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    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan expressed satisfaction on Monday and said the European Union had stepped in to help after a global alliance of mayors stopped referring to Taiwanese cities as part of China, in a rare win for the island amid growing Chinese pressure. China has ramped up efforts to get international groups and companies to refer on their websites and in official documents to democratic, Chinese-claimed Taiwan as being part of China, to the ire of Taiwan's government and many of its people. Over the weekend, Taiwan officials expressed anger after the Brussels-based Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy began listing on its website its six Taiwan member cites as belonging to China. The mayors of the...
    By Ben Blanchard KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen visited a low-key but critical maintenance base for fighter jet engines on Saturday, offering encouragement as the Chinese-claimed island's armed forces strain in the face of repeated Chinese air force incursions. This month alone, China's drills have included its jets crossing the mid-line of the sensitive Taiwan Strait and exercising near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the South China Sea. Beijing regards Taiwan as a wayward province and has never renounced the use of force to bring the democratic island under its control. Taiwan's air force has repeatedly scrambled to intercept Chinese jets. Though they have not flown over mainland Taiwan itself, the flights have ramped up pressure, both...
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's armed forces have held anti-landing drills on one of its offshore islands close to China amid rising tensions with Beijing, the island's defence ministry said on Friday, showing images of a cannon firing and soldiers loading the guns. China has stepped up its military activities near Taiwan which it claims as its own territory, including flying fighter jets across the unofficial mid-line of the sensitive Taiwan Strait, which combat aircraft normally don't breach. China says it has been reacting to what Beijing has called "collusion" between Taiwan and the United States, and to protect China's sovereignty, responding to U.S. Undersecretary for Economic Affairs Keith Krach's visit last week to Taipei. Taiwan's Defence Ministry said the drills...
    Taipei, Taiwan (CNN)New arrivals to Taiwan might be forgiven for thinking they've stepped back in time. On the streets of the island's capital, Taipei, pedestrians appear more concerned with staying out of the hot midday sun than maintaining any semblance of social distancing. Large lines stretch along the sidewalks, as people cram into popular lunchtime eateries. And in nearby parks, large groups of young people exercise and practice dance routines. In fact, there are few if any visible signs that this is 2020 and the world is in the grip of a raging pandemic.As the global number of confirmed Covid-19 cases surpasses 30 million, residents of Taipei seem relaxed in the knowledge there has been only one suspected case linked...
            by Brianna Kraemer  The Chinese military on Friday sent 18 planes including fighter jets flying over the Taiwan Strait — an apparent attempt to show its power and dominance over Taiwan, which is hosting U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Keith Krach, to Chinese disapproval. The diplomatic visit this week by a high-ranking U.S. official resulted in a sharp warning from China, which considers the self-governing island its own. China opposes official contacts between Taiwan and other countries and also suggested upon Krach’s arrival the possibility of retaliation. Taiwan’s defense ministry said two bombers and 16 fighter jets from China crossed into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, according to the...
    (CNN)It was pitched as a rare repatriation flight to bring people stranded in China back to their Pacific Island home which has yet to report a single coronavirus case. But of the 104 people on board the chartered Solomon Airlines flight from the southern Chinese city Guangzhou on September 2, only 21 were from the Solomon Islands.The rest were Chinese nationals, according to a report by Radio New Zealand which cited the passenger list.In the days before the flight landed in the country's humid capital, Honiara, local politicians and non-governmental bodies urged the Solomon Islands' Prime Minister to call it off. Despite China reporting just a handful of new coronavirus cases each day for the past few months, to some,...
    U.S. Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Keith Krach (top C), gestures after landing at Sungshan airport in Taipei, Taiwan, September 17, 2020. PEI CHEN/POOL/AFP/Getty Taipei, Taiwan — U.S. Under Secretary of State Keith Krach arrived in Taiwan on Thursday for the second visit by a high-level American official in two months, prompting a stern warning and threat of possible retaliation from China. Beijing considers Taiwan its own and opposes all official contacts between other countries and the self-governing island. Krach arrived at an air force base in Taipei, the capital, for a three-day visit. Wearing a face mask, he bumped elbows in greetings with Taiwanese Deputy Foreign Minister Harry Ho-Jen Tseng. Krach, the highest-level State...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft had lunch Wednesday with Taiwan’s top official in New York, a meeting she called “historic” and a further step in the Trump administration’s campaign to strengthen relations with the self-governing island that China claims as part of its territory. Craft said her lunch with James K.J. Lee, director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, at an outdoor restaurant on Manhattan’s East Side was the first meeting between a top Taiwan official and a United States ambassador to the United Nations. “I’m looking to do the right thing by my president, and I feel that he has sought to strengthen and deepen this bilateral relationship with Taiwan and I...
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday it had lodged a formal complaint with the United States about the upcoming visit of U.S. Undersecretary for Economic Affairs Keith Krach to Chinese-claimed Taiwan. China has lodged "stern representations" with Washington and would respond as needed depending on the situation, spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters in Beijing, without giving details. Krach is due to arrive in Taipei late on Thursday afternoon. (Reporting by Yew Lun Tian; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Alex Richardson) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft had lunch Wednesday with Taiwan’s top official in New York, a meeting she called “historic” and a further step in the Trump administration’s campaign to strengthen relations with the self-governing island that China claims as part of its territory. Craft said her lunch with James K.J. Lee, director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, at an outdoor restaurant on Manhattan’s East Side was the first meeting between a top Taiwan official and a United States ambassador to the United Nations. “I’m looking to do the right thing by my president, and I feel that he has sought to strengthen and deepen this...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft had lunch Wednesday with Taiwan’s top official in New York, a meeting she called “historic” and a further step in the Trump administration’s campaign to strengthen relations with the self-governing island that China claims as part of its territory. Craft said her lunch with James K.J. Lee, director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, at an outdoor restaurant on Manhattan’s East Side was the first meeting between a top Taiwan official and a United States ambassador to the United Nations. “I’m looking to do the right thing by my president, and I feel that he has sought to strengthen and deepen this bilateral relationship with Taiwan and I...
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday that China hopes Japan will refrain from developing official ties with Taiwan. Spokesman Wang Wenbin was asked at a news briefing about China's views on Japan's new defence minister, who has close ties with Taiwan. He said China hoped to enhance cooperation with Japan. (Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; Editing by Kevin Liffey) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    A video shows a fight that ensued between an elderly man and a Karen after the woman attempted to save a seat for her pet hamster on a crowded train in Taiwan. Hide The incident took place on a Taiwan Railways Administration train in New Taipei City on Sept. 5. Hide The video begins with the man and woman going back and forth with one another as the man points in her face, expressing frustration about the hamster’s box taking up a priority seat when there is minimal standing room within the train. The seats are reserved for handicapped, pregnant, and elderly riders, according to TRA. “Did your pet buy a ticket?” he asks, according to a translation from...
    Taiwan has announced a change in the design of the nation’s passports in order to end discrimination towards Taiwanese travelers overseas who are often confused as citizens of the People’s Republic of China. Previously, Taiwanese passports have prominently displayed the country’s official name, “Republic of China,” at the top of the document’s front cover. While the Chinese rendering of this name will remain, the English rendering will now be displayed in a smaller font inside the country’s official seal, according to the South China Morning Post. “Taiwan,” the name of the large island that makes up 99% of the country’s landmass, has been regularly used in reference to the Republic of China in order to differentiate it from the much...
    Hong Kong (CNN)When a United States guided missile destroyer sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, it marked the second such transit in less than two weeks -- and among the clearest signals yet of Washington's willingness to stand up for Taiwan in the face of Chinese aggression. On Monday, the US went further still, taking the cover off previously classified commitments it made to Taiwan during the Reagan administration. Known as the Six Assurances, they spell out how US arms sales and diplomatic support to Taipei will move forward without regard to pressure from Beijing.Though the US has remained a decades-long ally of Taiwan following the island's split from mainland China in the wake of a civil war, policymakers...
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan plans to issue new passports emphasizing its independent identity and downgrading connections with China. The foreign ministry on Wednesday released images of the new document that features “Taiwan” in large capital letters on its cover and minimizes the English wording “Republic of China,” the island’s official name according to its constitution. Taiwan was handed over from Japanese to Chinese rule in 1945. Four years later, Chiang Kai-shek relocated the Republic of China and its institutions to the island as Mao Zedong’s Communist Party swept to power in the Chinese Civil War. Taiwan has since shrugged off political connections with China as part of its transition to full democracy. However, it has retained Republic...
