage certificate in Taiwan’s first same-sex wedding.

Taiwan holds first gay marriages in historic day for Asia

Taiwan’s first official same-sex weddings kicked off Friday in a landmark moment for LGBT rights in Asia as gay couples took the historic step of registering as married, the culmination…

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(Photo) AFP: Gay marriage supporters cheered as it emerged lawmakers had approved much of their demands

In first for Asia, Taiwan lawmakers back same-sex marriage

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday, as thousands of demonstrators outside parliament cheered and waved rainbow flags, despite deep divisions…

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No one can obliterate Taiwan’s existence, declares President Tsai Ing-wen

(REUTERS) – Vowing that “no one can obliterate Taiwan’s existence”, President Tsai Ing-wen left on Sunday for the United States and two of its remaining diplomatic allies, amid pressure from…

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