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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.

Aide says Hong Kong media tycoon Lai unaware of Biden dossier

Fpo - A top aide to Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai has stepped down after admitting he helped fund a contentious report alleging links between Joe Biden's son and China, but insisted Sunday his boss had no knowledge of it.

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.

US announces $2.4 bn sale of coastal defense systems to Taiwan

Washington - The United States on Monday said it had approved a $2.4 billion sale of 100 Harpoon coastal defense systems to Taiwan, defying Beijing's anger over a $1 billion missile deal last week.

China 'to sanction' US firms over Taiwan arms sale

Bejing - China said Monday it would impose sanctions on Lockheed Martin, a Boeing defence division and other US firms involved in arms sales to Taiwan, the self-governed island that Beijing views as its territory.

Why are Hong Kong and Taiwan bickering over the fate of a murderer?

Fpo - Hong Konger Chan Tong-kai admits to murdering his pregnant girlfriend in a Taipei hotel room nearly two years ago. He has even said he is willing to return to Taiwan and face trial. Yet he remains a free man. Why?

US to sell air-to-ground missiles to Taiwan

Washington - The US government on Wednesday said it had approved the sale of $1 billion worth of advanced air-to-ground missiles to Taiwan as the island tries to shore up its defenses against China.

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.

Baby boom at Taipei Zoo lightens pandemic blues

Taipei - Taiwan's largest zoo has celebrated a flurry of births in recent months -- including pandas and pangolins -- in a welcome boost during a visitor slump due to the coronavirus.

China 'must back off', says Taiwan

Taipei - Taiwan on Tuesday demanded that China "back off" and accused it of threatening peace, after a Beijing official rejected a largely respected marine boundary following recent incursions.

Beijing says support for Taiwan independence 'doomed to fail'

Bejing - China ramped up its rhetoric over Taiwan on Monday, describing any support for its independence as "doomed to fail", and threatened retaliation against US diplomatic visits to the island.

Senior US diplomat wraps up Taiwan visit as China flexes muscle

Taipei - A top US diplomat attended the funeral for former Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui Saturday which featured a eulogy by Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama before wrapping up a visit overshadowed by Chinese military exercises.

Taiwan scrambles jets as China military overshadows US visit

Taipei - Taiwan scrambled fighter jets Friday as the Chinese military conducted exercises near the Taiwan Strait during a rare visit by a high-ranking US diplomat to the self-ruled island.

US sends top-level diplomat to Taiwan, angering China

Taipei - A top US diplomat landed in Taiwan Thursday, the highest-ranking State Department official to visit in 40 years, in a further sign of Washington's willingness to defy China and its campaign to isolate the self-ruled island.

US sends top-level diplomat to Taiwan, defying China

Taipei - A top US diplomat will arrive in Taiwan on Thursday, the highest-ranking State Department official to visit in 40 years, in a further sign of Washington's willingness to defy China and its campaign to isolate the self-ruled island.

Taiwan bird group blames political flap for ejection from global network

Taipei - A Taiwan bird protection group said Tuesday it has been kicked out of BirdLife International -- a global conservation partnership -- after refusing to sign a statement saying it would never advocate for the island's independence from China.

Taiwan artisans fuse reality and fantasy in miniature worlds

Taipei - From a bucolic rural grocery shop to fictional battlefields and robot warrior bases, Taiwanese artisans are meticulously handcrafting miniature worlds that fuse reality and fantasy.

Somaliland launches representative office in Taiwan

Taipei - Somaliland opened a representative office in Taiwan Wednesday as the unrecognised but de facto sovereign territories deepen a relationship that has sparked angry rebukes from both China and Somalia.

Taiwan's polarising pig festival draws smaller sacrifices

Hsinchu - A festival in Taiwan where enormous pigs are slaughtered and displayed is drawing smaller crowds as animal rights activists alter perceptions of the controversial tradition.

Taiwan urges international alliance to safeguard regional stability

Taipei - Taiwan's president called Tuesday for democratic countries to combat China's regional expansionism, saying the alliance would safeguard "freedom... human rights and democracy".

'I am Taiwanese': Czech speaker channels JFK in Taiwan speech

Taipei - A senior Czech politician invoked a famous Cold War-era phrase by late US president John F Kennedy as he delivered a landmark speech to Taiwan's parliament Tuesday during a visit that has incensed Beijing.
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