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Taiwan's Apache fleet goes into service amid China tensions

Taoyuan - Taiwan on Tuesday put into service its fleet of US-made Apache attack helicopters, upgrading its defences against a growing military threat from China.The US sold 30 Apache AH-64E -- also known as the "tank killer" -- to Taiwan as part of a $6.

Taiwan shuts down for Typhoon Maria

Taipei - Schools and offices in Taiwan will close Tuesday and flights have been cancelled as Typhoon Maria churns towards Taiwan bringing torrential rains and powerful winds.

Taiwan businessman indicted over North Korea oil sales

Taipei - A Taiwanese businessman has been indicted over illegal oil sales to North Korea, prosecutors said Thursday, flouting UN sanctions against the nuclear-armed regime.

Beijing raps Taiwan's Tsai over call to 'constrain' China

Bejing - China lashed out Wednesday at Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen after she urged the international community in an AFP interview to "constrain" China before it does irreparable damage to global democracy.

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, in her own words

Taipei - Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen highlighted the need to preserve global freedoms and welcomed the island's warming ties with the United States in an exclusive interview with AFP Monday.

Taiwan still divided on gay marriage, says Tsai

Taipei - Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen remained non-committal Monday on whether her government will actively push for quick implementation of a landmark court ruling last year which paved the way for same-sex couples to marry.

Taiwan's Tsai urges world to stand up to China: AFP interview

Taipei - Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen called on the international community to "constrain" China by standing up for freedoms, casting her island's giant neighbour as a global threat to democracy.

Taiwan's Tsai on brave women, #MeToo and self-confidence

Taipei - Soft-spoken and naturally shy, Taiwan's first female leader President Tsai Ing-wen was not an obvious trailblazer.

Taiwan passes controversial bill cutting veterans' pensions

Taipei - Taiwan's military veterans will see their pensions cut as soon as next month after parliament passed a controversial bill that had sparked violent demonstrations.

Japan airlines change 'Taiwan' to 'China Taiwan' on websites

Apo - Japan's two largest airlines have changed "Taiwan" to "China Taiwan" on their Chinese-language websites, officials said Tuesday, sparking an immediate protest from the self-ruled island.

Taiwan indicts three over deadly quake building collapse

Taipei - A Taiwanese developer was indicted Friday over the partial collapse of a building that killed 14 people during an earthquake in February, prosecutors said.

US unveils 'milestone' new de facto embassy in Taiwan

Taipei - The United States on Tuesday unveiled a new $255 million de facto embassy in Taiwan in what was hailed as a "milestone" in relations, drawing the ire of China which considers the self-ruled island as part of its territory.

Taiwan military drill repels 'invasion' as China tensions rise

Taipei - Fighter jets, helicopters and thousands of troops in Taiwan fought back a simulated Chinese invasion Thursday as the self-ruled island faces increasing military and diplomatic pressure from Beijing.

Taiwan diplomacy harder than ever in US-China tug of war

Taipei - Diplomacy has never been easy for Taiwan and is becoming ever more complex as it is caught between the United States under an unpredictable leader and an increasingly assertive China, which claims the self-ruling island as its own.

First violins imitated human voices: study

Washington - Music historians have long suspected that the inventors of the violin wanted to imitate the human voice, and a study out Monday shows how 16th to 18th century luthiers in Italy did it.

'May the force be with you' in Taiwan's presidential office

Taipei - Darth Vader and a pose of gun-toting stormtroopers assailed Taiwan's presidential office Friday -- but the only shots fired were from a barrage of cameras, in a sci-fi makeover for Star Wars Day.

Dominican Republic breaks with Taiwan to establish ties with China

Bejing - The Dominican Republic and China announced Tuesday they were establishing diplomatic relations as the Caribbean country became the latest nation to dump Taiwan, leaving it with just 19 diplomatic allies around the globe.

Taiwan veterans clash with police in pension protest

Taipei - Taiwanese military veterans on Wednesday scuffled with police as they tried to storm parliament in the latest of a series of protests against planned pension cuts.

Chinese carrier leads live fire drill in East China Sea

Bejing - A flotilla of Chinese naval vessels held a "live combat drill" in the East China Sea, state media reported early Tuesday, the latest show of force by Beijing's burgeoning navy in disputed waters that have riled neighbours.

China carries out aircraft carrier drills in Pacific as Taiwan tensions rise

Bejing - China has carried out aircraft carrier drills in the Pacific, its navy said Saturday, ramping up tensions with Taiwan over its military exercises in the sensitive region.

Helicopters hold live-fire drills in southeast China

Bejing - Chinese combat helicopters conducted live-fire drills with missiles off the country's southeast coast, state media said Thursday, without confirming whether the exercises took place in the sensitive Taiwan Strait.

China holds live-fire drills in Taiwan Strait

Bejing - China held live-fire drills in the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday but Taipei dismissed the exercises as "routine" after expected large-scale naval manoeuvres failed to materialise.

Taiwan president watches naval drill as China tensions grow

- Taiwan's president watched naval drills simulating an attack on the island Friday, days before Beijing is set to hold live-fire exercises nearby in a show of force.

Xi makes surprise visit to fleet in South China Sea drill

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday stressed the "urgent" need to build a powerful navy during a surprise visit to observe naval exercises in the disputed South China Sea, state media reported as the country prepares for live-fire drills in the Taiwa...

Taiwan stresses Central America ties with navy visit

Corinto - A Taiwanese navy flotilla docked in Nicaragua on Monday in a high-profile visit highlighting ties with Central America and the Caribbean that are shrinking as China presses countries in the region to drop diplomatic relations.

Man Booker reverts author's nationality to 'Taiwan' after outcry

Taipei - The Man Booker International Prize has reversed a move to change a Taiwanese author's nationality to "Taiwan, China", after the literary award was criticised for bowing to pressure from Beijing.

China's aircraft carrier sails past Taiwan as tensions rise

Taipei - Taiwan said Wednesday it sent ships and planes to track a Chinese aircraft carrier which passed through the Taiwan Strait, as Beijing's leader gave the island a fierce warning against separatism and Washington expressed strong backing for Taipei.

China urges US to 'correct mistake' on Taiwan

Bejing - China has called on the United States to "correct its mistake" after President Donald Trump approved new rules allowing top-level US officials to travel to Taiwan to meet with their Taipei counterparts.

Wary Taiwan eyes growing shadow of China's Xi

Taipei - President Xi Jinping's vision of a resurgent Chinese nation raises a huge red flag for democratic rival Taiwan, with the pressure set to rise now Xi has a lifetime to realise his ambitions.

China signals hardened stance on Hong Kong, Taiwan

Bejing - China signalled Monday it was hardening its stance on dissent in Taiwan and Hong Kong, where it faces growing frustration with the increasingly authoritarian government of President Xi Jinping.
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