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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...

Taiwan Soldier Vanished During Roll Call. He Just Reemerged

Missing soldier turns up on Chinese mainland; it's still unclear if he's a deserter

(Newser) - During roll call on Thursday on the island of Erdan, located just a few miles off of China's coast, a Taiwanese soldier was reported missing. Now, he's apparently reemerged, and not on Erdan, part of the Taiwan-run Kinmen islands in the Taiwan Strait. "It has been confirmed...

Chinese Minister Has Blunt Words for US

He accuses America of a new McCarthyism, warns confrontation looms unless things change

(Newser) - Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang warned Tuesday that Beijing and Washington are headed for “conflict and confrontation” if the US doesn't change course, striking a combative tone at a moment when relations between the rivals are at a historic low. In his first news conference since taking office...

China Won't Be Pleased With Latest US-Taiwan Deal

US agrees to sell Taiwan $619M in munitions

(Newser) - The US has approved more arms sales to Taiwan, including $619 million worth of munitions for F-16 fighter jets, in a decision likely to be yet another point of friction between the US and China, which claims the island as its own territory. The State Department said in a statement...

Analysis: Chinese Invasion of Taiwan Unlikely to Succeed

But Taiwan can't win on its own, and the cost for the US would be high

(Newser) - It's possible to prevent China from conquering Taiwan, but only with the direct involvement of US forces and at a high cost for everyone involved. Per CNN , that’s the main takeaway from recent war games conducted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The prominent DC-based think...

Taiwan Changes Mandated Military Service to One Year

'Peace does not come from the sky,' President Tsai says of new conscription plan

(Newser) - Taiwan will extend its compulsory military service from four months to a year starting in 2024, President Tsai Ing-wen said Tuesday, as the self-ruled island faces China's military, diplomatic, and trade pressures. Taiwan, which split from the mainland in 1949 during a civil war, is claimed by China. The...

Taiwan President Quits as Party Leader

Tsai Ing-wen's party suffered heavy defeats in local elections

(Newser) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen resigned as head of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party following local election losses on Saturday suffered by her party. Voters in Taiwan overwhelmingly chose the opposition Nationalist party in several major races across the self-ruled island in an election in which lingering concerns about threats from...

Taiwan Lifts Last COVID Entry Restrictions
Taiwan: What COVID?
Come on In!

Taiwan: What COVID? Come on In!

No more mandatory quarantine for visitors

(Newser) - Taiwan lifted all its COVID-19 entry restrictions on Thursday, allowing tourists unfettered access to the self-ruled island after more than 2 1/2 years of border controls. Hong Kong and Taiwan, together with mainland China, required most visitors to complete a mandatory quarantine period throughout the pandemic, even as most countries...

Taiwan Quake Traps Tourists, Derails Train
6.8 Earthquake Shakes Taiwan

6.8 Earthquake Shakes Taiwan

Train derails, 400 tourists are trapped on mountain

(Newser) - A strong earthquake shook much of Taiwan on Sunday, toppling a three-story building and temporarily trapping four people inside, stranding about 400 tourists on a mountainside, and knocking part of a passenger train off its tracks. One person died, and nine people had minor injuries, Taiwan's Emergency Operations Center...

Taiwan's Military to Get Giant Boost From Billionaire

Robert Tsao says he'll fund training of 3.3 million civilian 'warriors' in 3 years

(Newser) - A Taiwanese tycoon says he's donating a billion Taiwan dollars, or about $32 million, to train an army to fight against a Chinese invasion. Wearing a bulletproof vest and helmet to signify what he said was a growing threat to Taiwan from the Chinese Communist Party, Robert Tsao—founder...

US Sends Warships Through Taiwan Strait

China says it's watching but doesn't specify a response

(Newser) - Two US guided-missile cruisers were sailing through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, the Navy reported, the first American passage since China launched military exercises in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 's trip to Taipei early this month. The US 7th Fleet in Japan issued a statement saying the...

China Fumes Over US' Latest Move on Taiwan

Country says it 'firmly opposes' formal trade talks

(Newser) - The US government will hold trade talks with Taiwan in a sign of support for the island democracy that China claims as its own territory, prompting Beijing to warn Thursday it will take action if necessary to "safeguard its sovereignty." Chinese President Xi Jinping's government criticized the...

More US Lawmakers Touch Down in Taiwan

Sen. Markey leads five-member delegation in trip likely to further anger China

(Newser) - A delegation of American lawmakers is visiting Taiwan just 12 days after a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that angered China . The five-member delegation, led by Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, will meet senior leaders to discuss US-Taiwan relations and related issues, the American Institute in Taiwan...

In New White Paper, China Omits One Big Line

Nation retracts vow to not send troops to Taiwan in case of 'reunification'

(Newser) - China won't rule out the use of force in Taiwan, according to its first white paper on the topic in 22 years and the first under President Xi Jinping. In it, the country withdraws a promise not to send troops or administrators to the island if it seizes control—...

China Looks to Hammer US for Pelosi's Taiwan Visit

Chinese missiles land in Japanese waters

(Newser) - China slapped unspecified sanctions on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her family Friday as retaliation for her visit to Taiwan. China's foreign ministry described her visit to the island as an "egregious provocation," CNBC reports. In a statement, the ministry said the visit "constitutes a gross...

China Holds Biggest-Ever Military Drills Near Taiwan
China Encircles Taiwan
With Massive Military Drills

China Encircles Taiwan With Massive Military Drills

Tensions soar after Pelosi departs island

(Newser) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has departed Taiwan —and China has launched what are believed to be its biggest-ever military drills around the island, which it has long vowed to reunify with the mainland, by force if necessary. For the first time since 1996, China has fired missiles into waters...

Despite Chinese Threats, &#39;Taiwan Will Not Back Down&#39;
Pelosi Heads Out of Taiwan

Pelosi Heads Out of Taiwan

Next stop for the House Speaker is South Korea

(Newser) - US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi departed Taiwan on Wednesday evening for South Korea after a visit that heightened tensions with China , saying she and other members of Congress in her delegation showed they will not abandon their commitment to the self-governing island. "Today the world faces a choice between...

China Reacts With Fury to Pelosi's Taiwan Visit

Beijing summons US ambassador

(Newser) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi became the highest-ranked American lawmaker to visit Taiwan in 25 years Tuesday—and China reacted exactly as expected. Beijing, which considers Taiwan its territory, slammed the move as a "serious violation" after Pelosi arrived in Taipei. The country's foreign ministry summoned Nicholas Burns, the...

Pelosi Writes of Reason for Her Taiwan Visit
Pelosi Explains Reason
for Her Taiwan Visit

Pelosi Explains Reason for Her Taiwan Visit

'America’s solidarity with Taiwan is more important today than ever'

(Newser) - Just minutes after Nancy Pelosi touched down in Taiwan, a piece she wrote for the Washington Post went live. Titled "Why I'm leading a congressional delegation to Taiwan," Pelosi quite simply explains that very thing. Some key lines:
  • "In the face of the Chinese Communist Party’

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