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    Russia’s war in Ukraine portends China’s victory in a war over Taiwan, according to Beijing's top envoy in Moscow. “Instead of learning a lesson from its failed line on the Ukraine issue, the United States has artificially linked it to the Taiwan issue; an even greater crushing defeat awaits them,” Chinese Ambassador to Russia Zhang Hanhui told TASS, a Russian state media outlet. That prediction gilds the general alignment between the Kremlin and Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping, although Beijing at times has attempted to strike a neutral pose with respect to the conflict. The wider topic of how the war in Ukraine might affect Chinese Communist decision-making about Taiwan has become a key question for officials and analysts around the world, a subject rendered all the more preoccupying by the recent surge in military tensions around the island following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-NY) visit to Taipei. “Colluding with external forces to make provocations and seek independence will only accelerate their own demise and push Taiwan into an abyss of disaster,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Thursday....
    China announced the conclusion of its massive live-fire drills surrounding Taiwan. The Chinese military began the drills last week in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan, which Beijing viewed as a violation of Chinese sovereignty. The weeklong drills saw the Chinese People's Liberation Army conduct extensive simulations of air and sea attacks around the island, including firing ballistic missiles over the capital of Taipei, according to Reuters. "[The PLA] successfully completed various tasks and effectively tested the integrated combat capabilities of the troops," said a statement from the PLA's Eastern Theater command. "Theater forces will keep an eye on the changes in the situation in the Taiwan Strait, continue to carry out training and preparation for combat, organize regular combat readiness patrols in the direction of the Taiwan Strait, and resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity." WAR GAMES FIND US AND TAIWAN CAN FEND OFF CHINA — AT MASSIVE COST The concluding remarks of the statement signal that China intends to ramp up patrols in the South China Sea, patrols that...
    TAIWAN has scrambled fighter jets to protect its territory after China deployed more than 30 warplanes to buzz the island. Dramatic video shared by Chinese state TV shows missiles being launched and jets mid-flight as part of joint military operations in the waters surrounding Taiwan. 5Taiwan has scrambled fighter jets in response to Chinese military drillsCredit: Ministry of National Defence 5China has sent some 36 fighter jets to Taiwan's territory in the past dayCredit: AP 5Chinese state media shared a map of its war drills around the islandCredit: CCTV For its part, Taiwan's Ministry of Defence has shared its own footage of military exercises, including the second day of live-fire artillery drills in Pingtung, the southernmost province on the island. The defence ministry claimed that 10 Chinese warships and 36 military aircraft had been detected around Taiwan on Wednesday. In response, the ministry said it was monitoring the situation and deploying its own naval vessels, aircraft, and land-based missile systems. Earlier on Wednesday, sources claimed Chinese naval ships were active off both the east and west coasts of Taiwan, while...
    Beijing's aggression toward Taiwan is a part of a broader strategy to create a "new normal," according to a senior U.S. defense official. China has gotten more aggressive in making statements militarily toward the island nation of roughly 24 million people in recent years, though tensions between the two countries reached a new height in recent weeks as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) traveled to Taiwan despite repeated Chinese condemnation. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl referenced the frequency with which China's military is crossing into Taiwanese territory by water and air as the major components of China's show of military force. CHINA REJECTS US CALL FOR NUCLEAR ARMS CONTROL TALKS AMID PELOSI VISIT TO TAIWAN "Clearly, what they're trying to do is salami slice their way into a new status quo," he said. "I think a lot has been made of them — of the missile strikes, but really, it's the activities in the Strait itself — the sheer number of maritime and air assets that are crossing over this kind of de facto center line, creeping closer...
    China’s military maneuvers around Taiwan raise concerns about the potential for conflict in this important region for global trade. Chinese tactics include anti-submarine drills aimed at US support for Taiwan in the event of a possible Chinese invasion. A warning to troublemakers According to Chinese state television CCTV, the ballistic missiles flew over Taiwan, the first time. The Chinese military has also deployed fighter jets, warships and drones. China describes US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan last week (August 2-3, 2022) as a “major provocation”. A spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said at a press conference on Monday (08.08.2022) that Beijing backed its move. “China’s position is fair, just and reasonable. The measures we take are firm, strong and appropriate. This is a warning to spoilers and a lesson to independence supporters. Taiwan,” Wang Wenbin insisted before adding that his country was inviting “The US should examine its conscience, correct its mistake as soon as possible and stop playing the Taiwan card to hinder China’s development”. According to Japan, some Chinese missiles have landed in...
    (CNN)Chinese forces took part in drills focused on land attacks and long-range airstrikes around Taiwan on Sunday, its military said, on what was expected to be the final day of extensive exercises rolled out in response to a visit to the island by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.The Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese military said on Sunday around noon local time that it "continued" live-fire drills in the waters and airspace around Taiwan "as planned.""The drills focused on joint fire land strikes and long-range air strike capabilities," the command said in a statement posted to its official account on the social media platform Weibo, without specifying whether the drills have ended.The exercises, planned to take place in six zones around the island, began Thursday and were scheduled to last until Sunday at noon local time in Beijing, Chinese state media reported. Does Taiwan have its own airspace? China sets military drills close to island after Pelosi visitTaiwan's Defense Ministry on Sunday said it detected multiple Chinese aircraft, naval vessels and drones operating around the Taiwan Strait that morning, in...
    China simulated an invasion of Taiwan today after dozens of jets and warships crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, according to the island's Ministry of Defence. The highly aggressive display of intimidation featuring some 20 Chinese aircraft and 14 ships comes days after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taipei that infuriated Beijing. Taiwan's armed forces issued an alert, dispatched air and naval patrols around the island, and activated land-based missile systems in response to the Chinese exercises, the ministry said.  The ministry said that zones declared by China as no-go areas during the exercises for other ships and aircraft had 'seriously damaged the peace' in what was effectively a blockade of the island - an act of war by international law.  The Taiwanese military, finding itself in a situation similar to Ukraine in February, emphasised that it did not wish to poke the dragon, but would defend itself if attacked. The median line has been an unofficial border separating the two warring sides that was drawn by a US general in 1955  China's Ministry of Defence said in...
    Taiwan has issued a chilling assessment of China's explosive military tests held around the island this week. Taiwan said Saturday that China’s military drills appear to simulate an attack on the self-ruled island after multiple Chinese warships and aircraft crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan’s armed forces issued an alert, dispatched air and naval patrols around the island, and activated land-based missile systems in response to the Chinese exercises, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said. The island's leadership also announced it detected four unmanned aerial vehicles flying in the vicinity of the offshore county of Kinmen on Friday night and fired warning flares in response. CHINA DEMONSTRATES ABILITY TO BLOCKADE TAIWAN WITH LIVE FIRE EXERCISES The four drones, which Taiwan believed were Chinese, were spotted over waters around the Kinmen island group and the nearby Lieyu Island and Beiding islet, according to Taiwan’s Kinmen Defense Command. China's military exercises have surrounded Taiwan, and are expected to last until Sunday. The warning comes after Nancy Pelosi's historic visit to Taiwan earlier this...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)China's live-fire military drills around Taiwan are threatening to disrupt trade and commercial travel in East Asia, forcing vessels to reroute away from one of the world's busiest waterways and putting further pressure on strained global supply chains.On Thursday, China kicked off drills involving the navy, air force and other military forces in the seas and airspace surrounding Taiwan. The drills — unprecedented in number — are a direct show of force in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the self-governed island, which Beijing repeatedly warned against. The Chinese Defense Ministry on Tuesday released a map of six zones around the island where it said it would conduct air and sea exercises as well as long-range live-fire exercises that will last until Sunday. Ships and aircraft have been warned to stay out of the areas during the drills.Taiwan has said the military exercises are tantamount to a "maritime and aerial blockade" and have "violated Taiwan's territorial waters and its contiguous zone." They also threaten to disrupt trade flows in one of the world's busiest...
    BEIJING (AP) — China is staging live-fire military drills in six self-declared zones surrounding Taiwan in response to a visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island Beijing claims as its own territory. China has warned aircraft and ships to avoid the areas during the exercises, which run through Sunday. The drills appear to be a rehearsal for a potential blockade and invasion of the island that would almost certainly draw in Taiwan’s chief supporter, the United States, along with American allies including Japan and Australia. China’s 2 million-strong military is the world’s largest and its navy has more ships than the U.S. Taiwan’s armed forces can’t compare in numbers, but it has vowed to resist coercive measures to impose Chinese Communist Party rule over the self-governing island democracy. “It will take some hard diplomacy to reestablish a stable equilibrium,” said Stanford University political scientist Kharis Templeman. “I don’t know how this confrontation will ultimately play out, but I think we are in for a rocky few weeks.” The following is a look at...
    (CNN)US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is no longer in Taiwan, but on Thursday China made good on its promise that the island will pay a price for hosting the highest-ranking US official to visit in 25 years. The Chinese military's Eastern Theater Command said it conducted long-range, live-fire training in the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, state broadcaster CCTV reported. Earlier in the day, Chinese state media said that exercises to simulate an air and sea "blockade" around Taiwan had started Wednesday, but offered little solid evidence to back up the claim.The military posturing was a deliberate show of force after Pelosi left the island on Wednesday evening, bound for South Korea.Within hours of her departure, the Taiwanese Defense Ministry said China sent more than 20 fighter jets across the median line in the Taiwan Strait, the midway point between the mainland and Taiwan that Beijing says it does not recognize but usually respects.Tourists look on as a Chinese military helicopter flies past Pingtan island, one of mainland China's closest point from Taiwan on August 4, 2022.Read MoreOn Thursday, Taiwan's Defense...
    This is MailOnline's live blog for US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan amid escalating tensions with China. Tom Pyman Host commentator 10:26 Furious China warns of 'criminal punishment measures' following Nancy Pelosi's 'brazen' visit to Taiwan China's foreign minister, Wang Yi, branded the trip a 'complete farce' and repeated the much-used phrase by Chinese diplomacy that 'those who play with fire will perish by it.' Last week Chinese premier Xi Jinping had used the same expression in a phone call to US President Joe Biden. Early on Wednesday, the Chinese foreign ministry slammed Pelosi for 'brazenly' going ahead with the trip that was still unconfirmed as late as Monday, claiming it 'maliciously infringes on China's sovereignty and blatantly engages in political provocations.' 'It proves once again that some US politicians have become 'troublemakers' of China-US relations,' the statement said.  China warns of 'criminal punishment measures' against Taiwan China's foreign minister, Wang Yi (pictured), branded the trip a 'complete farce' and repeated the much-used phrase by Chinese diplomacy that 'those who play with fire will perish.' Mail Online ...
    China has reacted with fury to US Speaker Nancy Pelosi's controversial trip to Taiwan that has inflamed tensions between the two superpowers. China's foreign minister, Wang Yi, branded the trip a 'complete farce' and repeated the much-used phrase by Chinese diplomacy that 'those who play with fire will perish by it.' Last week in a phone call between the leaders, Chinese premier Xi Jinping had used the same expression to warn US President Joe Biden against Pelosi's trip. Early on Wednesday, the Chinese foreign ministry slammed Pelosi for 'brazenly' going ahead with the trip that was still unconfirmed as late as Monday, claiming it 'maliciously infringes on China's sovereignty and blatantly engages in political provocations.' China's Taiwan Affairs Office weighed in, threatening 'criminal punishment measures' targeted at 'die hard' Taiwanese supporters of independence.  And late Tuesday night, after Pelosi's arrival, the Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister summoned the US Ambassador to China, Nicholas Burns, to protest the visit.  Pelosi's visit represents the first visit of a high-ranking elected member of the US government in 25 years and has infuriated Beijing as they view it...
    Taiwan's defence ministry said on Wednesday that Chinese military drills have violated United Nations rules, invaded Taiwan's territorial space and amount to a blockade of its air and sea, amid high tensions as U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits the island. Taiwan's defence ministry said the island will firmly defend its security, counter any move that violates territorial sovereignty and enhance its alertness level with the principle of not asking for war. The defence ministry added during a news conference on Wednesday that China continues to launch psychological warfare on Taiwan, and that citizens should not believe in rumours and report any fake news to the government. China has announced it will carry out military drills in these locations around Taiwan between Thursday and Sunday, closing those areas to sea and air traffic As China embarks on an unprecedented six days of military drills surrounding Taiwan, security analysts are warning of mounting risks of escalation even if Beijing seeks to avoid its protests over Nancy Pelosi's visit from sparking full blown conflict. China announced drills in six locations...
    China announced that new live-fire ammunition drills would include sending missiles over Taiwan in the same waters that the U.S. Navy has deployed several warships. The nuclear-powered carrier USS Ronald Reagan, guided missile cruiser USS Antietam, destroyer USS Higgins, and amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli were all deployed to the waters east of Taiwan just before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) visit, according to an anonymous military official speaking with Reuters. "While they are able to respond to any eventuality, these are normal, routine deployments," the official said, denying to provide precise details as to the ships' locations. CHINA SCRAMBLES JETS AND ANNOUNCES MILITARY DRILLS AFTER PELOSI LANDS IN TAIWAN The deployment puts the U.S. Navy on a possible collision course with the People's Liberation Army, which announced live-fire exercises in the waters surrounding Taiwan in retaliation for Pelosi's visit. The new exercises will be "rehearsals for the PLA to reunify the island by force," experts speaking with the Global Times, a Chinese state-affiliated outlet, said. Taiwan is an independent island nation off the coast...
    (CNN)Within minutes of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landing in Taiwan on Tuesday night, China said it would immediately begin "a series of joint military operations around the island," including using long-range live ammunition in the Taiwan Strait.An announcement from the People's Liberation Army Eastern Theater Command said beginning Tuesday night a series of exercises would be held on the sea and in the air surrounding Taiwan, the self-governed island that China says is its sovereign territory."This action is a solemn deterrent against the recent major escalation of the negative actions of the United States on the Taiwan issue, and a serious warning to the 'Taiwan independence' forces seeking 'independence,'" Col. Shi Yi, spokesman for the Eastern Theater Command, said in a statement.The Eastern Theater is one of the five joint commands of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) with jurisdiction over China's eastern coastal provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang, which sit opposite and above Taiwan.China's Defense Ministry said the PLA was "on high alert and will launch a series of targeted military operations to counteract the situation, resolutely defend national...
    NANCY Pelosi has landed in Taiwan, defying repeated Chinese threats as World War III fears peak. Pelosi landed at Taipei's Songshan Airport at around 10.40pm local time on Tuesday, becoming the highest-ranking American official to visit the Asian country in 25 years. 6Nancy Pelosi has landed in Taiwan, defying Chinese threatsCredit: AFP 6China has vowed to 'take action,' accusing the US of provoking them over Pelosi's visit to TaiwanCredit: China Military 6Fears of an all-out war have escaped in TaiwanCredit: Reuters The world is now bracing for China's response after Chinese leader Xi Jinping warned US President Joe Biden during a call last week that "whoever plays with fire will get burnt" if they allow Pelosi to land in Taiwan. China has repeatedly warned Pelosi not to make the trip, while the US has warned Beijing not to turn the moment into a military crisis. “There is no reason for Beijing to turn a potential visit consistent with longstanding US policy into some sort of crisis or conflict, or use it as a pretext to increase aggressive military activity in...
    America celebrates its independence on the Fourth of July, while captive people around the world hope they might one day celebrate their own. Meanwhile, violent separatist movements are causing death and misery in the service of less admirable political goals. The globalist movement desires a more tightly interconnected world with less national sovereignty, but almost every large nation is bulging with restless populations that long for autonomy. July 4 arrives three days after the 25th anniversary of the United Kingdom handing Hong Kong over to China. The event is as solemn for lovers of liberty as the Fourth of July is joyous, for the Chinese Communist Party has mercilessly exterminated freedom in Hong Kong, blatantly violating its commitments to the U.K. in its panicked zeal to crush the incredible 2019 pro-democracy movement. Chinese dictator Xi Jinping waves to the students and people welcoming his arrival at the West Kowloon Station of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link in Hong Kong, Thursday, June 30, 2022. (Hong Kong Government Information Services via AP) The last British governor of Hong Kong, 78-year-old...
    SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stressed American support for Taiwan on Saturday, suggesting at Asia’s premier defense forum that recent Chinese military activity around the self-governing island threatens to change the status quo. Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Austin noted a “steady increase in provocative and destabilizing military activity near Taiwan,” including almost daily military flights near the island by the People’s Republic of China. “Our policy hasn’t changed, but unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be true for the PRC,” he said. Austin said Washington remains committed to the “one-China policy,” which recognizes Beijing but allows informal relations and defense ties with Taipei. Taiwan and China split during a civil war in 1949, but China claims the island as its own territory and has not ruled out using military force to take it. China has stepped up its military provocations against democratic Taiwan in recent years, aimed at intimidating it into accepting Beijing’s demands to unify with the communist mainland. “We remain focused on maintaining peace, stability and the status quo...
    China has admitted it carried out a military exercise around Taiwan as a 'solemn warning' against its 'collusion' with the US.  Joe Biden angered China on Monday by suggesting the US would intervene if China invaded Taiwan, signalling a change in the policy of 'strategic ambiguity'. He clarified on Tuesday there was no change to policy. The Chinese People's Liberation Army's Eastern Theatre Command said it had recently carried out a patrol and drill in the airspace and sea around Taiwan. 'This is a solemn warning against recent collusion between the United States and Taiwan,' said spokesman for the command, Shi Yi said, according to state television. China has admitted it carried out a military exercise around Taiwan as a 'solemn warning' against its 'collusion' with the US. Pictured: Chinese destroyer fires missiles during an exercise in the South China Sea in March China has never renounced the use of force to bring democratically ruled Taiwan under its control 'It is hypocritical and futile for the United States to say one thing and do another on the Taiwan issue,' he said....
    (CNN)Taiwan is not Ukraine. China, in that part of the world especially, is not Russia. Still, in his off-the-cuff remarks that the United States will come directly to Taiwan's rescue if Beijing chooses to take the self-governing island by force, President Joe Biden has reawakened China's worst nightmare. What that looks like is simple: There will be no easy or peaceful accession of Taiwan to the mainland anytime soon, if ever. David A. AndelmanAs China has come to recognize, the US is determined to resist or at least hold in check China's ambitious expansion in the seas and around the islands off its coast. The goal is to make clear to China the price that might be paid for any attack on Taiwan or any US allies in the region. All of which only raises the stakes for China and heightens diplomatic and military temperatures across the region.There is no doubt the US is focused on building military ties with other nations in the region that can be worthy allies if the worst happens. When Biden met Japanese Prime Minister...
    Yonaguni, Nansei Islands (CNN)On most days, fisherman Kazushi Kinjo leaves port on the Japanese island of Yonaguni to catch deep sea red snapper in waters to the north.There, fish are plentiful -- and increasingly, so are Chinese Coast Guard ships.Chinese ships patrol the sea around the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands, an uninhabited island chain also claimed by China and Taiwan, near where Kinjo lives. The islands, which are known in China as the Diaoyu Islands and Diaoyutai in Taiwan, have become one of the focus points of increasing tensions in the region."The bow of one of their ships was pointed straight at us, and they were chasing us. I don't know for sure, but I also saw what looked like cannons," the 50-year-old fisherman told CNN, as he described one of several encounters with the Chinese Coast Guard over the past few years.Fisherman Kazushi Kinjo says he regularly encounters Chinese vessels in waters near contested islands to the north.Although the territorial dispute over the rocky chain stretches back more than a century, China has increased its presence around the islands, especially...
    China has responded aggressively to a US Congressional visit to Taiwan by conducting military drills in nearby waters.   A task force of frigates, bombers and fighters manoeuvred near Taiwanese waters in a move the People's Liberation Army said was intended to target the 'wrong signals' sent by the United States in its show of support for Taiwan. Meanwhile, the Chinese J-20 stealth fighter - widely considered to be an attempted clone of the US's F-35 jet - will start patrols of the South China Sea in a renewed effort to dominate the contested waters, with parts claimed by Indonesia, Malayisa, the Phillipines and Vietnam respectively. 'This operation is in response to the recent frequent release of wrong signals by the United States on the Taiwan issue,' People's Liberation Army Eastern Theater Command spokesman Shi Yilu said, without mentioning the visiting U.S. lawmakers. 'The U.S. bad actions and tricks are completely futile and very dangerous. Those who play with fire will burn themselves,' he said.  The Chinese J-20 stealth fighter, above - widely considered to be an attempted clone of the...
    A conversation dedicated to avoiding a prospective conflict between the United States and Chine passed without any agreement between President Joe Biden and Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping to establish new “guardrails” around Taiwan. “There was sort of nothing new established in the form of guardrails or any other understandings,” a senior administration official said. “The president was very clear in reaffirming very longstanding U.S. policy and raising very clear concerns, but the idea of establishing specific guardrails with respect to Taiwan was not part of the conversation tonight.” That lacuna belied the convivial tone struck by both leaders at the outset of the virtual meeting, as Xi greeted Biden with the warm salute for his “old friend,” while Biden adopted a casual pose that “you and I have never been that formal with one another.” Their virtual meeting ran for more than three hours over two sessions characterized by “respectful and and straightforward” dialogue — although major disputes persisted beneath the polite exchanges. “I feel very happy to see my old friend,” Xi said at the opening of the...
    President Biden ended his Europe trip by blasting China and Russia's decision not to attend the COP26 climate summit, saying they handed the U.S. a golden opportunity to lead the world out of crisis. He said China had 'walked away' from the biggest crisis facing the planet.  'We showed up,' he said.  'We showed up and by showing up we've had a profound impact on the way I think the rest of the world is looking at the United States and its leadership role.' Biden and his officials have hammered the message that the U.S. is back, after four years of Trump and America First.    Both Russia and China have sought to extend their regional influence and take on the U.S. around the globe.  As he prepared to fly back to the U.S. on Tuesday night, he said they had both weakened their hand. 'They have the lost the ability to influence people around the world here in COP,' he said. 'The same way I would argue with Russia.' President Biden blasted Russia and China for failing to attend the...
    At least 46 people died in an apartment building fire in Taiwan’s Kaohsiung City on Thursday after firefighters struggled to extinguish the blaze due to the 40-year-old building’s “dilapidated” structure, Taiwan News reported. A fire broke out inside of a mixed-use residential and commercial building in Kaohsiung’s Yancheng District around 2:30 a.m. local time on October 14. Taiwan News described the 13-story building as a “deteriorating structure dubbed locally as ‘Kaohsiung’s No. 1 ghost building.'” The Kaohsiung City Fire Department dispatched 75 vehicles and 159 firefighters to the high-rise around 3:00 a.m. local time, battling the blaze for roughly four hours. Upon arriving at the scene of the blaze, firefighters found the fire centered intensely on what they described as a “pile of debris on the first floor.” Some firemen fought the blaze from the ground level, while others used ladder trucks to douse the flames from above and try to rescue residents trapped on the building’s upper levels. Despite the crew’s coordinated efforts, “the fire continued to rage due to a large amount of debris and the dilapidated...
    On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,” Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) stated that China’s increased aggression towards Taiwan is “because they see what occurred in Afghanistan and that the Biden administration is incredibly weak at this time.” And that China is testing the Biden administration. Malliotakis stated, [relevant remarks begin around 3:30] “China is, I think, exerting itself because they see what occurred in Afghanistan and that the Biden administration is incredibly weak at this time. I think a lot of this that you see happening with China in the Taiwan airspace is a test of the Biden administration. Look, we should lend support, certainly, to Taiwan because they’re an ally and strategic in its location, but it should be concerning to people all around the world what is occurring there with China’s increased aggression, not just in Taiwan, but all over the world.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    CHINA sent nearly 40 warplanes over Taiwan's air defense zone in two waves on Friday in a worrying show of force for the small island. Taiwan reported on Friday that China entered its air space with 38 aircrafts, as China celebrated the founding of the People's Republic of China over the Chinese-claimed island. 2China sent 38 warplanes over Taiwan's air spaceCredit: Barcroft Media Taiwan has been repeatedly reporting of missions conducted by China's air force that enters the democratically-governed island's air defense zone near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands. The 38 planes include 18 J-16 and four Su-30 fighter jets, according to the Taiwan Defence Ministry. The ministry also reported Taiwanese fighters were in the air with the 22 planes aforementioned in addition to two nuclear-capable H-6 bombers and an anti-submarine aircraft. As Saturday started to roll in, the ministry then announced another 13 Chinese aircrafts had entered Taiwanese air space. They consisted of 10 J-16s, 2 H-6s, and an early warning aircraft. Taiwan sent combat aircraft to warn away the Chinese aircraft and also deployed missile systems to monitor the...
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Kudlow,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) stated that no one believes President Joe Biden will defend American allies like Taiwan and Ukraine after his handling of Afghanistan. Scalise said, “Look at what our enemies around the world must be thinking. What’s China thinking when they look at Taiwan right now? What is Russia thinking when they look at Ukraine right now? Does anybody trust that this president’s going to stand up to bad guys around the world? And do any of our allies think this president will have their backs, just like he cut and run on them in this conflict?” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett  
    At around 9:30 am (01:30 GMT), a train derailment on Friday April 2 near the coastal city of Hualien (Taiwan) left at least 41 dead. According to local rescuers from the National Fire Fighting Agency, “41 people died, two are still stuck in wagons and 66 have been taken to hospital.” The train derailed Friday morning at around 9:30 a.m. local time near the coastal town of Hualien located in the east of Taiwan. Local police official Tsai Ding-hsien told reporters about the probable cause of the train derailment stating that he “There was a construction machine that had not been parked properly and slipped to the railroad tracks”. This manager then added: “This is our first conclusion and we are trying to clarify the cause of the incident.” > See our file on miscellaneous facts.
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - The de facto U.S. and Canadian embassies in Taiwan on Tuesday praised the quality of pineapples grown on the island, depicting photographs of their top diplomats in Taipei with the fruit after an import ban by China. China last week stopped the import of Taiwanese pineapples, citing "harmful creatures" it said could come with the fruit. Infuriated Taiwanese authorities called the ban a political move to further pressure the island, a charge that China denied. While neither the United States nor Canada, like most countries, have formal diplomatic ties with the Chinese-claimed island, both have their own disputes with Beijing over human rights, trade and other issues. While Taiwan is best known internationally for its thriving tech companies, the sub-tropical island has a flourishing fruit industry. Last year, more than 90% of its exported pineapples went to China. Referencing a tweet by Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu for people around the world to "rally behind the #FreedomPineapple", the Canadian Trade Office, on Taipei's Facebook page, used the same hashtag on a picture of its chief, Jordan Reeves,...
    By Ben Blanchard TAIPEI (Reuters) - Hundreds of people from Taiwan's large Sino-Burmese community rallied in a Taipei suburb on Saturday to denounce the coup in Myanmar and express their support for detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Taiwan is home to around 40,000 people originally from Myanmar, most of whom are ethic Chinese. Some are descendents of Nationalist troops trapped in Myanmar at the end of China's civil war in 1949 and others have come more recently, fleeing repression and anti-Chinese sentiment. Dressed in red, the colour of Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, holding pictures of her and signs in Chinese, English and Burmese condemning the coup, around 300 people marched down the streets around Taipei's Little Burma. Finishing up in a plaza outside an apartment block they sang "We Won't Be Satisfied Until The End Of The World", the Burmese language anthem from the country's 1988 pro-democracy uprising, brutally put down by the military government. Ko Ko Thu, 54, who fled to Taiwan after those protests were suppressed and helped organise the rally, told Reuters he took...
    Recent confrontational action by China toward regional rivals Taiwan and India are examples of the Communist regime in Beijing challenging the new American president, according to China expert Gordon Chang. Chang told "Your World" on Wednesday that President Xi Jinping is trying to size up how Joe Biden compares to his recent predecessors. The author of "The Coming Collapse of China" noted such militaristic exercises did not take place in 2017, when Donald Trump took office as president. GORDON CHANG: I think what they’re trying to do is find out how tough Biden is. These aerial exercises in Taiwan Saturday and Sunday are interpreted in the region as a challenge to Biden. Many people in the U.S. are saying the same thing.  CHINESE WARPLANES ENTER TAIWAN AIRSPACE DAYS AFTER BIDEN TAKES OFFICE China challenges new U.S. Presidents. They did that with George Bush and Barack Obama with military provocations that were dangerous. They didn’t do it with Donald Trump, because I think they were afraid of him.  We know from comments from members of the Chinese elite that they’re not afraid of Biden. This is a very dangerous time because you have leaders in China that are arrogant and they think...
    HSINCHU, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese troops using tanks, mortars and small arms staged a drill Tuesday aimed at repelling an attack from China, which has increased its threats to reclaim the island and its own displays of military might. “No matter what is happening around the Taiwan Strait, our determination to guard our homeland will never change,” said Maj. Gen. Chen Chong-ji said, director of the department of political warfare, about the exercise at Hukou Army Base south of the capital Taipei. Chen said the exercise was intended as a show of Taiwan’s determination to maintain peace between the sides through a show of force. The drills are also meant to reassure the public the military is maintaining its guard ahead of next month’s Lunar New Year festival, when many troops take leave. Hukou base lies in Hsinchu county, a center for Taiwan’s high-tech industries that have thrived despite the constant threats of invasion by China, which considers the self-governing island democracy part of its own territory to be conquered by force if necessary. Taiwanese President Tsai...
    An powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck the Taiwan region on Thursday.  The quake was centred off Taiwan's northeastern coast with a depth of 77 kilometres (48 miles), the island's Central Weather Bureau said. The epicentre was around 37 miles (60 km) south-east of the country's capital of Taipei, which has a population of 2.6 million.  Buildings shook briefly in the capital Taipei but there were no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage.  It struck at around 21:20 local time (13:20 GMT).  The Taipei city government said the subway system was operating as normal with no reports of problems. The quake’s intensity registered a 4 in Taipei and most of the country. Taiwan, a self-ruled island that China considers its own, lies near the junction of two tectonic plates - known as the Pacific Ring of Fire - and is prone to earthquakes. More than 100 people were killed in a quake in southern Taiwan in 2016, and some Taiwanese remain scarred by a 7.3 magnitude quake that killed more than 2,000 people in 1999.  The self-governing island lies...
    By HUIZHONG WU, Associated Press KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's president inaugurated the production of domestically made submarines Tuesday in the southern city of Kaohsiung, in a step forward for the island's defense strategy at a time of elevated tensions with China. “This submarine is an important part of allowing our navy to develop asymmetric warfare and to intimidate and block enemy ships from surrounding Taiwan’s main island,” said President Tsai Ing-wen. “Now, with the construction of the submarine to its future commission, we will certainly let the world know our persistence in safeguarding our sovereignty.” Tsai has made boosting Taiwan’s indigenous defense capacity a central pillar of her defense policy. Recently, she relaunched the military aviation industry with the production of new trainer jets and has pushed for the development of more sophisticated systems by utilizing the island’s high-tech industries. At the same time, she has gained approval from the U.S. for the purchase of billions of dollars in weapons, including upgraded F-16 fighter jets, armed drones, rocket systems and Harpoon missiles capable of hitting both ships and land...
    KAOHSIUNG – Taiwan's president inaugurated the production of domestically made submarines Tuesday in the southern city of Kaohsiung, in a step forward for the island's defense strategy at a time of elevated tensions with China. “This submarine is an important part of allowing our navy to develop asymmetric warfare and to intimidate and block enemy ships from surrounding Taiwan’s main island,” said President Tsai Ing-wen. “Now, with the construction of the submarine to its future commission, we will certainly let the world know our persistence in safeguarding our sovereignty.” Tsai has made boosting Taiwan’s indigenous defense capacity a central pillar of her defense policy. Recently, she relaunched the military aviation industry with the production of new trainer jets and has pushed for the development of more sophisticated systems by utilizing the island’s high-tech industries. At the same time, she has gained approval from the U.S. for the purchase of billions of dollars in weapons, including upgraded F-16 fighter jets, armed drones, rocket systems and Harpoon missiles capable of hitting both ships and land targets. China regards Taiwan as a...
    KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s president inaugurated the production of domestically made submarines Tuesday in the southern city of Kaohsiung, in a step forward for the island’s defense strategy at a time of elevated tensions with China. “This submarine is an important part of allowing our navy to develop asymmetric warfare and to intimidate and block enemy ships from surrounding Taiwan’s main island,” said President Tsai Ing-wen. “Now, with the construction of the submarine to its future commission, we will certainly let the world know our persistence in safeguarding our sovereignty.” Tsai has made boosting Taiwan’s indigenous defense capacity a central pillar of her defense policy. Recently, she relaunched the military aviation industry with the production of new trainer jets and has pushed for the development of more sophisticated systems by utilizing the island’s high-tech industries. At the same time, she has gained approval from the U.S. for the purchase of billions of dollars in weapons, including upgraded F-16 fighter jets, armed drones, rocket systems and Harpoon missiles capable of hitting both ships and land targets. China regards Taiwan...
    Pandemic travel restrictions have limited many travelers to staycations, and others are simply too nervous to get back on a plane. But there are still plenty of opportunities for adventure on the road. The road trip has undoubtedly seen a revival during the pandemic, and it's the perfect way to explore the countryside for rich autumnal scenery. From week-long vacations to day trips, one of the best reasons to take to the road is the flexibility it allows. Here's a selection of trails from around the world.North Coast 500, Scotland, UKThis route covers over 500 miles of Scotland's North Highlands and is said to have become "one of the world's most iconic coastal touring routes," despite the trail having formally launched only five years ago. Head up to John O'Groats — a small village that is one of most northern points on the U.K. mainland — in the autumn or winter months for the best chance of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights.A section of Scotland's North Coast 500.Guy Butler | Moment | Getty ImagesFor daytime excursions, the North...
    (CNN)Yes, members of Congress are still trying to see eye to eye on a new stimulus agreement. They're hoping to reach a decision by next week, but at this point, no time line is guaranteed. Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. BeirutA catastrophic explosion in Lebanon's capital city has left dozens dead, thousands injured, and lingering questions about its cause. The blast shook Beirut's highly populated port and central district around 6 p.m. local time yesterday, shattering glass, flipping cars and damaging structures as far as six miles away. At least 100 people were killed and 4,000 injured, with hospitals rapidly filling to capacity. It's still unclear what exactly caused the explosion. Lebanon's Prime Minister said an investigation would focus on an estimated 2,750 metric tons of the explosive ammonium nitrate stored at a warehouse. There's no indication that the blast was an attack. Beirut's governor said it caused up to...
    Taiwanese President, Tsai Ing-Wen addresses soldiers in the military base during her visit. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen visited Tainan's Guantian army base, where she emphasized that preventive measures be observed in curbing the coronavirus spread.Lin Yen Ting | SOPA Images | LightRocket via Getty Images CNBC is looking at how places around the world have tackled Covid-19. By talking to a wide range of experts, as well as everyday citizens, we're taking stock of what's gone well — and what hasn't. Taiwan, the third subject of our series, has confirmed 451 Covid-19 cases and seven deaths in a population of 23.7 million. Everything is mostly reopened, and the only signs of Covid-19 are the frequent temperature checks and the expectation to wear masks on the subway. People are traveling internally for vacations, including visiting restaurants, bars and beaches, and most are back to the office. By way of comparison, the U.S., with about 330 million people, has seen more than 3.4 million cases and more than 136,000 deaths.What has been going well Travel and quarantine An airport staff holds up information boards...
    By Ann Wang TAOYUAN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Unwanted for public spaces elsewhere in Taiwan, some 200 statues of the late autocratic leader Chiang Kai-shek stand in the quiet sanctuary of a park surrounding his mausoleum in the north of the island. Chiang Kai-shek was lauded in life as an anti-communist hero, especially in the United States, and there are still more than 1,000 Chiang statues in public places around Taiwan. But attitudes towards him on the proudly democratic island have become more conflicted. Chiang's defeated Nationalist government fled to Taiwan after losing the Chinese civil in 1949. During the Cold War, he was backed strongly by the United States, and some Taiwanese still view him positively for standing up to Mao Zedong's communism. But, many others revile him as a despot who imprisoned and killed opponents during a reign of terror. When he died in 1975, his son Chiang Ching-kuo took over and began tentative steps towards more political openness. Yvon Lin, 36, a Taipei city councillor for the small New Power Party, which supports Taiwan's formal independence, said the...
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