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US envoy chides China in talk with Taiwan leader

Taipei - Washington's envoy to the United Nations held a virtual talk with Taiwan's president on Thursday after her visit to the island was scrapped in a diplomatic volte-face during the chaotic last days of the Trump administration.

'Corals are being cooked': A third of Taiwan's reefs are dying

Taipei - Nearly a third of Taiwan's corals are dying from bleaching caused by warming oceans in an alarming phenomenon that poses a severe threat to the island's delicate underwater ecosystem, conservationists warned Wednesday.

Taiwan population fell for first time in 2020

Taipei - Taiwan's population shrank for the first time ever in 2020, government data showed Friday, as the island faces a burgeoning demographic crisis similar to those affecting South Korea and Japan.

Taiwan says Chinese jets made record 380 incursions in 2020

Taipei - Chinese jets made a record 380 incursions into Taiwan's defence zone last year, a defence official said Tuesday, as a military-linked think-tank warned tensions were now at their highest since the mid-1990s.

Pilot blamed for first Taiwan virus transmission since April

Taipei - Taiwan reported its first local coronavirus transmission Tuesday, blaming a foreign pilot for ending 253 days of being virus-free.

Taiwan says US has approved key submarine technology sale

Taipei - The United States has issued an export permit for a digital sonar system critical to Taiwan's indigenous submarine project, a top defence official said Wednesday.

Strong earthquake strikes off Taiwan

Taipei - A strong earthquake struck off Taiwan on Thursday, causing buildings to shake violently in Taipei but with no immediate reports of damage or injury.The quake was of magnitude 6.

Pig guts fly in Taiwan parliament protest

Taipei - Opposition lawmakers hurled pig organs inside Taiwan's parliament on Friday to protest the government's decision to ease restrictions on pork imports from the United States.

Taiwan expanding submarine fleet as China threat grows

Taipei - Taiwan began construction on a fleet of indigenous submarines on Tuesday, the latest move by the out-gunned island to bolster its defences against increasingly bellicose threats from Beijing.

Two Hong Kong political films win at Taiwan Golden Horse Awards

Taipei - Two Hong Kong films that cast an uncomfortable spotlight on China won accolades at Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards on Saturday, as the island staged its largest film festival after successfully containing the coronavirus.

Trolls get creative after WHO censors Taiwan

Taipei - Alleged censorship of Taiwan on the World Health Organization's Facebook page inspired some creative trolling Thursday, with special characters and foreign scripts used to bypass filters that also censored Winnie the Pooh, a character used to poke fun ...

Taiwan says not invited to WHO meeting after Chinese 'obstruction'

Taipei - Taiwan on Monday said Chinese "obstruction" had prevented it from attending a key World Health Organization meeting focused on the coronavirus, accusing the global body of prioritising politics over health.

Crowds celebrate Pride in virus-free Taiwan

Taipei - Tens of thousands of revellers joined a gay pride rally through the streets of Taiwan's capital on Saturday in a colourful celebration of equality made possible by the island's successful vanquishing of the coronavirus.

Gay couples tie knot for first time at Taiwan military wedding

Taoyuan - Waving rainbow flags and shedding tears of joy, two Taiwanese same-sex couples tied the knot on Friday at a mass wedding hosted by the military in another landmark for Asia's LGBT community.

'China is angry': Taiwan anxiety rises as sabre-rattling grows

Kinmen - The tank traps on the beaches of Kinmen Island are a stark reminder that Taiwan lives under the constant threat of a Chinese invasion -- and fears of a conflict breaking out are now at their highest in decades.

Pilot killed as Taiwan fighter jet crashes into sea

Taipei - A Taiwanese pilot was killed Thursday after his fighter jet crashed off the island's eastern coast during routine training, the air force said, in the second fatal air crash in three months.

Taiwan same-sex couples to join military wedding for first time

Taipei - Two Taiwanese soldiers and their civilian same-sex partners will tie the knot at a mass wedding hosted by the military on Friday in another gay rights landmark in Asia.

Cake fight: Taiwan, China officials scuffle at Fiji soiree

Taipei - Taiwan and China traded accusations Monday over a physical clash between their diplomats at a reception in Fiji -- with Beijing revealing that a cake helped fuel the dust-up.

Taiwan rejects China spy claims as 'creating terror'

Taipei - Taipei accused Beijing Tuesday of "creating terror" after state media aired a series of reports on espionage that included alleged confessions of two Taiwanese in Chinese custody.

Tsai defiant as Taiwan's anti-China jet flights double

Taipei - Taiwan will not "yield an inch" in defending itself, President Tsai Ing-wen warned Tuesday, as new figures revealed the island is scrambling fighter jets at more than double the rate of last year in response to Chinese incursions.
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