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Four Taiwan ex-intelligence officers charged with spying for China

Taipei - Four retired Taiwanese military intelligence officers -- including a major general -- have been indicted for spying for China, prosecutors said Saturday.

Taiwan says 'political pressure' blocking coronavirus vaccine deal

Taipei - An attempt by Taiwan to secure five million doses of coronavirus vaccine failed at the last minute because of "political pressure", Taipei's health minister said Wednesday, raising fears China could be creating roadblocks for the inoculation drive.

Chip shortage puts the brakes on automakers

Paris - A shortage of silicon chips is forcing automakers to cut back on production across the globe and may encourage efforts to cut reliance on Asian suppliers.

Taiwan condemns 'evil' China after Guyana scraps trade office

Taipei - Taiwan on Friday accused Beijing of pressuring Guyana into terminating a deal with the island to set up a trade office, saying it highlighted the Chinese government's "evil nature".

First US warship transits Taiwan Strait since Biden inauguration

Taipei - A US warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, the American navy said, in the first such voyage since the inauguration of President Joe Biden.

Taiwan opens 'milestone' trade office in Guyana

Taipei - Taiwan has set up a trade office in Guyana, officials announced on Thursday, a step the United States called a "milestone" as the island tries to push back against China's campaign to keep it isolated.

Taiwan expelled thousands of Chinese dredgers from its waters

Taipei - Taiwan expelled nearly 4,000 Chinese vessels illegally dredging sand from its waters in 2020, authorities said Monday, a more than six-fold increase on the year before as Beijing seeks to heap pressure on the democratic island.

US warships conduct exercises in South China Sea

Washington - A US aircraft carrier group sailed into the South China Sea on a so-called "freedom of navigation" exercise, the first routine operation in the region under new President Joe Biden.

Op-Ed: China's Taiwan bluster — Lack of ideas meets lousy options

Sydney - In the idea-less world of international power politics, China’s incursion into Taiwanese airspace just adds more bile to the global mess. This time, however, there’s more heat and more risk.

US says support for Taiwan 'rock-solid' as Chinese jets buzz island

Washington - The United States' commitment to Taiwan is "rock-solid", the State Department said late Saturday, as it warned that China's "attempts to intimidate" the island are a threat to regional peace.

Taiwan invited to US inauguration for first time since 1979

Taipei - Taiwan's de facto ambassador to the US was formally invited to President Joe Biden's inauguration in what Taipei said Thursday was a precedent-setting first since Washington switched recognition to Beijing in 1979.

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.

Turbulent Trump diplomacy ends with scrapped Europe, Taiwan trips

Washington - The United States called off last-minute trips by top envoys to its allies in Europe and Taiwan on Tuesday in a sudden diplomatic volte-face during the chaotic swansong days of the Trump administration.

Pompeo and US UN envoy scrap trips to Europe, Taiwan

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancelled his final official visit to Europe, while Washington's UN envoy scrapped a trip to Taiwan, officials said Tuesday, as President Donald Trump faces an impeachment vote in Congress.

US ends curbs on official American contacts with Taiwan

Washington - The United States is ending restrictions governing official contacts with Taiwan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday, a move hailed by Taipei as ending "decades of discrimination".

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.

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.
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