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Beijing says no one can stop Taiwan 'reunification'

Oct 21, 2019 - 2:40 PM

China will not stop its efforts towards 'realizing the complete reunification of the motherland,' Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe says at the Xiangshan Forum in Beijing

ASSERTING REUNIFICATION. China's Defense Minister Wei Fenghe addresses the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue summit in Singapore on June 2, 2019. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Murderer who triggered Hong Kong protests will go to Taiwan – pastor

Oct 18, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Police have rejected an application for a large rally on Sunday, October 20, saying they fear hardcore protesters would hijack it and turn violent

UMBRELLA MOVEMENT. Protesters gather at a main road near the central government offices in the Admiralty area in Hong Kong on September 28, 2019, on the fifth anniversary of the "Umbrella Movement." Photo by Mohd Rasfan

Attempts to split China risk 'smashed' bodies – Xi Jinping

Oct 14, 2019 - 12:21 PM

'Anyone who attempts to split any region from China will perish, with their bodies smashed and bones ground to powder,' Xi Jinping says, according to China's foreign ministry

XI'S WARNING. China's President Xi Jinping (C) waves on his arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport as he bids farewell, wrapping up his two-day visit to Nepal, in Kathmandu on October 13, 2019. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Catch 'em all: Tens of thousands join Taiwan 'Pokemon Go' safari

Oct 03, 2019 - 5:14 PM

The four-day Pokemon Go Safari Zone in New Taipei City is expected to attract up to half a million fans of the cute fighting creatures

TAIWAN'S POKEMON SAFARI. Visitors pose with Pokemon character Pikachu during the opening day of the Pokemon Go Safari Zone at the New Taipei Metropolitan Park in New Taipei City on October 3, 2019. Photo by Daniel Shih/AFP

Body of missing Filipino fisherman found in Taiwan

Oct 03, 2019 - 2:52 PM

Romulo Escalicas Jr is the third Filipino fisherman killed in the bridge collapse in Taiwan's east coast

BRIDGE COLLAPSE. Rescue personnel look on at a bridge after it collapsed in the Nanfangao fish harbor in Suao township on October 1, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

At least 2 Filipinos killed in Taiwan bridge collapse

Oct 02, 2019 - 12:36 PM

(UPDATED) One Filipino fisherman remains missing, says the Department of Labor and Employment

BRIDGE COLLAPSE. A fishing boat is pictured after it was crushed when a bridge collapsed in the Nanfangao fish harbour in Suao township on October 1, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

5 bodies found, 1 still missing after Taiwan bridge collapse

Oct 02, 2019 - 12:33 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippines' labor ministry confirms that two of its nationals were killed while one remained missing and 5 others were injured in the incident

BRIDGE COLLAPSE. Rescue personnel look on at a bridge after it collapsed in the Nanfangao fish harbor in Suao township on October 1, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

5 Filipinos injured in Taiwan bridge collapse

Oct 01, 2019 - 6:43 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says the Filipino workers are being treated at the Poai Hospital and Rong Min Hospital for minor injuries

BRIDGE COLLAPSE. A fishing boat is pictured after it was crushed when a bridge collapsed in the Nanfangao fish harbour in Suao township on October 1, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Rescuers fear 6 trapped after Taiwan bridge collapse

Oct 01, 2019 - 1:47 PM

(3rd UPDATE) At least 12 people are injured, including 6 Philippine and 3 Indonesian fishing workers as well as the Taiwanese driver of the gas tanker

BRIDGE COLLAPSE. A fishing boat is pictured after it was crushed when a bridge collapsed in the Nanfangao fish harbour in Suao township on October 1, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan shrugs as communist China hails 70th anniversary

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:16 AM

Taiwan remains a sore point to this day among party leaders in Beijing, and the emergence of a growing Taiwanese identity is a headache for Beijing's plans

REMEMBERING THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA. This photo taken on September 20, 2019 shows 100-year-old Kuomintang army veteran Hsiang Pi-chien at the Tainan Veterans Retirement Home in Tainan. Photo by Hsu Tsun-hsu/AFP

Sydney, Taiwan kick off global protests for Hong Kong

Sep 29, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Similar rallies are being held in more than 40 cities worldwide as part of a global day of action in support of Hong Kong protests

GLOBAL RALLY. Taiwanese march in the streets outside the parliament in Taipei during a demonstration to support Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on September 29, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Trafficked to extinction: Vietnam, Taiwan, China

Sep 27, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Despite the scale of the pangolin trade, little is actually known about it, even among prosecutors and law enforcement officials in its key market: China

