Posts Tagged ‘Taiwan’

Not a God: Taiwan Says of Health Minister Amid Uptick in COVID Cases Linked to Quarantine Hotel

TAIPEI—Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang defended the island’s health minister on Tuesday amid a rare uptick in domestic COVID-19 infections, saying that even if he were a god reborn on earth he could not protect against every eventuality. Since last month, Taiwan has been dealing with a cluster of 26 infections so far linked to a […]

The Taiwan Issue Remains a Major Thorn in the Side of US-Chinese Relations

The current state of the Taiwan problem has always been a good indicator for assessing the situation, both in the Indo-Pacific region as a whole and in relations between the two leading world powers, the United States and China. Meanwhile, a number of noteworthy recent events, which in one way or another affect this problem, […]

China in Focus (April 15): Taiwan Willing to Work With ‘Like-Minded’ Nations on Beijing Threat

China in Focus (April 15): Taiwan Willing to Work With ‘Like-Minded’ Nations on Beijing Threat Taiwan says it would work with the United States to deter military threats from Beijing. The Taiwanese president makes the island’s stance clear while meeting with a visiting U.S. delegation. Should the United States state whether it would defend Taiwan […]

‘Milestone’ in indigenous defense capabilities: Taiwan launches 10,000-ton amphibious transport ship

A bottle-throwing ceremony marked the launch of Taiwan’s domestically developed ‘Yushan’ vessel, the navy’s 10,000-ton-class amphibious transport ship, which will enter service in 2022. Speaking on Tuesday, President Tsai Ing-wen hailed the “milestone” in the country’s indigenous warship building plans as the amphibious transport vessel was launched. “I believe that this ship will certainly strengthen […]

New US guidelines encourage more interaction with Taiwan amid tensions with China

The US State Department has issued new guidelines making it easier for American diplomats to meet with officials from Taiwan. The move may seriously clash with Beijing’s “One-China” policy of sovereignty over the island territory. Released on Friday, the guidelines “liberalize guidance on contacts with Taiwan, consistent with our unofficial relations,” the State Department said. […]

China sends more jets; Taiwan says it will fight to the end if there’s war

China sent more fighter jets into Taiwan’s air defense zone on Wednesday in a stepped up show of force around the island Beijing claims as its own, and Taiwan’s foreign minister said it would fight to the end if China attacks.The democratic self-governed island has complained of repeated military activities by Beijing in recent months, […]

US Air Force Unprepared for Defence of Taiwan: War Games Analyst

The U.S. Air Force will struggle to maintain pressure on the Chinese military if conflict erupts around the Taiwan Strait, according to a recent war games analysis. “F-22s and F-35s operating under ideal conditions at sophisticated home bases here in the United States, have an ‘operational readiness’ rate of about 60 percent,” Joseph Siracusa, adjunct […]

Australia-US Preparing ‘Contingencies’ Around Possible Taiwan Conflict

Australia and the United States are working on “contingencies” if there is an outbreak of conflict around Taiwan, according to a senior U.S. diplomat. Michael Goldman, charge d’affaires at the U.S. embassy in Canberra told The Australian National University’s (ANU) National Security Podcast last week that Australia and the U.S. are working closely together on […]

Taiwan prosecutors seek arrest of lorry driver as train crash death toll rises to 50

Prosecutors in Taiwan on Saturday sought an arrest warrant for the owner of an unmanned truck that rolled onto a train track and caused the country’s worst rail disaster in decades, killing 50 people and injuring 178. The train was carrying 494 people at the start of a long holiday weekend on Friday when it […]

Train crash kills 48 in Taiwan’s deadliest rail tragedy in decades

A Taiwan express train with almost 500 aboard derailed in a tunnel on Friday, killing at least 48 passengers and injuring 66 on the island’s worst rail disaster in almost four decades.Images from the scene showed carriages in the tunnel ripped apart by the impact, with others crumpled, hindering rescuers in their efforts to reach […]

Eastern Taiwan Train Crash Leaves At Least 48 Dead, Dozens Injured

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A train partially derailed in eastern Taiwan on Friday after being hit by an unmanned vehicle that had rolled down a hill, killing 48 people. With the train still partly in a tunnel, survivors climbed out of windows and walked along the train’s roof to reach safety after the country’s deadliest […]

Little Taiwan flexes its Missile muscles, says it can strike China

Home » Asia, Wars / Conflicts » Little Taiwan flexes its Missile muscles, says it can strike China     Taiwan said it is now mass producing a long-range missile capable of striking deep into China and is actively developing three more models – with the missile program deemed “a priority” by Taipei. Speaking in […]

China Could Invade Taiwan in Near Future: US Admiral

Taiwan is facing a more imminent threat from a possible Chinese invasion than most people realize, said U.S. Adm. John Aquilino during his nomination hearing on Tuesday. Aquilino is nominated to become commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), succeeding current commander Adm. Philip Davidson. On Tuesday, while testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, […]

Taiwan greenlights AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

Taiwan’s government has granted emergency-use authorization for AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 jab. The first batch of the vaccine is expected to arrive onto the island under the WHO-led COVAX initiative next week. The emergency-use approval was granted to the vaccine on Saturday, Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration Director-General Wu Shou-mei told reporters. The island, claimed by China […]

Taiwan: BioNTech vaccine deal on hold, potential Chinese pressure

A deal for Taiwan to buy 5 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Germany’s BioNTech SE is on hold, the island’s health minister said on Wednesday, citing potential Chinese pressure for the delay. Taiwan Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said officials were on the verge of announcing the deal in December when BioNTech pulled […]

China-Taiwan tensions rise days into Biden presidency

Chinese air force planes including 12 fighter jets entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone for a second day on Sunday, Taiwan said, as tensions rise near the island just days into US President Joe Biden’s new administration.China views democratically ruled Taiwan as its own territory, and has in the past few months increased military activity […]

US pledges ‘rock-solid’ commitment to Taiwan’s defense after island reports incursion of Chinese bombers & fighter jets

The US has promised to continue aiding Taiwan’s “self-defense capability,” after Taipei reported a flyby involving 13 Chinese military planes. Beijing has been saying the US uses Taiwan to meddle in its domestic affairs. US State Department spokesperson Ned Price demanded that Beijing “cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan,” and engage in […]

Taiwan reports large incursion by Chinese air force

By Reuters Staff TAIPEI (Reuters) – Eight Chinese bomber planes and four 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 incursion, the island’s Defence Ministry said. China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, has conducted almost daily flights over the […]

US Stands by Taiwan, Envoy Says After Cancelled Trip

Kelly Craft, US Ambssador to the UN, speaking at her nomination hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Photo: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque. The United States stands by Taiwan and always will, the US ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft said following a call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, who told her the island would continue […]

Explosion at pharmaceutical factory in Taiwan kills one

At least one person has died and another has been injured following an explosion at a pharmaceutical factory in Taiwan’s Taoyuan City. The blast on Sunday caused a fire at a factory, which wasn’t fully extinguished until Tuesday. Thick smoke was also seen rising into the air for several days after the explosion. An investigation […]

Man Who Broke Quarantine For 8 Seconds In Taiwan Gets A $3,500 Fine

There’s no “five-second rule” for quarantine. Authorities with Taiwan’s Department of Health have fined a Filipino man who broke quarantine for 8 seconds $3,540 after his misdeed was caught on a hotel surveillance camera and reported to the agency. According to Taiwan’s official Central News Agency (CNA), the man arrived in the southern port city […]

Man fined $3,600 for 8-SECOND coronavirus quarantine breach in Taiwan (VIDEO)

An unlucky Philippine man has been slapped with a heavy fine by Taiwanese authorities over leaving his room for mere seconds while he was subject to a mandatory 14-day Covid-19 quarantine. The quarantine-defying man, said to be a migrant worker from the Philippines, was fined a hefty sum of 100,000 Taiwanese dollars (around $3,600) for […]

Taiwan: A US Foothold Before a Chinese Tidal Wave

By Tony CartalucciSource: New Eastern Outlook Taiwan has found itself increasingly in the middle of the growing power struggle between a waning US and a rising China. 5 Reasons Why The Black Widow Solo Movie Will Be Awesome5 Reasons Why The Black Widow Solo Movie Will Be Awesome Taiwan is recognized by both the UN and the vast […]

Pig Guts And Punches Fly In Taiwan Parliament Over Imports Of U.S. Meat

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Lawmakers in Taiwan got into a fistfight and threw pig guts at each other Friday over a soon-to-be enacted policy that would allow imports of U.S. pork and beef. Premier Su Tseng-chang was due to give a regularly scheduled policy report to lawmakers on Friday morning about the pork policy when […]

China’s Reaction to a US Unannounced visit to Taiwan – PressTV Interview

By Peter Koenig Global Research, November 24, 2020 Background China has reacted strongly to a senior US official’s unannounced visit to Taiwan, warning that it will take legitimate and necessary action according to circumstances. The Chinese foreign ministry spokesman reiterated Beijing’s firm opposition to any official ties between Taiwan and the US. The reaction came after […]

How A Key Pentagon Official Turned China Policy Over To Arms Industry And Taiwan Supporters

Above photo: From The Grayzone. The “Fortress Taiwan” arms deal overseen by ex-Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver is one of the most provocative U.S. moves against China in years. And a big win for his think tank’s arms industry and Taiwanese patrons. When the United States finalized a set of seven arms sales packages to Taiwan […]

Crowds celebrate Pride in virus-free Taiwan

Taiwan is at the vanguard of the burgeoning gay rights movement in Asia and became the first place in the region to allow same-sex marriage in May 2019 after a bruising political fight. It has also achieved remarkable success against the coronavirus, recording more than 200 days in a row without a single local infection. […]

Mass military wedding in Taiwan includes two same-sex couples

Taiwan is at the vanguard of the burgeoning gay rights movement in Asia and became the first place in the region to allow same-sex marriage in May 2019 after a bruising political fight. Nearly 200 couples paraded at an army base in northern Taoyuan county before exchanging vows at an outdoor ceremony. Among them were […]

Dangers Of Military Confrontation Around Taiwan And South China Sea

By Ann Wright, Popular Resistance. October 14, 2020 | Educate! Above photo: US Navy Photo. Over the past two years, the United States has dramatically increased the number of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and destroyers sent into the South China Sea as a freedom of navigation show of force missions to remind the Chinese government […]

Prague still caught between East and West as Taiwan furore exposes ideological split

If the Czech Republic’s relations with China had been fraying over the past 12 months, they have now hit a new low after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reacted furiously to a leading Czech politician’s visit to Taiwan. Speaking during a state visit to Germany, Wang said that Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil’s arrival in […]

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