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    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...
    Matt Cardy/Getty Images A Snickers advertisement caused enough of an outrage for referring to Taiwan as a country that Snickers’ parent company Mars Wrigley issued an apology. In the ad, a limited edition Snickers bar is being introduced in the countries of South Korea, Malaysia, and Taiwan. The inclusion of Taiwan caused a stir on Chinese social media, as the candy bar company could be seen as making a call for Taiwan independence, something the U.S. officially does not support. That’s what Mars was convinced of anyway, as they issued an apology attempt through the Snickers China Weibo account. “Mars Wrigley respects China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity and conducts its business operations in strict compliance with local Chinese laws and regulations,” the company wrote, according to a report from Reuters. The company also reportedly corrected the advertisements in question. China state-run media outlet Global Times had also reported on the Snickers apology, announcing, “Snickers owner Mars Wrigley said it respects China’s natl sovereignty and territorial integrity.” “Snickers on Fri apologized for marking Taiwan island as a country, saying its...
    Chocolate and candy purveyor Mars Wrigley made a grovelling apology on Friday for a Snickers product launch which Chinese social media users said suggested that Taiwan was a country. Videos and pictures of an event promoting a limited edition Snickers bar that was said to be only available in the 'countries' of South Korea, Malaysia, and Taiwan went viral on Chinese microblogging platform Weibo. Chinese users interpreted the wording as a 'gaff' and brought it to the attention of Chinese Community Party honchos notorious for punishing commercial enterprises which step out of line on Beijing's view of its affairs. Within a short space of time Mars Wrigley published an apology on its Snickers China Weibo account and said the relevant content had been amended. Chinese state mouthpiece the Global Times said Mars Wrigley's local team 'has verified and aligned the official site and social media accounts to ensure accurate content.  'Snickers owner Mars Wrigley said it respects China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity.'  Chocolate and candy purveyor Mars Wrigley apologised on Friday for a Snickers product launch which Chinese social...
    The eruption of war between China and Taiwan would be a global catastrophe on a scale far greater than the Ukraine crisis. Yet again Chinese military jets invaded Taiwanese airspace this week, this time following American politician Nancy Pelosi’s provocative visit to the sovereign island off the Communist mainland. Beijing staged live-fire exercises close to Taiwan, effectively blocking those regions to traffic. Meanwhile, the secretary general of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, warned that the world was ‘just one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation’. Charles Parton OBE is a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, who spent 22 years as a senior diplomat in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan No one is more aware of the dangers of that miscalculation than the Chinese leadership. President Xi Jinping knows that if he takes a gamble and loses, the repercussions could destroy China’s economy or might even bring down the Communist Party that has ruled since 1949. We should not doubt the level of Chinese anger at the actions of Mrs Pelosi, speaker of the US House of Representatives...
    Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is urging the United States to recognize Taiwan as a "free and sovereign country" amid concerns China could parallel Russia's moves in Ukraine and launch an invasion. Pompeo argued Taiwan is already an independent nation and that it was "overdue" for the U.S. to recognize that reality, remarks that were met with a swift rebuke from Chinese officials against the backdrop of renewed consternation about China's ambitions in Taiwan amid Russia's assault on Ukraine's democracy. "Its legal democratically elected government can no longer be ignored, avoided, or treated as secondary. It is my view that the United States government should immediately take necessary and long overdue steps to do the right and obvious thing to offer the Republic of China Taiwan America's recognition as a free and sovereign country," he said in a speech in Taiwan on Friday. "The brutally successful takeover of Hong Kong last year boosted Xi's hubris and made him feel more powerful. I am convinced he won't be satisfied stopping at Hong Kong." LAWMAKERS FEAR RUSSIAN INVASION...
    Former Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoPompeo awarded presidential honor in Taiwan Deliver a punch, Joe: Don't let Putin upstage your State of the Union speech Overnight Defense & National Security — Ukraine stands as Russian frustration grows MORE urged the United States to recognize Taiwan as a “free and sovereign country,” hours after Pompeo met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who awarded him the island’s presidential honor. “It is my view that the U.S. government should immediately take necessary, and long-overdue, steps to do the right and obvious thing, that is to offer the Republic of China (Taiwan) America’s diplomatic recognition as a free and sovereign country,” Pompeo tweeted on Thursday. “This isn't about Taiwan’s future independence, it's about recognizing an unmistakable already existent reality,” he continued. “That reality is, as many of your past & present leaders have made clear, there's no need for Taiwan to declare independence because it’s already an independent country.” The development came after Pompeo was awarded Taiwan’s presidential honor for his work in strengthening relations with the democratically-run island.  “Thank you, Secretary @MikePompeo, for...
    The US should formally recognize Taiwan as a country to stop 'egomaniacal' Chinese President Xi Jinping from seizing the island after Beijing's 'brutally successful takeover of Hong Kong', former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said today. Pompeo, speaking during a visit to the capital Taipei, urged the US to recognize Taiwan as a 'free and sovereign' country because the Chinese President will not 'be satisfied stopping at Hong Kong'.  Self-governed Taiwan's 23 million people live under the constant threat of invasion by authoritarian China, which views the island as its territory and has vowed to one day seize it, by force if necessary. 'The United States government should immediately take necessary and long overdue steps to do the right and obvious thing: that is to offer the Republic of China, Taiwan, America's diplomatic recognition to the self-ruled island China claims as its own territory,' Pompeo said in a speech organized by a Taiwan think-tank. The US should formally recognize Taiwan as a country to stop 'egomaniacal' Chinese President Xi Jinping from seizing the island after Beijing's 'brutally successful takeover of...
    Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called upon the United States to recognize Taiwan as an independent nation during his visit to the island off the coast of China. On Thursday, Pompeo publicly declared that the U.S. government should take the “long-overdue” step and recognize the freedom of Taiwan. “It is my view that the U.S. government should immediately take necessary, and long-overdue, steps to do the right and obvious thing, that is to offer the Republic of China (Taiwan) America’s diplomatic recognition as a free and sovereign country,” Pompeo said in a statement.  Pompeo said this would be a recognition of an already “existent reality.”  “This is not about Taiwan’s future independence, it is about recognizing an unmistakable, already existent reality,” asserted Pompeo. ” That reality is this, as many of your past and present leaders have made clear, there is no need for Taiwan to declare independence because it’s already an independent country.” “Its name is the Republic of China (Taiwan),” he continued. “The people and government of the United States should simply recognize this political,...
    Taipei (Reuters)Taiwan's air force scrambled again on Sunday to warn away 27 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defense zone, Taiwan's Defense Ministry said, the latest increase in tensions across the Taiwan Strait as China's President met his top generals.Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained for a year or more of repeated missions by China's air force near the democratically governed island, often in the southwestern part of its air defense identification zone, or ADIZ, close to the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.Taiwan calls China's repeated nearby military activities "gray zone" warfare, designed to both wear out Taiwan's forces by making them repeatedly scramble, and also to test Taiwan's responses. 27 PLA aircraft (KJ-500 AEW&C*2, Y-9 EW, H-6*5, Y-20 Aerial Refueling , J-10*6, J-11*4 and J-16*8) entered #Taiwan's southwest ADIZ on November 28, 2021. Please check our official website for more information: https://t.co/5dD6TBSyh7 pic.twitter.com/AeNKLdRaXG— 國防部 Ministry of National Defense, R.O.C. ???????? (@MoNDefense) November 28, 2021 Over a four-day period beginning on October 1, when China marked its national day, Taiwan said that nearly 150 PLA military aircraft entered its ADIZ, not territorial air space...
    FEARS of World War Three have been reignited after China warned Taiwan it should be "trembling" as the US "won't protect" the island from invasion. With chaotic scenes erupting across Afghanistan amid a Taliban takeover after President Joe Biden decided to withdraw US troops after 20 years, Beijing has warned Taiwan "can't rely" on America in a crisis. 2China has warned Taiwan 'can't rely' on the US after flexing its military mightCredit: Alamy 2The warning comes after the US was accused of 'empty promises' after withdrawing troops from AfghanistanCredit: AFP Li Haidong, a professor at the Institute of International Relations of the China Foreign Affairs University, said he believes the US is set to "cast aside" Taiwan should Taipei push for independence. "The US' fleeing action is a warning to the Taiwan secessionists, or rather, a forecast," he told the Global Times. Meanwhile, Jin Canrong - associate dean of the School of International Studies at the Renmin University of China - accused the US of holding "empty promises". He told the outlet: "Those who have a clear mind should...
    The German biotech company BioNTech urged Taiwan to remove the word “country” from a joint press release that would have announced a now-scrapped vaccine deal between the East Asian nation and BioNtech, Taiwan Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said on Thursday. Taiwan’s health ministry began talks with BioNTech to secure supplies of its Chinese coronavirus vaccine — which it produces jointly with the U.S.-based pharmaceutical company Pfizer — but those negotiations ended in January over the wording of a draft press release, Chen revealed at a regular press briefing in Taipei on May 27. The Chinese company Fosun Pharmaceuticals is also a partner in the development of the vaccine. BioNTech on December 31, 2020, “provided a final version of a vaccine contract” to Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) “which the center signed and returned on January 6,” Chen said, as quoted by the Taipei Times. “The next day, the center and the company exchanged views on what information would be disclosed about the deal, as the contract had included restrictions on what could be shared,” the health minister added. The...
    Freedom-loving Twitter users everywhere came off the top rope on Tuesday to deliver the social media version of an atomic elbow to actor and former WWE star John Cena, after he apologized to China for calling Taiwan a country while promoting his upcoming film “F9.” Cena took to the Chinese social media site Weibo to apologize – in Mandarin -for calling Taiwan a country. China, an expected large market for “F9” and a country that views Taiwan as a part of their country, reacted badly. “I made one mistake. I have to say something very, very, very important now. I love and respect China and Chinese people. I’m very, very sorry about my mistake. I apologize, I apologize, I’m very sorry. You must understand that I really love, really respect China and the Chinese people. My apologies. See you,” Cena explained. The beatdown got so extreme that “John Xina” became a thing on Twitter: John Xina looks like an emasculated cuck in his bend over video. Ultimate coward — Feedom Fighte (@FreedomGoats) May 26, 2021 Senator Tom Cotton kept his...
    Actor and professional wrestler John Cena issued an apology to China for referring to Taiwan as a country during a promotional interview. Cena, 44, apologized on Tuesday in Mandarin on the Chinese social media network Weibo for making the reference to Taiwan as a country, which many Chinese people view as an insult due to China’s long-held view that Taiwan is a breakaway province and not an independent country. “I made a mistake,” Cena said. “Now I have to say one thing, which is very, very, very important: I love and respect China and Chinese people.” DRUG OVERDOSES KILLED TWICE AS MANY PEOPLE IN SAN FRANCISCO LAST YEAR THAN COVID, WITH 2021 ON TRACK TO BE WORSE Cena continued: “I’m very sorry for my mistakes. Sorry. Sorry. I’m really sorry. You have to understand that I love and respect China and Chinese people.” John Cena apologized in Chinese on Sina Weibo after calling Taiwan a country during an interview promoting Fast & Furious 9 pic.twitter.com/dzRKIYgEzL— Joe Xu (@JoeXu) May 24, 2021 Cena was apologizing for saying during an interview...
    According to Taiwan News on Friday, while addressing a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken described Taiwan as a “country that can contribute to the world, not just its own people.” The official House transcript of his remarks quoted Blinken somewhat differently, diminishing what the Taiwanese paper hoped could be a landmark in relations between the United States and China. Diplomats are generally cautious about referring to Taiwan as an independent “country,” since it enrages communist China, which is perpetually threatening to attack Taiwan if it attempts to universalize recognition of its independence. Blinken’s remarks were noted and summarized by Taiwan News on Friday: At the tail end of a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Biden administration’s foreign policy agenda, Representative Young Kim (R-CA) noted that Taiwan has served for decades as an “invaluable security and global health partner to the United States.” She pointed out that given Taiwan’s contributions to the international community and its “strong democratic system,” it has earned “a seat at the table like the W.H.O. [World Health Organization]...
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