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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This handout from the Royal Thai Government taken and released on September 1, 2020 shows Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha speaking at a briefing on the Red Bull heir’s hit-and-run case at the Government House in Bangkok.

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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Combatting fake news in Taiwan

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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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