    Manny will continue to be Manny in the land Down Under. The 48-year-old former Boston Red Sox outfielder signed a deal to play for the Sydney Blue Sox of the Australian Baseball League, the team announced Friday. MANNY RAMIREZ: 5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE FORMER RED SOX STAR “We are excited to welcome Manny Ramirez to the Blue Sox family!” the team tweeted. “December 18th can’t come soon enough!” The team posted an apparent message from Ramirez, which read: “Hey Sydney, I’m on my way!” EX-MLB OUTFIELDER ADVOCATES FOR PARTNERSHIP AMONG BASEBALL, FANS AND POLICE Ramirez played 19 years in MLB. He hit .312 with a .996 OPS and 555 home runs. He won two World Series with the Red...
    HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese authorities have arrested at least 10 people, including a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, after its coast guard intercepted a speedboat believed to be heading to Taiwan, media reports said Thursday. The reports, citing unnamed sources, said activist Andy Li was among those detained. Li had been arrested earlier this month with nine others on charges of collusion with foreign forces under a sweeping national security law imposed by Beijing and was out on bail. A social media post by China’s coast guard said the arrests were made on Sunday when it intercepted the boat off the coast of the southern province of Guangdong. It said that two people surnamed Li and Tang were among...
    A U.S. Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady takes part in a drill at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, August 21, 2017. Lee Sang-hak/Yonhap via STRINGER / REUTERS Beijing — China is protesting the alleged incursion of a U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane into a no-fly zone imposed during live-fire military exercises in the country's north. In a statement issued late Tuesday, the Ministry of National Defense said the action had "seriously interfered in normal exercise activities" and "severely incurred the risk of misjudgement and even of bringing about an unintended air-sea incident." "This was a naked act of provocation," the ministry said, quoting spokesperson Wu Qian. China has lodged a stern protest and demanded the U.S....
    China conducted rare military drills in four regions, including the Yellow Sea and the South China Sea, as the US envoy to Taiwan attended a military memorial service with Taiwan’s president. Maritime safety administrations issued notices over last weekend about the military exercises and the People’s Liberation Army said drills had been completed in one area, the South China Morning Post reported on Monday. The exercises occurred in two places in the South China Sea, one in the East China Sea, one in the Yellow Sea and another in the Bohai Gulf off mainland China’s east coast and just north of the Yellow Sea. Many of the areas were cordoned off to regular marine traffic during the exercises. A section...
    China is conducting a series of military drills in four sea regions at roughly the same time, an unusual move that could be sending political signals, reports say. Chinese maritime authorities announced the navy exercises in four locations, including the South China Sea and the Yellow Sea, in multiple notices issued between Friday and Sunday. The naval operations were interpreted by experts as China showing 'its readiness to handle confrontation with the US and self-ruled Taiwan'. China is conducting a series of military drills in four sea regions at roughly the same time, an unusual move that could be sending political signals, reports say. This file picture taken on April 23, 2019 shows a Great Wall 236 submarine of...
    By Ben Blanchard KINMEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - The de facto U.S. ambassador in Taipei joined for the first time on Sunday a Taiwanese leader, amid rising tensions with Beijing, to commemorate a key military clash and the last time Taiwanese forces joined battle with China on a large scale. China, which claims Taiwan as its own, has stepped up military activity around the democratic island, moves denounced by Taiwan's government as an attempt at intimidation to force them to accept Chinese rule. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen laid a wreath and bowed her head in respect at a memorial park on Kinmen island, which sits a few kilometres (miles) off the Chinese metropolis of Xiamen, to mark the 62nd anniversary of...
    The United States has made a 10-year, $62 billion weapons deal with Taiwan for the sale of 90 F-16 fighters, the Agence France-Presse reported Tuesday. The U.S. has long been Taiwan’s largest supplier of military weapons and the deal represents one of the largest in the nation’s history. The move is sure to anger China, which considers Taiwan to be under its domain. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will produce 90 new-generation F-16s for sale to Taiwan. Taiwan last purchased a fleet of F-16s in 1992, according to the Asia Times. While the Pentagon has announced the sale of 90 jets, it has not yet confirmed publicly that Taiwan is the buyer. The AFP has reported, however, that sources close...
    The president of Taiwan praised the relationship between her country and Washington in the face of mounting threats from China, just days after Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar became the highest ranking US official to visit the island nation in four decades. “As effective our military is, we cannot stand alone without support from the community of like-minded democracies. I am proud that the relationship between Taiwan and the US has never been closer,” President Tsai Ing-Wen said during a video presentation to the Hudson Institute think tank on Wednesday. She noted that a Taiwanese representative has arrived in Washington and looks forward to working more closely with the US. “In my second term, I will continue our...
    Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen praised the island nation’s relationship with the United States under the Trump administration, saying that the two nations have “never been closer.” Tsai made the remarks during a speech she gave to the Hudson Institute on Wednesday, in which she highlighted the increasing threat that China poses to Taiwan. “Taiwan has become a full-fledged democracy. Our 23 million people have the right to determine our own futures, which is antithesis to the position Beijing has taken,” Tsai said. “Consequently, we must ensure that cross-strait interactions do not jeopardize our freedoms, democracy, and way of life. The people of Taiwan expect nothing less from their democratically elected government.” “Upholding these principles requires us to be able to...
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Wednesday it opposed any official ties with Taiwan under any pretext after U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar's visit to Taiwan. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters during a daily briefing that those who play with fire will get burnt. (Reporting by Cate Cadell; Editing by Catherine Evans) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    TAIWAN has begun deploying advanced anti-ship missiles on fighter jets as fears of an invasion by China mount, it was reported. F-16 Viper planes have been carrying air patrol missions armed with live AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles. 3Taiwanese air force F16 jet fighter fitted with anti-ship Harpoon missiles Credit: Roy Choo/Twitter Their pairing with the missile represents a key element in Taiwan’s ability to defend itself against any invasion threat from China, The Drive reports. China regards Taiwan as part of its territory and has long threatened to use force to bring it under its control. Former Chinese president Chiang Kai-shek and his supporters fled to the island in 1949 following the Chinese Communist Party victory in the country's civil war....
    Hong Kong (CNN)China is stepping up military drills around East Asia as a war of words with the United States heats up over Washington's military activities and the visit of a US cabinet secretary to Taiwan.One Chinese think tank even says the People's Liberation Army (PLA) may consider live-fire exercises near the US island of Guam.Beijing has stepped up the pace of its war games in recent weeks, after the US sent two aircraft carrier strike groups on rare dual-carrier exercises in the South China Sea twice in the month of July.But the visit of US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to the self-governed island of Taiwan this week has added fuel to the smoldering tensions. Azar is...
    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen Monday morning, marking the most prominent meeting between the two nations in decades, The Hill reported. The visit “demonstrates the robust U.S.-Taiwan partnership on global health and health security, one of the many aspects of our comprehensive friendship,” Azar said, according to CNN. “We consider Taiwan to be a vital partner, a democratic success story, and a force for good in the world.” Azar said the meeting was to discuss “three overarching themes:” Taiwan’s successful response to COVID-19, reaffirming the nation’s strong ties to the United States and Taiwan’s role as an emerging leader in global health, The Hill reported. (RELATED: Trump Administration Approves Arms Sale To Taiwan)...
    Any coronavirus vaccine developed in the United States would be shared with the international community only after the needs of Americans have been met, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters on Monday during his visit to Taiwan, the Independent reported. “Our first priority, of course, is to develop and produce enough quantity of safe and effective FDA-approved vaccines and therapeutics for use in the United States,” Azar said. “But we anticipate having capacity that, once those needs are satisfied, those products would be available in the world community according to fair and equitable distributions that we would consult in the international community on.” President Donald Trump has vowed to have a vaccine ready before the end of...
    The U.S. will share any coronavirus vaccine it develops with the globe after American needs are met, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Monday during a visit to Taiwan. "Our first priority of course is to develop and produce enough quantity of safe and effective FDA-approved vaccines and therapeutics for use in the United States," Azar said, according to Reuters. CHINA RANKLED BY HHS SECRETARY AZAR'S TAIWAN VISIT "But we anticipate having capacity that, once those needs are satisfied, those products would be available in the world community according to fair and equitable distributions that we would consult in the international community on," he said, according to Reuters. Azar, left, is greeted by Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, right, during a...
    A US cabinet member met Taiwan’s president on Monday - a move that has angered China and increased tensions between Washington and Beijing. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is the highest-ranking US politician to hold meetings on the island for decades. Taiwan is, to all intents and purposes, an independent state, but China regards it as a breakaway province. China urged the US to respect what it called its “one China” principle. “China firmly opposes any official interactions between the US and Taiwan,” a foreign ministry spokesman said when the visit was announced last week. “We urge the US… not to send any wrong signals to ‘Taiwan independence’ elements to avoid severe damage to China-US relations.” Why...
    By JOHNSON LAI, Associated Press TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday during the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic ties between Washington and Taipei in 1979. Tsai said to reporters at the Presidential Office Building that said she looked for “even more breakthroughs and fruits of cooperation“ in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and other issues to “jointly contribute to the sustained peaceful development of the Indo-Pacific region.” Azar praised Taiwan’s response to COVID-19 and said its success was a tribute to the "open, transparent, democratic nature of Taiwan’s society and culture.” “It's a true honor to be here...
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday during the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic ties between Washington and Taipei in 1979. Tsai said to reporters at the Presidential Office Building that said she looked for “even more breakthroughs and fruits of cooperation“ in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and other issues to “jointly contribute to the sustained peaceful development of the Indo-Pacific region.” Azar praised Taiwan’s response to COVID-19 and said its success was a tribute to the “open, transparent, democratic nature of Taiwan’s society and culture.” “It’s a true honor to be here to convey...
    Taipei, Taiwan (CNN)Alex Azar, the United States Health and Human Services secretary, met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen Monday, the highest-level meeting between Washington and the self-ruled island in decades.The visit has been condemned by Beijing, which regards Taiwan as Chinese territory, and comes amid an all-time low in US-China relations.Azar arrived in Taiwan Sunday, where he and his team were given coronavirus tests and were seen wearing face masks. The group was met by members of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the director general of the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control and the director of the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto US embassy. Speaking Monday, Azar said his trip "demonstrates the robust US-Taiwan partnership...
    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar defied noisy protests from Beijing and touched down in Taiwan on Sunday to begin the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since formal diplomatic relations between Washington and Taipei ended in 1979. As Breitbart News reported, Secretary Azar will meet with senior Taiwan counterparts, coronavirus responders and experts on behalf of U.S. President Donald Trump. He will also meet President Tsai Ing-wen, an advocate for Taiwan being recognized as a sovereign nation who is loathed by China’s leaders for daring to speak with an independent voice on the world stage. Taiwan’s strong performance in handling its coronavirus outbreak has drawn global plaudits while highlighting its exclusion from the World Health Organization (W.H.O.)...
    On Friday’s broadcast of “The McLaughlin Group,” Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page praised Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar’s planned visit to Taiwan, citing the differences between how Taiwan and China handled the coronavirus outbreak in its early stage, China’s continued lack of transparency about the early days of the coronavirus outbreak, and the fact that China intentionally hid how bad the coronavirus situation was. Page also stated that it is “always rather satisfying to reassure Taiwan that we’re still here, we’re still with you.” Page began by stating that the differences between how Taiwan handled the early days of the coronavirus outbreak and how China handled the early days of the coronavirus outbreak are “a big reason” for Azar’s visit...
    President Trump is sending Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to Taiwan for a coronavirus-themed visit sure to anger China, which claims sovereignty over the island. “It pushes the envelope, which is good because that's what we have to do,” said the Heritage Foundation’s Walter Lohman, who directs the organization’s Asian Studies Center. Azar’s team embraced the opportunity to irritate the mainland communist government. Two other Cabinet officials have traveled to Taipei since 2000, but the HHS team emphasized this trip is technically “the highest-level visit by a U.S. Cabinet official since 1979,” when the United States officially severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of Beijing. The HHS chief’s visit puts a spotlight on how the...
    A vendor holds Taiwanese and Chinese national flags near the Sun Yat-sen Memorial in Taipei, Taiwan.Billy H.C. Kwok | Bloomberg | Getty Images Taiwan appears to be distancing itself from China in recent months, as military activities around the island intensify amid heightened U.S.-China tensions and the coronavirus pandemic. In late July, Taiwan's legislature approved two proposals. One was to rename carrier China Airlines, and the other was to highlight the word Taiwan on passports, which are currently marked "Republic of China" — Taiwan's official name. In the last few months, China has stepped up its military and navy activity around the island, spurring Taiwanese Premier Su Tseng-chang to say late June that Beijing was "disturbing" the island. Experts say China will likely intensify its efforts to...
    Everybody is waiting around for Sony’s PS5 to drop. The following-gen console will come with some remarkable components and specification and that has made everyone want to consider it out. Now, to be a prosperous console, you require to have the quantities in your favor. Digitimes has an idea about the said numbers thanks to their resources. PS5 was announced back again in 2019. The console was delayed on many instances due to many motives, but once it was unveiled, the anticipations rose up. PS5 will launch in two variants a person all electronic and a person with an optical disk travel. The console also will come with backward compatibility, 4K resolution, and higher frame rates than the PS4. Deciding...
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's government has decided to begin discussions over easing immigration restrictions with China, South Korea and Taiwan, public broadcaster NHK reported on Wednesday. (Reporting by Takashi Umekawa; Editing by Andrew Heavens) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Taiwan has released new procedures for carrying out capital punishment - including preventing the condemned from seeing their executioner - but rights activists said today the move merely whitewashes a barbaric practice. The island has carried out 35 executions since a moratorium on capital punishment was lifted in 2010 - with the last being in April of a 53-year-old man convicted of killing his parents. In Taiwan, the death penalty is carried out by gunshot. Media reports say the condemned are first given a powerful sedative before being laid face-down and shot in the heart through the back. Taiwan will allow those condemned today the 'humane' benefit of being hooded so they don't have to see their executioner, human rights...
    TOKYO/TAIPEI (Reuters) - Japan expressed concern and Taiwan voiced disappointment on Tuesday after China passed a national security law for Hong Kong that could bring about the starkest changes in the former British colony's way of life since it returned to Chinese rule. In Tokyo, top government officials called the legislation - approved by China's parliament earlier - "regrettable", saying it undermined credibility in the "one country, two systems" formula adopted at Hong Kong's 1997 handover from Britain to China to preserve its wide-ranging freedoms. "We will continue to work with the countries involved to deal with this issue appropriately," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference. Japan will also communicate closely with the United States and China,...
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - A group of more than 20 lawmakers from Taiwan's main opposition party the Kuomintang (KMT) occupied the legislature overnight on Monday to protest government "tyranny" and the president's nomination of a close aide to a high-level watchdog. Taiwan is a rambunctious democracy and fights and protests inside the parliament building are not an uncommon occurrence. In 2014, hundreds of students occupied parliament for weeks in protests nicknamed the Sunflower Movement, demanding more transparency and fearful of China's growing economic and political influence on the Chinese-claimed island. The KMT, trounced in January's parliamentary and presidential elections, began their protest in parliament late Sunday and remained there overnight into Monday, blocking entry to the main chamber with chains and...
    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...
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - China should focus on fighting the resurgent coronavirus in Beijing rather than "disturbing" Taiwan with military drills near the Chinese-claimed island, Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang told reporters on Tuesday. China's air force has buzzed Taiwan at least eight times in the past two weeks, Taiwan's military says, sending fighters and bombers into Taiwan's air defence identification zone where they have been warned off by patrolling Taiwanese jets. "China is very big, and has never given up the use of force to deal with Taiwan. China has always, with such a serious epidemic, sent their aircraft and ships around Taiwan, really disturbing Taiwan," Su said, adding that Taiwan only wants to be a "contributor to regional peace". "At...
    TAIPEI, TAIWAN - A $6.9 billion U.S. military initiative that's moving through the Senate would aid beleaguered Taiwan and Vietnam by thwarting major threats from their rival China, analysts say. Senators are working on the Pacific Deterrence Initiative with a budget of $1.4 billion in the initiative's first year for U.S. military activity in Asia and $5.5 billion in its second year. The bill is seen as an outgrowth of the 2018 Asia Reassurance Initiative Act and is expected to bolster U.S. naval forces in the Western Pacific. U.S. funding isn't allocated yet but would help Taiwan, analysts believe. China has flown military aircraft into the island's air defense zone five times since June 9. Or it could bolster Vietnam...
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Taiwanese in the southern port city of Kaohsiung voted Saturday in a special election to recall their mayor, whose failed bid for the presidency on behalf of the China-friendly Nationalist Party earlier this year brought widespread disapproval among residents. Results of the recall election - Taiwan’s first - are expected soon after the 1,823 polling stations close at 4 p.m. (0800 GMT). To succeed, the measure to recall Mayor Han Kuo-yu must receive support from 25% of the city’s more than 2 million eligible voters, with more backing it than voting against it. TOP STORIES Chattanooga police chief tells officers OK with George Floyd death to turn in badges Van Jones: Forget the...