ANXIETY. A pangolin rescued in a sting operation in Guangzhou, China, earlier this year. A veterinarian who has been caring for her said the death of a fellow rescued pangolin had incurred anxiety in the remaining pangolins. © Sophia Zhang

Pasig heads to Taiwan for 3x3 Kaohsiung Challenger

Sep 17, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Pasig gets back at Balanga in dramatic fashion to win the 4th leg of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 Magiting Cup

PIVOTAL. Joshua Munzon leads Pasig over Balanga in the final of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 Magiting Cup. Photo from release

Taiwan terminates relations with Solomon Islands after China switch

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:54 PM

'The government of China has once again resorted to dollar diplomacy and false promises of large amounts of foreign assistance to buy off a small number of politicians,' says Taiwan's foreign minister Joseph Wu

DOLLAR DIPLOMACY? In this file photo taken on May 1, 2018 Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu speaks during a press conference in Taipei. Taiwan on September 16, 2019 severed ties with the Solomon Islands after learning the Pacific nation had decided to switch diplomatic recognition to China, a decision it described as 'extremely regrettable.' File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwanese man investigated in China over 'state security'

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:41 PM

The investigation against Lee Meng-chu comes amid unrest in Hong Kong and persistent tensions between China and the self-ruled democratic island of Taiwan

UNDER INVESTIGATION. Security guards patrol below surveillance cameras on a corner of Tiananmen Square in Beijing on September 6, 2019. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Petro Gazz Angels to represent PH in Taiwan tourney

Sep 11, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference winners hope to bring their champion form in their first international tourney

PROMISING. The Petro Gazz Angels are ready to step into the international stage. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Taiwan leader meets Solomons envoy to shore up ties over China

Sep 09, 2019 - 4:37 PM

The Solomon Islands are among only 17 countries that maintain official ties with Taiwan, but Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has vowed to review the relationship

Taiwan President, Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the Taipei Guest House on August 20, 2016.  Tsai, who was inaugurated on May 20 as Taiwan's first female president, will mark her first 100 days in office next week and asked the public not to judge her job performance by just 100 days as her popularity fell to under 50 percent in a recent poll. / AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH

PH, Taiwanese groups seek probe into OFW's death in Taiwan factory

Sep 06, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Taiwan's Environmental Quality Protection Foundation and the EcoWaste Coalition of the Philippines urge the Taiwanese government to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the death of 29-year-old Deserie Castro Tagubasi

TRAGIC DEATH. Filipino worker Deserie Castro Tagubasi died during a workplace accident in Taiwan. Photo from the Facebook page of Deserie Castro Tagubasi

Giant Taiwan Apple supplier TSMC faces infringement claims

Aug 27, 2019 - 8:47 PM

GlobalFoundries says it filed multiple lawsuits in the United States and Germany, alleging infringement of 16 of its patents by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company

China to hold fresh military drills near Taiwan

Aug 27, 2019 - 3:39 PM

This will be the third set of drills in a month and comes after the recent US approvals of arms sales worth billions to Taiwan, including F-16 fighter jets

CHINA NAVY DRILLS. This aerial photo taken on January 2, 2017 shows a Chinese navy formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaoning (C), during military drills in the South China Sea. File photo by AFP

Taiwan warns Pacific islands of China's 'empty promises' on aid

Aug 23, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Nations such as Australia and the US fear Beijing's interest is fuelled by a long-term goal to establish a military base in the islands, offering control of vast swathes of ocean

Royalty-free stock photo ID: 786594109  Capital Building at Ngerulmud in Palau  E By Erika Bisbocci

China threatens sanctions on U.S. firms linked to Taiwan warplanes sale

Aug 21, 2019 - 9:54 PM

'China will take all necessary measures to safeguard our interests,' says foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

GENG SHUANG. Image from Voice of America via Wikipedia

U.S. State Dept approves sale of 66 F-16 fighters to Taiwan

Aug 21, 2019 - 1:29 PM

Taiwan will get the latest version of the Lockheed Martin-built fighter, the F-16C/D Block 70, in the $8 billion deal, the State Department says

F-16. A Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jet. Image from Lockheed Martin website

U.S. advances sale of F-16 fighters to Taiwan

Aug 17, 2019 - 11:28 AM

The decision to forward Taiwan's request for aircrafts to Congress for approval is 'an important step in support of Taiwan's self-defense efforts'

This handout photograph taken and released on May 11, 2018 by Taiwan's Defence Ministry shows a Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft (L) flying alongside a Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) H-6K bomber that reportedly flew over the Bashi Channel, south of Taiwan, and over the Miyako Strait, near Japan's Okinawa Island, in a drill. China sent fighter jets and other military aircraft near Taiwan on May 11 in the latest of a series of drills which Beijing has said are aimed at the island's "independence forces".   / AFP PHOTO / TAIWAN DEFENCE MINISTRY / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / TAIWAN DEFENCE MINISTRY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

China's online users lambast Huawei for Taiwan listing

Aug 14, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Chinese users complain about certain Huawei phone models adopting 'double standards' when referring to Taipei, the capital of Taiwan

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake jolts Taiwan

Aug 08, 2019 - 6:51 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The quake struck at 5:28 am local time at a depth of 10 kilometers in northeastern Yilan county. High-rises swayed in the capital Taipei, waking people up from their sleep.

JOLTED. File photo of the Taipei skyline dominated by skyscraper Taipei 101 building. Photo by JomNicha/Shutterstock

Taiwan president slams Beijing's solo tourists ban

Aug 01, 2019 - 7:47 PM

'Tourism should not be politicized,' says Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen after China's tourism ministry announced the suspension of individual travel permits to the island

TOURISM. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen slams China's decision to halt individual travel to the island. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

China halts individual travel to Taiwan

Jul 31, 2019 - 3:31 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, the island's policy-making body on China, releases a statement to 'sternly protest and condemn' the move, saying it was done unilaterally

China holds military drills near Taiwan

Jul 29, 2019 - 5:18 PM

The China Maritime Safety Administration issued notices warning against entering broad swaths of airspace and waters off the coast of eastern Zhejiang and southern Guangdong provinces due to 'military activity'

Beijing-friendly candidate says elections a 'battle' for Taiwan

Jul 28, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu describes January's vote as a choice between "peace or crisis" with China

THE CHALLENGER. Han Kuo-yu (C) from the Kuomintang party gestures while speaking to his supporters during a campaign event in Taipei on June 1, 2019. File photo by Daniel Shih/AFP

Next Desiderio? No, Kobe Paras to lead UP his own way

Jul 25, 2019 - 6:57 PM

'I never think of filling anyone’s shoes. Paul left his own legacy. I’m just trying to play my own game and be there for my teammates,' says Kobe Paras

NEW ROLE. Kobe Paras will do anything to help his team win a championship. Photo from Instagram (@_kokoparas)

Kobe Paras erupts for 37 in UP's Taiwan title sweep

Jul 21, 2019 - 6:42 PM

The UP Maroons' UAAP buildup goes in full swing with Kobe Paras at the helm

STALWART. Kobe Paras puts on a show in Taiwan. Photo by Keith Magcaling/UPMBT

Taiwan asks Hong Kong, China to help fight $30 million online love scams

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Fighting this new type of cross-border fraud will require the cooperation of all 3 administrations, and sits in contrast to mounting recent tensions over Beijing's desire for closer political links

Populist pro-China mayor to face Tsai in Taiwan presidential clash

Jul 15, 2019 - 3:47 PM

Han Kuo-yu's victory sets up an unpredictable clash as Taiwan goes to the polls in January in a contest that will be dominated by relations with China

HAN KUO-YU. Kaohsiung city mayor Han Kuo-yu (C) from the Kuomintang party gestures while speaking to his supporters during a campaign event in Taipei on June 1, 2019. Photo by Daniel Shih/AFP

Mighty Sports continues dominant Jones Cup run with Jordan rout

Jul 13, 2019 - 3:13 PM

Former PBA imports Eugene Phelps and Renaldo Balkman take charge as Mighty Sports-Philippines roll past the Jordanian national team

STARTING STRONG. Roosevelt Adams and Mighty Sports overwhelm Jordan to cruise to a 2-0 start. Photo from Cignal-SBP

China to impose sanctions on U.S. firms in Taiwan arms sale

Jul 12, 2019 - 7:47 PM

'The US arms sale to Taiwan has severely violated the basic norms of international law and international relations,' says Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

SANCTIONS? Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says China will impose sanctions on US enterprises that will participate in the sale of weapons to Taiwan. File photo from website of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mighty Sports blows out Iran U23 in rousing Jones Cup debut

Jul 12, 2019 - 5:49 PM

Led by former PBA import Eugene Phelps and Fil-Am Jeremiah Gray, Mighty Sports-Philippines drubs Iran by 26 points

CRUISING. Mighty's Fil-Am guard Jeremiah Gray scoots past Iran's Amirhossein Azari. Photo from Cignal-SBP

Fights break out as Taiwan's President Tsai visits New York

Jul 12, 2019 - 1:51 PM

Opponents of Tsai – many waving Chinese flags – chant slogans and fight with supporters, while one man is seen being detained and handcuffed by police

TSAI ING-WEN. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen takes part in an interview with AFP at the Presidential Office in Taipei on June 25, 2018. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Jones Cup: Mighty Sports faces dangerous Iran

Jul 11, 2019 - 5:22 PM

Mighty Sports shoots for a winning start against Iran in the Taiwan tournament

KEY COG. Mighty Sports expects Roosevelt Adams to play a key role again in its campaign. File photo from Mighty Sports

Mighty Sports aims 'nothing less than a championship' in Jones Cup

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:09 PM

Drawing tough early assignments, Mighty Sports vies to pull off an upset against Iran at the start of its campaign

China urges U.S. to 'immediately cancel' arms sale to Taiwan

Jul 09, 2019 - 4:45 PM

China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says China has already lodged formal complaints through diplomatic channels expressing 'strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition' to the move

GENG SHUANG. Image from Voice of America via Wikipedia

U.S. approves potential $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:06 AM

The announcement is likely to anger Beijing, which views Taiwan as part of its territory and has previously expressed 'serious concerns' about the possible sale

FIREPOWER. File photo of an Abrams tank.

Taiwan extends visa-free privilege for PH till July 2020

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:47 PM

(UPDATED) Filipinos can visit Taiwan visa-free for 14 days until July 31, 2020

VISA-FREE. Taiwan extends the visa-free privilege for Filipinos until July 31, 2019. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

Taiwan leader plans U.S. stopover on diplomatic tour

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:11 AM

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen plans to transit through the US when she visits 4 Caribbean diplomatic allies

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (R) chats with press after a press conference at the Taipei Guest House on August 20, 2016.  Tsai, who was inaugurated on May 20 as Taiwan's first female president, will mark her first 100 days in office next week and asked the public not to judge her job performance by just 100 days as her popularity fell to under 50 percent in a recent poll. / AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH

Toroman supervises Mighty Sports’ Jones Cup buildup

Jun 29, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Former Gilas Pilipinas coach Rajko Toroman returns to give another club team a boost

Canadian navy ships 'buzzed' by Chinese warplanes

Jun 28, 2019 - 7:29 AM

The Canadian military says its navy helicopter was also targeted by a laser detected from a nearby Chinese fishing boat

A Russian Su-30 fighter jet performs during an aerobatics show at Zhangjiajie Lotus Airport near the Zhangjiajie Tianmenshan National Park, in China's central province of Hunan, 18 March 2006. AFP PHOTO/ LIU Jin LIU JIN / AFP

Taiwan braces for pro-China fake news deluge as elections loom

Jun 27, 2019 - 1:00 PM

In Taiwan, the term 'red media' describes both legitimate news outlets, and more opaque online sources that flood the democratic island with either pro-China coverage or outright disinformation

In this photo taken on June 23, 2019, protesters hold placards with messages that read "reject red media" and "safeguard the nation's democracy" during a rally against pro-China media in front of the Presidential Office building in Taipei. With a presidential election looming Taiwan is bracing for a new deluge of fake news and disinformation -- much of it emanating from China and aimed at making sure Beijing's preferred party wins the day, analysts say.  HSU Tsun-hsu / AFP

Terry Gou cedes Foxconn control as he eyes Taiwan presidency

Jun 21, 2019 - 1:51 PM

Terry Gou – whose company Foxconn is China's largest private employer – is seeking to run for the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) although he still has to win its nomination

TERRY GOU. CEO of Taiwan's Foxconn Terry Gou speaks during a press conference at the company's headquarters in Tucheng district, New Taipei City on March 12, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Two Canadian naval vessels sail through Taiwan Strait

Jun 21, 2019 - 7:34 AM

The ships sailed through the narrow waterway separating the Chinese mainland and Taiwan in a 'freedom of navigation' operation, the Taipei ministry says

FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION. File photos of the frigate HMCS Regina and support vessel Asterix, of the Canadian navy. Photos from Wikipedia

Hong Kong unrest alarms Taiwan with wary eye on China

Jun 15, 2019 - 11:27 AM

'Developments in Hong Kong from the Umbrella Movement to the recent protests, have cemented the view of people in Taiwan that the People's Republic of China can't be trusted to preserve their autonomy,' says Taiwan expert Bonnie Glaser

TSAI ING-WEN. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen arrives for a press conference at the Presidential Palace after the national flag raising ceremony in Taipei on January 1, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP