Slovakia wants to be ‘equal partner’ in trade with Taiwan: official

Slovakia wants to be “an equal partner” to Taiwan, the leader of an official trade delegation to the island said Monday, a sign of growing international support for Taipei having a place on the world stage despite Beijing’s protests. China claims self-ruled democratic Taiwan as its territory, to be retaken one day by force ifContinue reading “Slovakia wants to be ‘equal partner’ in trade with Taiwan: official”

China study warns of ‘colossal’ COVID outbreak if it opens up like U.S., France

China could face more than 630,000 COVID-19 infections a day if it dropped its zero-tolerance policies by lifting travel curbs, according to a study by Peking University mathematicians. In the report published in China CDC Weekly by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the mathematicians said China could not afford to lift travelContinue reading “China study warns of ‘colossal’ COVID outbreak if it opens up like U.S., France”

Taiwan Opens Lithuania Representative Office Using Its Own Name

Taipei announced on Thursday it had formally opened a de facto embassy in Lithuania using the name Taiwan, a significant diplomatic departure that defied a pressure campaign by Beijing. China tries to keep Taipei isolated on the world stage and baulks at any official use of the word “Taiwan”, lest it lend a sense ofContinue reading “Taiwan Opens Lithuania Representative Office Using Its Own Name”

Supporters of Taiwan independence will be liable for life, says China

China will make people who support “Taiwan independence” criminally liable for life, a spokeswoman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said on Friday, drawing anger from the island amid heightened tension across the sensitive Taiwan Strait. This was the first time that China has spelt out concretely punishment for people deemed to be pro-Taiwan independence, asContinue reading “Supporters of Taiwan independence will be liable for life, says China”

Taiwan welcomes first official European Parliament delegation

Taiwan is “very high on the agenda” in the European Union, the grouping’s first official parliamentary delegation to the democratic island said on Wednesday, amid heightened tension between Taipei and Beijing. Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory and has not ruled out taking by force, does not have formal diplomatic ties with anyContinue reading “Taiwan welcomes first official European Parliament delegation”

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen confirms U.S. troops are training soldiers on the island

The confirmation comes as China is sharply increasing military and political pressure on the self-ruling island, which Beijing claims as its territory. A small number of U.S. forces are in Taiwan to train with Taiwanese soldiers, President Tsai Ing-wen said in an interview with CNN, confirming the presence of U.S. troops on the self-governing island that China considers its own. TensionsContinue reading “Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen confirms U.S. troops are training soldiers on the island”

Russian, Chinese warships hold first joint patrols in the Pacific

Russian and Chinese warships held their first joint patrols in the Western part of the Pacific ocean on October 17-23, Russia’s defence ministry said in a statement on Saturday. Moscow and Beijing, which staged naval cooperation drills in the Sea of Japan earlier in October, have cultivated closer military and diplomatic ties in recent yearsContinue reading “Russian, Chinese warships hold first joint patrols in the Pacific”

Flights cancelled, schools closed as China fights new COVID-19 outbreak

Authorities in China cancelled hundreds of flights, closed schools and ramped up mass testing on Thursday (Oct 21) to try and stamp out a new COVID-19 outbreak linked to a group of tourists. Beijing has maintained a relentless zero-COVID approach with strict border closures and targeted lockdowns, even as other countries tentatively try to easeContinue reading “Flights cancelled, schools closed as China fights new COVID-19 outbreak”

China appears set to ban reporting by news outlets not directly funded by the Communist Party, in a further blow to free speech

China may stop all private investment in media, meaning the Communist Party would fund it all. A submission to a top decision-making body would stop investment in news gathering and distribution. The rules would give the Chinese government an even stronger grip over news and information. The Chinese government is proposing new rules that wouldContinue reading “China appears set to ban reporting by news outlets not directly funded by the Communist Party, in a further blow to free speech”

China’s Xi vows ‘reunification’ with Taiwan

Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed on Saturday to achieve “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan, and did not directly mention the use of force after a week of tensions with the Chinese-claimed island that sparked international concern. Taiwan responded shortly after by calling on Beijing to abandon its coercion, reiterating that only Taiwan’s people could decide their future. Democratically ruled TaiwanContinue reading “China’s Xi vows ‘reunification’ with Taiwan”

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