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After Taiwan Quake, Failed Drug-Sniffing Dog Becomes a Star

Search and rescue dog Roger was 'too friendly' for narcotics unit

(Newser) - Numerous dogs have taken part in search and rescue operations in the aftermath of last week's massive earthquake in Taiwan but a Labrador retriever named Roger has been getting the most attention—and it's partly because of his former career. His handler, Lee Hsin Hung, tells the New ...

That This Building Didn't Fall Is a Testament to Taiwan

Country's earthquake preparedness likely contributed to its low death toll

(Newser) - In the wake of Thursday's magnitude-7.4 earthquake in Taiwan, "the precariously leaning 10-story Uranus Building quickly became a symbol of the tragedy," reports Nikkei Asia . But the fact that it's standing at all is a sign of just how well prepared the country was for...

Dozens Missing, Hundreds Trapped After Taiwan Quake

But death toll is far lower than in 1999 quake

(Newser) - Dozens of people are missing and hundreds are trapped or stranded in the aftermath of Taiwan's most powerful earthquake since 1999. Most of the stranded people are employees and guests at the remote Silks Place Taroko hotel, the BBC reports. Authorities are working to repair roads to the area....

Cops: Guy Had His Legs Amputated in Insurance Scam

Taiwanese pair claimed cold temperatures caused frostbite requiring amputation; investigators say it was dry ice

(Newser) - An alleged plot between friends to collect a more than $1 million insurance payout failed, leaving the pair no better for having frozen one man's legs to the point of requiring amputation, prosecutors say. Indeed, the two Taiwanese college students, identified as Zhang and Liao, both 23, are now...

Taiwan Is Down to 12 Diplomatic Allies

Nauru switches diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China

(Newser) - The Pacific Island nation of Nauru said Monday that it is switching diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China, a move that reduces the dwindling number of Taiwan's diplomatic allies to 12. A statement from the government of Nauru said it was severing ties with Taiwan and seeking a resumption...

Biden: 'We Do Not Support Independence' for Taiwan

President-elect was not China's preference

(Newser) - President Biden had a reminder for Taiwan on Saturday, hours after voters chose Lai Ching-te to be their next president. "We do not support independence," Biden told reporters outside the White House. The president-elect has called for independence in the past, Politico reports, which earned him China's...

China Won't Be Thrilled at Taiwan's New President

Lai Ching-te, member of pro-sovereignty Democratic Progressive Party, wins election

(Newser) - Ruling-party candidate Lai Ching-te emerged victorious in Taiwan's presidential election on Saturday and his opponents conceded, a result that will chart the trajectory of the self-ruled democracy's relations with China over the next four years. At stake is the peace and stability of the island, 100 miles off...

Taiwan's Election May Put China to the Test

Citizens will head to the polls Saturday to elect a new president, legislature

(Newser) - Taiwan is preparing to elect a president and legislature Saturday in what many see as a test of control with China, which claims the self-governing island republic as its own territory to be unified with force if necessary. The presidential race is tight, and both China and Taiwan's key...

China Preps for Assault With Tips Learned From Russia

Government looks to limit the effect of potential sanctions as it builds up military capability

(Newser) - A Pentagon report on China's military power says Beijing is exceeding previous projections of how quickly it is building up its nuclear weapons arsenal and is "almost certainly" learning lessons from Russia's war in Ukraine about what a conflict over Taiwan might look like, per the AP...

Chinese Defector: I'll Wait 'Months' in Airport If I Have to

Tiananmen Square critic Chen Siming says he feels safe in Taiwan, though he wants to go to US

(Newser) - A Chinese dissident known for his commemorations of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre is currently holed up in a Taiwan airport, pleading for asylum from the United States, or Canada if the US won't take him. Chen Siming has been hunkered down since Friday at Taoyuan International Airport near...

As Typhoon Haikui Rolls in, Taiwan Shuts Down

Dueling storms hit China, Taiwan

(Newser) - Taiwan suspended flights, rail transport, and ferry services along with classes and outdoor events and urged workers to stay home on Sunday as Typhoon Haikui churned across the southern part of the island. The AP reports that the typhoon made landfall in Taitung county on the Pacific-facing east coast around...

Ramaswamy Gets Into It With CNN Over 9/11, Taiwan

Candidate accused of 'mansplaining' after Kaitlan Collins points out apparent contradictions

(Newser) - Vivek Ramaswamy may have been practicing for Wednesday's Republican presidential primary debate when he sparred with CNN's Kaitlan Collins on Tuesday. Onlookers had a lot to say about the interview in which Ramaswamy accused Collins of trickery and putting words into his mouth. Collins had pressed the 38-year-old...

Meet Taipei's Newest 'Dream Ingredient'

This 14-legged giant isopod atop ramen noodles has spurred a waiting list at Taiwan eatery

(Newser) - "Would you eat this?" is the question posed by the South China Morning Post on a new delicacy making headlines out of Taipei. But while Americans may feel squeamish at the prospect of scarfing down on what The Ramen Boy calls its "dream ingredient," locals are clamoring...

Macron Continues Push for 'European Sovereignty'

But he's facing a lot of criticism on both sides of the Atlantic

(Newser) - After French President Emmanuel Macron warned that Europe shouldn't let the US drag it into conflict with China over Taiwan, Sen. Marco Rubio wondered whether Macron was speaking only for France or for all of Europe. Based on the reaction being rounded up in various outlets—at least from...

China's Military 'Ready to Fight' After Taiwan Drills

Military says it is prepared to 'resolutely smash' any 'foreign interference'

(Newser) - China’s military declared Monday it is "ready to fight" after completing three days of large-scale combat exercises around Taiwan that simulated sealing off the island in response to the Taiwanese president’s trip to the US last week. The "combat readiness patrols” named Joint Sword were meant...

Macron's Warning to Europe: Don't Be 'America's Followers'

French president is worried about tension over Taiwan; Graham open to using US forces

(Newser) - Tensions between the US and China over Taiwan continue to ratchet up. The latest example came over the weekend when GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham said he is "very much open to using US forces to defend Taiwan, because it is in our national security interest to do so,"...

After McCarthy Meets With Taiwan Chief, a 'Serious Warning'

China sends warships, more than 70 planes near self-ruled island in apparent retaliation for meeting

(Newser) - China sent warships and dozens of fighter jets toward Taiwan Saturday, the Taiwanese government said, in retaliation for a meeting between US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Tsai Ing-wen, president of the self-ruled island democracy claimed by Beijing as part of its territory. The AP reports eight warships and 71...

McCarthy, Taiwan's President Meet Despite China's Warning

On US soil, two leaders describe nations' ties as strong, unwavering

(Newser) - Risking China's wrath, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy hosted Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday as a "great friend of America" in a fraught show of US support at a rare high-level, bipartisan meeting on American soil. In their public remarks, Tsai and McCarthy steered clear of calls from...

China Warns of 'Serious' Consequences if Taiwan Prez Meets McCarthy

President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in the US Wednesday

(Newser) - Taiwan’s president is beginning a swing through the United States and Central America, a visit aimed at showing that her self-ruled island has allies as it faces a rising threat from China. Taiwan was carefully calibrating President Tsai Ing-wen's stops in the United States, and, as always, forgoing...

This Move Leaves Taiwan With Diplomatic Ties to Just 13 Countries
Honduras Delivers
Political Blow to Taiwan

Honduras Delivers Political Blow to Taiwan

Nation follows through on pledge to sever diplomatic ties

(Newser) - Honduras on Sunday cut diplomatic ties to Taiwan and established them with China instead, reports the AP . The move, signaled earlier this month, is a political blow to Taiwan, which now has formal ties to only 13 sovereign states. The "island’s diplomatic partners are now so few that...

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