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UK Trade Minister Heads to Taiwan for Talks, Sparks China Rebuke

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Britain announced Monday that a trade minister was heading to Taiwan for the first in-person talks since the coronavirus in a bid to strengthen ties with the island, a trip that sparked a rebuke from Beijing. Trade Policy Minister Greg Hands will co-host annual talks and meet with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen during his two-day visit, the Department […]

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Analysts Fear Philippines May Be Drawn Into Taiwan-China Conflict

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — The Philippines would face difficult choices during a Taiwan-China conflict that could pit its growing interest in Chinese investment against its long-term relationship with its treaty ally, the United States, according to analysts. Manila might also find itself drawn into a conflict, whether it chooses to or not, due to the country’s proximity to Taiwan, they say. The […]

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Taiwan Says War With China ‘Absolutely’ Not An Option, But Bolstering Defenses

TAIPEI — War between Taiwan and China is “absolutely not an option,” Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Monday, as she reiterated her willingness to talk to Beijing and also pledged to boost the island’s defenses, including with precision missiles. Democratic Taiwan, which China claims as its territory, has come under increasing military and political pressure from Beijing, especially after Chinese […]

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US Opposes Unilateral Changes In Taiwan Strait Status Quo, Biden Says 

STATE DEPARTMENT — The United States seeks peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and continues to “oppose unilateral changes in the status quo by either side,” U.S. President Joe Biden told the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday. The remarks were the first in which a sitting U.S. president had explicitly laid out U.S. policy toward China and Taiwan in […]

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China Extends Military Drills Around Taiwan

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — China’s military extended provocative exercises in the waters and air surrounding Taiwan on Monday, a day after the drills had been scheduled to end. In a statement, China’s defense ministry said the People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theater Command would focus on anti-submarine and air-to-ship strikes near Taiwan. It is not clear how long the drills will last or […]

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China Takes Vengeance Against Taiwan In Trade After Pelosi’s Visit

China has suspended some trade with Taiwan in apparent retribution for a visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the self-governing island. The curbs include the suspension of some fruits and fish imports from Taiwan and exports of natural sand to the island. China is Taiwan’s largest trading partner, with bilateral trade worth $273 billion last year, accounting for […]

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China Sanctions US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi After Taiwan Trip

Beijing says US House speaker disregarded its concerns and resolute opposition to her ‘provocative’ visit to self-ruled island. China has announced unspecified sanctions on Nancy Pelosi and her immediate family following the visit by the speaker of the United States House of Representatives to the self-ruled island of Taiwan earlier this week. A Chinese foreign ministry statement on Friday said Pelosi had […]

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China Reacts Fiercely To Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit  

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi concluded on Wednesday a whirlwind visit to Taiwan that was warmly welcomed by the Taiwanese government and seen by Beijing as a “major political provocation” and a challenge to China’s sovereignty. China said punishment for the United States and Taiwan would follow. Here’s what Beijing has done so far. Read more at voanews.com Support […]

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U.S. House Speaker Pelosi Begins Asia Tour, No Mention Of Taiwan

The House of Representatives speaker confirms she will visit four Asian countries amid speculation she might visit Taiwan, fueling US tensions with Beijing. US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi starts a tour of four Asian countries on Sunday, her office has said, without mentioning Taiwan amid speculation she might visit the self-ruled island claimed by China. “Speaker Nancy Pelosi […]

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China Raises Stakes Over Pelosi Trip To Taiwan

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s potential plan to visit Taiwan during her trip to Asia in August has prompted a belligerent response from China, with the spokesman for the Foreign Ministry warning that Beijing would “act strongly to resolutely respond” and “take countermeasures” if Pelosi traveled to the island. In a news conference on Monday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian […]